[final lines] Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone... before.
[Aboard the USS Kelvin, Robau requests George Kirk (James' father) to follow him to the shuttlebay for his final orders]
Robau: If I don't report in 15 minutes, evacuate the crew.
George Samuel Kirk: Sir, we can't just-
Robau: There is no help for us out here. Use the auto-pilot, and get off this ship.
Kirk: Aye, Captain.
Robau:[grimly] You're Captain now, Mr. Kirk.
[as George Kirk sets the Kelvin on a collision course with the Nerada to protect the escape pods, he hears the cries of his newborn son over the communicator]
George Kirk: What are we gonna call him?
Winona Kirk: We could name him after your father.
George Kirk: "Tiberius"? You kidding me? No, that's the worst. Let's name him after your dad. Let's call him Jim.
Winona Kirk: Jim. OK, Jim it is.
George Kirk: Sweetheart, can you hear me?
Winona Kirk: I hear you.
George Kirk: I love you so much. I love you...
[the Kelvin crashes into the Nerada]
Christopher Pike: For my dissertation, I was assigned the USS Kelvin. Something I admired about your dad: he didn't believe in no-win scenarios.
James T. Kirk: Sure learned his lesson.
Pike: Well, it depends how you define winning. You're here, aren't you?
[Leonard McCoy sits down next to James T. Kirk on a shuttle]
McCoy: I may throw up on you.
Kirk: I think these things are pretty safe.
McCoy: Don't pander to me, kid. One tiny crack in the hull, and our blood boils in thirteen seconds. Solar flare might crop up, cook us in our seats. And wait till you're sitting pretty with a case of Andorian shingles. See if you're still so relaxed when your eyeballs are bleeding! Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.
Kirk: Well I hate to break this to you, but Starfleet operates in space.
McCoy: Yeah, well, I got no where else to go. The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I got left is my bones.
Kirk: The test itself is a cheat, isn't it? I mean you program it to be unwinnable.
Spock: Your argument precludes the possibility of a no-win scenario.
Kirk: I don't believe in no-win scenarios.
Spock: Then not only did you violate the rules, you also failed to understand the principal lesson.
Kirk: Please, enlighten me.
Spock: You of all people should know, Cadet Kirk. A captain cannot cheat death.
Kirk: I of all people?
Spock: Your father, Lieutenant George Kirk, assumed command of his vessel before being killed in action, did he not?
Kirk:[defensively] I don't think you like the fact that I beat your test...
Spock: Furthermore, you have failed to define the purpose of the test.
Kirk:[seething with anger] Enlighten me again.
Spock: The purpose is to experience fear. Fear in the face of certain death. To accept that fear, and maintain control of oneself and one's crew. This is a quality expected in every Starfleet captain.
Spock Prime: You are, in fact, the Mr. Scott who postulated the theory of transwarp beaming?
Scotty: That's what I'm talking about! How do you think I wound up here? Had a little debate with my instructor on relativistic physics and how it pertains to subspace travel. He seemed to think that the range of transporting something like a, like a grapefruit was limited to about a hundred miles. I told him that I could not only beam a grapefruit from one planet to the adjacent planet in the same system - which is easy, by the way - I could do it with a life form. So, I tested it out on Admiral Archer's prized beagle.
Kirk: Wait, I know that dog. What happened to it?
Scotty: ...I'll tell you when it reappears. [clears throat] I don't know. I do feel guilty about that.
Scotty: The notion of transwarp beaming is like trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse.
[Spock writes something on Scotty's computer terminal.]
Scotty: What's that?
Spock Prime: Your equation for achieving transwarp beaming.
Scotty: [mutters] Get out of it... [reads the equation and gapes] Imagine that! It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving!
Kirk: What's it like? Not to feel anger or heartbreak, or the need to stop at nothing to avenge the death of the woman who gave birth to you?
Spock:[breaks off; to McCoy] Doctor, I am no longer fit for duty. I hereby relinquish my command on the grounds that I have been emotionally compromised. Please note the time and date in the ship's log.
Scotty:[after an awkward silence] I like this ship! You know, it's exciting!
McCoy: Well congratulations, Jim, now we've got no captain and no goddamn first officer to replace him.
Kirk: Yeah, we do. [Kirk sits in the Captain's chair]
Spock: I am as conflicted now as I was as a child.
Sarek: You will always be a child of two worlds. I am grateful for this, and for you.
Spock: I feel anger for the one who took Mother's life. An anger I cannot control.
Sarek: I believe she would say... do not try to. You asked me once why I married your mother. I married her because I loved her.
Uhura: I sure hope you know what you're doing, Captain.
Kirk: So do I. [Kirk opens a comm link] Attention, crew of the Enterprise, this is James Kirk. Mr. Spock has resigned commission and advanced me to acting Captain. I know you are all expecting to regroup with the fleet, but I'm ordering a pursuit course of the enemy ship to Earth. I want all departments at battle stations and ready in ten minutes. Either we're going down...or they are. Kirk out.
Ayel:[choking Kirk] You can't even speak... [Kirk chokes out an unintelligible statement] What?
Spock Prime:[turns around to face him] I am not our father. There are so few Vulcans left. We cannot afford to ignore each other.
Spock:[gets closer] Then why did you send Kirk aboard, when you alone could have explained the truth?
Spock Prime: Because you needed each other. I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.
Spock: How did you persuade him to keep your secret?
Spock Prime: He inferred that universe-ending paradoxes would ensue should he break his promise...
Spock Prime: An act of faith. One I hope that you will repeat in your future in Starfleet.
Spock: In the face of extinction, it is only logical that I resign my Starfleet commission and help rebuild our race...
Spock Prime: And yet, you can be in two places at once. I urge you to remain in Starfleet. I have already located a suitable planet in which to establish a Vulcan colony. Spock, in this case, do yourself a favor: Put aside logic. Do what feels right. [turns to leave] Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self-serving, I shall simply say... [shows Vulcan hand salute] Good luck.