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Waterloo

Starfleet Command, c 2150
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  1. Has it ever been stated why Q was so afraid of Guinan?

    I suspect this is a problem in how the idea of Guinan changed over the years. Clearly there was a different idea, originally. But she might have intimidated Q as someone he could never screw with, because of the particular El-Aurian receptive acuity; they always know exactly what's really going on. But the Borg damaged that by scattering them across the galaxy, breaking the certainty they once knew when they were all gathered together and never had to doubt that everyone around them shared the same certainty. That's what drove Soran mad, the lost center of balance. Clearly Guinan kept hers, which was why she knew, for instance, when reality changed ("Yesterday's Enterprise").
  2. Star Trek: Discovery

    I loved it. I loved the Klingons, loved Burnham.
  3. 15 (!) years later...

    Still writing?
  4. So, some of you old timers (wait a minute, we're all old timers here!) may remember that I used to post a lot of fiction here. Obviously I tended to post Star Trek fiction, but I also started branching out into my own space opera material, which I later dubbed Space Corps. Anyway, I've been writing more Space Corps material in recent years, and I've got a book , Terrestrial Affairs, that I put out. You can have a look, if you're interested .
  5. Terrestrial Affairs: hey, I wrote that!

    Nope. Never really occurred to me to post about prior books here. The other that's relevant to Lower Decks would be Sapo Saga, which is also sci-fi.
  6. 15 (!) years later...

    Nuh-uh, dude. I visited the OL in the summer of 2000 during a visit with my sister to a potential new college, and you and Q were already doing the flirtsies (or whatever that was). So maybe you joined in April 2000, but certainly not 2001.
  7. Star Trek: Discovery

    Some people are freaking out about the appearance of the Klingons. But we Trekkers seem to freak about everything these days...
  8. 2017 Movie Megathread

    Most excited about Logan, the Justice League movies, Dark Tower, and Last Jedi. I'm looking forward to seeing what else might be interesting.
  9. You know what's depressing? This guy came here two years ago, made this big introduction, made eight posts, and then gave up on us. Last recent hope of a resurrection...
  10. Star Trek Deaths 2016

    And of course Anton. Although I don't sense that we're a Star Trek community that's going to be particularly nostalgic about the reboot movies.
  11. Star Trek: Discovery

    I'm not concerned about Fuller's exit. If anything it might help broaden the appeal of the show, since he tends to produce quirky material when in full creative control, and it's never had wide success. But he already had a good base of support, and the other guys behind the series aren't exactly slouches. I like the casting and character details we've learned recently. This could be very, very interesting.
  12. Wandering

    Martok was 14...! I always thought Helburn was the youngest one in our community (I mean, other than Lil Q, but y'know...). That makes you six years younger than me, but that was probably a much bigger gap back then. Remember TalShiarHQ?
  13. Ace, westward expansion was accomplished by pioneers like Daniel Boone, who like Edison/Krall felt left behind when the future became the present. (That's the 2016 election results right there, too.) We tend to think of expansion merely in terms of settlers or clashes between the army and various native tribes, but most of it was done by civilians who ended up being pushed into lives they didn't really anticipate. That's Kirk, too, who can't quite understand how Pike convincing him to join Starfleet ended up like this, both the monotony of it and the challenges he can never really anticipate. I think the movie is a little difficult to understand because Krall's backstory literally waits until the very end to stand revealed. By that time most viewers will probably have already dismissed him as a generic crackpot straight out of the Star Trek movie playbook (or, James Bond's). But once we learn he used to be a MACO named Edison, and how he was somewhat forcibly drafted into the emerging Starfleet, despite little to no inclination for the life...It's a warrior being told he can't be a warrior anymore. It's kind of like Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in that regard, with humans and Klingons being incapable of putting their past differences behind them. I think Beyond accomplishes this artfully, with all of Krall's previous comments about how the Federation is an act of aggression (the one thing we all knew before heading into the movie) suddenly taking on an entirely personal aspect. For Spock he's worrying about the same stuff he was worried about in 2009's movie, and in that respect most of his arc was more implied, for people who'd seen the previous two movies, than spelled out. I could see if someone had forgotten some of the specifics they'd get a little confused. Even his attitude toward the breakup with Uhura might seem baffling, unless you understand that Spock is falling back on logic in order to avoid the messy emotions he's begun to form over the years. It's the reverse of what Kirk goes through, being forced to experience too much (like Krall). All three characters, basically, are overwhelmed and trying to take the easy way out by simply not trying to process what's bothering them.
  14. Rogue One

    I think it was mostly terrible, but probably just what people who thought the last, oh, five movies or so were terrible wanted to see.
  15. So maybe I'll go see Michael Dorn do Shakespeare

    Sounds like it should be fun!
  16. Star Trek: Discovery

    First off, that was test CGI, not the finished product. Second, another prequel means they have another chance to put a series squarely in continuity (I seem to remember the OL really digging that in the form of DS9), after the fourth season of ENT proved that the fans would've liked that a lot more than what they'd previously been getting, which was another episodic series filled with fairly generic sci-fi plots.
  17. bo, Star Trek has always featured action. That's why Kirk makes the crack about ripping another shirt in Beyond, why the score features music inspired by action scenes in the original series. The core of this movie wasn't the action, but the conflict Kirk was having with himself (why is he even doing this? to make a difference, which has kind of been the character's mission statement all along), and with Krall/Edison, who represented the notion that positive developments like the Federation can still provoke negative responses. Like Into Darkness before it, Beyond was about the current state of the United States, as well as its history. Krall's thought process could be viewed as an analogy for westward expansion (and the resulting impact on Native American populations) or the reaction of radical Islam to the West. In sum, Beyond was about as pure Trek as you could possibly get.
  18. General Star Trek Beyond Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Surprised this thread has seen so little action. Will check out the other...
  19. 2016 Movie Megathread

    I saw Warcraft the other day. I thought it was pretty good, made some good observations about the fantasy genre that Peter Jackson and George Lucas haven't before it.
  20. TOS 2:22 - by any other name

    No, they had Jefferies tubes. Obviously!
  21. Is Spock nicer in the movies?

    I know he's much more conscious of how he interacts with others in the movies. He doesn't feel as isolated...although of course by 2009 he's become about as isolated as you can get...
  22. New Star Trek TV series coming in 2017

    It's the same approach they've been taking with the new movie. And they only just debuted the full trailer for that one. They haven't announced any casting decisions yet. It's still too early.
  23. Yo, Hello, Yo

    It's funny that Helburn checked in, because he's one of the people I was thinking about who used to be young. So of course he's here for the booze...
  24. New Star Trek TV series coming in 2017

    Tony Todd is being considered to be part of the cast. Which would be awesome.
  25. Next Generation. It replays on BBC America all the time, so that's what I'm doing currently, but traditionally it's always been like that, too. It's still not my favorite, oddly.
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