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Old September 17 2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

Sadly, I never did see Trek 09 when it was in the movie theaters, but I've always had on question about the movie. How did Nero and his crew escape the prison planet Rura Penthe, and then get back aboard his ship the Narada?
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Old September 17 2012, 03:46 AM   #2
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

Another convienent plot device that doesn't stand up to scutiny.
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Old September 17 2012, 03:58 AM   #3
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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Another convienent plot device that doesn't stand up to scutiny.
So it was never explained???
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Old September 17 2012, 04:14 AM   #4
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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Sadly, I never did see Trek 09 when it was in the movie theaters, but I've always had on question about the movie. How did Nero and his crew escape the prison planet Rura Penthe, and then get back aboard his ship the Narada?
In fact, the movie covers neither Nero & Co.'s imprisonment nor their escape from (never-identified) prison planet. Such scenes of capture, prison, interrogation and escape as were filmed do not appear in the finished film. (A tiny exception: there is one very brief shot of Nero's face which appears in the mind-meld sequence which I believe was taken from film shot for the interrogation scene, but OldSpock's meld narration says nothing about it.)


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Another convienent plot device that doesn't stand up to scutiny.
Well, no. In the movie as released, the Klingon thread doesn't exist, and what does not exist cannot be scrutinized (because that would be an examination of nothing.)


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So it was never explained???
Never explained, correct.
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Old September 17 2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

Since it was all deleted, the whole Rura Penthe subplot involving the capture of Nero is non-canonical. From the point of view of canon, it never happened, and so Nero and his crew never escaped, because they never spent any time on the prison planet in the first place.
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Old September 17 2012, 04:29 AM   #6
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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(A tiny exception: there is one very brief shot of Nero's face which appears in the mind-meld sequence which I believe was taken from film shot for the interrogation scene, but OldSpock's meld narration says nothing about it.)
I could be wrong, but I thought the shot of Nero during the mind meld showed him out in the open on the prison planet ( in the "yard", so to speak ) and the shot taken from the interrogation scene was used in a different part of the film, when Nero is on the Narada and about to be approached by Ayel.

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In the movie as released, the Klingon thread doesn't exist, and what does not exist cannot be scrutinized (because that would be an examination of nothing ).
There are remnants of the Klingon thread in the released film: the dialogue to the effect that the Kelvin incident took place near the edge of Klingon space, the reference to the distress call from the Klingon prison planet, assumed to be the Narada's handiwork, the aforementioned mind meld shot, and in Nero's closeup we can see that one of his ears has been damaged.

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Since it was all deleted, the whole Rura Penthe subplot involving the capture of Nero is non-canonical. From the point of view of canon, it never happened
But it still could have happened. The final film does not confirm it, but also does not preclude it from having happened.
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Old September 17 2012, 05:52 AM   #7
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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(A tiny exception: there is one very brief shot of Nero's face which appears in the mind-meld sequence which I believe was taken from film shot for the interrogation scene, but OldSpock's meld narration says nothing about it.)
I could be wrong, but I thought the shot of Nero during the mind meld showed him out in the open on the prison planet ( in the "yard", so to speak ) and the shot taken from the interrogation scene was used in a different part of the film, when Nero is on the Narada and about to be approached by Ayel.
You know, I believe you're right. I was misremembering the placements.

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In the movie as released, the Klingon thread doesn't exist, and what does not exist cannot be scrutinized (because that would be an examination of nothing ).
There are remnants of the Klingon thread in the released film: the dialogue to the effect that the Kelvin incident took place near the edge of Klingon space, the reference to the distress call from the Klingon prison planet, assumed to be the Narada's handiwork, the aforementioned mind meld shot, and in Nero's closeup we can see that one of his ears has been damaged.

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Since it was all deleted, the whole Rura Penthe subplot involving the capture of Nero is non-canonical. From the point of view of canon, it never happened
But it still could have happened. The final film does not confirm it, but also does not preclude it from having happened.
There's room for a certain amount of conjecture, sure, but there's just not enough material remaining from the deleted scenes to form the basis for anything more than speculation.
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Old September 17 2012, 05:59 AM   #8
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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Since it was all deleted, the whole Rura Penthe subplot involving the capture of Nero is non-canonical. From the point of view of canon, it never happened
But it still could have happened. The final film does not confirm it, but also does not preclude it from having happened.
True.

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There's room for a certain amount of conjecture, sure, but there's just not enough material remaining from the deleted scenes to form the basis for anything more than speculation.
Also true.

There's nothing in the film—at least that I'm aware of—that necessitates its occurrence.
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Old September 17 2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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Another convienent plot device that doesn't stand up to scutiny.
An incomplete deleted scene (there's more in the script that was likely filmed and is probably being held onto for a special edition) that has no bearing on the finished movie anyway. Certainly not a plot device.
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Old September 17 2012, 01:25 PM   #10
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

I think the movie part of this equation has been covered by the posts above.

If the comics were to be consulted on the matter, Nero was held in prison while the Klingons had his ship in orbital quarantine trying to analyse it and unlock its technology. Which they couldn't do, since it was too advanced for them with all the Borg tech and whatnot. They couldn't get it online and when they tried to take it apart it would repair itself.
Meanwhile, Nero builds a fearsome prison reputation, makes about 60 escape attempts and tries through the years to calculate when Spock's wormhole would open.
At some point the Narada goes online by itself and starts firing of Rura Penthe. Nero takes advantage of that and escapes to the ship which is now out of his control and goes to warp on its own to go find V'Ger.
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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There's room for a certain amount of conjecture, sure, but there's just not enough material remaining from the deleted scenes to form the basis for anything more than speculation.
http://www.startrekcomics.info/idwnero.html

"From Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and the creative team behind the prequel comic 'Star Trek: Countdown' (Writers: Mike Johnson, Tim Jones, Artist: David Messina) comes an all-new story set within the events of the film! Not an adaptation, this exclusive story follows the villainous Nero as he seeks to destroy the Federation. An essential chapter in the rebirth of 'Star Trek'!"
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Old September 17 2012, 02:52 PM   #12
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There's room for a certain amount of conjecture, sure, but there's just not enough material remaining from the deleted scenes to form the basis for anything more than speculation.
http://www.startrekcomics.info/idwnero.html

"From Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and the creative team behind the prequel comic 'Star Trek: Countdown' (Writers: Mike Johnson, Tim Jones, Artist: David Messina) comes an all-new story set within the events of the film! Not an adaptation, this exclusive story follows the villainous Nero as he seeks to destroy the Federation. An essential chapter in the rebirth of 'Star Trek'!"
So what's your point?
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So what's your point?
Several, I guess. I thought people might appreciate a link that gave all the synopses and credits to the "Nero" issues, and the wording of the promo text.

And that Orci & Kurtzman themselves suggested the (non canonical) plot, so it's a little more than general fan "speculation". It's creator speculation.

Sorry to darken your day.
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So what's your point?
Several, I guess. I thought people might appreciate a link that gave all the synopses and credits to the "Nero" issues, and the wording of the promo text.

And that Orci & Kurtzman themselves suggested the (non canonical) plot, so it's a little more than general fan "speculation". It's creator speculation.

Sorry to darken your day.
Oh, I wouldn't say you darkened my day at all. I just didn't feel like solving a riddle.
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Re: How did the Nero, his crew and ship escape Rura Penthe?

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Another convienent plot device that doesn't stand up to scutiny.
An incomplete deleted scene (there's more in the script that was likely filmed and is probably being held onto for a special edition) that has no bearing on the finished movie anyway. Certainly not a plot device.
My apologies, I gave the writers too much credit then. An incomplete plot device regarding a capture in a prison makes more sense than Nero just.... staring at the walls for 20 years as the movie presents.
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