Having watched both versions of this scene now, I find this one much more believable and …sincere. Not sure how else to put it. Although I loved that AOS!Kirk and Spock experienced the same moment of intimacy, the scene in general in Star Trek: Into Darkness felt forced thanks to the way the Kirk/Spock relationship was treated so far in the AOS movies.
Still, it’s now also canon in the AOS universe that Kirk and Spock are friends who’ve laid down their lives for each other, and I look forward to seeing where they go next.
I’ve not seen the newer version of this scene. To be frank, I don’t want to. I watch the first Star Trek reboot and was left so underwhelmed, so unengaged (no pun intended) with the characters that it left something of a sour taste in my mouth. I’m not saying that there was anything wrong with the acting, I’m saying that the characters I saw on the screen weren’t the ones I grew up with, knew, and loved. And that’s OK. The reboots have brought Star Trek to a lot of new fans. But they’re not for me.
This remains one of my favourite films, and not just one of my favourite Star Trek films. There was a lot going on in there that, as a youngster, I didn’t pick up on so much. As an adult, I saw that there was a lot of “facing your circumstances” and how you came to terms with that… if at all!
“How we face death is at least as important as how we face life.”
The end of The Wrath of Khan was devastating. That Kirk was finally forced to face the Kobayashi Maru AND the death of his closest friend is such a hammerstrike to who he is as a character and you can SEE that in the scene. I know Shatner’s a ham (and that’s why we love him), but I think this was one of his best Star Trek scenes.
Leonard Nimoy is always fantastic. It is a mark of excellent writing and wonderful acting that a character who struggled with suppressing his emotions managed to elicit such affection and fan-regard. Seeing Spock coming to the “logical” and inevitable conclusion that he could be the one to pull everyone’s ass out of the fire (literally) at the cost of his life has always left me wondering if bravery, boiled down, is a logical decision executed in spite of emotion, that when another or many others become so important to you as an individual that it makes sense that you take the bullet so they can continue… “the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.”
Knowing your thoughts on it now, I’d recommend you not watch Star Trek: Into Darkness then or you might just throw a thing or two at the wall after watching the AOS version of the scene. lol I know I couldn’t help laughing and cringing a bit at the end of the scene, and that’s coming from someone who likes AOS!Kirk and Spock. I won’t spoil it for you in the event you do decide to watch the film.