Star Trek: Generations (1994) (part 3 of 12)
Back on the bridge, things are going quite badly, as crew members are doing the patented “shockwave knocks us around like rag dolls” routine they trot out for every movie and episode in the franchise. Scotty has a Treknobabble solution, and Kirk suggests using a photon torpedo. Harriman says they can’t because… Well, I’m sure you can guess what the deal is with the photon torpedoes.
I don’t know how, but this film has actually managed to make me hate Tuesdays. And running gags. And Alan Ruck.
Scotty comes up with an idea that’s essentially an imitation torpedo blast using the deflector dish, but it has to be done manually. Harriman eagerly volunteers, handing the bridge over to Kirk and almost bolting for the turbolift shaft. I have to say, he may be the most pathetic excuse for a starship captain I’ve ever seen. Not only would he use the Sing-Along Maneuver, he’d use it in exactly the wrong situation and end up getting himself and his crew blown to bits by the Breen. Because, as everyone knows, the Breen really hate Gilbert and Sullivan.
Kirk hesitates, then says he’ll do the manual deflector dish thing himself. I’m getting a serious Steven Seagal in Executive Decision vibe here. Hilariously, Kirk, the guy who always took the first opportunity to beam down to the Most Dangerous Planet in the Galaxy when he was captain, tells Harriman the captain’s place is on the bridge.
Personally, I think he’s decided he doesn’t want the chair anymore now that it’s soaked with Harriman’s urine.