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Star Trek (Kelvin Timeline)
Episode Studies
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This page links to PopApostle's studies of the licensed tie-ins to the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek universe. Here will be presented studies relating to each, such as commentary on the science described, sound bits of memorable dialog, screen grabs and my own musings. I'll be presenting them in my estimation of the chronological order each story takes place.

 

Because there are other stories in comics and novels that take place in between segments of the 2009 Star Trek movie, I've chosen to break the movie down into three segments in the chronology, representing the time periods in which they occur: James Kirk's day of birth ("Rebirth"), Kirk's and Spock's childhoods and decisions to enter Starfleet Academy ("Parallels"), and the maiden voyage of the Enterprise ("The Vengeance of Nero").

 

I am continuing to use the term "episode" as I have elsewhere on PopApostle, as a separable piece in the continuous narrative of a larger story, regardless of whether the piece in question is an actual television "episode".

 

(Studies of cross-over stories between Star Trek and other licensed properties can be found on the Sidebar Studies page.)

 

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Starting Points
 
"Countdown" Part 1 "Countdown" Part 2 "Countdown" Part 3 "Countdown" Part 4 "Rebirth"
Star Trek: Countdown #1
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown #2
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown #3
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown #4
(IDW Publishing)
0:00-11:30 on the Star Trek movie DVD
Ambassador Spock discovers an imminent threat to the Romulan Empire and tries to warn them...but he isn't believed. With an Enterprise escort, Spock and Nero head for Vulcan to seek help from the Science Academy on converting their decalithium into red matter to stop the Hobus star. Powerless to stop the destruction of Romulus and too late in arriving to rescue his wife, Captain Nero sets his crew on a course of revenge. While General Worf's Klingon fleet attempts to stop the Narada from its course of revenge, Spock races to the Hobus star to destroy the supernova. In the 23rd Century, the U.S.S. Kelvin encounters the newly arrived Narada.
"Second Chance" "Parallels" The Edge The Delta Anomaly The Gemini Agent
Star Trek: Nero #1
(IDW Publishing)
11:30-28:07 on the Star Trek movie DVD Starfleet Academy novel Starfleet Academy novel Starfleet Academy novel
Badly damaged after George Kirk's sacrifice attack by the Kelvin, the Narada is no match for a Klingon boarding party. The young Kirk and Spock make their individual ways toward a destiny in Starfleet. During his first few months at the Academy, Jim Kirk is unsure if a life of Starfleet's rules and regulations is for him. A serial killer known as the Doctor seems to have returned to San Francisco after a 20-year absence. Kirk is plagued by mysterious blackouts which bring him under suspicion of Starfleet Intelligence.
The Assassination Game "The Voice of a Falling Star" "Too Smart for Your Own Good" "Red Level Down" "Never Bet Against the Romulan"
Starfleet Academy novel Star Trek #18
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #19
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #20
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Nero #2
(IDW Publishing)

Someone seems to be attempting to frame the visiting enemy Varklolak delegation for bombings of key targets at the Academy to foment war.

Uhura and Spock share the memory of a personal moment from her past. Scotty's destined path as an engineer is revealed as he tells the story of his life. Sulu and Chekov each must make decisions about how they will comport themselves in their quests for success at Starfleet Academy. Nero and his crew spend 25 years imprisoned on the Klingon prison asteroid of Rura Penthe.
Star Trek: The Unsettling Stars
"Voyagers" "A Perfect View" "When Worlds Collide"   The Unsettling Stars
Star Trek: Nero #3
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Nero #4
(IDW Publishing)
Wired #17.05 28:07-end on the Star Trek movie DVD Novel
Locking Nero and his crew out of its controls, the Narada makes a beeline for the edge of the Delta Quadrant and...V'Ger! The Narada intercepts the Jellyfish as it exits the newly-reopened wormhole from the future. Spock-Prime reflects on his life after he's left stranded on Delta Vega by Nero. After an absence of 25 years, the mysterious Romulan ship Narada and its captain, Nero, return to destroy the Federation. During a shakedown mission, the Enterprise encounters a colonization ship of aliens eager to help any who cross their path.
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Part 1 "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Part 2 "The Galileo Seven" Part 1 "The Galileo Seven" Part 2 "Operation: Annihilate" Part 1
Star Trek #1
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #2
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #3
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #4
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #5
(IDW Publishing)
On the Enterprise's first official mission with Kirk as captain, an encounter with a force barrier at the edge of the galaxy leaves his Academy friend and current crewmember Gary Mitchell with powerful psychic abilities. Lt. Gary Mitchell begins to think of himself as a god. Spock's command skills are tested when his shuttlecraft crew crash lands on a planet inhabited by brutish primitives. As the Galileo crew faces death on Taurus II, Commissioner Ferris urges Kirk to abandon the search. The Enterprise is sent to investigate the loss of communication with Deneva colony and discovers a spread of insanity from world to world across centuries.
Star Trek: Legacy of Spock (Part 1) Star Trek: Legacy of Spock (Part 2)
"Operation: Annihilate" Part 2 "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 1 "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2 "Legacy of Spock"
Part 1
"Legacy of Spock"
Part 2
Star Trek #6
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #7
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #8
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #55
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #56
(IDW Publishing)
George takes matters into his own hands to save his family, while Spock also acts alone to find a cure to the parasitic infection. A Vulcan science vessel is attacked when it recovers a small sample of red matter from the fragmentary debris of the planet Vulcan. Pursuing the stolen red matter, Kirk takes an away team in a shuttlecraft into the Romulan Neutral Zone...where they are promptly arrested and taken to Romulus to stand trial for espionage against the Empire. Spock-Prime begins a journey to find a new home for the Vulcan race. Declared a non-Vulcan by the rest of his race, Spock-Prime seeks an alternative method of aiding them in their search for a new homeworld.
Star Trek: Legacy of Spock (Part 3) Star Trek: Legacy of Spock (Part 4)
"Legacy of Spock"
Part 3
"Legacy of Spock"
Part 4
"Return of the Archons" Part 1 "Return of the Archons" Part 2 "The Stars Flying By"
Star Trek #57
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #58
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #9
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #10
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #17
(IDW Publishing)
The Romulan resistance rescues Spock. The Romulans commence an attack against the Vulcan fleet. The Enterprise investigates the mysterious planet Beta III and the rumored-only-to-exist U.S.S. Archon. The crew learns the startling secret of Landru. The secret origin of Leonard McCoy.
"The Truth About Tribbles" Part 1 "The Truth About Tribbles" Part 2 "The Redshirt's Tale" "The Only Place I Fit" "Mirrored" Part 1
Star Trek #11
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #12
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #13
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #14
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek #15
(IDW Publishing)
An exploratory mission to the Iota Germinorum system brings the Enterprise to the homeworld of the tribbles. What is the cure for a population explosion of tribbles? Lt. Hendorff records a letter to his parents, detailing his life aboard the Enterprise. The origin of Keenser! In the new Star Trek timeline, things take a very different turn in the mirror universe.
"Mirrored" Part 2 "Countdown to Darkness"
Part 1
"Countdown to Darkness"
Part 2
"Countdown to Darkness"
Part 3
"Countdown to Darkness"
Part 4
Star Trek #16
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #2
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #3
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #4
(IDW Publishing)
In the mirror universe, Kirk instigates his plan for Vulcan. The Enterprise investigates a technological anomaly on the otherwise primitive planet of Phaedra. Kirk faces a Prime Directive conundrum when he and Spock meet former Enterprise Captain Robert April on the surface of Phaedus IV. Spock attempts to rescue Sulu and Hendorff from the Shadow forces, while Captain April has plans of his own. April takes control of the Enterprise with the intention of handing it over to the Klingons.
Star Trek: Khan (Part 1) Star Trek: Khan (Part 2) Star Trek: Khan (Part 3)
"Gorn, But Not Forgotten" Star Trek Into Darkness "Khan"
Part 1
"Khan"
Part 2
"Khan"
Part 3
Video Game Movie Star Trek: Khan #1
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Khan #2
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Khan #3
(IDW Publishing)
A new intergalactic species called the Gorn attack the colony of New Vulcan. The genetically-enhanced, homicidal superman Khan rears his head in a different way in the new timeline. The Federation trial of Khan begins! Khan relates how he and his fellow Augments took over the world in the 1990s! Khan relates the time of the Eugenics Wars and the retreat from Earth of he and his followers aboard the Botany Bay.
Star Trek: Khan #4 Star Trek: Khan (Part 5)      
"Khan"
Part 4
"Khan"
Part 5
     
Star Trek: Khan #4
(IDW Publishing)
Star Trek: Khan #5
(IDW Publishing)
     
Khan's early days as a member of Section 31 are revealed. Khan's trial comes to an end.      
5-year Mission