Perhaps the absolute apotheosis of this trend comes when a driving storyline is devoted to explaining in-universe the changes in Klingon makeup between TOS and the movies—something DS9 was willing to treat as a mere throwaway joke. These plotlines resemble nothing so much as creationists’ attempts to explain away the appearance of billions of years-old stars in the sky (God stretched the light!) or to render compatible the size of Noah’s ark and the number of animals it would need to hold to repopulate the Earth from scratch.
The seven seasons of show corresponds to seven years of the characters' lives, and basically everyone on the Enterprise D has constant PTSD at all times. Poor Troi would have been fucking jelly by the end of the series, both because of being kidnapped every other week and also having to counsel a thousand people through the fallout of all of these bizarre experiences. I mean, if all this happened to "the same guy", man, that poor guy.
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