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Old November 25 2012, 03:16 PM   #50
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Re: TOS set during the 22nd Century!?

Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
I figure the "storm" was one of those anomalies made famous by later Treks and it took the Valiant sectors way from its original position.
Which doesn't exactly help make it any more plausible.


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The weird thing about "The Squire of Gothos" is that there are some very modern items there, such as the Salt Creature from "The Man Trap".
Why assume that's modern? The M-113 creatures were extinct by the time "The Squire of Gothos" took place, their planet a decaying ruin. Yet in previous centuries their species thrived. Trelane probably observed their planet with lightspeed time delay the same way he observed Earth, seeing it as it was centuries before when it was abundantly populated with the creatures, and used that as the basis for his illusory "trophy."


If Jaeger was referring to the gothic architecture rather than the more specific items then the 12th-16th century time frame of gothic architecture (more like the 12th/13th to stay within the 22nd/23rd TOS century) would be reasonable.
That doesn't resolve it. If Trelane had been looking at the 12th/13th century, he wouldn't have known about Napoleon or Alexander Hamilton, been able to quote a Christopher Marlowe play ("Is this the face that launched a thousand ships..."), or been able to play harpsichord sonatas by 18th-century composer Domenico Scarlatti and a Johann Strauss waltz composed in 1880. It was stated outright that he was seeing Earth as it was 900 years before because he was observing from 900 light-years away, which would suggest that the episode was meant to take place sometime after 2780 CE (unless you treat the Strauss waltz as a production error).
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