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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 1  

Oh, ok.  I guess I was under the impression that later on it was treated as if the history of the Romulans was known by everyone (or at least the Vulcans I guess).  Thanks for the response, JB.
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 12:19pm | IP Logged | 2  

I guess I was under the impression that later on it was treated as if the history of the Romulans was known by everyone (or at least the Vulcans I guess).

It may well have been. Most of the TREK iterations since TOS have seemed to have as their mandate wiping out the original series. As presented in "Balance of Terror", however, the Romulans were a big mystery to everyone.

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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 1:25pm | IP Logged | 3  

That episode presents some really interesting pre-TOS history, history that comes in second only to "Space Seed" for me.

There was an Earth-Romulan war a century before TOS, perhaps resulting from an attempted Romulan invasion. Other races may have been involved, as allies to either side. There was no visual communication between humans and Romulans, so neither side ever saw the other face-to-face. The battle was fought with primitive nuclear weapons, and the Romulan ships sported the bird motif. A treaty was eventually agreed upon by both sides over subspace radio, and the fighting ended. The Neutral Zone was established, and, until "Balance of Terror", no ship from either side broke the treaty.

Now THAT would be an interesting story to tell!

Of course, ENTERPRISE dealt with some elements of this backstory by showing that Romulans had infiltrated the Vulcan High Command, as well as featuring NX-01's encounter with a Romulan ship.

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John Mietus
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 2:43pm | IP Logged | 4  

And according to Manny Coto at the Vegas con this past weekend, they had
planned to continue with the lead-in to the Romulan War and the seeds of
the Federation afterwards had ENTERPRISE continued on with a fifth season:

http://trekmovie.com/2009/08/10/vegascon09-braga-coto-talk-e nterprise-season-5-star-trek-2009-more/

"Balance of Terror" is easily one of my favorite TOS episodes. I really look
forward to this adaptation.
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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 5  

This will be a must buy for me.  That page looks awesome JB.

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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 4:26pm | IP Logged | 6  

Awesome!  Great Shatner likeness!
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 4:32pm | IP Logged | 7  

Also nice to see that JB is continuing TOS' tradition of viewscreens that use 3-D and pan/zoom/tilt technology.
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Brad Brickley
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 4:53pm | IP Logged | 8  

Looks great.  Will this be a regular length comic, The Balance of Terror story,  and when will the trade be published?  I am enjoying your Trek and Angel series, nice to see this other side of your work.

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Jason Mark Hickok
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Posted: 11 August 2009 at 4:54pm | IP Logged | 9  

JB - Is this how you are filling your "void" month of August by working?

Not that I am complaining mind you if thats what you decided.



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John Byrne
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I can't not work. I've been doing commissions too, remember.

I'm just not working all the time.
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Dana Shaw
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BEAUTIFUL!! Jesus John...I love your Kirk!! Spot on!!!
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Daniel Kendrick
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Posted: 12 August 2009 at 7:22am | IP Logged | 12  

Perhaps they should've dorpped the whole xindi thing and gone with the romulans instead. 
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