In Star Trek (2009), Spock is captured by Romulans and abandoned on a planet (or moon, seemingly) near Vulcan, from which he later watches

the destruction of his home world.

The timing is unclear but it seems he has been there for some time and established residence in a cave, knowledge of local life-forms, etc. He also knows that there is a Federation outpost nearby (I think they said 15km or 20km,

he is later able to walk it with young Kirk).

Why does he hang out in his cave in the first place? Why not return to the Federation from the start?

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    I assume because he's trying to preserve the current timeline. – Paulie_D Jan 3 '18 at 15:47
  • I'd have to watch again, but I do believe that @Paulie_D is correct. He only leaves once Kirk convinces him to do so and he feels it's now the best course of action. – DustinDavis Jan 3 '18 at 16:13
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    Keep in mind that, in TOS, "old Spock" engaged in time travel a few times and saw situations where taking any action - even one that seems noble and well-meaning, like saving a single life - could have disastrous consequences for the future. – Steve-O Jan 4 '18 at 16:34

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