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26 December 2009 @ 08:17 am
Amok Time  
I realize everyone in the world is busy with Yuletide, but, well. We had a Very Star Trek Christmas in our household, and I though I would post my reactions for the four people not wholly distracted by small fandoms.

This was my first official episode of Star Trek! And, you know what, I enormously enjoyed it.

General Observations

The weirdest thing about this show, by far, is that all the people look like people. They're old enough to be in the jobs they have. They have big noses and wrinkles and bad posture and, although none of them is fat, they are not skin stretched over bones, either. They all move differently, from the bizarre, unnatural movements that Shatner seems to favor to the calm, controlled, and almost unnoticeably right ones that Nimoy prefers. They all have different face shapes, instead of variations on that one weird shape you only see on actors. (Los Angeles tip: if you want to see celebrities, look for people with giant heads and weird-shaped faces. Those are the movie stars!)

And they're not pretty. The only conventionally attractive person on the regular cast, to me, is Nichelle Nichols, who is super hot. (I understand that Shatner is supposed to be conventionally attractive, too, and for some people, he might be, but to me he just looks kind of weird, like his body doesn't exactly fit him. There is no comparison for me between Shatner and Chris Pine: Chris Pine mostly looks real and human as Kirk, and Shatner, um, often does not. If it had been me, I'd've hired him to play the alien.)

And they can all act. (Although Shatner's acting choices, I'm going to be honest, totally mystify me a lot of the time.) I remember my father saying to me, many years ago, that the weird thing about British productions was that everyone could act. Actors in minor roles, actors in starring roles: they might not be pretty, but they sold every line. Same thing here. Actors in minor roles in this show are acting. Their bodies look right. Their voices sound right. It is possible to believe, without making the usual superhuman effort, that these people have long-standing working relationships and histories and lives. It is so weird.

It's doubly weird, actually, because they're doing all this realistic acting in front of sets and using props and wearing costumes that are so incredibly awful I am often completely distracted and have to rewind so that I can look at the people instead of marveling at the bizarre objects around them.

And, speaking of bizarre objects: holy fucking shit what is with that ship they work on? The Enterprise is GREY and RED and totally claustrophobic and artificial, like in the future they've decided that people work best when they are clinically depressed all the time. When they vary the grey and red, they use things like color gradients, which I have never seen used as background outside comic books. And they didn't just build the entire set of cardboard; they found a way to let its essential cardboardness shine right through. It's incredibly, laughably, indescribably bad. I have the aesthetic sense and craft skills of garden slug, and I could make a better set than that in my living room.

The camera work is weird, too: lots of close in shots, lots of still shots, and like four camera angles used in the whole episode. And all the scenes seem to go on a little longer than they should.

My sense, from this first episode, is that in fifty years we've come a million miles in terms of the technical work and stuff on TV and lost about the same amount of ground in the fields of acting and casting.

But, okay, enough about the show. Let's talk about the episode.

Amok Time

We start off with McCoy being worried and a massive dick to Chapel and Kirk being not worried at all and, despite his reputation, not much of a dick.

Spock, you see, is Acting Weird. He's not eating! He's kind of cranky! It's just not right!

Then McCoy confronts Spock, and Spock says, "You will cease to pry into my personal matters, doctor, or I shall certainly break your neck." Perhaps he has noticed that McCoy is being a dick, or maybe he's just wanting to show off his ability to use will and shall correctly.

Spock wants to go home and he does not want to talk about it, thank you.

And then it's time for some truly terrible credits with theme music that makes me check the dog to be sure his ears aren't bleeding. It's space, the final frontier, and now I understand why the ending of the Reboot made people all teary. But during the credits, we had this conversation:

Me: Every time a name comes up, it makes a swooshing noise. I don't understand why.
BB: ...You know it's because there's a ship, right?
Me, blankly: There's a ship?
BB: Before the name comes up, a ship goes past?
Me: Really?
BB: *rewinds and pauses appropriately, to demonstrate that there is indeed a ship in the credits*
Me: I thought that was supposed to be an asteroid or a potato or something.

So we started off on a very good note for me in terms of visual comprehension. Usually I can at least get the objects right, but not this time.

Back at the ship, Kirk is apparently totally unconcerned that Spock attacked Chapel - apparently, in the future, that's what nurses are for - but really upset that Spock wants to go home. Their conversation, paraphrased for speedy reading:

Kirk: Why won't you talk to me?
Spock: I don't ask for much, god damn it, can't I just have this one thing without you having to analyze every fucking word that comes out of my mouth?
Kirk: Baby, I just want to understand. Please?
Spock: It's taking everything in my power not to stab you with a pen right now, I just want you to know that.
Kirk: Okay, sweetie, don't get so mad. We'll go to Vulcan if you want to.

They change course for Vulcan, but then get ordered back to Altair. Kirk is anguished.

Later, Kirk is lying on the World's Least Comfortable Bed, which appears to be upholstered in sequins. (In the future, everything will be shiny for fifteen minutes.) Behind him are arrayed the items that Kirk has selected to keep with him through all of space and time: something that looks like an orrery, some books, what appears to be a large accordion file folder, and a big shiny red ball. The big red ball has pride of place. It's a damn important ball, people.

Kirk is doing breathing exercises, and then he leaps up and calls the bridge and the accordion file folder is an INTERCOM, oh my fucking god. Kirk is trying to find a way to get them to Vulcan. He just wants Spock to be happy. But Spock has countered his orders OMG!

On the bridge, there is ominous music, and Kirk has his hands on his hips. Someone's getting a spanking, apparently.

And then we're in the elevator. The controls appear to be a dustbuster, and apparently you have to hold them all the time to keep the thing moving, meaning that if you faint in there, you're going to die between floors. Good thinking, future designers!

Things are getting worse. Spock is now having memory problems. And speech problems. He asks for bondage, but Kirk sends him to sick bay. I find myself really liking Kirk for being so gentle with Spock and trying so damned hard.

Spock is disoriented by the grey corridors, as who would not be, but he manages to find sickbay, where McCoy examines him. Bad news: Spock is going to die if they don't go to Vulcan.

Over in Spock's room (I think - all the rooms in here look like somewhere you would illegally keep political prisoners to get them to crack. And they would. Well, I would.), Spock is staring at the photo of a young girl on a very tiny, very bulky computer, and I am deeply uncomfortable.

Spock's room contains the hideous computer, some kind of black box, a swoopy chess set designed by someone in Sweden, and a bunch of Styrofoam balls glued together. And I can see why he keeps them around: several of them are neither grey nor red, meaning Spock is part of the Color Resistance. Also, chain link fencing makes a fetching interior design note. Apparently.

Kirk and Spock have another chat. Kirk begs, pleads, and negotiates.

Spock says he has cultural reasons to be quiet. In the background, a hideous crudely-carved bipedal wolf thing looks on approvingly.

Kirk resorts to ORDERS.

Spock won't follow them; some things transcend orders. In the background, a small rug with fetching gold lame details is very sad.

Kirk swears he'll never tell a soul. "It'll just be between you and me, baby, I swear."

Spock, caving, struggles to explain, but he can only get out the word biology.

Kirk, not making his comprehension roll at all, says, "You mean, Vulcan biology? The kind with Vulcans? That they have in their biologies?" Or something like that. But then the DM gives him a second chance and he rolls a 20 and realizes they're talking about biology as in reproduction.

In an AU, this moment leads to a lengthy MPreg story. In this one, Spock explains the mating rituals of Vulcans to Kirk, and Kirk looks oddly compelled. In the background, a hanging stick is fascinated, Captain.

Spock compares himself to giant eel-birds. And salmon. Kirk looks riveted and a little turned on. Maybe it's all the talk of eel-birds.

At the end, Spock is super-distressed. Kirk curls protectively over Spock in the most slashily protective body language I believe I have ever seen on TV and says he hasn't heard a word. He promises they'll get to Vulcan.

Alone in his room, surrounded by bright red curtains bought at auction after a theater closed down, Spock cuddles up with a really bizarre looking stringed instrument. Or sex toy. It could be either, with that giant flange sticking out.

His musical instrument/sex toy time is interrupted! In a fit of rage, Spock demonstrates that in the future they make computers of papier-mâché. Brilliant! Ecological! Maybe explains the bulkiness a little!

The Admiral does not approve of Kirk's actions, and Kirk has to choose between Spock and Starfleet OH NO. Spock wins, hands down.

Kirk makes some very dramatic statements, and I am simultaneously touched by them and nauseous from the camera work. Whoever decided to let him pace while they kept the camera close up on him made a very bad choice.

There's a whole scene with Chapel and Spock that I'm not going to go into because it totally confused me, although I do know one thing: in modern fandom, this would be the scene that launched a thousand Chapel Sues.

Aaaaand they're at Vulcan. Spock says he's going to get all crazy. Kirk says "you've been patient with my kinds of madness." Everyone in the room goes AWWWW.

Spock invites Kirk down to the surface for the festival o' madness. McCoy has that distinctly uncomfortable look you get when you suspect a couple of your friends are about to start making out right next to you and you're stuck in an elevator with them, and then Spock remembers he's there and invites him, too.

Chapel brings McCoy a black purse, which she's absolutely right in thinking goes fetchingly with his outfit. Do you think maybe that purse will be important later?

We meet T'Pring via bluescreen! She's pretty, but she looks like she has a toothache. Spock also seems like he has a toothache, but that may be because he's doing the Vulcan equivalent of begging for hot sexin' on the bridge, which has got to be uncomfortable for all concerned.

Everyone, including Kirk and the theramin or whatever that horrible instrument is screeching and wailing on the soundtrack - seriously, who decided that the future would sound like knives in your ears? - is really shocked to hear that Spock's married. Well, you know, he doesn't talk about himself much.

And then we're on Vulcan, which is made of equal parts sand and glitter.

Apparently Kirk and Spock have been, uh, discussing Vulcan mating rituals off screen, because Kirk is explaining the details to McCoy, now. McCoy looks gripped. Kirk looks hot.

Spock explains melding to Kirk in a way that sounds like he's never seen it before. Best Beloved pauses to point this out, and say, "That's really odd, because I was under the impression he just whipped out those fingers every four minutes." We reflect on how that statement might sound out of context, and then dive back into the fray.

Spock whacks his gong a couple times, and then the Vulcan entry in the Eurovision Song Contest arrives with bells and tinfoil and crocheted scarves and "weapons." I cross my fingers that they won't get null points this time; last year, even Finland beat them, and they had to pretend they weren't sad. It was awful.

There is palaver about Kirk and McCoy being there, but I'm mostly just trying to figure out which of those weird, cardboard-y weapons is the guitar.

T'Pring has decided: RUMBLE ON VULCAN!

Spock has a private moment that I can't watch too closely, but fortunately we cut away to the Vulcan version of an executioner. His outfit is ... interesting. I guess Vulcans like to see nipples at the time of death.

And, ew, T'Pring will be the property of the victor. That's really icky.

T'Pring picks Kirk as her champion, surprising the pants off of everyone, including her lover. Well, T'Pau doesn't look surprised, but she probably had her surprise surgically removed several thousand years ago.

Spock comes out of his blood fever to defend Kirk. "I will do what I must, T'Pau, but not with him. His blood does not burn. He is my friend." I tell you what: I am no longer at all surprised that this show gave birth to slash as a genre.

We watch Spock beg T'Pau for Kirk's life, with some references to how deeply horny he is, and have this conversation:

BB: It's been a long time since I've seen this episode. I missed a lot of the subtle nuances before.
Me: Not so subtle.
BB: Not really, no.

Kirk decides he'd rather die than risk Spock dying, and at this point I'm just kind of inured to the slashiness. If they fucked right there on the screen, I would be only mildly surprised.

The Eurovision bellringers are giving it their all, supported by the soundtrack and the world's most nauseating camera work. There is a puff of smoke. I bet they come in at least fourth this year.

And then it's on. Kirk v. Spock, Vulcan caged death match, T'Pau presiding. The fearsome weapons come together with an almighty clonk, as though they are made out of balsa.

Spock apparently is anxious to see Kirk's nipples, because his first cut exposes them. (Maybe he's worried he will die?) They fight for a bit, and then it's a break before round two.

McCoy protests. Kirk looks like he's in bad shape and breathes like he's practicing for labor. McCoy brings out the hypospray. Boy, it's a good thing McCoy brought his manpurse o' drugs!

Next, they fight with jump ropes, and it turns out they are going to fuck right there on the screen. I lied before: I am not even mildly surprised.

And then, in a moment apparently designed by Theodore Sturgeon solely to incite women everywhere to take to their - I don't know, typewriters, notepads, whatever they had back then - and write write write, Kirk "dies" and Spock comes out of his blood fever and stumbles around looking like he just got pithed.

T'Pring explains her reasons for doing all this, and I know this probably puts me in the minority in fandom, but I totally like her. She didn't want to be Mrs. Spock, she wanted to be T'Pring, and she did her best to make that happen. Vulcan law is the problem here, not her.

Spock says goodbye to T'Pau, but he is not about to live long or prosper. He has killed his captain and his friend. His world is dark and cold and greyer than the Enterprise, even.

Back on the ship, McCoy and Chapel are playing some kind of game with colored squares. This is no time for playing, people! Spock is sad!

Spock sees Kirk and smiles. For real and true smiles.

And then, in a moment apparently designed to be sure things don't end on a good note, McCoy sends Chapel away so that they can dish on T'Pring, and, okay, I liked him for the quick thinking with the manpurse back there, but I really want to punch him in the face. Obviously this was not the right episode to start with for liking McCoy.

But even so, all is well. Kirk shall have his Spock again and naught shall go ill.

The End
 
 
 
Lauratavella on December 26th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
T'Pring explains her reasons for doing all this, and I know this probably puts me in the minority in fandom, but I totally like her. She didn't want to be Mrs. Spock, she wanted to be T'Pring, and she did her best to make that happen. Vulcan law is the problem here, not her.

I could never really blame T'Pring; she had only one practical route to happiness and freedom within the restrictions of Vulcan, and she took it.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah! And, I mean, she's being a perfect Vulcan, here: flawlessly logical.
(no subject) - cellia on December 27th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - supremegoddess1 on December 29th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Amirealamireal on December 26th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
1. That chess set is the super futuristic Three Dimensional Chess. It is infamous.

2. Vulcan Lyre. There are episodes where Spock plays and Uhura sings. No I am not kidding.

3. All of Vulcan needs some serious therapy re: sex. Just. All of them. REPRESSION.
Beth H: ST Kirk Spock (bbb)bethbethbeth on December 26th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: 2...Spock plays and Uhura sings meta from "Charlie X"

(also, I *love* this entry. *g*)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Hepcat: xander laughing angelitenwhepcat on December 26th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
This post is made of gold-plated win.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(no subject) - filkferengi on January 1st, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
fuck you, internet porn will save the world: [hime] i dub this made of AWESOMEimpactbomb on December 26th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
... this is the most amazing summary of "Amok Time" I think I shall ever read.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's all there! Right on the screen! I am just the note-taker, really.
(no subject) - impactbomb on December 26th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
David Hines: rex the wonder dog on skishradzka on December 26th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
You do know that I love you and love fandom a little more because you are in it, right? OK, good.

(ACTORS WHO LOOK LIKE PEOPLE AND HAVE INTERESTING FACES. I KNOW, WHAT.)
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I love you too, David!

(ACTORS WHO LOOK LIKE PEOPLE AND HAVE INTERESTING FACES. I KNOW, WHAT.)

I DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW THAT HAPPENED. No, wait: I don't understand how it stopped happening. That's the confusing part.
(no subject) - vito_excalibur on December 27th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢: Flash Gordon  -  Flaming Rocket of Lurvelaughingacademy on December 26th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Merry Trekmas!

Re: the Enterprise interiors, I gather the set designers were extrapolating from military vessels of the period, so really, it could have been much worse.

I never got the William-Shatner-as-sex-object thing until I saw some of his pre-Trek work on The Twilight Zone and The Man from UNCLE, when he actually was pretty cute.
stranger: civilization callsstrangerian on December 26th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
He played Archie Goodwin in some 50s (possibly very very early 60s) Nero Wolfe movie, which I saw by accident on television (that being how one saw movies by accident if they were old enough to be on TV and you were old enough to stay up late), which was something of a revelation after 3rd season Trek. He really was cute, and almost kinda like Archie Goodwin, even.
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shayheyredshayheyred on December 26th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
You slay me.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooo! *revives frantically*
Gummo Bergman's "Silent Strawberries": ST - Spock is too awesomemarginaliana on December 26th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
It's deeply fascinating to see this from the POV of a new viewer. Like, both hysterical and weirdly insightful. :D
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's deeply fascinating to watch it as a new viewer! And really kind of fun.

*is already writing up the Trouble with Tribbles*
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(no subject) - aynatonal on December 27th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lilith: awash in a sea of red - alien - otherreflectedeve on December 26th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I can't breathe. Thank you for sharing your reactions - my mother, who was a teenage fangirl when this aired, enjoyed your observations as well. ;)
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And, awww, intergenerational fannishness. That's wonderful.
Caminando, desaparezcomargueritem on December 26th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Your review! ♥
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on December 26th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
So one of my oldest and dearest friends and I, we didn't join fandom until 2003ish; Harry Potter, already in full swing. We didn't go through its earlier incarnations, Trek and popslash and all the rest of it, but we're good fangirls who knew at least our basic history, and we went to see the reboot and both of us talked afterward about how, despite the fact that actually, we ship Bones/Kirk over Kirk/Spock in the reboot, in the first slashy moment between Kirk and Spock we felt a sort of frisson of connection with our historical roots. We were real slashgirls now, because we had seen that Kirk and Spock could belong together!

It kind of made me realise for the first time why people join things like the DAR, as a matter of fact.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I feel pretty much the same! Except for me it is Kirk/Spock all the way, baby. (Because Spoooooock. I just - SPOCK.) But, yeah, watching Amok Time and seeing the Seminal (hee!) Slash with my very own eyes - I feel like a real fangirl now!
seekergeekseekergeek on December 26th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
God, you're hysterical! *dissolves into giggles again* But I'm shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU that you have never seen that episode before!

May I now recommend this slasherific (and famous) fanvid for your entertainment now that you've finally seen Amok Time?
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I started watching TV after I got into fandom, when I was very much an adult, and even then have watched less than 300 hours of it, total. I can still list every episode I've seen of everything. That means I missed out on the hours and hours of TV as a kid, and those hours form the backbone of our shared American culture. I haven't seen *anything* compared to most people. (And yet I've seen so much compared to how I used to be! I am extremely proud of myself.)

But, oh, Closer: I have DEFINITELY seen that. I love it. It is brilliant.
cobweb_diamondcobweb_diamond on December 26th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
never before have i seen a review so accurate.
OK, that Amok Time review was pretty fucking hilarious, and also intriguing because it was the unheard of combo of a fannish viewing of Star Trek for the first time. I mean, I never even had a television as a kid and I still picked up star trek by osmosis, somehow!

Anyway, you should go watch a bunch more. Especially the one where Apollo shows up in a silver minidress, because what the hell. Or the one where Spock has to mind meld with a rock monster that looks like a sparkly pizza and makes perfectly circular tunnels in the cardboard cave walls. dude, star trek sets are the shit. ditto the hideous uniforms.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 26th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: never before have i seen a review so accurate.
Thank you!

Having read Mr. Sturgeon's short stories, I feel fairly confident in saying that whatever he may have been doing here, it wasn't unintentional.

I spent my childhood picking up British pre-WWII culture instead of, you know, THE ONE I WAS LIVING IN. I am still not sure why, except that TV literally made no sense to me at all, and our culture is all about TV, so I guess I figured I might as well give up on that and go find a world where people still read books.

Especially the one where Apollo shows up in a silver minidress, because what the hell.

I...what? I don't even know what to DO with that.

ditto the hideous uniforms.

I learned during the fight sequence on Vulcan that the uniforms are not, as I had always imagined, onesies. There's a shirt and pants! I think this actually makes them worse, not better, though. (In the future, no one will be able to clean his glasses on his clothes, because the clothes will be made of PLASTIC.)
starfishchick on December 26th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
It's doubly weird, actually, because they're doing all this realistic acting in front of sets and using props and wearing costumes that are so incredibly awful I am often completely distracted and have to rewind so that I can look at the people instead of marveling at the bizarre objects around them.

I think that's been my problem with trying to watch TOS... I haven't been able to get past the awful sets/costumes.

And most of the dialogue seems stilted to me. But I'm willing to believe that's just me.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 27th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I think the dialogue may seem stilted because it's not very vernacular. But we're lucky that's so, because it would be appalling if it were - they'd be saying "groovy" and so on. There's a British TV show from the seventies (I think) called Are You Being Served? and it's aged pretty well. Except for the episode in which they are forced to wear "cool" "modern" clothes and speak in slang; that episode is humorous, yes, but utterly, painfully dated.

I think that's been my problem with trying to watch TOS... I haven't been able to get past the awful sets/costumes.

I find them fascinating; I think the horror of the sets and costumes actually adds to the experience for me. But I also grew up a) not watching TV and b) watching a lot of theater, so I'm probably pretty well prepared to be comfortable with weird, minimalist, cheap sets and props. (Although even the cheapest production typically had better sets than TOS!)
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Paceuspaceus on December 26th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the episode but now that I've read this, I feel I don't even need to (although I would like to see the odd sets and good actors).

Your review made me laugh several times, once so that I was afraid I'd sprain something. For example this:

Spock: I don't ask for much, god damn it, can't I just have this one thing without you having to analyze every fucking word that comes out of my mouth?

You describe Spock and Kirk's relationship wonderfully!
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 27th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh my god, see it. Words really cannot do it justice, either the hideousness of the sets or the incredibly slashiness of the plot and dialogue. SEE IT.

You describe Spock and Kirk's relationship wonderfully!

Thank you! Although I am told that usually it isn't like this, and in fact, in the other one I've seen, Kirk is the one wanting to fly off the handle and Spock keeps him in line with a mere eyebrow.