The antique car driven by young James appears to be a 1965
Corvette Sting Ray.
The large structures seen in the distance throughout the
Corvette scene are part of the shipyards prevalent in Iowa
in the 23rd Century.
The dashboard phone that James answers at 12:15 on the
DVD shows the Nokia logo on it.
a multinational communications corporation based in Finland
and currently most noted for its cellular phones. Apparently
they're still around in the 23rd Century! Maybe they
designed Starfleet's communicators.
The voice of Kirk's stepfather is provided by Greg Grunberg,
best known as Matt Parkman on the 2006-2010 TV series
The song that James plays while he's racing the Corvette
around is "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys from 1994. Possibly
the song was included as an in-joke to the fact that the
original James Kirk, actor William Shatner, pronounces the
word "sabotage" as "sabataage".
Google it and you'll find plenty of references to his
use of the word in various scenes. (In the director's
commentary on the DVD, J.J. Abrams denies that the song was
included for this reason; it's a just a cool song, he says.
I'm not sure I buy it!)
I'm not sure how anyone is supposed to read a 23rd Century
license plate from a distance...
The scene of young Spock answering questions from a myriad
of computers is similar to the one seen in Star Trek:
The Voyage Home when the recovering Spock is asked a
plethora of questions to determine how well he is
progressing after the return of his katra
(essentially, his soul) at the end of Star Trek: The
Search for Spock.
The insults and fight with three of his peers that young Spock
suffers through, as well as Sarek's admonitions afterward
are similar to events that occurred in the original timeline
as seen in the ST animated series episode "Yesteryear". Sarek's
line here that "logic offers a serenity that humans seldom
experience" is borrowed from a line that Spock says to his
younger self in that same episode.
After the fight with the bullies, at 16:06 on the DVD, notice that Spock has some green blood
on his lip and a greenish bruise on his left cheek.
When Spock asks his father why he married a human, Sarek
answers that his ambassadorship to Earth made it a logical
decision. This is similar to his response in the original
series episode "Journey to Babel" when Spock asked him why
he married her: "At the time, it seemed the logical thing to
Spock discusses with his mother the Vulcan discipline of
Kolinahr and purging of all emotion. Kolinahr is the same
discipline Spock was attempting to complete in the original
timeline at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion
At 20:11 on the DVD, a model of a Saturn V rocket appears in
the background at the nightclub. The Saturn V was the NASA
rocket that took U.S. astronauts to the moon and the Skylab
space station from 1967-1973.
The menu held by
Uhura at 20:14 on the DVD reveals that the bar is called the
Shipyard Bar. Notice that the pictures of food and beverage
items on the menu change digitally every couple seconds.
At the bar, Uhura orders a Klabnian fire tea, three
Budweiser Classics, two Cardassian sunrises, a Slusho, and a
Daniel's, of course, is a well-known brand of whisky.
Budweiser is an American beer company, but there is not
(yet!) a Budweiser Classic brew being produced (there is
also a Budweiser sign visible behind the bar at 22:21 on the
DVD). Slusho is the name of a drink used in two previous
J.J. Abrams productions, the 2001-2006 TV series Alias
and the 2008 movie Cloverfield. The Klabnian fire
tea and Cardassian sunrise are unknown beverages, but
Cardassians are an alien species seen in the Next
Generation era of the original ST timeline.
At 22:06 on the DVD, there is a poster of an astronaut
walking on the moon during the U.S. Apollo program. This
particular photo is of Buzz Aldrin during Apollo 11, from the
first human moon landing.
Captain Pike tells Kirk that Kirk's father didn't believe in
no-win scenarios. In the original timeline, Kirk tells Lt.
Saavik that he doesn't believe in the no-win scenario in
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
Kirk's hometown is established as
Riverside, Iowa. This is a real world town in that
state. In the film, the Enterprise is built here in
the Riverside Shipyard.
A sign featuring the symbol of the United Federation of
Planets can be seen in the background as Kirk gazes at the
Enterprise under construction at the shipyards at 25:24 on
At 25:34 on the DVD, we see a sign at the perimeter of the
At 25:47 on the DVD, notice that the wheels of Kirk's cycle
have no spokes!
The ongoing joke of Kirk trying to find out Uhura's first
name may be a nod to the fact that she was not given a first
name throughout the entire run of the original series, even
giving rise to fans making up names for her as the
syndicated reruns rose in popularity. It wasn't until the
authorized book Star Trek II Biographies by William Rotsler
was published in 1982 that "Nyota" was established as her
name. Previous to this, some fan publications had suggested
it was "Penda" and the Star Trek Role-Playing Game published
by FASA from 1982-1989 stated it as "Samara".
As the shuttle takes off with Kirk and the other cadets
aboard, a small bit of the original Star Trek music
theme is heard.
Notes from the novelization
of Star Trek by Alan Dean Foster
(The page numbers come from the 1st
printing, paperback edition, published September 2010)
cover the events of "Parallels"
On page 33, Spock identifies a piece of Earth music as
having been composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Both
men were members of the rock and roll band the Beatles in
the 1960s, as well as having impressive solo careers after.
On page 35, when Spock attacks the Vulcan boy who bullies
him, the bully attempts a nerve pinch, but Spock avoids it.
The book reveals that the boy walking along the road as Jim
drives by in the Corvette is his big brother, George, Jr., who
has decided to leave home because he doesn't get along with
their stepfather, Frank.
The book reveals that the Corvette is not actually Frank's,
but belonged to Jim and George, Jr.'s real father, George
Kirk (killed in "Rebirth").
On page 41, Frank is watching the televised "big game" from
Cairo. The type of game is not specified. Presumably, the
"Cairo" referenced is the capital city of Egypt.
The book reveals that Jim was an obedient, well-mannered
child until the day he took his joyride in the Corvette. He
was prompted to race off with it while washing it for his
stepfather after his brother decided to leave and also
learning that Frank had decided to sell the car, which had
originally belonged to their father.
Page 51 reveals that the Shipyard Bar is located in the city
of Storm Lake, Iowa. This is a real world city.
Page 51 also mentions the cities of Washington, Moscow, and
Beijing. These are the capital cities of the United States,
Russia, and China.
Page 51 also reveals that Uhura is from the region of East
Uhura says "habari" to the bartender when she enters the
Shipyard Bar. "Habari" is a Swahili greeting, standing for
"what's the news?"
Page 53 mentions that Uhura has been hit on in bars and
shops around the world from Dar-es-Salaam to Des Moines.
Dar-es-Salaam is the largest city of the African nation of
Tanzania. Des Moines is the capital of Iowa.
On page 54, Kirk remarks to Uhura that she's a Starfleet
cadet preparing to go, "Out there. Thataway." In the
original timeline, Admiral Kirk spoke
these same words
at the end of
Star Trek: The Motion Picture as he was telling
Sulu where to guide the Enterprise next. The book
later seems to suggest that young Kirk has a habit of
wandering no particular direction in life, just "thataway."
On page 59, Captain Pike fears that Kirk will go through his
life making the acquaintance of every jail from Chicago to
St. Louis. Chicago is a city in Illinois and St. Louis is a
city in Missouri. The two cities are about 300 miles apart
their states border Iowa, implying that, besides being in
constant trouble with the law, Kirk would never go anywhere
in his life if he didn't focus on a new path.
On page 66, Kirk seems to refer to a paper-pusher as a
"psion-pusher". I'm not sure what a psion is though! Since
there does not seem to be a lot of paper usage in the 23rd
Century, presumably the term has something to do with data
entry via datapads or data sheets. Additionally,
is the name of a company in the real world that designs and
manufacturers mobile handheld computers.
On page 69, Dr. McCoy is telling Kirk how he got fleeced in
his divorce and remarks, "Sometimes I think the Klingons
have the right idea." According to the Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine episode "The House of Quark", a Klingon
divorce is performed by one spouse knocking the other to the
ground, saying "Our marriage is done," and spitting on the
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