2233 To 2264

Nero’s Divergent Timeline

“Star Trek” (the 2009 film), “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Star Trek Beyond”.

Late 2232

USS Kelvin is diverted to the Klingon border to investigate an unusual phenomenon.

Friday 4th January, 2233: S.D. 2233.04

The Romulan mining ship Narada (souped-up with top secret Borg technology) emerges from a black hole, closely followed by the birth of James Tiberius Kirk, just as his father George dies saving him.
Comment: I’ve kept to the same date of birth in both timelines, since every event up to Narada popping out of its hole should be identical. Even if it obviously isn’t, if you see what I mean.

Between February 2240 and January 2241

By some mysterious variation between the timelines, Pavel Chekov is born.
Comment: Chekov’s age in the 2009 film is completely incompatible with the age he gives in TOS “Who Mourns for Adonais?” Any explanation you have is doubtless as good as mine. An extra-flappy butterfly?


Four years before “Star Trek”, Spock begins programming the Kobayashi Maru Test.


James Kirk enters Starfleet Academy.

August 2257: S.D. 2257.213 to 2257.243

Montgomery Scott is exiled to the “ice-world” Delta Vega, not far from Vulcan.
Comment: The comics adaptation clarifies this point. “Nero” makes it quite plain that Delta Vega has a particularly close view of Vulcan, because of its orbit.


Sometime the year before “Star Trek into Darkness”, Khan is discovered and defrosted.
Comment: Oh Hell! I’ve blown the exciting plot twist! Sorry.

“Star Trek”

Wednesday 10th to around Friday 19th February, 2258; 32nd K’riBrax to about 8th re’T’Khutai, 8894 V.E.: S.D. 2258.41 to 2258.50

Estimated duration: Ten days
Chronology: A stardate is provided: S.D. 2258.42. I’ve interpreted it as Thursday 11th February, 2258 and dated the events of the film accordingly. Most of the action seems to take place over the first two or three days. On the surface of Delta Vega, Kirk seems unsure whether it’s S.D. 2258.42 or S.D. 2258.44: Saturday 13th February, 2258. As the lad himself says: “whatever”.
Continuity: The comic books “reimagine” several “Star Trek” episodes, and imply that the events of the film finish before the end of February. They start on S.D. 2258.56: Thursday 25th February, 2258 with an adaptation of “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Doctor Dehner doesn’t appear in this version because she’s avoiding Doctor McCoy, but by my calculations she ought still to be at school. She’s 15! Later stories in this sequence use the identical stardates to the original television stories. How’s that supposed to work?

January 2259: S.D. 2259.01 to 2259.31

The month before “Star Trek into Darkness”, the “Mudd Incident”.

“Star Trek into Darkness”

Wednesday 23rd February, 2259 to early 2260: S.D. 2259.54 to 2260

Estimated duration: Just under a year
Chronology: A stardate appears on screen after the opening sequence, just before the hospital visit: S.D. 2259.55. I’ve interpreted it as Thursday, 24th February 2259 and dated the events of the film accordingly. This stardate also appears in a deleted scene, where Kirk is making his report to Starfleet about what happened on Nibiru. The final scenes, where Kirk makes a speech and they depart on a five-year mission, take place “almost a year” after the attack on Starfleet Headquarters, making it early in 2260.
Continuity: Carol Marcus appears in the film, as she also did in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. No news yet as to whether an alternate universe David will be the result. McCoy says the supermen were frozen 300 years ago, placing the Eugenics Wars in the mid-twentieth century, approximately. Although the actual locations were in California, the sequences set in England did not appear to reflect a date in February. The weather is too warm, and the trees have leaves. Where this leaves the “movie stardates” is anyone’s guess. I’m out of ideas.
Comment: I put off watching this film for ages. Honesty compels me to say that I actually quite liked it. Certainly more than the 2009 one.

Saturday 12th March, 2260: S.D. 2260.133

If Friday 2nd January, 2263: S.D. 2263.02 is the 966th day of the five-year mission, as stated at the start of “Star Trek Beyond”, then this will be the first?
Comment: There seems to be a bit of a gap between the end of “Star Trek into Darkness” and the start of the mission, but this is the best I can do.

“Star Trek Beyond”

Friday 2nd January, 2263 to sometime early in 2264: S.D. 2263.02 to 2264

Estimated duration: A year?
Chronology: A stardate is given at the start of the story, S.D. 2263.02. Captain Kirk is celebrating his birthday at the end of the story, but this would mean only two days elapse between the Enterprise crew’s two visits to Yorktown Station. That’s possible, but my goodness they were a packed two days. My guess is that they’re celebrating Kirk’s birthday a little late. I still don’t think the events we see are likely to take more than about a week, though. How long does it take to build a starship? “Star Trek” (the 2009 film) seems to suggest several years. This film whizzes through the whole process in seconds, although it’s very obviously speeded up. I would be astounded if the process in the film could be completed in less than six months. A year would be more sensible, so that’s what I have guessed.
Continuity: As with the earlier films, the more obvious continuity references appeared in the deleted scenes, so I’ll leave them for people to find for themselves. Commodore Paris of Yorktown may be a relative of Admiral Paris and his son Tom, seen in “Star Trek: Voyager”. Sulu meets his husband and daughter on Yorktown. This child is unlikely to be Demora Sulu, but given the problems with Chekov’s age in these films, who knows? Captain Edison served in the MACOs and was involved in the Xindi incident, both references to “Star Trek: Enterprise”. He’s also a veteran of the Earth-Romulan War, first mentioned in TOS “Balance of Terror”. Two casualties are named as Martine and Tomlinson, also based on characters from that story.
Comment: I have now seen this film, and if Captain Kirk hadn’t been so desperate to tell everyone how boring it was commanding a starship I would have liked it quite a lot. Maybe they shouldn’t have had Kirk wrestling with a control panel as the climax of the film again, but perhaps that’s what today’s youngsters want? Especially with the “in-universe” tribute to Leonard Nimoy, I really did think that this film came across as the conclusion of a trilogy. Although a fourth film announcement is expected immanently, and has been for quite a while now, I wouldn’t be that surprised if there wasn’t another one after all.

Friday 2nd January, 2263: S.D. 2263.02; 9th Khuti, 8898 V.E.

The death of “Spock Prime” according to a display seen in “Star Trek Beyond”. Although his chronological age is four days short of 33 Earth years, his actual physical age is around 162.7 years (based on my dating of events), or by my Vulcan calendar system, 139.3 r’tas.

by StrauchiusStrauchius on 07 Nov 2014 12:53, last updated on 27 Dec 2018 10:24