STbtM 025: Safety Belts
Previous: Bike Ride
It is a bright, shiny morning as Jim Kirk rides into Starfleet's Riverside Iowa shipyard on his motorcycle with wheel rims, but for some reason possesses no hub or spokes. Alas, there are no more shots of the Enterprise under construction, but we do see lots of workers running around and one of them comes up to Kirk, admiring his bike and Kirk tosses him the keys and says: "It's yours." This is apparently another sad and misguided effort at substituting apathy for virtue and arrogance for style. On a more basic level, one wonders why discard a perfectly good motorcycle? Are personal vehicles not allowed at Starfleet?
Captain Pike, who has been watching Kirk approach, is standing at the shuttle hatch when Kirk strides by and says: "Four years? I'll do it in three." Is this claim anything other than arrogance? As far as we've seen, Kirk only asks for information when he's trying to ridicule, as in the sarcastic and drunken "Who am I, Captain Pike?" or trying to get laid questioning Uhura, also while intoxicated. True to self-centered form, Kirk declares "I'll do it in three" while walking away. In virtually all cultures, this is considered dismissive at best. The higher authority or decision-maker is the one who determines when discussion is sufficient, not the subordinate or advisor.
Kirk comes grinning onto the "shuttle for new recruits", looks around, and plows his head on the beam, perhaps in an homage to James Doohan's Scotty knocking himself out on the Enterprise. Kirk then walks past some of his fight opponents from the night before in their red silk cadet uniforms. It seems Pike lied yet again: this is not the shuttle for new recruits, it's the shuttle for cadets who have been accepted and are at least a year in the program, and all of whom have been issued their uniforms, of the 34 passenger appearances I counted on screen. Obviously some of these shots are repeats of the same people, but if there are new "recruits" we might expect to see at least one other violent & destructive addict-criminal on board without a uniform, but apparently Kirk is well, "special".
One notable thing we do see which has been all but unheard-of in the Trek universe: safety belts or harnesses. There are dramatic reasons for omitting them, like having people fly across the screen during explosions, but at least we have some on the shuttle.
As this segment ends, Kirk catches sight of the spectacular-looking and well acted but horribly written Uhura, played by Zoe Saldana.
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