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If the Earth's defenses were broken then why Earthlings cannot attack the drilling machine in Star Trek when Narada starts drilling Earth to use red matter?

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It's a plot hole. There are many plot holes in that particular film. The idea that no one makes a suicide run at the drill is ridiculous, since it is shown to not possess any sort of energy shield.

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    Why even a suicide run? Why not launch a few missiles at it? – tombull89 Oct 15 '13 at 12:08
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    Good point. I'm assuming a worst-case scenario; if all else fails, you're going to die anyway, so why not at least try to blow the drill? There are, however, plenty of other ways it could have been destroyed. – James Sheridan Oct 15 '13 at 12:37
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    And from Nero's point of view, why drill a hole at all? All it does is make you stand still for a while. Drop the red matter on the surface, it'll create a black hole, and suck the whole planet in a slightly-less-symmetrical manner! – Plutor Oct 15 '13 at 15:02
  • Great point. I wrote an article about the many plot holes in that film shortly after its release. That was one that I mentioned. It's too bad the website I wrote it on no longer exists, or I'd link to it. The red matter itself is responsible for multiple plot holes. – James Sheridan Oct 16 '13 at 5:52

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