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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Aug 15, 2014

The Temporal Observatory.

We've seen some pretty cool gadgets and amazing technology on Star Trek, but few were as incredible as Crewman Daniels's Temporal Observatory. This handheld device was essentially a map to not just the stars but to time itself. With it, one could monitor the activities and movements of temporal agents and watch history itself unfold. It wasn't a passive thing either. With the Temporal Observatory and related technologies you could actually move through time to observe events firsthand. But how did this rarely seen gizmo really work?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to explore and speculate as we take the bits that we know about 31st-century temporal technology and try to figure out how it functions, what powers it might have that we didn't see on screen, and why Future Guy wanted it so badly.


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Pondering the Nature of Time (2:35)

The Temporal Cold War: An Overview (7:28)

The Temporal Observatory (12:46)

Temporal Beacons and Tags (20:48)

The Importance of the Temporal Observatory (27:29)

Final Thoughts (35:47)