Monday, February 18, 2019


Star Trek Discovery has a Section 31. Surprised? You should be because these guys should be invisible. Continuity changes in CBS/Netflix StarTrek are boldly going with clandestine operations laced with advanced technology. So whats normal for Starfleet these days? and why get bothered about it? So lets examine the facts....

 Technology we have today started out in Top Secret army projects way back when in the 1960's. It was like deep, deep undercover Top Secret, stuff. I mean no-one, except the army guys knew what on earth was going on. Starting with computers to satellites, Top Secret stuff was passed on down to intelligence agencies like the NSA and CIA before eventually becoming "de-classified" for civilian use later on. So for Star Trek.......

 Believe it or not, this happens in the real world we know today! Now we're watching it on Star Trek Discovery! The reason we know this to be true,  DARPA a branch of the Department of Defense helped produce a lot of technology which the average Joe was clueless about at the time. What’s unbelievable is a lot of 60's DARPA research isn't so harebrained. Cool inventions like computers and smartphones in our 21st century sprung from somewhere, right? Hence for Star Trek the neat concept "Section 31" was born.

 So now earthers communicate to each other using cutting edge innovations/contraptions whose very existence originated at agencies like DARPA. But in Star Trek, remember there is no military. We have Section 31 and Starfleet. "Cornwell" involvement in an episode shows that Section 31 is a known division of Starfleet. Its agents answer to Starfleet officers despite taking orders from "Control." This is a far cry from Section 31 stand in the 24th century whereby it hid its relationship from Starfleet. This maintained Starfleet's pristine image and perpetuates Section 31 as a myth.

Still, someone had to design all this space age futurism which took intelligence and scientific know how, wouldn't you say?.

Perhaps Discovery writers are taking their inspiration from things like DARPA, TOS, with S31 as the ace in the hole. Since so much of Star Trek does actually come from real world events, societies and organizations I wouldn’t be at all surprised, would you?


Monday, February 04, 2019


Earth is moving through space at a phenomenal rate of 1.3 million miles per hour, scary no? That means one thing. Everyday, happy earthies relax sitting in our favourite armchairs watching Star Trek - but ask yourself one question... Have we really got a clue how fast we're moving through space?  We just don't notice the Earths rotation and why should we? - because while she spins, we geek out and sit back happily for the ride.

Travelling in space means having to adjust to a large scale where even distance, time, and lifeforms can be enormous. Fortunately gravity holds us tightly to the spinning core of our planet.

In Star Trek there are some cosmic creatures the USS Enterprise has encountered and barely survived to tell the tale.

The Space Amoeba is one of the most bizzare and largest - 11,000 miles in length, it drained Captain Kirks ship.

The Doomsday Machine decimated entire regions of space, eating planets along the way. Its earned its nickname "Planet Killer" by terrorizing populated worlds.

The Crystalline Entity looked like a huge snowflake and traveled throughout the galaxy on electromagnetic power by digesting organic matter. Its appetite wasn't quite as massive as the Doomsday Machine but people perished.

Farpoint Station was investigated by the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D. Inhabitants of Deneb IV constructed the place except the station turned out to be an intelligent creature! Its twin tried to free it by attacking from space. Bad creature, bad creature.

Nagilum was an immortal being from outside the universe who was in fact an alien scientist with a vast intelligence. Fascinated with life and death Nagilum experimented on the Enterprise-D crew inflicting despair and misery. I mean this alien was bad news, QED. Pascal was the first to die which outraged Picard, still the creatures curiosity had to be satisfied. He tested the boundries of humanoids using "limited existence" as a paradigm. Murdering the Enterprise-D crew and threatening the ship was I assume part of the "rats in a maze" experiment. His conclusions were I have to admit, quite interesting, Tell me what you think.

You seem to find no tranquility in anything.
You struggle against the inevitable,
You thrive in conflict,
You are selfish, yet value loyalty.
You are rash, quick to judge, slow to change,
Its amazing you've survived,
Be that as it may, as a species we have no common ground.
You are too aggressive, too hostile, too militant.
You too have been evaluated, - It would seem we have one thing in common.
Your point well taken Captain - alien laughs
Only next time we meet it will be out here in the stars.

Which cosmic space creature have you got a soft spot for?

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