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Star Trek XI - Can Kirk Drive Stick Shift?
In Star Trek TOS episode "A Piece of the Action" a previous visit to a planet by the Federation ship Horizon causes the society to mimic 1920's Chicago gangsters. In this episode Kirk and Spock attempt to drive a car with a clutch and manual transmission. Kirk has no idea how to drive this car and is coached by Spock.
The trailer (November 2008) for Star Trek XI shows a young Kirk being chased by police while he drives a 1966 Corvette. The scene shows him shifting a manual transmission car with skill.
So as a kid he could drive a stick shift car with ease and outrun police. As an adult he doesn't even know what a clutch is.
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See Star Trek TOS "A Piece of the Action" and the Star Trek XI trailer of Kirk driving car off cliff
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Jollyrgr on 12-01-2008
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csikiati writes:
If you've seen the movie, it happens in an alternative time-line. E.g. Kirk's father dies right after Kirk's born; Vulcan is destroyed; Romulans look like Shinzon in Nemesis, Spock and Uhura .. well... get together...etc.
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Rex writes:
In the original Star Trek Universe George Kirk, James Kirk's father, didn't die. James Kirk in the original series therefore didn't have a step-dad with a manual-stick car to steal/practice on, but the one in the movie's alternate universe does.
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davis writes:
Can you imagine how pissed the owner of that Corvette would be? Kirk was born in 2233. In the trailer he looks about 13. So that would be 2246. Let's say the Vette is a 1966. That car would be 280 years old in the movie. Imagine how hard it was to find parts for it, since replicators haven't been invented yet.
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Techie writes:
Thank you for the timeline. I definitely agree that the car was a wonderful antique - if it 'actually' was an original. On the other hand, can you say 'machining'? It is not uncommon for owners of antique vehicles to fabricate motor, steering, or other parts that are no longer available. And we certainly don't have replicators today.
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John Bogen writes:
Kudos to whomever submitted this blooper, BEFORE the movie has even come out! If the actual movie has the same scene, then excellent work! However, I must caution that a movie teaser/preview can be deceiving. Remember Kirk got phasered in a Star Trek VI teaser, implying that he was killed, when it was really the shape-shifter who got vaporized. Maybe the scene with Kirk as a kid was a dream or something, like Kirk wished he had this car and could drive it. I'm just playing devil's advocate.
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