if you commit a crime and are then cryogenically frozen or experience time dilation, does the statute of limitations count only the years as you experienced them, or does it count the longer period that the state has experienced?
Kirk just ended a utopian pre-warp society, introducing death where there was none, cuz his idea of ✨freedom✨ overrules the prime directive I guess. the show plays it as a positive, and when Spock compares it to Eden, Kirk just makes a crack that Spock looks like satan
this show explains so much about the 20th century, in the worst ways
@else Real reason: the latter. Though the difference is acknowledged (but not explained) in an episode of either TNG or DS9. (I forget which, but it involves someone asking Worf about it, and he was in both shows so 🤷. Anyway his answer was basically "we don't like to talk about it".)
@alahmnat @else IIRC, the Klingons got interested in Soong and wondered if they could do something to make themselves better/faster/stronger warriors. They got their hands on some of the old human augment tech, tweaked it a little, and ended up with a virus which spread across the galaxy and left them with this scar.
Out of universe, I think that was retcon and originally they just hadn't thought of it yet.
@else Iirc the plot reason was some artificial genetic changes the klingons did for some war reason or something
(but yeah apparently they just didn't think of it and had to patch it into the universe afterwards)
@else Just looked it up: Apparently there's a bit of explanation in ST:ENT (which I didn't catch on to while watching in the past though), stating it was due to some gen-modifying virus created during attempts to bioengineer "better" warriors: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Klingon_augment_virus
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