Re: Circumstantial Evidence? In an effort to appease many fans the writers wanted to let them know that the events in this movie create an alternate universe that allows for the continuing existence of the Prime Universe we have been watching for the last 40+ years. The problem with that is, other than the writers telling us that is what has happened I personally have a difficult time reconciling that with what I see on the screen. The movie plays like a typical time travel story frequently told in all of Star Trek: The time line gets altered but our valiant crew always sets things right and restores the proper time line at the end. Except this movie didn't hit the reset button. So you can have three viable theories in my opinion. A) This movie is set in the Prime Universe and has erased all old Trek. B) Nero and Prime Spock are from the Prime Universe but arrive at an already existing Alternate Universe which they happen to further mess with its time line. C) Nero and Prime Spock are not from our Prime Universe but are from an already existing Alternate Universe separate from our Prime Universe and are going back in time and erasing the events of this Alternate Universe which they originated from. (this is similar to theory A except that the entire movie all takes place in its own Alternate Universe). I am alright with either of these theories. Right now I like theory A and in this way I can view the entire Star Trek franchise like one giant long story with each series and each episode playing like a chapter to a long on going story. The events did happen as we have been watching for many years but now at this point in the Star Trek saga the time line has been changed and now events will unfold differently. But I can go back any time I want and view the old time line (via my DVDs) because, as I said, it did happen, it just won't happen again the same way this new time around.