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In Star Trek (2009), was Chekov actually wrong for calling Spock "Commander" instead of "Captain"?

Commander and Captain are (in current Naval practice) both ranks, but "Captain" is also a job. One can be "the Captain" (commanding officer) without holding the rank of Captain (...
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Why do they use shuttles in Star Trek even for short distances?

Per my answer here In-universe This is (sorta) covered in the film's official novelisation. The ship is being supplied with a wide range of consumables at far shorter notice than was expected. ...
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When Nero marooned Spock why didn't Spock go to Scottie's science lab sooner?

This answer involves a speculative leap. After landing on the planet, the escape pod informs Kirk of the location of the outpost: COMPUTER VOICE: Location: Delta Vega. Class-M planet. Unsafe. ...
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What was Pike's Dissertation?

Listen to the line again: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. He was not assigned to the USS Kelvin. He was assigned the topic of the USS Kelvin. His dissertation likely discussed ...
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Did 9/11 have any effect on the Star Trek franchise?

Star Trek Films Damen Lindelof advises of the 9/11 inspiration in Star Trek (2009), used to build the new film franchise: On fallout "ripple effect" of the destruction of Vulcan While ...
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Do we know exactly where Kirk will be born?

Real World According to the Humboldt Travel Journal, the decision to commemorate Riverside, Iowa as the birthplace of James Kirk was originally intended to act as a tourist attractor. After the ...
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In Star Trek, why doesn't time travel always lead to alternate realities?

This was (kinda) explained in the Voyager episode "Relativity". In short, time travel does indeed result in a wide range of paradoxes, some relatively benign, others dramatically catastrophic. It's ...
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Why is the cut on young Spock's lip red and not green if Vulcans have green blood?

Within the scene, you can see green blood on the lip. (Click to enlarge) I have not found an image of the scab you are talking about, but it is possible that the blood changes color as it becomes ...
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In Star Trek, why doesn't time travel always lead to alternate realities?

Time travel is rarely, if ever, handled consistently in any sci-fi series. That said, most of the time either A) a new timeline is created, B) the characters (either in the new timeline, or crossing ...
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Which timeline is Picard set in?

Picard is set in the original Prime timeline As Kurtzman told GamesRadar: "[Picard is] in the Prime timeline, we're not in the Kelvin timeline. But the thing that was interesting about that movie ...
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Why was Vulcan destroyed as a plot line?

Leonard Nimoy said that JJ Abrams did this in order to "reinvigorate the franchise": "I don't remember when JJ. told me he was planning to destroy Vulcan, but I started crying immediately. I've ...
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Do the Q Exist In the Abrams Star Trek Universe?

The (canon-ish) IDW Star Trek Ongoing comic series The Q Gambit featured Q meeting the crew of the "Alternate Universe" Enterprise.
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In "Star Trek" (2009), why does one of the Vulcan science ministers state that Spock's application to Starfleet was logical but "unnecessary"?

Spock's path has been laid out even before he joined Science Academy. This is a plot point in Star Trek: Discovery. SAREK: I have created in her a being of exquisite logic to rival the best of our ...
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Why so much Red Matter?

In-universe The Vulcans don't seem overly keen to have a potentially world-ending substance sitting around in their science facility. Spock and LaForge note (in the Countdown prequel comic) that the ...
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Did Abrams make any Star Trek references in The Force Awakens?

Yes. Unkar Plutt is played by Simon Pegg, who portrays Scotty in the new Star Trek films. Additionally, as @Valorum mentioned, over a hundred cast and crew worked on both movies. slashfilm.com ...
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Why is the Star Trek 2009 reboot called a reboot?

Despite what the writers might claim, it is a reboot because they pretty much rewrote the history of Star Trek to suit how they felt they would like to make their movie, rather than fitting it into ...
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Why would Uhura's linguistic skills matter?

Uhura received a battlefield promotion because she was able to distinguish Romulan from Vulcan (despite their linguistic similarities) and can translate signals directly, without waiting for the UT to ...
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When Nero marooned Spock why didn't Spock go to Scottie's science lab sooner?

There are many explanations possible here. The fine details are simply not part of the movie. How do you know Spock hadn't already been traveling towards that outpost? For all you know, he was taking ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the survivors of the Kelvin get home?

The Kelvin was destroyed along the Federation-Klingon border, an area with a notable amount of Federation activity. There are references to multiple starbases in the area both in the Original Series ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the survivors of the Kelvin get home?

Star Trek (2009) VFX Specialist Douglas E. Graves confirmed that the Kelvin's MedEvac Shuttle (based on the original TOS G7 model) is indeed warp capable. That being that case, and given that the ...
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How did this character end up where they did in Star Trek (2009)?

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 ...
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Why doesn't Captain Pike get security guys skilled in hand to hand combat?

Security staff in this era are primarily enlisted crew. They're certainly drilled in combat operations but Pike needs a lot more than just that. He's after three people who have the mix of skills ...
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Is Uhura having good hearing meant to imply she is a good communications officer?

Yes It would be an asset, but it's not relevant to the scene in question Uhura certainly does have exceptional hearing: UHURA: -- and did I not, on multiple occasions, demonstrate exceptional ...
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Were there hints about a romances between Spock and Uhura in The Original Series?

The actual relationship was an entirely new invention of the writers of the rebooted Star Trek film, although they claim that they were riffing off the "flirtation" between Spock and Uhura ...
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Why do they use shuttles in Star Trek even for short distances?

1) Teleporters screwing up is one of the most common trope as there's numerous things, that can go wrong, you'll get teleported during April shower and you could end up in mirror universe. 2) Whole ...
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Why didn't the surface of Vulcan have massive gravity due to the red matter?

Surprisingly, a singularity the size of the droplet of red matter seen in the movie would hardly effect the surface gravity of Vulcan (that is, until it collapsed). According to this answer on the ...
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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

I know I'm late to the party but; There's a screenshot from the movie that shows Jim's rank as LT. You catch a glimpse of it when Chekov is beaming him and Sulu up from Vulcan. Where the movie ...
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What's water turbine doing on-board USS Enterprise?

Why does it have to be a water turbine? There are lots of different kinds of turbine, steam, gas, etc. Its often not understood that nuclear powered ships and submarines are steam turbine vessels. (...
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Does Michael Burnham exist in the Kelvin timeline?

I haven't tracked down the exact scene, but multiple secondary sources claim that Michael was born in 2226, and that this was revealed in "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For The Lamb's Cry." The ...
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In Star Trek (2009), was Chekov actually wrong for calling Spock "Commander" instead of "Captain"?

To elaborate on Valorum's comment, this has been addressed in the DS9 episode "Behind the Lines", where Commander Dax temporarily takes command of a ship. DAX: Are you two ever going to be ...
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