The Kobayashi Maru

One of my favorite dialog sequences in film is in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Captain Kirk, now an Admiral, is dealing with the issue of getting old, when he and Dr McCoy are emergently thrusted into action again while on a training run with cadets (Lt. Saavic and Marcus)

Saavik: Admiral, may I ask you a question?

Kirk: What’s on your mind, Lieutenant?

Saavik: The Kobayashi Maru, sir.

Kirk: Are you asking me if we’re playing out that scenario now?

Saavik: On the test, sir… will you tell me what you did? I would really like to know.

McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario.

Saavik: How?

Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulation so it was possible to rescue the ship.

Saavik: What?

David Marcus: He cheated.

Kirk: I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don’t like to lose.

Saavik: Then you never faced that situation… faced death.

Kirk: I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.