Star Trek has been well known for some of the most memorable, and some would say over the top, speeches heard in movies or TV episodes. They are moments which help to make Star Trek endure, and today Les and I will count down our ten favorite speeches from nearly 50 years of Star Trek!! This covers all films and series and I will provide YouTube links to these whenever possible.
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#10."We Need Our Pain" from Star Trek V
This is a simple one but I really like it. If the whole movie had been a good as this brief speech, it would have helped. Kirk makes a very true statement here, that pain is something that makes us who we are.
"You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with the wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us--the things that make us who we are. I don't want my pain taken away. I need my pain."
Les: I agree with you, my friend. Star Trek V was a God-Awful film, but this one moment was powerful, and well acted by William Shatner.
And speaking of which....
#10. "The Corbomite Bluff" from Star Trek: The Original Series episode,"The Corbomite Maneuver."
James T. Kirk was always a master of finding ingenious ways to take a hopeless situation and change it into a chance to survive. Using the poker bluff here, is a brilliant example of Kirk at his best.
Captain Kirk: "This is the Captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires that we give you this... warning. One critical item of information that has never been incorporated into the memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early years of space exploration, Earth vessels have had incorporated into them a substance known as... corbomite. It is a material and a device which prevents attack on us. If any destructive energy touches our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying -...
Balok (voice): "You now have two minutes."
"-DESTROYING the attacker. It may interest you to know that since the initial use of corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking vessel has survived the attempt. Death has... little meaning to us. If it has none to you then attack us now. We grow annoyed at your foolishness."
And, of course...Kirk wins this hand