In space as the USS Kelvin slowly comes into view
(illegible radio chatter)
MALE STARFLEET COMM OFFICER: USS Kelvin, go for Starfleet base.
KELVIN COMM OFFICER: Starfleet base. We sent you a transmission. Did you receive?
FEMALE STARFLEET COMM OFFICER: Kelvin, have you double-checked those readings?
KELVIN COMM OFFICER: Our gravitational sensors are going crazy here, you should see this. It looks like a lightning storm.
FEMALE STARFLEET COMM OFFICER: What you sent us doesn't seem possible.
KELVIN COMM OFFICER: Yes, ma'am. I understand. That's why we sent it.
[USS Kelvin Bridge]
KELVIN OFFICER: Still out of visual range. We'll be there in twenty seconds.
MALE STARFLEET COMM OFFICER: (over radio) Alert Captain Robau that Starfleet decides too ...
ROBAU: Polarize the viewscreen.
KELVIN COMM OFFICER: Captain, we have visual.
KELVIN LIEUTENANT: Repeat, could this be Klingon?
ANOTHER STARFLEET COMM OFFICER: (over radio) Negative, Lieutenant. You're 75,000 kilometers from the...
KELVIN OFFICER: Captain, are you seeing this?
(The Narada exits the "lightning storm")
ROBAU: My god.
KELVIN OFFICER: I have a reading.
HELM OFFICER: They've locked weapons on us!
ROBAU: Red alert.
GEORGE KIRK: Torpedoes locked on 320 degrees mark 2.
ROBAU: Arm weapons! Evasive pattern delta five.
GEORGE KIRK: Incoming frags
(Various Kelvin crew killed in attack)
ROBAU: Fire all phasers. Damage report.
ENGINEERING OFFICER: (over comm) Warp drive's been knocked out. I've never seen anything like it.
ENGINEERING OFFICER: Weapons are offline. Main power is 38%.
HELM OFFICER: They're firing in our...
ROBAU: All power to forward shields.
FEMALE OFFICER: Ahh! Ahh! Lieutenant!
(officer gets sucked out of the ship)
BALDING OFFICER: Are our shields even up?
FEMALE BRIDGE OFFICER: Decks Seven to Thirteen. We have confirmed casualties.
GEORGE KIRK: They're at eleven percent and dropping. Ten percent... sir, it's nine and we're drop...
ROBAU: All remaining power to forward shields. Prepare shuttles for evacuation.
AYEL: (on viewscreen) Hello. My commander requests the presence of your captain, in order to negotiate a cease fire. You will come aboard our ship via shuttlecraft. Your refusal would be unwise.
ROBAU: (to George Kirk) Walk with me.
ROBAU: If I don't report in fifteen minutes, evacuate the crew.
GEORGE KIRK: Sir, we can...
ROBAU: There is no help for us out here. Use auto-pilot, and get off this ship.
GEORGE KIRK: Aye, Captain.
ROBAU: You're Captain now, Mister Kirk.
(various intelligible working and scrambling as Robau enters a shuttle and exits the ship)
HELM OFFICER: (while viewing Robau's life signs) His heart rates elevated.
(some Romulan being spoken in the background. A holographic image of the Jellyfish is shown to Robau)
AYEL: Look at this ship. Are you familiar with this craft?
ROBAU: Who is your commander? (looking towards Nero) Is it him?
AYEL: I will speak for Captain Nero.
ROBAU: Then ask Captain Nero, what gives him the right to attack a Federation vessel?
AYEL: (throwing up an image of Spock) Do you know the location of Ambassador Spock?
ROBAU: I'm unfamiliar with Ambassador Spock.
AYEL: What is the current stardate?
ROBAU: Stardate? Twenty-two thirty-three zero four. Where are you from?
NERO: (after activating his spear and running towards Robau) Arrgh!
(as the crew are instantly aware of Robau's death)
HELM OFFICER: Sir, they're locked onto our signal.
KELVIN OFFICER: They're launching again!
GEORGE KIRK: Bravo-six maneuver fire full...
(a full volley of weapons begin hitting the Kelvin's hull)
GEORGE KIRK: I'm initiating General Order Thirteen. We're evacuating.
HELM OFFICER: Yes, sir.
GEORGE KIRK: All decks, this is the Captain speaking: Evacuate the ship immediately. Get down to the shuttlecrafts. Repeat evacuate immediately...
WINONA KIRK: (heavily pregnant in a wheelchair being escorted by medical staff) That's George's voice. What's happening?
FEMALE DOCTOR: We'll deliver in the shuttle. Go!
UNSEEN OFFICER: Let's go!
ENGINEER: We've got a hull breach!
WINONA: (on communicator) George?
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) You're okay, thank god.
GEORGE KIRK: I have Medical Shuttle Thirty-seven standing by. Get to it now. Can you do that?
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) Everything's going to be okay. Do exactly as I say. Shuttle Thirty-seven.
WINONA: George, it's coming. Our baby, it's coming now.
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) I'm on my way.
(Kirk tries to start auto-pilot)
COMPUTER VOICE: Auto-pilot function has been destroyed. Manual operation only.
ENGINEERING OFFICER: Remove that part now! Get to the shuttle! Move, move, move!
WINONA: (screaming) Oh, it's a big one.
MALE DOCTOR: Just keep breathing. You'll be fine.
WINONA: And the baby too, right?
MALE DOCTOR: And the baby too.
[Medical Shuttle 37]
MALE DOCTOR: Right here.
WINONA: Ahh, Ahhh!
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) Captain to Shuttle Thirty-Seven: Is my wife onboard?
PILOT: Yes sir, she is.
GEORGE KIRK: I need you to go now. Do you hear me?
PILOT: We're waiting on you, sir.
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) No, just go...
GEORGE KIRK: ...take off, immediately.
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) That's an order.
PILOT: Yes, sir.
WINONA: No, wait. We can't go yet. Please, stop. Agh, agh. (on communicator) George, the shuttle's leaving. Where are you?
GEORGE KIRK: Sweetheart, listen to me.
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) I'm not going to be there.
GEORGE KIRK: This is the only way you'll survive.
WINONA: Please, don't stay on the ship. You have to be here.
GEORGE KIRK: The shuttles will never make it if I don't fight them off.
WINONA: George, I can't do this without you.
FEMALE ALIEN DOCTOR: Okay, I need you to push now.
(Big musical overture as George prepares to ram the Narada and destroys a torpedo from destroying the shuttle, while Winona gives birth)
BABY KIRK: (crying, over comm)
BABY KIRK: (crying as he's handed to Winona)
GEORGE KIRK: What is it?
WINONA: It's a boy.
GEORGE KIRK: A boy!
GEORGE KIRK: (over comm) Tell me about him.
WINONA: (over comm) He's beautiful.
WINONA: George, you should be here.
COMPUTER VOICE: Impact alert.
GEORGE KIRK: What are we going to call him?
WINONA: We can name him after your father.
GEORGE KIRK: Tiberius? Are you kidding me? No, that's the worst. Let's name him after your dad. Let's call him Jim.
WINONA: Jim. Okay. Jim it is.
GEORGE KIRK: Sweetheart, can you hear me?
WINONA: I can hear.
GEORGE KIRK: I love you so much. I love you...
(George gets thrown out of his seat as the Kelvin is destroyed in impact)
[Abandoned Iowa street]
(Young Jim Kirk is driving a corvette as his Nokia phone chirps)
STEPDAD: Hey, are you out of your mind? That car's an antique. You think you can get away with this just 'cause your mother's off-planet? You get your ass back home, now! You live in my house, buddy. You live in my house and that's my car. You get one scratch on that car and I'm going to whip your a...
(Kirk hits the media button on the phone, cutting off his stepdad's conversation, as the Beastie Boys play)
(a hitchhiking boy is seen)
KIRK: Hey, Johnny!
(a police officer begins pursuit)
COP: Citizen, pull over.
(Kirk pulls onto a dirt, side road. He jumps out of his corvette as it flings over a quarry and pulls himself up off the side of the cliff.)
KIRK: Is there a problem, officer?
COP: Citizen, what is your name?
KIRK: My name is James Tiberius Kirk.
TEACHING COMPUTER: What is the formula of the volume of a sphere?
VULCAN BOY: Four-thirds pi times the radius cubed.
(various other questions and answers occurs, barely legible)
YOUNG SPOCK: one thousand five hundred forty-eight.
TEACHING COMPUTER: What is the...
SPOCK: Dimensionality equals the logarithm divided by...
SPOCK: Non-exclusability and non-rivalry...
SPOCK: Four-thirds pi times the radius cubed.
SPOCK: When it is morally praiseworthy, but not morally obligatory.
(the learning montage ends as he has left his bowl)
VULCAN BULLY 1: Spock.
SPOCK: I presume you've prepared new insults for today.
VULCAN BULLY 1: Affirmative.
SPOCK: This is your thirty-fifth attempt to elicit an emotional response from me.
VULCAN BULLY 2: You're neither Human nor Vulcan and therefore have no place in this universe.
VULCAN BULLY 3: Look at his Human eyes. They look sad, don't they?
VULCAN BULLY 2: Perhaps an emotional response requires physical stimuli.
(the bully shoves Spock)
VULCAN BULLY 2: He's a traitor you know, your father. For marrying her, that Human whore.
(he attacks the bully, pushing him into the bowl and getting into a fight)
SPOCK: They called you a traitor.
SAREK: Emotions run deep within our race. In many ways, more deeply than in Humans. Logic offers a serenity Humans seldom experience. The control of feelings, so that they do not control you.
SPOCK: You suggest that I should be completely Vulcan, and yet you married a Human.
SAREK: As ambassador to Earth, it is my duty to observe and understand Human behavior. Marrying your mother was logical. Spock, you are fully capable of deciding your own destiny. The question you face is: which path will you choose? This is something only you can decide.
[Vulcan Hallway - Years later]
AMANDA: Spock, come here. Let me see you.
AMANDA: Spock. There's no need to be anxious. You'll do fine.
SPOCK: I am hardly anxious, mother. And fine has variable definitions. Fine is unacceptable.
SPOCK: May I ask a personal query?
SPOCK: Should I choose to complete the Vulcan discipline of Kolinahr, and purge all emotion, I trust, you will not feel it reflects judgment upon you.
AMANDA: Oh, Spock. As always, whatever you choose to be, you will have a proud mother.
[Vulcan Science Academy]
(Spock is in front of the Vulcan Council)
MINISTER: You have surpassed the expectations of your instructors. Your final record is flawless. With one exception, I see that you have applied to Starfleet as well.
SPOCK: It was logical to cultivate multiple options.
MINISTER: Logical but unnecessary. You're hereby accepted to the Vulcan Science Academy. It is truly remarkable, Spock, that you have achieved so much, despite your disadvantage. All rise!
SPOCK: If you would clarify, Minister. To what disadvantage are you referring?
MINISTER: Your Human mother.
SPOCK: Council, Ministers, I must decline.
MINISTER: No Vulcan has ever declined admission to this academy.
SPOCK: Then, as I am half-human, your record remains untarnished.
SAREK: Spock. You have made a commitment to honor the Vulcan way.
MINISTER: Why did you come before this council today? Was it to satisfy your emotional need to rebel?
SPOCK: The only emotion I wish to convey is gratitude. Thank you, Ministers, for your consideration. Live long and prosper.
[Riverside Shipyard Bar - Iowa]
(Uhura enters the bar)
UHURA: Hey. Hey. Hi. (she addresses people as she enters the main bar area)
UHURA: Hi. I'd like a Klavnian fire tea. uhh... three Budweiser classics, two Cardassian sunrises, and a...
SAL THE BARTENDER: Try the Slusho, it's good.
UHURA: The Slusho mix, thank you.
KIRK: That's a lot of drinks for one woman.
UHURA: And a shot of Jack straight up.
KIRK: Make that two, shots on me.
UHURA: Her shot's on her. (to Kirk) Thanks but no thanks.
KIRK: Do you at least want to know my name before you completely reject me?
UHURA: I'm fine without it.
KIRK: You are fine without it. It's Jim, Jim Kirk. If you don't tell me your name, I'm gonna have to make one up.
UHURA: It's Uhura.
KIRK: Uhura, no way. That's the name I was gonna make up for ya. Uhura what?
UHURA: Just Uhura.
KIRK: They don't have last names on your world?
UHURA: Uhura is my last name.
KIRK: Well then, they don't have first names on your world?
(Kirk gets up and goes closer to Uhura)
KIRK: So, you're a Cadet, you're studying... what's your focus?
UHURA: Xenolinguistics. You have no idea what that means.
KIRK: The study of alien languages, morphology, phonology, syntax. It means you've got a talented tongue.
UHURA: I'm impressed. For a moment there, I thought you were just a dumb hick who only has sex with farm animals.
KIRK: Well, not only.
"CUPCAKE": This townie isn't bothering you, right?
UHURA: Oh, beyond belief. But it's nothing I can't handle.
KIRK: You could handle me, if that's an invitation.
CUPCAKE: Hey! You better mind your manners.
KIRK: Oh, relax cupcake, it was a joke.
(Kirk puts his arm on "Cupcake" as the officer then gets belligerent)
CUPCAKE: Hey, farmboy, maybe you can't count, but there are four of us and one of you.
KIRK: Well, some more guys and then it'll be an even fight.
(a fight breaks out)
UHURA: Stop it! Stop it, all of you! Enough! Guys, he's had enough!
(a big whistling sound is heard)
PIKE: Outside. All of you. Now!
MALE CADET: Yes, sir.
(various grumblings as the bar empties, including "He wouldn't even listen" and "what a freak")
PIKE: You all right, son?
KIRK: You can whistle really loud, you know that?
[Later that evening]
PIKE: You know, I couldn't believe it when the bartender told me who you are.
KIRK: Who am I, Captain Pike?
PIKE: Your father's son.
KIRK: (to bartender) Can I get another one?
PIKE: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. Something I admired about your dad, he didn't believe in no-win scenarios.
KIRK: Sure learned his lesson.
PIKE: Well, it depends on how you define winning. You're here, aren't ya?
PIKE: You know, that instinct to leap without looking, that was his nature too, and in my opinion, it's something Starfleet's lost.
KIRK: Why are you talking to me, man?
PIKE: 'Cause I looked up your file while you were drooling on the floor. Your aptitude tests are off the charts, so what is it? You like being the only genius-level repeat offender in the midwest?
KIRK: Maybe I love it.
PIKE: Look, so your dad dies. You can settle for less than an ordinary life. Or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special? Enlist in Starfleet.
KIRK: Enli-- (laughs) You guys must be way down in your recruiting quota for the month.
PIKE: If you're half the man your father was Jim, Starfleet could use you. You could be an officer in four years. You could have your own ship in eight. You understand what the Federation is, don't you? It's important. It's a peacekeeping and humanitarian armada.
KIRK: We done?
PIKE: I'm done. Riverside Shipyard. The shuttle for new recruits leaves tomorrow oh-eight hundred. You know, your father was Captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved eight hundred lives, including your mother's. And yours. I dare you to do better.
(Pike leaves as Kirk stares at a Kelvin-shaped salt shaker)
(Kirk rides his motorcycle outside the shipyard, where he briefly witnesses the building of the Enterprise. After a moment, he rides toward the recruits' shuttle)
SHIPYARD ENGINEER: Nice ride, man.
KIRK: It's yours. (to Pike) Four years? I'll do it in three.
KIRK: (to Cupcake and his crew) At ease, gentlemen.
(Kirk finds a seat and seatbelt, and spies Uhura)
KIRK: Never did get that first name.
FEMALE ACADEMY OFFICER: You need a doctor.
MCCOY: I told you people, I don't need a doctor. I am a doctor.
OFFICER: You need to get back to your seat.
MCCOY: I had one in the bathroom with no windows.
OFFICER: You need to get back to your seat, now!
MCCOY: I suffer from aviophobia. It means fear of dying in something that flies.
OFFICER: Sir, for your own safety, sit down or else I'll make you sit down.
OFFICER: Thank you.
PIKE: (over comm) This is Captain Pike. We've been cleared for takeoff.
MCCOY: (to Kirk) I may throw up on you.
KIRK: I think these things are pretty safe.
MCCOY: Don't pander to me, kid. One tiny crack in the hull, and our blood boils in thirteen seconds. A solar flare might pop up and cook us in our seats. And wait 'til your sitting pretty with a case of Andorian shingles. See if you're still so relaxed when your eyeballs are bleeding. Space is disease and danger after darkness and silence.
KIRK: Well, I hate to break this to you, but Starfleet operates in space.
MCCOY: Yeah, well, got nowhere else to go. The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I've got left is my bones.
KIRK: Jim Kirk.
MCCOY: McCoy, Leonard McCoy.
[Narada - Three years later]
ROMULAN: Captain Nero. You've been requested on the bridge, sir. Ayel, say's it's time.
AYEL: Sir, we've arrived at the coordinates you calculated.
ROMULAN 2: There's nothing here.
AYEL: What are your orders?
NERO: We wait. We wait for the one who allowed our home to be destroyed, as we've been doing for twenty-five years.
AYEL: And once we've killed him?
NERO: Kill him? I'm not gonna kill him. I'm gonna make him watch.
(a black hole opens and the Jellyfish exits)
NERO: Capture that ship. Welcome back, Spock.
[Starfleet Academy grounds]
MCCOY: Why are you so happy?
KIRK: I don't know what you're talking about.
MCCOY: No, I don't suppose you do.
KIRK: Hello, ladies. (to McCoy) I'm taking the test again.
MCCOY: You got to be kidding me.
KIRK: Yeah, tomorrow morning and I want you there.
MCCOY: You know, I've got better things to do than to watch you embarrass yourself for a third time. I'm a doctor, Jim, I'm busy.
KIRK: Bones, it doesn't bother you that no one's ever passed the test?
MCCOY: Jim, it's the Kobayashi Maru. No one passes the test, and no one goes back for seconds, let alone thirds.
KIRK: I got to study.
MCCOY: Study my ass.
(Kirk and Gaila, a green-skinned Orion, are together on her bed)
GAILA: Ahh.. Jim, I think I love you.
KIRK: That's so weird.
MALE COMPUTER VOICE: Lights On.
GAILA: Did you just say "that is so weird?"
KIRK: Yeah, I did but I...
GAILA: You don't love me too?
(the door opens)
GAILA: Oh, that's my roommate.
KIRK: I thought you said she was gone for the night?
GAILA: Well, obviously, she's not. Quick, you've got... get under the bed.
GAILA: Look, under the bed.
GAILA: She can't see you.
KIRK: Why not?
GAILA: Because I promised her I'd stop bringing guys back to the room.
KIRK: Wait, how many guys have you...?
GAILA: Down, just down. (to Uhura) Hey.
GAILA: How are you?
UHURA: Good. The strangest thing. I was in the long-range sensor lab...
GAILA: Yeah... I thought all night.
UHURA: I was tracking solar systems and I picked up an emergency transmission.
UHURA: Yeah, from a Klingon prison planet.
UHURA: Yeah. A Klingon armada was destroyed. Forty-seven ships.
GAILA: So, you're not going back to the lab tonight?
UHURA: Gaila, who is he?
GAILA: Who's who?
UHURA: The mouth-breather hiding under your bed.
(Kirk gets out from under the bed)
KIRK: You could hear me breathing?
KIRK: Big day tomorrow.
UHURA: You're gonna fail.
KIRK: Gaila, see you around.
UHURA: Get out.
KIRK: If I pass, will you tell me your first name?
UHURA: No. Goodnight.
KIRK: I think the fact that you picked up a transmission is very interesting.
[Kobayashi Maru Scenario]
UHURA: We're receiving a distress signal from the USS Kobayashi Maru. The ship has lost power and is stranded. Starfleet Command has ordered us to rescue them.
KIRK: Starfleet Command has ordered us to rescue them, Captain.
MCCOY: Two Klingon vessels have entered the neutral zone and are locking weapons on us.
KIRK: That's okay.
MCCOY: That's okay?
KIRK: Yeah, don't worry about it.
INSTRUCTOR 1: Did he say don't worry about it?
INSTRUCTOR 2: Is he not taking the simulation seriously?
MCCOY: Three more Klingon warbirds decloaking and targeting our ship. I don't suppose this is a problem either.
CADET: They're firing, Captain.
KIRK: Alert medical bay to prepare to receive all crew members from the damaged ship.
UHURA: And how do you expect us to rescue them when we're surrounded by Klingons, Captain.
KIRK: Alert medical.
MCCOY: Our ship is being hit. Shields at sixty percent.
KIRK: I understand.
MCCOY: Well should we, I don't know, fire back?
KIRK: No. (he eats an apple)
MCCOY: Of course not.
(the power seems to go out for a second)
INSTRUCTOR 2: What is this? What's going on?
KIRK: Hmm... arm photons, prepare to fire on the Klingon warbirds.
CADET: Yes, sir.
MCCOY: Jim, their shields are still up.
KIRK: Are they?
MCCOY: No. They're not.
KIRK: Fire on all enemy ships. One photon each should do it, so don't waste ammunition.
CADET: Target locked and acquired on all warbirds. Firing.
(the warbirds are easily dispatched)
CADET: All ships destroyed, Captain.
KIRK: Begin rescue of the stranded crew. So, we've managed to eliminate all enemy ships, no one onboard was injured, and the successful rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew is underway.
INSTRUCTOR 3: How the hell did that kid beat your test?
SPOCK: I do not know.
[Starfleet Academy Hearing]
BARNETT: This session has been called to resolve a troubling matter. James T. Kirk, step forward. Cadet Kirk, evidence has been submitted to this council, suggesting that you violated the ethical code of conduct pursuant to Regulation One-Seven point three of the Starfleet Code. Is there anything you care to say before we begin, sir?
KIRK: Yes, I believe I have the right to face my accuser directly.
(Spock rises from the audience)
BARNETT: Step forward, please. This is Commander Spock. He's one of our most distinguished graduates. He's programmed the Kobayashi Maru exam for the last four years. Commander?
SPOCK: Cadet Kirk, you somehow managed to install and activate a subroutine to the programming code, thereby changing the conditions of the test.
KIRK: Your point being?
BARNETT: In academic vernacular, you cheated.
KIRK: Let me ask you something, I think we all know the answer to. The test itself is a cheat, isn't it? You programmed it to be unwinnable.
SPOCK: Your argument precludes the possibility of a no-win scenario.
KIRK: I don't believe in no-win scenarios.
SPOCK: Then, not only did you violate the rules, you also failed to understand the principle lesson.
KIRK: Please, enlighten me.
SPOCK: You of all people should know, Cadet Kirk. A Captain cannot cheat death.
KIRK: I of all people.
SPOCK: Your father, Lieutenant George Kirk, assumed command of his vessel before being killed in action, did he not?
KIRK: I don't think you like the fact that I beat your test?
SPOCK: Furthermore, you have failed to divine the purpose of the test.
KIRK: Enlighten me again.
SPOCK: The purpose is to experience fear. Fear in the face of certain death. To accept that fear, and maintain control of oneself and one's crew. This is a quality expected in every Starfleet captain.
AIDE: Excuse me, sir.
(the aide hands something to Admiral Barnett)
BARNETT: We've received a distress call from Vulcan. With our primary fleet engaged in the Laurentian system, I hereby order all cadets to report to Hangar One immediately. Dismissed.
KIRK: (to McCoy) Who was that pointy-eared bastard?
MCCOY: I don't know, but I like him.
COMMANDER: ...Regula I, Tracy, USS Farragut... USS Enterprise, McGrath, USS ... Vader, USS Hood. Welcome to Starfleet, godspeed.
KIRK: He didn't call my name. Commander! Sir, you didn't call my name. Kirk, James T.?
COMMANDER: Kirk, you're on academic suspension. That means you're grounded, until the Academy board rules.
MCCOY: Jim, the board'll rule in your favor. Most likely. Look, Jim, I got to go.
KIRK: Yeah, get going. Be safe.
OFFICER: Excuse me.
KIRK: Yeah, yeah, sorry.
MCCOY: Dammit. Come with me.
FEMALE ASSIGNER: ...USS Neutral, Uhura, USS Farragut, Petroski, USS Antares. Go to your stations and good luck.
(Gaila smiles wide past Uhura, who has a dour expression)
KIRK: Bones, where are we going?
MCCOY: You'll see.
(they pass Uhura)
UHURA: Commander, a word.
SPOCK: Yes, Lieutenant?
UHURA: Was I not one of your top students?
SPOCK: Indeed you were.
UHURA: And did I not, on multiple occassions, demonstrate exceptional aural sensitivity, and I quote, "an unparalleled ability to identify sonic anomalies in subspace transmission tests?"
SPOCK: Consistently, yes.
UHURA: And while you were well aware that of own qualified desires to serve on the USS Enterprise, I'm assigned to the Farragut?
SPOCK: It was an attempt to avoid the appearance of favoritism.
UHURA: No, I'm assigned to the Enterprise.
(Spock presses some buttons on his PADD)
SPOCK: Yes, I believe you are.
UHURA: Thank you.
KIRK: What are you doing?
MCCOY: I'm doing you a favor. I couldn't just leave you there looking all pathetic. Take a seat. I'm going to give you a vaccine against viral infection from Melvaran mud fleas.
KIRK: Oww! What for?
MCCOY: Give you the symptoms.
KIRK: What are you talking about?
MCCOY: You're going to start to lose vision in your left eye.
KIRK: Yeah, I already have.
MCCOY: Oh, and you're going to get a really bad headache and a flop sweat.
KIRK: You call this a favor?
MCCOY: Yeah, you owe me one.
MALE ASSIGNER: Kirk, James T. He's not cleared for duty aboard the Enterprise.
MCCOY: Medical Code states the treatment and transport of a patient to be determined at the discretion of his attending physician, which is me. So, I'm taking Mister Kirk aboard. Or would you like to explain to Captain Pike why the Enterprise warped into a crisis without one of its senior medical officers?
MALE ASSIGNER: As you were.
KIRK: As you were.
(as the shuttlecrafts head to their various ships, including the Enterprise)
KIRK: I might throw up on you.
MCCOY: Oh Jim, you got to look at this. Jim, look!
(they look out at Earth Spacedock and the massive Enterprise)
MCCOY: We need to get you changed.
KIRK: I don't feel right. I feel like I'm leaking.
MCCOY: Hell, it's that pointy-eared bastard.
(Kirk and McCoy swerve to narrowly avoid being spotted by Spock. Spock enters a turbolift and arrives on the bridge)
PIKE: Mister Spock.
SPOCK: Captain. Engineering reports ready for launch.
PIKE: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, the maiden voyage of our newest flagship deserves more pomp and circumstance than we can afford today. A christening will just have to be our reward for a safe return. Carry on.
(Pike takes the Captain's chair)
PIKE: (to the communicator) All decks, this is Captain Pike, prepare for immediate departure. Helm, thrusters.
SULU: Moorings retracted, Captain. Dock control reports ready. Thrusters, fired. Separating from Spacedock.
(the Enterprise and other ships leave the Spacedock)
SULU: The fleet's cleared Spacedock, Captain. All ships ready for warp.
PIKE: Set course for Vulcan.
SULU: Aye aye, Captain. Course laid in.
PIKE: Maximum warp. Punch it.
(Sulu "punches it" but the ship only flares up and does not enter warp. Everyone stares at Sulu)
PIKE: Lieutenant, where's Helmsman McKenna?
LIEUTENANT: He has lungworm, sir. He couldn't report to his post.
SULU: I'm Hikaru Sulu.
PIKE: And you are a pilot, right?
SULU: Uh, very much so, sir. I'm, uh, not sure what's wrong.
PIKE: Is the parking break on?
SULU: Uh, no. I'll figure it out, I'm just, uh...
SPOCK: Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?
(Sulu presses a couple buttons)
SULU: Ready for warp, sir.
PIKE: Let's punch it.
(they enter warp)
KIRK: Where are we?
MCCOY: Medical bay.
KIRK: This is worth it.
MCCOY: A little suffering's good for the soul.
KIRK: (to a nurse) Hi, how are you.
MCCOY: Over here.
KIRK: My mouth is itchy, is that normal?
MCCOY: Well, those symptoms won't last long. I'm going to give you a mild sedative.
KIRK: Agh, I wish I didn't know you.
MCCOY: Don't be such an infant.
(he applies the sedative to Kirk)
KIRK: Aggh... how long is it supposed to...
(he falls unconscious)
SULU: Engines at maximum warp, Captain.
PIKE: Russian whiz kid, what's your name? Chenko, Chirpoff?
CHEKOV: Ensign Chekov, Pavel Andreievich, sir.
PIKE: Fine, Chekov, Pavel Andreievich, begin shipwide mission broadcast.
CHEKOV: Yes, sir, happy to.
(he punches in a code)
CHEKOV: Ensign authorization code nine-five-wictor-wictor-two
COMPUTER VOICE: Authorization Not Recognized.
CHEKOV: Ensign authorization code nine-five-vwictor-vwictor-two
COMPUTER VOICE: Access Granted.
CHEKOV: (shipwide broadcast) May I have your attention, please. At twenty-two hundred hours, telemetry detected at an anomaly in the neutral zone. What appeared to be a lightning storm in space.
CHEKOV: (on monitor) Soon after, Starfleet received a distress signal from Wulcan High Command that their planet was experiencing seismic actiwity.
CHEKOV: (on monitor) Our mission is to assess the condition of Wulcan, and to assist in the ewacuations if necessary.
CHEKOV: (on monitor) We should be arriving at Wulcan within three minutes. Thank you for your time.
(Kirk awakes in front of the monitor)
Kirk: Lightning storm!
MCCOY: Uh, Jim, you're awake. How do you feel?
KIRK: ah.. uh...
MCCOY: Good god, man!
KIRK: What? Ah!
(His hands come into view, extremely swollen)
KIRK: What the hell's this?!
MCCOY: Reaction to the vaccine. Dammit! Nurse Chapel, I need fifty cc's of cortazone.
CHAPEL: (offscreen) Yes, sir.
(Kirk replays Chekov's message as McCoy scans Kirk)
KIRK: Nice. We got to stop the ship!
(Kirk and McCoy are frantically running through the corridors)
MCCOY: Jim! I'm not kidding, we need to keep your heart rate down!
KIRK: Computer, locate crew member Uhura!
MCCOY: I haven't seen a reaction this severe since med school.
KIRK: We're flying into a trap!
MCCOY: Dammit Jim, stand still.
(McCoy hypos Kirk in the neck)
KIRK: Ow! Stop it!
(Kirk runs and finds Uhura)
KIRK: Uhura, Uhura.
UHURA: Kirk, what are you doing here?
KIRK: The transmission from the Klingon prison planet, what exactly was...
UHURA: Oh my god, what's wrong with your hands?!
(McCoy begins scanning Kirk again)
KIRK: It-it-it... look, who is responsible for the Klingon attack? Was the ship Romul...
UHURA: Was the ship what?
KIRK: (to McCoy) What's happening to my mouth?
MCCOY: You got numb tongue?
KIRK: (mumbled) Numb tongue!
MCCOY: I can fix that!
(McCoy briefly leaves)
UHURA: Was the ship what?
KIRK: (mumbled) Romulan!
KIRK: (mumbled, but clearer) Romulan
KIRK: (mumbled) Yeah
KIRK: (mumbled) Yes!
(Kirk is hypoed again by McCoy)
KIRK: (mumbled) Ahh... dammit!
(a massive drill platform is in the atmosphere, from the Narada. Amanda sees it from her home, just beyond the Vasquez Rocks)
AYEL: Lord Nero, seven Federation ships are on their way.
(Kirk, McCoy, and Uhura are now running through the corridors)
UHURA: What's going on?!
MCCOY: Jim, come back!
MCCOY: Jim, no!
KIRK: Captain Pike, we have to stop the ship!
PIKE: Kirk, how the hell did you get on board the Enterprise!
MCCOY: Captain, this man's under the influence of a severe reaction of a Melvaran flea vaccine, completely...
KIRK: Bones, Bones...
MCCOY: ...delusional. I take full responsibility.
KIRK: Vulcan is not experiencing a natural disaster. It's being attacked by Romulans.
PIKE: Romulans? Cadet Kirk, I think you've had enough attention for one day. McCoy take him back to medical, we'll have words later.
MCCOY: Aye Captain.
KIRK: Look, sir, that same anomaly...
PIKE: Mister Kirk...
SPOCK: Mister Kirk is not cleared to be aboard this vessel.
KIRK: Look, I get it, you're a great orator. I'd love to do it again with you to.
SPOCK: I can remove the Cadet...
KIRK: Try it! This Cadet is trying to save the bridge.
SPOCK: By recommending a full stop mid-warp during a rescue mission?
KIRK: It's not a rescue mission, listen, it's an attack.
SPOCK: Based on what facts?
KIRK: That same anomaly, a lightning storm in space that we saw today, also occurred on the day of my birth. Before a Romulan ship attacked the USS Kelvin. (to Pike) You know that, sir, I read your dissertation. That ship which had formidable and advanced weaponry was never seen or heard from again. The Kelvin attack to place on the edge of Klingon space and at twenty-three hundred hours last night, there was an attack. Forty-seven Klingon warbirds destroyed by a Romulan, sir. It was reported that the Romulans were in one ship, one massive ship.
PIKE: And you know of this Klingon attack how?
UHURA: Sir, I intercepted and translated the message myself. Kirk's report is accurate.
KIRK: We're warping into a trap, sir. The Romulans are waiting for us, I promise you that.
SPOCK: The Cadet's logic is sound. And Lieutenant Uhura is unmatched in xenolinguistics, we would be wise to accept her conclusion.
PIKE: Scan Vulcan space, check for any transmissions in Romulan.
MALE LIEUTENANT: Sir, I'm not sure I can distinguish the Romulan language from Vulcan.
PIKE: (to Uhura) What about you? Do you speak Romulan, Cadet?
UHURA: Uhura. All three dialects, sir.
PIKE: Uhura, relieve the lieutenant.
UHURA: Yes sir.
PIKE: Hannity, hail the USS Truman.
HANNITY: All the other ships are out of warp, sir, and have arrived at Vulcan, but we seemed to have lost all contact.
UHURA: Sir, I pick up no Romulan transmission, or transmission of any kind in the area.
KIRK: It's because they're being attacked.
PIKE: Shields up, red alert.
SULU: Arrival in Vulcan in five seconds... four... three... two...
(the arrive into a huge space battle)
PIKE: Emergency evasive.
OFFICER: Running sir.
(bridge officers begin their reporting)
PIKE: Damage report.
OFFICER: Deflector shields are holding.
PIKE: All stations. Engineer Olson, report.
PIKE: Full reverse, come about starboard ninety degrees, drop us underneath and...
(everyone is amazed at the massive Narada)
ROMULAN WEAPONS OFFICER: Sir, there's another Federation ship.
NERO: Destroy it, too.
WEAPONS OFFICER: Fire torpedoes.
SPOCK: Captain, they're locking torpedoes.
PIKE: Avert auxiliary power from port nacelles to forward shields.
(torpedoes slam into the Enterprise)
PIKE: Sulu, status report.
SULU: Shields at thirty-two percent. They're weapons are powerful, sir. We can't take another hit like that.
PIKE: Get me Starfleet Command.
SPOCK: Captain, the Romulan ship has lowered some kind of high energy pulse device into the Vulcan atmosphere. It's signal appears to be blocking our communications and transporter abilities.
PIKE: All power to forward shields. Prepare to fire all weapons.
WEAPONS OFFICER: Weapons ready.
(Nero recognizes the starship on his viewscreen)
NERO: Wait! The hull. Magnify.
WEAPONS OFFICER: Yes, sir.
(the NCC-1701 registry is shown)
UHURA: Captain, we're being hailed.
NERO: (on viewscreen) Hello.
PIKE: I'm Captain Christopher Pike. To whom am I speaking.
NERO: (on viewscreen) Hi Christopher, I'm Nero.
PIKE: You've declared war against the Federation. Withdraw. I'll agree to arrange a conference with Romulan leadership at a neutral location.
NERO: (on viewscreen) I do not speak for the Empire. We stand apart, as does your Vulcan crewmember, isn't that right, Spock?
SPOCK: Pardon me, I do not believe that you and I are acquainted?
NERO: (on viewscreen) No, we're not. Not yet. Spock, there's something I would like you to see. Captain Pike, your transporter has been disabled. As you can see by the rest of your armada, you have no choice. You will man a shuttle, come aboard the Narada, for negotiations. That is all.
(the viewscreen is turned off. Pike gets up)
KIRK: He'll kill you, you know that.
SPOCK: Your survival is unlikely.
KIRK: Captain, we gain nothing by diplomacy. Going over to that ship is a mistake.
SPOCK: I, too, agree. You should re-think your strategy.
PIKE: I understand that. I need officers who have been trained in advanced hand-to-hand combat.
SULU: I have training, sir.
PIKE: Come with me. Kirk, you too. You're not supposed to be here anyway. Chekov, you have the conn.
CHEKOV: Aye aye Captain.
NERO: Prepare the red matter.
AYEL: Yes, sir.
(Ayel leaves for the Jellyfish, where he extracts a small portion of red matter and loads it into the drill platform apparatus)
PIKE: Without transporters, we can't beam off the ship, we can't assist Vulcan, we can't do our job. Mister Kirk, Mister Sulu, Engineer Olson, will space-jump from the shuttle. You will land on that machine they lowered into the atmosphere that's scrambling our gear. You'll get inside. You'll disable it, then you'll beam back to the ship. Mister Spock, I'm leaving you in command of the Enterprise. Once we have transport capabilities, communications back up, you'll contact Starfleet, report what the hell's going on here. And if all else fails, fall back, rendezvous with the fleet in the Laurentian system. Kirk, I'm promoting you to first officer.
SPOCK: Captain, please, I apologize. The complexities of Human pranks escape me.
PIKE: It's not a prank, Spock. And I'm not the Captain, you are. Let's go.
KIRK: Sir, after we knock out that drill, what happens to you?
PIKE: Oh, I guess you'll have to come and get me. (to Spock) Careful with the ship, Spock. She's brand new.
(Spock takes the Captain's chair)
SPOCK: (to communicator) Doctor Puri, report.
MCCOY: (on comm) It's McCoy. Doctor...
MCCOY: ...Puri was on deck six. He's dead.
SPOCK: Then you have just inherited his responsibility as Chief Medical Officer.
MCCOY: Yeah, tell me something I don't know.
CREWMAN: (over loudspeaker) Shuttle eight nine, USS Enterprise. You are cleared forward...
KIRK: You got the charges right?
OLSON: Oh yeah. I can't wait to kick some Romulan ass. Right?
OLSON: Oh yeah.
(the shuttle departs the Enterprise)
KIRK: (to Sulu) So, what kind of combat training do you have?
(the group put their EV helmets on and prepare for the space-jump)
CREWMAN: (over comm) ...You are clear from USS Enterprise airspace...
PIKE: Gentelmen, we're approaching the drop zone. You have one shot to land on that platform. You may have to fix this to pull your 'chute as late as possible. Three... two... one. Remember, the Enterprise won't be able to beam you back until you turn off that drill. Good luck.
(Pike pulls a lever, sending the three out of the shuttle)
CHEKOV: Away team is entering the atmosphere, sir. Twenty thousand meters.
(the team enter the atmosphere, Pike's shuttle comes up to the Narada)
CHEKOV: Approaching the platform at fifty-eight hundred meters.
KIRK: (on comm) Kirk to Enterprise.
KIRK: Distance to target, five thousand meters.
CHEKOV: Forty-six hundred meters from the platform.
SULU: Forty-two hundred meters to target.
KIRK: Four thousand meters.
SULU: (on comm) Three thousand meters.
OLSON: Three thousand meters.
KIRK: Two thousand meters.
SULU: Pull your chute.
(Sulu and then Kirk pull their chutes. Olson does not.)
OLSON: Two thousand meters!
KIRK: C'mon, pull your chute, Olson!
OLSON: Not yet! Fifteen hundred meters!
SULU: Open your chute!
KIRK: Olson, pull your chute!
OLSON: One thousand meters.
(Olson pulls his chute. He slams into the platform and is sucked into the energy beam)
CHEKOV: Olson is gone, sir.
(Kirk lands and nearly does the same as Olson, but retracts his parachute instead)
CHEKOV: Kork has landed, sir.
(some Romulans arrive to attack Kirk)
(a Romulan and Kirk inadvertently shoot down Sulu. Sulu gets snagged and takes out a retractable sword to fight off the Romulans with Kirk)
SULU: Give me your hand! C'mon!
(He pulls up Kirk from near death falling off the platform)
SULU: Olson had the charges!
KIRK: I know!
SULU: What do we do!
(they disable the platform with the Romulans' disruptor rifles)
UHURA: The jamming signal is gone. Transport abilities are reestablished.
CHEKOV: Transporter control is reengaged, sir.
SPOCK: Chekov, run gravitational sensor, and I want to know what they are doing on the planet.
CHEKOV: Aye commander, ack, Captain. Sorry, Captain.
(more Romulan over the loudspeaker)
ROMULAN OFFICER: The drill's been sabotaged, sir, but we have reached the planet's core.
NERO: Launch the red matter.
(the red matter is launched in a case right past Kirk and Sulu)
KIRK: (to wrist communicator) Kirk to Enterprise. They just launched something at the planet, through the hole they just drilled.
KIRK: (on comm) Do you copy Enterprise?
COMMAND OFFICER: Yes, sir.
(various other activity on the bridge)
CHEKOV: Captain, gravitational sensors are off the scale. If my calculations are correct, they're creating a singularity, that will consume the planet.
SPOCK: They're creating a black hole at the center of Vulcan?
CHEKOV: Yes sir.
SPOCK: How long does the planet have?
CHEKOV: (shrugs) Minutes, sir. Minutes.
(Spock gets out of his chair)
SPOCK: (to Uhura) Alert Vulcan command center to signal a planetwide evacuation on all channels, all frequencies. (to another officer) Maintain standard orbit.
FEMALE OFFICER: Yes, sir.
UHURA: Where are you going?
SPOCK: To evacuate the Vulcan High Council. They are tasked with protecting our cultural history and my parents will be among them.
UHURA: Can't you beam them out?
SPOCK: It is impossible. They will be in the katric ark. I must get them myself. (to Chekov) Chekov, you have the conn.
CHEKOV: Aye. Uh, yay.
KIRK: Kirk to Enterprise. Beam us outta here!
[Enterprise transporter room]
FEMALE TRANSPORTER CHIEF: Standby, locking on your signal.
NERO: Retract the drill. Let's move out.
AYEL: Yes, sir. (to other officers) Pull it up!
(the platform begins retract and Sulu falls off)
TRANSPORTER CHIEF: (over comm) I can't lock onto you. Don't move. Don't move!
(Kirk jumps off)
KIRK: Sulu! Hold on!
(Kirk catches up with Sulu, and they continue their freefall into Vulcan)
KIRK: I got ya! Now, pull my 'chute!
(The chute flies out and breaks off leaving Kirk and Sulu continuing their fall)
KIRK: Kirk to Enterprise! We're falling without a chute! Beam us up!
TRANSPORTER CHIEF: I'm trying. I can't lock on your signal, you're moving too fast.
CHEKOV: I can do that. I can do that! Take the conn!
FEMALE OFFICER: Aye, sir.
ANOTHER FEMALE OFFICER: The black hole's expanding. We won't reach minimum safe distance if we don't leave immediately.
(Chekov continues his frantic run to the transporter room)
CHEKOV: Move, move, move, move, move! I can do that, I can do that! Move, move, move move!
CHEKOV: Give me radio control, I can lock on!
KIRK: (over comm) Beam us out!
KIRK: Enterprise, where are you?
CHEKOV: Hold on, hold on!
KIRK: (over comm) Now, now, now!
KIRK: Do it now! Now, now, now!
CHEKOV: Don't move! Hold on! Computating gravitational pull and... gotcha!
(Kirk and Sulu slam into the transporter pad)
CHEKOV: Oh! Yah-my-oo! (Russian?)
KIRK: No problem.
SPOCK: Clear the pad. I'm beaming to the surface.
KIRK: The surface of what? What, are you going down there? Are you nuts? Spock, you can't do that?!
(Spock transports to Vulcan and heads to the Katric ark)
SPOCK: The planet has only seconds left. We must evacuate. Mother, now!
(a few grunts as various Vulcan elders are killed by the falling statues and debris)
SPOCK: Spock to Enterprise. Get us out now!
CHEKOV: Locking on you.
CHEKOV: (over comm) Don't move. Stay right where you are.
(they begin glowing for transport)
CHEKOV: Transport in five...
CHEKOV: (over comm) Four... three... two...
(Amanda falls off the collapsing cliff)
SPOCK: No, no!
(alarms begin blaring)
CHEKOV: I'm losing her. I'm losing her, I'm losing her! No, I've lost her.
(the group, minus Amanda, are transported up. Vulcan is shown imploding as Enterprise leaves the area)
SPOCK: (voice-over) Acting captain's log, stardate twenty-two fifty-eight point four two. We have had no word from Captain Pike. I have therefore classified him a hostage of the war criminal known as Nero. Nero, who has destroyed my home planet and most of its six billion inhabitants. While the essence of our culture has been saved in the elders who now reside upon the ship, I estimate no more than ten thousand have survived. I am now a member of an endangered species.
(various cuts and bruises are being fixed, including Kirk's hands and the Vulcan elders)
(Spock exits the bridge and enters the turbolift. Uhura follows him)
(Uhura stops the lift)
UHURA: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
(she kisses Spock)
UHURA: What do you need? Tell me. Tell me.
(Spock turns the lift back on)
SPOCK: I need everyone to continue performing admirably.
(they kiss some more and Spock exits unto a corridor)
[Narada torture chamber]
(Pike is strapped to a table)
NERO: You must have a lot of questions for me. I only have one for you. I need the subspace frequencies of Starfleet's border protection grids. Specifically, those surrounding Earth. Christopher, answer my question.
PIKE: No. You answer for the genocide you just committed against a peaceful...
NERO: I prevented genocide. In my time, where I come from, this is a simple mining vessel. I chose a life of honest labor, to provide for myself and the wife who was expecting my child. I was off-planet, doing my job, while your Federation did nothing and allowed my people to burn while my planet broke in half. And Spock, he didn't help us. He betrayed us.
PIKE: No, no, you're confused. You've been misinformed. Romulus hasn't been destroyed. It's out there right now. You're blaming the Federation for something that hasn't happened.
NERO: It has happened! I watched it happen! I saw it happen! Don't tell me it didn't happen! And when I lost her, I promised myself retribution. And for twenty-five years, I planned my revenge against the Federation, and forgot what it was like to live a normal life. I did not forget the pain. That's the pain that every surviving Vulcan now shares. My purpose, Christopher, is to not simply avoid the destruction of the home that I love, but to create a Romulus that exists free of the Federation. You see, only then will she be truly saved. That is why I will destroy all the remaining Federation planets, starting with yours.
PIKE: Then we have nothing left to discuss.
(Nero grabs a Centaurian slug with tongues)
NERO: You will give me the frequencies to disable Earth's defenses. Centaurian slugs. They latch unto your brainstem, and release a toxin that will force you to answer. Frequencies please, sir.
PIKE: Christopher Pike, Captain, USS Enterprise, serial number...
NERO: As you wish.
(they forcibly open Pike's mouth and drop in the slug as he screams)
SPOCK: Have you confirmed that Nero is headed for Earth?
UHURA: Their trajectory suggests no other destination, Captain.
SPOCK: Thank you, Lieutenant.
(Kirk is seated in the Captain's chair)
KIRK: Earth may be his next stop, but we have to assume every Federation planet's a target.
SPOCK: Out of the chair.
CHEKOV: Well, if the Federation is a target, why didn't they destroy us?
SULU: Why would they? Why waste the weapons? You know... we obviously weren't a threat.
SPOCK: That is not it. He said he wanted me to see something. The destruction of my home planet.
MCCOY: How the hell did they do that, by the way? Where did the Romulans get that kind of weaponry?
SPOCK: The engineering comprehension necessary to artificially create a black hole may suggest an answer. Such technology could theoretically be manipulated to create a tunnel through space-time.
MCCOY: Dammit man, I'm a doctor, not a physicist. Are you actually suggesting they're from the future?!
SPOCK: If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
MCCOY: How poetic.
KIRK: Then, what would an angry, future Romulan want with Captain Pike?
SULU: As Captain, he does know details of Starfleet's defenses.
KIRK: What we need to do is catch up to that ship. Disable it, take it over, and get Pike back.
SPOCK: We are technologically outmatched in every way. A rescue attempt would be illogical.
CHEKOV: Nero's ship would have to drop out of warp for us to overtake him.
KIRK: Then, what about assigning engineering crews to try and boost our warp gear?
SPOCK: Remaining power and crew are being used to repair radiation leaks on the lower decks...
KIRK: Okay, alright. There's got to be some way...
SPOCK: ...we must gather with the rest of Starfleet, to balance the terms of the next engagement.
KIRK: There won't be a next engagement. By the time we've gathered, it'll be too late. But you say he's from the future, knows what's going to happen, then the logical thing is to be unpredictable.
SPOCK: You are assuming that Nero knows how events are predicted to unfold. To the contrary, Nero's very presence has altered the flow of history, beginning with the attack on the USS Kelvin, culminating in the events of today, thereby creating an entire new chain of incidents that cannot be anticipated by either party.
UHURA: An alternate reality?
SPOCK: Precisely. Whatever our lives might have been, if the time continuum was disrupted, our destinies have changed. Mr. Sulu, plot a course to the Laurentian system warp factor three.
KIRK: Spock, don't do that. Running back to the rest of the fleet for a, a, a confab is a massive waste of time...
SPOCK: ...orders issued by Captain Pike when he left...
KIRK: He also ordered us to go back and get him. Spock, you are captain now! You have to be...
SPOCK: I am aware of my responsibilities, Mister...
KIRK: Every second we waste, Nero's getting closer to his next target.
SPOCK: That is correct and why I am instructing you to accept the fact that I alone...
KIRK: I will not allow us to go backwards...
KIRK: ...instead of hunting Nero down!
SPOCK: Security. Escort him out.
(two security officers grab Kirk and he starts to fight them off)
SECURITY OFFICER: Hey!
MCCOY: No, Jim!
(Spock stops the fight with a Vulcan nerve pinch)
SPOCK: Get him off this ship.
(Kirk is shot out of the Enterprise in an escape pod, into Delta Vega)
KIRK: Aggh. Computer, where am I.
COMPUTER VOICE: Location: Delta Vega. Class-M planet. Unsafe. There is a Starfleet outpost fourteen kilometers to the northwest. Remain in your pod until ... summoned authorities.
KIRK: Oh, you've got to be kidding me.
(Kirk exits the pod)
[Delta Vega surface]
KIRK: (to his communicator) Stardate twenty-two fifty-eight point four two, four uh, four whatever. Acting Captain Spock has marooned me on Delta Vega, what I believe to be a violation of security protocol forty-nine point oh nine, covering the treatment of prisoners aboard as starship.
(Kirk is suddenly chased by a creature)
KIRK: Whoah! Agh!
(The creature is attacked and killed by a bigger monster)
(He's chased by the monster down a hill and into a cave)
[Delta Vega cave]
(Kirk's nearly eaten by the monster when the elder Spock shows up with a torch, scaring away the monster)
SPOCK PRIME: James T. Kirk.
KIRK: Excuse me?
SPOCK PRIME: How did you find me?
KIRK: How do you know my name?
SPOCK PRIME: I have been, and always shall be, your friend.
KIRK: Wha... oh, look... uh, I don't know you.
SPOCK PRIME: I am Spock.
(some time later, they are around a fire)
SPOCK PRIME: It is remarkably pleasing to see you again, old friend. Especially after the events of today.
KIRK: Uh, sir I appreciate what you did for me today, but, but if you were Spock you would know we're not friends at all. You hate me, you marooned me here for mutiny.
SPOCK PRIME: Mutiny?
SPOCK PRIME: You are not the Captain?
KIRK: No, no. Umm... you're the Captain. Pike was taken hostage.
SPOCK PRIME: By Nero.
KIRK: What do you know about him?
SPOCK PRIME: He is a particularly troubled Romulan. Please, allow me. It will be easier.
(Spock Prime attempts to mind meld with Kirk)
KIRK: Whoah, whoah. What are you doin'?
SPOCK PRIME: Our minds. One and together.
(Spock Prime melds with Kirk)
SPOCK PRIME: One hundred twenty-nine years from now, a star will explode, and threaten to destroy the galaxy.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) That is where I'm from, Jim. The future. The star went supernova...
(a star explodes)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) ...consuming everything in its path. I promised the Romulans that I would save their planet...
(a group of Romulans are seen with Spock Prime)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) We outfitted our fastest ship.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) Using red matter, I would create a black hole, which would absorb the exploding star.
(the Jellyfish goes through space)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) I was en route, when the unthinkable happened. The supernova destroyed Romulus.
(Romulus is consumed by the nova)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) I had little time. I had to extract the red matter, and shoot it into the supernova.
(he loads up a drop of red matter and it's shot into the star)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) As I began my return trip, I was intercepted.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) He called himself Nero. Last of the Romulan Empire.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) In my attempt to escape, both of us were pulled into the black hole.
(the Narada and Jellyfish are sucked through time)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) Nero went through first. He was the first to arrive.
(scenes from the beginning of the film and the destruction of the Kelvin)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) Nero spent the next twenty-five years awaiting my arrival. But what was years for Nero, was only seconds for me.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) I went through the black hole. Nero was waiting for me.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) He held me responsible for the loss of his world.
(Spock Prime kneels before Nero)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) He captured my vessel, and spared my life for one reason. So that I would know his pain.
[Delta Vega surface]
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) He beamed me here, so that I could observe his vengeance. As he was helpless to save his planet, I would be helpless to save mine.
(Spock Prime witnesses the destruction of Vulcan from Delta Vega)
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) Billions of lives lost, because of me, Jim. Because, I failed.
[Delta Vega cave]
(the meld ends and Kirk is sweaty and crying)
SPOCK PRIME: Forgive me. Emotional transferrance is an effect of the mind meld.
KIRK: So you do feel?
SPOCK PRIME: Yes.
KIRK: Going back in time, you changed all our lives.
SPOCK PRIME: Jim, we must go. There is a Starfleet outpost not far from here.
KIRK: Wait. Where you came from, did I know my father?
SPOCK PRIME: Yes. You often spoke of him as being your inspiration for joining Starfleet. He proudly lived to see you become Captain of the Enterprise.
SPOCK PRIME: A ship we must return you to as soon as possible.
SULU: Warp three, sir.
CHEKOV: Course one-five-one-mark-three, Laurentian system, sir.
SPOCK: Thank you, gentlemen.
MCCOY: You wanted to see me?
SPOCK: Yes, Doctor. I am aware that James Kirk is a friend of yours. I recognize that supporting me as you did must have been difficult.
MCCOY: Is that a thank you?
SPOCK: I am simply acknowledging your difficulties.
MCCOY: Permission to speak freely, sir.
SPOCK: I welcome it.
MCCOY: Do you? Okay, then. Are you out of your Vulcan mind? Are you making the logical choice, sending Kirk away? Probably, but the right one? You know, back home we got a saying, "If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your prize stallion in the stable."
SPOCK: A curious metaphor, Doctor, as a stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential.
MCCOY: My god, man. You could at least act like it was a hard decision.
SPOCK: I intend to assist in the effort to reestablish communication with Starfleet. However, if crew morale was better served by my roaming the halls weeping, I will gladly defer to your medical expertise. Excuse me.
(Sarek enters the bridge)
MCCOY: Green-blooded hobgoblin.
[Delta Vega outpost]
(Keenser is heard speaking in an alien language as Spock Prime and Kirk enter the outpost)
(Keenser walks up to them and leads them through the outpost. They come up to Montgomery Scott and Keenser gets his attention)
SCOTT: What? You realize how unacceptable this is?
SPOCK PRIME: Fascinating.
SCOTT: Yeah, I'm sure you're just doing your job, but could you not come a wee bit sooner? Six months I've been here, living off Starfleet protein nibs and a promise of a good meal. And I know exactly what's going on here, okay. Punishment, isn't it? Ongoing, for something that was clearly an accident.
SPOCK PRIME: You are Montgomery Scott.
KIRK: You know him?
SCOTT: Aye, that's me. You're in the right place. Unless there's another hard-working, equally starved Starfleet officer around.
SCOTT: Keenser, shut up! You don't eat anything. You can eat like a bean, and you're done. I'm talking about food. Real food. But, you're here now, so thank you. Where is it?
SPOCK PRIME: You are, in fact, the Mister Scott who postulated the theory of transwarp beaming.
SCOTT: That's what I'm talking about. How'd you think I wound up here? I had a little debate with my instructor on the issue of relativistic physics and how it pertains to subspace travel. He seemed to think that the range of transporting something like a, like a grapefruit, was limited to about a hundred miles. I told him that I could not only beam a grapefruit from one planet to the adjacent planet in the same system, which is easy by the way, I could do it with a lifeform. So, I tested it on Admiral Archer's prized beagle.
KIRK: Wait, I know that dog. What happened to it?
SCOTT: I'll tell you when it reappears. I don't know. I do feel guilty about that.
SPOCK PRIME: What if I told you that your transwarp theory was correct? That it is indeed possible to beam onto a ship that is travelling at warp speed?
SCOTT: I think if that equation had been discovered, I'd have heard about it.
SPOCK PRIME: The reason you haven't heard about it, Mister Scott, is because you haven't discovered it yet.
SCOTT: I'm a, uh, what... Are you from the future?
KIRK: Yeah. He is, I'm not.
SCOTT: Well that's brilliant. Do they still have sandwiches there?
(a wee bit later, in the Delta Vega transporter area)
SCOTT: Well, she's a wee bit dodgy. Shield emitters are totally bandjacked(?), as well as a few other things. In you go. So, the Enterprise has had its maiden voyage, has it? She is one well endowed lady. I'd like to get my hands on her ample nacelles, if you'll pardon the engineering parlance.
[Delta Vega shuttle]
SCOTT: (to Spock Prime) Except, the thing is, even if I believed you, right, where you're from, what I've done, I don't, by the way, you're still talking about beaming aboard the Enterprise while she's traveling faster-than-light, without a proper receiving pattern. (to Keenser) Get off there! It's not a climbing free(?). (to Spock Prime) The notion of transwarp beaming is like, trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse. What's that?
SPOCK PRIME: Your equation for achieving transwarp beaming.
SCOTT: (mumbles something) Imagine that. It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving.
KIRK: (to Spock Prime) You're coming with us, right?
SPOCK PRIME: No, Jim. That is not my destiny.
KIRK: Your dest... He... the other Spock is not going to believe me. Only you can explain what's gonna happen.
SPOCK PRIME: Under no circumstances, can he be aware of my existence. You must promise me this.
KIRK: You're telling me I, I can't tell you that I'm following your own orders. Why not? What happens?
SPOCK PRIME: Jim, this is one rule you cannot break. To stop Nero, you alone must take command of your ship.
KIRK: How? Over your dead body?
SPOCK PRIME: Preferably not. However, there is Starfleet regulation six-one-nine. Six-one-nine states that any command officer who's emotionally compromised by the mission at hand, must resign said command.
KIRK: So, so you're saying that I have to emotionally compromise you guys?
SPOCK PRIME: Jim, I just lost my planet. I can tell you, I am emotionally compromised. What you must do is get me to show it.
SCOTT: Aye then, Laddie. Live or die, let's get this over with.
(Kirk and Scott enter the transporter areas. Keenser attempts to as well, but Scott pushes him out)
SCOTT: (to Keenser) You cannae come with me. Go on.
KIRK: (to Spock Prime) You're coming back in time, changing history, it's cheating.
SPOCK PRIME: A trick I learned from an old friend. (he does the salute) Live long and prosper.
(they transport away as Keenser whimpers)
(Kirk is seen transporting on the ship)
KIRK: Mister Scott!
(a pounding occurs on the wall next to Kirk)
KIRK: Mister Scott, can you hear me!
(Scott is stuck in the coolant/water pipes)
KIRK: Uh... uh.. hold on a second! Oh no. Don't worry I... Oh. No, no!
(Kirk sees that Scott's pipe route takes him directly into a spinning turbine area, and he quickly finds a computer to open the release valve)
COMPUTER VOICE: Turbine release valve activated.
(Scott falls out of the release valve)
KIRK: You alright? You alright?!
SCOTT: My heads buzzing, and I'm soaked, but otherwise I'm fine!
CHEKOV: Captain Spock, detecting unauthorized access to water turbine control board.
SPOCK: Bring up the video.
(Video of Kirk and Scott is shown)
SPOCK: (to communicator) Security, seal the engineering deck. We have intruders in turbine section three. Set phasers to stun.
(Kirk and Scott run wildly out of Engineering until security catches up with them)
Come with me, cupcake!
(Kirk and Scott are escorted onto the bridge)
SPOCK: (to Scott) Who are you?
SCOTT: I'm with him.
KIRK: He's with me.
SPOCK: We're travelling at warp speed. How did you manage to beam aboard this ship?
KIRK: You're the genius, you figure it out.
SPOCK: As Acting Captain of this vessel, I order you to answer the question.
KIRK: Well I'm not telling, Acting Captain. What di... What, now, that doesn't frustrate you, does it? My lack of cooperation. That, that doesn't make you angry.
SPOCK: (to Scott) Are you a member of Starfleet?
SCOTT: I.. um.. yes. Can I get a towel, please?
SPOCK: Under penalty of court martial, I order you to explain to me how you were able to beam aboard this ship while moving at warp.
KIRK: Don't answer him.
SPOCK: You will answer me.
SCOTT: I'd rather not take sides.
KIRK: What is it with you, Spock? Hmm? Your planet was just destroyed, your mother murdered, and you're not even upset.
SPOCK: If you're presuming that these experiences in any way impede my ability to command this ship, you are mistaken.
KIRK: And yet you were the one who said fear was necessary for command. Did you see his ship? Do you see what he did?
SPOCK: Yes, of course I did.
KIRK: So, are you afraid or aren't you?
SPOCK: I will not allow you to lecture me about the merits of emotion.
KIRK: Then why don't you stop me.
SPOCK: Step away from me, Mister...
KIRK: What is it like not to feel anger or heartbreak or the need to stop at nothing to avenge the death of the woman who gave birth to you?
SPOCK: Back away from me...
KIRK: You feel nothing! It must not even compute for you! You never loved her!
(fight between Spock and Kirk breaks out, ending up with Spock nearly strangling Kirk on the helm console)
SPOCK: I am no longer fit for duty. I hereby relinquish my command, based on the fact that I have been emotionally compromised. Please note the time and date in the ship's log.
(Spock leaves the bridge, followed by Sarek)
SCOTT: I like this ship! You know, it's exciting.
MCCOY: Well, congratulations, Jim. Now we've got no Captain and no goddamn first officer to replace him.
KIRK: Yeah we do.
(Kirk takes the Captain's chair)
SULU: Pike made him first officer.
MCCOY: You've got to be kidding me.
KIRK: Thanks for the support.
UHURA: I sure hope you know what you're doing, Captain.
KIRK: So do I. (to communicator) Attention crew of the Enterprise, this is James Kirk.
(Spock is walking through the corridor)
KIRK: (over comm) Mister Spock has resigned commission and advanced me to Acting Captain. I know you were all expecting to regroup with fleet, but I'm ordering a pursuit course of the enemy ship to Earth. I want all departments at battle stations and ready in ten minutes.
KIRK: (to communicator) Either we're going down, or they are. Kirk out.
(Spock is staring at the transporter pad as Sarek enters)
SAREK: Speak your mind, Spock.
SPOCK: That would be unwise.
SAREK: What is necessary is never unwise.
SPOCK: I'm as conflicted as I once was as a child.
SAREK: You will always be a child of two worlds. I am grateful for this. And for you.
SPOCK: I feel anger for the one who took mother's life. An anger I cannot control.
SAREK: I believe, as she would say, do not try to. You asked me once why I married your mother. I married her because I loved her.
(as the crew talks, Chekov does calculations on a board)
KIRK: Whatever the case, we need to get aboard Nero's ship undetected.
MCCOY: And just go in there guns blazing, Jim. No...
SULU: I'm telling you the math doesn't support...
CHEKOV: Captain Kork, Captain Kork!
KIRK: Yes, Chekov. What is it?
CHEKOV: Based on the fastest course from Wulcan, I have projected that Nero will travel past Saturn. Like you said, we need to stay inwisible to Nero or he'll destroy us. If Mister Scott can get us to warp factor four, and if we drop out of warp behind one of Saturn's moons, say, Titan, the magnetic distortion from the planet's rings will make us inwisible to Nero's sensors. From there, as long as the drill is not actiwated we can beam aboard the enemy ship.
SCOTT: Aye, that might work.
MCCOY: Wait a minute, kid, how old are you?
CHEKOV: Seventeen, sir.
MCCOY: Oh, oh good, he's seventeen.
SPOCK: Doctor, Mister Chekov is correct. I can confirm his telemetry. If Mister Sulu is able to maneuver us into position, I can beam aboard Nero's ship, steal back the black hole device, and if possible, bring back Captain Pike.
KIRK: I won't allow you to do that, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: Romulans and Vulcans share a common ancestry. Our cultural similarities will make it easier for me to access the ship's computer to locate the device. Also, my mother was Human, which makes Earth the only home I have left.
KIRK: I'm coming with you.
SPOCK: I would cite regulation, but I know you will simply ignore it.
KIRK: See, we are getting to know each other.
NERO: Prepare the drill.
(the platform lowers to Earth)
SULU: All stop in three... two... one. Give me one quarter impulse burst for five seconds. I'll do the rest with thrusters, on my mark.
SULU: Fire. (to comm) Transporter room.
SULU: (on comm) We are in position above Titan.
SCOTT: Really? Fine job, Mister Sulu. Well done.
(Spock, Kirk, and Uhura enter)
KIRK: How are we, Scotty?
SCOTT: Unbelievably, sir, the ship is in position.
KIRK: (to comm) Whatever happens, Mister Sulu, if you think
you have the tactical advantage, you fire on that ship, even if we're still onboard. That's an order.
SULU: Yes, sir.
KIRK: (on comm) Otherwise, we'll contact the Enterprise when we're ready to be beamed back.
SULU: Good luck.
(Kirk gets on the transporter pad with Spock. Spock and Uhura have an intimate moment)
SPOCK: (to Uhura) I will be back.
UHURA: You better be. I'll be monitoring your frequency.
SPOCK: Thank you, Nyota.
KIRK: So her first name's Nyota?
SPOCK: I have no comment on the matter.
SCOTT: Okey-dokey then. If there's any common sense in the design of the enemy ship, I should be putting you somewhere in the cargo bay. There shouldn't be a soul in sight.
[Narada "cargo bay"]
(Kirk and Spock beam into an area with many Romulans. Screaming in the Romulan language is heard as they notice the away team's presence and a firefight begins)
ROMULAN: (to comm) Captain, we have Starfleet officers aboard the ship. One of them is Vulcan.
NERO: No. (he runs to get his lieutenant) Ayel!
[Narada cargo bay]
KIRK: (to Spock) I'll cover ya.
SPOCK: Are you certain?
KIRK: Yeah, I got ya.
(Spock melds with an injured Romulan)
KIRK: Do you know where it is? The black hole device?
SPOCK: And Captain Pike.
(the drill platform starts the drill beam)
(Cadets are running frantically)
(Uhura runs toward the bridge)
CHEKOV: They have actiwated the drill.
UHURA: Communication and transport are inoperative. Sulu, please tell me you have them. Otherwise, we won't be able to beam them back.
SULU: Kirk and Spock are on their own now.
(Kirk and Spock find the Jellyfish)
SPOCK: I foresee a complication. The design of this ship is far more advanced than I've anticipated.
COMPUTER VOICE: Voice print and face recognition analysis enabled. Welcome back, Ambassador Spock.
KIRK: Wow, that's weird.
SPOCK: Computer, what is your manufacturing origin?
COMPUTER VOICE: Stardate twenty-three eighty-seven. Commissioned by the Vulcan Science Academy.
SPOCK: (to Kirk) It appears that you have been keeping important information from me.
KIRK: You'll be able to fly this thing, right?
SPOCK: Something tells me I already have.
KIRK: Good luck.
SPOCK: Jim, the statistical likelihood that our plan will succeed is less than four point three percent.
KIRK: It'll work.
SPOCK: In the event that I do not return, please tell Lieutenant Uhura...
KIRK: Spock, it'll work.
(Kirk leaves and Spock sits down. The chair moves into position)
COMPUTER VOICE: Startup sequence initiated.
[Narada drill area]
(Kirk finds Nero)
KIRK: Nero order your men to disable the drill or I will--
(Ayel knocks Kirk down)
NERO: I know your face, from Earth's history.
(a fight between Nero and Kirk ensues, with Nero gaining the upper hand)
NERO: James T. Kirk was considered to be a great man. He went on to captain the USS Enterprise, but that was another life. A life I will deprive you of, just like I did your father.
(Elsewhere, Spock destroys the drill platform)
ROMULAN OFFICER: (on comm) Captain Nero, the Vulcan ship has been taken, the drill has been destroyed.
NERO: Spock! Spooockk!
(Nero runs off, leaving Kirk and Ayel)
NERO: Open a channel
ROMULAN OFFICER: Yes, sir.
NERO: (to Spock) Spock, I knew I should have killed you when I had the chance.
SPOCK: I hereby confiscate this illegally obtained ship and order you to surrender your vessel. No terms.
NERO: That ship, take it out.
ROMULAN OFFICER: Sir, if you ignite the red matter...
NERO: I want Spock dead, now!
(the Jellyfish warps away)
ROMULAN OFFICER: He went to warp, sir.
NERO: Go after him!
ROMULAN OFFICER: Yes, sir!
[Narada drill area]
(Kirk attempts to jump away, but Ayel grabs him by the throat)
AYEL: Your species is even weaker than I expected.
KIRK: I can't...
AYEL: You can't even speak. What?
KIRK: I got your gun.
(Kirk shoots Ayel and leaves)
(the Jellyfish heads straight for the Narada)
NERO: What's he doing?
COMPUTER VOICE: Ambassador Spock, you are on a collision course.
NERO: Fire everything!
COMPUTER VOICE: Incoming missiles. If the ship is hit, the red matter would be ignited.
ROMULAN OFFICER: Captain, I've picked up another ship.
(the Enterprise appears firing full phasers at the Narada)
[Narada torture room]
(Kirk shoots off a Romulan and finds Pike on his table)
PIKE: What are you doing here?
KIRK: Just following orders. Enterprise go!
(the Jellyfish collides with the Narada. Pike, Kirk, and Spock are transported on the Enterprise)
KIRK: Nice timing, Scotty.
SCOTT: Ha ha ha ha! I've never beamed three people from two targets onto one pad before.
MCCOY: (re: Pike) I've got him.
SCOTT: That was pretty good.
(Kirk and Spock enter)
CHEKOV: Captain, the enemy ship is losing power. Their shields are down, sir.
KIRK: Hail them now.
(Nero appears on the viewscreen as a black hole appears in the Narada)
KIRK: This is Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Your ship is compromised. Your too close to the singularity to provide assistance, which we will provide.
SPOCK: (to Kirk) Captain, what are you doing?
KIRK: You show them compassion may be the only way to earn peace with Romulus. It's logic, Spock. Thought you'd like that.
SPOCK: No, not really. Not this time.
NERO: (on viewscreen) I would rather suffer the end of Romulus a thousand times. I would rather die in agony than accept assistance from you.
KIRK: You got it. Arm phasers, fire everything we got.
SULU: Yes, sir.
(the Narada is shot upon before disappearing in the black hole)
KIRK: Sulu, let's go home!
SULU: Yes, sir!
(the Enterprise gets really close to the black hole)
KIRK: Why aren't we at warp?
CHEKOV: We are, sir.
KIRK: Kirk to engineering. Get us out of here, Scotty.
SCOTT: You bet your arse, Captain. Captain McCoy(?), the gravity well has got us!
KIRK: Go to maximum warp. Push it!
SCOTT: I'm giving her all that she's got, Captain?
(the bridge begins cracking)
KIRK: All she's got isn't good enough. What else you got?
SCOTT: Okay. If we eject the core and detonate, the blast could be enough to push us away! I cannae promise anything, though!
KIRK: Do it, do it, do it!
SCOTT: (to an engineer) Go!
ENGINEER: Yes, sir!
(multiple warp cores appear to be launched. A shockwave appears and pushes the Enterprise to safety)
OFFICER: (over comm) Engineer fourteen to engine room two.
SPOCK PRIME: I am not our father. There are so few Vulcans left, we cannot afford to ignore each other.
SPOCK: Then why did you send Kirk aboard, when you alone could have explained the truth?
SPOCK PRIME: Because, you needed each other. I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together. Of a friendship, that would define you both, in ways you cannot yet realize.
SPOCK: How did you persuade him to keep your secret?
SPOCK PRIME: He inferred that universe-ending paradoxes would ensue should he break his promise.
SPOCK: You lied.
SPOCK PRIME: Oh, I... I implied.
SPOCK: A gamble.
SPOCK PRIME: An act of faith. One I hope that you will repeat in the future at Starfleet.
SPOCK: In the face of extinction, it is only logical I resign my Starfleet commission and help rebuild our race.
SPOCK PRIME: And yet, you can be in two places at once. I urge you to remain in Starfleet. I have already located a suitable planet on which to establish a Vulcan colony. Spock, in this case, do yourself a favor. Put aside logic. Do what feels right. Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self-serving, I shall simply say good luck.
[Starfleet Academy hearing]
BARNETT: This assembly calls Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Your inspirational valor and supreme dedication to your comrades is in keeping with the highest traditions of service, and to reflect utmost credit to yourself, your crew, and the Federation, it is my honor to award you with this commendation. By Starfleet Order two-eight four five five, you are hereby directed to report to Admiral Pike, USS Enterprise, for duty as his relief.
(Kirk walks over to wheelchaired Pike)
KIRK: I relieve you, sir.
PIKE: I am relieved.
KIRK: Thank you, sir.
PIKE: Congratulations, Captain. Your father would be proud.
SPOCK PRIME: (watching overhead) Thrusters on full.
SULU: Engineering thrusters and impulse engines at your command, sir.
CHEKOV: Weapons systems and chutes on standby.
UHURA: Dock control reports ready, Captain.
(Kirk enters the bridge in his Captain's uniform)
KIRK: Bones, buckle up. (to comm) Scotty...
KIRK: (on comm)... how we doin'?
SCOTT: Dilithium chambers at maximum, Captain. (to Ensign Keenser) Get down!
KIRK: Mister Sulu, prepare to engage thrusters.
(Spock enters the bridge)
SPOCK: Permission to come aboard, Captain.
KIRK: Permission granted.
SPOCK: As you have yet to select a first officer, respectfully, I would like to submit my candidacy. Should you desire, I can provide character references.
KIRK: It would be my honor, Commander. (to Sulu) Maneuvering thrusters, Mister Sulu.
SULU: Thrusters on standby.
KIRK: Take us out.
SULU: Aye aye, Captain.
SPOCK PRIME: (voice-over) Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifeforms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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