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buckner3 06-06-2013 06:47 AM

A bit off topic: Opinion- Star Trek Animated Series: Cannon or Not?
Just curious what people here think about the short lived Animated series by Filmation.

For the record, I'm in the camp of "Yes" it is canon. As there are many elements that first appeared in STA that we take as "Obviously this is in Star Trek", such as Holodecks, Kirk's middle name, even the ONE time Kirk actually said "Beam me up Scotty" - in STO we have "Personal Shields" as well as the Caitians and Ferasians (well the Ferasians are basically STA's Kzinti, but due to licensing issues re-named them).

So what's the opinion of STO players, just curious.

starkaos 06-06-2013 06:58 AM

Obviously Star Trek: The Animated Series is not Cannon since there is no similarities between the two. Star Trek: TAS is a cartoon while a Cannon is a military weapon. As far as it being Canon, it could be as Canon as STO is, but would need confirmation from someone in charge of deciding if it is as Canon as the series and movies.

turbomagnus 06-06-2013 07:01 AM

Personally, I'm okay with it being canon. Like every other Trek shows, it's had its bad episodes (Giant-sized genetics scientist clones wanting to create a race of Spocks to rule the universe) and its stand-out episodes (The one with the Guardian of Forever where Spock has to go back in time and help his younger self stay on the path that would turn him into the man he is).

tomin8r 06-06-2013 07:04 AM

TEN FORWARD? Canon or not.

syberghost 06-06-2013 07:51 AM

Moved to the "a bit off topic" forum. :)

captainrevo1 06-06-2013 07:53 AM

I have always considered it soft canon, like the books, comics and games. it happened but in some alternate reality that i can ignore if i want.

for me it has to be shown on film with real actors to be canon regardless of what is said.

felixhex 06-06-2013 09:19 AM

Before I give my two cents I want to say I am sick of having to log in a second time in order to post. I stay logged in automatically, 24/7. Then when I click post I have to log in, then click on STO among all the other PWE games out there. It is beyond annoying now....

I look at the animated series as canon. The original stars play there characters, the stories are far fetched and the different aliens are cool. I see it as canon. I don't look at stuff as soft or hard canon. Either it is or it isn't to me. If its not to me, then its in another dimension/timeline/universe/alternate reality/etc.

claransa 06-06-2013 09:33 AM

I would say its considered canon officially but I question that logic until I can actually watch TAS

grylak 06-06-2013 09:34 AM

I see no reason why it can't be canon. Call it the 4th year of their 5 year mission, with Chekov having transferred somewhere back below decks (where he was in season 1) and that 3 armed guy having taken over his posting. Nothing in any following series contradicts it, other than to say Kang/Kor/whichever one had the tribble incident never fought Kirk. And that could simply be put down to either his age at the time he met Curzon making him a bit forgetful, or he just didn't tell anyone about that battle due to the very.... very embarrising way it ended for him.

steamwright 06-06-2013 09:43 AM

I heard years ago that Roddenberry considered certain parts and episodes to be canon, but not all of it. I don't recall the source of that conversation, sorry. :( I don't know all of what he considered canon, but I'm pretty sure it was said he considered the episode "Yesteryear" as canon. I suspect Robert April was also considered canon.

I personally see the tripodial Lt. Arex as canon. For a while, I thought I glimpsed either him or another Edosian in the background in the new movies, but I'm now thinking I was mistaken.

I'd also like to think the tribble predator is canon.

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