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"Turn death into a fighting chance to live"?

Ali88

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 9:13 am

In Star Trek III, when Kirk and the rest were on Genesis watching the Enterprise burn up in Genesis's atmosphere, Kirk says "My God Bones, what have I done", and McCoy replies "what you had to do, what you always do, turn death into a fighting chance to live"

Was that McCoy himself who said that or was it actually Spock speaking to Kirk through mccoy, was it Spock's katra taking over McCoy again?

Mirrorgirl

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 9:31 am

I think it was McCoy.

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 9:42 am

I agree that it was probably McCoy because it seems like a very 'human' thing to say.

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 12:27 pm

It's an interesting question and one I'd never considered before. I believe it to be McCoy, first for the same reason as MS pointed out. It's also a classic McCoy line (which this movie allowed him to have a lot); and finally it goes along with McCoy's rhythm of speech, which actually changes when McCoy is in Spock mode.

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 1:03 pm

Quote (lostshaker @ Oct. 20 2009, 11:27 am)
It's an interesting question and one I'd never considered before. I believe it to be McCoy, first for the same reason as MS pointed out. It's also a classic McCoy line (which this movie allowed him to have a lot); and finally it goes along with McCoy's rhythm of speech, which actually changes when McCoy is in Spock mode.

Agreed.

I always saw it as a major turning point in Kirk's evolution/aging.

The Kirk from TOS 'Courtmartial' ,for instance, held his ship of equal importance as his crew. An older, wiser Kirk drew a different conclusion.

Mirrorgirl

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Report this Oct. 20 2009, 7:15 pm

Also the 'Spock' within McCoy is rather distant, confusd and single-minded about returning to Vulcan, I doubt that Spock's consciousness was tuned in enough to comment upon the destruction of the Enterprise and to answer Kirk's question.

I particularly love the scene in the Space Bar when McCoy/Spock is trying to hire a ship; at that point the two consciousnesses are working in tandem and De Kelley's performance of that hybrid creature :cool:

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