Gonwee wrote:I thought enterprise was suppose to be a remodernised startrek. Like the comunicator is cell phone sized and the thing on tos is alot bigger. And just becuase it has the word phase in it doesn't mean it is a phaser. It could just be a better version of a laser.
How could it be a modernized version of star trek when it takes place 100 years before? It has to have A LOT of crappy tech, unless the origional series is the "dark years" of Star Trek or it so happens that all knowledge of technology was reduce by 10 folds.
It also can not be a better version of a laser because they used lasers in TOS. The only reason and best reason for the usage of phase, to me is that the weapon they use probably phases out after distance or time. In other words the strength and quality of the weapon reduce over firing distance and over time and can be increased by just recharging. That theory is only a theory
and it isn't proven or sited anywhere. It is the only way I could reason out this minor continuity "mistake" of Berman and Brag compared to the giant "mistakes" of theirs.
Actually, phase cannons arent a mistake: they actually support text right out of the TNGTM.
In the book, Rick wrote that the word "Phaser" was actually a holdover term used to refer to the modern day nadion-based weapons the Federation now uses. The actual, more primitive relatives of the phaser used a "phasing" effect.
Guess what this means? It supports the weapons used in ENT, and actually bolsters the canon status of that section of the TNGTM. So, at least for this small detail, they got it right.
Besides, the Encyclopedia is actually one of the most innacurate, unreliable, and outdated sources of information for Star Trek. Obviously, the Romulans DID have some from of warp drive in "Balance of Terror," as seen in the nacelles. Gene would've NEVER allowed a sublight ship to carry such nacelles: so the BoP had FTL ability.
However, Scotty did say that the ship was powered by "simple impulse." However, he did not say that it was LIMITED to sublight speeds. Although less efficient, it has been shown that Warp Drive can be powered by Fission and Fusion reactions as seen in First Contact. It is very possible that the Romulans were either already working on their Quantum Singularity Drives and did not have the technology ready by then, or that they had less advanced technology than the Federation. Both the latter and the former additionally support the technological "alliance" seen in "The Enterprise Incident," were early V-11 "Stormbirds" (FASA designation for Romulan D7's) intercepted the Enterrpise. Obviously, they got the ships from somewhere; either by theft or exchange.
If they were stolen, would they risk destoyring or damaging their new "prizes" aginst the Federations most powerful ship at the time? I think that the Klingon accuring cloaking technology in ST3 serves to say that there was some kind of "exchange."
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