|Star Trek (2009)|
|Star Trek Film|
|Previous Production||Star Trek Nemesis|
|Next Production||Star Trek Into Darkness|
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On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. He was looking for Ambassador Spock, who is a child on Vulcan at that time, disdained by his neighbors for his half-human nature. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet even as he annoys his instructors like young Cmdr. Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency at Vulcan and the newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever even as the new version of it is just beginning. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Errors and Explanations - Internet Movie DatabaseEdit
Incorrectly regarded as goofsEdit
- In the original series' second pilot, "Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (#1.3)" (1966) , the planet Delta Vega was a lithium-cracking station near the edge of the galaxy. In this film, the planet appears to have mysteriously been moved so close to the planet Vulcan that it can be seen in broad daylight from the surface. According to writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman they were aware of this fact and chose to name the new planet in this film after the one originally encountered in the original series as a direct reference to the episode. It is also important to remember that conceivably there could be two planets named Delta Vega, and given the same that they are light years away from one another in different solar systems, there would be no serious problem with this.
- The "Enterprise" is referred to as Star Fleet's new flagship. While in current naval tradition a flagship requires an admiral on board, Starfleet has been established as having a premier starship referred to as a "flagship." In "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), the Enterprise 1701-D was referred to as the Flagship of the Federation.
- In the final "Spock on Spock" scene, you can see the obvious height difference between the two. Young Spock should be the same height as old Spock. Vulcan biology is not fully understood and this could simply be a natural physical change. Additionally, this is consistent with human physiology. Old Spock is 120 years older than young Spock so it is natural that young Spock is taller. As humans age, their spines become more curved and the cartilage in between the vertebrae become more compacted; hence they tend to be shorter. This height difference can be quite considerable so a handful of inches is really not unusual. In addition, it should also be noted that both the actors, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, both stand the exact same height in real life, 6'1". So the height difference on-screen could be intentional, to show the aging of Older Spock.
- Chekov's Russian accent is sometimes perceived to have a major flaw in it. In Russian, there is no "W" sound, but there is a very, very common "V" sound (although heavily rounded with shades of "w"). As a result of this, his labored way of transforming his V's into W's might seem incorrect, but when speaking English, native Russian speakers will sometimes transpose V's and W's, e.g. "Ve are wery happy to be here". A similar phenomenon is seen in speakers of Asian languages that possess only either "L" or "R", when speaking in English will often transpose them: "really" becomes "leary".) In any event, this is clearly a nod to Walter Koenig's portrayal of Chekov in the original series and most notably in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), when Chekov is seen in 20th Century San Francisco asking for directions to "nuclear wessels".
- In the scene at the Star Fleet outpost on Delta Vega , Mr. Scott says he had a transporter mishap with "Admiral Archer's prized beagle". The series "Enterprise" (2001) with Archer was set around 100 years before the events of the movie. Nero traveled 154 years into the past from 2387 to 2233. Spock arrived 25 years later, in the present, which is the year 2258. Enterprise was set in 2151 meaning Archer would be around 140-150 years old. Star Trek writer 'Bob Orci' went on record to clear up the issue: "Admiral Archer is a reference to the Archer we all know and love, from the TV series and yes he would be over 100, which is a likely life expectancy in a futuristic space faring race of humans (as depicted by McCoy in The Next Generation.)"
- When the Kelvin encountered the Narada, the latter was emerging from a black hole, thus the "lightning storm in space". Before it started to attack Vulcan, there was another "lightning storm in space"; this was the arrival of Spock Prime's vessel, the Jellyfish.
- According to the Original Series, Captain Kirk mentions a Federation/Romulan War many years previously. The war was conducted through starship battles and the treaty for it was negotiated via subspace radio, so Romulans and Federation citizens never saw each other prior to that point in time. This means that the Federation knew about the Romulans and general background information about their ships (what radio frequencies were used, power signatures, etc.) long before the scene with the USS Kelvin in the movie which resulted in altering later history.
- Spock Prime is surprised that Kirk is not yet Captain of the Enterprise. In his time line, he served under Captain Pike's command of the Enterprise for ten years, and Kirk became Captain after that time. He should know that Kirk is too young to be Captain. Spock may not know the actual date yet - so far he's been abducted by Nero and abandoned on a planet near Vulcan, and although he's aware of a nearby Starfleet outpost, he's not been there yet.
- Uhura claims to be able to speak three dialects of Romulan. It has been established that relations between the Romulans and the Federation have never been friendly and that the only contact was to negotiate a peace. There's no reason to presume that their unfriendliness precluded either side learning the other's language somehow. There would be an immense tactical, political, and diplomatic advantage to figuring it out. (It is quite reasonable that, despite the conflict, one side would learn the other's language. In "Star Trek" (1966) episode "The Enterprise Incident" (3.02), while a Romulan Commander is speaking with Captain Kirk, she remarks, "Your language has always been most difficult for me, Captain," implying that they are not employing the Universal Translator, which must mean that she has studied and mastered English.)
- According to the writers, the new Stardate system has the year and the decimal points indicate the day (i.e. Stardate 2258.42 is February 11, 2258). However, at the beginning of the film, Captain Robau says the Stardate is "twenty-two thirty-three zero four". This does not fit into the new system, as he only gives one placeholder zero instead of two or none (it should have been Stardate 2233.4).The Stardate system is essentially separating the two numbers. 2233.0000004 would have been correct. But if you want to hold them to a standard, then every Stardate should be four digits, then three, meaning every Stardate in the movie is wrong. This means the Captain was correct.
- In the fight on the drill's platform, which is at an extremely high altitude, Kirk and Sulu remove their helmets. On Earth, humans would find it very difficult to breathe at that height without supplemental oxygen; in Trek mythology, Vulcan's atmosphere is thinner than Earth's. It was an acceptable practice, when visiting or residing on Vulcan, to receive an injection of a Tri-ox compound to assist in breathing ("Amok Time" TOS). Knowing that they would be fighting on Vulcan at a high altitude, it seems logical that the away team would be given a similar injection (considering McCoy's penchant for injecting Kirk on the fly), though it was not shown on screen.
- In the scene where Kirk convinces Pike and Spock that they are heading into a trap as they warp towards Vulcan, Kirk refers to 'Forty-seven Klingon Warbirds destroyed by Romulans.' Though typically Warbirds were Romulan vessels within the Star Trek canon, the fact that the timeline had already been altered, coupled with deleted scenes involving Nero's escape from a Klingon Prison camp, lends to the possibility that Klingon vessels are designated as Warbirds as well. Indeed, the Kobayashi Maru scene earlier refers to "three Klingon Warbirds".
- The deep crevasse that the young James Kirk dumps the corvette into is not a natural canyon (which are not generally found in Iowa) but a rock quarry.
- During Chekov's announcement to the crew during the voyage to Vulcan, he leans over to his left (towards Sulu) when talking about the "lightning storm in space." When Kirk replays the footage of this, Chekov shifts and leans slightly to his right (what would be away from Sulu, if from the viewpoint of the view screen) during this line. The replay of Chekov is reversed, as shown by the location of Captain Pike's knee behind Chekov. In the live version, Pike's knee is correctly on the audience's right. In the replay, Pike's black pant leg is seen on the left. Thus the replay of the video is correct.
- When Uhura walks in on Kirk and the Orion (the green girl), she says, "I've been working on solar systems." While we refer to our own star system as "The Solar System", it is not in the least bit incorrect to refer to any other star system as "a solar system". The difference is in the use of "The" as opposed to "A". A "solar system" is simply a planetary system that orbits a star and so Uhura is quite correct in her wording.
- The female Vulcan Minister is smiling as she stands up at Spock's entrance hearing for the Science Academy. However, this is not necessarily an emotional response - smiling can be used to convey approval of a situation (as well as dozens of other meanings), therefore the minister may simply be smiling to signify support of Spock.
- When Spock Prime is contacted by Nero following the destruction of Romulus, Nero's appearance is not the appearance of a normal Romulan from that timeline. Instead Nero already has the facial tattoos and shaved head consistent with the Romulan mourning ritual, although Nero and his crew should not have performed this ritual until after the attack on the Kelvin - in which the Romulan appearance should also be original time-line appearance. This is often thought to be a mistake, but the events that take place in the original timeline circa 2387 that are described in Spock Prime's mind meld take place over the course of several months and are told out of order in the mind meld - an effort by the filmmakers to simply the exposition for a general audience. This effort to simply the exposition leads these type of confusions. Romulus was actually destroyed while Spock Prime was on Vulcan trying to convince the Vulcan government of the threat and that his plan to collapse the super nova with Red Matter would work (and that the whole supernova thing wasn't part of a Romulan/Federation Cold War ploy). After Romulus was destroyed, the Jellyfish ship and the plan was set in motion. The collapse of the supernova happened weeks after the destruction of Romulus (during which time Nero and his crew got the mourning tattoos, had his ship refitted to become the monster ship with the Borg technology that is seen in the film, battled 24th century Starfleet and Klingon fleets, etc.). Another thing that is unclear in the film is that after collapsing the supernova, Ambassador Spock created a second smaller black hole that he modified into a temporal vortex through which he intended to travel to go back in time a few months and collapse the Hobus star before it ever went nova and thus save Romulus; however, before his small ship was pulled into the temporal vortex by its gravity, Nero arrived and his ship being of larger mass was pulled in first. Nero's ship not having been a part of Ambassador Spock's calculations completely comprised the intended effect and Nero traveled back in time 154 years and Ambassador Spock ended up traveling back 129 years (into the altered time-line).
- There are no mountain ranges anywhere in Iowa, yet one appears clearly visible behind Kirk while approaches the Starfleet base to join up. On the DVD/Blu-ray's additional content, the filmmakers are actually aware of this, and joke about "the geography in the future" being different.
- SPOILER: The Romulan ship managed to reach Earth and start drilling without Starfleet attacking because the primary fleet was in the Laurentian system, and only 7 ships were sent to Vulcan because they were all the available ships. Additionally, Captain Pike was forced to give Starfleet defense codes when the slug was attached to his brain stem. When Nero arrived at Earth, he was able to do so without alerting any Earth defenses.
- SPOILER: It's unthinkable that Kirk being named second in charge by captain Christopher Pike wouldn't be overruled by him being marooned for mutiny. However, as Kirk himself noted, Spock's actions (marooning him on a unsafe Class-M planet) are also against Starfleet regulations.
- SPOILER: Some viewers have commented that the Nero/Spock confrontation that sends them through the black hole occurred immediately following the destruction of Romulus. The comic series "Star Trek: Countdown" makes it clear that there was a substantial time passage of 25 years, during which Nero upgraded his ship significantly as part of his revenge scheme. Although comic co-writer Mike Johnson considers Countdown to be canon, screenwriter Robert Orci has stated he is no position to declare whether it is, though he feels it could be considered canon unless it is contradicted in a later film or TV episode. However, he has since implied that it was not canon.
- SPOILER: Chekov obtained transporter lock on Kirk and Sulu because the transponders in their communicators helped him lock onto their biosignal, which was moving at a predictable velocity. However, losing transporter lock on Spock's mother was a different story. Whether from the lack of communicators or Vulcan's unique geology, transporter lock on the Science Council was only possible above ground. Unlike with Kirk and Sulu, her fall was a complete surprise, and her biosignal was masked by interference from the cliff walls and the debris engulfing her body. In addition, while Amanda clearly demonstrated that people can move within the field of a transport in progress, she literally fell out of the transport-in-progress's field when the cliff collapsed. She was already being molecularly disassembled for transport. Compare this to Kirk and Sulu's transport; in that instance, Kirk and Sulu were already in motion and Chekov was already working on maintaining the lock while Kirk and Sulu were transported aboard.
- SPOILER: When Nero is accused of genocide after destroying Vulcan, he responds that he is trying to prevent it. He knows he has gone back in time, and he has the red matter, which he knows can destroy the supernova. He also knows from his own actions that it's possible to change the time line he is from. If he truly wants to prevent genocide, why does he not go to the star and eliminate it decades before it can destroy Romulus? This is in part because Nero also states that he wishes to eliminate the Federation since it is the primary nemesis of Romulus. Nero may have decided to destroy the Federation before saving his home world, since the supernova is not scheduled to take place for a hundred years. (It should also be noted that Nero is not exactly a picture of mental health, after having witnessed the destruction of his entire planet, travelling through a black hole and spending upwards of 25 years plotting revenge. Therefore any logical flaws in what he says can always just be put down to his tenuous grip on sanity.)
- SPOILER: By destroying Vulcan, Nero does not prevent the development of red matter. The development of red matter was in his timeline and his timeline remains unchanged.
Ex Astris ScientiaEdit
- On Delta Vega, Kirk meets Ambassador Spock and later Scotty for the first time. All three have been exiled to this planet (Scotty allegedly because he misused Archer's beagle as a transporter test subject, old Spock by Nero to see the destruction of Vulcan, Kirk by young Spock who wanted to get rid of the troublemaker). They all meet within a range of a few kilometers on the surface! Probably a slightly more hospitable area on Delta Vega.
- The Vulcan Science Academy sends Spock to aid the Romulans. His ship, the Jellyfish (name from Countdown), may be the fastest and/or most capable ship for this mission. And Spock is one of the most renowned scientists on Vulcan. But why would Spock, at the age of over 150, be all alone on such a mission? Without a backup crew or a backup plan? *The Vulcan Science Acadamy probably saw no logic in preparing a back up plan, based on the assumption that the incident was a deception.
- Nero's motivation is totally beyond comprehension. He has been waiting for 25 years in the past just to take revenge on the man who attempted in vain to save his planet. Couldn't he and his crew have done something much more useful, such as going back to the 24th century, a few years before the disaster would happen, and warn their people in time? He and his men could have had a good time, regardless which version of the 24th century they returned to, but instead of that they waste 25 years. The changes in the timelime probably mean his people no longer exsist in the same way in the 24th century.
- Transwarp transport? That sounds a lot like transwarp drive, although it is not related to a propulsion system faster than warp but means to beam on a ship that is at warp. Not really inconsistent, but not a wise choice either. I have read a couple of reviews where fans confused the two concepts. Even though it makes sense that it could be possible to extend the transporter range to beam from one planet to another, transwarp transport must be just as delicate as Scott explained it by comparing it with trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet while wearing a blindfold, riding a horse. Spock Prime gives Scotty a formula for transwarp beaming. And after that Scotty needs no new hardware, no new software, only the formula to succeed. While the Enterprise is many hours away at warp. Yeah right. So Scott develops that formula at some later time in his life. It is apparently not the very same procedure used in TNG:Best of Both Worlds, where just the speed of two vessels at warp has to be matched (Delta Vega is obviously not at warp). So why does no one ever do transwarp beaming in the 24th century? (EAS) Old Scotty probably developed that formula in the years between Nemesis(2379) and the year of Spock's disappearance (2387).
- In the end, Kirk (unlike Spock) is generous and offers Nero to assist him, which he declines. He then orders to fire on the ship. Why? The Narada was quite obviously being crushed. Wouldn't it have been the wiser (and logical) decision to warp away from the forming singularity like hell? The Enterprise can barely escape herself. Nero probably wants to destroy the Enterprise.
- Wouldn't the explosion of the (multiple?!) warp cores rather toast the Enterprise than push her away from the black hole? The pressure wave from the explosion could have pushed Enterprise away.
- Cadet Kirk is promoted to Captain. Yeah right. If I were Commander Spock, I would be genuinely pissed to have to serve under the alternate Captain Kirk. Spock understands that the needs of Starfleet take priority over any personal discomfort.