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Old October 15 2013, 01:24 AM   #16
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
IIRC, Abrams says in the commentary that he was tinkering with the mind meld scene right up until 2 weeks prior to the film's theatrical release. That's the reason there are a few discontinuities between Countdown and the movie (in the movie, Romulus is destroyed while Spock is en route, in the comic it happened before he had even launched)

There's also an early script at IMSDB (, where Spock deliberately opens a second black hole, intentionally travelling back in time to try and save Romulus. It talks about the supernova being an "untreated cancer" that would "destroy everything" and that Nero was on a mission to prevent Spock from stopping the supernova, believing that if Romulus was allowed to die, all planets should share its fate.

Add to that, the first draft of Countdown apparently featured the destruction of Earth as well as Romulus, and it was apparently only through the intervention of Cryptic (whose Star Trek Online videogame plans would have totally ruined by mass destruction in the Alpha Quadrant) that the destruction was scaled back somewhat. More details here:

With all those changes, I'm not surprised the final version came out a little jumbled.
trust me friend, I truly want to believe it was originally intended to be a distant star and not Romulus' sun. but I still have heard nothing in this thread to change my current mindset. I still believe this is a major clutzy move. and im a huge fan of this film. this part just stings me.
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