Posted 09 May 2009 - 08:15 PM
PhaseSniper, on May 9 2009, 04:47 PM, said:
2. Where was the Relativity (and other timeships) during all this? Isn't it their job to fix when people mess with the timeline?
I kept expecting it to fade to the Relativity at the end and show them resetting the timeline.
Perhaps the technology that allowed ships like the Relativity to go back in the same
timeline (without branching off into a different one) would have been invented by the Vulcans that were not born because of the planet's implosion. Or maybe the timeships can only detect and respond to changes in their
timeline, not alternates. (Or maybe since their timeline wasn't changed they didn't bother fixing other timelines.) Or maybe the altered history never led to the Enterprise-B rescuing Guinan from the Nexus. (I suspect that Guinan's ability to detect changes in the timeline came from her experience in the Nexus rather than being inherent to the El Aurian species.) There are all kinds of possible in-canon explanations.
Of course there isn't an in-canon explanation as to why the Enterprise successfully used light-speed breakaway to get to 1960s Earth in Assignment: Earth and yet the technology was still theoretical in The Voyage Home. However, since the technology worked twice, it would seem an actual timeship is unnecessary anyway.
To be fair, both Spocks did acknologe they were in an altered timeline. However, the dialog was rather fast for non-Trekkies to understand. Even I barely caught it when it was mentioned. Maybe the actors should have slowed this down a bit or diagramed it the way Doc Brown did in the Back to the Future series.
Of course my theory is the so-called Mirror Universe is the way things are supposed to play out and we only have the series / 1-10 movie timeline because of the Enterprise-E's interference with First Contact.
Religion doesn't seem to work like [the scientific method]; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That's an idea we're so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it's kind of odd to think what it actually means. Really what it means is "Here is an idea or a notion that you're not allowed to say anything bad about. You're just not. Why not? Because you're not!" - Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant!" Instead they say, "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way!" - Carl Sagan, author and astronomer
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. - Gene Roddenbery, creator of Star Trek