The USS Kelvin comes across a strange lightning storm. A Romulan ship from the future attacks. Captain Robau is cornered into going over to the Romulan vessel and makes George Kirk acting captain. When Captain Robau cannot provide the location of Ambassador Spock, Captain Nero kills him and resumes the attack on the Kelvin.
With no possible chance of survival, Captain George Kirk evacuates the ship. Including his wife who is currently in labor. Kirk has a medical shuttle ready for his wife and her medical team to be evacuated on. When autopilot is destroyed, he must make a tough choice. Join his wife in evacuating the ship or pilot the ship to increase everyone else’s chance of survival?
He orders the pilot of the shuttle to leave without him on board.
In the face of certain death, Kirk attempts to keep his wife calm. He assures her that “this is the only way [she’ll] survive.” That “the shuttles will never make it if [he] doesn’t fight them off.”
James Tiberius Kirk is born as his father runs from console to console on the bridge of the Kelvin. In the end, setting it on course to fly straight into the Romulan vessel. Sacrificing himself. Fulfilling his vocation – first as husband, doing what he was called to do. Dying for his wife. (Eph. 5:25) Second, as father, protecting his newborn son James T. Kirk and setting an example for him. Finally, as Captain, evacuating his crew and assuring that they get back to safety. All this at the cost of his own life.
When a movie presents that illustration of vocation in just the first 10 minutes, how can it not be a great movie?
Yeah… I watched Star Trek tonight.