part three (x)
chris and lotte, the studio dog
is he really trying to feed the dog an apple
You’ve never seen a set coalesce around an idea of humiliating actors as quickly as this. (x)
You think your world is s a f e?
I disagree with that last bit, and here is why.
I think that the Chris Pike’s dare was a motivation to join Starfleet, but not the reason. I think Jim wanted to prove Pike and everyone else that he could do better, be better. He pretty much puts on a cocky front a lot of the time to hide his own insecurities and vulnerability, which is plainly visible when that Starfleet officer tells him he’s grounded. He is trying, ever since he enlisted, to do what’s right. The way he behaves on the bridge of the Enterprise? Is because he’s sure that Pike and the others are making a mistake that will get them all killed. He was never after glory or immediate captaincy; he just wanted to save people’s lives and stop Nero before he reached Earth, and he was confident that regrouping with the rest of the fleet was the wrong way to go (it happened that it was).
He didn’t enlist in Starfleet to prove he is better than his father; he did it to prove his worth as an individual who is not wholly defined by the heroic figure of George Kirk. Enlisting is his way of saying, finally, I am more than this, I am meant for something greater than this. Look at the way he gazes upon the Enterprise, both at the shipyard and at the space dock years later. He was always meant to sail the stars; it was just his warped sense of self-worth and resentment which kept him from doing it in the first place.
Watch the second movie. The character development is delicious, and I think it will put your worries to rest.
[..] I always felt Will would be a very difficult character to portray on screen, if you didn’t have those sequences and also if you don’t see him at home with his dogs. The two give a full balance of who he is, that he has something he holds very dear to him, which is really quite loveable and heart breaking. Will is so lonely and protects himself with his fishing rods and his dogs and his whiskey and his little house. Then he goes to work and has to deal with these absolutely horrific situations. - Hugh Dancy
but what if christine chapel and jim kirk meant to have no-strings-attached wild barnburner type sex, only then something super embarrassing happened — like christine caught jim giving his dick a pep talk in the bathroom, or sloppy mantears occurred for an unjustified reason, or jim accidentally shouted his own name when he came — and christine had to request a transfer because she couldn’t look at him or even hear his voice on the shipwide broadcasts without cracking the fuck up and it was starting to freak patients out
jim says he ~doesn’t remember~ but that’s aspirational, he only wishes he didn’t; the truth is he relives it in the stunningly vivid technicolor of abject mortification pretty much whenever he closes his eyes
that’s my new headcanon, that makes this better for me