Pike: Send someone else. You don't want me in command of that ship.
April: You're getting us confused. You don't want you in command.

T'Pring: Don't.
Spock: I have to. I took an oath.
T'Pring: As you just did to me.
Spock: Matrimony and duty. They two will complement each other.
T'Pring: I remain skeptical.

Pike: Spock. Are you naked?
Spock: No, Captain.
T'Pring: No Chris, he's not. He was about to be. It's a special night.

Spock: I will meet you on board, Captain. T'Pring will understand.
Pike: Pike out.
Spock: Spock out.
T'Pring: That should've been a query. Whether or not I would understand.
Spock: I am sorry.
T'Pring: Don't make a habit of it. I won't chase you across the galaxy just to get married.
Spock: There is no need to chase what we already have, T'Pring.

Pike: I asked how you were, Spock.
Spock: I am well, Captain, although I confess each time I return to space, the weight I carry for the loss of my sister feels heavier.
Pike: I'm sorry. I miss her too.

Spock: Are you yourself, sir?
Pike: Oh, I'm very much myself. That's the problem.

Most humans, we like to think that, right until the very last instant, somehow, someway, we'll cheat death. Least, I did.


Spock: Sir, I would suggest knowledge of death is vital for effective leadership.
Pike: Knowledge is one thing, Spock, but I experienced it. How will it live in me? Will it make me hesitant? Cautious? Not cautious enough? I'm already second-guessing myself, and that's the last thing a captain can afford.

Spock: Suffering can be transformed into insight. You must seek out the good in knowing your own death. Use it to be the man you most essentially are.
Pike: Who is that, Spock?
Spock: The captain.

M'Benga: Nurse Chapel is part of Starfleet's initiative to better observe alien cultures without contamination.
La'an: You make disguises.
Chapel: And you boss a rocket ship. If, y'know, we're going all simplistic here.

La'an: I prefer to remain fully aware. People survive things.
Pike: There's surviving. And then there's living. It's your choice.

No matter how many stars there are in the sky. No matter how many galaxies swirl beyond our own. No matter the mathematical probabilities or the number of times we say, 'We are not alone in the universe,' our first visit from the stars is always the province of children's stories and science fiction. First contact with aliens always lives squarely in the impossible. First contact is just a dream until one day, it isn't.


Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Maybe that's why I'm here, to remind you of the power of possibility. Maybe that's the good in seeing my future, that I might remind you that right up until the very end, life is to be worn gloriously because, until our last moment, the future's what we make it.


Pike: Send someone else. You don't want me in command of that ship.
April: You're getting us confused. You don't want you in command.