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Old August 19 2013, 09:28 PM   #24
Re: Who raised James Kirk in the primary reality?

Maybe Kirk and Leighton were on the worst extended field trip ever?
This is basically what Diane Carey alludes to in the novel Best Destiny when young rebel Jim Kirk sulks at his dad and unca April taking him to another field outing...

The Star Trek: Federation book speculates that the colony was running out of food, and Kodos presumed there was no ship that could reach the colony in time to provide needed food, hence the executions as part of a lottery-induced rationing.
This smells to high heaven, though. If the planet was habitable, then 8,000 people could sustain themselves indefinitely even if the crops utterly failed (speculation) and all stored food was rendered inedible (episode dialogue). If the planet was uninhabitable outside some domes, then rapid resupply would have to have been built into the colony concept, and cutting of rations would always be enough for waiting out the supply runs.

It takes some ingenuity to turn crop failure or stores poisoning into an actual calamity, and near-hypnotic powers to convince the colonists that mass murder is a viable solution; in the end, it seems almost inevitable that this Kodos character must have engineered the whole crisis from the very start, in order to satisfy his murderous lust. Perhaps Kodos poisoned the supplies? Or perhaps he took advantage of "natural" damage to supplies and exacerbated the situation by falsifying lab results and declaring all food unusable?

One would think that the married Kirks both being assigned to the Kelvin was an oddity, and more often than not two Starfleet officers in the service together wouldn't be able to be together - similar to Geordi's parents in TNG.
Yes, there's the odd dialogue in "Balance of Terror" where the Martine/Tomlinson wedding somehow will alter the fact that Tomlinson is Martine's superior officer. Will one or the other have to take a transfer? Will one or the other lose rank? Or is Tomlinson just kidding?

Timo Saloniemi
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