So how important is canon, then?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Trekkie27, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. MAGolding

    MAGolding Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I don't think that "full-Uhura" means totally bare legs. The female crew menbers in TOs hardly ever wear pants, but they do wear both underwear that is occasionally glimpsed and something on their legs, possibly nylon stockings. I don't know what you meant by "full Uhura" but a I think that a crewwoman could truthfully say that her legs were sort of, kind of, covered, in a sense. And possibly they even call their leg coverings some kind of "mini-pants" for all I know.
     
  2. XCV330

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    Side note. now I wonder when Wesley dropped the provisional uniform for the ensign uniform, did he too live in a hallway? Did his mom cram all his stuff into a foot locker and explain it was time he got started on his own while an anxious looking candle watched over her shoulder from back in her quarters?
     
  3. fireproof78

    fireproof78 Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Yes, that's what I'm saying. If you know the equipment then any error will stand out. Like how military insignia stand out to me.
     
  4. BK613

    BK613 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Of course one of the earliest web-based places I interacted was Phil Farrand's old Nitcentral site, so picking nits, as-it-were, is old hat with me.

    I've also be known to annoy my wife by pointing out the non-linear editing* on her cooking shows.

    *(Oh look, in the background, the scallops are searing in the pan while the contestant chops veggies. Oops, now they are not, the contestant is saying it's time to start the scallops, etc.)
     
  5. seigezunt

    seigezunt Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I've grown to loathe the concept of canon because of how some fans treat it as a reason to resist any kind of innovation whatsoever. It's ludicrous to require creators to adhere strictly to a half-century of trivia. Better to think of the stories as a mythos than canon.

    The spirit of "protecting canon" makes me think of Richard Arnold's policing the novel line, and Roddenberry's attempt to halt publication of The Romulan Way, one of the best early novels. That would have been a tragedy, and how many other tragedies occurred behind the scenes to protect the canon?

    Canon, to paraphrase Rabbi Mordecai speaking about history and religious tradition, should have a vote but not a veto. The play's the thing.
     
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  6. at Quark's

    at Quark's Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It's an entertainment franchise with an owner. Canon follows what creators (the owners) decide to show onscreen. And not the other way around.

    I may not like what they come up with. But it's from the IP holder, it's indisputably canon. No amount of dislike from the fans can change that.

    (The situation with religious canons is slightly different, since there is no-one who truly 'owns' that, so they have to fall back to opinions and perhaps consensus in the community. Well, the founder of said religion or "God" would theoretically be the IP owner, but they rarely give a sign of life these days).
     
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  7. fireproof78

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    Exactly. And the obsessive nature of fandom is something that occasionally runs up against that fact, that the IP holder gets to make the choice. IP ownership is not a democracy of the fans, by the fans, for the fans.
     
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