why did they fly into the sun at the end of ST 6?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by crashchaos, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. crashchaos

    crashchaos Ensign Red Shirt

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    i never understood that. why would captain kirk willingly fly the enterprise in the sun and destroy the ship?! was he mad that starfleet was ordering them to get decommissioned, so he he figured hed just destroy the enterprise in a fit of rage? if so i dont blame him.

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  2. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    This is a topic that should be shot into the sun.
     
  3. Tosk

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    Heh. Funny.
     
  4. Khan 2.0

    Khan 2.0 Commodore Commodore

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    Funny but its created a notion id never considered before.. riding off into the sunset is an established motif of a closing chapter (e.g Westerns, end of Indy Last Crusade) so that's the conclusion to the 'Wagon Train to The Stars' thing. ok we already knew that... but in Trek flying to the sun means ...time travel.. Meyer likes all the lofty meaningful stuff (and was involved In IV) so perhaps that was Meyers very subtle nod to the crew metaphorically going back in time to the beginning of their adventures.. as in they will live on in their past adventures. Sort of a 'the end is the beginning' type thing..
     
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  5. King Daniel Beyond

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    Not gonna lie, when I was a kid and first saw it I thought "why are they flying into the sun?"

    Decades later, I think they could have come up with a better way to depict "riding off into the sunset" in space.
     
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  6. Tosk

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    If they were literally flying into the sun, that'd be one small-ass sun.
     
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  7. Emperor Norton

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    "If I can't have this ship, no one can. Mr. Sulu, distribute the Kool-Aid."
     
  8. Vger23

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    Star Trek VI should be decanonized because of this.
     
  9. Spot261

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    It's almost as if it were a purely aesthetic decision, with the iconic silhouette of the Enterprise framed by the star to induce an emotional reaction.

    That couldn't possibly be it.
     
  10. WarpFactorZ

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    The real reason is they didn't have a helmsman to steer the ship away. Serves them right for canning Valeris. Behold:

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  11. Vger23

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    C'mon, bruh....it's helm, not nav.
     
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  13. Emperor Norton

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    And in the end, George Takei finally did get away from Williams Shatner...*Roll Credits*
     
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    I think that Grace Lee Whitney (Rand) should have had her signature at the end of TUC too. Especially since she appeared in the film on the Excelsior with George Takei (Sulu) and like all the rest is an TOS cast member.
     
  16. DonIago

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    She wason't one of the Big Seven though.
     
  17. WarpFactorZ

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    End of line, man! (go to 0:37)

     
  18. Vger23

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    Unfortunately, when Kirk said "second star to the right" he didn't realize that the Khitomer sun met that definition, and the Enterprise was annihilated in a ball of flame while our heroes died a slow, agonizing death.

    Very sad.
     
  19. ChristopherPike

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    It's alright. I've just checked with JJ Abrams. He reckons some red matter was launched at the last minute, sending them back in time and across universes to compare notes with the other NCC-1701-A.

    On the other hand, Meyer says the smart money is on cremation.
     
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  20. 2takesfrakes

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    It really does look pretty stupid, when you see the ship heading "into" the sun like that and somebody, surely, would've noticed during them cutting the picture together. I guess they want that "heading off into the sunset" feel but that's not what it gives off. It's kind of laughable and then the autographs start flying and it's like "WTF."