Sybok: Let us explore it together. Each man hides a secret pain. It must be exposed and reckoned with. It must be dragged from the darkness and forced into the light. Share your pain. Share your pain with me, and gain strength from the sharing.
J'onn: Where did you get this power?
Sybok: The power was within you.
J'onn: I feel... as if a weight has been lifted from my heart. How can I repay you for this miracle?
Sybok: Join my quest.
J'onn: What is it you seek?
Sybok: What you seek. What all men have sought since time began. The ultimate knowledge.
Spock: [To Kirk while he is climbing] Concentration is vital. You must be one with the rock.
James T. Kirk: Spock, I appreciate your concern, but if you don't stop bothering me, I'm liable to be one with the (Kirk slips off the rock face) GROUND!
Montgomery Scott: [voiceover] USS Enterprise, shakedown crew's report. I think this new ship was put together by monkeys. Oh, she's got a fine engine, but half the doors won't open, and guess whose job it is to make it right.
Pavel Chekov: Admit - we're lost!
Hikaru Sulu: Alright, we're lost; but we're making good time.
Uhura : [Over communicator] Commander Sulu.
Hikaru Sulu: I don't believe this! Commander Sulu here.
Uhura: Sorry boys; shore leave's been cancelled. Proceed to the beam up point.
Pavel Chekov: Rescued at last! Wait, if you tell them that we're lost we'll never live it down.
Uhura: Is there a problem gentlemen?
Hikaru Sulu: Yes, uh, we've been caught in....we've been caught in a blizzard!
Pavel Chekov: [rolls eyes at Sulu and imitates wind blowing] And we can't see a thing!
Uhura: My visual says sunny skies and seventy degrees.
Pavel Chekov: [Stops blowing, deadpans] Sulu look.....the sun's come out..it's a miracle!
Uhura: Don't worry boys - your secret's safe with me. I'll send a shuttle to pick you up.
Leonard McCoy: Then how come you don't know Row, Row, Row Your Boat?
[Spock raises both eyebrows]
Montgomery Scott: [about ship status] All I can say is they don't make them like they used to.
James T. Kirk: You told me you could get this ship operational in two weeks. I gave you three, what happened?
Montgomery Scott: I think you gave me too much time, Captain.
James T. Kirk: Very well, Mr Scott. Carry on.
Montgomery Scott: Aye, sir. [spots a nearby engineer] How many times do I have to tell you-- the right tool for the right job!
Leonard McCoy: [laughs] I don't think I've ever seen him happier.
[They enter the turbolift]
James T. Kirk: Bridge. I hope. I could use a shower.
Spock: [looking at Kirk for several seconds] Yes.
Leonard McCoy: Jim... if you ask me, and you haven't, I think this is a terrible idea. We're bound to bump into the Klingons. And they don't exactly like you.
James T. Kirk: The feeling's mutual. Engine room.
Montgomery Scott: [over the intercom] Scotty here.
James T. Kirk: We'll need all the power you can muster, mister.
Montgomery Scott: Don't you worry, Captain. We'll beat those Klingon devils, even if I have to get out and push.
James T. Kirk: I hope it won't come to that, Mr. Scott.
Uhura: [After performing a titillating fan dance] Hello, boys! I've always wanted to play to a... captive audience! [The guards have fallen for the trap.]
Guards: Awww Damn!
James T. Kirk: Spock!
Spock: Yes, Captain?
James T. Kirk: Be one with the horse.
Spock: Yes, Captain!
James T. Kirk: Prepare to initiate emergency landing plan B.
Pavel Chekov: What's emergency landing plan B?
Montgomery Scott: I don't have a clue.
James T. Kirk: B as in barricade!
Montgomery Scott: He can't be serious!
James T. Kirk: I ordered you to defend your ship!
Spock: You ordered me to kill my brother.
James T. Kirk: The man may be a fellow Vulcan, but that doesn't mean...
Spock: No, you do not understand. Sybok is also a son of Sarek.
James T. Kirk: You mean he's your brother brother? (Spock looks at him quizzically) You made that up!
Spock: I did not.
James T. Kirk: You did too. Sybok couldn't possible be your brother because I happen to know for a fact that you don't have a brother.
Spock: Technically, you are correct. I do not have a brother.
James T. Kirk: There, you see...
Spock: I have a half-brother.
James T. Kirk: [exasperated]I gotta sit down.
James T. Kirk: Damn it, Spock! God damn it!
Spock: Captain, what I have done--
James T. Kirk: What you have done is betray every man on the ship.
Spock: Worse, I have betrayed you. I do not expect you to forgive me.
James T. Kirk: Forgive you? I ought to knock you on your goddamned ass.
Spock: If you think it would help?
Leonard McCoy: You want me to hold him, Jim?
James T. Kirk: You stay out of this.
Leonard McCoy: I'll say one thing, Spock. You never cease to amaze me.
Spock: Nor I myself.
Spock: This is a new brig, Captain. Completely escape-proof. To guarantee that, they used the most intelligent, most resourceful person they could find. He was unable to escape.
James T. Kirk: This person didn't happen to have pointed ears and a propensity for getting his shipmates into trouble, did he?
Spock: He did have pointed ears.
James T. Kirk: [responds to tapping within the wall] What's that noise?
Spock: [tapping continues] I believe it is a primitive form of communication known as Morse Code.
James T. Kirk: You're right. I'm out of practice. That's an "S."
Spock: A "T."
James T. Kirk: "A." "N." Uh, "D." End of word.
Leonard McCoy: "Stand."
James T. Kirk: New word. "B." "A." Um...
Spock: "C." "K."
Leonard McCoy: "Back." "Stand back."
James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy: Stand back?
[The wall explodes]
Montgomery Scott: [peering through the blasted hole] What are you standing around for? Do you not know a jailbreak when you see one?
James T. Kirk: Mr. Scott, you're amazing.
Montgomery Scott: There's nothing amazing about it. [walks away, speaking to himself] I know this ship like the back of my hand. [Klunk!-Smacks into a utility pipe and knocks himself out.]
Sybok: The people of your planet once believed their world was flat. Columbus proved it was round. They said the sound barrier could never be broken. [shrugs] It was broken. They said warp speed could not be achieved.
James T. Kirk: What is this power you have to control the minds of my crew?
Sybok: I don't control minds. I free them.
Leonard McCoy: How?
Sybok: By making you face, and draw strength from it. Once that's done fear cannot stop you.
James T. Kirk: Damn it Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with the wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. [to Sybok] I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!
James T. Kirk: [to "God"] Excuse me... I just wanted to ask a question. What does God need with a starship?
So when you came along, though it was years later, with very similar themes, Gene was really hurt. I think it hurt Gene's ego that you finally going to tell the story that he wanted to tell ten years earlier. You were about to succeed where he had failed. At the time, Gene's secretary, Susan was making matters worse by walking around the office stating things like "I can't believe it! He stole your idea. Bill's an asshole. Bill's a bastard." So that did not help, and additionally, I know there was a fairly legitimate concern on Gene's part that your sense of humor [remark: in regard to the way the secondary cast was eventually portrayed in the movie] was a little different than had ever been visualized before."
Susan Sontag, Star Trek Movie Memories, 1995, pp. 46-49, 289-291
We had fun and felt good about IV, that wasn’t the case on V. I think on V we were smoking our own press releases. We made the mistake of searching for god. That is what the first movie did. What did we think we were going to find? What did we expect? We were focused and we wrote a good script. Larry Luckinbill (Sybok) was terrific. There were a lot of good things about it. I think we were, not delusional, but we almost killed the franchise. And, unfortunately I almost killed the franchise in terms of the visual effects. We felt like we got taken advantage of by ILM and so we shopped to go to other places. We found a guy in New York, Bran Ferren, who had a pretty good approach to doing the effects, but ultimately they were horrible. And the combination of a story that was not working, it just wasn’t commercial, the effects were terrible – we almost killed the franchise, it almost died.