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Old October 4 2013, 07:52 AM   #353
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The "currents in time" thing has existed in Trek lore, at least since The City on the Edge of Forever.
That's often repeated and just as often misunderstood. It doesn't refer to there being a fate. It would be kind of hard to when the Enterprise and the Federation disappeared. It refers to time travel and where you end up.
No, when Spock first spoke of currents in time, he was speaking about a theory of what time itself was like. In desperation, Kirk and Spock applied that notion to their predicament. From http://www.chakoteya.net/StarTrek/28.htm:

SPOCK: First, I believe we have about a week before McCoy arrives, but we can't be certain.
KIRK: Arrives where? Honolulu, Boise, San Diego? Why not Outer Mongolia, for that matter?
SPOCK: There is a theory. There could be some logic to the belief that time is fluid, like a river, with currents, eddies, backwash.
KIRK: And the same currents that swept McCoy to a certain time and place might sweep us there, too.
SPOCK: Unless that is true, Captain, we have no hope. [...]
All of which to me, supports Ryan8bit's view. By introducing a "scientific", if unlikely explanation, fate is removed from being a factor. They are not saying: "Bones is destined to arrive here". That would be fate.
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