Trivia: Star Trek

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Film: Star Trek (2009)

  • Actor Allusion: As Spock Prime, Leonard Nimoy introduces himself saying "I am Spock", which was the title of his second autobiography (so titled to rebut the notion that I Am Not Spock created, which was how he supposedly hated both Star Trek and the Spock character).
  • Ascended Fanon: Uhura's fanon first name, "Nyota", is confirmed. Nichelle Nichols, who played the role during the original series run, was actually the first person to suggest the name "Nyota" for Uhura. This was known by fans before it ever appeared in novels. The lack of a first name for Uhura is a Mythology Gag for much of the movie, until Spock calls her "Nyota".
    Kirk: So her first name's Nyota?
    Spock: [beat] I have no comment on the matter.
    • Kirk calls her by her first name when breaking the stunned silence left behind by the Federation President's planetary distress signal near the beginning of Star Trek IV.
    Kirk: Nyota, let's hear the probe's transmission.
  • Dawson Casting: Most of the cast is semi-plausibly close to the ages of recent Starfleet Academy graduates. However, John Cho is a 37-year-old playing the 21-year-old Sulu. Karl Urban is also 37, though he's closer to his character's official age of 30. And Zoe Saldana (Uhura) is 31.
  • Deleted Scene: Quite a few, including one that makes a big Plot Hole by its deletion.
  • Deliberate Flaw Retcon: Used on many occasions by the writers to justify inconsistencies with the franchise, for example about the Vulcan sky suddenly being blue (it's a season thing now) or the Federation spaceships being way too advanced for their time period (the Starfleet engineers made use of scans from Nero's 24th century mining ship).
  • Fake American: Kiwi Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy. And pulling it off so well that he is almost indistinguishable from the Atlanta-born DeForest Kelley, so much so that Leonard Nimoy was moved to tears at how much Karl Urban reminded him of his departed friend.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Englishman Simon Pegg as Scotty, who is, well, Scottish (though James Doohan was Canadian, so this might be closer).
    • Dominican/Puerto Rican-American Zoe Saldana as African-born Uhura (though Nichelle Nichols is straight-up African American so this isn't really any different)
    • Interestingly, the most blatant example from the original series is averted. Leningrad-born but American-raised Anton Yelchin plays Chekov, originally played by American Walter Koenig with a fairly ridiculous Russian accent. Yelchin kept the accent, purportedly as an Homage, but just because he's a Russian/English bilingual native speaker doesn't necessarily mean he can realistically speak English with a Russian accent.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Kirk's dad is Thor.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Lying Creator: Paramount's pitch was that it was bringing in new writers specifically for new ideas. Then the first trailer showed us...Captain Kirk. While people ultimately still liked the movie, retuning to the original characters and timeline wasn't what anyone was thinking when they heard "new".
  • Playing Against Type: The case could be made for several members of the cast, but the biggest examples are probably Karl Urban as the cantankerous McCoy instead of a badass warrior, John Cho as a grade-A asskicker instead of his frequent comedic fare, and Eric Bana (and not Zachary Quinto) as the Big Bad.
  • Production Posse: J.J. Abrams brought in usual collaborators such as producer Damon Lindelof, composer Michael Giacchino,editor Mary Jo Markey, actors Bruce Greenwood and Greg Grunberg, and most of the crew of Mission: Impossible III.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Director J.J. Abrams actually downplayed his enjoyment of modern Trek to emphasize his love of the original series. Screenwriter Roberto Orci is an admitted fanboy as well. And Simon Pegg, who holds the now-famous irony of his statement on Spaced that odd-numbered Trek films suck.
    • Tyler Perry, of Madea fame, was a Trek fan, they got him a guest appearance as the Dean of Starfleet Academy. Randy Pausch, who listed being captain of the Enterprise as one of his dreams in "The Last Lecture" appears as a bridge member of the Kelvin. He walks past the captain's chair, says, "Captain, we have visual", and is not seen again.
    • Most cast members agree that Karl Urban is the biggest Trek geek in the cast.
  • Real-Life Relative/Casting Gag: Spock mentions that Vulcan and Romulans share common ancestry. One of the Romulans shown when Kirk and Spock beam into the Narada is actually Zachary Quinto's brother Joe.
  • Shrug of God: J. J. Abrams really doesn't have an answer as to whether the policeman who pursues young Kirk during his joyride is a robot or not.
  • Throw It In :
    • McCoy's "All I've got left are my bones" line is an ad lib as is Scotty's "can I get a towel." You can see Spock's lips twitch after that one since he's trying not to laugh.
    • "Out of the chair" was something that Quinto threw in during rehearsal that just felt right to everyone.
  • Word of God: If the Fridge Logic bothers you, and off-screen, after-the-fact explanations make you feel better, then here you go.
    • Kirk eating the apple during the Kobayashi Maru sequence mimics Kirk's same food during his explanation of the test in The Wrath of Khan. This was unintentional, but they put it in because it made Kirk look arrogant.
    • The creators used the TNG episode "Parallels" to specifically explain how the new timeline works with the Prime timeline.