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Rewatching a bit of Trek has made me realise something... what was with eating?

 

Upon some retrospection it seems like the role of food becomes increasingly prevalent from TNG onward. We start out with people just occasionally hanging out to chat in 10 forward... which is a bar, mostly where people have a drink and Troi occasionally stuffed her mouth full of cake...

 

Then in Voyager we had the mess hall become a pretty important venue. People are always meeting there.

 

And finally in Enterprise, we had people CONSTANTLY in there. Literally not an episode seemed to go by without at least two scenes in either the mess or the captain's dining room... I mean, does Berman have a mad-on for food?

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Yeh but no one ever seemed to even get half way through a drink on a starship, everytime anyone sits down to drrink anything that isn't Earl Grey they are called to emergency stations, leaving behind their drink for jaw dropping shock value that whatever emergency they were in was so utterly dire that it would implicate the extreme action of abandoning a glass after just a few sips.

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I think the shared meals add to the "human(oid) feeling" of Star Trek and from a narrative point of view, it's both the most basic and most natural way to create a "not-on-duty" dialogue scene and atmosphere. Therefore most of the "eating" in ENT felt rather pointless, because it actually happened on duty or - even worse - was an important part of it, which contradicts the point I just made.

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Ah, Enterprise... they didn't have a HOLODECK! People never just hang out in the future!

 

I suppose the mess hall was a good way to save us from the horrors of FAN SERVICE SHOWER RUB! And they had "movie night"... but seriously. It's just a lack of imagination and realism. Sure, people in the future will do stuff differently. Socialising now is different to 30 years ago... but not hugely different... no one ever seemed to just... go spend time relaxing with people. Sure, 10-4 was a bit beyond at that point but still.

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I like eating cheesels while watching startrek. :useless:

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How has socializing changed over 30 years? I'm just curious.

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How has socializing changed over 30 years? I'm just curious.

 

technology is highly involved in most social gatherings now. texting is almost as common or moreso than talking on the phone. only the more isolated areas don't use tech to give party info or set up meetings.

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You know, I always thought it was so stupid how there were regularly three or more scenes an episode where 3 lines of dialogue couldn't be exchanged over the intercom.

 

"You'd better come and look at this, Captain!" It would have been nice if someone - Picard or Janeway as it was mostly them - had said.

 

"I'm the Captain, just tell me - I can't come running down to engineering every five minutes just for you to treknobabble at me, I've got a ship to run here!"

 

Obviously, it was done for DRAMATIC purposes... because the nature of interaction is different if you're not face to face... I can't begin to imagine Adama doing it.

 

 

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