View Single Post
Old June 6 2013, 01:48 PM   #35
Re: Let's Discuss the Romulan Bird of Prey!

...And even a TV show about a good old-fashioned destroyer that doesn't carry any fragile aircraft might involve dialogue about the wind affecting the ship. And a TV show about airline pilots would definitely include constant commentary on wind - not just dangerous storm fronts, but the constant effect of wind on fuel consumption or course correction.

But the thing I was commenting on was that no such dialogue is found in Trek. There's no "windage" as such, merely caution expressed on rare encounters with "space tornadoes". There's no benefit from a "tailwind" and no penalty from a "headwind" in dialogue, only the rare panic when a "subspace sandbar" drastically alters the environmental impact on propulsion.

Of course, who knows what Chekov or Wes Crusher are actually doing when navigating the ship through seemingly featureless space? Perhaps they are constantly correcting for environmental factors, but never bothering to inform their CO about it? It's just that since there is no dialogue on that, it would be unwise to put too much significance on environmental factors in starship propulsion. If the selection of a course truly depended on what the "weather" looks like ahead, we would have to hear about it way more often.

Timo Saloniemi
Timo is offline   Reply With Quote