Captain Christopher Pike
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Captain Christopher Pike (Character)
from "Star Trek" (1966)

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"Star Trek: The Cage (#1.0)" (1986)
Captain Christopher Pike: I'm tired of being responsible for 203 lives, and... I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who doesn't. And who lives... and who dies. Oh, I've had it, Phil.
Dr. Boyce: To the point of finally taking my advice, a rest leave?
Captain Christopher Pike: To the point of considering resigning.

[Dr. Boyce is preparing a drink for Pike]
Captain Christopher Pike: The devil're you putting in there, ice?
Dr. Boyce: Who wants a warm martini?
Captain Christopher Pike: What makes you think I need one?
Dr. Boyce: Sometimes, a man'll tell his bartender things he'll... never tell his doctor.

Captain Christopher Pike: The point is that this isn't the only life available. There's a whole galaxy of things to choose from.
Dr. Boyce: Not for you. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he... turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Captain Christopher Pike: Now you're beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.
Dr. Boyce: Take your choice. We both get the same two kinds of customers - the living... and the dying.

[Captain Pike just had an awkward encounter with Yeoman Colt]
Number One: She's replacing your former yeoman, sir.
Captain Christopher Pike: No, she does a good job, all right; it's just that I... can't get used to having a woman on the bridge.
[Number One gives him a look]
Captain Christopher Pike: No offense, Lieutenant, you're... different, of course.

First Talosian: [talking about Pike, who is being held in a Talosian prison cell] It appears, Magistrate, that the intelligence of the specimen is shockingly limited.
The Keeper: This is no surprise, since his vessel was baited here so easily with a simulated message. As you can read in its thoughts, it is only now beginning to suspect that the survivors and encampment were a simple illusion we placed in their minds.
Captain Christopher Pike: You're not speaking, yet I can hear you.
The Keeper: You will note the confusion as it reads our thought transmissions.
Captain Christopher Pike: All right then, telepathy. You can read my mind, I can read yours. Now, unless you want my ship to consider capturing me an unfriendly act...
The Keeper: You'll now see the primitive fear threat reaction. The specimen is about to boast of his strength, the weaponry of his vessel, and so on. Next, frustrated into a need to display physical prowess, the creature will throw himself against the transparency.
[Pike does so]
Captain Christopher Pike: If you were in here, wouldn't you test the strength of these walls, too? There's a way out of any cage, and I'll find it!
The Keeper: Despite its frustration, the creature appears more adaptable than our specimens from other planets. We can soon begin the experiment.

Captain Christopher Pike: You can tell my jailers I won't go along with it. I'm not an animal performing for its supper.

Captain Christopher Pike: I'll break out of this zoo somehow and get to you. Is your blood red like ours? I'm gonna find out.

Captain Christopher Pike: Why are you here?
Vina: To please you.
Captain Christopher Pike: Are you real?
Vina: As real as you wish.

Captain Christopher Pike: But we're not here, neither of us. We're in a menagerie, a cage.

Captain Christopher Pike: Why would an illusion be frightened?
Vina: Because that's the way you imagined me.

Captain Christopher Pike: It's funny. Just about 24 hours ago, I was telling the ship's doctor how much I wanted something else - not... very different from what we have here. An escape from reality, a life with no frustrations; no responsibilities. And now that I have it, I understand the Doctor's answer.
[... ]
Captain Christopher Pike: Because you either live life - bruises, skinned knees and all - or you turn your back on it and start dying. The Doctor's gonna be happy about one part, at least; he said I needed a rest.

Captain Christopher Pike: [referring to Vina] Why would you want me attracted to her? So I'll feel love in a husband-wife relationship? That'd be necessary only if you intend to build a family group or perhaps a whole human community.
The Keeper: With the female now properly conditioned.
Captain Christopher Pike: You mean properly punished! I'm the one who's not co-operating! Why don't you punish me?
The Keeper: First, an emotion of protectiveness. Now, one of sympathy. Excellent.

The Keeper: With the female of your choice, you will now begin carefully guided lives.
Captain Christopher Pike: And start by burying you?
The Keeper: That is your choice.

Yeoman J.M. Colt: What's happened to Vina?
Number One: Isn't she coming with us?
Captain Christopher Pike: No. No, and I agreed with her reasons.

[last lines]
Yeoman J.M. Colt: [to Pike] S-sir? I was wondering. Just curious. Who would've been Eve?
Number One: Yeoman! You've delivered your report.
Yeoman J.M. Colt: Yes, ma'am. Yes, sir.
Lieutenant Jose Tyler: [to Pike] Eve, sir?... Yes, sir.
Dr. Boyce: "Eve" as in "Adam"?
Captain Christopher Pike: As in all ship's doctors are dirty old men. What are we running here, a cadet ship, Number One? Are we ready or not?
Number One: All decks show ready, sir.
Captain Christopher Pike: Engage!

Star Trek (2009)
Christopher Pike: All power to forward shields. Prepare to fire all weapons!

Christopher Pike: I'm Captain Christopher Pike. To whom am I speaking?
Nero: Hi, Christopher. I'm Nero.

Christopher Pike: [whistles to break up fight between cadets and Kirk] Outside! All of you! Now!
Christopher Pike: [to Kirk] You all right, son?
Kirk: [Looks at him upside down and stunned] You can whistle really loud, you know that?

Hikaru Sulu: The fleet has cleared spacedock, Captain. All ships ready for warp.
Christopher Pike: Set a course for Vulcan.
Hikaru Sulu: Aye-Aye, Captain. Course laid in.
Christopher Pike: Maximum warp. Punch it.
[One by one, the rest of the star fleet jumps into warp drive, leaving the Enterprise behind. Sulu frowns at the console, puzzled]
Christopher Pike: Lieutenant, where is Helmsman McKenna?
Hikaru Sulu: He has lungworms, sir. He couldn't report to his post. I'm Hikaru Sulu.
Christopher Pike: And you are a pilot, right?
Hikaru Sulu: Very much so, sir.
[he trails off, hitting buttons]
Hikaru Sulu: I'm, uh, I'm not sure what's wrong here.
Christopher Pike: Is the parking brake on?
Hikaru Sulu: Uh, no. I'll figure it out. I'm just...
Spock: Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?
Hikaru Sulu: [Embarrassed. Without looking at anyone, he punches in the correct sequence] Ready for warp, sir.
Christopher Pike: Let's punch it.

Christopher Pike: Mr. Spock, I'm leaving you in command of the Enterprise. Once we have transport capability and communications back up, you'll contact Starfleet and report what the hell's going on here. And if all else fails, fall back, rendezvous with the fleet in the Laurentian system. Kirk, I'm promoting you to First Officer.
James T. Kirk: What?
Spock: Captain? Please, I apologize. The complexities of human pranks escape me.
Christopher Pike: It's not a prank, Spock. And I'm not the captain. You are.
Christopher Pike: [to Kirk] Let's go.
James T. Kirk: Sir, after we knock out that drill, what happens to you?
Christopher Pike: Ah, I guess you'll have to come and get me.
Christopher Pike: [last word to Spock] Careful with the ship, Spock. She's brand new.

Christopher Pike: Kirk, you, too. You're not supposed to be here, anyway.

Christopher Pike: Russian whizkid, what's your name? Chanko? Cherpov?
Pavel Chekov: Ensign Chekov, Pavel Andreievich, sir.

James T. Kirk: I relieve you, sir.
Christopher Pike: I am relieved.

Christopher Pike: You know, I couldn't believe it when the bartender told me who you are.
James T. Kirk: Who am I, Captain Pike?
Christopher Pike: Your father's son.
James T. Kirk: [Turns toward the bar] Can I get another one?
Christopher Pike: For my dissertation, I was assigned the U.S.S. Kelvin. Something I admired about your Dad: he didn't believe in no-win scenarios
James T. Kirk: Sure learned his lesson!
Christopher Pike: Well, it depends on how you define winning. You're here, aren't you?
James T. Kirk: [as beer is brought to him] Thanks.
Christopher Pike: You know that instinct to leap without looking, that was his nature too. And in my opinion it's something Starfleet's lost.
James T. Kirk: [laughing] Why are you talkin' to me, man?
Christopher Pike: 'Cause I looked up your file while you were drooling on the floor. Your aptitude tests are off the charts, so what is it? You like being the only genius level repeat offender in the Midwest?
James T. Kirk: Maybe I love it.
Christopher Pike: Look, so your Dad dies. You can settle for a less than ordinary life, or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special? Enlist in Starfleet.
James T. Kirk: [scoffs] Enlist!
James T. Kirk: [laughs] You guys must be way down on your recruiting quota for the month!
Christopher Pike: If you're half the man your father was, Jim, Starfleet could use you. You could be an officer in four years. You could have your own ship in eight. You understand what the Federation is, don't you? It's important. It's a peacekeeping and humanitarian armada...
James T. Kirk: Are we done?
Christopher Pike: I'm done.
Christopher Pike: [Gets up] Riverside Shipyard. Shuttle for new recruits leaves tomorrow morning, 0800.
Christopher Pike: [pause] Now, your father was captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better.

[Kirk rescues Pike]
Christopher Pike: What're you doing here?
James T. Kirk: Just following orders.

[Kirk rushes onto the bridge, urging the ship to stop. Three-way arguing ensues between him, Spock, and Pike]
Spock: I can remove the cadet...
James T. Kirk: Try it!
Christopher Pike: Kirk!
James T. Kirk: This cadet is trying to save the bridge!
Spock: By recommending a full stop, mid-warp, during a rescue mission?
James T. Kirk: It's not a rescue mission. Listen to me, it's an attack!
Spock: Based on what facts?
James T. Kirk: That same anomaly, a "lightning storm in space" that we saw today, also occurred on the day of my birth, shortly before a Romulan ship attacked the U.S.S. Kelvin. You know that, sir, I read your dissertation. That ship, which had formidable and advanced weaponry, was never seen or heard from again. The Kelvin attack took place at the edge of Klingon space, and at 2300 hours last night, there was an attack: forty-seven Klingon warbirds destroyed by Romulans, sir, and it was reported that the Romulans were in one ship, one massive ship.
Christopher Pike: And you know of this Klingon attack how?
[Kirk glances at Uhura]
Lt. Nyota Uhura: Sir, I intercepted and translated the message myself. Kirk's report is accurate.
James T. Kirk: We're warping into a trap, sir. The Romulans are waiting for us, I promise you that.
[Unsettled, Pike looks at Spock]
Spock: The cadet's logic is sound. And Lt. Uhura is unmatched in xenolinguistics, we would be wise to accept her conclusion.

Christopher Pike: Scan Vulcan space, look for any transmissions in Romulan.
Enterprise Communiations Officer: Sir, I'm not sure I can distinguish the Romulan language from Vulcan...
Christopher Pike: What about you? You speak Romulan, Cadet...?
Lt. Nyota Uhura: Uhura. All three dialects, sir.
Christopher Pike: Uhura, relieve the Lieutenant.
Lt. Nyota Uhura: [taken aback, then] Yes, sir.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
[to Kirk]
Christopher Pike: Do you know what a pain you are? You think the rules don't apply to you. There's greatness in you, but there's not an ounce of humility. You think that you can't make mistakes, but there's going to come a moment when you realize you're wrong about that, and you're going to get yourself and everyone under your command killed.

Christopher Pike: That's a technicality.
Spock: I am Vulcan, sir. We embrace technicality.
Christopher Pike: Are you giving me attitude, Spock?
Spock: I am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously. To which are you referring?

James T. Kirk: How did you find me?
Christopher Pike: I know you better than you think you do. The first time I found you was in a dive like this. Remember that? You got your ass handed to you.
James T. Kirk: No, I didn't.
Christopher Pike: You don't.
James T. Kirk: No, that's not what happened.
Christopher Pike: That was an epic beating.
James T. Kirk: No, it wasn't.
Christopher Pike: You had napkins hanging out of your nose. Did you not?
James T. Kirk: Yeah, that was a good fight.

Christopher Pike: Tell me more about this volcano. The data says it was highly volatile and if it were to erupt, it would wipe out the planet.
James T. Kirk: Let's hope it doesn't, sir.
Christopher Pike: Something tells me it won't.

"Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II: In Harms Way (#1.1)" (2004)
Captain Christopher Pike: I'm getting pretty damn tired of waiting for this Captain Kirk.
[referring to the Doomsday Machine]
Captain Christopher Pike: Let's send that monster back where he came from.

Captain Christopher Pike: [on viewscreen] Kirk, what the blazes are you doing?
Captain James T. Kirk: Saving the future.
Captain Christopher Pike: [on viewscreen] Not alone!