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Doctor Robert
Wed, Jul 12, 2017, 2:48am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S2: The 37's

To comment on some of the points above:

-To be fair, this was the mid-90s. People by-and-large didn't think cosmic radiation and micro-meteors would damage stuff left in space as much as they apparently do.
-Also, people didn't yet realize that radio signals typically don't last more than a light-year before they become static... of course Briori tech could've amplified the signal and/or Voyager's sensors must be amazing (if they can pick up rust in space, they can pick up an extremely weak radio signal).

-The whole "20th Century humans were primitive hairy monkeys" thing in Star Trek goes back to TOS, back when they weren't sure how far into the future the show was actually set... (maybe by 4000AD, they'll think the 20th century is ancient)
The "theory" is supposedly this:
1. There were two extremely devastating wars on Earth, The Eugenics Wars in the 1990s and World War III, which lasted from the 2020s to 2053ish. WWIII was definitely part-nuclear and I think some nukes were tossed around during the Eugenics Wars too. A lot of history and culture was supposedly lost.
2. Earth History takes a back seat in 24th Century schools, even on Earth (less so during Kirk's time), which explains why Harry Kim is so ignorant to Fords and trucks.
3. Space and technology and moving forward are paramount (hehehe) to Federation culture. Historians and history buffs are kind of ostracized: Tom Paris was in prison before he joined Voyager (because his dad didn't like his love for history, in a very basic nutshell) and Lt. McGivers on the TOS Enterprise chooses to join up with Khan, who's described as 90's Hitler, rather than stay with Starfleet. As for Picard, well, he's got enough Mary Sue powers to get by...

Of course the whole "so much culture and history was lost in WWIII and the Eugenics Wars" argument falls flat so often. Apparently the Voyager computer has copies of a '57 Chevy and a '69 Camaro for Paris to play around with in the holodeck... he even gets a friggin' TV filled with cartoons and shows at some point. Also it's weird that Shakespeare's and da Vinci's (et al) writings survive through "such devastation" (strange too that all the 90's people except Khan that Trek encounters seem to not know who the heck Khan is...).

Yeah, Star Trek has more plot holes than a SoCal freeway. I suggest reasons 2 and 3 are more logical reasons.

On this episode: it was average. Not the best and there certainly are worse episodes in Trekdom. I think it would've been more interesting if they had Earhart's "Ooh, space!" counter Janeway's "Ooh, planet!" desires. That would've been pretty interesting. Alas, pacing sucked in this episode (not as bad as some, though).

I feel like if Star Trek: Voyager was made today and was a Netflix series, Earhart would've definitely joined Voyager. Back in the day, they probably would've been all "we can't have Amelia Earhart Star Trek! What is this? A joke? Nuck, nuck, nuck!" It was very much the mentality of "episode of the week, villain of the week, problem of the week, nick-nack novelty of the week. This needs to be generic enough to pick up at any point and have little continuity." These days TV has gotten so much more relaxed and aware-of-itself and the production values have gone through the atmosphere. They'd want to do something wacky like this because TV is now serial based rather than episode based.

On the other hand, at this point Voyager already had an overly-curious young lady with a bob-hairdo and her kinda-boyfriend goofy male sidekick (*cough*Kes and Neelix*coughcough*)...
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