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Old March 9 2013, 02:09 AM   #226
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Re: The Constellation's registry number

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This is the retcon - that the "Starship Class" suggests there be a USS Starship. Why?
A retcon would be saying "Starship Class" meant something other than what it's original idea was.

Since you've pointed out there is no evidence to prove either way what it meant, again, how is it a retcon?

And if you didn't notice before, it is my suggestion that there is a USS Starship which is just my opinion.
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Old March 9 2013, 02:26 AM   #227
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This is the retcon - that the "Starship Class" suggests there be a USS Starship. Why?
A retcon would be saying "Starship Class" meant something other than what it's original idea was.

Since you've pointed out there is no evidence to prove either way what it meant, again, how is it a retcon?

And if you didn't notice before, it is my suggestion that there is a USS Starship which is just my opinion.
You're right. Poor choice of words to say retcon.

On the other hand, REtroactive CONtinuity would imply taking something from a subsequent series and applying it to TOS, wouldn't it?

Never mind me. I'm old and easily confused.
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Old March 9 2013, 02:50 AM   #228
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Re: The Constellation's registry number

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On the other hand, REtroactive CONtinuity would imply taking something from a subsequent series and applying it to TOS, wouldn't it?
Yes, that's exactly what it means and what TPTB and a lot of fans have been doing ever since there were spinoffs of TOS. It was tolerable until the films where it started to get ever more twisted.

Some retcons can work when it can explain something vague in TOS yet without violating or being inconsistent with the overall subtext. But when it is in direct contradiction of what was explicitly said, shown or inferred in subtext then it's blatant and (in my opinion) wrong headed.

Example. In "Space Seed" Spock says WW3 and the Eugenics Wars of the early 1990s were one and the same thing. Yet in TNG it's rewritten as separate conflicts. From then on practically everybody goes with the explanation that Spock got it wrong and misremembered his history. Oh, and Kirk and McCoy happened to misremember theirs as well?---because they sure as hell didn't correct Spock. I don't think so. And this is but one of many outright and more subtle contradictions that piled up over the course of several films and spinoff series.

It's understandable on some level because a lot of fans want all the films and series to be of one consistent continuity. However, another way to look at it (to each his/her own) is that each subsequent spinoff was an alternate continuity that shared many similar elements yet differed (sometimes greatly) in others. And this can include TAS and the films as well each according to your own perception.
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Old March 9 2013, 03:40 AM   #229
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Re: The Constellation's registry number

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Shawnster wrote: View Post
This is the retcon - that the "Starship Class" suggests there be a USS Starship. Why?
A retcon would be saying "Starship Class" meant something other than what it's original idea was.

Since you've pointed out there is no evidence to prove either way what it meant, again, how is it a retcon?

And if you didn't notice before, it is my suggestion that there is a USS Starship which is just my opinion.
You're right. Poor choice of words to say retcon.

On the other hand, REtroactive CONtinuity would imply taking something from a subsequent series and applying it to TOS, wouldn't it?

Never mind me. I'm old and easily confused.
IIRC, originally it meant revealing past events that were previously unrecorded. Roy Thomas was the master/originator of this with comics like the Invaders and the All-Star Squadron.
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Old March 9 2013, 12:42 PM   #230
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Example. In "Space Seed" Spock says WW3 and the Eugenics Wars of the early 1990s were one and the same thing. Yet in TNG it's rewritten as separate conflicts. From then on practically everybody goes with the explanation that Spock got it wrong and misremembered his history. Oh, and Kirk and McCoy happened to misremember theirs as well?---because they sure as hell didn't correct Spock. I don't think so. And this is but one of many outright and more subtle contradictions that piled up over the course of several films and spinoff series.
This particular example serves to show how retconning actually adds to the value of a scene. Obviously, Spock would get things wrong here, and obviously, the other heroes would not correct him, but at most snicker. After all, that's what had been going on for the past couple of minutes already! Kirk, Spock and McCoy all in turn "got it wrong" regarding the Botany Bay, its history and occupants, and took friendly delight in the errors of the others.

Generally, I don't see why any particular story should be considered immune to later reinterpretation. It's all on the plus side: the original story survives, but new meaning is added to it.

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Old March 9 2013, 12:48 PM   #231
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Example. In "Space Seed" Spock says WW3 and the Eugenics Wars of the early 1990s were one and the same thing. Yet in TNG it's rewritten as separate conflicts. From then on practically everybody goes with the explanation that Spock got it wrong and misremembered his history. Oh, and Kirk and McCoy happened to misremember theirs as well?---because they sure as hell didn't correct Spock. I don't think so. And this is but one of many outright and more subtle contradictions that piled up over the course of several films and spinoff series.
This particular example serves to show how retconning actually adds to the value of a scene. Obviously, Spock would get things wrong here, and obviously, the other heroes would not correct him, but at most snicker. After all, that's what had been going on for the past couple of minutes already! Kirk, Spock and McCoy all in turn "got it wrong" regarding the Botany Bay, its history and occupants, and took friendly delight in the errors of the others.

Generally, I don't see why any particular story should be considered immune to later reinterpretation. It's all on the plus side: the original story survives, but new meaning is added to it.

Timo Saloniemi
And here we agree to disagree. Spock didn't get it wrong. The TNG writers simply didn't do their homework or chose to deliberately ignore the original source reference.

Just as ENT is a bastardized take on pre TOS times TNG (as well as DS9 and VOY) is a skewed take post TOS. And I happen like a fair chunk of TNG albeit mostly the earlier parts.
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Old March 9 2013, 01:03 PM   #232
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It was also said or implied somewhen in TOS that Earth avoided nuclear war althogether. One of the old Best of Trek books offered a rather clever solution - that the "third world war" mentioned wasn't actually the kind of apocalyptic WWIII we all imagine, but a war between Earth's third world countries.
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Old March 9 2013, 01:32 PM   #233
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^^ those continuity error episodes are fun.
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Old March 9 2013, 01:42 PM   #234
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The reference is from "Omega Glory", an episode written before there was Star Trek as we know it.

Spock: "Kohms? Communists? The parallel is almost too close, Captain. It would mean they fought the war your Earth avoided, and in this case, the Asiatics won and took over this planet."
The most direct interpretation would be that the United States and the Soviet Union never slugged it out on Earth, but did it on Omega IV. This would be consistent with modern Trek where the participants of WWIII are never specified. Yeah, the US seemed to be involved, but only the novels suggest that it was a bipolar conflict or that the opponent would have been anything comparable to Communist Russia or China. Sure, "East" is mentioned once, but in a context where Lily Sloane speaks of "factions".

Doesn't mean Earth didn't have wars. Even armageddon-level ones, including nuclear winters as per "A Matter of Time".

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Old March 9 2013, 02:43 PM   #235
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In "Return To Tomorrow" Kirk says they avoided destroying themselves wherein Sargon adds that his people also survived their primitive atomic age. None of that precludes a large scale conflict where nuclear weapons are used even minimally.
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Old March 9 2013, 03:13 PM   #236
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In "Return To Tomorrow" Kirk says they avoided destroying themselves wherein Sargon adds that his people also survived their primitive atomic age. None of that precludes a large scale conflict where nuclear weapons are used even minimally.
But that also doesn't preclude that several conflicts were fought either. The Eugenics Wars were part of World War III, but World War III ended up being referred to as such even though it was made up of many different conflicts in the same general era.
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Old March 9 2013, 08:02 PM   #237
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It's an awfully broad period of time, though. WWI and WWII seem to be associated with their "traditional" duration, the one coinciding with the geographically narrowest interpretation. WWII is discussed in terms of 1941-1945 on several occasions, rather than in terms of 1931-56 or whatever. And there's never any attempt at blending WWI and WWII together after the fact. The most "violence" being done to the definitions is that the Great War gets its name retroactively changed to WWI, which is quite a bit different from taking a dozen small or medium wars and combining them into WWIII decades after the first ones are over.

A "general era" that spans 1993 through 2053 at the very least is very general indeed!

Curiously, one would think that "Eugenics Wars" would be the alien name for the nationalist-racist conflict we call WWII, but it's Spock who speaks of World Wars and McCoy who brings up the other name. Although perhaps both sides are ridiculing the silly terminology of the other here?

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Old March 12 2013, 11:49 PM   #238
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It was also said or implied somewhen in TOS that Earth avoided nuclear war althogether. One of the old Best of Trek books offered a rather clever solution - that the "third world war" mentioned wasn't actually the kind of apocalyptic WWIII we all imagine, but a war between Earth's third world countries.
To be fair, Kirk's line was:

"We faced a similar crisis in our early nuclear age. We found the wisdom not to destroy ourselves."

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That doesn't mean there was never any nuclear war on earth, just that whatever incidents may have happened - mankind managed not to destry itself, or the biosphere of the planet.
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Old March 13 2013, 05:50 PM   #239
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Trek ship registry numbers are nothing more than license plate numbers.
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Old March 13 2013, 05:57 PM   #240
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Trek ship registry numbers are nothing more than license plate numbers.
Does that mean all starships also have a VIN number lasered into the corner of their main view screens?
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