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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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What is the logical reason for bullying Spock?

In Star Trek (2009) we see a scene from Spock's childhood where he is regularly being bullied by some Vulcan children, in order to elicit an emotional response from him (see below video). ...
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Why didn't Nero visit his homeworld to warn of its destruction?

In the Star Trek reboot (2009), since Nero and his crew travelled back in time, why didn't they just take off and warn their homeworld of its imminent destruction? The ship had warp drive, did it not?
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Is the Star Trek (2009) movie considered canon?

While I think the Star Trek (2009) movie was pretty cool looking, its story-line wreaks total havoc with all the existing post original series content. I know that Gene Roddenberry was very strict ...
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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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Why was the Narada drill at all necessary in Star Trek (2009)?

This has been bugging me ever since I saw the latest Star Trek film... I am willing to accept an obscure substance (red matter) that creates singularities. I am also willing to accept the possibility ...
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Why was the Enterprise built on the ground?

In the latest Star Trek movie (2009) it is shown that the USS Enterprise is being built on the ground. Has any reason or advantage been stated in or out of universe for why they would construct a ...
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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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In Star Trek (2009), Did the Original Timeline Survive?

Usually, in Star Trek, when there's a timeline change, the indication is that the original timeline is gone and replaced with the new one. In City on the Edge of Forever, Kirk makes a comment that if ...
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In Star Trek (2009), what did the Romulans do for 25 years while waiting?

In the film Star Trek (2009), Spock said Nero captain of the Romulan mining ship waited 25 years for him to arrive (in which were only seconds for Spock). So what did Nero and his band of misguided ...
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How could Enterprise remain at warp after ejecting its cores in Star Trek (2009)

In the 2009 film, How did the Enterprise maintain warp despite having ejected its cores?
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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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Why was Kirk promoted to first officer?

In the 2009 Star Trek, Capt Pike field promotes Spock to captain and Kirk to first officer. Why would Pike do this when only 5 minutes earlier Kirk was being yelled at for being on the ship at all? ...
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In Star Trek, does the transporter conserve the momentum of transported objects?

In Star Trek (2009), when Kirk and Hikaru Sulu are falling from the drill, at the last moment Ensign Chekov locks on them and is able to transport them inside the ship. By the time they were ...
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Why was the new timeline in Star Trek considered acceptable?

In the 2009 Star Trek movie, why was the new timeline considered acceptable? In episodes of TOS and the movies, the crew would always go to great lengths not to alter the timeline and to restore any ...
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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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How does the 2009 Star Trek film mesh with Enterprise canon?

All of the events in the 2009 Star Trek movie would have taken place after the adventures of Captain Johnathan Archer and company. So, unless J.J. Abrams and friends decide to completely hand-wave ...
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In the 2009 movie, why was Spock's mother part of the Vulcan High Council?

In the 2009 movie, after destroying the drill boring into Vulcan, Spock goes to rescue the Vulcan High Council — "those tasked with protecting and preserving our cultural history." He goes on to ...
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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 was it acceptable to provide the alternative timeline with trans-warp beaming equations/formula?

Stated in the Star Trek (2009) movie, Montgomery Scott had postulated trans-warp beaming to allow an object or person to travel large distance by beaming from one location to the next. What I didn't ...
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Why didn't Temporal Agents stop Nero from destroying Vulcan?

Temporal Agents were supposed to keep eyes on timeline. Whenever timeline was altered and Temporal Agents failed to prevent it, it was due to advanced tech of other factions of Temporal Cold War. ...
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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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Which technology was introduced through "Star Trek" (2009)?

Star Trek has a long history of introducing new technology. TOS & TNG introduced us with new technologies, who got adopted like the communicator as mobile phone. When watching Star Trek (2009) I ...
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Does the new Star Trek timeline have a new mirror universe as well?

In the Star Trek universe, there's a Mirror Universe where the Federation and our familiar Trek characters are basically the opposite of what it is in the main universe. Instead of a force for good, ...
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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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What is red matter and what is its origin?

In Star Trek (2009) there is a mysterious substance called red matter that is able to create spontaneous singularities. These singularities are able to contain supernovae that threaten the galaxy, ...
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Star Trek (2009), why does Nero not destroy the Enterprise?

In the movie, Nero is 154 years ahead of the time, and allegedly uses Borg technology - a threat unknown to the Federation at the time. How is it possible that Nero doesn't simply destroy the ...
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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 a mining vessel have all kinds of advanced weaponry?

In Star Trek (2009), the Narada is equipped with some sophisticated missiles. Why would a mining vessel need such heavy offensive weaponry?
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Did 9/11 have any effect on the Star Trek franchise?

Is there any evidence in the form of interviews or statements from the cast, crew or writers of Star Trek that confirm that the events of 9/11 had an influence on the show? For example, causing ...
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In Star Trek (2009) why was the Romulan mining ship medical bay full of water

In the film Star Trek (2009), why was the Romulan mining ship's medical bay full of water up to shin depth?
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Why was Nimoy in the 2009 Star Trek movie and Shatner not?

The story line of Star Trek (2009) explains that Spock was sent back trying to help Romulus but failed so he was forced to watch Vulcan get destroyed. But, out-of-universe, why was Shatner not asked ...
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In "Star Trek" (2009), how did the Enterprise collide with debris while the shields were on?

Re-watching the 2009 movie for the first time after answering this question about shield collisions, I noticed the following: Enterprise is about to drop out of warp in Vulcan space. Captain Pike: ...
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In Star Trek (2009), was Chekov actually wrong for calling Spock "Commander" instead of "Captain"?

At some point after Spock becomes the captain but before Kirk does, he gives an order to Chekov who replies "Aye, Commander", then immediately corrects himself, saying "Ah! Captain, ...
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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 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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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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Star Trek 2009 - Kirk crashing near Spock's cave - coincidence?

It has been a while since I saw it so please forgive me for asking. In Star Trek 2009 Kirk is thrown off the Enterprise, his escape capsule crashes on a Moon. Is it coincidence that his crash-...
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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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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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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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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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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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Where were Vulcan sensor & defense when Narada attacked Vulcan?

Vulcan wasn't a primitive race. It was a warp-capable interstellar race which had a reputation of technology in local space. It was a member of United Federation of Planets, too. But, when Narada ...
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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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Was that random Orion Girl a spy in Star Trek 2009?

In the Star Trek 2009 movie, early on, we see Uhura discover that Kirk has had an intimate moment with an Orion Girl during his time at Starfleet Academy. But if I recall correctly, the Orion Women ...
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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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Why did the Kelvin look like a reboot starship

Watching Star Trek 2009 and I came to the realization that the USS Kelvin (see below) looks very much like a 'reboot' starship (by 'reboot', I refer to the design of starships in the Abrams reboot ...
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Why was Starfleet unable to destroy Nero's drill?

In the 2009 film, Nero attacks Earth near Starfleet Headquarters with his drill. The drill was previously shown to be extremely fragile and could be incapacitated by two troops with handheld weapons. ...
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Did Kirk make a racist remark?

In Star Trek (2009) there is a scene in which Kirk is accused of academic misconduct by Spock. After Spock's speech, Kirk remarks quietly to McCoy something about that "pointy eared bastard". Now, ...
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How powerful are supernovae in the Star Trek universe?

In the new Star Trek movie, Spock says that a "supernova threatened the entire galaxy". Yet in various TV episodes (notably ST:VOY - The Q and the Grey) only those ships and planets that were in close ...
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