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The Most Unanswered question in Star Trek

ZenMondo

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Report this Mar. 12 2011, 11:24 pm

If the mission was to "Boldly go where no one has ever been before" ... WHY was there always someone there to meet them?

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 6:25 am

There was more often ... something!


The original term was where no man has gone before (changed in TNG to no one) although I always took that to mean men and women as in mankind in general with no gender preference.


Some episodes had them checking up on colonists or persons MIA etc., and some had them discovering humans had got there before and screwed things up. Some had them performing more regular Star Fleet duties, but many did follow this premise and take them into completely new situations.


They were also seeking out new life and new civilisations - so the empty inky void was not going to keep the attention of TV viewers for long!


to boldy go where no man has gone before

Vger23

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 7:02 am

I'm not sure I understand the question.


First, I'm amazed that you wouldn't realize that "where no man has gone before" is not LITERALLY their mission. SECOND, it is more of a dramatic statement than anything else.


THIS was the great unsolved mystery of Star Trek???  

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 7:22 am

^ XD agreed Vger.


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 8:58 am

to be honest only archer boldly went were no man had gone before. but that's because humans didn't go anywhere in the 22nd century.


In the 23rd century where starfleet established known space Kirk boldly went but i was surprised when reviewing the list of episodes only ~36 of his 78 were actually doing new stuff. the rest was routine check up or something along the line where they had a twist of events.


In TNG in the 24th century picards' missions had some boldly going too which exceeded 36 missions but it's only because he had a 7 year run. In ratio wise its was like ~25% in which picard did boldly going.


In DS9 it wasnt' about exploring so in the alpha quadrant there were only a few spots that sisko even goes to like risa, bajor, earth, known spots. It's only the gamma quadrant stuff that was considered boldly going. Most of season 5 and 6 and 7 were about the dominion war in the alpha quadrant.


In Voyager they boldly went where no one had gone all the time but they were stuck in the delta quadrant. Which isn't fair for kirk or picard since they had to work with space that's already been charted by someone else. If Kirk or Picard were in the delta quadrant they would've explored more or done more interesting stuff. For unknown territory janeway did encounter a lot more boring stuff than expected. 

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 11:40 am

I disagree. The biggest mystery is why the flip there aren't harnesses/seatbelts/restraints on the bridge? The poor captain and crew are forever getting tossed around like ragdolls. Their backs must kill them half the time.


 


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 3:41 pm

Quote: Treknoir @ Mar. 13 2011, 11:40 am

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>I disagree. The biggest mystery is why the flip there aren't harnesses/seatbelts/restraints on the bridge? The poor captain and crew are forever getting tossed around like ragdolls. Their backs must kill them half the time.

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My thoughts are the reasons why they don't have seatbelts were in case they needed to move away from the console or evacuate the bridge the seatbelts could snag and malfunction and trap them in their seats.


 


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Report this Mar. 14 2011, 8:14 am

Quote: tribblenator999 @ Mar. 13 2011, 3:41 pm

Quote: Treknoir @ Mar. 13 2011, 11:40 am

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My thoughts are the reasons why they don't have seatbelts were in case they needed to move away from the console or evacuate the bridge the seatbelts could snag and malfunction and trap them in their seats.

 


Then build in a quick release button. Not rocket science. No belts = total safety fail. Half the bridge officers would have concussions or blunt force trauma on the regular.


 


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Report this Mar. 14 2011, 9:57 pm

The biggest unanswered question is why everytime a particle of dust hits the shields the console explode?


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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 12:06 am

Quote: Vger23 @ Mar. 13 2011, 7:02 am

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>I'm not sure I understand the question.

>First, I'm amazed that you wouldn't realize that "where no man has gone before" is not LITERALLY their mission. SECOND, it is more of a dramatic statement than anything else.

>THIS was the great unsolved mystery of Star Trek???  

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LOL!!!!!! I'm pretty sure it meant where no HUMAN has gone before, or where no STARFLEET has gone before or something.


Besides, they couldn't seek out new life and new civilizations if they were the only ones out there, right?


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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 1:31 am

I have to admit i do wounder what happened to the toilet (im normal!!!)

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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 4:07 am

1) Why can the ships in star trek operate nearly solo, but require a crew of hundreds?


2) Why do ships that 'meet' in space always meet level? Why isn't one ship comming at you at a pitch/angle?


3) Why couldn't the writers of star trek simply reuse the 'aliens of the week' ? Would that not have made the show more cost effective?


4) How do the klingons, a warrior race, survive if warriors aren't planting crops or doing any scientific advancement? They shouldn't have left the solar system and died long ago. Or is the 'warrior race' schtick just a way of keeping thier enemies at bay?

staran

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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 4:08 am

oh, another one.


Why do phasers, in the vacuum of space, make so much noise?

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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 6:24 am

Quote: staran @ Mar. 15 2011, 4:07 am

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>2) Why do ships that 'meet' in space always meet level? Why isn't one ship comming at you at a pitch/angle?

>3) Why couldn't the writers of star trek simply reuse the 'aliens of the week' ? Would that not have made the show more cost effective?

>4) How do the klingons, a warrior race, survive if warriors aren't planting crops or doing any scientific advancement? They shouldn't have left the solar system and died long ago. Or is the 'warrior race' schtick just a way of keeping thier enemies at bay?

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2. I'm guessing the "level" thing might possibly have to do with some kind of protocol?? That's just a thought.


3. Sometimes they did. We certainly see many aliens who put in a re-appearance. (And sometimes ~~ thankfully, on occasion ~~ they didn't!)


4. Not all Klingons are warriors ~~ just most of the Klingons we see. Episodes have shown Klingon scientists, lawyers, doctors, nursemaids, servants, diplomats, politicians... Certainly there are a lot of (full- and part-time) warriors but also we must remember that Starfleet is highly military in its structure and mission and with the nature of the stories that Star Trek tells, the warriors of the Klingon Empire are going to be the ones we are most likely to meet.


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Report this Mar. 15 2011, 6:26 am

Quote: staran @ Mar. 15 2011, 4:08 am

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>oh, another one.

>Why do phasers, in the vacuum of space, make so much noise?

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Because it's Kewl!! Why else? hehe


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