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Why did Spock Prime suggest Kirk take command of the USS Enterprise from young Spock?

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 ...
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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

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 ...
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Nacelles: if two are better than one, then why are three not better than two?

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 ...
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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 the Starfleet cadets get away with assaulting Kirk in a bar without being disciplined?

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) ...
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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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Why do the Starfleet cadets get away with assaulting Kirk in a bar without being disciplined?

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 ...
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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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How old was Porthos when Scotty killed him?

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 ...
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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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Why is the Star Trek 2009 reboot called a reboot?

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 ...
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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

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 ...
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Why do the Starfleet cadets get away with assaulting Kirk in a bar without being disciplined?

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, ...
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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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How did they choose exactly same looking young actors in "Star Trek" (2009)?

The short answer... they didn't. The long answer (which does't include SFX beyond "hair and make up").. they chose actors to fit the characters for Kirk (Corn fed Iowa farm boy), Spock (Tall dark &...
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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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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

There isn't a good answer. It makes no sense. It is completely absurd. Yes, he saved the Federation. But so what? You give him a medal for that. You build him a statue. You name a bridge after him. ...
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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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How would Starfleet know what a Romulan looks like in Star Trek 2009?

While out-of-universe this is probably just part of the plot (as most fans are familiar with Romulans and non-fans don't care), it doesn't really contradict canon. The Federation hadn't seen a ...
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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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How did Kirk manage to get Captaincy of the Enterprise despite just graduating from Academy?

Because Starfleet made a mistake. Kirk's actions against Nero show courage and enterprise and all that good stuff, which goes a long way towards saying he could be a good Captain, in the future, once ...
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Why is the Star Trek 2009 reboot called a reboot?

Doctor Who in 2005 sort of continued where the classic series left off. Star Trek 2009 is basically rewriting the Star Trek history. Instead of a complete reboot Abrams split the timelines. In one of ...
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What's the most money actors earned for Star Trek in each era?

It's going to be an effort to find all of these, so I'm just going to make this answer CW and let people fill in whatever they can find. To start with, I found some basic information on salaries for ...
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How does First Contact occur in the alternate timeline (from Star Trek 2009)?

First contact would have happened exactly as it historically happened in the prime universe. On April 5, 2063 Zefram Cochrane made his first warp flight, alerting the Vulcans and the rest is history. ...
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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 which ways did scanning Nero's ship enhance/change Starfleet technology?

First of all, here's a quote from J.J. Abrams himself confirming the impact of the scans of the Narada: The idea of the story is that at the beginning of the film something happens that changes the ...
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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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