January 4 2013, 02:22 AM
Location: Bristol, England
Re: Putting the Shatner "ego issue" from TOS to rest
What happened with the scene in the film, I have no idea, but I remember it being in the novel. Of course, we all know that novelists (JM Dillard in this case) flesh out the story, adding things that were not in the movie (movies 3 and 5 for example don't even start until the books are well over 100 pages in), so wiether or not this scene was a part of the script, I can't say.
From an earlier draft
found online (credited to Jack B. Sowards and Samuel A. Peeples).
29 INT. SPACE SHUTTLE 29
A new composite. Bones, Sulu, Uhura and Kirk -- who
sits, reading. Through the windows we can see the
approach to the starship ENTERPRISE. Kirk looks up,
nods. Sulu activates a comm button.
Enterprise, this is Admiral Kirk's
party on final approach.
Enterprise welcomes you. Prepare
Kirk looks up from his book as Sulu sits next to him.
I really must thank you.
I am delighted; any chance to go
aboard Enterprise, however briefly,
is always an excuse for nostalgia.
I cut your new orders personally. By
the end of the month, you'll have your
first command: USS EXCELSIOR.
Thank you, sir. I've looked
forward to this for a long time.
You've earned it. But I'm still
grateful to have you at the helm
for three weeks. I don't believe
these kids can steer.