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There isn't one, but there doesn't need to be. Vulcans as a culture may have adopted Surak's teachings of emotional control, but it's still something that has to be learned. This was demonstrated in a flashback to a young Tuvok in VOY 5x13, Gravity, where he has yet to learn control of his emotions. Using Tuvok as an example, it appears that at least some ...


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There are a couple of reasons why Spock Prime would have told Kirk to take command: Spock Prime didn't know of Jim Kirk's altered past Spock Prime was genuinely surprised to see Kirk was not the captain. Given he had only recently been marooned on the moon, he likely had zero chance to actually find out that the history of this Kirk was different to Kirk ...


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My suggestion from the comments above was simply that they were conducting an experiment on him. There was no malicious motivation for their behaviour - they simply didn't care about their test subject at all. Their hypothesis was that as a half-Vulcan he would be unable to control his emotional state as well as a full Vulcan. They were trying to test this ...


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This is fully explained in the film's official novelisation and subsequent canon comic serial #13. Simply put, Kirk was granted the full captaincy for two main reasons: His mentor (e.g. the person who ultimately has to sign off on the decision) has just been made Fleet Admiral. It's pretty clear that Pike has always liked Kirk and considers him to be first ...


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This is discussed in the Star Trek TNG Technical Manual (considered a canon source of info about the Star Trek universe). In short, different engine configurations have been tried in the past but for ships over a certain size, a twin-warp-nacelle design seems to be the easiest way to achieve a well balanced warp field as well as offering the best ...


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Because Captain Pike decided, for better or worse, to give them a break. As he is portrayed in the Abrams-era films, Captain Pike is a firm but nice guy. If "Cupcake" (as he has come to be known) and the other cadets had a note in their records saying that they beat an unarmed civilian to a pulp for no apparent reason, they might have a tough time finding ...


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It goes back to what Captain Pike said to Kirk when he first met him. He said that Kirk had a tendency to jump first and ask questions later and he felt Starfleet had lost that ability and was becoming so cautious and risk averse and that it was not healthy. (Or at least he implied most of that with only a sentence or two.) Kirk was the one who had gone ...


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In the simplest terms, Nimoy was happy to accept a small cameo role whereas Shatner wasn't. J.J. Abrams specifically addressed this issue (both in and out of universe) in an interview with Sci-Fi Scanner; “It was very tricky. We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn’t quite feel ...


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Several reasons: Nero initially doesn't want to destroy the Enterprise. He wants Spock to suffer first, which is why he deliberately inflicted less than fatal damage during his surprise volley. His ship may be from more than a hundred years in the future and enhanced with Borg tech, but it's still a high-tech Borg-enhanced mining barge. He managed to ...


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Just as a photon torpedo is able to maintain warp flight using a warp sustainer engine (even though it has no warp core itself), so too should a ship be able to sustain a warp field on auxiliary power for some time after a warp core is no longer present/active. Here is the relevant excerpt from the photon torpedo entry on Memory Alpha, taken from the Star ...


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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. Presumably the transporters are otherwise occupied moving cargo that's too heavy (or large) to fit onto the shuttles, leaving the shuttles to physically carry the ...


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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. There is a Starfleet outpost fourteen kilometers to the northwest. Kirk has been walking towards that outpost when, chased by the local fauna, he stumbles into a ...


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Does momentum conservation not apply to transporter operation in the Star Trek Universe? From what we have been shown, apparently not. Given the transporters already violate so many of our current laws of physics including: mass-to-energy conversion and back again, quantum data storage and information manipulation, not to mention manipulation of ...


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Who said they weren't? In TNG era we see several instances of cadets being disciplined for various actions, notably the flight accident when a cadet was killed. So, we know that discipline does probably exist. Regarding this specific incident, when Pike entered the bar, he ordered all the cadets outside; what is to say their details weren't recorded and ...


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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 the circumstances of its destruction and the leadership choices that were made during it. This is reinforced later in the movie based on Kirk's line that Pike ...


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There were a number of different issues at play here. Let's get the two out-of-universe answers out of the way so we can see the real reasons in the universe. Out of Universe: It was to reboot the franchise so new people would be interested and to remove the baggage from 28 years of TV and 10 movies. With changes in the world of science, we look at time ...


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Probably is just a line put in there to show the initial disliking of Kirk to Spock. However I think is worth mentioning "pointy eared" is not a racist description per se, but a simple pretty accurate description. We consider some terms or expressions to be racist given the social environment we live in, in our time, and from that point of view, if I say ...


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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 success of the first Trek-con, the Council then decided to build a dedicated Star Trek museum. This phenomenon is the brainchild of Riverside City Council Member ...


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In this interview, co-writer Roberto Orci answers the question about building a starship on Earth: TrekMovie.com: So what is your guys logic for setting [the construction of the USS Enterprise] on land? Roberto Orci: Besides the thematic stuff we discussed, which is to connect it to today and make it clear. Firstly, there is the notion that there is ...


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This actually seems to be a label applied by fans and media. The writers do not consider it a reboot. Back in 2009, they did this interview, where they said, "We couldn't imagine not having this movie somehow fall within some degree of continuity. We don't accept the word reboot. Reboot does not actually describe the fact that this movie would not be ...


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It was not acceptable. As a matter of fact, it was in direct violation of the Temporal Prime Directive - Regulation 157, Section 3 (Paragraph 18): Starfleet officers shall take all necessary precautions to minimize any participation in historical events. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations") Federation Temporal Policies normally forbid any time traveler from ...


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Vulcans affect emotionlessness and logic because at their core they are so turbulent that their unchecked emotions nearly caused the destruction of their species. It's worth remembering that Romulans are a splinter group of Vulcans that refused to accept that. Even when Vulcans are acting with logic and emotion, it is not because they do not feel emotion, ...


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Unfortunately, there is no way to correlate this plot contrivance to any real world logic. Kirk's graduation was on hold pending the inquiry: In the real world, he would not have yet been granted a post as any sort of commissioned officer, leaving him with no legal command authority. Kirk was a stowaway aboard the Enterprise: In the real world, he would ...


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Is the dog Porthos? I include this section because I didn't initially believe it could be the same dog, but research proved me wrong. Robert Orci, one of the writers of Star Trek (2009), answered this question in a 2009 Q&A on TrekMovie.com1: QUESTION: Forget with it was Admiral Jon Archer (as it obviously was!): is the beagle mentioned Porthos? Has ...


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Because this is a world where a hot head cadet who hasn't even finished the academy can be promoted directly to Captain and given the flagship of the fleet. Hot head cadets are highly prized, apparently. The Federation needs guys who will gang up on a guy in a bar. I figure that while Kirk got a ship, at least one of the thugs in the bar was made an Admiral.


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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 de-oxygenated, much as with human blood, which goes from a bright red to a brown as it scabs over. Unfortunately, we don't know the exact mechanism of Vulcan ...


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Yup! Old Spock was on Delta Vega because he'd been essentially exiled (or, more appropriately, cast aside) by Nero on that planet1, specifically because (miraculously) it was close enough to Vulcan to see it being destroyed, but not close enough for it to be pulled in or otherwise affected by the black hole Nero created to destroy it. It was certainly not ...


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