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[after being surrounded by Klingons in a starship simulator
: Any suggestions, Admiral? Kirk
: Prayer, Mr. Saavik. The Klingons don't take prisoners.
[after allowing the simulated Enterprise to be destroyed
: Permission to speak freely, sir? Kirk
: Granted. Saavik
: I do not believe this was a fair test of my command abilities. Kirk
: And why not? Saavik
: Because... there was no way to win. Kirk
: A no-win situation is a possibility every commander may face. Has that never occurred to you? Saavik
: No, sir, it has not. Kirk
: And how we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn't you say? Saavik
: As I indicated, Admiral, that thought had not occurred to me. Kirk
: Well, now you have something new to think about. Carry on.
: Admiral, may I ask you a question? Kirk
: What's on your mind, Lieutenant? Saavik
: The Kobayashi Maru, sir. Kirk
: Are you asking me if we're playing out that scenario now? Saavik
: On the test, sir... will you tell me what you did? I would really like to know. McCoy
: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario. Saavik
: How? Kirk
: I reprogrammed the simulation so it was possible to rescue the ship. Saavik
: What? David Marcus
: He cheated. Kirk
: I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose. Saavik
: Then you never faced that situation... faced death. Kirk
: I don't believe in the no-win scenario.
: [speaking to Spock in Vulcan
] He's never what I expect, sir. Spock
: What surprises you, Lieutenant? Saavik
: He's so - human. Spock
: Nobody's perfect, Saavik.
: You lied! Spock
: I exaggerated. Kirk
: Hours instead of days! Now we have minutes instead of hours!
: Captain's log: Stardate 8130.3. Starship Enterprise on training mission to Gamma Hydra, section 14, coordinates 22-87-4. Approaching Neutral Zone; all systems normal and functioning. Sulu
: Leaving section 14 for section 15. Saavik
: Standby. Project parabolic course to avoid entering Neutral Zone. Sulu
: Aye, captain.
: Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical. Kirk
: We learn by doing.
: Time? Saavik
: Three minutes, thirty seconds. Kirk
: Distance from Reliant? Chekov
: 4000 kilometers. Sulu
: We're not going to make it, are we?
[Kirk turns to look at David, who slowly shakes his head
: Trouble with the nebula, sir. All that static discharge and gas will cloud our visual display. Tactical won't function, and shields will be useless! Spock
: Sauce for the goose, Mr Saavik - the odds will be even!
: [to David
] How many have paid the price for your impatience? How many have died? How much damage have you done, and what is yet to come?
: I've come a long way for the power of Genesis, and what do I find? A weakling human, a Vulcan boy, and a woman! Saavik
: My lord, we are survivors of a doomed expedition. This planet will destroy itself in hours. The Genesis experiment is a failure. Kruge
: A failure? The most destructive force ever created? You will tell me the secret of the Genesis torpedo. Saavik
: I have no knowledge. Kruge
: Then I hope pain's something you enjoy.
: Rapid aging. All genetic functions highly accelerated. Kirk
: What about his mind? McCoy
: His mind is a void. It seems, Admiral, that I've got all his marbles. Kirk
: Is there anything we can do? Saavik
: Only one thing, sir. Get him off this planet. His aging is part of what's going on around us.
: [to Kirk
] David died most bravely. He saved Spock. He saved us all. I thought you should know.