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Aircraft carriers dominated battleships in naval fights. But there's reasons for that. The question you need to ask yourself is "would aircraft carriers dominate battleships in space too?" First, realize that aircraft carriers are no longer the king of naval battles. Missile cruisers are. Missiles have all the reasons why aircraft came to dominate naval ...


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I suspect that this started with Roddenberry's vision of the Enterprise. He had some specific requirements... "We're [...] out in deep space, on the equivalent of a cruiser-size spaceship. We don't know what the mode of power is, but I don't want to see any trails of fire. No streaks of smoke, no jet intakes, rocket exhaust, or anything like that [.....


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They behave like the traditional role of cruisers A battleship is a dedicated large heavily armed and armored warship designed to work with a larger fleet. It is designed to be a heavy weapons platform (ie. it's got big guns) and take a beating from similar weapons. It requires a larger fleet for fuel, supplies, and auxillary work like scouting, anti-...


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I would suggest the jutland-vs-midway comparison is fundamentally missing the theme of the series and becoming confused because of that. At heart, Star Trek is about The naval explorer, harking back to Age-of-sail. One or more tall ships, a close-knit crew working together for years, visiting strange lands and meeting strange people, Pushing back the ...


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For storytelling reasons, Roddenberry tried to remove all drama from routine operations. The Galactica reboot's storytelling savored its first FTL jump, with the fear, jump prep, fancy key and all that. After that, it was dropped from the storytelling and not re-explained every episode. They could get away with that because Galactica was a serial: writers ...


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That's not her full designation, it's a shorthand for her full "Borg Name" which is "Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01." Essentially that equates to at least "7-9-03-U01" which is more than adequate as a unique identifier. I'd have to do additional research but it should be noted that these designations are subject to change. I seem to ...


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The "appliance" (which you could have bought at auction for $2000) was glued directly onto the actor's head and blended in with makeup. The outer edges of the 'brain' appear to be sprayed a slightly darker colour to give a false impression of greater depth and shadow.


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We don't know Certainly, it's possible science has advanced far enough to allow men to carry children although I suspect the mechanics would be complex. We know that the first recorded male pregnancy (in Star Trek) was that of Charles "Trip" Tucker in Star Trek: Enterprise in the episode Unexpected but even that wasn't a human/human pregnancy. Tucker ...


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The answer: BUDGET. Roddenberry had a vision similar to Battlestar Galactica, with a carrier ship launching shuttles and fighters—this is largely because he served in the Navy during World War II, on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (hence the name). In pre-production, Roddenberry discovered how prohibitively expensive a fleet of models would be, so he ...


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From a character and storytelling point of view: In the "aircraft carrier" paradigm (as seen in the Galactica reboot and also in Star Wars), a combat engagement would involve a flurry of fighters in rapid-fire action almost too frantic to take in, while the ship itself is more-or-less in a stand-off position and its commander would be making strategic ...


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If the movies count, then Leonard Nimoy (Spock) was effectively written out. However, he was then written back in. Originally, Leonard Nimoy did not want to return for Star Trek II, due to concerns about being typecast in the role. He was enticed to return by a promise of a meaty—and permanent—death scene in the movie. However, Nimoy had a much better ...


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One possible reason is that space fighters would very probably be totally impractical in real life war between civilizations from different planets and different star systems. Submarines travel in a single medium, water. Surface ships travel at the interface between two different mediums, water and air. Airplanes travel in a single medium, air. Thus both ...


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Here is an interview with Michael Dorn on TrekNews. He opens with the line "It was just a backstory." Which maybe means it wasn't intended to be long term. Can you talk about some of the factors that led to you joining the cast at that time? Dorn: It was just a backstory. We [Star Trek: The Next Generation] ended in ’94 and we did a movie real ...


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From Memory Alpha. This was the first episode of Deep Space Nine to feature the grey-on-black Starfleet uniforms with the division color undershirts created for Star Trek: First Contact, which would also be used for the remainder of the series. Sisko also wears a captain's vest/waistcoat, as worn by Jean-Luc Picard in that movie. The uniforms had been ...


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At least one phone is possibly inspired by the Star Trek communicator. Perhaps not the first, but one of the most recognisable. Back in 1996 Motorola came with the StarTac flip phone: It flips up, with screen and controls on the bottom half It's called StarTAC... They obviously couldn't register StarTrek, so that's as close as it gets. It can't be just a ...


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Whitney was a known entity to Roddenberry having worked with him before and had worked quite extensively in TV before. Based on salary, her "billing" seems correct. Grace Lee Whitney came on board as Janice Rand, the Captain’s Yeoman. She was 35. A former stage dancer with more than three dozen credits in television and film, she had recently played a ...


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This is simply impossible to answer without opinion based conjecture. With that said, the Borg are fused organic machines...they will have a specific and optimum temperature at which their organics and machine parts run optimally. This is normal for all things, including machines, electronics, batteries. and you guessed it, living organisms. Star Trek ...


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Control is not the only "non-organic" entity in the canon. This season, you've also seen the sphere (whose data was passed to Discovery), another similar "singularity-like" entity. The timeline doesn't match up for Control to be the origin of the Borg (as commented by Memor-X-). It's not impossible for this to be retconned (e.g. if Control get access to ...


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The original Star Trek is modeled very much after the age of exploration and, in particular, the heyday of the Royal Navy in the early 1800's. Watch the movie Master and Commander and see if it doesn't make you think of Star Trek, down to the boatswain's calls that show up more in both of those shows than in most WWII movies (even though they're still used ...


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It was never a choice of battleship vs aircraft carrier. Roddenberry's concept was a ship and her crew on an adventurous exploration of the galaxy, pitched to the network as "Wagon Train to the stars". It was the 1960s. The most popular shows on TV were westerns featuring heroic leading characters. Although set in space in a science fiction future, ...


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It’s ambiguous what counts as being “written out”, but there are a few possible examples: Almost Everyone from The Cage Star Trek famously switched almost the entire cast in between the original pilot episode and the main series,with only Leonard Nimoy as Spock returning as a regular. Of these, Captain Pike (Jeffrey Hunter), Dr. Phillip Boyce (John Hoyt), ...


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Regarding the intent of the production staff: Morgan Woodward (Capt. Ron Tracy) - No The Omega Glory Director McEveety said "Morgan Woodward was the one I user mostly [in various shows], because he was such an interesting character, I thought. He gave such dimension to a character. He could play crazy and he could play very nice. And, by saying ...


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There's only so many ways a "flip" can open. Why flip up? Right = hits and blocks your thumb if you're righthanded Left = hits and blocks your thumb is you're lefthanded. The only logical direction for a mass-produced device is upwards or downwards. Both variants exist for phones (down, up) Since the Star Trek communicator flip cover is metallic, I ...


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According to Wiki, Unimatrix Zero Part 2(S7,EP1) plays around Stardate 54014.4. The following EP2 plays around Stardate 54058.6 which is more than 2 weeks later. Initially, they designed and build the Delta Flyer from scratch in approximately less than a week under the pressure of the Malon also building a shuttle to steal Voyagers probe. While they don’t ...


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The main difference between Mudd-Androids and Soong-Androids is that Mudd-Androids were created by a long dead alien race in the Andromeda galaxy, while Soong-Androids were the first real human built, and seemingly sentient Androids. Not true. In the Star Trek episode "Requiem For Methuselah", Captain Kirk encountered an android far more human than "...


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Actually nobody knows for sure when the Romulans split off from the Vulcans, but it must have been a very long time ago. To summarize a long answer, the Vulcans and the Romulans should have separated several thousand years before Christ. In the original Romulan episode "Balance of Terror" 15 December 1966, Spock says: SPOCK: Referring to the map on ...


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This is almost certainly a translation convention (warning: TVTropes) at work. The characters are speaking the Klingon language, but it's being translated to english for the audience's benefit. The TVTropes page mentions this specific technique: In some cases, the actors will begin speaking in the characters' native language, then perform a switch-over ...


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Aside from the 1966 FX cost and technical issues mentioned, Rodenberry's focus was on drama, not outer space action like Star Wars. The Enterprise was simply a vehicle to get the characters into new dramatic situations with new adversaries every week, like the western TV shows "Wagon Train" and "Rawhide". As a kid watching the original run I remember ...


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According the prequel Star Trek: Discovery comic miniseries, Succession Mirror Burnham was killed. In the Star Trek: Discovery comic miniseries, Succession it was revealed that Burnham pretended ally with Lorca, in order to stop his plans. However, she could not reveal her plans to Georgiou. Burnham then hid herself on Risa and waited for her moment ...


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I can't provide much more than a lmgtfy answer, but I've been following a mix of the following two watchlists DS9 in 82.5 hours and DS9 Condensed. They list the episodes in the weaker first two seasons that you need to understand the later plot. I got hooked around the start of season 3 and am now only skipping the really bad fluff episodes.


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