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Poll of the Week: Best reboot portrayal?

With the close arrival of Star Trek: Beyond (closer in some places than others), we wanted to do a special dedicated poll to be able to discuss it. The reboot Star Trek (2009), Into Darkness, and Beyond movies have caused a great deal of controversy in the realm of our fandom. We know we could easily list off everything that is not liked about the reboot series, but what about the changes you enjoyed?

Whether you liked the reboot or not, we think it has a great cast, and some great portrayals of the characters we already loved. So we wanted to ask you, what do you think?

Who do you think is the best portrayed character in the reboot universe? Come and tell us in the forums, and share your reasons after answering!


Poll of the Week: Sentence an Immortal

While surveying a solar system, your ship encounters an adrift object. Closer scans reveal it to be alive, and as a captain, you decide to bring it onboard. It happens to be an intelligent humanoid, although at first she seems crazy and looks at you with maddened eyes. She slowly regains her composure and explains her story.

She was a scientist who experimented until she found a way to make herself immortal. Her body does not need food or water or any other resource, and regenerates too fast for it to be destroyed. She is even willing to demonstrate, if you don’t believe her. The problem is, those experiments required the sacrifice of a whole planet with its entire population. She made that sacrifice, and became immortal, but she was also condemned as a criminal. Unable to execute her, or to imprison her indefinitely, their society left her, with nothing but a set of clothes, in a stable orbit around a star on an uninhabited system, virtually forever.

She can’t say, but by your crew’s calculations, she has been there for near 3,000 years. Her civilization has since vanished, and there is no one left to decide over her sentence. She asks you to either free her or give her the means to undo her own experiment and end her suffering, but not prolong her penalty.

Would you? What would you do? Tell us in the forums!

This is a new edition of our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet captain facing a dilemma any of our favourite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know!


Poll of the Week: Treknobabble in Simming

Reverse the polarity! Focus a tachyon beam on the metaphasic resonator! Expand our warp bubble around the meteor! Use the deflector to create a gamma pulse!

All these sentences might sound familiar. Not because you have heard them before, but they have a certain feeling. A certain Star Trek feeling. These are the kind of things a Starfleet officer might try to solve a problem in any of our favourite series. And, from the viewpoint of 21st century real world, they make no sense.

Which is not bad. In the amount of years from here to Star Trek, science and technology are bound to have evolved a lot. Otherwise, they would not be flying through the stars! But, for us, all those principles and technologies sound like babble – technological babble. Star Trek technological babble. Which has been surprisingly nicknamed ‘Treknobabble’.

And here we are now, simming characters into the Star Trek world. So the question is necessary, how much Treknobabble do you use while simming? And how much do you think we should be using? Come and tell us in the forums.

This is a new post in our category Simming Questions. Here we will be asking questions about our community, our characters and our writing, and how you interact with it all.


Poll of the Week: Praise the Borg!

The Borg are feared throughout the galaxy. For anyone not Borg, they are seen as a terrible evil, assimilating unwilling creatures to join their Collective in what they see as a quest for perfection. But how could that be perfection, being part of a collective without any sense of individuality? Anyone, from any species within the Federation, would agree that their individuality is good, and that the Borg assimilation is a crime against all that is good. Anyone, right?

You are the captain of a starship. On one of your travels, you find a small freighter heading directly for Borg space. Upon intercepting them, their leader explains that they consider the Borg to be the ultimate evolution of living beings, as close to perfection as a human can get, and therefore they plan to ask the Borg to be assimilated. For all you know, they look like an organized sect adoring the Borg, with Borg themes all over the ship.

They claim to have the right to do so as free citizens. Tell us, would you let them go?

This is a new edition of our category Morals of Trek, where you are in the shoes of a Starfleet Captain facing a dilemma any of our favourite characters could have faced in Star Trek. If your crew has faced any such dilemmas and you want to see it featured in a Poll of the Week, let us know!


Poll of the Week: Your characters and you

What we all love about this community is the possibility to live the Star Trek stories we saw and loved when we were in front of a TV. How many times did we ask ourselves “what would I have done in that situation?” And now, we all have the opportunity to find out. We are here sharing a piece of this amazing world. And we all do it in one way: through our characters!

Which brings us to this week’s question. Who are your characters? Come to the forums and tell us!

Are they related to you somehow? Are you living out the fantasy of being in Starfleet? Are you exploring aspects of yourself? Are you exploring other characters you would have no chance of being in real life – that is, outside of being a Starfleet officer trekking through the stars?

This is a new post in our category Simming Questions. Here we will be asking questions about our community, our characters and our writing, and how you interact with it all.


Suspension of Disbelief

Dukat in "disbelief"

Any fiction series, but especially any Science Fiction (like Star Trek) or fantasy series, require some willing suspension of disbelief from it’s readers, viewers, etc. That is, some things that look impossible, and are barely explained, but we have to assume they happen in the universe. We accept that to follow the series.

In Star Trek, we usually have to accept some science principles that seem impossible, or engineering apparels that defy physics. Some of them, however, look plausible. Ok, we don’t have the technology. But it’s several centuries in the future, they might have invented it. We can even accept the Technobabble (we already talked about it here) that leads it to them.


Treknobabble

Wait... what?

“The Enterprise computer system is controlled by three primary main processor cores, cross-linked with redundant melacortz-ramistat 14-kiloquad interface modules. The core element is based on an FTL nanoprocessor with 25 bilateral kelilactirals. With 20 of those being slaved into the primary Heisenfram terminals. This is the isopalavial interface which controls the main firomantal drive unit. Now, you know what a bilateral kelilactiral is?”

-Cmdr. Riker

Let’s talk about Treknobabble.


Holographic Science Lounge opening

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…'” –Isaac Asimov

Science officers across the Fleet, it’s a pleasure to invite you to the inauguration of the Holographic Science Lounge, the first holographic subspace communication protocol for use across several ships. After some test runs, the Science Exchange Forum is proud to announce its opening.

You can join us from the Holodeck in your ship. Simply enter here.

This is not only a meeting place for recreation, it’s the live representation of the Science Exchange Forum. So, once you come to the Holodeck, you can inform us (here) of your status as science officer and your research interests. You can join the Forum discussions on several pressing matters on diverse subjects related to our department. As more officers join the Science Exchange Forum, both our discussions and our work for the Duty post will improve.

Also, any officers out there who want to join the discussion but are not science officers at the moment are welcome, too.


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