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My nerdiness is coming through:

There had been a Federation-Romulan War 90 (?) years prior to the original series, but no one had seen what a Romulan looked like until the Original series because ship-to-ship video communication had not yet been developed at that time. The big surprise in that episode was that Romulans looked like Vulcans, resulting in one character to become bigoted against Spock since his grandfather (?) had been killed during the Romulan War. This was about the ninth episode of the original series. ("Balance of Terror" was the name, and it was a pretty good episode. One nice tough: the Romulan commander was played by Mark Lenard who alter played Spock's father in the episode "Journey to Babel" and a few of the movies. He also played a Klingon captain in the first movie.)

If the spoilers are true, (spoilers following, obviously) the movie deals with a Romulan plot to change history so that James T. Kirk doesn't become the great starship he turned out to be. I know more alleged spoilers, but I'll spare your readers further spoilage in case they want to enjoy it unspoiled.

Sadly, all of the above was typed from memory. I'm a such a nerd.

Posted by Paul Smith Jr at November 23, 2008 09:29 AM

All true, dat.

Mark Lenard was also featured in "TNG" as Spock's father, and ultimately met his demise in "Unification" -- which featured Leonard Nimoy as Spock attempting to work out a "unification" between Vulcan and Romulus.

The Romulans were featured in "Enterprise" too, but I can't remember if it was established that they were actually seen by humans or not. There was also a dangling plotline, left behind due to the series' cancellation. It had some "mutant" Romulan controlling a ship telepathically or something.

Posted by Hube at November 23, 2008 01:49 PM

As I recall, the Enterprise episode that dealt with the Romulans did *not* show them. We just saw the Bird of Prey and a bunch of cloaked mines.

I have only the vaguest memories of the mutant Romulan episode. Enterprise wasn't a series in which I wanted to watch episodes more than once.

Posted by Darren at November 23, 2008 01:56 PM

I think you're right, Darren. But do the Romulans call [some of] their ships "Birds of Prey" too? I thought that was just the Klingons.

Posted by Hube at November 23, 2008 02:02 PM

Actually Mark Lenard played the Romulan commander in Balance of Terror. He's one of a handful (or perhaps two or three handfuls) of actors who have had more than role in Trek.

I find the Kirk/Uhura stuff off-putting. First of all it looks rather puerile with the emphasis on Uhura getting undressed. And 2, though it's a minor point - Uhura's reticence in "Plato's Stepchildren" seemed to reflect unrequited and unconsummated feelings.

Posted by soccer dad at November 23, 2008 02:31 PM

The Enterprise episode featuring Romulans did show the Romulans onscreen--but no humans saw them within the show.

And the mutant wasn't Romulan, but Andorian.

As time went on, I became more forgiving of Enterprise. It didn't trample on canon too much, and if the ship had had a name other than Enterprise it wouldn't have been nearly as bad. After all, things like the Federation and Starfleet already existed by the time Kirk started his 5 year mission--those things came into being somehow, and exploring that "somehow" is a reasonable plotline.

Posted by Joe R. at November 26, 2008 11:42 PM

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