Star Trek by the Minute 067: Nero’s Plan
Nero declaring that he prevented genocide by obliterating Vulcan makes about as much sense as the claim that "the death penalty is our way of affirming the sanctity of life" or that wars are justified by the expectation of future peace. It reminds me a bit of Alberto Gonzalez, (former Atty. general of the United States), declaring on television that the tree huggers who were camped out in a forest to prevent logging old growth, were "terrorists" (before a single one had been proven guilty of anything).
In this segment, Nero continues his monologue but before we go on with that, let's take a look at his claim that the Narada is a simple mining vessel. It seems hard to believe that one vessel designed for simply extracting and transporting minerals would have combat capabilities more than a match for fleets of Klingon battle cruisers and waves of Federation starships. A simple vessel that is able to attack and destroy entire planets without getting a scratch or taking a single casualty? A simple vessel that just happens to have miners aboard who are able to calculate time warp trajectories through red matter singularities better than the galaxy's top expert, a Vulcan super genius? We are also supposed to believe that this simple mining vessel can outmaneuver and capture the fastest ship the Federation has to offer without any apparent fuss, and is armed with a bazillion photon torpedoes? Well, to me it doesn't seem the adjective "simple" applies too well, but neither does "mining vessel", so there it is…
Nero turns on a blinding interrogation light pointed down at Captain Pike, and steps back. Rather than turn away from the spotlight as would be normal, Pike turns toward it for some reason. Perhaps he knows he needs to move quickly if he wants to see the projection of a pointy eared blond which then appears right where he is looking; Lucky timing, I guess.
Nero says: I chose a life of honest labor to provide for myself and the wife who was expecting my child. I was off planet doing my job while your Federation did nothing and allowed my people to burn while their planet broke in half - and Spock? He didn't help us. He betrayed us!" In a way, it is probably good that the elements of the story are presented in disjointed bits and pieces because otherwise suspending any disbelief would be all but impossible, and the film would be unwatchable for a large percentage of the audience. For example, the claim that the Federation did nothing does not appear accurate since we later learn that a sophisticated operation was undertaken to prevent the catastrophe, although this "plot" element contains profound defects as well that we have come to expect, like really bad science, inappropriate actions by participants, and nonsensical contradictions as we will see.
Pike replies "No, no, you're confused... You're misinformed: Romulus hasn't been destroyed; it's out there right now. You're blaming the Federation for something that hasn't happened."
Nero starts screaming "It has happened, I watched it happen, I saw it happen. Don't tell me it didn't happen!" Here again, we have Nero contradicting what he's done before as previously, he has described events from the future as being in the future, whereas now he insists on describing the destruction of Romulus as in the past based on his personal observation rather than the reality that everyone now inhabits including him, and which he has previously acknowledged.
Nero continues "...and when I lost her, I promised myself retribution and for 25 years I've planned my revenge against the Federation, and forgot what it was like to live a normal life. Again we have to ask: Is that believable? What kind of revenge could possibly take 1/4 century to plan, especially when there are no apparent defenses to anything the Narada has attempted against the Federation and their most powerful enemy, the Klingon Empire. Speaking of the Klingons, what was the purpose of the attack on the Empire? OK, it is conceivable that such a raid could have been for the purpose of obtaining supplies, but still...
Nero adds: "I may not forget the pain. It's a pain that every surviving Vulcan now shares." As mentioned before, here we have a motivation which is clearly insane. There can be no doubt that Nero is a homicidal madman, dangerously destructive, and should be restrained for his own safety and that of everyone else yet, this obvious common sense fact has eluded everyone aboard this gigantic ship. Not a single officer or member of the crew has acted sensibly to take appropriate action, and this oversight and inaction has continued every day for 25 years, as thousands of helpless individuals both inside and outside the Federation have been slaughtered, and now billions have been murdered by this lunatic. The idea that people would go along with this without a credible belief that their survival was at stake is ridiculous. At least when Khan was chasing Kirk, his Brekkian first officer ;) raised sensible alternatives and objections to which Khan had to finally respond with threats and violence to suppress.
No women speak in the segment or appear on screen.
In our next episode we have another homage to (rip-off of?) Wrath of Khan in Star Trek by the Minute 068: Sushi