I do not feel like a Zombie, nor am I powered by coffee, but I am enjoying the original series of Star Trek on DVD atm. You might be able to tell me why the episodes appear on DVD in a different order than they aired on television.
Thanks DA, for the great Star Trek question. Let me just say I've always prefered Star Trek TNG Stardate system to Star Trek's TOS series because TNG's version makes better sense!
To prove my point. TNG script co-ordinator Eric Stillwell served as the shows keeper of stardates for 5 years.
During Star Treks classic first production season, stardates advanced on average of about 57 units per episode. Why? No-one knows. It just looked and sounded good.
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To my mind TNG's clear cut stardate system is far easier to understand than the original, (sorry trekkies. you can beat the pulp out of me up in the comments later.) Heres a short TNG captains log entry to explain what
Captain log stardate 43999.5
First digit = Shows (24th) century. (The first digit is always 4 in TNG)
Second digit = Number of the shows current season.
Third, Forth and Fifth digits = Proceeds unevenly from 000 to 999 and is an episode guide. So 999 equates to the last day of the third season of star trek.
Decimal point/digit = The digit following the decimal point is generally regarded as a day counter.
1 unit = 24 hours.
The Head Melting stuff:
The reason Star Trek's classic stardate system is a little perplexing is because theres a few episodes in which stardates go backwards instead of going forwards from the previous weeks show. When I look at the correlating numbers logic goes out the airlock, LOL The official explanation for this phenomena is here:
Dorothy Fontana explains:
The late arrival of a completed writers script affected the filming of some episodes which put stardates in the original series out of sync. She gave no names!Is there a simple reason why Star Trek's production dates differ to the show airdates?
Stardates in general were never meant to be scrutinized in detail. The reason stardates fluctuated in TOS is because Star Trek production staff didn't always know which order the TV Network would air the episodes.
D A asked why the episodes on DVD differed to those aired on television. I've covered TOS and TNG to share my understanding of stardates during Star Trek's production which for one reason or another impacted on television airdates.
Question "why the episodes appear on DVD in a different order than they aired on television?"
When Star Trek TOS DVDs were released worldwide in 2004 fans got the yellow, blue and red boxsets with 79 regular episodes. We know Star Trek was mass marketed to appeal to fans everywhere.
The classic show episodes are supposed to be listed in order of their original airdates. However It is interesting to note Star Treks original pilot "the cage" isn't present in the classic yellow boxset. "The cage" was rejected as a pilot and never aired until October 15, 1988! The TV network NBC said it was too "cerebral." What it needed was more action and adventure and less geek. It was later included on the final disc in the original and "remastered" Season 3 DVD red boxsets.
Whats not widely known is Herb Solow saved Star Trek from the scrap heap! Gene Roddenberry's writers went back to the drawing board and came up with "Where No Man Has Gone before." Various factoids have been in play during Star Trek's 50 year reign in the galaxy which include:
1) Star Trek's Production episodes
2) Star Trek's DVD episodes
3) Star Trek TV Network Airdates
Memory Alpha lists Star Trek TOS DVD episodes in production order. While stardates are used to denote time and units per episode, ambiguous levels of meaning have arisen over time. We've had numerous Star Trek shows, trekkie vs trekker debates, Star Trek vs Star Wars, Star Trek reboots, conventions, technobabble, 4 and 5 digit stardate systems.
Which stardate system do you prefer? ? TOS or TNG or are you a Niner, Voyager or Star Trek Enterprise fan????
Where is the confused Techie Trekkie who created all this Star Trek turmoil? Lets get him! Have you ever seen a Romulan or a Klingon using stardates? Do you feel like having a Nomad meltdown after reading this?
Can you tell the difference between a real Zombie and a Trekkie? Find out on Friday what the difference is.!