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Poll of the Week: All the Time in the World

Jona ch'Ranni

Poll of the Week: All the Time in the World  

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  1. 1. When and where would you like your ship to go for a time-bending mission?

    • Be thrust back in time by Q to observe the beginnings of the Borg and be forced to decide if you can morally intervene to stop it.
    • Travel through an unstable wormhole to early 21st century Earth and meet a pivotal historical figure. (Do not go to 2020!)
    • Slingshot around a star back 2000 years ago to Vulcan and assist Surak in uncovering a temporal cold war.
    • A temporal mechanics experiment goes awry and sends you back in time to prehistoric times where you must avoid being eaten by dinosaurs.
    • Suffer the effects of a space anomaly, but get thrown forward thirty years in the future where you meet the next generation of Starfleet officers and seek their help on how to return.
    • Somewhen else (Tell us more in the comments!)

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A common trope in Star Trek is time travel. Securely in the realm of science fiction, this process is achieved several times through the series and movies. Whether it is an anti-time anomaly, the interference of powerful aliens, or an unexpected accident, time travel features prominently in the storylines we’ve come to love. Why is time travel such a popular subject?

Each of us wishes we could jump to a new time, "putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that the next leap will be …" (wait, wrong show). The truth is that the past (and the future) fascinate us. So often we are taught that the past is immutable, and the future is untouchable except abstractly by our present actions. But what if we could directly effect the past or future? What if our decisions could ripple out to change the present instead of the other way around?

One of the most popular episodes of TOS was “City on Edge of Forever” which found Kirk and Spock chasing McCoy through an alien time vortex to 1930s Earth. The captain is forced to choose between preserving the timeline and letting a woman he has fallen in love with die. 

It is these kinds of heavyweight moral decisions that make for great storytelling and time travel is one way to increase the stakes. But time travel adds another layer of complexity because it is a way that we could make the familiar – like Earth – more alien. Imagine being able to visit the Middle Ages, the time of Caesar, or the 60s. Time travel could also allow us to see events that are only mentioned in passing within the Star Trek universe but that could be explored and expanded upon to make the “history” more real.

The possibilities are endless.

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I was fully prepared to scream "ANCIENT ROME, ANCIENT ROME" until I went hoarse, but actually, upon seeing your options, the idea of travelling 30 years is fascinating. That's an inconsequential amount of time in the long run, but in personal history so much could change. Not to mention if we look at how society has changed in the last 30 years ourselves is just astonishing. I would love to do that as a mission. Especially considering the length of this group, who's to say we won't reach there anyway. 

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