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# 113
12-05-2012, 05:31 AM
Originally Posted by sollvax View Post
Patrick is British (Scottish I believe if you go far enough back)
Piccard is half and half (French and British)
Picard is 100% French. French people have British accents in Star Trek TNG.

any change changes everything after it (second law of time)
There is no agreed upon set of rules there. Not in science and not in fiction.

Destiny is a force which renders stray impact from time travel largely irrelevant in Star Trek. By and large, history is unaffected by time travel in Star Trek and small changes have no consequences. There is no butterfly effect. Unlike the Bradbury story, stepping on a butterfly changes nothing.

You do NOT and should NOT obsess over details, the way most writers approach time travel.

assuming he even survived the holocaust of the cadets
You're treating this like a real world. DON'T. Never try to map out what is plausible in your fiction, please. What happens if what the writers want to happen. Tuvok (who was born off world on a Vulcan colony, years after the event of the movie) will be born if the writers will it. There doesn't ever need to be any more logic than that.

In the Mirror Universe, Vulcan was enslaved. And yet Spock was born. The entire Enterprise crew was born. On schedule. And Tuvok was born as well.

The writers' will is all that matters on this kind of thing. If they want every TNG character to be born, all they have to do is write it happening. If they want none of them to be born, all they have to do is write it not happening. And it doesn't matter that much anyway because there are other universes like the Prime Universe where the TNG crew exists. So what's wrong with wiping out Vulcan or Picard's ancestor or Worf's ancestor in one timeline?

less people exist in his timeline
especially as an entire generation of starfleet cadets died on mass
And if they conveniently didn't include any ancestors of TNG characters? So what.

but if you take out the source the river dries up
And if the writers want, maybe Starfleet works with Spock Prime to identify and clone everyone who died to keep the timeline on track.

There will be no locutus
Locutus doesn't even have to be Picard, not that Picard is in danger. And they could always have an alternate Picard turn up, join Starfleet, and become Locutus. What happens is whatever the writers tell us happens.

changes in timeline are Already negative
they must logically become more so
Causality should not be for the audience to determine. What happens, again, is whatever the writers say happens.