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Why do so many Trekkies hate Star Trek Into Darkness?

Into Darkness contradicts prior Star Trek canon in disturbing ways and at the same time ends up lampooning elements of Wrath of Khan, a beloved Star Trek film. I'm a Star Trek "purist", but also a ...
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Why are there barcode readers on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Out of Universe Yep. Those are indeed barcode scanners. They were apparently purchased by Paramount Pictures from a company called BarcodesInc. Image courtesy of www.Barcodesinc.com
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Did the creators of Into Darkness research Khan?

It would seem that the writers, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, were aware of Ricardo Montalban's original portrayal of Khan in The Original Series and The Wrath of Khan, but ...
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Could Data have floored Khan with a single punch?

I think it's reasonable to assume that Data could kill Khan with a single punch. For me, the real question is whether Data has enough strength to literally punch through Khan's head and out the other ...
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Why would Admiral Marcus need Khan's help?

The explanation given in the movie, which may or may not satisfy you, is basically this: Modern day Starfleet engineers are simply not capable of thinking about war the way Khan is. It's not Khan's ...
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What species were the two women Kirk slept with in Star Trek Into Darkness?

According to an interview Damon Lindelof gave to StarTrek.com, they are Caitians: Can you confirm that the creatures we see with Kirk during his off-hours on Earth are Caitians? Lindelof: You ...
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Why are there barcode readers on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Valorum's answer explains what they are, but not the why. Why are they used? Because they're a cheap way to get a fairly high-tech looking prop that 99.99% of people will not realise are barcode ...
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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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Where was this character before the plot happened?

An unspecified location in deep space: Khan: For centuries we slept, hoping when we awoke things would be different. But as a result of the destruction of Vulcan, your Starfleet began to ...
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Why do the Klingons in Into Darkness have cranial ridges?

There were ridged (uninfected) Klingons, but the appearance of ridged Klingons in Into Darkness was a conscious retcon. Many millions — but not all — of Klingons were infected by the augment virus (...
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Why is a model of the secret Starship in plain view?

This was addressed by the film's writer, Bob Orci. The short answer was that it was (out-of-universe) a production goof and (in-universe) justified by making the model an experimental design, itself ...
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Are officers on Federation starships required to undergo serious physical training?

If you remember the original series, there were several episodes where Dr. McCoy gave the crew regular physical checkups, testing their fitness levels as well as their general health. Also, you've ...
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What happened to Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek Beyond?

The film's screenwriter Simon Pegg confirmed in an interview that her character is alive and well during the events of Star Trek Beyond, but that she's not on board the Enterprise. She's just...err......
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Why didn't Khan's abilities transfer into Kirk?

We have no reason to believe that Khan's abilities could be transferred by tissue transplants--and besides, Kirk was never actually injected with Khan's blood. Bones was able to isolate its ...
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In Star Trek Into Darkness, how many died from the crash in San Francisco?

"Numerous" As if by a giant hand, the ancient monument that was the prison on the island of Alcatraz was scraped clean from its rocky promontory. The collision was just enough to critically ...
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Can a starship fire at warp?

Phasers: yes On Page 84 of the Deep Space 9 Technical Manual: a phaser beam can be delivered at warp speeds due to an annular confinement beam jacket and other advances in subspace technology (...
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Do starship captains typically recite mission-specific oaths, as at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness?

The entire thing doesn't seem to be the oath, just specific parts of it. And most of it isn't unique to the Enterprise, it's part of the Federation charter and Starfleet's general orders. Seeking out ...
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Why did Marcus choose Khan specifically?

In the star trek reboot, while in a parallel/alternate universe we know things are the same as prime timeline until the Narada and spock go back into time, essentially creating the point where the ...
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Was this scene in VOY: 'Alliances' the inspiration for a similar scene in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?

Very doubtful First of all, there is no explicit public comment by any of the Into Darkness staff that connects this scene to Voyager. More generally, director J.J. Abrams has said on a number of ...
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Why did they put the Enterprise underwater in Star Trek: Into Darkness?

In-Universe There are multiple references to communication problems and atmospheric disturbance (due to the volcanic eruptions) causing transporter difficulties. As we see, it seems perfectly ...
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Why was Spock actively participating in the act to stop the volcano?

While the other answers are all partially correct, they're missing a big part of the story: Spock had a death wish. After the events of the first movie, Spock had trouble dealing with his grief and ...
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Are officers on Federation starships required to undergo serious physical training?

They show in the first new startrek movie that vulcans undergo physical training on vulcan, they are also physically stronger then humans (not to argue on their actual strength but generally an ...
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What species were the two women Kirk slept with in Star Trek Into Darkness?

Kirk is seen in bed with two Caitains (according to STID screenwriter Roberto Orci) – a feline species first introduced in Star Trek: The Animated Series with the character M’Ress source: http://...
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Do we know any more about Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness

Yes we know a lot about Khan I suggest you take a look at this page which provides you with all the details you probably want to know and more. In answer to each of your questions: Where did he ...
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Why do the Klingons in Into Darkness have cranial ridges?

Another explanation: Recall that Antaak's last words in that episode expressed the thought that 'now might be a good time to make a career-move into doing reconstructive plastic surgery'.
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Why are there barcode readers on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Their general appearance seems to be consistent with how phasers look in several of the later of the original Star Trek eras: It is possible that these are just one of the reboot interpretations of ...
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Why don't they use the transporter in the final fight in Star Trek Into Darkness?

The novelisation gives us a little more info. In short, there's just too much going on for them to get a reliable fix. It's not just that the two fighters are moving, it's that they're on a moving ...
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Does the federation have slipstream or transwarp technology in Star Trek: Into Darkness?

To answer your question, no, the ships do not have any new form of engines that we know of. They are operating at speeds/time frames other canon has provided. Canon however conflicts with itself over ...
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How was the Vengeance able to "catch up" to the Enterprise?

The Enterprise had a slight head start, but the Vengeance was able to catch up to it because the Vengeance was travelling at a faster speed. Plain and simple. Your point about the warp bubbles of the ...
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