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Old June 1 2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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Abrams chronology and canon questions

It has pretty much been confirmed that Countdown, Countdown to Darkness, Ongoing and the Star Trek Video Game are canon in the Abrams-verses based on interviews with Roberto Orci. However, I was curious about the Nero mini-series. While it is based on story written for Star Trek XI, these scenes were cut and never restored. Additionally, the Klingons in these scenes don't match up to Into Darkness. I know Orci is credited, but it may be in the sense of the cut scenes being written by him for the movie similar to cut scenes in a novelization or the IDW adaption.

Any thoughts or insights?

Also, which happens first, Countdown to Darkness or The Video Game? Both end with them being ordered to Nibiru. But CTD begins with them ordered to Phadeus and I haven't played the game. Could it be that they were ordered to Phadeus first, to drop off April second, then to Nidiru. But on the way to Nibiru they were sidetracked by the events of The Video Game? Thoughts?

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Old June 1 2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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I Tweeted Orci and asked the very question you pose...Game or CTD first...he replied with "game first". I hope that helps!
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Old June 1 2013, 12:50 AM   #3
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I Tweeted Orci and asked the very question you pose...Game or CTD first...he replied with "game first". I hope that helps!
Interesting. I think the other way (comic then game) makes much more sense.
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Old June 1 2013, 12:53 AM   #4
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I appreciate the attention to detail between Trekverse-1 and Trekverse-2's EU. Both are stupendous.
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Old June 1 2013, 12:58 AM   #5
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It has pretty much been confirmed that Countdown, Countdown to Darkness, Ongoing and the Star Trek Video Game are canon in the Abrams-verses based on interviews with Roberto Orci.
Since when? Orci's said repeatedly over the past several years that he accepts the standard Trek policy that only onscreen material is canon. There was that one time that Anthony Pascale at TrekMovie interviewed him and basically browbeat him into agreeing that the tie-ins should be canon, and Orci said "Okay, they're canon" basically to shut him up, and then retracted it a comment the very next day.

And there are plenty of things in the Ongoing comic that have been blatantly contradicted by Into Darkness -- crewmembers dying in the first two storylines, Sulu holding the conn in a couple of storylines, Scotty continuing to develop transwarp beaming when the film said the tech was confiscated by Starfleet, etc. Countdown had some inconsistencies with the first film as well, like painting a backstory of a Nero-Spock friendship when the dialogue in the film ("He called himself Nero") suggested they'd never met before their clash at the supernova site.

I've been following some of Orci's comments on TrekMovie lately, and frankly I think people take them far too literally and seriously. I think to some extent he just plays along with others' suggestions in a "Sure, why not, whatever you say" kind of manner, rather than issuing formal declarations of official policy.


However, I was curious about the Nero mini-series. While it is based on story written for Star Trek XI, these scenes were cut and never restored. Additionally, the Klingons in these scenes don't match up to Into Darkness.
In what way? If you mean their appearance, the Klingons have had so many designs over the decades that that hardly matters.


I know Orci is credited, but it may be in the sense of the cut scenes being written by him for the movie similar to cut scenes in a novelization or the IDW adaption.
Given the inconsistencies, I suspect he basically just provides some rough outline notes and then leaves it to the comics' writer, who isn't necessarily briefed on every detail of the film.


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I Tweeted Orci and asked the very question you pose...Game or CTD first...he replied with "game first". I hope that helps!
See, what I was told earlier in another thread was that the game probably came second, because there's a gap of nearly a month between the "stardates" of CTD and STID, even though the ship is ordered to Nibiru at the end of CTD. Being diverted by a distress call as in the game would seem to be the most likely explanation for that.
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Old June 1 2013, 01:30 AM   #6
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I've been following some of Orci's comments on TrekMovie lately, and frankly I think people take them far too literally and seriously. I think to some extent he just plays along with others' suggestions in a "Sure, why not, whatever you say" kind of manner, rather than issuing formal declarations of official policy.
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Old June 1 2013, 01:51 AM   #7
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I've been following some of Orci's comments on TrekMovie lately, and frankly I think people take them far too literally and seriously.
Definitely agree with that. Particularly the whole thing about the comics featuring hidden easter eggs for STID which had everyone trpping over themselves thinking every little detail was set-up for the movie.

In the end, what was in the comics that got into the movie? The Return of the Archons story gave us shady Starfleet officers who might be Section 31, the Tribble story could explain why Bones has a dead Tribble in sickbay, and the Scotty origin story had a reference to Admiral Marcus.
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Old June 1 2013, 02:10 AM   #8
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...and the explanation of Mudd's ship is in Countdown to Darkness.
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Old June 1 2013, 02:23 AM   #9
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...and the explanation of Mudd's ship is in Countdown to Darkness.
Mudd's wife is finally revealed as a Bajoran woman who took his ship in the divorce!
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Old June 1 2013, 02:26 AM   #10
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In the end, what was in the comics that got into the movie? The Return of the Archons story gave us shady Starfleet officers who might be Section 31, the Tribble story could explain why Bones has a dead Tribble in sickbay, and the Scotty origin story had a reference to Admiral Marcus.
Plus Hendorff's name, and the stuff in Countdown to Darkness. And a running thread in multiple issues about Spock taking reckless chances. And let's see, "Archons" ends with an unseen admiral (presumably Marcus) warning Pike that there will be consequences if Kirk goes rogue again. So a mix of trivial details and things that actually have plot or character significance.
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Old June 1 2013, 02:30 AM   #11
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...and the explanation of Mudd's ship is in Countdown to Darkness.
Exactly, Countdown to Darkness. I was referring only to the Ongoing series. Countdown to Darkness is seperate.
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Old June 1 2013, 02:39 AM   #12
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the Klingons in these scenes don't match up to Into Darkness.
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In what way? If you mean their appearance, the Klingons have had so many designs over the decades that that hardly matters.
Exactly. We saw one Klingon with piercings and unusual eye colour. And his crest was a little reminiscent of Colonel Worf's from ST VI. Doesn't mean they all look like that under their helmets.

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Mudd's wife is finally revealed as a Bajoran woman who took his ship in the divorce!
Has Bajoran been specified? The daughter has a Bajoran-like nose ridge.

I wonder if the comic script suggested she was K'Normian and no one on the art team found that one TMP photo reference?
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Has Bajoran been specified? The daughter has a Bajoran-like nose ridge.
Nothing in the text. I'm still treating her as human (and the ridges as an art error) until a later comic establishes otherwise.
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Old June 1 2013, 03:18 AM   #14
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One of my favorite retcons before Enterprise (it was for my home tabletop RPG) is the variation on Klingon appearances is due to Klingons having multiple subraces and citizen races referred to as Klingon.
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One of my favorite retcons before Enterprise (it was for my home tabletop RPG) is the variation on Klingon appearances is due to Klingons having multiple subraces and citizen races referred to as Klingon.
Have you looked at the variations in humans lately?
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