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Old June 6 2013, 11:02 PM   #205
Re: Do You Believe the Official Chronology?

...Although by the time the book went to print, this "300 years in the future of the airdate) was already supported by onscreen evidence. The age of Sarek in "Sarek" had been set at 202 by following this very doctrine: the dating of that TNG episode was carved in stone already (it was 2366 because it was the third season and the first season had already been mentioned as having taken place in 2364) and going 100+300 years back would bring us right to the airdate of "Journey to Babel" where Sarek was 102 years old. Had the writers not been following this doctrine already, they would have been quite unlikely to choose 202 as Sarek's age...

The doctrine of airdate + 300 years for TOS dates long predated Okuda and the Chronology. It had been a fan favorite since before the first movie, and indeed even the movie appeared to follow that doctrine: aired in 1979, it referred to the Voyager VI launch as having taken place "over 300 years ago", while the Voyager program was started in 1977.

That's one case where the Okudas and Sternbach didn't follow the doctrine, though, as they moved the movie to a date eight years earlier, apparently because they felt that the time elapsed from Kirk's last clocked star hour must have been the exact time between the movie and TOS. Rather than, say, the exact time between the movie and Kirk's latest post-TOS adventure...

Timo Saloniemi
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