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"?" intertitle

"Douglas Station" intertitle

"Idlocana VI" intertitle

An intertitle was a word or description indicating the passage of time or establishing the location of a place that appears on screen in a film or on television.

Beckett Mariner's 2380 holo-novel Crisis Point: The Rise of Vindicta used intertitles to establish the locations of Douglas Station and Idlocana VI. (LD: "Crisis Point")


Background information

In the truest sense, intertitles were only sporadically throughout the first seven Star Trek films. They were not otherwise used in any of the first five series, save a few sparse exceptions, the most notable of which were those used for establishing the passage of time during the Year of Hell in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Year of Hell" and "Year of Hell, Part II".

Outside of this, intertitles were frequently used to issue the caveat "To Be Continued...", so as to establish the episode had reached a cliffhanger. These cliffhangers were often concluded with an introduction by a narrator, a medium that became the modern variation of the intertitle.

Establishing time

Establishing locations

Establishing time and location

Opening crawl

The opening crawl was a form of intertitle used to establish context for the opening scene of a film or episode. They figured prominently in both the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiere "Emissary", where it was introduced in the script simply as WHITE LETTERS ON BLACK:

Opening crawl for "Emissary"

On Stardate 43997, Captain
Jean Luc Picard of the
Federation starship Enterprise
was kidnapped for six days
by an invading force known
as the Borg. Surgically altered,
he was forced to lead an
assault on Starfleet at Wolf 359.

...and the Star Trek: Voyager premiere "Caretaker", where it was introduced in the script as CRAWL TO BE SUPERED OVER BLACK:

Opening crawl for "Caretaker"

Unhappy with a new treaty,
Federation Colonists along
the Cardassian border have
banded together.

Calling themselves "The Maquis"
they continue to fight the

Some consider them heroes
but to the governments of
the Federation and Cardassia,
they are outlaws.

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