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Star Trek: Enterprise – Rogue Planet (Review)

Next year, Star Trek is fifty years old. We have some special stuff planned for that, but – in the meantime – we’re reviewing all of Star Trek: Enterprise this year as something of a prequel to that anniversary. This January, we’re doing the first season . Check back daily for the latest review.

And with Rogue Planet , Star Trek: Enterprise wanders back into “generic Star Trek “ territory.

Rogue Planet is a story that could easily have been told on any other Star Trek spin-off. Indeed, a great deal of its story elements feel inherited like hand-me-down clothes. Hunters chasing sentient game is a stock science-fiction trope, but it is one that the franchise has explored quite frequently. The first season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gave us Captive Pursuit , another story about our heroes interfering in the hunt of a self-aware life form. The fourth season of Star Trek: Voyager introduced the Hirogen, a bunch of big-game hunters that put the Eska hunters to shame.

In fairness, wearing a glowing green eye patch on a pitch black planet probably isn't the best strategy...

In fairness, wearing a glowing green eye patch on a pitch black planet probably isn’t the best strategy…

Indeed, it hasn’t even been that long since Star Trek did an episode about hunters pursuing sentient prey. The final season of  Voyager had produced Flesh and Blood , a gigantic feature-length television movie around the Hirogen and their pursuit of holograms that had developed self-awareness despite not meeting the more obvious criteria for sentience. This isn’t Enterprise retreading old ground; this is Enterprise retread ground that hosted a big song and dance less than fifteen months earlier. As with Civilisation and Sleeping Dogs before it, Rogue Planet has a definite “been there and done that” feeling to it.

That’s a shame, because there are a host of interesting elements here. They just are pushed into the back seat for a stock science-fiction plot.

Oh, Trip, have some respect!

Oh, Trip, have some respect!

There are a lot of problems with the plotting of Rogue Planet . Given its pulpy roots, science-fiction has long harboured an affection for the concept of “big game hunters” , so they are a very familiar genre element. While this might be Archer’s first encounter with a species like this, any viewer with any experience with any science-fiction will be familiar with concept. The idea of a fantastical nature reserve feels like a stock plot element.

The “twist” in Rogue Planet is incredibly easy to foresee, because it’s really the only way a story can develop. The hunters only show up to generate conflict, and there can only be conflict if Archer takes exception to something they do. Since the idea of hunters pursuing self-aware organisms is a stock science-fiction plot, then it is inevitable that Rogue Planet will reveal that the hunters are stalking self-aware prey and Archer will try to stop them.

The most dangerous game (of laser tag) imaginable...

The most dangerous game (of laser tag) imaginable…

There are obvious questions here. Even after Damrus assures Archer that his party “don’t touch” the “higher primates” , Archer seems disdainful of the hunting practise. “Taking wild animals is part of our tradition,” Damrus offers. Archer responds, “Hunting went out of style on Earth over a hundred years ago.” This seems to ignore an suggestion of cultural relativism on Earth, ignoring the fact that allowing indigenous people to hunt for sustenance and in line with their beliefs is considered part of modern cultural preservation .

Of course, all of this becomes moot once it’s clear that the Eska are hunting self-aware lifeforms, but it does betray a very western-centric attitude on the part of Archer. Indeed, Archer’s disdain for the practice of hunting as a cultural tradition – and the fact that Reed feels the need to promise not to kill anything – suggests the sort of attitudes that Roddenberry established in Lonely Among Us . There, Riker sternly lectured the Anticans, “We no longer enslave animals for food purposes.”

Shining some light on the matter...

Shining some light on the matter…

It is unclear whether the chicken and steak that Archer and the crew enjoy is shipped frozen from Earth (or other colony worlds) or simply replicated by the convenient “protein synthesiser.” If it is only replicated, it seems strange that the Vulcans would act so contemptuously towards it – if no animal died to producer the meal, it seems illogical to complain about what it looks like. If it is producing by farming, it seems odd to be so disgusted by hunting in principle – provided it is conducted humanely.

The episode’s climax seems similarly unsatisfying. Archer and Phlox come up with a way of masking the “chemical signature” of the alien life form. Ignoring the fact that this is the sort of technobabble deus ex machina that fans would frequently see on  Voyager , and why the ethics of Dear Doctor don’t apply, there’s also the question of how effective this is as a long-term solution. It’s a problem that could likely be fixed with improved scanning techniques or technological leaps.

She really got into his head...

She really got into his head…

As T’Pol points out, “Even if we stop them, their people will continue to come here and hunt. They’ve done it for hundreds of years.” It’s hard to see this as a happy ending. Instead, it seems like a stopgap measure. If Archer really felt that strongly about the exploitation of the native species, he would work with Starfleet and the Vulcans to figure out a way to protect the planet in the long-term. However, that would require work and planning and foresight, and distract from the adventures of the week

So Rogue Planet feels incredibly rote. It is very disappointing, particularly considering it is the first contribution from writer Chris Black. Hired mid-way through the first season to help stop up a writers’ room that was haemorrhaging talent, Black would go on to become the first “native” writer on  Enterprise . While writers like Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and André Bormanis would remain with the show for a long period of time, Black was the first writer recruited specifically for  Enterprise to last longer than a season.

Hunter's (rogue) moon...

Hunter’s (rogue) moon…

Although Black didn’t remain on the show for its fourth season, he did become a pretty important part of the writing staff. In the documentary To Boldly Go , Brannon Braga singles Black out as the most successful of the new writers recruited for the first season of Enterprise . He was nominated for a Hugo Award for his script to Carbon Creek and Mike Sussman affectionately named the character of Grergory Itzin’s Admiral Black for him in In a Mirror Darkly .

However, what is interesting about Chris Black is that he is a writer with very clear genre experience. In putting a writing staff together for Enterprise , Braga had tried to recruit from outside the standard pool of science-fiction writers. He drew in a bunch of talented people with a wide range of experience. Breaking the Ice and Dear Doctor are credited to André and Marie Jacquemetton, who would go on to produce Mad Men . Fortunate Son was written by James Duff, who went on to create The Closer . These are talented writers, and Braga deserves recognition for spotting that talent ahead of time.

Picture perfect...

Picture perfect…

Still, after the departure of Antoinette Stella and Tim Finch half-way through the season, it seems like Berman and Braga decided to replace departing writers with new talent that had experience in genre work. Chris Black’s experience included Poltergeist: The Legacy , Xena: Warrior Princess and Cleopatra 2525 . This conservative approach towards replacing departing writers would continue into the second season. David A. Goodman has joked that his work on Futurama got him a job on Enterprise . It seems quite likely that John Shiban was hired on the basis of his experience on The X-Files .

This represents a pretty seismic shift in the way that Enterprise is being run. In essence, it is Berman and Braga backing away from the bolder moves that they made at the start of the first season. The writing staff on Enterprise becomes a lot less broad as a result of these changes. The first season struggled a great deal, but it had no shortage of ambition for all its spectacular missteps. The second season becomes a lot safer and a lot more stable – but a lot less exciting – as a result of these changes.

All fired up...

All fired up…

From around the midpoint in the first season through to the start of the second, the writers’ room on  Enterprise changes from a bunch of up-and-coming young writers with no idea how to write science-fiction into a bunch of people who know genre television backwards. This change is very much reflected in the show. While the first season of  Enterprise tends to vacillate between brilliant and terrible within the space of a single episode, the second season becomes a lot more stable and consistent; but becomes a bit more generic in the process.

To be fair, this makes a great deal of sense. The writers that were recruited at the start of the show’s run struggled with science-fiction. In the documentary To Boldly Go , Braga confesses that he re-wrote pretty much every episode of the first season. That is simply not sustainable in the long-term. Writers like Mike Sussman, André Bormanis and Chris Black have talked about the difficulty that outside writers had becoming fluent in the language and conventions of Star Trek . There is a point where it is not viable to have a writers’ room where so much energy is expended consistently bringing those contributors up to speed.

Eska tradition demanded that Reed had to wear the safety goggles and sign eight different waivers before joining the expedition.

Eska tradition demanded that Reed had to wear the safety goggles and sign eight different waivers before joining the expedition.

So this was very much a trade-off that had to be made. The producers on Enterprise had to sacrifice some of the ambition and novelty of those outsider writers in favour of a more consistent and reliable approach to the show. It’s unfortunate that the two could not be reconciled. It is interesting to imagine how the Jacquemettons – writers of two of the more ambitious and interesting episodes of the season – would have evolved into the second season. But this is all “shoulda woulda coulda.”

And, to be entirely fair to writer Chris Black, there’s no shortage of interesting elements to Rogue Planet . They just get smothered by an overly conventional plot. The idea of the eponymous planet is fascinating – a ball of dirt floating free in space an sustaining itself through energy released from the core. This is a fascinating scientific concept, and it is plausible that planets could sustain life for quite some time while hurtling between stars .

"Just try to look commanding..."

“Just try to look commanding…”

More that that, there’s something delightfully ethereal about a planet that never sees a sunrise, a world bathed in darkness. In many respects, the world of Rogue Planet seems like something from a fairytale rather than a work of science-fiction – not that there is too much difference. With its perpetual night and ghosts that lure unsuspecting travellers from their beds, Rogue Planet seems like an intersection between Star Trek and the realm of the faerie.

In many respects, Rogue Planet seems to recall the myth of sirens that would lure the captains of sailing ships to their doom. When Archer recalls his first encounter with the shape-changer, it sounds like he could be talking of the sirens from classic mythology. “It was like I was being drawn to her. Like I didn’t have any control over what I was doing. I can’t explain it.” Given how Enterprise is a show about the early years of space exploration, and how Rogue Planet opens with Archer having his photo taken as part of twenty-second century myth-making, it seems like the show is trying mix and match mythology and science-fiction.

"There is a loneliness inherent in that whisper from the darkness..."

“There is a loneliness inherent in that whisper from the darkness…”

Even the poem that Archer cites – The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats – plays into this theme. As Sajjadul Karim notes in  Celtic Tradition: The Guiding Force of William Butler Yeats , the poems was itself an attempt to rework a piece of classic Celtic mythology into something radically different:

One poem that illustrates how Yeats mixes folklore and nationalism is The Song of Wandering Aengus. In this poem, Yeats refers to Aengus, the Irish god of love. He was said to be a young, handsome god that had four birds flying around his head. These birds symbolized kisses and inspired love in all who heard them sing. In the poem, The Song of Wandering Aengus, one can clearly see Yeats’s fascination with the occult as a way of incorporating classic pagan and Celtic myths as a means of creating an alternative reality for his own nationalistic intentions.

It seems like Rogue Planet teases a similar idea, an attempt to recontextualise a classic piece of folklore within the context of Star Trek . If this is the case, it feels just a little disappointing that this myth-making takes a back seat to a story about aggressive alien hunters pursuing the most dangerous game of all.

Archer won't cave to pressure...

Archer won’t cave to pressure…

Still, Rogue Planet looks quite nice. The planetoid is a beautiful visual concept. Even the shots of Enterprise orbiting over the dark surface of the planet makes for a much more striking visual than the generic planet of the week. The production design is typically top-notch here. In particular, the retro-future look of the Eska hunting party is quite endearing. It all feels decided pulpy. There’s an incredible amount of neon of display here, feeling like a conscious throwback to eighties science fiction. Even the Enterprise landing party looks like they are about to play a game of deadly laser tag as they stalk the surface of the planet.

Director Allan Kroeker does a great job giving Rogue Planet a foreboding and impressive atmosphere. Kroeker tries to frame Rogue Planet as something like a fairy tale in space. It doesn’t quite work, because it’s still a story about evil alien space hunters, but Kroeker does a lot to distinguish the feel of the planet from the standard planet of the week. He frames shots to make it seem a bit more ethereal and alien than simply “a planet where it is dark all the time.”

Smile!

Although back in the background following Shuttlepod One , Reed does get a few nice moments here. There’s more of Reed’s over-compensating macho posturing as he boasts about his Eagle Scout badges and begs to spend time on the surface with the hunting party. As with Strange New World , Dominic Keating gives Reed just the right amount of sass and cheek, reinforcing the impression that Reed isn’t overly impressed with Archer’s command style, but would never come right out and say it.

Still, despite these small elements, Rogue Planet still feels like something we’ve seen before. And quite recently (and frequently) at that.

You might be interested in our other reviews of the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise :

  • Fight or Flight
  • Strange New World
  • The Andorian Incident
  • Breaking the Ice
  • Civilisation
  • Fortunate Son
  • Silent Enemy
  • Dear Doctor
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Shadows of P’Jem
  • Shuttlepod One
  • Rogue Planet
  • Acquisition
  • Fallen Hero
  • Desert Crossing
  • Two Days and Two Nights
  • Shockwave, Part I

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I enjoyed this analysis. It should be “hurtling between stars”, not “hurdling”.

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Good catch. Corrected. Thanks Doug.

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I believe that, as a Brit, Lt. Reed, rather than boasting of his Eagle Scout badges, should have crowed about his accomplishments whilst a Queen’s (or King’s – depending upon the current monarch) Scout. I recall that when I was a Boy Scout here in Canada some fifty years ago, the highest rank to which we could normally aspire was Queen’s Scout. I never even got close – ending up as a lowly Second Class. Another level available to the really dedicated and talented was Rover – which I believe is akin to U.S. Boy Scouts Explorer. I realize that this is a bit of “nitpickery”, but the show mentions Lt. Reed’s Royal Navy heritage, so why not his U.K. Boy Scout heritage.

I suspect because the production team didn’t do the research.

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Archer is posing for pictures for Starfleet HQ and he isn't too happy about it. The Enterprise then discovers, well, a rogue planet, and the crew decides to take a closer look. T'Pol scans the planet and discovers that, due to geothermal activity, there are many animals on the planet. Despite there being no evidence of humanoids on it, a power signature is detected on the equator, meaning that a starship landed on it. Hoshi sends a hail, but no one answers, so Archer, T'Pol, Malcolm, and Hoshi go down to the planet.

They travel through a jungle and put on some night vision goggles, and discover what appears to be an abandoned campsite. They split up to investigate, when aliens attack T'Pol and Malcolm. However, realising they aren't dangerous, they let them go and bring them back to the campsite, where Archer has met their leader Damrus.

As it turns out, their species is called the Eska, and they explain that there are dangerous animals on the planet, which they call Dakala, and they've never seen humanoids there before. They reveal that, for generations, the Eska have come to Dakala to hunt and kill the native species, and they use sensing cloaks to prevent the hunted from seeing them. Malcolm expresses curiosity at the idea of the game needing such complicated technology in order to take down, so they (albeit reluctantly) invite him to join them on their next hunt.

Hoshi returns to the ship, but the guys and T'Pol stay and camp out on the planet. Everyone goes to bed, when Archer is woken up by a female voice calling his name from the plants. He goes out to investigate, finding a woman shrouded in light, and she disappears.

Archer comes back and tells everybody about the woman, giving a description of her and noting that she both knew his name and seemed familiar to him. The Eska, however, believe that his mind is just playing tricks on him, since it's always night on Dakala and therefore hard to see, it's unlikely he'd see an acquaintance on an unfamiliar planet, and she was wearing a skimpy nightie, so they think it was just wishful thinking. The Enterprise crew are also dubious.

The next "day", Malcolm gets ready for the hunt while the rest prepare to explore some geothermal sites, and the Eska tease Archer about the woman, assuming that he finds her attractive. While exploring, Archer is distracted thinking about the woman and worried that he was indeed hallucinating. He sees her again and they start a conversation, with her saying that she needs his help because he's "different", all the while appearing scared. When T'Pol and Trip come, the mysterious woman runs away in fear, and Archer doesn't tell them. Meanwhile, Malcolm and the hunters try to hunt a "Wraith", but one of them, Burzaan, is gravely injured.

Archer offers to take Burzaan to the ship for medical treatment, and Burzaan (reluctantly) agrees. He suggests that they all leave due to the danger, but Archer isn't giving up. While Phlox treats Burzaan on the ship, Archer tells T'Pol about his second encounter with the woman. She wants to accompany him to search, but he insists on searching alone, thinking the woman won't show herself with others around. Back on Enterprise , Phlox has finished treating Burzaan and notes that he has mutating cellular residues in his injuries.

Archer wanders into the jungle and finds the woman again, who reveals that she's a telepathic shapeshifter and that the creatures the Eska hunt are in fact her and her species. He asks why he feels he knows her, and she replies that he does , and again states that he was chosen to talk to because he's "different".

Back at the camp, with the help of some shared alcohol, Archer asks the Eska why they go all the way to Dakala just to hunt, rather than simply hunting on their own planet. Damrus explains that the Wraiths are more challenging to hunt, since they can sense people's thoughts and impersonate anything and anyone, even acquaintances. T'Pol notes that that hints at sentience, but Damrus believes that it's merely instinctual. Archer asks the Eska how they catch the Wraiths, and the Eska respond that when the Wraiths, especially the younger ones, are afraid, they emit a chemical signature.

Back on the ship, an angry Archer tells his crew that the Wraiths have asked for his help. However, his crew isn't so sure— Malcolm points out that the Eska are well-armed and know the terrain, and T'Pol, while she dislikes the practice as much as Archer, doesn't know how to stop it and isn't sure they have any business stopping an old tradition. Archer is determined to stop the hunt, but then T'Pol points out that nothing's stopping the Eska from coming back and fighting more Wraiths. Phlox, however, reveals that he's found a way of masking the Wraiths' fear-induced chemical signal, so while he may not be able to stop future hunts, he can "level the playing field". Trip tells Archer about a poem in which a fisherman falls for an elusive woman who shapeshifted from a fish, and Archer reveals that the form the Wraith woman took was based on how he imagined the lady in the poem.

On the planet, some Eska are hunting another Wraith. It takes the form of a tree, then the hunters try to scare it by firing their weapons. It attacks them and knocks one of them over, and they return to camp, believing their equipment must be malfunctioning. They are suspicious of the Enterprise crew, since this is their first failed hunt, but Archer just smugly says that he's "bad luck".

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Ace Pilot : Archer claims that he can land a shuttlepod with his eyes closed.
  • Always Night : Naturally, there's no daylight on a planet with no star.
  • Camping Episode : Archer, Trip, Malcolm, and T'Pol spend the episode camping on the planet.
  • Continuity Nod : Trip mentions how particularly important Vulcans get mummified .
  • Creator's Culture Carryover : Archer says that he was an Eagle Scout when he was a kid. Malcolm also says he was an Eagle Scout, even though scouts in the UK are grouped by age rather than rank.
  • Everyone Has Standards : The Eska may have no qualms about hunting wildlife on other worlds, but they don't go after primates.
  • Hollywood Science : Trees and plant life, on a planet with no star!
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game : The Eska come to Dakala specifically to hunt the Wraiths.
  • Interspecies Romance : Downplayed; Archer has a minor crush on the Wraith-Woman as she is modeled after an imaginary woman from a poem Archer had read as a child.
  • In Vino Veritas : With the help of some shared alcohol, Archer is able to get the Eska to reveal that they are on Dakala to hunt Wraiths.
  • Night-Vision Goggles : Both the Eska and the Enterprise crew use them on Dakala.
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  • Series Continuity Error : At one point, Archer lectures the Eska on how hunting has been almost entirely abandoned on Earth for over a century. For one thing, it seems really implausible that hunting wouldn't see a resurgence following World War III and the virtual destruction of society. And for another thing, the TNG episode " New Ground " established that in the mid-22nd century (when this episode is set), hunting was still carried on to enough of an extent to render the white rhino extinct.
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"Rogue Planet" was the 18th episode of Enterprise in the show's first season , first aired 20 March 2002 . The episode was written by Chris Black MA , Rick Berman MA and Brannon Braga and directed by Allan Kroeker MA .

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Rogue Planet

Archer has visions of a mysterious humanoid woman on a rogue planet where it is eternally nighttime.

In this episode of the podcast, Wes and Clay discuss how Enterprise expertly disguises its broken storytelling. Plus! The guys talk about the songwriting tropes of The Police, the ethics of hunting, and the pent up sexual frustration of Jonathan Archer!

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  • Post date 06/25/2020

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“Rogue Planet” features a planet shrouded in darkness! It conceals the motives of those who visit its lush surface. Its darkness symbolizes the darkness of the souls of men, a seductive evil that circles our good intentions and drapes them in nefarious purposes. Unfortunately, this episode of Star Trek: Enterprise doesn’t really seem interested in all of that. It would rather show us Jonathan Archers spank bank material from the fourth grade.

The Wikipedia plot summary for “Rogue Planet”:

A planet appears on sensors, adrift and without a solar system, so Captain  Archer  has Sub-Commander  T’Pol  scan the planet. Lieutenant  Reed  detects a ship near the equator, and an away-team find the remains of a camp-site 200 meters from the alien shuttle. T’Pol and Reed return to the shuttle while Archer and Ensign  Sato  stay. As they walk through the jungle, they are surprised by two aliens. Both parties return to the camp, where they find Archer and Sato with another called Damrus. The ‘Eska’ call the planet Dekala and they permit the away-team to spend the night. Over dinner, Damrus explains that they have been visiting Dekala for nine generations to hunt the wildlife.

As the away-team turn in for the night, Archer hears a woman’s voice calling his name. He finds a blonde woman in a clearing, but she runs away. Later, no one reports seeing anything unusual. In the morning T’Pol goes to investigate a geothermal shaft and Archer sees the woman again, looking distressed, but again she disappears. Meanwhile, Damrus and Burzaan detect their quarry, a “ Wraith ” which attacks Burzaan. Archer has Burzaan sent back to  Enterprise  for treatment, and Doctor  Phlox  reports that he has found cellular residue in Burzaan’s wound.

By the steam vents, Archer encounters the woman again. She says that her kind can assume the form of anything on the planet, and that her kind want the hunting to stop. Later, Damrus explains that the reason they visit Dekala is because the prey can sense their thoughts, making them challenging to hunt and kill. Back on board  Enterprise , Archer asks Phlox if he can find a way for the wraiths to mask their chemical signature, and soon, on Dekala, the hunting-party begin having problems detecting them. Damrus wonders why, but Archer merely blames it on bad luck. The Eska depart and Archer encounters the woman one final time. As she moves off into the forest, she assumes their natural form, a large  gastropod .

In this episode of the podcast , Wes and Clay discuss how Enterprise expertly disguises its broken storytelling. Plus! The guys talk about the songwriting tropes of The Police, the ethics of hunting, and the pent up sexual frustration of Jonathan Archer!

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Where Are All These Rogue Planets Coming From?

There’s a population of planets that drifts through space untethered to any stars. They’re called rogue planets or free-floating planets (FFPs.) Some FFPs form as loners, never having enjoyed the company of a star. But most are ejected from solar systems somehow, and there are different ways that can happen.

One researcher set out to try to understand the FFP population and how they came to be.

FFPs are also called isolated planetary-mass objects (iPMOs) in scientific literature, but regardless of what name’s being used, they’re the same thing. These planets wander through interstellar space on their own, divorced from any relationship with stars or other planets.

FFPs are mysterious because they’re extremely difficult to detect. But astronomers are getting better at it and are getting better tools for the task. In 2021, astronomers made a determined effort to detect them in Upper Scorpius and Ophiuchus and detected 70 of them, possibly many more.

This image shows the locations of 115 potential rogue planets, highlighted with red circles, recently discovered in 2021 by a team of astronomers in a region of the sky occupied by Upper Scorpius and Ophiucus. The exact number of rogue planets found by the team is between 70 and 170, depending on the age assumed for the study region. This image was created assuming an intermediate age, resulting in a number of planet candidates in between the two extremes of the study. Image Credit: ESO/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

In broad terms there are two ways FFPs can form. They can form like most planets do, in protoplanetary disks around young stars. These planets form by accretion of dust and gas. Or they can form like stars do by collapsing in a cloud of gas and dust unrelated to a star.

For planets that form around stars and are eventually kicked out, there are different ejection mechanisms. They can be ejected by interactions with their stars in a binary star system, they can be ejected by a stellar flyby, or they can be ejected by planet-planet scattering.

In an effort to understand the FFP population better, one researcher examined ejected FFPs. He simulated rogue planets that result from planet-planet interactions and those that come from binary star systems, where interactions with their binary stars eject them. Could there be a way to tell them apart and better understand how these objects come to be?

A new paper titled “ On the properties of free-floating planets originating in circumbinary planetary systems ” tackled the problem. The author is Gavin Coleman from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. The paper will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In his paper, Coleman points out that researchers have explored how FFPs form, but there’s more to do. “Numerous works have explored mechanisms to form such objects but have not yet provided predictions on their distributions that could differentiate between formation mechanisms,” he writes.

Coleman focuses on ejected stars rather than stars that formed as rogues. He avoids rogue planets that are a result of interactions with other planets because planet-planet scattering is not as significant as other types of ejections. “It is worth noting that planet-planet scattering around single stars cannot explain the large number of FFPs seen in observations,” Coleman explains.

This artist's impression shows an example of a rogue planet with the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex visible in the background. Rogue planets have masses comparable to those of the planets in our Solar System but do not orbit a star, instead roaming freely on their own. Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/S. Guisard

Coleman singles out binary star systems and their circumbinary planets in his work. Previous research shows that planets are naturally ejected from circumbinary systems. In his research, Coleman simulated binary star systems and how planets ejected from these systems behave. “We find significant differences between planets ejected through planet-planet interactions and those by the binary stars,” he writes.

Coleman based his simulations on a binary star system named TOI 1338. TOI 1338 has a known circumbinary planet called BEBOP-1 . Using a known binary system with a confirmed circumbinary planet provides a solid basis for his simulations. It also allowed him to compare his results with other simulations based on BEBOP-1.

The simulation varied several parameters: the initial disc mass, the binary separation, the strength of the external environment, and the turbulence level in the disc. Those parameters strongly govern the planets that form. Other parameters used only a single value: the combined stellar mass, mass ratio and binary eccentricity. The combined stellar mass of TOI 1338 is about 1.3 solar masses, in line with the average in binary systems of about 1.5 solar masses.

Each simulation ran for 10 million years, long enough for the solar system to take shape.

Coleman found that circumbinary systems produce FFPs efficiently. In the simulations, each binary system ejects an average of between two to seven planets with greater than one Earth mass. For giant planets greater than 100 Earth masses, the number of ejected planets drops to 0.6 planets ejected per system.

This figure from the paper shows the masses of ejected planets. The blue line represents all planets, the red line represents planets with less than one Earth mass, and the yellow line represents huge planets with greater than 100 Earth masses. Image Credit: Coleman 2024.

The simulations also showed that most planets are ejected from their circumbinary disks between 0.4 to 4 million years after the beginning of the simulation. At this age, the circumbinary disk hasn’t been dissipated and blown away.

This figure shows the ejection time for planets of different masses. Most planets that become FFPs are ejected within the first one million years. Image Credit: Coleman 2024.

The most important result might concern the velocity dispersions of FFPs. “As the planets are ejected from the systems, they retain significant excess velocities, between 8–16 km ?1 . This is much larger than observed velocity dispersions of stars in local star-forming regions,” Coleman explains. So this means that the velocity dispersions of FFPs can be used to tell ejected ones from ones that formed as loners.

The velocity dispersions provide another window into the FFP population. Coleman’s simulations show that the velocity dispersion of FFPs ejected through interactions with binary stars is about three times larger than the dispersion from planets ejected by planet-planet scattering.

This figure shows the excess velocity of the ejected FPP population in the simulations. The colour-coded bar on the right shows the amount of excess velocity. The x-axis shows the pericentre distance because it "gives an approximate location for the final interaction that led to the ejection of the planet," according to the author. Image Credit: Coleman 2024.

Coleman also found that the level of turbulence in the disk affects planet ejection. The weaker the turbulence is, the more planets are ejected. Turbulence also affects the mass of ejected planets: weaker turbulence ejects less massive planets, where about 96% of ejected planets are less than 100 Earth masses.

This figure from the research shows how the number of ejected planets depends on turbulence in the system. Lower turbulence (blue) ejects more planets than intermediate (red) or strong (yellow) turbulence. The x-axis shows the number of planets ejected per system, and the y-axis shows the cumulative distribution function. Image Credit: Coleman, 2024.

Taken together, the simulations provide a way to observe the FFP population and to determine their origins. “Differences in the distributions of FFP masses, their frequencies, and excess velocities can all indicate whether single stars or circumbinary systems are the fundamental birthplace of FFPs,” Coleman writes in his conclusion.

But the author also acknowledges the drawbacks in his simulations and clarifies what the sims don’t tell us.

“However, whilst this work contains numerous simulations and explores a broad parameter space, it does not constitute a full population of forming circumbinary systems,” Coleman writes in his conclusion. According to Coleman, it’s not feasible with current technology to derive a full population of these systems.

“Should such a population be performed in future work, then comparisons between that population and observed populations would give even more valuable insight into the formation of these intriguing objects,” he explains.

There’s still a lot astronomers don’t know about binary systems and how they form and eject planets. For one thing, models of planet formation are constantly being revised and updated with new information.

We also don’t have a strong idea of how many FFPs there are. Some researchers think there could be trillions of them. The upcoming Nancy Grace Roman space telescope will use gravitational lensing to take a census of exoplanets, including a sample of FFPs with masses as small as Mars’.

In future work, Coleman intends to determine if there are chemical composition differences between FFPs. That would constrain the types of stars they form around and where in their protoplanetary disks they formed. That would require spectroscopic studies of FFPs.

But for now, at least, Coleman has developed an incrementally better way to understand FFPs. Using this data, astronomers can begin to discern where individual FFPs came from and to better understand the population at large.

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Replicants in star trek ds9’s blade runner link explained.

Star Trek: DS9 introduced its very own replicant, drawing a link with Blade Runner and revealing Gene Roddenberry and Philip K Dick's similarities.

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured its very own replicant, drawing a direct link to the dystopian world of Blade Runner.
  • Lt. Commander Data's struggle for individuality mirrors Blade Runner's themes, while O'Brien's replicant in DS9 is hunted like Roy Batty.
  • Blade Runner connections extend beyond DS9, with actors and stunt performers bridging the gap between the two beloved sci-fi franchises.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine made a direct link between the Harrison Ford movie Blade Runner and the Star Trek franchise by featuring its very own replicant. Based on Phillip K Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Ridley Scott's 1982 movie was much more dystopian than the utopian science fiction of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek . Intriguingly, an archived lot at Heritage Auctions reveals that Philip K. Dick was in possession of a Star Trek: The Original Series writer's guide , suggesting that Gene Roddenberry had sought to recruit the acclaimed sci-fi author.

Though his positronic brain was based on the work of author Isaac Asimov, the struggles of Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) to be seen as an individual, treads similar thematic ground to Blade Runner and Dicks' original novel. However, the most explicit reference to Ridley Scott's sci-fi movie comes in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2, episode 14, "Whispers". The episode, in which Chief Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) returns to Deep Space Nine to find everyone acting strangely, introduced Star Trek 's very first replicant.

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The twist ending of "Whispers" reveals that Chief O'Brien has been replaced by a duplicate that genuinely believes that they're the real deal . When writing this episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Paul Coyle decided that he couldn't refer to the O'Brien duplicate as an android because that would draw a link with Brent Spiner's Star Trek character , Data. Paul Coyle further discussed how he approached the O'Brien reveal in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion , saying:

" Obviously, this guy wasn't a clone or an android or a robot. So what's left? I used replicant and nobody objected. "

Replicant is obviously a direct nod to Blade Runner , and characters like Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and Pris (Daryl Hannah). Both characters are also synthetic humans that have gained sentience and individuality, but are being hunted by Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard. There's a small echo, or whisper, of Blade Runner in the way that the O'Brien replicant dies in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , seemingly turning himself off, like Rutger Hauer's Roy in Blade Runner .

Another big influence on "Whispers" was the classic Don Siegel movie Invasion of the Bodysnatchers , the remake of which starred Star Trek 's Leonard Nimoy.

Other Links Between Star Trek And Blade Runner

Chief O'Brien's replicant isn't the only link between Star Trek and Blade Runner . The biggest connection is probably Joanna Cassidy, who played Zhora, the exotic dancer that Deckard guns down in Blade Runner . Cassidy later appeared as the Vulcan T'Les in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise season 4. T'Les was the mother of Enterprise 's T'Pol (Jolene Blalock), and was also an instructor at the Vulcan Sciences Academy. As well as Joanna Cassidy, a number of stunt performers from Blade Runner have also worked on various Star Trek movies.

For example, Jeff Imada was George Takei's stunt double in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , succeeding Jim Halty, who had doubled for the Sulu actor in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier . More recently, Star Trek: Picard's Peyton List voiced the character of Josephine Grant in the animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus , which also featured Stephen Root. A prolific character actor in his own right, Root played Captain K'Vada in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification I". All of which proves that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's replicant was the first of many links with Blade Runner .

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Blade Runner

The original Blade Runner is a sci-fi neo-noir film set in 2019 in a dystopian cyber-punk society. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard as a Blade Runner for the LAPD, tasked with hunting rogue replicants, genetically engineered humans designed to tackle tasks that human beings cannot. When four replicants go rogue and begin killing humans, Deckard is forced out of retirement to hunt them down and stop them - but the truth isn't as simple as it seems. Deckard will have to reckon with the philosophical dilemma of what makes someone human.

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Founders' homeworld (2371)

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The first Founders' homeworld was an M-class rogue planet located within the Omarion Nebula in the Gamma Quadrant . This was the capital planet of the Dominion , and the homeworld of the Changelings .

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Thousands of years ago , the Changelings who later became the Founders of the Dominion withdrew to this planet to escape persecution by the solids .

In 2371 , Odo experienced a mental compulsion that led him and Major Kira Nerys to the planet, after the USS Defiant was captured by the Jem'Hadar . The crew of the Defiant was also brought to the planet and subjected to an experiment by the Vorta to gauge their level of resistance to a Dominion invasion . ( DS9 : " The Search, Part I ", " The Search, Part II ")

Later that year, the Romulan Tal Shiar and the Cardassian Obsidian Order launched a preemptive strike on the planet, hoping to decapitate the Dominion before it could invade the Alpha Quadrant . The Founders, having learned of the plan through a Changeling impersonating Lovok , evacuated the planet and deliberately enabled the attack so as to ambush the two intelligence agencies and render them incapable of resisting the planned conquest of their respective empires . The planet itself was devastated by orbital bombardment , with thirty percent of its crust destroyed, before a fleet of Jem'Hadar fighters ambushed the Romulan and Cardassian ships in what became known as the Battle of the Omarion Nebula . ( DS9 : " Improbable Cause ", " The Die is Cast ")

In 3189 , the location of the first Founders' homeworld was denoted on a holographic star chart of the galaxy at Federation Headquarters . ( DIS : " Die Trying ")

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During the first two seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , viewers were left to wonder where the Changeling character of Odo had come from. The actor who played him, Rene Auberjonois , wanted this question to remain unanswered and mysterious, though he was happy with how the answer was revealed. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 32, Nos. 4/5, p. 40)

Upon devising the first Founders' homeworld, Ira Steven Behr and his writing staff on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine wanted to create a planet which was extremely strange and mysterious. ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (p. 168))

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Concept art for the Founders' homeworld by Jim Martin

Much effort went into depicting the first Founders' homeworld. " The optical shots that were involved in our first view of the Founders' planet were very complicated, " admitted Producer Steve Oster . " There was a lot of interfacing between what the director was planning and what the Art Department was doing. The planet needed to be fairly dark in order for us to see the glowing, gelatinous sea that makes up the Great Link . " ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (p. 168)) Illustrator Jim Martin , who did some concept art of the locale, stated, " It was all supposed to be this mysterious surface of a planet at night, without any sort of building or structure at all; just kind of a bizarre, alien landscape. I tried to throw everything I thought looked alien at them. " ("Jim Martin Sketchbook", DS9 Season 4 DVD special features)

A miniature created by Model Maker Gregory Jein included part of the planet, portraying the area surrounding the Great Link. First, his team constructed a perspective landscape, which was ten feet long and twelve feet deep. " Greg had to build the miniature three weeks before the actual set was built, " laughed Special Effects Supervisor Glenn Neufeld . The physical configuration of the landscape model was influenced by a visit to the cave set – which was later to be utilized for representing the planet – and multiple sketches provided by the art department. The illustrations gave Jein an impression of "a lot of weird colors and rocks ." Next, he started carving urethane foam into artificial rocks and painting "funky florist flora with wild colors so it looked like an alien glade." ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (pp. 168-169))

There were subsequent problems with the set used for the first Founders' homeworld, such as with its extremely bright colors. " We went to the set one day, expecting to see it looking one way, and it didn't, " remembered Glenn Neufeld. " So we ran to the phone and told Greg, 'You know those purple and yellow trees ? Well, paint them orange or rip them out. We don't care which!' " The DS9 producers were ultimately disappointed with the planet, Behr thinking "the dark planet with the weird things on it" turned out to be a "set [that] never worked" and actually "sucked!" ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (pp. 169 & 168))

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 71 & 75), both of the Founders' homeworlds were class R planets .

However, according to StarTrek.com and the Star Trek Encyclopedia  (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 103) (in entry "Omarion Nebula"), the first Founders' homeworld was an M-class planet. [1] The planet supported native flora, which thrived on processes other than photosynthesis .

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Star Trek's Newest Movie Isn't Shy About Its Mission: Impossible Influence

Star Trek: Section 31

According to a new article in Variety , the upcoming "Star Trek" TV movie "Section 31" includes a younger version of Rachel Garrett , a character last seen on the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Yesterday's Enterprise." Garrett will be played by actress Kacey Rohl. After some extremely nerdy number crunching, one will conclude that "Section 31" takes place in the 2320s, which is a weird timeframe. The lead character of "Section 31" is Empress Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh, and the last time we saw her, she had been whisked away from the year 2258 — her "homebase," as it were — and deposited in the year 3188. After encountering a sentient time portal, Georgiou was next delivered to an unspecified point in history "when the Mirror Universe and the Prime Universe were still aligned." Given what we know about "Star Trek," that could be as long ago as AD 1799. 

It seems, however, that she was deposited in the 2320s, which, for context, is about 35 years after "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," but about 35 years before "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"Section 31" will also be a spy series. Trekkies will be able to tell you that Section 31 is the Starfleet equivalent of the CIA, the organization that handles devious subterfuge and secret infiltration missions. "Star Trek" is ordinarily a very open and diplomatic organization, so the very existence of Section 31 is a moral violation of Starfleet principles. It's a good thing Georgiou hails from the notoriously evil Mirror Universe and is capable of committing whatever evils Section 31 might require. 

In the same Variety article mentioned above, Yeoh was quoted comparing the new "Section 31" TV movie to "Mission: Impossible." True to the organization, the movie will be all about subterfuge.

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Yeoh didn't elucidate further, as the story of "Section 31" is still, as of this writing, under wraps. The only description given so far was from a press release in January that read: 

"Yeoh will reprise her fan-favorite role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou — a character she played in "Star Trek: Discovery's"  first season — who joins a secret division of Starfleet. Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, she also must face the sins of her past." 

The cast will include Rohl, Omari Hardwick, Sam Richardson, Sven Ruygrok, Robert Kazinsky, Humberly Gonzalez, and James Hiroyuki Liao, although apart from Rohl, none of their characters have been revealed. It is as yet unknown if any of these actors will be also be playing known, legacy characters. "Section 31" was initially conceived as a TV series , but likely for financial reasons, Paramount condensed it into a single movie event. Its release date also hasn't been released. 

We do know that Yeoh's "Mission: Impossible" comparison will guarantee a certain tone. The "Mission: Impossible" film series surrounds impressive stunt sequences, twisty stories about ex-spies trying to undermine the world's governments, and dangerous, palm-sized MacGuffins that people will kill to obtain. Yeoh, a trained martial artist, will no doubt have her share of hand-to-hand fight scenes. Empress Georgiou may be from the evil Mirror Universe but in an episode of "Star Trek: Discovery," she proved that she had a conscience after all. Likely, "Section 31" will feature conflicts wherein she is given unethical orders, and then wrestles with the fact that "old her" would have followed them and "new her" desperately doesn't want to. 

Further bulletins as events warrant.

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Star Trek Fan Wants the Franchise to Clone One Thing From Star Wars

  • Star Trek could learn from Star Wars' Andor series in terms of exploring complex dynamics in a dedicated manner on the small screen.
  • Fans suggest a potential Star Trek spin-off focusing on the Cardassian occupation of Bajor or Vulcan-friendly Romulan rebels to add depth.
  • Paramount's future plans for Star Trek are uncertain, but the franchise could benefit from a more focused, thematic approach like Star Wars.

While Star Trek has always been at the apex of the small screen’s science fiction offerings, one fan has taken to social media to highlight one show from another science fiction franchise that they think Paramount could learn a thing or two from.

Star Trek has been a mainstay of science fiction in households since its inception with the 1966 premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series, with series after series coming to the small screen after Star Trek ’s original series was canceled . While the franchise also had feature-length films early on in its history, the rebooted cinematic experience brought on by franchise guardians Paramount has put a much stronger focus on the films that the franchise has in modern times. This emphasis has somewhat obscured Star Trek’s position in the science fiction zeitgeist, moving it further away from franchises like Doctor Who and more towards another, more theatrically inclined franchise.

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While Star Trek fans are worried about the franchise bloating like Star Wars , one of the latter’s more well-received small-screen projects could potentially be a good thing for Star Trek to emulate. Reddit user theginjoints took to the r/startrek subreddit to propose an interesting idea for the franchise in a post titled “Would love to see an Andor type of show in Star Trek.” In the post, the user highlights their enjoyment of Star Wars: Andor, a prequel series to Rogue One that follows its titular character’s journey to that fateful point in galactic history. As a longtime Star Trek fan, theginjoints also highlighted the potential for a new series that explored the dissident/authoritarian bureaucracy dynamic that Andor did in the Star Trek universe.

In addition to liking the idea of Star Trek taking a page from Andor’ s book, theginjoints also had some interesting ideas on what dynamics could be explored within the existing canon. Their ideas include exploring the Cardassian occupation of Bajor from the perspective of the freedom fighters, military, and Obsidian Order, or alternatively, Vulcan-friendly Romulan rebels trying to avoid the Tal Shiar and the military. Failing that, the user also suggested that a new conflict on a planet the federation bureaucracy is not handling well could be interesting as well. This last bit is an interesting consideration and could tie into the desire for more Star Trek material showing the Federation’s early years .

Many fans were quick to point out that Star Trek has dealt with these themes before, a fact that the OP agrees with in an addendum to the post while specifying that their idea is less about the ideas behind Andor and more about the format and depth that it provides. Star Trek has features many conflicts with all sorts of dynamics, including complex ones like the faction-rife Dominion War story arc fans got to enjoy in Deep Space Nine. Thanks to this scale and variation, its inevitable that the franchise has touched on all sorts of conflicts over time, but never in the same dedicated way that a spin-off like Andor was able to capture. Part of the issue lies in Star Wars being a largely theatrical franchise with the occasional forays into shows always having a very focused, specific theme. This focus might be the biggest takeaway for Star Trek as it expands to more closely resemble the Lucasfilm crown jewel.

The idea is potentially one that could be useful to Paramount, as fans know very little about what’s going on with the franchise’s future plans. What is clear is that there are a lot of things in flux, such as the fact that a much-anticipated Star Trek: Picard follow-up series faces an uncertain future at the moment. Only time will tell what direction the execs at Paramount decide on and what sort of media will be produced from that mandate.

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Star Trek is a space exploration franchise originally created by Gene Roddenberry. The series has spanned shows like The Original Series, The Next Generation, and Voyager. More recently, developer Scopely came out with Star Trek Fleet Command, a mobile title where you get to be captain of your own ship.

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