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In Star Trek (2009), what did the Romulans do for 25 years while waiting?

When Nero arrived in 23rd century, Kirk wasn't even born. But, at the time of destruction of Vulcan and attack on Earth, Kirk was probably 18+.

Assuming the Black Hole was in Alpha or Beta quadarant (initial workspace of Hobus), Narada didn't need that many years to reach Vulcan & Earth. What was Nero really doing after destruction of USS Kelvin?

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The reason he waited over a decade is actually explained in the movie. It is explained by Spock to Kirk on the ice planet.

The reason for him waiting so long was because he was waiting for Spock to come through the time shift in space, Both of them were pulled into the time shift, but Spock was pulled in seconds after Nero's ship. Which meant Nero appeared years before Spock. This gave Nero plenty of time to plan what he would do. He wanted to show Spock the destruction of his home planet just like Nero had seen his.

  • When Narada got trapped by Black Hole, Spock was on-board Narada (according to Star Trek: Countdown comic series). – Lobo Jun 26 '12 at 11:17
  • It's possible that Nero was waiting for Jelly Ship which had Red Matter. – Lobo Jun 26 '12 at 11:22
  • Is this whole thing not answered in the latest movie. I thought it was just revenge Nero wanted that's why I was waiting. He didn't care about going home as his home had been destroyed. – Popeye Jun 26 '12 at 12:38
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    @Popeye's answer is correct, Nero was waiting for Spock's arrival. There is also vague mention of a Klingon prison planet being attacked by the Narada (transmissions Uhura received), and in some interviews with JJ Abrams, he reveals there were scenes cut from the film that showed Nero being incarcerated by the Klingons... so the Narada crew may have spent some time springing their captain free. – Jonathan Miller Jun 26 '12 at 13:44
  • Looks like movie hasn't been continued from where it's prequel comic series left... – Lobo Jun 26 '12 at 16:58

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