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tv   NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt  NBC  November 25, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST

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i am a vulcan. i am a vulcan.
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mr. spock. i thought you were still confined to sick bay. i was. here, now. where do you think you're going? i have an errand on the planet's surface. you will beam me down to the same coordinates as before. not likely, mr. spock. that is an order, mr. scott. aye, sir. and i'm sorry i have to disobey it. the captain said no one was to transport down. mr. spock. freeze right there, mr. spock, or i'll put you to sleep for sure.
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mr. spock, i gave you an order to stay in the sick bay. until the pain was gone, captain. it has been me. scotty. he said he was transporting down to the surface, sir. your orders were that no one was to beam down unless you authorized it, and knowing mister spock's determination on some things, i thought i'd better hold him here until i got your orders. one of the creatures will have to be captured and analyzed, captain. we did not have a clear opportunity to do so earlier when i was attacked. since my nervous system is already affected, as you pointed out, doctor, i don't believe they can do much more to me. jim, this is ridiculous. i don't want my patients running around. he should be in bed. i am in complete control of myself, doctor.
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mr. spock... your logic, as usual, is inescapable. beam him down. stay in constant touch with us. give him your phaser. he'll need that, too. thank you, captain. energize. jim, that man is sick.
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come in, gentlemen. i believe you'll find this interesting. doctor, your medical skill and curiosity are quite admirable, but i assure you i'm all right. you may be controlling the pain, mr. spock, but you're far from all right. unimportant at the moment, doctor. please observe. interesting, gentlemen. a one-celled creature resembling, more than anything else, a huge, individual brain cell. yes. that would answer a lot of questions. do you understand what i'm suggesting, captain? i think so. this may be one cell in a larger organism, an incredibly huge organism, in fact.
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it is, nevertheless, part of the whole creature, guided by the whole, drawing its strength from the whole, which probably accounts for its unusual resistance to our phaser weapons. existing so differently from any living matter or energy as we know it, that it may have come here planet by planet from an entirely different galaxy. from a place where our physical laws do not apply. we may therefore find it difficult to destroy, captain. but not impossible, mr. spock. the denevan that flew into the sun cried out that he was free, that he'd won. that's the angle to work on, gentlemen. i want an analysis of all this from medical and life science departments within the hour.
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i'm sorry, captain. i've tried everything i can. variant radiation, intense heat even as great as 9,000 degrees. there has to be something that'll kill the creature without destroying the human host. which happens to be my point. the thing won't die, even at temperatures and radiation which would burn spock and your nephew to ashes. i can't accept that, bones. we've got 14 science labs aboard this ship. the finest equipment and computers in the galaxy. captain... i understand your concern--
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that your nephew is the last survivor of your brother's family. no, no, bones. there's more than two lives at stake here. i cannot let it spread beyond this colony, even if it means destroying
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kirk: captain's log. stardate 3289.8. i am faced with the most difficult decision of my life. unless we find a way to destroy the creatures without killing their human hosts, my command responsibilities will force me to kill over a million people. gentlemen.
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vilizations. perhaps more. gentlemen, i want it stopped, too, but not at the cost of destroying over a million people. including myself, doctor, and captain kirk's young nephew. understandably upsetting, but once it spreads past here, there are dozens of colonies beyond and billions of people. if killing 5 people saves 10, it's a bargain. is that your simple logic, mister spock? i will accept neither of those alternatives, gentlemen. i cannot let this thing expand beyond this planet, nor do i intend to kill a million or more people to stop it. i want another answer. i'm putting you gentlemen the hot seat with me. i want that third alternative. report.
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i therefore request permission to beam down to the planet's surface. i also suggest your nephew accompany me. request denied. captain... i do not make this request lightly. i do not know how much longer i can hold out against the pain. but i do know what the boy will go through should he regain consciousness. request denied. there must be another answer. something in the sun killed that thing before the denevan died. all right. all right. we've tried...heat, radiation. what other qualities or properties does the sun have? it exists physically.
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it converts matter to energy. [pulsing] jim, we've been through it and through it. radiation, heat... but one other thing you haven't mentioned. it's bright. it radiates a blinding light if you're close enough. nothing lethal about light. not to us. but down on the surface, the creatures stayed in the shadows for the most part. ly hiding. suppose they're sensitive to light, light, like in a sun close up. a possibility. you can't move deneva closer to the sun, jim. no, but you can move the equivalent of the sun to deneva! mr. spock? yes. in essence it can be done-- a string of satellites around the planet with burning trimagnesite and tritium.
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put our specimen in it. but i don't-- good. let's get on it. your figures are, of course, accurate. of course. the light of the sun at the proximity where the denevan declared himself free if this works, the satellites we orbit will produce light of such intensity that even someone in a closed, darkened area will be affected by it. ready, doctor. put on your masks.
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it worked! we can do it. what's the matter, jim? we can do it! it worked. in a lab. with the creature exposed to everything we can give it. but what about the people who are infected? maybe trial-- maybe? there's no time for maybes, bones. we need to know now. but i'd have to put a-- yes, we'd have to put someone who's infected under that light. do you have any idea of the risk? we have to duplicate the conditions on the planet. and spock... spock: captain. you'll need a host for the next step in the test.
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i am the logical choice. do you know what 1-million candlelight per square inch can do to your optic nerves? there's no other way, bones. we have to duplicate the brilliance that existed at the moment the denevan declared himself freed. all right. i'll rig up a protective pair of goggles. there'll be none on the planet's surface, doctor. i agree completely. unately, you're both right. it's the only thing we can do.
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mr. spock's the best first officer in the fleet. proceed.
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spock, are you all right? the creature within me is gone. i am free of it... and the pain. i am also... quite blind. an equitable trade, doctor. thank you. doctor, the results of the first tests on the creature's remains... oh, no. what is it?
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cessary. i didn't stop to think that more than one kind of light might've killed it. interesting. just as dogs are sensitive to certain sounds which humans cannot hear, these creatures evidently are sensitive to light which we cannot see. are you telling me... that spock need not have been blinded? i didn't need to throw the blinding white light at all, jim. spock, i-- doctor, it was my selection as well. it is done. bones.
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completing the seeding orbit, captain. 210 ultraviolet satellites now in position. 72 miles altitude. permanent orbit about the planet.
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, sir. very well. ready, helm? ready, captain. satellite control, this is the captain. energize all satellites. affirmative. all satellites operative, captain. captain, receiving messages from our ground station.
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it's working. sick bay. mccoy here. tell spock... it worked. yes, captain. he'll be happy to hear that. bones... it wasn't your fault. bones. bones. yeoman, record this for starfleet command.
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captain, look. mr. spock. kirk: spock. you can see. the blindness was temporary, jim. there's something about his optical nerves which aren't the same as a human's. an hereditary trait, captain. the brightness of the vulcan sun hacaused the development of an inner eyelid, which acts as a shield against high-intensity light. ive, dodoct. we tend to ignore it, as you ignore your own appendix. mr. spock. regaining eyesight would be an emotional experience for most. you, i presume, felt nothing? quite the contrary, captain. i had a very strong r rction.
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'tis a pity your brief blindness did not increase your appreciation for beauty, mr. spock. if you gentlemen are finished, would you mind laying in a course for ststbase 10, mr. spock? my pleasure, captain. unusual eye arrangement. i might've known he'd turn up with something like that. what's that, doctor? i said, please don't tell spock that i said he was the best first officer in the fleet. why, thank you, dr. mccoy. you've been so concerned about his vulcan eyes, doctor. you forgot about his vulcan ears. ahead warp factor 1, mr. sulu.
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