FAN QUESTION: Can Dilithium be Replicated if it can be transported?
There always seems to be lively debates in the “Star Trek” fan community.
Perhaps nothing more than the “original” Trek debate, which began with the premiere of “The Next Generation” in 1987.
Fans of William Shatner’s Kirk, Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, and DeForrest Kelley’s McCoy were not ready to accept a new crew and a new ship.
They didn’t want their swashbuckling hero, who flew his Enterprise by the seat of his pants, replaced by a bald captain (Picard), who would instead negotiate.
Marina Sirtis, who played Counselor Deanna Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” recalls those times fondly.
On his radio show, she told the BBC’s Graham Norton exactly how it went, according to ComicBook.com.
Sirtis told Norton, “The fans despised the fact that we were on.”
“People assume it’s always been this way because we’ve been so successful.”
But no, I’d go to conventions with 30 people and they’d all be sitting with their arms crossed, saying things like, ‘How dare you take the place of our heroes?’ So we really had to win our audience.”
Picard, Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Geordi (LeVar Burton), and the rest of the crew eventually gained popularity.
Alex Kurtzman, the current Star Trek president, admitted that these debates are beneficial to the fandom and franchise.
Kurtzman told Space.com in 2020 that “debate is essential.”
“I believe that if you have a 50/50 split, you are doing well.”
When you get to 9010, you’re in big trouble.
So, in general, my impression is that we listen to them and try to incorporate what they have to say — and since we’re all fans, it would be foolish of us not to.”
As Kurtzman explains, debate is one of the things that keeps Trek fans interested and engaged.
Anyone who has doubts can look up Trek arguments and debates on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.
A Question That’s Radioactive
A recent comment on a Facebook group for “Star Trek: Discovery” sparked debate.
“Why didn’t ships just replicate more dilithium when ‘The Burn’ destroyed all of it?” one fan wondered. “Dilithium can be transported, and it works afterwards — so why couldn’t it be?”
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