Monday, August 27, 2012

STARDATES used in Star Trek: TOS

The Original 1980 VHS Rental Store Cassette Cover

My personal take on the Stardates used in TOS

Now, according to both Phil Farrand,

 author of "The Nitpicker's Guides" 
and my very own deductive reasoning skill's, 
I have come to accept that every 
1000 Stardate Units is = to one "Star Year". 
Each Stardate is an 8-hour work shift 
and three shifts is equal to a 24 hour "day".  
Despite all the crap ever written about this subject - 
 I promise If you will stick with me on this - 
  this works. 

Yes, I know there are certain episodes where the

 Stardate given during Kirk's voiced over Log entry 
does not allow for enough passage of time for those 
events during some of the episodes to occur. 
However, I think this is due to a post production
 problems that occurred in the timing of the ADR,
 ( and IF you allow for that - it all works) 

Point of Interest:

 Stardates had yet to be introduce when 
 Captain Pike had command.

 After further research and study, 
I believe that one must not look at the episodes
in production order, and or by broadcast order,
 but rather by the "Stardate order" in order to
 get the correct intended order of the episodes.  
This also may have been the main reason why 
 Columbia House Video released the 1st 
Star Trek mail order VHS series in ...
 of all things "Stardate order." 
 This is how it should work. 

 The CBS /  C.H. Video Library" 

Season One -
 Episodes 1-6, 10, and 14, take place 
 during the 1st year of the 5-year mission. 
 Episode 17, "The Squire of Gothos" ,
 Stardate 2124.5 "happens" at the beginning of 
the second year of the mission,
while episodes 7-9, 13, and 16, 
( by air date order) take place during end of year two, 
based on the Star Date's given of 2712 - 2947.  
The rest of "Season One" takes place
 at the start of year three of the mission 
     and covers through Star Date: 3417

I'll give you one example:
I'd like to point out that the Stardate given 
 for the Season One Episode
  "The Menagerie Parts One & Two" is 3012.4, 
which would put those events at the very start of
  the crew just beginning their 3rd year together,
and that means this episode takes place after the events 
seen in ""The Galileo Seven" and "Court Martial"  

That would be about right based upon the fact that
 Kirk stated he took over Command of the Enterprise 
from Capt. Pike & Spock states he served with Pike 
for "Eleven years, four months, and five days". 
Later during his hearing Spock states that the events 
from "The Cage" took place "thirteen years ago." 
So, that begs the question- Did Pike command not one, 
but rather two - Five year missions with a year in 
between them in order for the ship to get a refit? 
 Could Spock have been under Pike's command 
 before the Enterprise 1st launched for it's 1st 5-year
 mission under Pike?  Sure, why not?

 We know that Pike took over the Enterprise from 
Capt. Robert April ( the 1st to Captain the Enterprise) 
after April's Original Shakedown cruise and the ship's
 very 1st 5 year mission under him that followed. 
 This all works. Thirteen years - less eleven equals 
two full years that Kirk has been in Command! 
This is the reason  why Kirk and McCoy  both know 
and trust Spock so well at this point into the show. 
 Even though the Menagerie Parts One and Two are
 only the 11th and 12th episodes to air, 
 (the 16th produced) what is more important here 
 is the Stardates. 

Gene knew that there would be production delays
 & that episodes would be aired out of production order.
 When there were problems, like with say, 
 "Assignment: Earth", "they" would simply not assign
 a Stardate to that episode. That way the episode could
 "fit in" anywhere, since all of the episodes are
 "stand alone" episodes that don't really depend on 
  one another.

If  "Where No Man" takes place in 2265,
 ( Stardate: 1312)  then Menagerie takes place 
  at the beginning of 2267. Subtracting thirteen years
 would place "The Cage"  near the very end of 2254.  
  By then the Enterprise herself was almost ten years old,
    since she was built in 2245.

Season 2 actually begins during year three, 
and contains some nine episodes from year 
four of the 5-year mission,
 starting with "Bread and Circuses"
  (Star Date 4040.7)  and should end with
"Return to Tomorrow"  
Stardate 4768 - the highest Stardate 
          number  in Season Two.)

Finally, that brings us to Season Three, which really 
takes place through the end of  the last year
of the mission, ending with Stardate of 5943.7
 w/ "All our Yesterdays", the "Zarabeth" episode. 
( as the events seen in "Turnabout" "happened"
                              before this episode. )
   It's my personal belief that it was those events 
that happened to Spock in that episode that served
 as the main reason as to WHY he went to the planet 
Vulcan to purge all of those emotions when Enterprise
 was being refit through Stardate 7411 at the beginning
 of  "The Motion Picture".

Note: Trek's last Episode to be produce and that aired, "Turnabout" had a Star Date of 5928.5.

 I think this helps explain how we can have an episode 
like "Elaan of Troyius" (Stardate 4372.5) between two
 episodes like "Wink of an Eye" (Stardate 5710) and
 "Whom Gods Destroy" (Stardate 5718.3) 
It means those events in "Elann" took place during
 the 4th year of the Mission, 
while the events in the other two episodes 
"happened" during the 5th year of the ship's mission.
And that is my take. 

The 4th and 5th year are not really "missing".
 The stories that were NOT told really would 
have taken place during a large chunk of year two
 (Stardates 2130-2700) and some during year three
 ( Stardates 3800-4400).

What do you think?
Thanks in advance.