Before JJ Abrams Star Trek’s Prequel Was About Kirk’s Ancestor In An Earth-Romulan War

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

RomulansJust like in Abrams’ film, the Vulcans and Romulans play a major role.
I’d be curious to learn whether screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman had read or were familiar with the Beginning script, or if Paramount just really wanted the new movie to focus on the Vulcans and Romulans. Abrams’ film, of course, involved a pissed-off Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana) seeking revenge on an aged Spock, who he blamed for the destruction of Romulus. Nero pursues him through a rift in spacetime and his actions soon create the tangent universe where James Kirk never knew his father, Christopher Pike didn’t get to retire on Talos IV, and Spock’s people become an endangered species.

The crux of The Beginning is a Romulan surprise attack on the Earth. While it initially appears this might just be a war of conquest, the Romulans soon make their demands: Earth must hand over all the Vulcans currently on Earth, or else be destroyed. See, it seems that the Vulcans’ warlike Romulan cousins have decided that the galaxy ain’t big enough for the both of them, so they’ve embarked on campaign to exterminate every last Vulcan from the universe. Humanity, not being the sort who enjoy caving in to bullies, tell the Romulans to stuff it. The attacks on Earth then escalate, and with the rest of the Romulan fleet only a few weeks away and not enough ships to defend their homeworld, the future doesn’t look good for the human race.

The Beginning definitely doesn’t leave things in as bad a place for the Vulcans as Abrams’ Star Trek did, but given that it was intended to launch a trilogy, things likely would have gotten a lot more dire in the second and third films.

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