Play Esurance’s New Star Trek Game Online & Learn Clues About The Star Trek Movie |
jump to navigation

Play Esurance’s New Star Trek Game Online & Learn Clues About The Star Trek Movie February 13, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Marketing/Promotion,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

This morning Esurance, one of Paramount’s Star Trek promotional partners, has just launched a new game on their Star Trek subsite ( And hidden within the game are actual clues to related to the new Star Trek movie. Details [and spoilers] below.


Play ‘Erin’s Mission to Delta Vega’
Special Agent Erin Esurance is a character that Esurance uses in their TV and online advertising, and now their hero is taking on Trek. The game, designed by W!ildbrain studios, puts Erin on a mission to locate missing Starfleet Officer Keenser while fighting off hostile alien life forms on the planet Delta Vega (a planet first seen in the pilot for Star Trek "Where No Man has Gone Before").

Start page for the Esurance game

You access the game by going to and after watching (or skipping) the intro video, click on "Out of this world content." (or click this direct link to just the game)


Game gives clues to new Star Trek movie
And by playing the game, you may learn something  about the film….

[SPOILERS BELOW] has been told that the content in the game is from the actual movie. So when you combine these tidbits from the game, including some of the names, with previous reporting (like the 20 minute preview), we get a clearer picture of a portion of the movie. Firstly ‘Delta Vega’ is a real location in the film itself, and in fact we have already seen it, described as the ‘frozen planet’ or ‘the ice planet.’

Kirk on Delta Vega

And TrekMovie is also told that the monsters in the game are also in the movie.

Erin encounters creatures that will be seen for real in ‘Star Trek’

…we have already seen one of them

And here is that second Delta Vega resident in the Star Trek trailer


And the new tidbits in the game, help us put some names on previously reported spoilers…

In the Star Trek movie at some point Spock (Quinto) will be in command of the USS Enterprise, while Capt. Pike is being held captive by Nero on the Romulan ship, the Narada. For some reason Spock decides that ‘cadet Kirk’ should not continue to remain on the mission and will drop him off (eject him in an escape pod) on Delta Vega, where Kirk will face some obstacles, fight a monster or two, and eventually meet the elder Spock (Nimoy) and Scotty, who has been stationed there as a punishment for making Admiral Archer’s pet Beagle disappear in a transporter accident. Scotty’s only companion is an alien called Keenser. The elder Spock, who has traveled back in time, will then give Scotty his own formula from the future to help him and Kirk do a special long-distance beam back to the USS Enterprise, which has warped away.

Spock in Scotty’s lab on Delta Vega

Cartoon version of Scotty’s helper ‘Keenser’


Delta Vega – Star Trek’s first strange new world
Including Delta Vega in the Star Trek movie is a big call back to the (second) pilot for Star Trek, "Where no Man Has Gone Before." The episode depicts Delta Vega as a desolate uninhabited planet, located near the galactic barrier and home of a lithium cracking station that is visited every couple decades by ore ships. After arriving at Delta Vega, Captain Kirk attempts to abandon his friend Gary Mitchell there after Mitchell starts transforming into a megalomaniac with super-powers. So apparently Delta Vega is Starfleet’s ‘go to place’ for marooning trouble makers.  

Delta Vega from orbit (from non-remastered TOS)

Delta Vega cracking station (from remastered TOS)

Play the ‘Mission to Delta Vega’ game now to have fun and learn more about Star Trek at


1. ensign joe - February 13, 2009

I wonder if this was the big news Anthony was talking about earlier.. well ok I’ll give it a go but it better make marshmellons..

2. Jonny Bombastic - February 13, 2009

Delta Vega was Star Trek’s first brave new world? It’s awesome they’re tying that into the new movie!

3. Alex - February 13, 2009

Admiral Archer’s pet beagle? I hope they mention this in the movie in some dialogue.

4. AqAZAr - February 13, 2009

Hot damn! So now not only are two of the actors from both “The Cage” and “Turnabout Intruder” appearing in classical roles, but they’re going back to Delta Vega? They really know their stuff.

5. thorsten - February 13, 2009

Another nod to classic Trek!
And if you recheck with “Where no Man Has Gone Before”
you see the belt with Phaser and Communivator worn above the shirts, classic look.

Good Job, Bob!

6. DarkHorizon - February 13, 2009

A neat little diversion. Control system is a bit odd, though – why IJKL and not WASD? Or even just the normal arrow keys?

7. Eli1466 - February 13, 2009

NICE!!! The more reference to Star Trek history/foreshadowing the better! This movie needs more nods to the Trek universe like this. Trekkies love it and need it to justify a prequel concept. People who have no idea about Star Trek history wouldn’t know the difference between a just a uninhibited Planet or Ceti Alpha V, why who cares? Give us the references so we can enjoy this movie on an whole other level from first timers!

#3 Yes, it is on screen. It was shown during the sneak peak screenings back in November. And on that note…any chance of a Scott Bakula cameo dedicating the Enterprise?

8. Can't Wait for May 2008 - February 13, 2009

im guessing that they are on the dark side of Delta Vega or a pole since the original planet was not completely covered in ice.

9. DATA KILLED SPOT! - February 13, 2009

You know, I am actually kinda shocked that Star Trek does not have a free 3d browser based game yet. Not one. Most of the Star Trek games that are online are 5-10 years old, and are reminiscent of Super Nintendo games. But Star Wars has had 3d browser based games like The Hunt for Grevious. Considering how far browser games have come, I think it would be an excellent idea to create a complex browser game for this movie.

10. Unbel1ever - February 13, 2009

Hmm, those spoilers attribute things to Scotty and Spock that make me doubt, they’re close to the original.

11. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - February 13, 2009

Could it be that the OrcSter did sort of a Coldplay plagiarism where he thought that he actually created Delta Vega™ but it can be proven in a court of law that he had previous exposure to the shoplifted material?

Someone get Carlos Sanatana’s lawyer on the red phone.

In the end we’ll find out there’s no case since Jack Parr invented it back in the late 50s.



12. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

#8—“im guessing that they are on the dark side of Delta Vega or a pole since the original planet was not completely covered in ice.”

Probably. I would assume that many class-M planets have a variety of climate conditions and seasonal weather as well.

13. Frank - February 13, 2009

Would it kill them to have her say “Star Trek” instead of “Star Track”?????


14. thorsten - February 13, 2009

Is Delta Vega around the corner from Vulcan? I always thought otherwise… but who knows how fast these escape pods are these days!

15. sean - February 13, 2009

So is that a Mugatu and a Denebian Slime Devil? ;)

16. sean - February 13, 2009


In what way?

17. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

I wonder if the film’s dialogue will mention the lithium cracking station or the apparently nearby galactic barrier…

18. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

Wasn’t there a sign that said something like “Galactic Mining Company” at the station?

19. Gorandius1256 - February 13, 2009

9) Yeah, I used to play Cybernations, got bored when NPO took over. Also played one called Lunar Wars, but it has since died out.

20. Unbel1ever - February 13, 2009


Well, Spock abandoning Kirk on a hostile planet ? Granted, the young Spock would probably not been as ‘in control’ of his emotions as old Spock, but as an emotional being, I have to say: something like that is a) illogical b) really stupid c) a criminal offense. This does not sound like Spock to me, regardless of what age.

Scotty making Archers beagle (Porthos the X. or something) dissappear ? Well, either he did it on purpose, which by all logic would also have resulted in criminal charges or it was in accident, in which case he couldn’t have done much and being punished for that is not very Starfleet. Either way he seems to be the butt of a joke, yet again. Scotty was often good for comic relief, but never a silly character.

21. thorsten - February 13, 2009


Scotty beamed that dog into oblivion.

22. Admiral_BlackCat - February 13, 2009

Was one of the projectiles a blackhole??
And don’t blackholes play into the movie somehow.
And maybe Redmatter? I think one of the other projectiles was redmatter.
And if you don’t know what I’m talking about then nevermind, but get your hands on the Countdown #1 comic and then you’ll understand.

23. sean - February 13, 2009


Form what we’ve heard, the incident with the beagle was a transporter accident, something Scotty isn’t a stranger to. As far as why Spock exiles Kirk to Delta Vega, we’d have to see the movie to put it in context. But if Kirk is in some way endangering the ship (in Spock’s opinion) it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch that he might make a decision to remove him. It’s not like he stranded him there to die, clearly there’s a Starfleet presence on the planet (as evidenced by Scotty and his friend).

24. Ensign Ricky - February 13, 2009

Admiral Archer? How the hell old would Archer be? 120??

25. Captain Vaz from Brazil - February 13, 2009

I am feeling a “Hoth” vibe (from the Empire Strikes Back). And the little Keenser remind me Yoda.

I am enjoying the new direction of the movie, but I still have trouble about some “creatives” decisions.

26. sean - February 13, 2009

Also, #13 – I just played the game and she said Star TREK, clear as day. To my ears, at any rate. I have a feeling this might be like the Siberius/Tiberius debate.

27. sean - February 13, 2009


I’m sure it’s more a tip of the hat to Enterprise than an implication Archer is still alive and well at 140.

28. Unbel1ever - February 13, 2009


On purpose or accident ?


Accidents do happen of course, but banishing someone to the edge of the galaxy for a dog ? Archer must have gotten really cranky on old age.

Regarding Kirk: Why not just beam him directly to the Starfleet presence then ? Or better yet: put him in the brig, where you have control over him ?


more like 140

29. Admiral_BlackCat - February 13, 2009

McCoy was Admiral of Starfleet Medical and was about 135 years old in “Encounter at Farpoint”.

30. DATA KILLED SPOT! - February 13, 2009


Go to, they have a dozen or so high quality games that you can play directly in your browser. There are a couple simple space shooter games like ZAP! Instantaction would be the perfect platform for a multiplayer star trek browser game.

31. MORN SPEAKS - February 13, 2009

Well it’s somewhat canonical that Archer was present for the Enterprise’s commissioning and died the next day in New York. It’s at Memory Alpha.

I had no idea about Porthos, I tried to stay away from those 20 minutes of footage reports! Way cool! I hope there are other nods!

The monsters are very cool!

And that it’s Delta Vega, makes this movie even bit more awesome!

32. MORN SPEAKS - February 13, 2009

This must be Porthos II because he would’ve definintley be dead.

Maybe it’s a clone of Porthos, like some people are doing today???

33. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

#20—“Granted, the young Spock would probably not been as ‘in control’ of his emotions as old Spock, but as an emotional being, I have to say: something like that is a) illogical b) really stupid c) a criminal offense. This does not sound like Spock to me, regardless of what age.”

We are totally missing the surrounding context, therefore judgement is premature. I doubt that Spock is marooning Kirk on Delta Vega as Kirk did Khan on Ceti Alpha V (although that would be ironic). There is obviously a facility there, and probably some, albeit undesirable, task that young Kirk is ordered to perform there before meeting Scotty and the elder Spock. I don’t see how leaving him there to do so would be either illogical or criminal. If someone has to do it, that doesn’t really make sense. As for whether or not it’s “stupid”, I think I’ll reserve judgement until I have viewed it within the context of the scene.

Spock has always been capable of human behavior, even if it is generally masked by a stoic Vulcan facade.

“Scotty making Archers beagle (Porthos the X. or something) dissappear ? Well, either he did it on purpose, which by all logic would also have resulted in criminal charges…”

You mean like beaming all of those tribbles to a sure death aboard a Klingon warship?

“…or it was in accident, in which case he couldn’t have done much and being punished for that is not very Starfleet.”

It’s unlikely that being assigned to that facility is a formal punishment. It is more likely just an undesirable assignment, like being assigned to a listening post in Alaska. There is a chain of command in Starfleet, and men and women who fill the positions within it. I don’t see how Scotty offending someone in that chain of command resulting in an undesirable assignment would be so unbelievable to you. Human nature isn’t likely to change all that much by the 23rd Century.

“Scotty was often good for comic relief, but never a silly character.”

That’s a matter of perspective. I think he was depicted in a silly manner on several occasions. Just off the top of my head, I’d say:

“By Any Other Name”
“The Trouble With Tribbles”
“Who Mourns For Adonais?”
STIV: The Voyage Home
“Relics” (TNG)

And, of course, the dreaded STV: The Great Trek Turd Of ’89.

Scotty is often the butt of a joke or two. Sometimes, he is silly. He is also the “miracle worker”. I bet we’ll see some of that too.

34. thorsten - February 13, 2009


Spock Prime did not expect to find Scotty in the outpost,
“Fascinating. You’re Montgomery Scott”so he asks him how he ended up there… and Scotty replies that he experimented with Transporter tech and killed the dog by accident.

35. thorsten - February 13, 2009

Pike enters the Narada as Neros “guest”.
Kirk, Olsen and Sulu drop from Pikes shuttle
and destroy the drill platform.
Neros places Object in Vulcans core.
Kirk and Sulu are saved by Chekov and beamd aboard.
Spock beams down to save his parents and the Vulcan council,
leaves the ship while in grave danger.

We don’t know what happens to Vulcan,
but we can expect a fallout between Kirk, who is made first officer by Pike,
and Spock, who is acting captain.

The question is, how does Kirks escape pod get from Vulcan to Delta Vega?

36. Unbel1ever - February 13, 2009

Well, we’ll see how it plays out 3 months’ time. Still I find that it would make more sense for Kirk to leave the E by escape pod, if he did it himself – out of Spock’s reach. He might want to get off the ship to do something, he can’t beam out or take a shuttle, so he takes an escape pod.

37. thorsten - February 13, 2009

Possible, but again, why Delta Vega, at the galaxys edge?
We know that the Narada ens up over San Francisco finally…
but not when this will happen in the movie.
But flying from Vulcan to Delta Vega must take some time at Warp 5…

38. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

#24—In the ENT episode, “In A Mirror, Darkly”, it is made clear (from the visual record of Archer’s life on the viewscreen) that Archer lives at least until 2184, when his term as Federation President ended.

He was born in 2112, so that would make him about 72 when his 8 years as President was over.

Mike Sussman worked on the biographical record partially visible in “In A Mirror, Darkly”, and part of that record did include information that he attended the launch of the NCC-1701 in 2245—but that part never made it on screen (therefore not canon).

But given Admiral McCoy’s age in “Encounter At Farpoint”, it isn’t entirely improbable that he could have been alive long enough for a young Scotty to have offended him.

We do not exactly know how old Kirk or Scotty are at the time of this particular scene, and more importantly, how long ago the incident with the beagle occured before that.

We do know this. The Enterprise, at least in this timeline, is not launched in 2245. That is not a 12-year old Kirk on the motorcycle. It is more likely at least a decade (or more) later, in which case, Archer would be at least 143 years old or so. That’s about 6 years older than Admiral McCoy was when he was seen walking around with Pinnochio aboard the Enterprise-D.

Again, we don’t yet know what year it is when this scene takes place, or how long after the transporter accident in question.

39. OneBuckFilms - February 13, 2009

I’m assuming that Delta Vega has some kind of seasonal process going on. For some period, it’s an icefield, other periods it’s a rocky desert.

I’m also assuming that they are seeing spock at a different Lithium Cracking facility on that planet?

It’s also interesting in that I cannot fathom it being on rout between Earth and Vulcan. Seems a little out of the way.

40. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

Correction: Archer is “elected” President in 2284, at age 72. He steps down in 2292, at age 80.

In any case, I wonder why he is called “Admiral”, and not “Mr. President”.

41. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

Oops. 2184 and 2192…I was off by 100 years!

42. John from Cincinnati - February 13, 2009

Archer’s Beagle would be 980 years old in dog years.

43. thorsten - February 13, 2009


Maybe Archer is jumping in time… like a broken record, CT!

44. Selor - February 13, 2009

Probably he get’s this “Assignment” because he messed up with the Transporter (or nicer: experimented) without clearance and then killed poor Porthos…

45. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

#39—“It’s also interesting in that I cannot fathom it being on rout between Earth and Vulcan. Seems a little out of the way.”

Delta Vega is actually listed on a “star chart” in two TNG episodes, “Conspiracy”, and “Yesterday’s Enterprise” (on a tactical monitor showing the progress made by the Klingons in their war with the UFP). It would be interesting to see where it shows Delta Vega in relation to other star systems.

46. Closettrekker - February 13, 2009

#42—“Archer’s Beagle would be 980 years old in dog years.”


I’m assuming that’s a joke!

Porthos would, of course, be long gone. I’m sure this is an entirely different beagle!

47. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - February 13, 2009

This becomes SO FRUSTRATING reading the desperation here at times. Look – and I challenge the Orcster to tell me otherwise – Delta Vega, like Zefram Cochrane in First Contact, is a NEW CREATION that references something you are familiar with BUT they are not the same two things. As people try to use their imaginations to clear up the discrepancies it is driving me nuts. IF this was the real Delta Vega from the episode, then they should have used that original matte painting or something very similar like the remaster did. Where’s the ice and snow? Why in the episode is it on the edge of the galaxy but in the movie its a hop, skip, and a jump away from Vulcan? COME ON.

I don’t mind that The Orcster and team have done this but I wish you all would accept it. Star Trek is now CONCEPT – Quogs™, interchangeable symbols. The better to sell to you with, my pretty. I bet you $100 that in the original script or story treatment, this was simply known as “ice planet”. It was NOT designed to be some continuity reference. Someone pulled a fast one on you. Whether this is the real deal or not is NOT relevant or important to the story. There are more discrepancies to tell us that this is just a “shout out” than the real deal. And like I said, I’m OK with ALL of this QUOG interchangeability and this-isnt-your-fathers-delta-vega ice planet with a cool referencial name stuff. I just wish some of you folks would see the obvious. THIS MOVIE IS A back to the future REBOOT using names and ideas that you love which disregards everything that came before it in the truest sense. It’s OK. Really… but I just wish we could be honest and smart about this. serious. please stop trying to make it something that it will never be and wasnt meant to be.



48. D - February 13, 2009

If Scotty’s stationing at the Outpost is due to the accidental loss of Admiral Archer’s pet beagle…it could be cranky John. Remember, he’s the only Star Fleet captain we’ve seen actually torture someone before. Scotty maybe lucky just to be stationed on that rock, old Admiral Archer probably wanted to decompress him through an airlock with his buddy Jack Bower giving him advice…

49. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - February 13, 2009

ay caramba god help us all

50. NCC-73515 - February 13, 2009

So is it decalithium and red matter?
All the critics who don’t like the new props… we can be glad that this gun is not the new phaser ;)

51. Richard Daystrom - February 13, 2009

Hell with all the speculation above! Where is Number One and why is Spock in command? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

52. Scott Xavier - February 13, 2009

i love the idea. Maybe this show wont blow.

53. Christine - February 13, 2009

Haha, Archer’s beagle disappears in a transporter accident?! Oh no! Poor Porthos!

Interesting little tidbits in there.

54. Adam E - February 13, 2009

Why is Kirk banished from the Enterprise using an excape pod? Why not just use the transporter?

My guess would be because Kirk could survive inside the escape pod for some time.

55. ThePhaige - February 13, 2009

I’m likening this to a Battlestar Galactica like reboot , with a bit more adherence to the original characters than the former. A slightly rougher realistic edge than the original but also capturing some inescapable essences linking the two in way that will make this an undeniably uniquely similar Star Trek experience.

They are not going dark like BSG did, but perhaps more white with the things that made Trek great.

Also the marketing on this thing is unlike anything seen in Trek EVER! We are just at just the beginning of this thing really….

56. ThePhaige - February 13, 2009

Oh I am also confused. If from what I have read,elder Spock convinces Kirk to play on the young Spocks emotions to set him off. Wouldnt it seem that is the scene we see when Spock and Kirk are fighting. This might be directly after he and Scotty trans beam into the warping E.

My guess is Kirk tries to convince Spock that something of the planet is key to the issues they face, and Spock blocks Kirks theories, only to have Kirk steal an escape pod to the surface. It seems much of what we have heard also eludes to Kirks hunches about things. Namely his beliefs on Vulcans plight.

I just think the scenes we see are not in the sequences they will appear in the film by a long shot.

57. RTC - February 13, 2009

#47 hitch, I don’t necessarily disagree Delta Vega in the film might be a stretch, but, simply put … so what? In 40-plus years since ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ debuted, never once have I heard a Trek fan carp about the fact that the Enterprise would actually need at least hundreds of years to get there at the ‘edge’ of the galaxy, even at warp 8 (512 times lightspeed in the TOS scale). We shrug and move on. So if we can swallow that, seems like we can accept it showing up in the new film, and appreciate the gesture by JJ and company.

58. Izbot - February 13, 2009

It’s really goofy how many people automatically assume “Archer’s beagle” must be Porthos given that the dog would be over 100 years old by the time Scotty could’ve gotten his hands on him.

59. Izbot - February 13, 2009

It’s also a little odd that they chose to make Delta Vega into an “ice planet” (or at least have the scenes there take place in it’s arctic region) especially since we’ve already been told (maybe not officially?) that Nero ends up on the penal planetoid Rura Penthe, also an ice world, in the movie. ‘Course the Rura Penthe thing could just be an error but two ice worlds in the same movie might confuse some viewers.

60. ThePhaige - February 13, 2009

I would wonder if perhaps there are multiple Time shifts going on here. I mean Nero and the Kelvin, Nero sighted at Starfleet and Nero seemingly at Vulcan. Nero also at Rura Penthe allegedly….I mean that’s a lot of places for a 2 hour flick isn’t it? Cant wait !

61. Weerd1 - February 13, 2009

I have a tough time buying Admiral Archer is Jonathan Archer- seems it just became a family tradition to have beagles. That’s a lot easier for me to swallow.

Maybe Vulcan is suddenly that close to the Galaxy’s “edge” just like Qo’noS was suddenly four days from Earth at warp 5… Perhaps Delta Vega wasn’t at an outer edge of the galaxy but a higher edge, relatively “above” Vulcan, and therefore not to far. It’s on the ceiling.

I appreciate name dropping, but it should be logical- hopefully all these classic names being dropped do really fit in a tight story.

62. Adam E - February 13, 2009

59. Izbot

I agree – the “strange new worlds” idea of Star Trek provides many more options for the environments.

63. Odkin - February 13, 2009

47 and others freaking about about Delta Vega.

It’s an ENTIRE DAMN PLANET. It isn’t a city. Is Earth “not canon” because some videos set on our planet show ice, others show desert, water, forest, mountains, etc?

They don’t need to spend one second of this movie explaining how a planet might have different climates in different geographies. Anyone moviegoer who isn’t Continuity OCD won’t care.

For the rest – pick one:
a) the Cracking Station is on the equator, the movie shows the North Pole
b) the TV show took place in D-V July, the movie in D-V January
c) Ceti Alpha 5 exploded and knocked the D-V closer to the sun
d) Years later, anthropogenic global warming from Cracking Station smog has melted and evaporated all the ice on the planet

There. Now PLEASE try to enjoy the movie.

64. AqAZAr - February 13, 2009

The debate on Delta Vega reminds me – they should have used the character of Number One instead of Pike. It would “save” continuity, and give a great background to a great character.

Who knows – maybe we’ll see Mark Piper and Phil Boyce appear as cameo doctors, if nothing else.

65. Adam E - February 13, 2009

Does anyone know anything about the phaser she is using in the game?

66. AqAZAr - February 13, 2009

Doesn’t she have that gun in all the Esurance commercials?

Also, regarding the debate on the Ice Planet – I have a hypothesis. Though I don’t have the patience to beat the game, the title is “Meltdown on Delta Vega”. Perhaps the planet literally warms up in the plot, like how Ceti Alpha V is laid wasted, and it becomes the one we know and love. Though I don’t have anything to back it up, of course.

67. SciFiMetalGirl - February 13, 2009

Erin Esurance rocks!!!

I always knew she was connected to Star Trek somehow!

68. thorsten - February 14, 2009


Damon Lindelof said that the Narada was not build for time travel. Which can mean that she was build for mining, but can timejump as much as she likes… but then, regarding to Bob Orci, every time jump creates a new branch universe.

Nero escapes from Rura Pente with his hench romulans.
He reclaims the Narada that was hidden in the shadow of a klingon moon. Earlier on Nero did some research about Kirk.
Insert Timetravel here
The Narada destroys the Kelvin,
George Kirk is killed.
Jim Kirk is born on a shuttle.
What now, I don’t expect Nero and his folks to spend 20-odd years in hibernation,
waiting fro Kirk to mature and enter Starfleet…
Insert Timetravel here
Nero goes straight to Vulcan.
He tries to blow up the Planet.
Vulcan may die, or survive. We don’t know yet.
The Enterprise flies to Delta Vega and drops Kirk in an escape Pod.
Kirk meets Spock Prime and Scotty.
Kirk and Scotty beam aboard the Enterprise.
Spock loses it on the Bridge, Kirk takes over command from him.
The Narada attacks California.
Kirks saves the Planet and becomes BFF with Spock
The End.

Very long credits because of the small army of ILM people

69. Will_H - February 14, 2009

it didnt look too frozen the first time around, and that’s one of those episodes that might have been better not to touch since in a way its non-cannon, with going outside of the galactic barrier and such, but oh well, its not like this will be the first cannon issue they trounce over

70. Daoud - February 14, 2009

Delta Vega “the first time around” was bleak… blue, grey, essentially lifeless. And it didn’t have any cannons either.

71. sean - February 14, 2009


Hitch, my man, you’re getting worked up over nothing. This is no different than any other Trek ‘fact’, in the sense that it’s open to interpretation and revision. Heck, the location of The Neutral Zone has varied so often over the years one might think it was sentient and moved on its own!

Putting that fact aside, Delta Vega (like most every planet) would have varied environments not only depending on where you landed, but the season. Why can’t the previous visit have been during the summer, and this visit be during winter? I don’t see any major discrepancies in that. How do we know Kirk lands in the same area as the Lithium Cracking Station? We won’t even get into the whole Lithium/Dilithium issue.

If we can reconcile the fact that the Klingon bridge in Star Trek III somehow magically transformed into the completely different Klingon bridge in Star Trek IV, I say we can deal with unpredictable environments on an alien planet.

72. Dierna - February 14, 2009

Wait wait wait…. Scotty killed Porthos?! How the frak did he manage that?! Time travel??? Dangit…the dog was the best part of Enterprise :P

Admiral Archer could very well be Jonathan Archer as in the books Dr. McCoy mentions meeting him as a child. Considering people live long lives in Star Trek he could very well be still alive. I know he was President of the Federation for a time.

73. AJ - February 14, 2009

If there is an ore-cracking station on DV, it means the planet has some logistical utility to the UFP. Weather patterns could be, as said, summer vs. winter, or simply a different locale on the planet.

Considering this as an “Easter Egg,” I would hope that Scotty is actually running the cracking station (where else would he be?), and that Spock Prime knew exactly where to find him/them.

74. Closettrekker - February 14, 2009

#72—” I know he was President of the Federation for a time.”

From 2184-2192…Since he was born in 2112, that would have put his age at 80 years when he stepped down.

By the time of the attack upon the USS Kelvin in 2233, he would be 121 years of age.

Given McCoy’s age in “Encounter At Farpoint” (137), I would say that it is very plausible that Archer would still be alive around the time of the initial voyage of the NCC-1701—-presumably, long enough for Scotty to piss him off.

My question is why he would be referred to as “Admiral”, and not “Mr. President” or “Former President”….a personal preference, perhaps?

I wonder if it will be concrete (in the dialogue) that Scotty is referring to Jonathan Archer (although that is probably the intention of the writers). It could be that he had a son, who also served in Starfleet and attained the rank of Admiral. The love of beagles could be a family tradition.

75. sean - February 14, 2009


I’m willing to bet it’s a nod rather than a direct reference. But I could be wrong.

76. Closettrekker - February 14, 2009

#73—“If there is an ore-cracking station on DV, it means the planet has some logistical utility to the UFP.”

Some—but apparently—not much. The station is only visited by ore-ships every twenty years!

I seem to remember that the station was depicted as unmanned, at least by the mid 2260’s. The visit to Delta Vega depicted in STXI, though, is obviously well before that (since Kirk is not yet in his 30’s). Perhaps the station’s operations become automated a few years later.

I also wonder if Orci’s script makes mention of “lithium”, or if it is referred to as a “dilithium” ore-cracking station. And will there be a sign anywhere that reads, “Galactic Mining Co.”?

77. DaveM - February 14, 2009

Even if there are a variety of climates on Delta Vega, the description should not have labeled it as “an ice planet” when quite clearly, the entire planet is NOT covered in ice.

78. rangerone314 - February 14, 2009

Exactly how far is the edge of the galaxy if you travel VERTICAL. To paraphrase Spock, your pattern indicates TWO-dimensional thinking.

Delta Vega is probably near the central core of the Federation but probably high on the Z-Axis.

79. Closettrekker - February 14, 2009

#77—I don’t recall exactly who labeled it an ice planet, but it is safe to say that (if it didn’t come from the creators of STXI) it was probably before the revelation that the planet was actually Delta Vega. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that “ice planet” was ever an official description.

#78—According to Memory Alpha, Delta Vega is visible on a star chart seen in the TNG episode, “Conspiracy”, and again in “Yesterday’s Enterprise” (on a tactical monitor). I wonder if anyone could take the time to see exactly where it is depicted as being in those episodes.

All we know from “Where No Man Has Gone Before” is that it is in relatively close proximity to the Galactic Barrier.

80. thorsten - February 14, 2009


Scotty tells Spock that he killed the Amirals Beagle. There is not mention of President or anything. It is just a hidden nod from Orci and Kurtzman, a clarification that ENTERPRISE is part of the canon of this movie.

81. thorsten - February 14, 2009


No, AJ. Spock Prime is totally surprised to meet Scotty there.

82. Closettrekker - February 14, 2009

#80—-Good. It is more clever that way. Only Star Trek fans will get that reference.

83. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - February 14, 2009

This looks awesome! Thanks for the update. :D

*goes to site*

84. Frank - February 15, 2009

Purely viewing this as game design, it is pretty damn poor. Movement and edge detection is bad. Overall design is also amazingly bad. (ex. you can run out of ammo in the battle with the big boss and have no way of getting more. Basic design theory dictates that the players weapon always have weapon ammo of some sort when in an enclosed room.)

Not sure who did this game, but they should go back to game design 101.

85. Chris H - February 15, 2009

They’d never use this but what if somehow Gary Mitchell didn’t die – and Delta Vega is the focus point – existing in two realaties at once – so as to be the focal cause for the two timelines? What if he wished for a different past for Kirk – so that his best friend didn’t end up having to kill him? What if that was Gary’s last gift ?

86. thorsten - February 15, 2009


yeah, that, and a better middle initial!

87. Jovan - February 15, 2009

#15: I doubt that, since slime devils are from Deneb and the mugatu is from the planet Neural. ;)

And yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s just been dropped off at one of the poles of Delta Vega. “Frozen planet” was probably what they referred to it as until they were ready to reveal it.

88. JusticeBoy - February 15, 2009

#67 “Erin Esurance rocks!!!
I always knew she was connected to Star Trek somehow!”

She was in an episode of “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” too!

89. Irishtrekkie - February 15, 2009

@ 86

BOOM ! lol

90. JusticeBoy - February 15, 2009

Maybe in the new mixed-up timeline, a different planet gets named Delta Vega by Starfleet.

91. John Sullivan - February 15, 2009

Well, Scotty doesn’t exactly beam Porthos away to oblivion … he beams Porthos down to Tellar Prime after answering an ad on Craig’s Interstellar List believing Portos could be adopted by a wealthy new loving master. Archer knows what Scotty doesn’t – the dog really will be loved by the new master, but just not in the way Scotty thinks. Could have probably survived longer in Vietnam, which also has an appreciation for dogs.

92. fred - February 15, 2009

Probably the movie makers didn’t remember about Delta Vega being used, it’s just a coincidence or they faintly connected it with ST somehow.

I’m sure it’s not an attempt to fit into canon after all the other changes.

93. John Sullivan - February 15, 2009

#90- Delta Vega the lithium cracking station would have to be very far away, on the other side of “the Barrens” in “Enterprise,” in a direction “positive z” away from Earth in a direction towards the Galactic North Pole (from Earth) towards the Constellation Coma Berenices. This is simply because the “edge of the galaxies” where stars end and one can say one is leaving the galaxy is closest to Earth and neighboring stars in this point, and from there, Delta Vega was only days away AT IMPULSE (rocket/sublight) speeds. “Star systems that were once days away are now Centuries away).” Why even make the station automated if it were not so out of the way and far from the main routes of civilization? The better question is, why even bother to do all of that unless it really was rare in “Lithium Crystal” quality and importance to the growing Starfleet, perhaps their version of a new Saudi Oil field out in the middle of galactic nowhere? But so far as to what “Delta Vega” is, like many Star Trek names it was an attempt by a TV show to sound more astronomically cool than it ever really was. Delta Vega, if there were such a thing, would be the 4th star in a singular Vega Star System, and not a planet at all. Something closer was “The Vega Colonies” spoken of in “The Cage,” which according to staff member Bjo Trimble, was supposed to mean Vega 9, which for that blazing superstar, is still a little close to house humans, but that one sticks with a little more credibility.

94. fred - February 15, 2009

And, isn’t it just possible that Archer actually got some action and had a kid? And the kid grew up and named his dog the same as one his pop had? More likely than any other scenario.

95. John Sullivan - February 15, 2009

Just to correct a typo … Delta Vega would be the 3rd (not 4th) star that is not a planet at all. Gamma Vega would be the 4th. So the name is bogus as an astronomical term, and has been since 1965.

96. RTC - February 15, 2009

#78 rangerone314, I once looked into that very question, and the ‘edge’ vertical to the galactic plane is still many thousands of lightyears away, and thus hundreds of years away even at warp 8. Again, it’s one of those scientific facts that a Trek viewer has to shrug at and not get lathered about.

97. Dierna - February 15, 2009

Delta Vega being a mining planet makes sense if you read the prequel comics as Nero is a simple miner who befriends Spock some 40 years after the events in the last movie.

98. falcon - February 16, 2009

@85 – hmm, interesting concept.

My take on Delta Vega – it’s just a different nomenclature for planets; for instance, orbiting the star Vega is a planet (fourth from the star) that has a marginal Class M atmosphere (and it’d be really neat to hear them refer to a planet at least once as a Class M). Using the Greek alphabet, Delta is the fourth letter – so the fourth planet out would be considered either Delta Vega, or Vega IV, or whatever you wanted to call it. Different names for the same thing.

Like Earth is the third rock from the sun – so it would be Sol III, or Gamma Sol, or just Terra.

(This may bring up a whole new discussion about planets such as Gamma Hydra IV [in “The Deadly Years”] and could, indeed, make Hitch’s head explode.)

99. El Chup - February 16, 2009

Scotty’s mate Keeser looks a bit like those aliens in Nemesis at the beginning during the dune buggy scenes. Reckon its the same race? If so I have to respect JJ & co for including those sorts of references that even most TOS fans wouldn’t spot.

100. Brenert - February 18, 2009

Big huge unrealistic “monsters”? What the heck? Seems more like Star WARS :/

101. bryan - February 19, 2009

I’ve been editing a story for a new star trek series called passages which emanates from TOS: The Enterprise Incident. It’s about a time travel corp group that existed in about Kirk’s time or 2266 to 2269 and then was disbanded by the Federation. They however reformed with Sarek’
s and those punctual beings the Tholians. Eventually they help map Romulan space so that the Romulans won’t take over the galaxy and screw up Federation as well as everyone elses destiny. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.