Does Kirk Contribute to the Transporter Accident in TMP?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by YARN, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. He's Dead Jim!

    He's Dead Jim! Commodore Commodore

    Dec 3, 2013
    Ok, I didn't remember that part.

    But still, Kirk's reaction to David's murder at the hands of the Klingons is understandable. Anything less, in my mind, would not have played well onscreen.
  2. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2001
    Burlington, VT, USA
    Say what you will about Shatner's acting, between this, Spock's death and Edith Keeler he does grief quite well IMO.
  3. Dale Sams

    Dale Sams Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 29, 2012
    I say Shatner is an outstanding actor and can provide multiple cites. Granted but for a few from 1979-1990ish, they are all pre 1968. But still.

    As for the transporter scene. That and Ilia's death are why ST:TMP would be on my "Top Five Movies You Won't Believe are G-Rated."
  4. USS KG5

    USS KG5 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 1, 2004
    England's green and pleasant land.
    It is possible Kirk was being a good commander, knew the two people on the transporter were about to die horribly whatever was done and he wanted to take the responsibility away from Rand, rather than stand there and watch.
  5. Captrek

    Captrek Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2009
    FWIW, the novelization says that the navigator who dies with Sonak is Kirk's girlfriend, which also might contribute to his decision to take the controls.

    Of course that's not canon, and I'm not entirely comfortable with it. His instruction to Starfleet to convey his condolences to the families seems kind of impersonal if one of the casualties was his girlfriend.

    The idea does add an interesting subtext to Decker's angry rebuke to Kirk, "This is how I define unwarranted!" Decker is understandably upset that Kirk's pushing has cost the life of the woman Decker loves, but it has also cost the life of the woman Kirk loves, so it isn't like Kirk doesn't understand the personal cost of this mission just as well as Decker.