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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I liked the battle. Using lots of small fighters made more sense than a few large ships slugging it out. Of course, then you wonder why those fighters weren't used in later stories.
    In ST, larger warships have more power and stronger shields. That's why DS9's Defiant was such a problem child when first introduced, it was "too much ship" for its size.
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    Freeby News Alert! Star Trek Discovery is now showing as reruns on CBS regular cable, Thursdays at 10pm EST. Caught the first episode last Thursday, it refreshed my memory from when CBS aired it as a teaser 3 years ago. Finally some new Sci-Fi on TV, new to me anyways. Happy Viewing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    I'm more surprised that English hasn't changed a lot more than just those words in 300 (or whatever) years.
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    The characters' speech (or subtitle) has to be understandable to the audience. So most TV shows just go with current speaking patterns of the intended viewer. Anything that uses future slang has to be intuitive to modern ears and go with the setting (Firefly did this well, but the Belter patois of Expanse leaves me glassy-eyed). Creating new words consistent with this principle would require a great deal of commitment to the concept.
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    Sometimes I look at a tech news-site and consider how many of the headlines would have been understandable without additional context two or three decades past. There have been days I’ve looked at, for instance, Ars Technica and decided none would have been. There sometimes can be too many references to new companies, new technologies and new terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
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    The characters' speech (or subtitle) has to be understandable to the audience. So most TV shows just go with current speaking patterns of the intended viewer. Anything that uses future slang has to be intuitive to modern ears and go with the setting (Firefly did this well, but the Belter patois of Expanse leaves me glassy-eyed). Creating new words consistent with this principle would require a great deal of commitment to the concept.

    The Trek conceit is that you are viewing the events through a universal translator. If it works for alien languages it probably works for future English too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parallaxicality View Post
    The Trek conceit is that you are viewing the events through a universal translator. If it works for alien languages it probably works for future English too.
    They could do an episode where the translator device breaks down, and the crewmembers find none of them are speaking the same language...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    They could do an episode where the translator device breaks down, and the crewmembers find none of them are speaking the same language...
    Picard only speaks French, and his voice is nasal and annoying. He just has a really well programmed translator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    They could do an episode where the translator device breaks down, and the crewmembers find none of them are speaking the same language...
    There was an episode of Star Trek Discovery where that happened. Its actually a pretty good bit.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIKppXg0sYw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    There was an episode of Star Trek Discovery where that happened. Its actually a pretty good bit.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIKppXg0sYw
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