In the first film of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek (2009) reboot, they find Scotty marooned on an ice planet.

I was watching with a friend who implied there was an in-universe explanation of how this person came to be there.

I don't want the explanation, but rather which film/episode/series of Star Trek do I need to watch to see how they got there?

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    It's in the film, I shouldn't answer in comments. Commented Sep 10, 2022 at 9:07
  • Thanks Jimmy - that's the whole answer I really wanted. I must have missed that bit. Post an answer saying that it's actually in the same film and I'll upvote & accept it.
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Sep 10, 2022 at 9:35
  • Aside - "marooned" and "posted" are not quite identical, but from the viewpoint of the personnel, the end result may be the same.
    – Criggie
    Commented Sep 10, 2022 at 22:03
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    @Criggie Perhaps, but not knowing how they got there, marooned seemed the obvious choice. But you really should have not posted this as it’s a partial spoiler.
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 12:03

1 Answer 1


The answer is given in the film itself (spoilers below, so stop reading now).


He was posted there as punishment for murdering Admiral Archer's dog.

Kirk did not smile. “You’d be surprised at what I know. What did you do to get yourself posted to this vacation paradise?”

Scott grew animated. “I got into a debate with my instructor on the issue of relativisitic physics as they relate to subspace travel. He seemed to think the range of transporting a, say, roast turkey, was limited to a few hundred kilometers. So I told him not only could I beam a bird from one planet to an adjacent planet in the same system, which is no big deal anyway, but that if I were so inclined I could actually do it with a viable life-form. Long-range transwarp beaming is supposed to be impossible.” He snorted. “Difficult maybe, but not impossible.”

“Says you,” countered Kirk.

“Says I, aye.” The engineer glared back at him. “My mistake was in attemptin’ a practical demonstration. Unfortunately, for a test subject I chose Admiral Archer’s prize beagle.” He shook his head sadly. “Shoulda scanned the little mutt’s ident implant first, I suppose.”

Kirk’s expression changed to one of surprise. “I know of the admiral—and his dog. What happened to it?”

Scott looked away. “I’ll tell ye when it reappears. I’m convinced it will, one of these days.”

Star Trek: Official Novelisation

The dog is, we learn

Not dead


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