November 9, 2012 8 Comments
This is kind of a strange question, and I know I don’t normally do this, but:
Does Kirk fly the Enterprise into a star (‘the second star on the right’) at the end of Star Trek 6?
When I first saw that movie way back when, my reaction was something like: that was weird, they must have meant it metaphorically. Because it was probably the last movie for the original cast and all.
But the wiki, which I had expected would resolve the issue in an OF COURSE NOT sort of direction, is maddeningly vague:
As the Enterprise cruises towards a nearby sun, Kirk proclaims that though this mission is the final cruise of the Enterprise under his command, others will continue their voyages.
What? It ‘cruises towards a nearby sun’? For real? We’re really supposed to think that? That can’t be right. It metaphorically sails into the sunset right? Not actually cruises towards that sun? Right?
Surely someone knows. In particular I’m sure the Canon of what happens between Kirk and Picard is all filled out, and if Kirk had ended his career by ACTUALLY flying his Enterprise into a star, everyone would have talked about it later. And I’m just not enough of a Trekkie to know the Canon. Right? Someone help me out.