Leonard 'Bones' McCoy: Are you out of your Vulcan mind? Are you making a logical choice, sending Kirk away? Probably. But the right one? You know, back home we have a saying: "If you want to ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your prized stallion in the stable."
Spock: A curious metaphor, doctor, as a stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential.
Spock: We are traveling at warp speed. How did you manage to beam aboard the ship?
Kirk: You're the genius. You figure it out.
Spock: As acting Captain of this vessel, I order you to answer the question.
Kirk: Well, I'm not telling, acting Captain. What? Did...oh, now that doesn't frustrate you, does it? My lack of cooperation? That doesn't...
[Spock turns to Scotty.]
Spock: Are you a member of Starfleet?
Scotty: Uh, yes. Can I get a towel?
Christopher Pike: Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including yours. I dare you to do better. Enlist in Starfleet.
Christopher Pike: [to Kirk.] You've always had a hard time finding your place in this world, haven't you? Never knowing your true worth. You can settle for less in ordinary life, or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the film when Kirk is being awarded his medal, behind the Federation Counsel you can see 3 flags in the background- the center flag is the California state flag. After Kirk shakes Pike's hand, and the camera pans up and back, the California flag is hanging significantly different so that it is no longer recognizable, seeming almost blank white. As the ceremony is indoors and all attending are standing motionless, this flag should not have moved. (01:56:25)wizard_of_gore
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