Latest Star Trek offers Robot-Less Multiverse

The latest member of the Star Trek movie series continues to go where few ‘persons’ (or Sci-Fi films) have gone before by depicting a future mostly devoid of robots. This deviation from the cinematic norm is becoming more apparent as Hollywood hoists film after film upon Sci-Fi fans this season – most replete with robots.

Future robotically-unchallenged releases include:  Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – both thoroughly dominated by robots. A remake of the classic  West world is even said to be in the works. But fear not, Star Trek writers had no problem dreaming up ideas about how humans (and semi-humans) can provide the essential elements of evil and virtue without the help of robots. In spite of the glaring omission of our geared friends, the latest Star Trek will not let a fan down! May it run a long time and make lots of money!

I remember a few ST robots, posted 8 May 2009 at 15:19 UTC by Steve »

I hope you just meant there were no robots featured in the current storyline and didn’t mean to suggest the Star Trek universe is devoid of robots. I won’t be seeing the new film until this weekend but based on what I’ve heard of the Universe reboot, I don’t think there’s any reason to expect no robots exist in the new timeline. After all wasn’t V’ger well on its way before the timelines split? That’s one robot for you already. 😉

ST:TOS and ST:TNG both had loads of androids. Not to mention various AIs (or AGIs to use the new term). There was Nomad in ST:TOS, Mr Data in ST:TNG, plus several episodes with more traditional robots. ST:TNG also had several full episodes that focused on ethical issues related to robotics like the courtroom trial to determine whether Mr. Data was Star Fleet property or a living being with rights.

I don’t remember any in DS9 or Voyager (I suppose the doctor on Voyager counts as a robot, at least once he got his light bee). ST:Enterprise had a least a couple including the big Star Base sized robot that scavenged parts from starships, presumably using their metal for its body and the crew as neural processors for its brain.

Multiverses, posted 8 May 2009 at 15:29 UTC by Steve »

As an aside, do they actually reference legit multiverse theory in the new movie? Hehe, that could be fun. Was it M-Theory universes on different branes, or the old fashioned many-worlds quantum mechanics universes in Hilbert space or something newer? I’m sure the TOS Mr. Spock would know. Guess I’ll have to wait and see. It’s probably just going be a vague reference to other timelines or something.

MultiVerse, but not multiRobot, posted 8 May 2009 at 18:23 UTC by Rog-a-matic »


The multiverse idea was used to solve a time travel paradox without much details about current theories added.

ST robots, posted 9 May 2009 at 08:30 UTC by c6jones720 »

I remember one episode of the original 60’s tv show where an officer went onto the enterprise and had kirk stand down while he pre-programmed the enterprise to be autonomous!

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