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2. Before the Emperor by Promus-Kaa 2. Before the Emperor by Promus-Kaa
A while ago I did a photomanipulation of Captain Kirk meeting Darth Vader ( [link] ) so I guess you can think of this as a follow-up!

Kirk and his people go up against super-powerful beings all the time - pretty much every episode. The Emperor and his magic tricks are nothing new! How will Kirk talk his way out of this one?

Oh, and this has a follow-up, too! See it here: [link]
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Argontath Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Yeah, I don't think Captain Kirk is going to be punching his way out of this one....

LMAO!
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MayRC Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!!! :wow: Amazing!
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Lisa-Condon Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, noes! This has to major suck.
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AmericanVigor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Cool compilation!
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I really like this one myself. :D
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RoverGirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!!
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gheralexandra92 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
cool
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terraluna5 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, the Enterprise has been captured by the Executor and brought to the second Death Star. Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock have been brought to the Emperor himself.

Ensuing dialogue

"Welcome, Captain Kirk. I have been expecting you. You no longer need those." (Motions his hand, the cuffs on Kirk's hands come off via the Force) (Emperor)
"Guards, leave us." (The Royal Guards leave, Kirk looks into the Emperor's yellow eyes) (Emperor)
"I'm looking forward to obtaining the knowledge of this United Federation of Planets. In time, they shall be brought into the Empire, and you shall call me Master." (Emperor)
"You must be mad to think the Federation would fall to the tyranny of such a despot. You are sorely mistaken, and you won't force me to hand over all the information." (Kirk)
"Oh no, my young captain. You will find that it is you who are mistaken about a great many things." (Emperor)
"His phaser." (Vader)
"Ah yes, a Starfleet-issue weapon. Much like your father's. (referring to Kirk's dad, not Vader) By now you know you cannot escape the allure of the dark side. So shall it be with your friend (he nods to Spock, who just lifts his eyebrow).
"You are wrong. I would rather die than serve you, and perhaps I'll take you with me." (Kirk)
(Emperor chuckles evilly)
"Perhaps you are referring to the location of your Starfleet, coming to rescue you. Yes, I assure you, we are quite safe from your friends here." (Emperor)
"You are an overconfident fool, and it's your main weakness." (Kirk)
"Your faith in your Starfleet comrades is yours." (Emperor, walks away to throne)
"It is pointless to resist, Captain." (Vader)
"Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends, aboard your Starfleet ships, are walking into a trap, as is the rest of your fleet. It was I who allowed your Starfleet to know the exact location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little fleet. An entire legion of my best troops and the finest ships of the Imperial fleet await them. Oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive." (Emperor)
(Kirk looks in helplessness as the Emperor just smiles; Spock remains impassive)

Thanks for comment, and I felt to add another cool dialogue.
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

And the Death Star vaporizes the Federation ships as they get within range, but then they decide to fight the TIE's instead (but can't, due to the large amount of TIE's from each ISD!) And they are overwhelmed by them, especially the TIE bombers...


Imagine the vision of a person being devoured by ants, or by piranha fish-that will be the Federation Starfleet in a nutshell. Even worse will be the IDS's themselves...


Love the pictures still.

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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay... that was really, REALLY awesome. Like, I don't even have the words!!!! O_O
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terraluna5 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly, bro. I'll add a third on another one soon, if you like.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love it! :D
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TSiLvY Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking! This is inspired, and Kirk's expression is perfect! I can almost hear him talking sense into the Emperor... That's a hard one though! :)
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It was hard getting just the right screenshots for this picture, especially to get the eyelines correct (otherwise he'd be looking in the wrong direction).

And you're right that talking sense into the Emperor is a hard thing to do... but I'm sure that Kirk could do it! Kirk can make computers blow themselves up just by talking to them. :nod:
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TSiLvY Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know the problem, but you just fixed it perfectly!

Eheh I love to mention those occasions, as they're a clear example that not only Spock is good at logic, but our golden captain can wit his way through obstacles. Still, a good old phaser discharge could do it sometimes. :nod:
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, exactly! Despite everyone's obsession with Spock (even the latest movie focused more on Spock...), Kirk has always been a MUCH stronger character, as a person. Sure, Spock could "do" logic, but Kirk had as much of a logical mind as Spock (if not moreso). However, Kirk was much more advanced, in that he was able to ALSO factor in the "illogical," making him much more capable of handling various situations (and interact with different people much better). Spock could NEVER command... any time he ended up in command, things turned ugly (unless he was just searching for Kirk, like in "Gamesters of Triskelion," "The Mark of Gideon" or "The Tholian Web").
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TSiLvY Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well, that's pretty much how I feel about it, though Spock is probably more trained with logic, Kirk is indeed more equipped to combine logic and feelings in an armonic way. Still, I do think that by spending time with the captain, Spock has learnt a lot about that particular ability in intuition that he indeed has as human heritage, therefore being able eventually to become quite a better commander than most of his senior officers. I think he finally turned out good, very good.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you're right, by the third season, Spock was definitely more competent. I love how he handled things in "The Mark of Gideon," for example. It's just too bad they didn't have more seasons, because I would have liked to have seen how Spock's character would have developed!
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TSiLvY Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy... is to prolong a crisis.' That's speaking, Spock. :nod:

Yeah, that's too bad for several thousands reasons, including of curse Spock's increased aptitude to command. ;)
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!! That's the quote! I love that one... classic Spock-style humour! :D

And of course, we know that the movies aren't canon... so really, we haven't seen Spock since "Turnabout Intruder." :(
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schematization Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not sure which expression I like the best here. I love both, I just haven't made up my mind which one ranks above the other yet.

Spock does have that appearance of 'You are so lucky that I'm vulcan and have maintained the restraint to keep from beating you to a bloody pulp and stuffing you down your Masters throat" written all over his face tho.

Kirk has that well known, 'One last chance to try this the easy way fella and then its on' look. Sort of I'll let ya thank you 'might' have me but trust me you don't attitude.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the in-depth comment! I love hearing from devoted and long-time TOS fans like yourself! People like you can really appreciate the expressions of the characters (and the hard work of finding the right screenshots!) :XD:
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turbolover175 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I.... Can't.. Believeyouhaveaweapon....







That


Can




Blowupaplanet! PALPATIIIIIIIINE!!!!!!
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, the Enterprise can blow up planets, too, so I guess Kirk wouldn't be too shocked about that technology. :XD:
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turbolover175 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not an expert on the series, but when has the Enterprise blown up a planet?
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It hasn't, but that doesn't mean that it can't. Kirk has threatened to blow up planets before (twice), and Starfleet General Order 7 is the command a starship captain gives (at least in the old show) for his crew to blow up a planet. :)
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turbolover175 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Seems to me that blowing up a planet might interfere with the Prime Directive. But then again, when has Kirk given a damn about that? Not like that UN blouse Picard.
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could continue to be a total annoying nerd and give you a complete list of episodes where Kirk DID give a damn about the Prime Directive, but I think I've embarrassed myself enough, lol.
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turbolover175 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
But those are the boring episodes! We all want Kirk to punch a Romulan peace negotiator in the grill and seduce some green alien queen! That's the starship captain/political nightmare we know and love as James Tiberius Kirk!
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, such stereotypes! There ARE no boring episodes, and Kirk has never seduced an alien queen, green or otherwise! :XD:
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we-r-nomad Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
"Kirk and his people go up against super-powerful beings all the time - pretty much every episode. The Emperor and his magic tricks are nothing new! How will Kirk talk his way out of this one?"

Good point, this isn't the first time.

Kirk: "Your 'First Galactic Empire' is nothing of the sort!

There have always been petty men who think that power alone is enough to rule. Men who twist themselves inside and out, and disfigure their very souls, in their lust for strength over all other virtue.

But these men learn, as you will learn, that there is never enough power to intimidate all whom you wish to dominate, neither is there enough to destroy all who would stand against you, or all those who seek justice.

Your power will wane in the light of their righteousness and you will lose, Emperor.

I have foreseen it!"
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I got CHILLS reading that Kirk speech!! It was like reading the transcript to a lost TOS episode... you are REALLY good at writing for Kirk! :worship: :worship:
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we-r-nomad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
And you sir, and really good at photo manipulation. I get oodles of manips sent to me by folks, (Usually a television or film starlet in a fantasy situation. :shrug:) and all of them are characteristically sloppy and obvious. You do an excellent job integrating the images from disparate eras together.

It's easy to write dialog to such inspiring imagery. :salute:
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thanks! I REALLY appreciate the compliments and the kind words!

Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see photoshopped, and I'd be thrilled to be able to do it for ya!
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vardoeger Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
This is...G L O R I O U S
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! :D
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we-r-nomad Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
My head is about to explode with the awesomeness of this image. :explosion:

"He was armed only with this..."
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking of that quote too, when I was photoshopping the phaser in! I'm REALLY glad it causes that reaction for ya (since it does the same for me, to be honest...)
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