if you’re reading this i’m beautiful
Let me try to earn the fact that I’m putting this on your dash for the billionth time:
1. Okay but for real, by my reading, this is as emotional a moment for Kirk as it is for Spock, because Kirk basically just overheard Spock say he would rather spend the rest of his life incarcerated than plead self-defense/temporary insanity* and stay on the Enterprise without Kirk.
*(Which he totally could do, if he wanted to; they spent half the episode establishing for the medical record that his brain and body were going nuts. Besides, what he did was in accordance with Vulcan law, not against it—and condoned by T’Pau, who is arguably the most legally powerful individual in the galaxy, since the Federation apparently can’t say no to her.)
2. There’s a weird mystery in the blocking of this scene: where is Kirk going before Spock grabs him and spins him around? It looks like he’s just strolling across the room towards Bones and Chapel, basically blanking Spock. Okay, okay, I know it’s just Shatner pretending he doesn’t know that Nimoy is about to grab him. But in the context of the scene, it makes it look like Kirk is pretending he doesn’t know that Spock is about to grab him—and/or he’s actually making him do it by acting like he’s just going to walk by.
TL; DR: Awww.
Seriously the idea that Kirk is thinking I bet I can get him to hug me if I just scoot over here all nonchalant-like is critical to my reading of this scene.
"Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again”