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Nit Picking: Star Trek 2009

We (the P.I.T.s and I) enjoy Star Trek.  That said, we found a few things in the new Star Trek movie that just jumped out at us.  Now mind you we’re big on Trek trivia so some of these are only caught if you’re up on your Trek trivia. 

There’s a lot of non-mistakes because this movie takes place in a different quantum reality.  However some things just jumped out at us.  Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed the heck out of this movie…

Not a problem #1 – Scotty refers to transporting Admiral Archer’s beagle.  Advanced age for humans in the 23rd century is established in the TNG pilot.  McCoy is still around well into Picard’s time.  Archer would be 140 or so but it’s possible he’s still around.

Not a problem #2 – The Federation was aware of Romulans long before Nero arrives on the scene.  However, the crew of the Kelvin should have been surprised because they look like Vulcans.

Major complaint #1 – I don’t know where in the entire state of Iowa a canyon exists like the one Kirk drives the Corvette into.  OK so this is the future, one could’ve been dug by that time.  However, Iowa has a LOT of topsoil.  You have to dig down pretty far to get to the bedrock.   This also does not explain the mountain range visible behind Kirk when he goes to see the Enterprise and join Starfleet.

Major complaint #2 – Scotty just happens to be marooned.. er posted on the same planetoid that Spock-prime is dumped on and Kirk crashes on.  This planetoid, Delta Vega is positioned near the edge of the galaxy according to TOS episode “Where No Man has Gone Before”.  Now it is in orbit of Vulcan.

Major complaint #3 – Spock is surprised that Kirk is not Captain of the Enterprise.  He should realize that Kirk is too young to be the Captain.  In the Prime universe Spock is still serving with Captain Pike.

Nitpick #1 – When Kirk is making out with the Orion cadet in her room, some of her green make-up clearly rubs off on Kirk.

Nitpick #2 – Spock-prime and Spock are not the same height.

Nitpick #3 – Zachary Quinto’s Spock arches his left eyebrow, Leonard Nimoy’s Spock arches his right.

Nitpick #4 – The female Vulcan Minister is smiling when she stands up at Spock’s hearing for entering the Science Academy.

Nitpick #5 – During the awards ceremony, several flags can be seen in the background, including what appears to be the state flag of California. Towards the end of the sequence, the point of view shifts to Spock Prime watching from a balcony, and the flags are changed to Federation and Starfleet flags.

Nitpick #6 – The Starfleet logo, the distinctive “arrow-head” was originally the assignment patch for crew on the Enterprise only.  Different ships used of different patches.  Using the arrowhead insignia on the Kelvin is a continuity error since the histories of the two time lines are supposed to be identical up to that point.

Nitpick #7 – When Spock is beamed away from Spock Prime’s ship at the end of the movie he is in a sitting position, but when he materializes on the transporter pad he is in a standing position.  Though to be fair this happens a lot on the various series.

Nitpick #8 – When Kirk and crew are devising their plan, Spock says he can board the Narada and “steal back” the black hole device.  When did Kirk tell anyone that the device had been stolen.

Nitpick #9 –  When Captain Robau of the Kelvin says “Polarize the view screen” you can see he is wearing a Starfleet badge.  As he turns and sits down in the captains chair, it has disappeared, but returns again in the next scene.

Nitpick #10 –  During the high altitude parachute jump, Olsen’s altitude call-outs are “fifteen hundred meters” then “twelve thousand meters.”  

Nitpick #11 – When Kirk and Spock beam aboard the Romulan vessel Spock leans down to perform a mind meld on one of the fallen Romulans. Notice the deep scratch on Spock’s right hand, revealing the blood is red instead of green.

Nitpick #12 – When Uhura walks in on Kirk and her roommate, she says, “I’ve been working on solar systems.”  Only one star system is a solar system, the one that orbits the star Sol, our sun. Normal Star Trek terminology they would be called star systems.

Nitpick #13 – Captain Pike says that Kirk’s father saved over 800 people’s lives.  Kirk’s Enterprise in the prime universe held 400 crew.  So the USS Kelvin is twice the size of the Constitution Class ships?  It sure looks smaller.

Nitpick #14 – When Captain Pike is talking to Kirk in the bar, he says “You understand what the Federation is, don’t you? It’s important. It’s a peacekeeping and humanitarian armada.” Umm that would be Starfleet.  The Federation is the government, Starfleet is the armada.

Nitpick #15 – During the battle between the USS Kelvin and the Narada, the engineer of the Kelvin reports that the weapons are offline, yet in the next barrage of torpedoes from the Romulan vessel, the Kelvin’s phasers are seen firing again.  So Phasers aren’t weapons?

These are what we caught. Did you catch any others?

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Movies, Nit-picking, Star Trek | , , , , | 6 Comments

Oops! Nit-picking Maximum Overdrive

What is Nit-picking? pulling at the dangling plot-threads, poking our fingers in the plot holes, and generally pulling the movie to shreds.  This post was inspired by the fact that the P.I.T.s and I each noticed two gaping plot holes in Maximum Overdrive.  We watched the movie again, not for entertainment but to pull this movie apart.

Gaping Plot Hole #1 – Not all the machines come to life.  For example the newlyweds are able to drive all the way to the Dixie Boy without their car coming to life.

Gaping Plot Hole #2 – What kind of gas mileage do these intelligent trucks get?  They circle the truck stop for the better part of two days before they need gas?  Wow when I drove truck I never got that kind of mileage.

Gaping Plot Hole #3 – There’s an armory below the truck stop?  Why not blow the trucks up immediately?

These are in no logical order just as we’ve happened to catch them….

Small Annoying mistake #1 – When Curtis shoots the ice cream truck, the driver can be seen.

Small Annoying mistake #2 – When Duncan is run over by the Truck there is only a small amount of blood splashed on the front of the truck. Seconds later you see the Truck and there is a whole lot of blood.  Later on there is no blood on the Truck.  Did it take time out for a bath?

Small Annoying mistake #3 – When the steamroller bursts onto the field at the baseball game steering wheel falls off.  Later, as the machine is running over one of the players, the steering wheel is back on.

Small Annoying mistake #4 – When the coach starts to fall over from the groin shot, a third soda can hits him in the face but there’s no wound or blood. When Deke crawls over to him, we see a perfect hole and blood everywhere.

Small Annoying mistake #5 – The bulldozer at the Dixie Boy is taken out with explosives.  At the end of the movie, it’s back up and running, destroying everything gleefully.

Small Annoying mistake #6 – When the Truck backs up and knocks the Bible Salesman into a ditch there is no blood on the trailer.  However when  the Truck is pulling away suddenly there is blood all over the back of the trailer.

Small Annoying mistake #7 –  When the killer pop machine starts attacking the kids and they start running away, a can hits #7 (right side of the screen). He has a delayed reaction before he grabs his head and dies.  Not to mention but throughout the scene, if you look closely you can see the tube in the pop machine used to fire the cans.

Small Annoying mistake #8 – After the electric knife attacks Wanda, she leans her elbow on the grill that Bill has been cooking on, but yet miraculously, she doesn’t burn herself.

Small Annoying mistake #9 – The amount of blood all over Duncan’s face changes from the long shots to the close-ups.

Small Annoying mistake #10 – When the steamroller is running over the boy at the baseball diamond he covers his face before it runs over him, however as it’s running over him his arms are suddenly by his side.

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Movies, Nit-picking | , , , | Leave a comment