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Old January 24 2014, 08:10 AM   #46
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Re: Question About "The Chimes at Midnight"

Maybe Sarek lived a long, healthy life without Spock always stressing him out.
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Old January 24 2014, 04:21 PM   #47
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Keep in mind that in the "Yesteryear" timeline, Sarek had a different career path than he did in the prime timeline. When the computer said he'd been ambassador to 17 Federation planets in the past 30 years, Spock said that was incorrect. As we know from "Journey to Babel," he'd come out of retirement to attend the conference (although implicitly not a very long retirement). So maybe in the YY timeline, Sarek wasn't available for Babel because he was busy elsewhere. Or maybe his heart condition had still struck and he'd already died, or gotten treatment elsewhere. Remember that Amanda divorced him shortly after Spock died, and was then killed herself in a shuttle crash. So Sarek would've been alone for decades, assuming he never remarried. He might've had a shorter life as a result.
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Old January 24 2014, 06:05 PM   #48
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Or maybe his heart condition had still struck and he'd already died, or gotten treatment elsewhere.
He definitely hadn't died, as he appeared in the story's prologue that takes place in the year 2274. Ironically, he was talking to Thelin for much of the chapter in question.

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Old January 24 2014, 06:18 PM   #49
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^Okay, I forgot that part. Anyway, it's clear Sarek's life path was very different in the "Yesteryear" timeline.

I do wish Chimes had addressed the V'Ger question, though.
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Old January 24 2014, 07:03 PM   #50
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I do wish Chimes had addressed the V'Ger question, though.
As do I. It would seem that Decker could still have played a crucial role in what happened, as he doesn't appear in the story. But that doesn't explain who helped the crew understand V'Ger's goals in the first place, as Spock's mind-meld with V'Ger- and his own empathy for V'Ger's plight of feeling empty and incomplete- were absolutely essential in solving the crisis.

Thelin was part Aenar and had some degree of empathic ability, but it sounded like he'd been out of Starfleet for several years before going back. Who else could have filled Spock's role well enough to prevent V'Ger from destroying Earth?

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Old January 24 2014, 07:31 PM   #51
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^Maybe Sonak didn't die in a transporter accident?
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^Yes, I know where Xon comes from metatextually, but if we're talking about an alternate timeline within the fictional multiverse, then the character in question would be Commander Sonak, the guy who was actually in TMP instead of Xon.
Am I misremembering or did one version of the "In Thy Image" script have a Commander Ronak who dies, leading to Xon coming aboard?

Also, according to the It's a Wrap! auctions, there was directional signage in ST II indicating that Xon had an office near the Bridge Simulator Room.
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