Narada and Spock's vessel were caught in the black hole, sending them back in time.Nero stranded Spock on Delta Vega to watch Vulcan's destruction.
While Enterprise hides itself within the gas clouds of Titan, Kirk and Spock beam aboard Narada.Kirk fights with Nero and Ayel, killing the latter and rescuing Pike, while Spock uses the elder Spock's ship to destroy the drill.Spock rescues the high council and his father Sarek, but his mother Amanda dies.As Narada moves toward Earth, Nero tortures Pike to gain access to Earth's defense codes.With the primary fleet out of range, the cadets are mobilized. Realizing that the "lightning storm" observed near Vulcan is similar to the one that occurred when he was born, Kirk breaks protocol to convince Pike that the distress signal is a trap.
Enterprise arrives to find the fleet destroyed and Narada drilling into Vulcan's core.
Narada attacks Enterprise and Pike surrenders, delegating command of the ship to Spock and promoting Kirk to first officer.
Kirk, Hikaru Sulu and Chief Engineer Olson perform a space jump onto the drilling platform.
Abrams did not see Pine's first audition, and it was only after Pine's agent met Abrams' wife that the director decided to give him another audition opposite Quinto.
Quinto was supportive of Pine's casting because they knew each other from working out at the same gym.
Olson is killed but Kirk and Sulu disable the drill.