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Corrected entry: When Sulu uses the parachute to get back onto the drill's platform he cuts the cord as he is being pulled into the venting flame. For some reason the flame cannot burn the cord but can easily incinerate an alien.

Correction: We do not know what the cord is made of. It could easily be fireproof, as opposed to organic matter, which is not.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: While running from the cop, young James Kirk barrels towards a cliff in his stepdad's car. He is able to slow down some before reaching the edge, and jumps out, barely grabbing the edge to keep from going over himself. The car is still going a good speed as it slides sideways and goes off the cliff. But as the camera follows its movement over the edge, it is seen falling almost straight down. The momentum it had, from its still considerable speed, would have had it moving out away from the canyon wall as it went down, not just going straight down. (00:14:00)

Quantom X Premium member

Correction: It's a trick of perspective, the car is a fair enough distance from the cliff as it falls.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Admiral announces they have received a distress call from Vulcan, Spock prematurely reacts to the name of the planet before it is spoken. (00:35:15)


Correction: He is not initially reacting to the name Vulcan when he turns. Just before that name is said, the words distress call are said, and it is that moment when Spock turns his head, coincidentally before the name of his planet was spoken. Just about anybody would react to the words distress call by instantly looking at the person who said it.

Quantom X Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kirk et al are seen walking through the Enterprise shuttlebay, the shuttles are showing the registry of NCC1701A. The Enterprise's registry code, as seen throughout the film on the ship's hull, has no "A" suffix.


Correction: The only shot of the Enterprise shuttlebay interior is the one through the main shuttlebay doors when the ships first land aboard the Enterprise. No one is ever seen walking through the Enterprise shuttlebay. You might be thinking of the shuttlebay in Starfleet headquarters., which includes multiple ships, some of which might have an A-designation. The two Enterprise shuttles I noted show no such A-registry.

Corrected entry: As Spock is performing the mind meld on a random Romulan, an attacking Romulan is shot from the front by Kirk. Kirk then arrives from behind the Romulan with his phaser drawn. Impossible.

Brad Premium member

Correction: This part of the Narada is composed of multiple catwalks, stairs and elevated platforms. The shot actually comes from the side (not the front), then Kirk has to move around from behind to get to where Spock is.

Corrected entry: Considering the time it took for the fleet to travel from Earth to Vulcan, coupled with the fact that Vulcan had started feeling seismic activity even earlier, we can conclude that it takes a fair amount of time for the Narada's drill to penetrate a planet's structure. There should have been plenty of time for Vulcan's defense force (or even a shuttle craft) to fly up and shoot the drill, as Spock did at the end of the movie. For that matter, why didn't the Enterprise shoot a torpedo or fire phasers at the drill? Same goes for Earth.


Correction: Yes, Spock destroyed the drill... with a ship from the FUTURE. Given what we see the Narada did to a fleet of starships, it's safe to assume that any Vulcan or Earthly defense would have been (and may have been offscreen) easily thwarted by Nero's people.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After realizing that the Jellyfish was on a collision course, ordering the Narada to open fire wouldn't have helped at all; destroying the Jellyfish would have led to containment breech of the red matter, which in turn would have swallowed up the Narada as well. A better option would've been to simply warp away. From the previous scene, the Narada was able to jump to warp in a matter of seconds to pursue the Jellyfish, meaning that jumping to warp is a relatively quick and easy task. Even after the missiles were fired, Nero still had plenty of time to order a warp retreat.


Correction: Characters are allowed to be fallible, to make wrong choices without it being considered a mistake. Nero's angry, he wants to see Spock dead, and, being a miner by profession rather than a warrior, lacks the training to overcome his anger and consider his options rationally. If this leads him to make a wrong call, that's just him screwing up, not a plot hole.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: If Spock had not shown up at the end of the movie to offer his services, Kirk would have left spacedock without a First Officer. Starfleet wouldn't allow the flagship of the Federation to go on a mission without a complete command crew.


Correction: In the pilot episode of The Next Generation, the Enterprise picks up its First Officer, Commander Riker, at Farpoint Station. Captain Picard even makes reference to this in his log, that they will be picking up 'Key Personnel' also including their Chief Medical Officer.

Correction: Why not? They did it in The Motion Picture. Clearly it's no big deal to pick up an officer for an empty post after leaving Earth.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Sulu and Kirk are fighting on the drilling platform. Sulu claims to be trained in fencing, but does not use any real fencing moves or tactics.

Correction: Fencing tactics would not have helped him in this situation. Since the bad guy is using "brawling" fight tactics, fencing moves and tactics are out the window.


Corrected entry: Spock Prime charges out of the wormhole/timewarp and Nero sets about capturing him, which apparently takes some time to accomplish. Spock Prime knows the destructive power of the Red Matter and he would in no way ever allow this substance to fall into the hands of a madman, even though it would cost his life. This was the only logical conclusion Spock Prime could have made.


Correction: Pure assumption. Spock cannot be aware that Nero would intend to wipe out every planet in the Federation; given his experience in diplomacy, he would have every reason to believe that he could reason with Nero. Choosing to attempt that rather than taking the suicide option does not make for a plot hole.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Nero claims that Starfleet has border protection grids surrounding its planets, hence his need to capture Pike and interrogate him. Yet earlier, Nero's ship managed to get past Vulcan's defenses with nothing but his ship's weapons. Yes, they're advanced weapons, but Nero needed Pike's information to get past Earth's defenses, so there's no reason he'd be able to get past Vulcan's.

Brad Premium member

Correction: There's any number of ways Nero could have obtained the information he needed about penetrating Vulcan's defenses and not Earth's. He could have posed as a Vulcan [if this timeline follows TOS timeline, then no one is aware of what Romulans look like]. Or he could have captured a Vulcan ship and interrogated one of its officers.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the scene showing the drill first attacking Vulcan (before Amanda comes out and sees it) the shot is showing a clear blue sky around the upper parts of the drill. Vulcan has been established as having an orange/brown tint to both the planet and its atmosphere. No amount of "alternate reality" explanation works here.

Correction: All this means is that the atmospheric conditions were different on this particular day. There are any number of seasonal or meteorological reasons why the sky make look different. Vulcan has only been depicted about a dozen times throughout the various Trek series, that hardly means that the sky's appearance would look exactly the same every time. Here on Earth, if one were to visit the polar regions a dozen times in the winter, the sky would always be dark. But if you suddenly visited it in the summer, would that suddenly be a mistake? Nope.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: If Starfleet has border protection grids surrounding its planets, as Nero says, then how could he easily get past Vulcan's defenses?

Brad Premium member

Correction: Because Nero's ship is 100 years more advanced than anything the Federation has.


Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, it is mentioned that Nero's drill prevents sensors and communication. It prevents the Enterprise (and other Starfleet ships) from detecting Nero's ship at Vulcan and later prevents them from contacting Earth to call for reinforcements. However, when the Enterprise is en route to Vulcan, during his announcement to the crew, Chekov says that they received a distress call from Vulcan saying that they were experiencing extreme seismic activity (which we later learn is caused by the drill) which would have been impossible if communications were 'jammed' by the drilling.

Correction: The jamming may have been "line of sight." A communication station on the side of planet *opposite* Nero's ship would be able to send a distress signal and report seismic activity of unknown origin.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Captain Pike is attempting to convince Kirk to join Starfleet in the bar, he wrongly says that the Federation is a humanitarian and peace keeping armada. Starfleet is the armada, the Federation is the inter-planetary government.

Correction: We shouldn't expect Pike to give a comprehensive and detailed definition of Starfleet and the Federation (and the distinctions between the two) in that particular scene. He wasn't holding an academic lecture on the nature and purpose of the Federation/Starfleet. Pike wanted to get Kirk join Starfleet. So yes, Pike was simplifying things a bit. Not to mention that The Original Series was never spot-on and terribly well-defined at times concerning the purposes and missions of either the Federation or Starfleet. So this confusion/ambiguity fits in with how we've seen the era depicted in the past.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Just after the Enterprise gets out of warp at Vulcan, and as they are going under the remains and get parts of the engine ripped of you can see that "The Narada" is not there, yet in the next shot it reappears.


Correction: You cannot see it in the shots of the Enterprise going through the debris field; it is either obscured by the debris or off camera. Its does not disappear then reappear; it only comes into sight when the Enterprise clears the field.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: At the bar fight, Kirk falls on the patterned floor, landing face first, after being punched by a cadet. In the close up of his face, he lands approximately in the middle of the white square. The next shot of the side of his face as he is pulled up off the ground by the cadet, the position of his head in relation to the white square has changed. He has moved left, significantly closer to the reddish square on the floor. (00:22:10)


Correction: The location Of Kirks head is the same relative from one shot to the next. His head is in the aprox. same location. An inch or two does not count as an error. Check time code 22min and 17 seconds and 22min 19 seconds. This is not an error.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Kirk is taking the Kobayashi Maru, the tactical report refers to the enemy ships as Klingon Warbirds. However, when you can see the view screen, the vessels shown are actually Klingon D-7 Battle Cruisers.

Correction: You're confusing Klingon warbirds with Birds of Prey. Putting aside that name changes could be easily explained as a change due to the altered timeline, the term "warbird" in relation to the Klingons was established in Star Trek: Enterprise (which predates the film's chronology). D-7 Battle Cruiser may be the technical term for the ships and "warbird" its nickname, much like an A-4 aircraft is also called a Skyhawk.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: We know that the only thing that is keeping the Enterprise from being sucked into the black hole that destroyed the Romulan ship is the warp engines, whose force keeps them away from it. However, when Scotty ejects the warp core, there would have been nothing to stop the Enterprise from being sucked in as well, because there was a few seconds between the core being ejected until it exploded inside the black hole.

Correction: Not according to the Star Fleet Technical Manual. The warp core provides a stream of high-energy protons that power the warp engines. Once the core is ejected the warp engines would continue to function until the supply of high-energy protons contained within the nacells is depleted. Think of it this way - your car engine will continue to function for several seconds after the gas tank is removed by using up whatever gas is left in the fuel lines.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Chekhov is Russian and has a Russian accent. but actually, in the Russian language there is no 'W' sound and there IS a 'V' sound so his 'wessels' actually should have been 'vessels.'

Correction: It's never been outright stated that Chekov's v/w transposition is due to his accent. He may simply have a speech impediment.

JC Fernandez

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when Kirk is being awarded his medal, behind the Federation Counsel you can see 3 flags in the background- the center flag is the California state flag. After Kirk shakes Pike's hand, and the camera pans up and back, the California flag is hanging significantly different so that it is no longer recognizable, seeming almost blank white. As the ceremony is indoors and all attending are standing motionless, this flag should not have moved. (01:56:25)

wizard_of_gore Premium member
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