I think you can probably stick these on the “will be dealt with next season” deal. The Seven and Raffi thing was basically foreshadowing. If a hand-clasp means you’re banging and are a serious item item I’ve been in a lot of relationships I didn’t really know about lol.
Re: Maddox, we’ll see how it plays out, but I’ve seen loads of stuff like yours where people are acting like it’s totally done and forgotten and I really severely doubt that.
Not sure exactly what you mean here, but Raffi was seemingly intentionally exiling herself. Whilst she was being a dick, there’s no reason to believe that if she just called a robo-cab she couldn’t have a nice apartment and all the replicated food and holo-entertainment she could eat and so on. Whether they’d continue to let her smoke space-weed and own a phaser-rifle (which can basically destroy entire buildings, note, on the upper settings) is another question, and I’m pretty sure that’s what the writers were getting at.
There was already clearly a concept of private property and that some people “owned” it (or at least the state allowed them to pretend they did), as we saw with Sisko’s father’s restaurant, which had apparently been there for generations.
That said I did find the city a bit weird looking as there appeared to be adverts, and I’m not sure the Federation would be down with that. They didn’t have big logos though, so maybe they were all propaganda or something. Pretty sure the Federation would be fine with a lot of propaganda.
I mean, you have watched Star Trek before right? This literally happens in multiple TNG and DS9 episodes. That’s how Starfleet is, pretty reliably. Dicks until they’re not.
Yeah this has never been well-explained in the primary universe, and it’s pretty annoying. I had to piece this together from several sources (all alpha canon sources at least).
It seems like, from my research on Memory Alpha, that what Spock described as happening in the 2009 Star Trek movie, did happen. That is to say, Romulus’s sun was discovered to be “about” to go supernova, and that this would destroy not just Romulus but other nearby worlds (how? I mean, I guess years and years later it might). Spock, after discovering that Romulus was about to go supernova, but before it went up, developed the “red matter” which would collapse the supernova in on itself, preventing it from destroying stuff.
He then traveled to Romulus, but before he got there, the sun went supernova and destroyed Romulus.
Now here the plan is unclear - what was he intending exactly? I presume he was going to wait until the very last possible moment, then use the red matter. Because he used it early, Romulus would have still been fucked - just by now orbiting a black hole and rapidly freezing into an ice block.
So presumably the evacuation of Romulus was taking place concurrently with Spock developing the “red matter”.
Now, we don’t know what the timeline was here. Did they have days? Weeks? Months? That the star exploded before Spock got there suggests it blew sooner than anyone expected. I think that Star Fleet being unhelpful might have been partially a result of them thinking they had longer than they actually did.
Now, you ask why the Romulans didn’t just do the evacuation themselves. There is a good reason - Romulus has 18bn inhabitants. The logistics behind moving 18bn people, and moving somewhere where they have food, and they have shelter, and they don’t just die, are phenomenal. We’ve seen from both TNG and DS9 that it’s not actually easy to just drop a replicator in and you’re good to go - you need large, specialized replicators and massive power sources to power them, which are not trivial things. There’s an entire plotline in S1 or S2 of DS9 around the Federation trying to get “industrial replicators” to Bajor so they can rebuild properly, which suggests you can’t just “bootstrap” from existing replicators. It’s unclear is teleporters would be viable for a mass evacuation of this scale - we know they need a lot of maintenance and can go wrong, so you might have had to use shuttles and and vessels that can land on planets as well. And even a Galaxy-class ship can only hold 5-10k people (and it’s one of the largest and best-suited for this purpose), and at high warp would take days/weeks to get them to another suitable star system to drop off.
The Romulan Star Empire has a lot of systems, but it appears most of them are sparsely inhabited and we can imagine they were not well prepared for this contingency, hence the need for others to help.
Now part of this is again the fault of the 2009 Star Trek movie, because Nero is very specific that the Federation “didn’t help”. Therefore unless they were willing to break canon/continuity, the situation had to be arranged so that the Federation “didn’t help”. Now, if it was really just sudden, Nero’s behaviour makes no sense. So there had to be a bit more to it. Personally? I’d have retcon’d it and made Nero a nutter (I mean he clearly was to some extent) and the blame totally unfair (which kind of works with that movie’s portrayal of him), but they chose to make it more justified here.
Resource-wise, well, I’ve gotta go make food, but maybe post-something later - I think it can make sense with the structure of the Romulan Star Empire.
EDIT: Re: resources - we know the Romulan shipyards and mine-planets are outside that system, from previous Trek episodes, and if we assume they managed some kind of partial evacuation (which would likely be quite biased towards people with the right social status, at least for the Romulan part of the evacuation), they would still have a large population, and access to a lot of resources. It’s more like Washington DC and the Eastern Seaboard being nuked than all of the US, for comparison.
So them manufacturing a large number of small warbirds does not seem implausible. Indeed they can probably maintain their entire fleet and would be likely to expand it to prevent perceived weakness. Based on their apparent size (looked like a 200m wingspan or less), they’re not large or powerful ships - I suspect manufacturing all 216 of them would be less demanding than half dozen of D’Deridex-class ships, the big-ass, Galaxy-class-size ones the Enterprise-D used to bump into a lot.
Re: abandoned, well, that seems completely in-character for the Romulans, who are basically “Rome by way of North Korea”, doesn’t it? They’re absolutely the kind of empire that would leave some of their citizens to suck it up on a backwater planet whilst they fucked with stuff they felt was more important.
It wasn’t a perfect finale, any more than any of the other episodes, but I thought it was a mix of great and terrible, and it worked. I think most people who have a real problem with it dislike it largely because it’s neither a proper nostalgia-trip (because it’s too modern, too edgy, to willing to undermine nostalgia), nor true update - i.e. “The NEXT Next Generation”, and people want one or the other of those.
That said it being made makes a real Next Next Generation much more likely. Especially as it resolved a lot of canon issues left dangling by VOY and Star Trek 2009.
EDIT - More on topic I’ve been watching the new season of Brooklyn 99 which is pretty hilarious as always, well, except the first time I watched the first season and didn’t think it was funny at all, but then I watched it again and I don’t know what I was thinking the first time.
Relevant to earlier in this thread, they had a flashback to the 1990s, and it actually was the 1990s, thank god. 1997, sure, but that’s fine, it’s actual 1990s. There was absolutely zero '80s taint. The only trouble with that show is that it’s kind of too easy to watch. I’m most of the way through the season without even really meaning to have watched it at all.
Some of the references are totally amazing as well, some really, really deep cuts.