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Star Trek (2009) is the eleventh film based on the Star Trek franchise and features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series, portrayed by a new cast. It was directed by J. J. Abrams. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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Is Spock still married to T'Pring in the Kelvin timeline?

In the Original Series episode "Amok Time", Spock reveals that he is married (in an arranged marriage when they were children) to T'Pring. When he undergoes the pon farr, he returns to her, but he ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the survivors of the Kelvin get home?

At the start of Star Trek we see the Kelvin destroyed with its survivors in escape pods and shuttles. The next scene we see a young Kirk on Earth. Has it ever been detailed how long the survivors ...
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When Nero marooned Spock why didn't Spock go to Scottie's science lab sooner?

Nero waited 25 years then intercepted Spock, captured him, and marooned him on Delta Vega. But Spock settled within walking distance of a Federation science lab (where Scottie ended up). He brought ...
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Why does Spock waste time explaining to Uhura why he is beaming down?

This question contains movie plot spoilers. So in the film Star Trek (2009), Spock wastes about 10 precious seconds explaining to Uhura why he needs to beam down. As Captain though, he shouldn't ...
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What is the quantum signature of inhabitants of the Kelvin Timeline?

It's been established that Star Trek consists of a multiverse, with matter from each respective universe having a distinct "quantum signature" which cannot be changed by any known process. This has ...
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Why was Vulcan destroyed as a plot line?

Historically, Star Trek has been all about positive outcomes against all odds, so why was Vulcan destroyed as a plot line? The Enterprise (Federation) usually always saves worlds against all the odds,...
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Why is the cut on young Spock's lip red and not green if Vulcans have green blood?

In Star Trek (2009), little Spock gets into a fight with three other Vulcans. After the scene he is shown talking with his dad. Spock has a bruise/scab/cut whatever on his lip but it is red. Why isn't ...
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In the Star Trek 2009 movie, did they travel back in time or did they travel to an alternate universe? [duplicate]

In the new Star Trek movie, did they travel back in time and become their younger selves or are they in an alternate universe like the episode "Mirror, Mirror"?
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Is there a non-canon work that explores the effect of Vulcan's destruction in the Kelvin Timeline?

It would be interesting to explore: how the absence of Vulcan has altered the Federation how the destruction of their planet tests the remaining Vulcan's commitment to the reverence of logic. I am ...
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Why didn't anyone go back in time to prevent the damage cause by Narada's actions? [duplicate]

Why was the timeline not repaired after the Narada came back in time and changed everything? I have seem the Time Travel Repairmen go back in time for much less impactful things than this. So why not? ...
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What's water turbine doing on-board USS Enterprise?

In Star Trek (2009), when Kirk and Scott got transwarped to USS Enterprise, Scott ended up in a water pipe and there was also water turbine type structure. I thought it was water pump which was ...
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What was Pike's Dissertation?

In the 2009 Star Trek Film Pike and Kirk have the following conversation: PIKE: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. Something I admired about your dad, he didn't believe in no-win ...
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Were there hints about a romances between Spock and Uhura in The Original Series?

Is there any canonical hint or reference in Star Trek: The Original Series about a romance between Spock and Lt. Uhura? Is their relationship original to the 2009 Star Trek film and if so, is their ...
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Why didn't the surface of Vulcan have massive gravity due to the red matter?

I was watching the Star Trek reboot again last night, and the scene where the red matter was injected into the centre of Vulcan got me thinking. Clearly this was having major catastrophic effects as ...
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Do we know exactly where Kirk will be born?

I'm an amateur Star Trek fan--I've watched some of TOS and a few movies, but I know enough to remember that Captain Kirk is from Iowa. I don't know where in Iowa, just Iowa. Recently I came across a ...
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Questions about a scene in the 2009 Star Trek movie [duplicate]

I am currently watching it right now and I was wondering, when they beamed Kirk and Sulu back up from falling onto the Vulcan planet, wouldn't they still have died? Since the speed they were falling ...
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How old was Pavel Chekov in TOS?

I remember a line in TOS where Captain Kirk indicated he was 34 years old. That might have been a book, I can't be sure. Anyway, in Star Trek 2009, I remember Bones making fun that he was 17 years old ...
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In Star Trek, why doesn't time travel always lead to alternate realities?

The basic premise of the rebooted Start Trek films is that Spock and Nero traveling to the past caused an alternate time line. But there have been other instances of time travel in the Star Trek ...
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Did Abrams make any Star Trek references in The Force Awakens?

J.J.Abrams directed Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness before doing Star Wars Episode 7. Are there any references between the two films? I'm using a loose, broad definition of reference for this ...
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Why so much Red Matter?

In Star Trek (2009), the villain Nero uses Red Matter in order to This Red Matter was initially created by Spock In both cases it clearly only takes one drop of Red Matter in order to achieve this....
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Why do they use shuttles in Star Trek even for short distances?

Something I just can't understand why they use shuttles to go to and from earth to the space dock where the Enterprise is docked, when they could just instantly beam themselves there? ...
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Why would Uhura's linguistic skills matter?

In Star Trek (2009), why would it matter that Uhura knew Romulan? In all scenes together, Starfleet crew and the Romulans were able to understand each other. Either they were all speaking the same ...
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Is Uhura having good hearing meant to imply she is a good communications officer?

I remember in the first New Trek film she's hears someone mouth breathing under her roommates bed. Later her astute 'hearing' picked up the dialect difference between two alien species (I forget ...
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What are the technical differences between these two versions of the NCC-1701? [duplicate]

What are the major technical differences between the Enterprise NCC-1701 (TOS) and NCC-1701 (Abrams)? I don't recall TOS engineering looking like a sterile brewery or having a large transparent water ...
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Why did the protagonists in Star Trek (2009) not try to restore the timeline? [duplicate]

In every other Star Trek plot involving time travel, the ultimate goal of our heroes is to restore the old time line at all costs, including moral dilemmas like people who shouldn't live and so on. I ...
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What's with “It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving”?

When I saw Star Trek (2009) I noticed something very weird. There is a scene in the movie where Scotty gets the specs to configure the transporters so that they can beam people between ships during ...
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How far did Scotty beam himself and Kirk?

According to this answer: During the 22nd century, standard Earth transporter systems had a range of 10,000 kilometers In the Star Trek reboot, Scotty manages to transport himself and Kirk aboard ...
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How was Spock able to see destruction of Vulcan without getting destroyed?

In Star Trek (2009), when Vulcan was destroyed by Red Matter black hole, Spock (prime) was able to see it with naked eye. What's the size of Vulcan and how far away it is from Vega that the same ...
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How much did Starfleet lose due to Narada?

Are there canon estimates on how much (personnel, officers, ships) did Starfleet lose due to Nero/Narada's actions? I'm interested in either absolute #s, or percentages of total.
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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

Unless I completely misunderstood the timeline, Star Trek (2009) has the following happen to Kirk: He goes to the Academy At the end of the Academy, he cheats on the Kobayashi Maru test He faces an ...
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How did they choose exactly same looking young actors in “Star Trek” (2009)?

The first thing which amazed me while watching Star Trek (2009) was the exactly same looking young Enterprise crew. It made me happy because it meant that we didn't lose the legacy. Some doesn't look ...
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Why do the Starfleet cadets get away with assaulting Kirk in a bar without being disciplined?

At the start of the "Lens Flare: the Motion Picture" 2009 "Star Trek" film, Kirk gets into a fight in a bar with a bunch of Star Fleet cadets. He does NOT start the fight (the first punch is thrown by ...
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Why did Spock Prime suggest Kirk take command of the USS Enterprise from young Spock?

After Kirk was thrown out of the USS Enterprise and he met Spock Prime, Spock Prime suggested to Kirk that he should take over from Spock and become the captain of the USS Enterprise. Well, in the ...
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Why is the Star Trek 2009 reboot called a reboot?

Doctor Who (2005) isn't called a reboot. It is called a continuation of the old series. This was made possible by that regeneration ju-ju and stuff. On the other hand, Star Trek 2009 reincarnation is ...
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How does First Contact occur in the alternate timeline (from Star Trek 2009)?

Based on what we know, how does First Contact occur in the Star Trek 2009 timeline? And does First Contact mean the Enterprise-E crew is still somehow canon in this timeline? Star Trek: Enterprise is ...
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In which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology?

I've heard the explanation that the Enterprise from 2009's Star Trek looked so much more advanced was because data gathered from the Kelvin initially scanning Nero's ship when it first appeared ...
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What's the most money actors earned for Star Trek in each era? [closed]

This means: most per episode in the TOS era? most per episode in the TNG era (incl. DS9, Voyager and Enterprise)? most for a TOS film? most for a TNG film? most for an Abrams-verse film?
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How and when/where did Jim Kirk learn to code?

At Starfleet Academy, Jim Kirk cheated on the Kobayashi Maru test by hacking the test and inserting code that he wrote enabling him to win in the otherwise unwinnable scenario. So when did Kirk ...
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How old was Porthos when Scotty killed him?

In Star Trek 2009, we meet Montgomery Scott in exile on Delta Vega. Scotty says his exile happened because he caused Admiral Jonathan Archer's dog Porthos to disappear during a test of an early ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for why the Kelvin and the Enterprise are so selectively good at shooting the Narada's missiles?

The Kelvin is splendid at shooting the Narada's missiles when the missiles are aimed at escaping shuttlecraft. The Enterprise can shoot the Narada's missles when the missiles are aimed at the ...
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Nacelles: if two are better than one, then why are three not better than two?

In Star Trek, the vast majority of Starfleet vessels (and prior warp-capable Earth vessels) are equipped with two warp nacelles. Those very familiar with the Star Trek universe need no convincing ...
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Pon Farr in the new timeline

In the original series episode "Amok Time", Spock describes the 7-year Vulcan mating cycle: We are driven by forces we cannot control to return home and take a wife or die. He cites precedents ...
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Robert April in the alternate timeline

Although it wasn't always official, for many years it has been an accepted part of Star Trek canon that Robert April was the first captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). April was first introduced ...
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Was Kirk born prematurely in the alternate timeline?

There are two reasons the presence of Winona Kirk (James T. Kirk's mother) on the USS Kelvin in 2233 might not make sense: (1) Family members of officers and enlisted crew generally weren't housed on ...
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Nero's knowledge of George Kirk

Towards the end of Star Trek (2009), Nero threatens James Kirk aboard the Narada: A life I will deprive you of, just like I did your father. How exactly does Nero know that Kirk's father was on ...
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How would Starfleet know what a Romulan looks like in Star Trek 2009?

In TOS, Kirk's Enterprise encounters a Romulan warbird for the first time, after it had destroyed several Starfleet outposts along the Neutral Zone. When they see the ship's captain, they are ...
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Crew quarters on the Enterprise in Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness

Something that bothers me is that, in the two alternate timeline Star Trek films, we do not see crew quarters — not even once. Were sets for crew quarters built at any point? If not, does ...
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Why was the drill right outside Starfleet Academy?

In Star Trek (2009), why was Nero's drill dropped into the water right outside Starfleet Academy? It just seems a little convenient. Is it canonically confirmed anywhere that Nero chose the ...
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In Star Trek (2009) Why won't Nero beam Robau and Pike on board?

In Star Trek (2009) Nero orders the captain's of USS Kelvin and Enterprise to come to his ship. He knows that the Federation ship's transporters won't work and therefore orders them to take a shuttle. ...
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Still confused by the Abramsverse [closed]

Being a lifelong Trek fan, I am still bewildered by the Abramsverse Trek films. The use of the black hole created by the red matter apparently affects space-time much like the quantum rift from the ...