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pauladz
Mar 13, 2019
@Karen Chuplis When I grew up, virtually everyone's father had fought in WWII. After school entertainment was not TOS, but old war movies. I've often wondered what happened to them all - I guess they're in a vault somewhere. My father stayed in for twenty years, most of those in the reserves after the Korean War, and when he died two years ago, a color guard was present to fold the flag that was draped over his coffin. I myself was not in the military, but worked on US army and air force bases in Europe teaching college courses to the troops. Officially, I was a "friend of the military" and had a military ID, got orders for each new class assignment, and was constantly asked if I was military or civilian. :) One thing I learned was that military people and their families are under a lot of constraints that civilians would be very surprised about. One simple example: leaving your dog unattended in your car would bring the MPs down on you. It's a different way of life, but many people do take to it. But, IIRC, Gene Roddenberry, who was in the service (as it used to be commony called), wanted to de-emphasize the military aspects of Starfleet. No saluting, for instance. Starfleet's mission was to explore, as we know, not to be an offensive force, though, of course, defense measures were often necessary. There are uniformed services today whose primary purpose is to explore the planet; I went on a mapping cruise of the north Pacific Ocean bottom with NOAA, which was a terrific experience. So a model for Starfleet does exist. BTW, why is Tyler still in Starfleet? Pike said that what he had against Tyler was that he killed an officer. Wouldn't he have been cashiered immediately? Another question for the lawyers: what if the guy he killed isn't dead? One last comment. Science fiction used to be written by scientists. Not no more. I'd like to the writers' dictionary of scientific terms from them, or should I say, block the website, because there are so many errors and misunderstandings in the dialogue, and it does get to be annoying.
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pauladz
Feb 22, 2019
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