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Midnight Review

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It's time for another episode review! "Well it's midnight, damn right, we're wound up too tight". That's a line from Nickleback's song "Burn it to the Ground" and it's perfect to describe Star Trek Online's latest episode, Midnight. Everyone was wound up too tight, especially two key characters. Lieutenant, go to Spoiler Alert. We have an incoming review and plot breaches.

I could start from the beginning but it was just a bunch of cut scenes followed by tiny battles around Earth Space Dock that felt nothing like a large scale invasion. That's ok, because the real fun began when we travelled back in time using the Annorax. By some odd chance, Kagran arrives two weeks before us and this blood thirsty Klingon is suddenly infatuated with the Iconians. Huh? My only guess is that he wouldn't go through with the original plan without the rest of the team. He had time to observe the Iconians and Heralds, realizing they weren't really evil.

Fast forward to the cut-scene where the Iconians are escaping through the gateway to Dewa III and Sela freaks out and tries to kill them because they destroyed Romulus. When T'Ket flips out too and says he'll destroy her homeworld, she realizes that she's her own enemy and is the cause of Romulus getting destroyed. Back up a moment... did T'Key just call Sela a Romulan? How could he have known. I'm pretty sure Romulans didn't exist back then. Plot hole?

Clearly after this point, Sela has changed her ways. Still, shouldn't she be arrested for war crimes? I know she helped save the day by brining the Dominion to help us, but she always tried to kill the Iconians and in doing so caused Romulus to get destroyed. Let's not forget all the other crimes she committed before, like controlling Lieutenant Gaius Selan against his will. Perhaps Cryptic has further plans for her. I'll let this one slide, for now.

Finally, a part of me likes how they kept T'Ket as a potential villain in the future. The remaining Iconians are going to live on their world in peace while T'Ket will brood and be all angry for no reason. They got their orb back, what else does she want?! I'm only hoping that T'Ket is not our enemy when New Dawn starts. They need to give it a few more years before bringing T'Ket back. They also need to plan out their next story much better so they don't rush through it.

Overall I did enjoy Midnight, mainly because of how it ended. Clearly we couldn't beat them in combat so time was the only advantage and weapon we could use. I didn't expect going back in time, helping the Iconians, and returning their civilization to them in order to bring peace back to the galaxy. I give a lot of credit to the writer(s) for this. Aside from the plot holes, what did you think of Midnight?

Next week I'll be reviewing the entire Star Trek Online story that has been building since 2010!

Written by Attilio on September 13, 2015 at 09:12 pm


eaglescoutdjb (Member) said...
September 13, 2015 at 09:45 pm

The whole thing made no sense to me. It looked to me like none of the Iconians would have survived without our help, meaning the war would never have happened, and we still let them go. The last 5 years was our fault and instead of undoing the changes we made we let billions of people die in wars that shouldn't have happened.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
September 14, 2015 at 07:20 am

Predestination paradox at it's best lol. Frankly that's a part of Star Trek. Remember the episode where they discovered Data's head in a cave on Earth? The investigation that the Enterprise undertook is what led to Data's head turning up in that cave in the first place.

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Warburton1881 (Member) said...
September 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I was pleasantly surprised with the ending of Midnight. The earlier episodes had led me to think we were going to be the attacker who almost destroyed the Iconian civilization. Turning Star Trek into Mein Kampf and the Holocaust was not a prospect I was looking forward to.

Besides, both the holographic and actual attempts to change the past turned out to be disasters. Who knows what would have happened if the Iconians had actually been destroyed.

I'm a sucker for time travel stories, but most of them aren't very well thought out. Just about all scientists have convinced themselves that time travel is impossible, and the ones who aren't convinced don't understand the Theory of Relativity. By writing a story in which the present day history is unable to be changed by the time travelers, but their actions in the past are able to change the future, the authors avoided the paradoxes that plague most time travel stories. (The existence of a paradox is always the result of an incorrect or incomplete
explanation of an event.)

I thought the action in the story was a good mix of space action and ground action, mixed with a healthy dose of diplomacy. As far as the battles lacking the scale of a true Armageddon, you can only do so much on a small screen. Even on the big screen, the producer off the movie "Troy" was shocked when he saw what a thousand ships looked like on screen. He immediately cut the number down to a hundred and the movie was the petter for it.

Now, since our next series will be built around exploration, Im going to explore the galaxy map and see where they put Dewa III.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
September 14, 2015 at 07:16 am

Dewa III is New Romulus, so you won't see it on the map unless you're playing with a Romulan. I think up until the episode where you colonize new Romulus, it says Dewa III on the map.

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Warburton1881 (Member) replied...
September 16, 2015 at 02:28 am

You're right. I kind of remembered New Romulus being the former Dewa III, but I hadn't gotten around to looking for it with one of my Romulans.

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Herlock Sholmes (Guest) said...
September 14, 2015 at 07:55 pm

You missed the biggest loophole: just go to Dewa II (heck we have a transwarp) and give the world seed back. there problem done. No reasons for the iconian to be mad.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
September 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Possibly, but that would mean your ships would need to leave their hiding spot to pick you up at Dewa III and make them potential targets for the attacking aliens. Also, T'Ket was pissed so she would probably still try to destroy Romulus because Sela just killed a few escaping Iconians.

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Uli Kusterer (Guest) replied...
October 11, 2015 at 10:31 pm

I doubt that'd be safe to do. This is 200'000 years ago. What would have changed had the Iconians stayed? This way, they went into hiding for a few millennia. We saw what small changes would have done. This is a big one. If the Iconians don't get angry and powerful, would the Borg have assimilated them? Too risky.

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ShadowCallerLight (Member) said...
September 15, 2015 at 02:55 am

That is going to be a massive review, cannot wait for it.

I definitely did like the ending of Midnight, and it was a well deserved ending over all the other stuff we still have to deal with...

Akin, all the new plotlines or plot holes we get in Season 11: A New Dawn.. akin to the canon enemy from the shows finally coming to STO.

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Nyxadrill1962 (Member) said...
September 15, 2015 at 04:35 am

Overall the whole Iconian story up to Midnight has left me cold. The Iconians, to me personally, seem to be creatures that escaped from Nerverwinter and the whole story line seemed rushed and half baked.

However..."Midnight" I thoroughly enjoyed. I did spot the plot holes which gave me a WTF? moment or two but overall I thought it was a well laid out, well thought out finale mission.

Sela SHOULD have been arrested on sight when she set foot on Earth, but I would guess that she would not have resisted given her remorse at the fact that she was the cause of the loss of her home world, and the effect of that on her mental health. I think there may be a spin off mission or two on the cards based on that point alone.

I'm just pleased to see a line drawn under the Iconian story now and REALLY looking forward to the prospects of exploration.

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tewalker11 (Member) said...
September 15, 2015 at 11:24 am

I actually liked midnight, but I felt it should have been much longer. 3-4 Episodes exploring the time of the Iconians and the enemies they made. Overall though at least it didn't end with 'it was all a dream' aka, this never existed in history which I was afraid of with the Annorax

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TacPaddy (Member) said...
September 17, 2015 at 02:57 am

On June 22nd, I stated my feeling that we may travel back in time 200,000 years and witness the events. I'm glad that we did not actively participate in a genocide here.

Like Attilio, I like having T'Ket as a potential villain in the future.

I wonder, if the return of the Dominion btw is an indicator as to what awaits in Season 11. Wouldn't it be awesome to finally get into the Gamma Quadrant?

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Uli Kusterer (Guest) said...
October 11, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Loved it as well. That it was that angry Klingon who convinced us in the end, that they stayed true to Star Trek's high ideals, ... everything Worked.

IMHO there are probably no plans for T'Ket right now. She's just there to justify from an in-game view why We're still playing Gateway to Gre'thor etc. after the Iconian war ended.

As to Sela: One of the blogs on Cryptic's web site explains that she's expecting to be arrested soon, that everyone's just too happy to see the war end to deal with her right away.

But yeah, I'm curious what becomes of her. I don't think it befits the character to suddenly be good, but I'd love to have her (and Denise Crosby's voice acting) back in the future.

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