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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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In "Into Darkness", what kind of history do Carol Marcus and Khan have?

They have no history. She finagled a transfer onto the Enterprise precisely so that she could study the super-torpedoes that her father's secret research team were working on so secretively. “Prepped ...
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Why does Harewood blow up the Starfleet facility after using Harrison's blood to save his daughter?

The very short answer is that Harewood is mortally afraid of Harrison. He seems to be aware of Harewood's true identity, and hence would be aware of his personal capabilities, monstrous intellect and ...
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Why do so many Trekkies hate Star Trek Into Darkness?

JJ Abrams himself has expressed regrets about how Into Darkness played out. In this Buzzfeed interview But by the time we started shooting, and this was literally at the very beginning of the shoot,...
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How was the USS Enterprise going to leave Nibiru without being seen?

It is quite simple if you think about it. The enterprise just had to leave during the night and wouldn't be seen at all when she came out of the water. The problem was mostly that they made the "...
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Does Harrison give a true account of his backstory to Kirk?

The quote from the film is Khan: A remnant of a time long past. Genetically engineered to be superior so as to lead others to peace in a world at war. But we were condemned as criminals, forced into ...
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What species were the two women Kirk slept with in Star Trek Into Darkness?

They are Caitians, just their version of them for his universe is quite different than previous iterations. It's a completely alternate universe, so something obviously happened to make them develop ...
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Why would Admiral Marcus need Khan's help?

From Star Trek Into Darkness: Kirk: Why is there a man in that torpedo? Khan: There are men and women in all those torpedoes, Captain. I put them there. Kirk: Who the hell are you? Khan: A remnant of ...
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How did Scotty infiltrate USS Vengeance?

According to the film's official novelisation he used the planet's magnetic interference to disguise his approach, then simply hid his shuttle in amongst a small convoy bringing parts and technical ...
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Why did they put the Enterprise underwater in Star Trek: Into Darkness?

their mission was to observe the planet. maybe they needed to be close to receive signals and data which cant be collected by two people or equipment of one small shuttle. also as we see in the movie, ...
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How did the Enterprise get to Qo'nos unopposed?

They did not: MARCUS: As part of our defensive strategy, 31 developed a new photon torpedo. (calls up hologram) Long range and untraceable, it would be invisible to Klingon sensors. I don't want you ...
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How could this character have been teleported while the Enterprise's shields were up?

Shield were down at that point. KIRK: Damage report! SULU: Weapons are way down. Shields are dropping. [a second later] DARWIN: We're defenceless, sir. Into Darkness Transcript ...
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Has a Starfleet officer ever been punished for refusing an "abandon ship" order?

In The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, we learn that (then Commander) Picard of the Stargazer countermanded the lawful order of the ship's first officer (acting as Captain after the death of her ...
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Do starship captains typically recite mission-specific oaths, as at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness?

I add to the existing answer that this quote is based in part on Zefram Cochrane's speech at the dedication of the Warp 5 program facility, therefore predating the Federation: ZEFRAM: On this site, ...
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Why are there barcode readers on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Let's have some in-universe fun of trying to explain them... In present day bar codes are being used to do things other than for sales. They're used for transmitting data for a whole bunch of things ...
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How was the USS Enterprise going to leave Nibiru without being seen?

Probably hoping the natives were looking the other way, and hadn't noticed the scroll had been stolen. The only reason Enterprise was seen was because Kirk and McCoy were chased to the cliff by the ...
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What is the difference in Admiral Pike's Rank insignia and Capt Kirk's in Star Trek Into Darkness

At the time of that pic above, Pike had been made Captain. Marcus is an Admiral. Kirk had been demoted in position but no one really stated that he had been demoted in rank (and unlikely given he ...
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Why didn't Kirk (and crew) simply transport from Earth to Kronos?

This was addressed in the film's official novelisation. In short, transporting that kind of distance would be almost certainly fatal for an ordinary human and probably fatal to a Vulcan. Even if they ...
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