TOS: Allegiance in Exile by DRGIII Review Thread (Spoilers!)
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April 10 2013, 11:28 AM
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Re: TOS: Allegiance in Exile by DRGIII Review Thread (Spoilers!)
The revelation did raise some questions though
Did Kirk ever ask the Bajorans about the Ascendants? Or about what they worship as a planetary religion? It feels as though they would have figured out about the wormhole pretty quickly afterwards.
Was there any particular reason the Ascendants did not find and attack Bajor right after coming out of the wormhole? How exactly did they find out that the Bajorans worshiped the same aliens?
My impression is that information about Bajoran religion was acquired as part of the first contact mission Kirk left on the surface of the surviving colony, and not automatically privileged. What reason would Kirk et al have to believe that the Bajorans actually had an empirically verifiable faith?
Looking at the script for "Emissary" again, it looks as if it took Jadzia Dax taking advantage of extensive Bajoran and Cardassian databases along with knowledge of the location in the Denorios Belt where Odo appeared in 2345 to track down the wormhole's existence. Absent information Kirk couldn't have had, especially contacting a distant colony world rather than Bajor itself, the wormhole's non-discovery for the next century seems plausible enough for me.
As for the vector of the Ascendants, I assumed that the Prophets ensured that the Ascendants would be cast out on their exit to a location distant from Bajor. (Wondrous are their ways.) The Ascendants and Bajorans may both be children of the Prophets, but the Bajorans are the only ones who have lived continuously on the Prophets' doorstep for the past milllennia. Will have to revisit book.
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