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Old May 28 2013, 07:01 PM   #41
Timo
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Re: Romulan origin question

How about you cut TOS some slack as it was the first defining the nature of the Star Trek universe and expectedly had some startup hickups.
Nope, not gonna do that. Not until you in turn recognize that what came later was better thought out, by that very same token. And not only that, but it actually put right what once went so horribly wrong...

It's no good trying to pretend that TOS forms some sort of a continuity that is competitive with the other Trek continuities - it's the weakest of them all as a standalone construct. But competition sounds pretty stupid anyway, as the later amendments harmonize the whole thing (by indeed cutting slack for the clueless TOS writers). Isn't that a very Roddenberrian thing to do?

There's plenty of TOS internal continuity but apparently it was easier to overwrite TOS continuity than to devote proper research to it.
Naah. Hack writers put together episodes cut-pasted from previous works and never devoted anything much to them; all the respect should go to those who later tried to make sense of the garbage.

According to this reasoning we must already have industrial nuclear fusion reactors and nuclear fusion engines for our spacecraft (tell NASA!) because we have nuclear fusion bombs...
That's one interpretation. But the episode establishes the correct interpretation early on, by making the Romulans a credible interstellar threat; later episodes merely confirm what the correct interpretation should be.

What is not credible is the Romulans suddenly achieving warp capacity for "The Deadly Years" - in the very same ships we see in this introductory episode! If warp were something so monumentally new to them, it obviously wouldn't have fitted aboard existing ships but would have called for a dedicated, clumsy inaugural design.

Not that the presence of warp nacelles on the "BoT" ship wouldn't already be a giveaway...

I presume that if - at this time in TOS - they would have had warp drive, the praetor's "proudest and finest flagship" surely would have been equipped with one.
Why? If it were superfluous to the mission, the engineers should have been shot for even suggesting adding such dead weight...

All of this is moot, though, when we accept that Scotty was wrong. Which is justifiable if our heroes think the Romulans are attacking with multiple ships, because then these could perform the multiple attacks on the outposts at such short intervals. Scotty would then only be proven wrong if the Romulans engaged warp drive during their flight home - which we don't see happen, perhaps because warp drive and cloaking aren't compatible back then yet (a close analogy to the diesel sub thing). Perhaps Scotty never learned of his error until "The Enterprise Incident"? (Probably he did get the memo somewhat earlier, though.)

Timo Saloniemi
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