Friday Favorites: Favorite Scene – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.

In this week’s “Trailer Tuesday” for Star Trek Into Darkness I talked about how, as a Trekkie, I’m not a fan of 2009’s Star Trek.  In particular I hated its depiction of Kirk’s Kobayashi Maru test, so today I thought I’d highlight my favorite scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, where a middle-aged Kirk describes his solution to the test.

Wrath of Khan opens with Lt Saavik (Kirstie Alley) commanding the Enterprise when it receives a distress call from the Neutral Zone from the stranded freighter, Kobayashi Maru.  Saavik violates the Neutral Zone to rescue the ship, but the Enterprise is attacked and defeated by Klingon Battle Cruisers and Admiral Kirk emerges to tell Saavik she is dead.  He explains that the test is designed to be unwinnable in order to study how potential captains face death and a no-win scenario.

She repeatedly asks Kirk how he handled the test when he was in Starfleet, and each time he evades the question.  Eventually Kirk, McCoy, Saavik, Chekhov, Kirk’s son and his former lover are all trapped in an experimental cave deep within a moon, the Enterprise having abandoned them on Kirk’s orders.  Saavik asks Kirk again about his test, and here is his reply: Continue reading