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"How come Star Trek sucks so much compared to Star Wars?"

1/8/2010 3:38:40 PM

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Favorite eye candy? (TOS: Uhura, TNG: Dr. Crusher/the empath, DS9: Dax, VOY: 7 of 9/Kes, or ENT: T'Pol)

1/8/2010 3:39:52 PM

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Why does everyone speak english? And don't say "universal translator" because we all know that's bullshit.

Have they ever met an alien race that speaks spanish?

1/8/2010 3:40:44 PM

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I thought their little badge thingys were universal translators.

1/8/2010 3:43:18 PM

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"Why does everyone speak english? And don't say "universal translator" because we all know that's bullshit."


Canonical answer: The universal translator.

Real-life answer: That would require too much work creating languages for every species. Creating subtitles. Training the actors to speak that language, etc. There are dozens of new species introduced each season. At least they create script for most of the species on the show.

1/8/2010 3:45:18 PM

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I think a universal translator was developed by that Asian chick in Enterprise.

1/8/2010 3:45:42 PM

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oh man. this thread is up my alley.

1/8/2010 3:48:25 PM

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but they do run into species that the translator had to be trained for in Enterprise, within the first few episodes actually

1/8/2010 4:02:35 PM

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Ezri

1/8/2010 4:03:53 PM

Mr. Joshua
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Troi claims that all poverty and war has been eliminated by the 24th century. What kind of marxist utopia are they living in?

1/8/2010 4:05:06 PM

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what's this star trek game they're coming out with in feb and will it be as good as dark forces?

1/8/2010 4:06:38 PM

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"but they do run into species that the translator had to be trained for in Enterprise, within the first few episodes actually"


Yes, this happened in DS9 as well with species from the Gamma quadrant.

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"Troi claims that all poverty and war has been eliminated by the 24th century. What kind of marxist utopia are they living in?"


People in the United States say that we're all living in paradise, and we know that not to be true. She was probably just grandstanding.

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"what's this star trek game they're coming out with in feb and will it be as good as dark forces?"


Do you mean the MMO? It looks promising.

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM. Reason : ]

1/8/2010 4:08:28 PM

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how come when they run into different ships they are never at different angles, they are always in the same orientation (they have the same "up")

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM. Reason : $$$]

1/8/2010 4:17:12 PM

Mr. Joshua
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^ i posted that in the last ask a trekkie thread

1/8/2010 4:19:35 PM

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The ships were wire models. It would be extremely costly and difficult to do a battle where they were all over the place.

Also, it would be confusing as hell for the audience.

I mean, even Battlestar Galactica, with it's CGI, had ships mostly on the same plane of reference.

1/8/2010 4:19:57 PM

Mr. Joshua
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Is there not a canon answer?

1/8/2010 4:21:29 PM

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i would also assume it would be less disorienting visually to roll up on a ship "upside down" and it was an etiquette of future space travel.

there were plenty of battle scenes, especially in later episodes, where ships had multiple orientations.

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM. Reason : ]

1/8/2010 4:22:07 PM

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Species who live on an environment with gravity will natural be more "familiar" with an environment where everything has the same "up."

When they're in space, they'll be more comfortable seeing other things the same way.

And since all the humanoid species live on planets with gravity, they all like seeing everything else "right side up." Thus, they orient themselves right side up with another ship.

I mean, if you think about it there's really no reason to make a ship aerodynamic looking anyway. It's a vacuum. They should all look like Borg cubes.

EDIT: Also, think about it this way. The ships are all designed right side up. Like deck 1 through deck 20, etc. The bridge being towards the top front of the ship, etc. If you were attacking the ship, it would make sense to look at it the right way, so you wouldn't attack the wrong part of the ship.

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM. Reason : ]

1/8/2010 4:24:26 PM

Mr. Joshua
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And then the bit about Khan thinking "two-dimensionally".

It seems like that would be one the first things to consider.

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"They should all look like Borg cubes."


A sphere is actually a more efficient use of space, but then people would criticize it for looking like a death star.

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM. Reason : .]

1/8/2010 4:24:56 PM

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you can look the answers up on google

1/8/2010 4:26:17 PM

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1/8/2010 4:26:35 PM

Mr. Joshua
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^ word

1/8/2010 4:27:38 PM

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all ships they encounter happen to be on the same plane of reference because kirk/picard/archer/other captains in the star trek universe have superior luck concerning that particular probability

1/8/2010 4:27:46 PM

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"Also, think about it this way. The ships are all designed right side up. Like deck 1 through deck 20, etc. The bridge being towards the top front of the ship, etc. If you were attacking the ship, it would make sense to look at it the right way, so you wouldn't attack the wrong part of the ship."


if the bridge is a critical ship component, it should be internal to the ship for maximum protection.

1/8/2010 4:29:42 PM

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"if the bridge is a critical ship component, it should be internal to the ship for maximum protection."


If you're so smart go enlist for Starfleet.

1/8/2010 4:30:26 PM

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Does it bother you that in Generations Picard entered the Nexus and asked Guinan for help, only to be told that she couldn't go, but she knew someone who could thus introducing him to Kirk.

Then Kirk went on to die while acting as a stand-in for Whoopi Goldberg...

1/8/2010 4:30:46 PM

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I enjoyed seeing Kirk die.

1/8/2010 4:31:18 PM

Mr. Joshua
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yeah...

1/8/2010 4:31:31 PM

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kirk is the only cap'n for me

1/8/2010 4:37:02 PM

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"A sphere is actually a more efficient use of space"


not according to apple and their new battery cell design.

1/8/2010 4:38:37 PM

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Is the 'screen' on the bridge a huge window, or just a TV that displays an image of what the outside looks like? If it's a TV screen, why did they put the bridge in a vulnerable position near the outside of the ship instead of burying it deep within the hull of the ship.

1/8/2010 4:51:36 PM

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^Also wondering this...

conceptually the show's designers probably made it a window at first, but then made it a screen instead to communicate with enemy captains and such.

1/8/2010 4:55:32 PM

Mr. Joshua
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couldn't it be both?

1/8/2010 5:36:54 PM

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it's a holographic screen.
if you look at shots of the enterprise from the outside, there is no large window at the front of the bridge.

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 6:03 PM. Reason : ]

1/8/2010 5:54:26 PM

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What istheappeal ofthisshow?

1/8/2010 6:22:03 PM

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I love star trek but the universal translator has always really bothered me, they need to at least try to explain the technology and explore writing options where it is not completely working (yes they've had a few episodes where they couldn't speak the same language but they never really had it pertain to what the universal translator supposedly does)

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""Yeah, I've seen that one. It's just convenient that all aliens look like humans with shit added on. Just once I'd like to see one missing stuff or with freakishly disproportioned parts.""


it's not unreasonable to expect most intelligent life to be bipedal and humanoid, at least the ones the federation is closest to in space and has to deal with, plus they come up with plenty of other creative aliens

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 6:56 PM. Reason : k]

1/8/2010 6:53:05 PM

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1/8/2010 6:55:38 PM

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^ Oh snap!

1/8/2010 7:00:02 PM

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Is Kevin Uxbridge a Q and due to having a sense of morality possibly exiled from the Continuum?

Do you think the reason why Q wanted Amanda back into the Continuum was so that he could have her hottness all for himself?

Riker: beard or no beard?

1/8/2010 7:11:25 PM

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How do the people backstage know when to pull open the doors and say "WHOOSH"?

[Edited on January 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM. Reason : OMG WHAT IF ONE OF THEM FALLS ASLEEP?!]

1/8/2010 7:13:10 PM

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"Favorite eye candy? (TOS: Uhura, TNG: Dr. Crusher/the empath, DS9: Dax, VOY: 7 of 9/Kes, or ENT: T'Pol)"


this is the only question I am qualified to answer.

1/8/2010 7:42:16 PM

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"Is the 'screen' on the bridge a huge window, or just a TV that displays an image of what the outside looks like? If it's a TV screen, why did they put the bridge in a vulnerable position near the outside of the ship instead of burying it deep within the hull of the ship.
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It’s both.

My guess is that’s just how the federation chose to do it. Ships today are designed this way too.

However, there are several rooms with consoles that are designed to be backup bridges, and really any console can be reprogrammed to control the ship.

1/8/2010 7:53:14 PM

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1/8/2010 7:55:49 PM

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LULZ on the last one

1/8/2010 7:59:07 PM

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he got most of it right, but it around 4 billion of years ago when the planets were seeded with genetic material, that civilization may have become the Q or Sargon's people, who are now extinct

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Star_Trek#Thousands.2C_millions_or_billions_of_years_ago

they kind of took this idea from The Light of Other Days, but Sci-Fi is allowed to recycle


The thing that bothers me is that to Kirk, Spock, etc, going to the center of the galaxy to find god is just an everyday trip, but to Picard its a long way

Also, somebody post the picture of Picard drawing a smiley face on the core breech, thats one of the best scenes of all time, is it on youtube?

1/8/2010 8:10:23 PM

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^^Epic Side Boob at :42

1/8/2010 9:19:25 PM

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"Troi claims that all poverty and war has been eliminated by the 24th century. What kind of marxist utopia are they living in?"


With the type of technology they've got, I would fucking hope so. It's embarrassing enough for human want to still exist at our tech level.

1/8/2010 9:34:57 PM

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Why was Kirk and Edith Keeler in Mayberry?

1/8/2010 9:36:12 PM

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"Is the 'screen' on the bridge a huge window, or just a TV that displays an image of what the outside looks like? If it's a TV screen, why did they put the bridge in a vulnerable position near the outside of the ship instead of burying it deep within the hull of the ship."


Beaten, but it's both. This is an important part of Star Trek: Nemesis.

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" (yes they've had a few episodes where they couldn't speak the same language but they never really had it pertain to what the universal translator supposedly does)"


Without checking Memoryalpha, it has "algorithms" which analyze speech patterns to determine language.

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"Is Kevin Uxbridge a Q and due to having a sense of morality possibly exiled from the Continuum? "


No, he's a Douwd. He has less power than the Q.

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"Do you think the reason why Q wanted Amanda back into the Continuum was so that he could have her hottness all for himself?"


No. He had a girl, remember?

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"Riker: beard or no beard?"


Beard.

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"How do the people backstage know when to pull open the doors and say "WHOOSH"?"


No idea, I presume they're watching the camera feed on a monitor. The sound effect is added in post.

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""Favorite eye candy? (TOS: Uhura, TNG: Dr. Crusher/the empath, DS9: Dax, VOY: 7 of 9/Kes, or ENT: T'Pol)"


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1/8/2010 10:08:05 PM

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set em up

1/8/2010 10:17:17 PM

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