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Old 11-15-2009, 10:05 PM
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Quite possibly not, but was the TCW strictly required to accomplish that? Highly unlikely.

All they really needed was to keep the early part of Human Space exploration connected to what had been roughly established, remove 26th Century meddlers and you have the exact same result.

Thus, the TCW becomes an unrequired component of the story.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:15 PM
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The TCW wasn't my favourite part of the show, especially not in its early days (which should have focused on more human and Earth-bound stories), but I liked the mystery part of it, e.g. "Future Tense" which also brought the Tholians back and casually established that these folks like to mess with the space-time continuum ("In a Mirror Darkly" !).
In the third season it became good with the spherebuilders.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:20 PM
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I just found it then, and still find it to be an element that added nothing substantial to the show.

There's nothing they really needed it for apart from the fact it was dictated by the studio (like so many poor Trek ideas) and didn't really work because the writers never had any intention of it making sense.

Even Berman etc said they never thought about who 'Future Guy' was and that were not going out their way to make a decision.

I know that Coto has indicated he would have made it a future Romulan but since that never made any aired material, the 'character' ended up meaningless.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:24 PM
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I agree that early part which was basically Future Guy & Suliban vs. humans was pretty bad. But when other factions came in it became better.

About Future Guy, I doubt that any revelations about his identity would have had any merits. Similar to the Doomsday machines, the Borg, etc.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:47 PM
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One one level, it also implies that the Federation didn't come about entirely naturally but was manipulated into existence a little bit because of the effects of the TCW and those involved in it.

Including some interference by the future Federation as well.

So could the formation and existence be a 'chicken or the egg' scenario? Given how much time travel was going on around it's early pre-formation years?
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