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Old May 21 2013, 03:07 AM   #34
Irishman
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Re: Updating FJ's technical manual?

Warped9 wrote: View Post
Given the recent discussions regarding Franz Joseph's Star Trek related work from the 1970s I'm intrigued by something of a thought exercise.

For a long time many fans accepted FJ's work as pretty much accepted gospel in terms of Trek technical background, at least in regards to TOS, TAS and the early films. But when TNG bowed FJ's work began to be forgotten as the new creators sought to put their stamp on Trek's world building and effectively rewrite what had long been accepted.

Now for discussion's sake how would you update FJ's technical manual if given the opportunity? Would you adhere to what he had established or only accept parts of it? Or would you simply ignore it altogether in favour of something totally new reflecting the "official" world-building as written from TNG onward?

Thoughts anyone?

I'd like some opinions before I weigh in with my own perspective.
There's so much territory ripe in what you're asking here. There still does not exist a definitive and comprehensive Tech Manual for Star Trek - Original Series. After all these DECADES. LOL

It wouldn't take much. Maintain the vibe that FJ created in his work, but make it more closely align with, and respect, that which we saw on-screen. Antigravs? Put them in there? The salt-shaker medical scanner? The device I dubbed the Test Ray Generator? Put it in there! Correct the bridge and deck layouts. Provide high-res orthos of the USS Enterprise of Kirk, Pike, the Shuttlecraft, K7 space station, Harry Mudd's ship, the Botany Bay. The cricket phaser, phaser pistol, laser pistol, laser rifle. Medical tricorder, communicator.

So much fun to imagine! So much fortune and glory for whoever puts it together right!
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