Self-Destruct Question

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Captain McBain, May 19, 2013.

  1. What scene in which the self-destruct sequence is initiated do you find the most exciting?
     
  2. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    Star Trek III. It works. They don't cancel it. And the reset button is not pushed.
     
  3. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Trek III is in my mind the best use of the self-destruct in all Trek. The scene is just so well done, starting with Kirk and the others arming it, and ending with the Klingons on the bridge listening to the countdown and Kruge yelling at them to get out.
     
  4. Shawnster

    Shawnster Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Location:
    Clinton, OH
    Setting the self destruct should harder than what TNG and VOY depicted. TOS did it right in Last Battlefield and TSFS.
     
  5. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    Well TNG it required Riker or two other senior officers when Picard activated it. Janeway could just turn the thing on/off at will by herself.
     
  6. diankra

    diankra Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    In the cinema for STIII... I'd read the book, so I knew what was coming. But as the countdown hit six or so, you could hear the intakes of breath, and the stifled mutters of 'No, they can't...' as it sank home that it wasn't going to be cancelled.
     
  7. Dale Sams

    Dale Sams Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    First Contact was nice too.
     
  8. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    Until Data demonstrated he apparently has the ability to override it by himself. :p
     
  9. Lt. Cheka Wey

    Lt. Cheka Wey Commander

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    It makes sense. Janeway is a psycho.
     
  10. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Location:
    Deep Space 9
    I quite like "Deadlock". Its one way to take out several hundred Vidiians!
     
  11. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    I loved it when the computer said:

    "Self Destruct is offline" :lol:
     
  12. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
    Location:
    Great Britain
    ^Seriously, just turn off the magnetic containment fields.
     
  13. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Or if push comes to shove, fire a phaser into the warp core.
     
  14. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Location:
    Deep Space 9
    Or turn off the antimatter containment field.
     
  15. Lt. Cheka Wey

    Lt. Cheka Wey Commander

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2013
    Phase pistol is enough or you need a BFG?
     
  16. Lance

    Lance Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Location:
    The Enterprise's Restroom
    I did actually find the depiction of it in "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" and TSFS to be the best. Even the laborious process of going through the senior officers to get the thing turned on... it really amps up the drama. I did find TNG's depiction of it equally well done in "1001001" and "Where Silence Has Lease", too.

    But the trouble with a device like the self-destruct is that if it gets used too often it just becomes a silly trope. It loses it's punch after a little too many uses, so (for example) when Picard tries to do it in "Nemesis" we just roll our eyes.
     
  17. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    According to Voyager, a single hand phaser fired directly into a warp core is enough to destroy the entire ship.
     
  18. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    Yes yes, desperate times call for desperate measures.
     
  19. Lance

    Lance Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Location:
    The Enterprise's Restroom
    IIRC, isn't there a Klingon who basically threatens to do the same thing to the 1701-D in TNG's "Heart of Glory"? Strictly speaking it was a Klingon weapon rather than a phaser, but still.
     
  20. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2013
    My brother stood up from his seat and pointed at the screen, "No! This can't be the right reel!"
     

Share This Page