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Old May 4 2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the same

as the tos unverse? Or is this spock prime born universe different from the beginning? I know that anything is just probably conjecture at this point. Have the writers ever mentioned this?
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Old May 4 2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

The writers said the timeline was the same until Narada appeared in a Trekmovie Q+A when the 2009 movie hit cinemas. Spock Prime is indeed the same guy we first saw in "The Cage" and last saw in "Unification" and IIRC it's the same Q+A where they confirmed that the "Admiral Archer" mentioned in the 2009 movie is an aged version of Scott Bakula's character from Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Old May 4 2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

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as the tos unverse? Or is this spock prime born universe different from the beginning?
Whichever one makes you sleep better at night.
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Old May 5 2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

The idea that this is an alternate universe split off because of Nero is a fig leaf. Even if the writers were paying real careful attention to make sure that all events line up - and they clearly aren't - the visual artists, director and so on are willing to play fast and loose with so many things that nuTrek is pretty obviously a reboot.
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Old May 5 2013, 02:33 AM   #5
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

Agreed. The timeline may have been parallel to the Prime Universe, running more or less the same with some minor variations - up until Nero, that is - but the Abramsverse was, otherwise, a totally different universe from the one we knew from day one. Had Nero not intervened, we would have had a thirty-something Kirk take command of the Enterprise in the late 2260's, yes - but it would have been a slightly-older Pine, Quinto and the new cast, with the new patterned uniforms, on a not-quite-as-advanced Enterprise that (inside and out) would have looked like a cross between the Kelvin and the TMP refit (and not much like the TOS version at all).

This is a total reboot. The producers didn't want to call it such because they were afraid of alienating/scaring off the long-time franchise fans, but that's what it is. It is to the Prime Universe what the Ultimate Marvel Comics are to the regular Marvel line.
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Old May 5 2013, 02:37 AM   #6
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

Yeah, if it being a reboot wasn't already completely obvious on first sight of the Kelvin from the outside, then it should have been blatantly so upon seeing it from the inside.

The fig leaf bore a strong resemblance to Leonard Nimoy.
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Old May 5 2013, 03:12 AM   #7
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

With all the time travel that went on...nu trek charactersbare the ones who go back to Edith keeler/Capt Christopher/Gary seven/the whales...etc.. somewhere along the way they did something different than tos crew....leading to differentnship designs and somedifferent looks
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Old May 5 2013, 03:26 AM   #8
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

Not to be too self serving but I wrote about the Trek Time line in my blog last week. Check it out if you like (link in sig line)

My problem is that even if you take what the writers said at face value and these new movies branch off from the old time line...that creates problems.

If you think the events of Trek 09 take place in its own separate universe...that creates problems too.

The movie dose play like a reboot that erases the old time line and that too is something have a problem with.
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Old May 5 2013, 03:54 AM   #9
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

Kelvin sure looks differently from what a pre-Cage starship "should've" looked like based on reverse extrapolation from what filmed in 1964.

Then the '09 old Spock is a different or altered old Spock than the Spock we've been seeing since 1964, right?
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Old May 5 2013, 04:17 AM   #10
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You guys are confusing "the same" with "the same production value." As far as I'm concerned, the Kelvin fits in perfects with what 2233 should look like. Of course it doesn't look like a cheesy cardboard "spaceship" set dreamed up in the 1960s. But *that* vision has license to change as technology evolves, so long as the storyline (or "established" history / canon) doesn't.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:20 AM   #11
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'09 Old Spock is the same Spock we first met in 'The Cage.' What he mistook for mere time travel via Nero's red matter was in fact them crossing universes - from the Prime Universe over to the Abramsverse 150-something years in the past.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:26 AM   #12
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

The Kelvin existed in 2233 in the original timeline, and it looked the way it looked all the time.

It's not a total reboot.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:35 AM   #13
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You guys are confusing "the same" with "the same production value." As far as I'm concerned, the Kelvin fits in perfects with what 2233 should look like. Of course it doesn't look like a cheesy cardboard "spaceship" set dreamed up in the 1960s. But *that* vision has license to change as technology evolves, so long as the storyline doesn't.
Then, let me elaborate.

Why is it necessary that the "storyline" [sic] remained the same, even while the art design so obviously changed? Additionally, where's the actual evidence that the backstory in fact remained the same? Furthermore, what about the evidence that the backstory in fact changed? Evidence such as a recalibrated warp scale, such as starships built in a manner contrary to the way the TOS writer's guide described, such as Chekov's age, and so forth?

From the opening moments of ST09, when the art design was so obviously different, it should have come as no surprise to anyone that a reboot was actually in progress.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:39 AM   #14
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

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You guys are confusing "the same" with "the same production value." As far as I'm concerned, the Kelvin fits in perfects with what 2233 should look like. Of course it doesn't look like a cheesy cardboard "spaceship" set dreamed up in the 1960s. But *that* vision has license to change as technology evolves, so long as the storyline doesn't.
Then, let me elaborate.

Why is it necessary that the "storyline" [sic] remained the same, even while the art design so obviously changed? Additionally, where's the actual evidence that the backstory in fact remained the same? Furthermore, what about the evidence that the backstory in fact changed? Evidence such as a recalibrated warp scale, such as starships built in a manner contrary to the way the TOS writer's guide described, such as Chekov's age, and so forth?

From the opening moments of ST09, when the art design was so obviously different, it should have come as no surprise to anyone that a reboot was actually in progress.
So Enterprise was a reboot as well? Because that looks a HELL of a lot more advanced than TOS.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:48 AM   #15
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Re: Is everything before the destruction of the kelvin exactly the sam

Nightowl1701 wrote: View Post
'09 Old Spock is the same Spock we first met in 'The Cage.' What he mistook for mere time travel via Nero's red matter was in fact them crossing universes - from the Prime Universe over to the Abramsverse 150-something years in the past.
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I agree with you but the movie is as clear as mudd about that. Young Kirk and young Spock et al. sure do think that Old Spock and Nero are from their future. But they're not.

Also, old Spock watching Vulcan get destroyed looses a bit of its punch since we know that his planet Vulcan still lives in another timeline. But Nero and old Spock himself as shown in the movie sure do think it is the Vulcan from the other time line.
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