-Spock’s thoughts while he was facing his imminent death in the volcano; Alan Dean Foster version.
"At that volcano, *you didn’t give a thought to us*, did you? About *what it would do to me if you died, Spock.*” She was fighting to keep her emotions out of her voice—and failing. “What I got out of it was that you didn’t feel anything, *you didn’t care*”
Try as he might, Kirk found that he couldn’t focus wholly on the instruments. Knowing that this close to the surface, final touchdown would be handled largely by the ship’s automatics anyway, he stared at his first officer. Normally that would have had no effect: Spock could outstare a cat. But whether it was Kirk’s intensely thought but unvoiced Say something to her, you idiot! or just something rarely utilized within Spock himself, the Vulcan finally responded.
“Your suggestion that I do not care about dying is incorrect. A sentient being’s optimal chance of maximizing their utility is a long and prosperous life.”
“Great,” she muttered.
“In my particular instance, I hold an additional responsibility, given the small number of survivors of my kind. I therefore would greatly prefer to survive for as long as possible in order to be of use not only to Starfleet, but to the Vulcan diaspora.” He paused. “But it is true that I cannot deny what you say regarding ‘emotions.’ In truth, as I faced my likely demise, I did not feel anything. This is not because I did not wish to do so—especially as regards to certain personal relationships. It was because it was the most personally efficacious course of action. I chose not to feel anything upon realizing that my life was about to end because it was the least disturbing course of action open to me.”
“To even consider the idea of one’s death affecting a *loved one* would be so painful,” the science officer continued, “that the only logical option in that moment would be to choose to feel nothing instead.”
“This was recently confirmed for me as Admiral Pike was dying. As I tried to comfort him, I briefly joined with his consciousness. I experienced what he felt at the moment of his passing. There was a surprising dearth of pain. In its place there was anger. Confusion. Loneliness. Fear.”
Though he could not see Uhura, who was seated facing away from him, he looked back in her direction as he spoke.
“Nyota, you misunderstand my choice not to feel at that moment as an indication of not caring, while *I assure you the truth was exactly the opposite.*”
+ Original Movie Script (star trek dvd, best buy extras “unlocking the cut”):
"It is an important scene about Uhura and Spock wrestling with being an inter-species couple and what it’s like when you’re a human woman who has certain needs that most humans would have, dating someone who has made the choice to feel nothing. It’s a microcosmic example of what this movie is. (..)Whatever happens always needs to be revelatory about the characters; it has to make you love them. What I pray we are doing is appreciating that no spaceship flying through space is going to matter to anyone, unless you love the people on that spaceship”
- JJ Abrams
"I love that scene when we have that conversation (laughs). It’s in front of their boss too, the Captain is in-between us. We’re getting shot at and I ask him to commit to more. It feels like a typical, contemporary love story (laughs). That’s one thing that’s great about working with J.J. and his team of writers, in that you’re going to be stepping into shoes of human beings – whether they’re superhuman, or whether they’re fighting battles. Even considering what they do as work, they’re still being challenged with everyday matters of the heart, you know? And they’re still being challenged with politics and self-discovery. So the story and the journey between Spock and Uhura is, in my opinion, she’s learning the kind of person he is, and she’s encouraging him to cater to his human side, to his human half. And there’s a conflict there, because he doesn’t want to be compromised, because he feels like if he’s to be compromised he’ll be weak and a lot of people will suffer.
And Uhura, she needs to learn to just understand his Vulcan side. She’s with a man who has duty before anything else, she needs to accept and embrace that when he tells her that she’s important to him, that she is. But that’s really hard for us ladies, we often want more (laughs). So that’s the conflict. But I liked the way in that scene that it was presented how we would have it out, you know? It’s not just us sitting down having a cup of tea (laughs), our lives are in danger. With the levity of the situation it’s really humorous.” - Zoe Saldana
“They’re really trying to understand each other, deepen their connection and grow their relationship. And I think that this is a challenging thing because they come from such different backgrounds and they’re such different individuals. In this movie you seem them working through that. You see the ways in which they misunderstand and miscommunicate, and you see the ways in which they understand and then come back together. You get the sense, I got the sense at least while I was working on it, that we were creating a dynamic and expanding a relationship that has a believable foundation and hopefully it will continue to evolve in that way." - Zachary Quinto
"I know what Spock means to you and believe me I know what you mean to him" - Kirk to Uhura (x); “after darkness” comic series (considered canon by Orci)
spock and uhura #movies #star trek into darkness #movie quotes #meta #zoe saldana #zachary quinto #jj abrams #book quotes #[I can't believe some slash shippers claim he's not talking about her \o/ ] #[LMAO] #[we didn't have this crazy stuff in the roswell fandom] #[and Max and Michael were HQ slash] #[so did Liz and Maria] #[we have hugs and kisses] #[and even I love you's!] #[yet no one ever claimed they didn't love their girlfriends hahahaha] #this scene is amazing #gpoy #spock