I’ve been rewatching the original Star Trek movies for reasons, and somehow I don’t think I ever really put it together that Kirk stole the Enterprise and ruined his career with no expectation at all that he was going to get Spock back. The whole plan was to get Spock’s body and bring it and McCoy to Mount Seleya to do whatever Vulcan mystic funeral they need to do to preserve his katra; they didn’t know about Spock’s body being regenerated until they got to Genesis.
So Kirk’s endgame here was to end up both widowed and dishonorably discharged, with no Spock and no possibility of ever sitting on the bridge of a starship again. That is: without any of the things that make Jim Kirk’s life worth living.
He didn’t sacrifice everything to save Spock. He wasn’t supposed to get a damn thing for himself out of this mission. He sacrificed everything because if there’s even a chance that Spock has an eternal soul, then it’s his responsibility. In death as in life.
the biggest misconception about the search for spock is that people think kirk is trying to get spock back. as in “he knows in the end spock will be brought back.” he didn’t. the only thing he knew was that he needed to get spock’s dead body and his katra back to vulcan. he didn’t do all of that to get him back. he destroyed the enterprise, defied direct orders, and threw his entire career away just so that he could give spock the equivalent of a proper burial.
*that* is love.
Yesterday, @femspirk@lieutenant-sapphic@astralcasper and I were having a very serious discussion about Spock in sweaters and I said that Jim and Spock definitely have sweaters that say t’hy’la and @lieutenant-sapphic made it even better by saying that they own “If Lost Return to T’hy’la” and “I’m His T’hy’la” sweaters so here it is in all its glory.
when you are a dedicated, decorated admiral of Starfleet but you lose your first officer and grieve him so deeply that at the first hint of a chance he can be saved, you steal the ship you command and even blow it up to save your one true love, who when you find him at last, you cradle in your arms while pointing a gun at anyone who dares to interfere, and nothing else in the universe matters because he’s back
What is the straight take on this movie I don’t understand