Avro Arrow wrote:
^ I guess it depends whether you define "first contact" as the first time you encounter a new alien race, or when you make *official* first contact and say "hi, we're the Federation", like Picard did with the Malcorians. The latter would tend to be much more rare.
I don't think there's too much of a difference, except the latter usually involves more documentation for the record books.
Hanukkah Solo wrote:
C.E. Evans wrote:
Unless you happen to be Jonathan Archer, James Kirk, or Kathryn Janeway.
Did that many new species really make their first appearances on ENT? Good grief.
Janeway gets a pass because she was doing a tour of a whole quadrant. And Kirk gets a pass because his show came on first.
Nah, Janeway and Kirk both still count as racking up more than twenty first contacts within a decade (most of the ones Kirk encountered were brand-new to the Federation
too, not just because TOS came first).