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ALTERNATE SCENE BSPOCK PRIME Then I ask that you do yourself a favor... put away logic, and do what feels right. The world you've inherited lives in the shadow of incalculable devastation... but there's no reason you must face it alone. And from around his neck, he removes the PENDANT that until now, we've only caught glimpses of. Places it on the table beside his younger self. The feeling in his eyes is profound... SPOCK PRIME (CONT'D) This was a gift to me. Representing... a dream. One we were unable to fulfill. (softly) The way you can now. And moves to the door. Stops. Offers the VULCAN SALUTE: SPOCK PRIME (CONT'D) As my customary farewell would appear oddly self serving, I will simply say... good luck. Their eyes hold. Spock turns, disappearing into the corridor. Young Spock stares at the empty doorway a beat, his mind a jumble of thoughts. Looks to the pendant... and realizes it's a HOLO-EMITTER. After considering a beat, he hits an activation button and a MOVING HOLOGRAPHIC MESSAGE materializes before him: CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK. WILLIAM SHATNER. As always, brash, wry, confident -- and SINGING: KIRK/ SHATNER Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you... (stops, grins) I know I know, it's illogical to celebrate something you had nothing to do with, but I haven't had the chance to congratulate you on your appointment to the ambassadorship so I thought I'd seize the occasion... Bravo, Spock -- they tell me your first mission may take you away for awhile, so I'll be the first to wish you luck... and to say... (beat, emotional) I miss you, old friend. ... and we're PUSHING IN on Young Spock, taking in the image of Kirk's future self, the message, but above all -- the clear, unquestionable friendship these two men had... INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS As Spock Prime walks off down the corridor, he passes right by a man conferring with a nurse -- the man pauses, turns... it's SAREK. Suddenly overcome by a feeling that the stranger who's just passed him is... oddly familiar. KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.) I suppose I'd always imagined us... outgrowing Starfleet together. Watching life swing us into our Emeritus years... INT. STARBASE ONE - HANGAR - ETERNAL NIGHT MUSIC BUILDING -- glass walls reveal THE ENTERPRISE at dock, UTILITY CRAFTS floating around it, repairing. Standing at attention in rows, THE ENTERPRISE CREW -- over four hundred of them wearing DRESS UNIFORMS -- TRACK DOWN the faces, all proud: KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.) I look around at the new cadets now and can't help thinking... has it really been so long? Wasn't it only yesterday we stepped onto the Enterprise as boys? That I had to prove to the crew I deserved command... and their respect? And we STOP ON YOUNG KIRK. Composed, focused, proud. A man. And to every fan's delight, finally wearing his YELLOW SHIRT. The FEDERATION COMMANDANT stands at a podium: COMMANDANT This assembly calls Captain James Tiberius Kirk... Kirk breaks from formation, pivots, marches down the hangar -- past UHURA... SULU... CHEKOV... SCOTTY. All Beaming. Notably absent, is Spock. Kirk ascends the stairs, snaps to attention: COMMANDANT (CONT'D) Your inspirational valor and supreme dedication to your comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of service and reflect utmost credit to yourself, your crew, and the Federation. By Starfleet Order 28455, you are hereby directed to report to Commanding Officer, USS Enterprise, for duty as his relief. Kirk turns. Walks to... PIKE. In a wheelchair now, wearing an ADMIRAL'S UNIFORM. Overnight, his hair's turned totally grey -- but despite his trauma, his pride's overwhelming. They SALUTE each other: KIRK I relieve you, Sir. PIKE ... I am relieved. He opens a BOX in his lap -- glorious in repose, a MEDAL: PIKE (CONT'D) And as Fleet Admiral, for your... unique solution to the Kobayashi Maru, it's my honor to award you with a commendation for original thinking. Pike containing a smirk, pins the medal to Kirk's chest... PIKE (CONT'D) (a touch choked) Congratulations, Captain. KIRK Thank you, Sir. Kirk turns to the crowd. Eyes shining. WILD APPLAUSE. OUR MUSIC SOARS. Bones leans in to Sulu, rolling his eyes: BONES ... Same ship, different day. As Kirk rejoins his crew for hugs and congratulations, we go to the BACK of the hangar... SPOCK PRIME. Watching. Moved beyond words. He turns and leaves them to it... as he goes... KIRK/SHATNER (V.O.) I know what you'd say -- `It's their turn now, Jim...' And of course you're right... but it got me thinking: INT. STARFLEET HOSPITAL - EARTH - DAY Our montage comes full circle as we END on Kirk's transmission: KIRK/SHATNER Who's to say we can't go one more round? By the last tally, only twenty five percent of the galaxy's been chartered... I'd call that negligent. Criminal even -- an invitation. You once said being a starship captain was my first, best destiny... if that's true, then yours is to be by my side. If there's any true logic to the universe... we'll end up on that bridge again someday. Stops, grins. Because this is the part he needs to say most... KIRK Admit it, Spock. For people like us, the journey itself... is home. Young Spock's face. Lost in feelings that flood through him.
I appreciate the new movie. In fact, it’s my favourite movie. But then, I saw this on tumblr and suddenly this movie was complete. It wasn’t just a good movie - it was a tie-in to the old series and the conclusion to the most epic love story of Kirk and Spock. And the beginning of the love story all over again with XI Kirk and Spock.
Before I begin, I will just say this. It doesn’t matter whether you believe Kirk and Spock were romantically involved. If you do, and you’ve followed the love story and read the fanfics, and just become so emotionally attached to it like me, then this has a far heavier emotional impact. But even if you believe they were only ever friends, this is still amazingly beautiful. Because no matter what you think, Kirk and Spock had an epic (platonic or romantic) love.
I am going to analyse this in detail, because if I should analyse anything in detail, it’s this piece of script.
"Put away logic and do what feels right."
"What’s right" clearly here refers to being with Kirk and the ship, and that love overrules logic. That is Spock Prime’s advice to his younger self; love over logic.
"There is no reason to face it alone."
Share it with your bondmate.Although, since the topic of this entire conversation is Kirk and their relationship, it’s not at all unfounded to presume that he specifically means to share his grief with Kirk. That Spock Prime knows his younger self would not share it with anyone, but would share it with his t’hy’la, if he knew what they could share.
"And from around his neck, he removes the PENDANT (…) the feeling in his eyes is profound."
A PROFOUND BOND. No, really though, their love is profound. Profound enough that Spock Prime would carry this across two universes, the only thing he has left of the other universe - a memory of Kirk. It’s around his neck. The thing he wears around his neck. The memory of Kirk essentially declaring his love for Spock.
a MOVING HOLOGRAPHIC MESSAGE materialises before him:
"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you,"
This was the part where I started crying and laughing simultaneously. You have to remember - Kirk Prime is dead.
"I know it’s illogical to celebrate something you had nothing to do with,”
He knows him so well.
"and to say… (beat, emotional) I miss you, old friend."
Do I even need to say it?
"I suppose I’d always imagined us… outgrowing Starfleet together. Watching life swing us into our Emeritus years…"
Translation: I WANTED US TO GROW OLD TOGETHER.
"I know what you’d say — ‘It’s their turn now, Jim…’ And of course, you’re right… but it got me thinking: Who’s to say we can’t go one more round?
He misses him. He wants his old life, the ship but especially Spock, back again.
"You once said that being a starship captain was my first, best destiny… if that’s true, then yours is to be by my side. If there’s any true logic to the universe… we’ll end up on that bridge again someday."
I’m sorry. Spock’s first, best destiny? Is to be by James T. Kirk’s side. “If there’s any true logic to the universe, we’ll (THE TWO OF US, TOGETHER,WILL END UP SIDE BY SIDE) on that bridge someday.”
They are soulmates. His destiny is to be by Kirk’s side? Soulmates. T’hy’la. Alexander and Hephaistion. All of the above and more.
(I’m not sure what part of this isn’t a declaration of open love. Ok, if you were angling for a platonic relationship, you lost me here. Just read that line.)
This right here? This is why Spock Prime kept that message. Around his neck. The last thing left in his possession, and it’s Kirk’s message of love, and their shared dream of returning to their destiny of the bridge of a starship, and each other.
"Admit it Spock. For people like us, the journey itself… is home."
What a perfect way to finish Kirk Prime and Spock Prime’s love story. And even if it is tragic due to Kirk Prime’s death, we still see the love they had for each other.
And Spock Prime is showing all this to reboot!Spock, who is “Lost in feelings that flood him.” So he realises this epic love is worth everything, love like this trumps logic any day, and only then does he return to the ship. In other words, seeing their love? changed his mind about what he was missing out on.
This is the beginning of their new journey, and of reboot Kirk and Spock’s epic love.
- Interviewer: “There’s a great deal of writing in the Star Trek movement which compares the relationship between Alexander The Great and Hephaestion to the relationship between Kirk and Spock focusing on the closeness of the friendship, the feeling that they would die for one another.”
Gene Roddenberry: “Yes there’s certainly some of that, certainly with love overtones. Deep love. The only difference being from the Greek ideal, we never suggested physical love between the two in the series. We certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if that were the particular style of the 23rd century.”
- I definitely designed it as a love relationship…That was the relationship I tried to draw. I think I also tried to draw a feeling of belief that very few of us are complete unto ourselves. It’s quite a lovely thing…where two halves make a whole.
Gene Roddenberry, about Kirk and Spock’s relationship, in Star Trek Lives!
- “…Bill Boggs was a local talk show guy. He did a live audience talk show on Channel 5 TV (New York). That was before 5 became Fox; at that time it was a local channel. In October or November of 1979 Bill was doing his show and William Shatner was going to be his guest… . . The first question was about slash. We were stunned. Bill, when asked, “What do you think about this trend in fandom, where Kirk and Spock are more than friends?” Bill looked at him, laughed and said, “Well, they’re gay, what do you think?”
- From a magazine interview with Shatner:
- From the novelisation of the first film:
ty’hy’la - friend, brother, lover
Footnote by Kirk: I was never aware of this ‘lovers’ rumor, although I have been told that Spock encountered it several times. Apparently, he had always dismissed it with his characteristic lifting of his right eyebrow, which usually connoted some combination of surprise, disbelief, and/or annoyance. As for myself… I have always found my best gratification in that creature called woman. Also, I would not like to be thought of as being so foolish that I would select a love partner who came into sexual heat only once every seven years.
- [From: Shatner: Where No Man…: The Authorized Biography of William Shatner (1979)(Chapter 7 - Page 145, 147-8)]
« We [the interviewers] tell Gene [Roddenberry] something of our recent
interview with Bill [Shatner] and Leonard [Nimoy] - touching on the
Kirk-Spock relationship, and Nimoy’s feeling that Kirk was essential to
“I know you’ve told us you designed that relationship as ‘Two halves
which come together to make a whole’. Is that how you still see it?”
[Roddenberry]: “Oh yes. As I’ve said, I definitely designed it as a love
relationship. I think that’s what we’re all about - love, the effort to
reach out to each other. I think that’s a lovely thing. Also,
dramatically, I designed Kirk and Spock to complete each other - and in
fact, the Kirk, Spock McCoy triad to be the dramatic embodiment of the
parts of one person: logic, emotion, and the balance between them. You
cannot have an internal monolog on the screen, so that is a way of
personifying it, getting it out where it can be seen - that internal
debate which we all have within. AND I designed Kirk and Spock, as I
told you, as dream images of myself, the two halves. But in terms of the
characters, yes. That closeness… absolutely.”
As anonymously requested, here is a recording of the word t’hai’la (also spelled t’hy’la), plus its various plural forms.
t’hai’la - friend, lover, lifelong companion
t’hai’lu - more than one friend
t’hailara - two to five friends
t’haile - more than five friends
I payed special attention to the glottal stops represented by the apostrophes, but a little more fluidity would not be a problem either.
So, I remember reading about LGBT and science fiction many moons ago, but I did not make the connection until re-reading it now.
Theodore Sturgeon wrote many stories during the Golden Age of Science Fiction that emphasised the importance of love, regardless of the current social norms. In his short story “The World Well Lost” (1953),[c] first published in Universe magazine, homosexual alien fugitives and unrequited (and taboo) human homosexual love are portrayed. The tagline for the Universe cover was “[His] most daring story”; its sensitive treatment of homosexuality was unusual for science fiction published at that time, and it is now regarded as milestone in science fiction’s portrayal of homosexuality. According to an anecdote related by Samuel R. Delany, when Sturgeon first submitted the story, the editor (John W. Campbell) not only rejected it but phoned every other editor he knew and urged them to reject it as well. Sturgeon would later write Affair with a Green Monkey, which examined social stereotyping of homosexuals, and in 1960 published Venus Plus X, in which a single-gender society is depicted and the protagonist’s homophobia portrayed unfavourably.
I went to his page and saw…
Sturgeon wrote the screenplays for the Star Trek episodes “Shore Leave” (1966) and “Amok Time” (1967, later published as a “Fotonovel” in 1978). The latter is known for his invention of the pon farr, the Vulcan mating ritual, the first use of the sentence “Live long and prosper” and the first use of the Vulcan hand symbol. Sturgeon also wrote several episodes of Star Trek that were never produced. One of these was notable for having first introduced the Prime Directive.
>wrote Amok Time
>created pon farr
by the power of ten.