Shining Brightly Where Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, chekov and Scotty have boldly gone before. The core temperature of the sun is 15 million'c with a visible photosphere temperature of less than 6000'c. Its safe to say humanoids react badly to radiation, so if your planning a little space adventure....stay away from the sun! Unless you're equipped with a starship thats got forcefields and shields. Brilliant! Now engage the impulse engines with scanners on maximum intensity. Your scientific data will confirm it takes 10 million years for the heat generated in the suns core to reach the photosphere. Our star is 109 times wider than earth and 1.4 million km wide. The sun's gravity is 38 times that of earth! A million sized earths could fit inside this magnificent hot ball of fire which will radiate for another five billion years!
Remember the unfortunate ferengi scientist Dr Rega? Here was a guy on a mission. He was so eager to prove to his scientific peers that he was not just another dumb ferengi greedy for gold. "Metaphasic shielding is a reality" boomed Dr Rega to his scientific colleagues. Hmm We'll see......was their attitude. But he was determined to prove his scientific theories and make them a reality. The ferengi proposed to fly a ship into the corona of a star by using Metaphasic shielding developed by Dr Rega to protect any ship adapted to use it. Only as luck had it he never lived to see the fruits of his labour. What a tragedy.
The Voyage Home
The Voyage Home is exciting adventure that involves an ingenious piece of timetravel using a star and rescuing whales from extinction. The original crew from the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, go back in time on a clapped out Klingon Bird of Prey. The crews faith rests with Mr Spock time computations after the vulcan is reunited with his katra who makes the best guess possible. Bones is doubtful so he demands of kirk,
" Are you sure this is such s bright idea?"
"What do you mean?" answers Kirk calmly
"I mean him, back at his post like nothing happened. I don't know if you've got the whole picture but Spocks not exactly working on all thrusters!!" retorts a worked up McCoy
"It'll come back to him" reassures Kirk with doubt written all over his face.
"Are you sure?" presses McCoy
Kirks looking lost now.
"Thats what i thought." An anguished McCoy leaves Kirks side.
Kirk seemed to take Mc Coys antics in his stride. Its a pity McCoy didn't prescribe himself some of his own medicine! A hypospray or two is good for you! Doc! It would have done wonders for his stress levels. Uhuru which means freedom in Swahili was at her communications station.
Sulu was at the helm and Chekov was at the weapons station.The plan was to warp the Bounty around the sun accounting for time computation, warp capability acceleration and deceleration, ship mass, etc and of course most important of all,
" making the best guess that i can." explained Spock earnestly to Dr McCoy at a critical moment. Scotty held the ship together in the engine room with the re-energized Klingon crystals. One of his funniest lines in Star Trek IV is when he informs Kirk,
" Admiral I have replaced the Klingon food packs, they were giving me a sour stomach!"
" O, Is that what it was?" Clearly Kirk was miles away only he didn't care for the details.
One solar flare colliding with the Bounty could have sent them off course but the ship survived. The slingshot as Dr McCoy aptly put it was successful and so too was the movie. It was a hit! Its been hailed as one of the most popular and successful of the movies.
Star Trek Generations starred the next generation crew, the Duras sisters, Captain Kirk, Scotty and Chekov. There was also a mad El Aurian physicist called Soran. We all know Geordi. For such a smart guy, Geordi visor actually betrayed him and the Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Soran removed his visor and ingeniously rigged it during the film. When Geordi returned to the Enterprise his vision was restored only the Chief Engineer was now a spy for the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D's enemies! It was so weird seeing him going around the ship like this.
" Human females are so ugly, Uggh how repulsive" replied the duras sisters completely nauseated.
" He must be the only engineer in starfleet that doesn't go to engineering"
The hotblooded Duras Sisters were truly angry now. Georgi's wanderings eventually lead him to Main Engineering much to the bloodthirsty delight of the sisters. His visor transmits the Enterprises shield modulation of 257.4 and like a hot knife through butter, the poor Enterprise is wrecked by the Klingon bird of preys torpedoes. This movie was clever in its use of technology against stars with their orbiting planets being wiped out in the aftershock. The fact Soran rationalised massacring millions to Captain Picard proved the El Aurian was quite mad.
Soran's objective was to alter the gravitational pull of a star which would then redirect an interstellar space phenomena which Guinan called the nexus or energy ribbon. This nexus was a heavenly place to live in where time couldn't creep up on you. Time simply had no meaning in the Nexus. By launching a rocket into the suns core, the direction of the energy ribbon was altered to a neighbouring planet or location, in time to carry the El Aurian to a new plain of happy existence. Killing a star did have an unfortunate side effect though..... In its aftermath followed a level 12 shockwave wiping out every living entity on neighbouring planets, blowing entire worlds to stardust. Lovely chap, Soran.
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