I watched Star Trek: Beyond and I can't get my head around one thing:


If only a few crew members of Krall survived, who were all the people who flew the spaceships/bees? Were they the crew of the one survivor that lead Captain Kirk to the planet/dust, but why would they be warriors of Krall who abducted them? Or were they descendents of the few survivors?

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    Related: Who were the faceless mooks?
    – TARS
    Jul 26, 2016 at 19:05
  • Thank you. I totally missed that sentence. That could be the answer I was looking for, but it isn't verified, is it?
    – Horsty
    Jul 26, 2016 at 19:08

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The quote from the movie is that the planet that Krall/Edison crash-landed on contained a "drone workforce", presumably some sort of (biological?) robots which would explain the sheer quantity of men and ships at his disposal.

Edison: The indigenous race abandoned this planet long ago. They left behind sophisticated mining equipment and a drone workforce

That being said, we see several different species without their helmets on. I think we can assume that since he's not stuck on the planet that he was also recruiting from other nearby races that hate the Federation.

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As to who was flying the ships, they appear to be controlled by the drones, following the orders of the small number of actual biological pilots.

Spock: Captain, the flight patterns of bees are determined by individual decisions. Krall's swarm formations are too complex not to rely on some sort of unified cyberpathic coordination.

This has now been confirmed in an interview with director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg

"That's what the swarm is – sophisticated mining equipment. All those soldiers were just worker drones. Krall turned them into an army, and turned the swarm into a weapon. There's all this great backstory to be explored in the novelisation!”"

Star Trek Beyond: 12 things we learnt from Justin Lin and Simon Pegg

  • why do these comments (the quote and the several drone species) remind me of the borg?
    – Thomas
    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:57
  • Expendable robotic workforce? Sounds like Mudd's World to me.
    – Valorum
    Jul 27, 2016 at 10:58
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    @minhundje rumors are exiting already about borg and the next film but we will have to see as there is not even a script currently
    – Thomas
    Jul 27, 2016 at 14:40
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    @Thomas : The initial rumour regarding Beyond was that it would involve the a full-out war with the Klingons. Based on that, I have no faith about the Borg being in the next film.
    – Praxis
    Jul 31, 2016 at 4:36
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    @praxis like I said as long as no script exists I'm not giving even a cent on rumors.
    – Thomas
    Jul 31, 2016 at 9:40

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