Romulan origin question

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Greenağaç, May 25, 2013.

  1. Timo

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    Nope, not gonna do that. Not until you in turn recognize that what came later was better thought out, by that very same token. And not only that, but it actually put right what once went so horribly wrong...

    It's no good trying to pretend that TOS forms some sort of a continuity that is competitive with the other Trek continuities - it's the weakest of them all as a standalone construct. But competition sounds pretty stupid anyway, as the later amendments harmonize the whole thing (by indeed cutting slack for the clueless TOS writers). Isn't that a very Roddenberrian thing to do? ;)

    Naah. Hack writers put together episodes cut-pasted from previous works and never devoted anything much to them; all the respect should go to those who later tried to make sense of the garbage.

    That's one interpretation. But the episode establishes the correct interpretation early on, by making the Romulans a credible interstellar threat; later episodes merely confirm what the correct interpretation should be.

    What is not credible is the Romulans suddenly achieving warp capacity for "The Deadly Years" - in the very same ships we see in this introductory episode! If warp were something so monumentally new to them, it obviously wouldn't have fitted aboard existing ships but would have called for a dedicated, clumsy inaugural design.

    Not that the presence of warp nacelles on the "BoT" ship wouldn't already be a giveaway...

    Why? If it were superfluous to the mission, the engineers should have been shot for even suggesting adding such dead weight...

    All of this is moot, though, when we accept that Scotty was wrong. Which is justifiable if our heroes think the Romulans are attacking with multiple ships, because then these could perform the multiple attacks on the outposts at such short intervals. Scotty would then only be proven wrong if the Romulans engaged warp drive during their flight home - which we don't see happen, perhaps because warp drive and cloaking aren't compatible back then yet (a close analogy to the diesel sub thing). Perhaps Scotty never learned of his error until "The Enterprise Incident"? (Probably he did get the memo somewhat earlier, though.)

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  2. Nerys Myk

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    Is there a quote that mentions the writers/producers intended the Romulan Empire to be limited to two planets? Hard to be a Star Empire if you only have one star.
     
  3. Mysterion

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    This.

    The seperation hasn't been long enough for there to be anything but cultural differences between Vulcans and Romulans.

    Which of course makes all the Saavik is half-Romulan hoo-hah pretty meaningless, IMO.
     
  4. Timo

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    How so? You have a star, you have an empire, what more do you need?

    What might be more difficult is having glorious battles (like the Centurion and the Commander had in the past) when there's nobody to fight but fellow Romulans. But then again, the episode establishes both the violent and infighting nature of the Romulans and their Vulcanoid heritage that would give them lifespans long enough to allow for a military career before the RNZ was slapped around the Star Empire...

    Unless there were biological differences before the separation already - possibly serving as the excuse for the separation itself. After all, how do you recognize a Space Nazi, evicted from Earth in 1945 and now returning with a vengeance? By his dashing Aryan looks, of course!

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  5. Nerys Myk

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    More than one star and two planets. I don't see where it established infighting among the Romulans. There would seem to be those that disagree with the Praetor's policies, but nothing to indicate that they are a movement or party in Romulan society. More like its something you keep to yourself and discuss with people you trust.

    How would the Space Nazi change in slightly over half a century?
     
  6. Anwar

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    Kirk's line about the Neutral Zone supposed to separate their worlds from the rest of the Galaxy, I'd say.
     
  7. 137th Gebirg

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    Sure. Why not? It almost sounds like the Vulcans back then simply acted like...well...Klingons do in the present.