Quote of the Day

Kirk: Mister Scott, you old space dog. You’re well?

Scotty: I had me a wee bout, sir, but Doctor McCoy pulled me through.

Kirk: Oh? A wee bout of what?

McCoy: Shore leave, Admiral.

Kirk: Ah. … Well, shall we start with the Engine Room?

Scotty: We’ll see you there, sir, and everything is in order.

Kirk: That’ll be a pleasant surprise, Mister Scott.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Quote of the Day

Sulu: Enterprise, this is Admiral Kirk’s party on final approach.

EnterpriseEnterprise welcomes you. Prepare for docking.

Kirk: I hate inspections.

Sulu: I’m delighted, any chance to go aboard the Enterprise.

Kirk: Well, I for one am glad to have you at the helm for three weeks. I don’t think these kids can steer.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Quote of the Day

McCoy: Happy Birthday!

Kirk: I don’t know what to say.

McCoy: Well you could say thank you.

Kirk: Thank you.

McCoy: Damn it, Jim, what the hell’s the matter with you? Other people have birthdays. Why are we treating yours like a funeral?

Kirk: Bones, I don’t want to be lectured.

McCoy: What the hell do you want? This is not about age, and you know it. This is about you flying a goddamn computer console when you wanna be out there hopping galaxies.

Kirk: Spare me your notions of poetry, please. We all have our assigned duties.

McCoy: Bull. You’re hiding… hiding behind rules and regulations.

Kirk: Who am I hiding from?

McCoy: From yourself, Admiral!

Kirk: Don’t mince words, Bones, What do you really think?

McCoy: Jim, I’m your doctor and I’m your friend. Get back your command. Get it back before you turn into part of this collection. Before you really do grow old.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Quote of the Day

Kirk: Aren’t you dead? I assume you are loitering here to learn what efficiency rating I plan to give your cadets.

Spock: I am understandably curious.

Kirk: They destroyed the simulator room and you with it.

Spock: The Kobayashi Maru scenario frequently wreaks havoc with students and equipment. As I recall you took the test three times yourself. Your final solution was, shall we say, unique?

Kirk: It had the virtue of never having been tried. (holding up his birthday present) Oh, by the way, thank you for this.

Spock: I know of your fondness for antiques.

Kirk: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’… Message, Spock?

Spock: None of that I’m conscious of… except, of course, happy birthday, surely the best of times.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Friday Favorites: Favorite Shot – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

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

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a bit of an oddity.  It’s the third film in a trilogy of sorts, one that started with The Wrath of Khan and continued with The Search for Spock.  It has none of the hallmarks of any other Star Trek movie: there are no space battles, no action to speak of, no Enterprise, and almost none of the film takes place among the stars at all.  The Voyage Home is half fish-out-of-water comedy and half environmental sermon, and it’s the latter half that’s so remarkable.  In fact, it can be summed up by just one shot, my favorite in the film:

The Voyage Home was a bold move for Star Trek.   Continue reading

Analysis: Star Trek Into Darkness

This is my analysis of Star Trek Into Darkness.  Click here to read my spoiler-free review of the film.

I’ve documented my dislike for 2009’s Star Trek in a couple of places.  But to understand my more in-depth opinions on Star Trek Into Darkness I feel like I should summarize my general feelings about this “reboot;” feelings which carry over into this new film.  The gist of it is this: I wish that they had not chosen to use the time travel/alternate universe story telling device.

They really had three options if they wanted to do a story based on a young Kirk and his crew.  The first option was to simply do a prequel film, set within the timeline and beholden to everything we’d already seen in the various incarnations of Star Trek.  I can completely understand why they chose not to do this.  It would be very restrictive, with 10 films and 28 seasons of television that their prequels would have to respect and fit into.  It would be a chore simply to ensure accuracy, much less to write an enjoyable film within those rules.  And while many fans would surely have loved to see the Kirk that we love in Starfleet Academy, it’s probably for the best that they chose not to go this route.

The best option, in my opinion, would have been to opt for a complete reboot. Continue reading

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