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Old September 23 2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Extent of V'Ger's journey

In TMP, when Spock is exploring the interior of V'Ger, he sees images of planets and stars and galaxies, which he theorizes to be representations of V'Ger's journey. Later on he states that V'Ger's knowledge has reached the limits of the universe itself. But I was wondering, did V'Ger really travel throughout the entire universe, or was a lot of its knowledge given to it by the machine race which initially found and upgraded it?
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Old September 23 2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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The references in the film are contradictory. At one point, Kirk says V'Ger came from the other side of the galaxy -- which is one piece of "evidence" that some people use to support the absurd notion that V'Ger was created by, or created, the Borg. But Kirk's information is thirdhand at best. I'd take the evidence from Spock's spacewalk as more authoritative.

In my novel Ex Machina, I asserted that Voyager 6 had been thrown not only across huge distances of space, but thousands of years back in time, allowing time for the intergalactic journey over which V'Ger evolved and grew until it had reached the limits of knowledge on this plane of existence. I don't think it could've achieved that level in just three centuries of crossing a single galaxy. How could it have run out of things to learn about the universe if it had only seen one galaxy? (The more recent novel Cold Equations: The Body Electric by David Mack uses the same assumptions about V'Ger's origins, since Dave wanted to stay consistent with what I'd done.)
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Old September 23 2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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Yeah, think you really need that to make any of that work. Our current Voyager just got out of the solar system, seems like it's not going to become a god anytime soon, nor run out of things to learn...
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Old September 23 2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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All the information V'Ger possessed about the universe need not have been discovered directly by it though. As advanced as the machine civilization that found it was, I'd imagine they'd done plenty of exploring themselves, so perhaps they shared a lot of their knowledge with V'Ger before sending it off on its way.
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Old September 23 2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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^But that wasn't the impression given by the Spock Walk sequence. It implied that what we were seeing was stuff that V'Ger had directly imaged and/or digitized.
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Old September 23 2013, 09:18 PM   #6
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Didn't Spock at one point in the space walk sequence observe "whole galaxies" having been digitized? Its been awhile since I watched TMP so I might be misremembering. If this is true, this greatly expands the scope of V'Ger's travels.
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Old September 23 2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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^Yes, that's why I reject Kirk's line that V'Ger only came from the other side of the galaxy. Spock's line was: "I am seeing images of planets, moons, stars, whole galaxies all stored in here, recorded. It could be a record of V'Ger's entire journey."
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Old September 24 2013, 08:58 AM   #8
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Re: Extent of V'Ger's journey

DECKER: Voyager VI ...disappeared into what they used to call a black hole.
KIRK: It must have emerged sometime on the far side of the Galaxy and fell into the machine's planet's gravitational field.
SPOCK: The machine inhabiters found it to be one of their own kind, primitive yet kindred. They discovered its simple twentieth-century programming. Collect all data possible.
DECKER: Learn all that is learnable. Return that information to its Creator.
SPOCK (OC): Precisely, Mister Decker, the machines interpreted it literally.
SPOCK: They built this entire vessel so that Voyager could fulfil it's programming.
KIRK: And on its journey back it amassed so much knowledge, it achieved consciousness itself. It became a living thing.

Spock merely speculated it "could" be a record of V'Ger's journey, but alternately the "machines" could have provided V'Ger with part of their knowledge, too.

Question: Back in the 1970's, did we mistake "wormholes" for "black holes"?

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Old September 24 2013, 10:43 AM   #9
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DECKER: Voyager VI ...disappeared into what they used to call a black hole.
What are they calling it now? And why isn't he using the term all his fellow people use for it?
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Old September 24 2013, 11:12 AM   #10
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I think they still call black holes black holes but some black holes were probably reclassified as wormholes.

Why they didn't just say wormhole though is anyone's guess unless they thought it important to make the distinction between an ex-black hole wormhole and a standard wormhole...
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Old September 24 2013, 04:27 PM   #11
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JarodRussell wrote: View Post
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DECKER: Voyager VI ...disappeared into what they used to call a black hole.
What are they calling it now? And why isn't he using the term all his fellow people use for it?
Just another example of Trek using the dialogue to remind us it's the future... as if the starships and technology wasn't enough reminder.
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Old September 24 2013, 04:39 PM   #12
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Re: Extent of V'Ger's journey

Well, since they run into a wormhole earlier in the film I could see them wanting to make a distinction...
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Old September 24 2013, 06:16 PM   #13
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Christopher wrote: View Post
In my novel Ex Machina, I asserted that Voyager 6 had been thrown not only across huge distances of space, but thousands of years back in time,)
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Didn't Spock at one point in the space walk sequence observe "whole galaxies" having been digitized?
Perhaps V'Ger's backwards time travel should be "billions," and not "thousands."

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Old September 24 2013, 06:26 PM   #14
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^Two words: warp drive.
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Old September 24 2013, 08:29 PM   #15
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Re: Extent of V'Ger's journey

With apologies for mentioning the possibility of the Borg connection (some people seem to dislike it much), when we met VGer it used to store data patterns ("assimilate"?) of the lifeforms and planets he encountered, possibly absorving their knowledge. That would really speed up the process (of learning everything).
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