AND ANOTHER THING the reboots got wrong is perpetuating the idea that Jim Kirk is arrogant and cocky when he actually has a lot of insecurities. He's always trying to do better, to be better, not because he's living up to someone else's standards but because that's who he is at his core. If he can't save someone or if something goes wrong, he is the first to blame himself and to make damn sure it doesn't happen again. He isn't arrogant. He's good at his job and, more than that, he's a good person. JJ Abrams is basically that Klingon who called my captain a "swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood" and I am chekov downing vodka and trying not to punch him in the face
To the crew of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701,
It has come to my attention that while many of you have taken steps to use less vulgar language while in person, the same could not be said during com. calls and messages. Steps have been taken to remedy that issue.
James T. Kirk.
Captain of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701
To James T. Kirk,
WHO THE sam hill GAVE YOU PERMISSION TO TELL ME TO CHANGE MY corn-nut LANGUAGE?! YOU’RE god bless the Federation LUCKY THAT I DON’T COME TO THE BRIDGE AND six and two is eight YOU MYSELF! YOU cheese whiz, merlin’s beard, shucks, OF A eat soap!
GO lick a duck!
Leonard H. McCoy
Chief Medical Officer of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701
~This message has been edited to remove expletives ~
“Why say “yes”? “Yes” means opportunity. “Yes” makes the dots in your life appear. And if you’re willing and open, you can connect these dots. You don’t know where these dots are going to lead, and if you don’t invest yourself fully, the dots won’t connect. The lives you make with those dots always lead to interesting places. “No” closes doors. “Yes” kicks them wide open…..As long as you’re able to say “yes”, the opportunities keep coming, and with them, the adventures. Say “no” to fear and complacency. Keep saying “yes” and the journey will continue.”
Something I really love about DS9 is the sense of continuity between episodes. Not just the overarching threat of the Dominion in the background connecting episodes, but more. And not just the running gags of racquetball matches and dislocating shoulders, either. Kira praying for Bareil over ten episodes since his death. Odo’s developing awareness for romantic interest/desire for physical touch. Garak and Bashir’s discussions and lunches happening in the background of normal life, and casually referred to as normal, even when it’s not the focal point of the episode.
I just get the full sense of following along in the lives of these characters, not a bunch of episodes with the same people featured. It feels like following a trail, not jumping from stepping stones.