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Kirk holds up the flask and says: "Jim Kirk" as if anyone would introduce themselves this way, and in response, the wannabe doctor delivers a "Bond…James Bond" homage/ripoff with "McCoy, Leonard McCoy". I can't help but imagine Bart Simpson sitting at a word processor, writing the script, and giggling after re-reading that line. In an external shot, the shuttle cruises off to San Francisco, and Starfleet Academy.
In another external shot (somewhere in deep space), we see it is "Three Years Later", and the Romulan deathship is happily cruising through nothingness – apparently to nowhere. In an extreme close-up, we see Captain Nero gazing maniacally out at us. In the background, we hear someone tell him he is "…requested on the bridge. Ayel says it's time." If Kirk was 21 in the bar, this would make the current time about 24+ years after the Kelvin incident.
One wonders how a mining ship that has been ripped apart by the ramming and subsequent explosion of a Kelvin-class starship could possibly manage to effect repairs, and then hang around for what turns out to be a quarter of a century. It's a miracle! In 25 years, none of the crew seems to have thought something like, "Maybe we should go home for a couple of years, save our planet, and get a tan?" Is there any possible reason for them to hang around for a quarter of a century? Apparently, it's a matter of faith, pay no attention and you'll enjoy it more.
Perhaps Romulus had been destroyed when their ship was returning from Miraculon VI with a full load of retconidox... There's no clue what they were hauling, but it seems safe to say they, and the writers were full of it.