As a certifiable Trekkie (I have attended three Star Trek conventions and once forced my wife to make a stop in Vulcan, AB, so I could check out the Star Trek museum there), I get really excited when I come across a scene I can use in my work with teenagers. One such scene came from JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek, when in the new, alternate timeline, Captain Christopher Pike has encountered a young James Kirk. This Kirk is different from the Kirk we knew in the 1960’s Star Trek, in the first seven Trek movies… this Kirk grew up without a father, and has spent his life wandering, aimlessly. He hasn’t even considered enlisting in Starfleet. The compilation of scenes which introduce Kirk in this movie present a man who has no respect for the rules, for authority; very little value for his own life; and who has just been beaten up pretty badly in a bar fight he started with four Starfleet cadets. In this moment, Captain Pike looks at Kirk and tells him the following:
If you’re half the man your father was, Jim, Starfleet could use you… your father was captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother’s and yours. I dare you to do better.
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