Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) (part 8 of 13)

Inside the shuttle, everyone’s sprawled all over each other, like the aftermath of a drunken orgy. Sybok and Kirk wake up at the same time with a gun between them, but Sybok grabs it first and orders Kirk to take him to the bridge to change course. But once they’re outside the shuttle, Kirk turns around and attacks, and in the ensuing brawl the gun slides across the floor right to Spock’s feet.

Spock picks it up and orders Sybok to surrender, but Sybok marches up to Spock until the gun barrel is pressed up against his chest. He says pleasantly, “No. You must kill me.” How much would you pay to see Spock say, “You got it, sucker!” and start blasting away? Damn, I’ll bet Zachary Quinto’s Spock would’ve done it. Well, maybe not. But Sylar would’ve done it! Okay, he’d probably toy with him and not kill him. Damn it, Sybok just won’t die!

Caption contributed by scootermark

”Stop, or I’ll inflate you with this bicycle pump!”

Kirk has a KHHAAAAAN-like acting moment where he screams “Shoot him!!” But Sybok snatches the gun away, and proceeds to offer a smug, “For a moment, I thought you might actually do it.” Spock stares at him, appalled at what he’s done, while Kirk looks on, confused and angry. Spock is humiliated, but he again refuses to join Sybok, and Bad Teeth Guy shows up just in time to hustle Kirk, Spock, and McCoy off to the brig.

This is probably the best scene in the movie, because it’s all about the emotional undertows between Kirk, Spock, and Sybok, and it’s handled pretty well by the three actors. That said, though, there is something really dumb about this scene, which is that there’s not another soul around on the Lemonprise shuttle deck to intervene and take control of the situation.

Think about it: this means neither Chekov nor Scotty even suspected that (a) Sybok might have gotten the upper hand on the away party, or (b) that after a high-speed crash into the shuttle barricade, the people inside might need medical attention. Nope! We got the shuttle back, off to warp, everything’s hunky-dory! La la la, hey, who’s the laughing Vulcan?

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

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