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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: The Vengeance of Nero "The Vengeance of Nero"
(Star Trek movie)
28:08-end on the DVD
Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Released in 2009

Study last updated 12/3/2020


After an absence of 25 years, the mysterious Romulan ship Narada and its captain, Nero, return to destroy the Federation.


Read the full Star Trek movie summary at Memory Alpha


Didja Know?


Because there are other stories in comics and novels that take place in between segments of the Star Trek movie, I've chosen to break the movie down into three segments in the chronology, representing the time periods in which they occur: James Kirk's day of birth ("Rebirth"), Kirk's and Spock's childhoods and decisions to enter Starfleet Academy ("Parallels"), and the maiden voyage of the Enterprise ("The Vengeance of Nero"). I've titled this segment "The Vengeance of Nero" as an homage to the original timeline movie The Wrath of Khan, which had the title The Vengeance of Khan at one point in its development.


Didja Notice?


The nebula seen at 28:08 on the DVD looks a bit like the eyes of a skull!


The dialog between Kirk and McCoy on the Starfleet Academy campus reveals that Kirk's test in the Kobayashi Maru simulation the next day will be his third attempt against the no-win scenario.


When Uhura returns to her dorm room, she tells Gaila about a transmission she intercepted about a battle near a Klingon prison planet, where 47 ships of a Klingon armada were destroyed. This is a reference to the Klingons' battle with the Narada near Rura Penthe in "A Perfect View".


Kirk eats an apple during his Kobayashi Maru test. In Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Kirk is also eating an apple while he explains how he "beat" the test to Lt. Saavik.


Kirk's Kobayashi Maru exam outcome as presented here is quite a bit different than the one presented in the original timeline novel The Kobayashi Maru; in that novel, Kirk had programmed the scenario such that the Klingons were frightened when they heard they were facing the great Captain Kirk and chose not to fight.


At 33:15 on the DVD, the names of two of the admirals presiding over the Academy Board during the proceedings against Kirk are seen. One is Admiral James Komack; Komack was mentioned or seen in three different episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, and named for the director of the episode "A Piece of the Action". The other is Admiral Richard Barnett, named for a visual effects artist on ST-TNG and ST-DS9; the novelization identifies Barnett, near the end of the novel, as the Academy commandant. (In the novelization Captain Pike is also present on the board.)


During the proceedings against Kirk, it is stated the Spock has programmed the Kobayashi Maru exam for the last four years. The Edge seemed to suggest that Spock created the Kobayashi Maru scenario during his senior year at the Academy.


Admiral Barnett states the bulk of Starfleet ships is currently engaged in the Laurentian system and thus unable to respond to the distress call from Vulcan. The Laurentian system is where Rura Penthe is located, the fleet there responding to the distress call from the Klingons.


At 35:18 on the DVD, more names of the presiding members at the Academy proceedings against Kirk are seen: Admiral Gretchen Lui, Admiral Nensi Chandra, and Lt. Alice Rawlings. Possibly Lt. Rawlings was named for actress Alice Rawlings who played Jame Finney in the original series episode "Court Martial".


At 35:43 on the DVD, it sounds like someone named "Vader" is being assigned to the U.S.S. Hood! Listen: Vader. (In the comic book adaptation, the name is given as Rader, but it still sounds like Vader to me!)


McCoy injects Kirk with the vaccine against the Melvaran mud flea virus. Melvaran mud fleas were first mentioned in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Canamar".


At 37:48 on the DVD, McCoy takes Kirk to the shuttle Gilliam. Kirk first boarded the Gilliam for the Tanika Station scenario test in The Delta Anomaly.


At 38:44 on the DVD, we see Starbase 1 in orbit over Earth (the name is revealed in the novelization). Chronologically, our first glimpse of the starbase was in "Red Level Down". The Enterprise and several other Starfleet ships are seen docked here.


Finding cadet Sulu at the helm, Captain Pike asks him where is Lt. McKenna and gets the response that McKenna came down with lungworm and Sulu is his replacement. It seems odd that McKenna would have lungworm, as it is a nematode parasite only known to infect animals, not people; possibly an alien species of nematode-like parasite has infected McKenna. McKenna previously made an appearance in The Gemini Agent.


Although she doesn't appear in the film, at 43:12 on the DVD, we hear Dr. McCoy call for Nurse Chapel.


At 46:31 on the DVD, Captain Pike tells Hannity to hail the U.S.S. Truman. Hannity first appeared in The Gemini Agent.


R2-D2, the little droid from the Star Wars films, is glimpsed among the debris of the Federation ships at 47:39 on the DVD. He later also appears in Into Darkness. Artoo also appears in this same scene in the comic book adaptation!
RS-D2 in Star Trek RS-D2 in Star Trek
Screenshot from Yahoo! Movies Buzz Log. From page 4 of Star Trek Movie Adaptation #3


After destroying the other seven Starfleet ships sent to Vulcan and essentially rendering the Enterprise defenseless, Nero commands Captain Pike to board a shuttle and come to the Narada for negotiations. From his treatment of Captain Robau of the U.S.S. Kelvin 25 years earlier after a similar demand (as seen in "Rebirth"), we have some idea what to expect from Nero when Pike arrives on board.


The scene at 49:58 on the DVD shows that the main viewscreen on the bridge of the Enterprise is actually a window out into space which usually has data or communications images transposed upon it. As the camera pulls back on the scene, it is also revealed that the bridge is located on the bottom of the saucer section, not the top as in previously seen versions of the ships! However, the ship's layout as presented in the extras of the Blu-ray disk release, labels the bridge as being on top of the saucer as usual. Possibly we are seeing a secondary bridge, nearly identical to the main bridge? But why would they be using it at this juncture? (Later stories seem to depict the bridge properly on top: the cover of the IDW comic book Star Trek #19 features a mini-schematic of the Enterprise which labels the main bridge on top; the 2013 Star Trek PC video game ["Gorn, But Not Forgotten"] depicts the bridge on the upper part of the saucer section; and the 2013 film Into Darkness likewise shows the bridge on top.)


Captain Pike's remark to Spock as he leaves him in charge of the Enterprise to shuttle over to the Narada, "...I'm not the captain, you are," is reminiscent of Captain Robau's comment to George Kirk as he shuttles over to the Narada in "Rebirth", "You're captain now, Mr. Kirk."


During the strike on the mining platform of the Narada, notice that the Starfleet officer who dies, Olson, was wearing a red dropsuit. This was an homage to the unfortunate tendency of red-shirted officers to die on away missions in any number of episodes of the original series.


Sulu tells Kirk that he has advanced combat training in fencing. His fencing skill was depicted in the original series episode, "The Naked Time".


Sulu's unfolding blade seen at 56:38 on the DVD seems like the Star Trek version of a lightsaber!


Notice that, as Sulu runs Kirk's Romulan attacker through with the sword at 57:44 on the DVD, green blood is seen on the sword point. Also notice the metallic sash worn by the Romulan; it looks like a Klingon sash, similar to those seen in various episodes of the multiple ST TV series. Perhaps he took it from a Klingon guard he killed during the Narada crew's escape from Rura Penthe in "Never Bet Against the Romulan"?


When Uhura asks Spock why his parents and the Vulcan High Council can't just be beamed up to the Enterprise, he responds that they will now be in the katric ark. The katric ark is a repository for Vulcan katras (the living spirit of a Vulcan after death), deep underground and shielded from outside technology such as communications and transporters (see the katric ark entry at Memory Alpha). The novelization reveals that the ark is located deep beneath the city of Shikahr and houses Surak's katra (among others), which was beamed up to the Enterprise along with the High Council members.


When Sulu is jostled off the mining platform and falls towards Vulcan's surface, Kirk jumps after him to affect a rescue. Notice that Sulu spreads his arms and legs as he falls to slow his descent through air resistance, while Kirk angles head-down with his arms pinned to his sides and legs together to more swiftly arrow through the atmosphere and catch up to Sulu.


After he successfully beams the plummetting Kirk and Sulu back to the Enterprise, Chekov exclaims, "Yo mayo!" This is an essentially untranslatable Russian phrase expressing surprise and can be either positive or negative, dirty or clean.


Many of the scenes on Vulcan were shot at Vasquez Rocks, where Kirk's battle with the Gorn was shot for the original series episode "Arena".


The Centaurian slug used by Nero on Captain Pike was an homage by the screenwriters to the Ceti eels used by Khan in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. A deleted scene from the film reveals that Nero obtained them from the Klingons who held him and his crew on Rura Penthe for 25 years (as seen in "Second Chance"). The novelization seems to suggest that the creature is a Romulan arthropod instead; it's effects on its host here are also different: it latches onto the spinal column instead of the brain stem and secretes a fluid that renders the host unable to deceive an interrogator instead of simply causing great pain as does the Centaurian slug as described in the film.


In his log, Spock estimates that no more than 10,000 Vulcans have survived the destruction of their homeworld. But in "Legacy of Spock" Part 1, the Romulans estimate that 27 million Vulcans have survived. No explanation for this discrepancy is given.


While discussing the possibility of time travel, Spock says to McCoy, "If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." This is a paraphrasing of a quote by Sherlock Holmes in the stories about the character by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Spock also says it in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.) In the novelization, Spock also quotes Saint Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." By "Saint Clarke", he is obviously referring to Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who originated this quote; though Clarke is quite popular with science and science-fiction literati, he is not normally referred to as "Saint".


The discussion between Kirk and Spock from 1:10:23-1:10:53 on the DVD regarding the alleged alteration of the timeline is the writers' way of telling the audience, essentially, that this is not your father's Star Trek. Listen: our destinies have changed


Notice that the gigantic red beast (a hengrauggi) that chases Kirk on Delta Vega has numerous eyes running along its head and neck.


When Spock-Prime finds that he has rescued a young James T. Kirk on Delta Vega, he says, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." These were among Spock's dying words to Kirk after saving the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.


When Spock-Prime tells an incredulous Kirk, "I am Spock," the line may be a reference to actor Leonard Nimoy's second autobiographical book, 1995's I Am Spock, a follow-up to his first autobiography, 1975's I Am Not Spock.


The scenes depicted during Spock's mind-meld with Kirk on Delta Vega are abbreviated versions of the stories told in the two Star Trek mini-series from IDW, Countdown and Nero.


At 1:21:15 on the DVD, Dr. McCoy tells Spock, "You know, back home we got a saying. 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your prize stallion in the stable.'" The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky.


At 1:21:46 on the DVD, Dr. McCoy refers to Spock as a "green-blooded hobgoblin". In the original series episode "Bread and Circuses", he referred to Spock as a "pointed-eared hobgoblin".


At 1:23:09 on the DVD, there is a tribble in a cage in Scotty and Keenser's work area at the Federation outpost on Delta Vega. The creatures trilling sound can also be heard. Tribbles, of course, first appeared in the original series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".


Scotty explains to Kirk and Spock-Prime that he thinks he was assigned to Delta Vega as punishment for using Admiral Archer's prized beagle in a test of transwarp beaming from which it never returned. This is a reference to Jonathan Archer, the captain of the Enterprise (NX-01) on the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. During the series, he had a pet beagle on board named Porthos; since the movie takes place over 100 years later, it seems likely that the beagle mentioned here is a different dog.


The scene of Spock entering engineering equations from the future so that Scotty can perfect transwarp beaming is reminiscent of Scotty having done the same thing in the original timeline to allow a 20th Century engineer to invent transparent aluminum in Star Trek: The Voyage Home.


The security officer who apprehends Kirk and Scotty in Engineering says to Kirk, "Come with me, cupcake." He is the same cadet whom Kirk called "cupcake" just before their fight at the Shipyard Bar in "Parallels".


Kirk's baiting of Spock to get him to become enraged is similar to a scene in the original series episode "This Side of Paradise".


The Earth image that comes up on Nero's viewscreen at 1:36:34 on the DVD is that of San Francisco Bay, home of Starfleet Headquarters, and an early indication that he has chosen that site as the location through which the Narada will drill down to the Earth's core to implant red matter that will destroy the planet.


At 1:38:52 on the DVD, it can be seen (in reverse) that the writing on the transparent shield between the Enterprise's transporter pad and the transporter console reads "DO NOT ENTER TRANSPORTATION AREA WHILE TRANSPORTATION IS IN PROGRESS". 


Here's one I missed: Memory Alpha points out that the pilot's seat and console of the Jellyfish form a juxtaposition that looks similar to the Vulcan IDIC symbol (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations). The IDIC symbol was first seen in the original series episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
Vulcan IDIC symbol Jellyfish cockpit


1:42:24 on the DVD is the first time we hear the "new" Spock say "fascinating". He has, however, said it several times in the various Starfleet Academy novels which take place before this.


During Nero's fight with Kirk aboard the Narada, Nero tells him he will deprive him of life just as he did his father. How does Nero know that George Kirk was in command of the Kelvin when it was destroyed 25 years ago? I suppose it's possible that transmissions between the Kelvin and the escaping shuttlecraft could have been intercepted by the Narada.


When Spock is beamed off the destructing Jellyfish, why does he appear on the Enterprise transporter pad standing when he was in a seated position on the Jellyfish?


At 1:52:06 on the DVD, the control panel in engineering has the word "ASYS" printed at the bottom. Possibly this is an indication that it was designed by Amtech Systems (ASYS), a real world company.


When Spock enters the bridge and offers Kirk his services as ship's science officer, it is a reference to a scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, in which he does the same as the Enterprise is heading for its rendezvous with V'Ger.


Near the end of the film, Spock-Prime tells his younger self that he has already located a suitable planet on which to establish a Vulcan colony with the survivors of Vulcan's destruction. What planet is it? How did he find one so quickly? Could it be a planet that was already familiar to him from the original timeline? "Legacy of Spock" Part 4 states that it is the second planet of Simon-316.


At the Academy ceremony, Admiral Pike appears in a wheelchair. This is a nod to the original series episodes "The Menagerie" Parts 1 and 2, in which Fleet Captain Pike was depicted as horribly scarred and having lost the use of most of his body, confined to a mechanized wheelchair-like transport. In the current timeline, he is just recovering from his ordeal aboard the Narada and not permanently crippled (in Into Darkness, he is seen out of his wheelchair, albeit walking with a cane). Notice also (in the picture below) that newly-promoted Admiral Pike is wearing a uniform that looks similar to Admiral Kirk's uniform in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Admiral Pike Admiral Kirk


Notes from the Deleted Scenes on the DVD


In the scene of Spock's birth, notice that Sarek looks a bit like Leonard Nimoy.


Sarek suggests to his wife that they name their new son "Spock" after one of Vulcan's early society builders.


In a scene deleted from the Kobayashi Maru test sequence, we see that Kirk manipulated Gaila, through her feelings for him, into opening an email at a certain time during his test, which launched the program that suddenly caused the shields of the Klingon vessels in the simulation to fail.


Notes from the Audio Commentary on the DVD


At 1:37:39 on the DVD, there is a hidden Starfleet emblem made by the juxtaposition of the Enterprise against Saturn's rings.


The registry number of the Kelvin, (NCC-)0514, is the birthday of J.J. Abrams' grandfather. 


Notes from the novelization of Star Trek by Alan Dean Foster
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, paperback edition, published September 2010)
Pages 70-end cover the events of "The Vengeance of Nero"


Page 70 describes Gaila's skin as being as green as the fabled city of Oz. Oz, of course, is a reference to the Oz children's books of L. Frank Baum and others.


On page 72, Uhura and Kirk trade African proverbs with each other. Uhura's "A sweet taste does not remain forever in the mouth," is Kenyan. When Kirk responds to her with "A man on the ground cannot fall," she tells him, "That's a South African proverb. I'm not from Southern Africa." That's true, it is a South African proverb. Her statement to Kirk may indicate she is from Kenya.


Page 73 indicates that the main Orion language is called Orion Prime. It is also revealed that both Uhura and Kirk are able to speak it.


On page 88, during the investigation into Kirk's cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test, Kirk refers to Commander Spock as Commander Spork. Presumably, Kirk did it on purpose as a veiled insult, since the Starfleet Academy novels indicate he has at least previously heard of Spock even if not having met him. In our world, a spork is an eating utensil that has a shallow scoop like a spoon topped with short tines like a fork, thus the portmanteau "spork"; these are often made of plastic and considered disposable.


On page 92, cadet Fugeman is assigned to Regula 1. Regula 1 was the name of the Federation scientific research station that orbited the planetoid Regula to which Dr. Carol Marcus and her son David were assigned in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.


On page 96, Uhura remarks that she helped Starfleet Academy win first place over Kyoto and MIT at the Oxford Linguistics Invitational. "Oxford Linguistics" philosophy (also known as "ordinary language philosophy") is a philosophical area of study originally developed at the University of Oxford that suggests that many philosophical problems are rooted in philosophers' own distortion of what words mean in everyday use. MIT is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and "Kyoto" probably refers to Kyoto University.


After receiving the Melvaran mud flea vaccine from McCoy, page 100 describes Kirk's hands as looking as if they were suffering from a highly localized case of elephantiasis. Elephantiasis is a disease that causes thickening of skin and underlying tissues, leading to swelling of body parts.


Dr. McCoy tells the boarding officer outside shuttle Gilliam that Kirk is suffering from "an inflamed epididymis complicated by excessive swelling of the ego region of the cerebral cortex" due to exposure to gram-negative bacteria. This translates that Kirk's testicles are inflamed and he has an exaggeratedly high opinion of himself! Gram-negative bacteria are simply those that do not hold the violet stain dye of the Gram staining protocol.


On page 111, Uhura identifies Chekov as being from the Urals by his accent. The Urals is a roughly north-south running mountain range in Russia. They are largely recognized to be the division point between Europe and Asia.


Also on page 111, Uhura guesses that Chekov was probably recruited out of the Star City Conservatory outside Moscow. Although there does not appear to be a Star City Conservatory by name in our current world, Star City does exist; it is a small, restricted military town built near Moscow in the 1960s where Russian cosmonauts are sent to live and train for the space program.


On page 120, Amanda reflects on Sarek's fondness for Viennese schlag. Schlag is basically a whipped cream topping for cakes or coffee.


On page 123, the commander of the U.S.S. Newton is said to be a Captain Alexander.


Page 124 mentions a Starfleet vessel called the U.S.S. Excelsior. Presumably this was a predecessor of a different class than the Excelsior prototype NCC-2000 introduced in 2285 in Star Trek: The Search for Spock in the original timeline.


On page 126, the Defiant is named as one of the ships at the Battle of Vulcan. In the original series a Constitution-class ship by that name was seen in "The Tholian Web".


Page 128 makes reference to Charles Dodgson in describing warp space, where "reality was deformed by mathematics". Presumably this is a reference to the Charles Dodgson who is better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, the author of a number of mathematical works as well as, more popularly, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass in 1865 and 1871, both of which take place largely in a twisted subsidiary reality.


Chief Engineer Olson's name is spelled "Olsen" in the novelization.


Page 135 reveals that Nero's actual Romulan name is Ŏ'ŗên, which is apparently difficult for the human larynx to pronounce. He tells Captain Pike reversing the name and softening the sounds yields a name the human can pronounce, "Nero".


Page 152 reveals that the Romulan blade weapon drawn by the Narada crewmember on the mining platform is known as a vrelnac.


The book suggests that there are multiple sickbays on the Enterprise.


In justifying his decision to Kirk to follow Pike's orders and reunite with the fleet in the Laurentian system instead of chasing after the Narada to rescue the captain, Spock says, "He understands that the needs of the many outweigh the danger to the one." This is young Spock unknowingly paraphrasing his older self in the original timeline's Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.


On page 191, Kirk realizes, in his failed argument with Spock about how to proceed after the destruction of Vulcan, he has "chosen his own Rubicon but, unlike Caesar, had fallen off his horse and was rapidly being swept downstream." This is a reference to the crossing of the Rubicon river in Italy by General Julius Caesar in 49 BC, which led to him leading a civil war within the Roman Empire and emerging on top as the new Emperor.


On page 193, Captain Pike is filling his mind with Mozart's Jupiter Symphony as a means of meditation against Nero's interrogation. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was, of course, a music composer during the Classical period. His Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 of 1781 has become popularly known as the Jupiter Symphony.


In the film the hengrauggi on Delta Vega merely flings the drakoulias away before giving chase to Kirk. Here in the novel, it swallows the smaller beast, then chases Kirk.


Page 209 reveals that Kirk was born in the year 2233. This matches the stardate given in "Rebirth" of 2233.04 (the rebooted ST continuity has a different stardate numbering system than the original timeline continuity; now the first four digits of the stardate represent the Earth year A.D.).


On page 216, Spock uses the term cthia to describe the stricture that binds Vulcan emotions. Cthia is a Vulcan term that originally appeared in the original timeline novel Spock's World.


Explaining the misuse of red matter as a weapon by Nero to Kirk, Spock refers to Alfred Nobel from Earth's past. Nobel (1833-1896) was known for his company's work with improving explosives for industrial uses, but which were later used for making weapons of war. Nobel also left most of his fortune in his will to an institute to establish the Nobel Prizes.


On page 230, Scotty mentions several Scotch dishes: piece and jam (a strawberry jam sandwich), mince and tatties (minced beef and potatoes), and cockaleekie soup (a soup of leeks and chicken stock).


On page 253, Kirk mentions several scientists of the past. Einstein, Rutherford, Bohr, Plank, and Hawking are all real physicists of Earth's past. Ashford, T'mer, and Lal-kang are unknown, probably fictitious names meant to suggest a history of the ST universe.


Page 254 reveals that Sarek is the son of Skon, who was the son of Solkar. Sarek's relationship to Skon was first revealed in the original series episode "Journey to Babel". Solkar was first mentioned in Star Trek: The Search for Spock. According to Memory Alpha, Solkar was the captain of the ship that first met Zefram Cochrane in Earth's first official meeting with extraterrestrials, the first Vulcan ambassador to Earth (in the original timeline film Star Trek: First Contact), and one of three Vulcans who signed the Federation Charter.


Page 272 reveals that Spock is proficient in the Vulcan martial art of Suus Mahna. This martial art was first featured in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Marauders".


Page 274 points out that the easiest insertion point for the Narada's plasma drill on Earth would be the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest part of all the Earth's oceans and one of the thinnest points to Earth's core from its crust. But Nero is in no particular hurry and wants the plasma drill to strike at Starfleet Command in San Francisco.


Page 275 reveals that Nero has decided to keep Pike alive for return as an exhibit to Romulus once the Federation is destroyed.


On board the Narada on page 278, Spock says he has recognized sufficient design elements on the Jellyfish to identify the ship as Vulcan in origin. And on page 280, the ship's computer informs Spock that it was built in 2387, commissioned by the Vulcan Science Academy. "Countdown" Part 3 suggests that the ship was designed and built by Geordi La Forge, a human. Presumably, the Vulcan Science Academy commissioned the retired Starfleet officer to do so and he made use of certain Vulcan elements in the ship's design.


On page 286, Spock asks for Nero's surrender under the Europa Convention of Sentient Species. This appears to be the first mention of this concord within the ST universe.


On page 304, Spock-Prime tells his younger self that he intends to devote the remainder of his life to committing for posterity everything he knows.


On page 307, Spock-Prime tells his younger self he may come to his elder self for advice on occasion.


Page 308 mentions the Phoenicians. Phoenicia was an ancient civilization of the Mediterranean and portions of the Middle East and Africa from 1500-300 BC.


Page 309 suggests that Pike's ordeal aboard the Narada has turned his hair prematurely gray. This does not appear to be the case in the film, at least not to a significant extent.


In the novel, it is Pike rather than Barnett who secures Kirk's medal to his chest, saying it is a commendation for original thinking in his solution to the Kobayashi Maru simulation. In the original timeline, Kirk told Lt. Saavik that he received such an award in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.


As Kirk takes command of the Enterprise at the end of the book, McCoy wryly states, "Same ship, different day." This is a play on the American colloquialism, "Same shit, different day."


On page 312, Kirk's response to Spock's question about how he broke the encryption code of the Kobayashi Maru simulation, "Orion women talk in their sleep," seems to imply that Gaila was one of the people who worked on that code, and was the reason for Kirk's relationship with her.


On the last page, Admiral Archer's wayward beagle, which was transwarp beamed in Scotty's experiment six months previous, rematerializes in the Enterprise's transporter room.


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Adaptation by Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Pencils: David Messina with Claudia Balboni
Inks: Gaetano Carlucci
Colorist: Giovanna Niro, Ilaria Traversi
Letterer: Robbie Robbins, Neil Uyetake
Covers by David Messina
April-August 2010


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Page 13 names additional cadets and their assignments after Starfleet receives the distress call from Vulcan. Gerace is assigned to the Farragut and McGrath to the USS Walcott.


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Chief Engineer Olson's name is spelled "Olsen" in this issue.


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At the beginning of this issue, Spock gives the stardate of 2258.42 in his acting captain's log.


On page 12, the Starfleet outpost on Delta Vega is referred to as Starfleet Outpost Hunter. Most likely, the "Hunter" name for the outpost is derived from that of actor Jeffrey Hunter, who played Captain Christopher Pike in the first Star Trek pilot episode from 1964 titled "The Cage".


On page 14, Scotty remarks that the transporter appartus at the outpost is "banjaxed". This is a British/Irish term meaning "broken". 


Unanswered Questions


What happened to the singularities that swallowed the planet Vulcan and the Narada? The Vulcan singularity seems to vanish after the implosion of the planet, but is it merely invisible, as a black hole in space, from which not even light can escape, should be? The novel seems to say that this is the case. That would imply the second singularity that swallowed the Narada, is still in existence as well, seemingly not too far from Earth's solar system! Could the explosion of the Enterprise's ejected warp core have destroyed it? 


Memorable Dialog


welcome back, Spock.wav

should we fire back?.wav

you cheated.wav

I don't believe in no-win scenarios.wav

who was that pointy-eared bastard?.wav

I'm assigned to the Enterprise.wav

Ensign Chekov.wav

careful with the ship, Spock.wav

Kirk to Enterprise.wav

endangered species.wav

I'm a doctor, not a physicist.wav

our destinies have changed.wav

I have been, and always shall be, your friend.wav

I am Spock.wav

are you out of your Vulcan mind?.wav

roaming the halls weeping.wav

do they still have sandwiches there?.wav

her ample nacelles.wav

I am emotionally compromised.wav

a trick I learned from an old friend.wav

live long and prosper.wav

I'd rather not take sides.wav

the merits of emotion.wav

I like this ship!.wav

Pike made him first officer.wav

speak your mind, Spock.wav

I loved her.wav

we are getting to know each other.wav

it'll work.wav


I want Spock dead now!.wav

not this time.wav

you got it.wav

get us out of here, Scotty.wav

I'm giving her all she's got.wav

do yourself a favor.wav

good luck.wav

buckle up.wav


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