Yeah, I know it's a stretch. Had Ayelborne not made his comment about basically being disgusted by people like Kirk and Kor, maybe it would fit a little better. But it's a tall order to think that in a little over 100 years that they would become disgusted with corporeal beings. I'm sure they thought it would cool to feature the Organians and probably tried to make it fit by "Travis'" line about having to analyze their methods. But it seems out of character for them. Plus, I always took issue with how cruel it made them seem. I can't buy that they'd knowingly allow other ships to be infected just so they could observe their reactions. I'm not sure if they'd care enough to eliminate the problem so future ships wouldn't suffer the same fate, but I can't believe they'd stand by and do nothing just so they could observe. Yeah, I agree, most of the time they just name-dropped species that were only mentioned in later series (particularly the original series). They otherwise were given no background in the later shows so the Enterprise writers were free to flesh them out as they saw fit. I was always fascinated with how often Rigel was used, even in the original series. It seems to have an unusual number of class M planets (some barely but still). I thought your novel did a good job to explain some of why that was. I have to admit I was always fascinated by Rigel VII in particular since seeing it in The Cage.