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I'm not aware of any reason to suspect that Valeris is lying. Her explanation is consistent with remarks made by several characters in the film. The motives of the conspirators are explained in the same remarks. The Romulans want to keep two competing powers hostile toward each other. AMBASSADOR NANCLUS "Mr. President, they ARE vulnerable. There'll never ...


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The two crewmen are just sharing some nasty rumor that they have heard about the Klingons. The exact details of the rumor are unclear. We do not know whether the men have actually heard that the Klingons are manufactured (or cloned)—thus there being "top of the line models," in contrast to cheaper and more primitive ones. Or they might not mean "top of ...


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A popular use of the expression came in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where "only Nixon could go to China" is quoted by Spock as "an old Vulcan proverb". In the context of the film, it is given as a reason why James T. Kirk, a character with a history of armed conflict with the Klingons and a personal enmity for them, should escort ...


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Lieutenant Valeris, the female Vulcan who volunteered as helmsman, made the recording and gave it to the Klingons. From the movie, an hour and 26 minutes in: VALERIS: I did not fire. You cannot prove anything. KIRK: Yes I can. At my trial, my personal log was used against me. How long did you wait outside my quarters before I noticed you? The ...


10

In the film's official novelisation, we get a slightly different version of events. The UT is producing some pretty weird results and they're forced to rely on the paper books from the ship's library. On top of that, they get very lucky in that the border guard is a) Very drunk b) Hugely amused by their poor attempt at Klingon and c) Mistakes them for ale ...


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The imagery of the destruction of my namesake in Star Trek VI, which has become known as the "Praxis effect", was created by Industrial Light & Magic. The final form of the effect was the result of conversations between their Computer Graphics division and director Nicholas Meyer. Meyer was influenced by The Poseidon Adventure — specifically, an ...


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According to Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works, including novels, comic books, RPG sourcebooks, video games and any other licensed works: Following Captain Hikaru Sulu's attempt to cross into Klingon space and rescue Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy from the Klingons, the Excelsior came under heavy fire from Klingon warships....


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According to the Memory Alpha article on Qo'noS, the destruction of Praxis resulted in planning for evacuation of Qo'noS and led to the signing of the first Khitomer accord. The article on Praxis gives some more background information on the disaster. It says the destruction of the moon polluted the Ozone of Qo'noS and that the Klingons lacked the resources ...


8

We do. Go watch Star Trek: Nemesis. The Scimitar warship is capable of firing even while cloaked.


6

He was at the least a conspirator In that year, he was involved in a conspiracy to sabotage peace talks between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. While in a meeting with the Federation President after the arrest of James Kirk and Leonard McCoy, Nanclus lent his support to "Operation Retrieve," the proposal to infiltrate Klingon space and ...


5

Supernovas. The shockwaves of a supernova are frequently pointed out in astronomy, because it's one of the more spectacular effects visible with a telescope. The shockwaves from a supernova explosion can ionize the stellar gasses, causing some pretty awesome visuals. They are spherical shockwaves, but of course we can only see them in two dimensions from our ...


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Yes. I found this Vinyl LP for sale on eBay. It is listed as the Brazil Edition, so it is possible it wasn't released in the United States.


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I think disruptors are similar to phasers, in that the ship that fires them is connected to the beam, so it would not take a genius to shoot at the space where the beam is originating from to hit the cloaked vessel. Torpedoes, on the other hand, even if detected the instant they left the cloaking field, offer a much smaller clue as to where the firing ship ...


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Someone (I think it's Chekov) says that a universal translator would be recognized as such. I had always assumed that the sound of the UT would be obviously distinguishable from natural speech. This explains why they can use the UT to translate the incoming messages from Klingon but cannot use to produce the answers they send back. However, it does not ...


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Canonically, it is never made clear. He may have died in the line of duty, transferred to a different ship, been promoted, or some other option. However, the non-canon novel Star Trek Excelsior: Forged in Fire addresses the question directly. In that book Styles is killed during a bombing of some Klingon-Federation peace talks on the planet Korvat in 2289, ...


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This was address (tangentially) in a footnote in The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (2015 written by Kirk himself and edited by David Goodman. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a well-known Vulcan proverb, but its origin is unclear. It derives from the events of 20th-century Earth, when President of the United States Richard Nixon opened diplomatic relations with ...


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Spock's line is an ironic joke to us, but my take was that Vulcans, reasonably being well-schooled in the political histories of all the major Alpha Quadrant civilizations, found the Nixon/China story noteworthy enough to proverbialize it in their own civilization. Joshua above suggested that Spock changed the names from some Vulcan reference to Nixon and ...


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There doesn't seem to be any evidence of Chang's specific design being duplicated, which is probably because it didn't really work. At the end of the movie Uhura suggests locating the cloaked vessel by igniting its exhaust gasses, which are detectable. So the cloak is flawed, and once the flaw is known it isn't of much use again.


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(Drawing data from the TNG Technical Manual by way of Memory Apha/Photon Torpedo, Memory Alpha/Torpedo Tube, and Memory ALpha/Disruptor.) Photon Torpedoes are much a much more self-contained weapon than phasers or disruptors. While the ship expends energy initially to fire the torpedo, the warp-sustainer propulsion engine and payload is contained within the ...


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I think JRE is seriously overthinking it. From the very first time I saw this excellent movie my interpretation was always the same. Spock fully translates his proverbs. There must have been some incident in Vulcan history where the more antagonistic party is the one to make peace and reached the same saying. So Spock completes the translation by filling ...


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