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Ensign
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
# 15
03-11-2013, 08:01 PM
I'm sorry to post on this after 5 months of inactivity, but I just saw this, and hrisvalar's thesis is outstanding. That had never occurred to me before, and helps to explain a key inconsistency in time travel as seen on Star Trek (well, aside from the explanation that that's just what the writer wanted to make the show work better, of course). Namely, why are some people/events protected by grandfather paradoxes, and others aren't? On the one hand, the Defiant colony, Old Molly O'Brien, etc., instantly disappear when their existence can't logically occur given changes made to the past. On the other hand, Alternate Tashar Yar and Spock Prime survive when events transpire that should "destroy" their timelines--and themselves included. They don't disappear: Alternate Tasha goes on to have Sela, and Spock Prime gets to chill in the epilogue of the new movie. This looks like to be the destructive kind of time travel hrisvalar is talking about. Again, well done.