This has been bugging me since I saw the new Star Trek movie on opening day. First off--let me say that I was quite satisfied. A good, and somewhat familiar story, great special effects, some new tricks, and a lot of "in" jokes and dialog for a longtime Trek fan (noticed how I avoided the word "Trekkie"?). But there's two anomalies that I haven't been able to justify in my mind. And I'm disappointed that others haven't mentioned them either...
WARNING: Plot lines and spoilers coming! If you haven't seen the movie yet, or don't care about this post, leave now!
OK, the first one concerns the Tribbles. A basic premise of this movie is that the Enterprise has not yet left on it's five-year mission to explore new galaxies, yadda, yadda, yadda... Even continuing with the "new" timeline story, Tribbles had not yet been discovered by the Federation. Therefore, McCoy couldn't be experimenting with one, am I right???
The other anomaly also involves McCoy. When he and Dr. Marcus are disarming the bomb on the planet's surface, he makes the comment that he once helped a Gorn give birth. In the original timeline, on their five-year mission, the Gorn was such an alien that the universal translator didn't even work. How could McCoy have delivered baby Gorns when the two species had never met yet?
These have been weighing heavily on me since I saw the movie. Forgive me. I'm a geek.
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