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Corrected entry: When the Enterprise arrives in Vulcan space, there is much debris floating around from the previous ships that were destroyed. The Enterprise tries to duck under a large piece, but it scrapes the top of one of the nacelles, knocking many panels off. In later scenes the damage has disappeared.

Correction: Not so. After that scene, there is never again a clear camera shot of the damaged part of the nacelle, therefore it's pure speculation to suggest it isn't still damaged.


Corrected entry: When the captain of the U.S.S. Kelvin is headed to his shuttle, the turbo lift in which he is riding descends, and he exits to the shuttle bay [this is visible as an exterior panning shot]. However, the shuttle bay is on a pylon above the saucer section, so the lift should enter from below, not above.

Correction: The Captain of the USS Kelvin starts out located on the bridge, which is situated at the topmost section of the saucer. To go anywhere, shuttle bay included, he would first have to take a lift down to the access way between the saucer and pylon then cross over and go up. Since his travel to the shuttle bay seems instantaneous we can assume we didn't see his whole journey. Star Trek lifts not only go up and down but also sideways, so the path of the lift might well descend from above instead of below since we don't know the interior layout of the ship.


Corrected entry: The singularity that consumed Planet Vulcan simply closed on itself, yet the singularities that consumed the Romulus sun and Nero's Narada ship, each with different amounts of red matter used, either stay open to pull the Narada and Jellyfish in, or tries to pull in the Enterprise.


Correction: Different cases. The circumstances are different each time, different amounts of red matter, one opens within a planetary core, one within a ship, the third within a supernova shockwave. Given that the whole thing is made-up science anyway, it's impossible to say how the red matter singularities should react in any given situation.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: If the red matter created the black hole and created a time/space tunnel for Nero's ship and for Spock's ship to go back in time, material from the supernova star should have come through also.

Correction: This is an opinion, not a mistake. We don't know the laws of physics for what does and does not go through the red matter created singularities.

Joshua Skains

Corrected entry: Kirk and Scotty are able to transport from Delta Vega to the Enterprise, despite it being many hours after the Enterprise had departed the planet at high warp to rendezvous with the rest of the fleet (and possibly through the ship's shields). Spock explains that Scotty later invents the ability to transport to and from ships at warp speed, but this does not account for the distance they are traveling.

Correction: Spock doesn't, but Scotty does account for the distances himself. When Spock gives him the equation for the transwarp theory, its Scotty himself that states that it can be done between two points a long distance apart. His first attempt is what led to the disappearance of Admiral Archer's beagle - this time clearly works.


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: 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: In the scene following young Spock's fight with the other Vulcan children, after his father approaches him, the shot is a close up of Spock's head, in which you can see light passing though his right ear lobe from the window behind him, however, the light is reddish, since Vulcan blood is green, as proven by the green blood on his lip in the same shot, the light passing though his ear lobe should be greenish, not red. (00:16:10)


Correction: *Oxygenated* Vulcan blood is green. There's nothing to say that unoxygenated blood might couldn't be a different color (much like unoxygenated human blood is a darker red).

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After encountering the Narada, the Kelvin receives a transmission from one of Nero's crewmembers instructing the Captain to fly over. Remember, the Kelvin pre-dates the divergence in the timeline, and in the prime universe, no human or Romulan had seen the other until more than 30 years later. So the Kelvin should have assumed the man was a Vulcan and asked questions accordingly, such as, "If you're Vulcan, why attack us?"


Correction: Because the Captain's not stupid. He knows Nero is not a Vulcan. Pointy ears do not a Vulcan make. He may not know what race Nero is, but he doesn't need to know much about him to see that he's not friendly.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kirk takes over as captain of the Enterprise, he makes a ship wide announcement to that effect, saying Spock had resigned his commission. He didn't resign his commission, he resigned his command.

Correction: Character mistake, especially in the heat of the moment.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Kirk is taking the Kobiashi Maru test, Uhura says the ship is being attacked by Klingon warbirds. This is wrong. Klingon ships are birds of prey, not warbirds. Romulan ships are warbirds.

Clarence Daugette

Correction: Klingon vessels were referred to as "warbirds" in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Broken Bow." Uhura's use of the term is therefore correct.


Corrected entry: At 13:19 one question to a Vulcan student was about the volume of the sphere. He answers 4/3*pi*r^2 instead of ^3 in the Hungarian version. (00:13:15)

Correction: These children are being tested. It therefore follows that they could quite reasonably get a question wrong. Even Vulcans are not infallible.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: During the discussion on the bridge about how to attack Narada, Spock says he will beam aboard and "steal back" the red matter device. However, at this point, Spock does not know that the device was stolen from elder Spock in the first place.

Correction: Simply a figure of speech, it doesn't necessarily imply that Spock knew that elder Spock was the originator of the device.


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie Captain Kirk dumps the core to escape from the black hole. This would have been impossible as the Enterprise was already at warp and dumping the core would have terminated the Enterprise's engines, therefore leading to the destruction of the ship.

Correction: The Enterprise can continue on impulse power which is not derived from the warp core, and considering the warp explosion is the reason for pushing the Enterprise away and the black hole has absorbed some of the energy from the explosion, is why the Enterprise is not destroyed. Not a mistake.


Actually detonating a warp core powerful enough to power a warp drive to move the enterprise at speed much faster than light speed would vaporize the ship as the blast would be as powerful as hundreds of nuclear bombs. Even the black hole shown in the movie would not absorb enough of the explosion to keep the ship from being destroyed. Now you might be thinking"the blast would not vaporize the ship as explosions need oxygen to vaporize things" nuclear explosions do not need oxygen to vaporize things. Only non nuclear explosions require oxygen to vaporize things.


Corrected entry: On the inhospitable ice planet, why is Spock living in a cave? He tells the young Kirk that there is a Starfleet Outpost nearby (presumably well-heated), yet apparently he never actually tried to seek shelter there until he had someone to go with him?

Correction: He is living in the cave because he does not want to interfere with the time line any more than he already has. By isolating himself, he can avoid interfering.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: Every time someone is beamed to and from the Enterprise, they appear at their destination in the body position they were in when they were transported. But at the film's conclusion, Spock is beamed from a sitting position in the pilot's chair of his craft, and re-appears on the Enterprise's transporter pad standing up.

Correction: There is no rule against moving during the transport sequence - we see it several times during the film (Spock's mother turns round, Kirk and Sulu tumble repeatedly). We only see the very beginning of the transport sequence with Spock - he's then not shown until he materialises on the pad several seconds later. He simply felt the sequence commence and stood up to avoid an undignified arrival.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When George Kirk is flying the Kelvin into the Romulan mining ship, the initial time to impact reported vs. the time it took to fly into the Romulan mining ship was not quite in sync. George and Winona Kirk chat a little longer than time allowed in the naming of James T. Kirk.


Correction: "Ticking countdowns" in movies are often stretched to heighten the drama. If a period of 25 years can be portrayed in a 2 hour movie, why can't 20 seconds be portrayed in 35?

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: In the beginning of the movie after Spock beats up the bully, there is a scene with his father. In the first shots in that scene, you can see sunlight shining through his ear. His inner-ear lights up a bright red. The red comes from the blood in your veins going through your ear. However, it is well known and also seen in the scene (blood on his lip) that Spock's blood is green. So shouldn't his ear light up as bright green? (00:14:40)


Correction: Vulcans have green blood, but apparently must have red arteries and capillaries (the vessels that carry the blood) or their lips would also be green.

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

Character mistake: When Chekov is discussing the plan to hide behind Saturn, he says, "...if Mr. Scott can get us to warp 4...". But on the viewscreen, it shows they are already traveling at warp 4.31. (01:34:40)

wizard_of_gore Premium member
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Trivia: During the Battle of Vulcan, as Sulu goes under a piece of another starship, you can see R2-D2 go flying past just over his shoulder. (00:47:35)

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Question: Why do the phasers have recoil (kick-back) when fired?


Chosen answer: Phasers fire nadion particle bursts or bolts, which are fictional but are presumably similar to photons, and would therefore have mass and kinetic energy - so depending on the power output of the phaser, it should impart a not insignificant momentum change.

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