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Star Trek’s Best Captain (Debate Settled)

I believe it is Cosmic Law (or perhaps it’s genetic) that to be a real, honest-to-goodness Techno-Geek, you have to also be a Star Trek fan.

I do not, however, believe that attending Trekkie conventions is considered mandatory. I think doing so merely earns you Merit badges.
(I could be wrong about that.. It might indeed be mandatory.. But, I have never been to one.)

I further believe that you cannot be a real, honest-to-goodness Star Trek fan unless you have given serious consideration to which of the Star Trek series is the best of the bunch.

For some, age may be a factor in determining this vital decision. I say this because I am old enough to remember the days when there was only one Star Trek (which is now known as the “original Star Trek“). It was my “first exposure”. For me, all the other Star Trek‘s were “sequels”. Follow-ons. Pretenders to the throne. (think Weekend At Bernie’s 3.)

When a new Star Trek came out, the natural question was, could it measure up? Could it be as good as the “original”??? Translated into English, this meant (essentially) how did the captain compare to Captain Kirk?
(And.. could it even be named Star Trek without Spock in it?! )

Because James Tiberius Kirk (“Jim” to his friends) was The Man.

(Now, you guys and gals don’t have to write me letters about what I say next, I am simply writing a personal opinion here. One fella’s point of view. No big deal. Really!)

I also believe that Weird Al got it right in his White And Nerdy. For most of us Geeks (um.. oops.. I meant “Star Trek fans”) the only series worthy of being a contender for “better than the original” was Next Generation, and that is only because it had the one captain who gives Kirk a real run for his money: Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Q: Who’s the better captain – Kirk or Picard?
A: Captain Archer.

I bet I caught a few of you by surprise there.

And, you don’t have to write to tell me that Enterprise was canceled after only 4 seasons. Or that Scott Bakula’s Captain Archer ranks lowest of all the Captains in most opinion polls. Or that most people would rather have Will Riker as their Captain.. I know that. I myself gave up and stopped watching Enterprise before the first season even ended. But, just humor me a moment.

I just finished – thanks to steadfast determination, and dedication – watching my annual Summer Movie Marathon, which this year meant watching all 97 Star Trek Enterprise episodes on Netflix. I decided to give the series a second chance. And I am glad I did. Because I did not like it so much the first go around, and now I do. (Particularly: Commander Shran and Dr. Flox.)

Here’s why I put Archer as my answer to the Captains Debate: of all the Captains, he is the one most like me. (Personality wise.)

But I do not deny that the true, universal, answer is Captain Kirk. Because he is the Captain I most want to be like. (When I grow I up.)

… him, or James Bond.
(Sean Connery.)
(Of course.)

Have a great Wednesday everybody!

(Ha! I should have known. The very first “vote” was for Picard!)

Today’s quote:The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.” ~ Jerry M. Wright

Real Geeks Star Trek fans: Also on Netflix is a short film by William Shatner titled The Captains. He goes around and interviews the actors who played Captain of a starship in the Star Trek sci-fi series.

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July 25, 2012 - Posted by | tech | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Yes, I am back. I HAD to answer this one first of all..LOL

    It took me 3 years to even watch TNG but I have since mellowed. I think all the captains are good because their style of command is so different from each other. My fav is “The Shat”…Janeway is the closest to Kirk’s style than any of the others minus the sexual conquests. Captain Janeway’s Bully Speech She doesn’t take crap from anyone.

    I really tried to watch “Enterprise” for 2 yrs…The “borg” episode killed it for me.
    Archer reminded me too much of Sam. I kept waiting for him to say…“Oh, Boy”. :)


    Comment by delenn13 | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13, welcome back.

      Yes.. I think that (Bakula’s previous role) was one of the factors of why I didn’t really go for Enterprise when it was on the air. And watching it did remind me of how much I liked Quantum Leap. But that series ran long enough ago, now, that I found the comparison much less of a distraction.
      (Bonus 4 me: Quantum Leap [minus the first 4 episodes] is on Netflix as well.)

      I think she considered/deliberated just a wee bit more than Kirk did, but yes, I agree with you. Kate Mulgrew did a wonderful job.

      .. at the time of writing this.. Picard maintains his lead in the voting.


      Comment by techpaul | July 25, 2012 | Reply

      • Let’s see…

        We got..Negotiation, Picard style; then a little warning….Don’t mess with Captain Janeway!
        How about a contest…Anything You Can Do (Janeway vs Picard)


        Comment by delenn13 | July 26, 2012 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          Those were fun. Thank you.

          (Still no votes for Janeway..)


          Comment by techpaul | July 26, 2012 | Reply

          • Well, Kirk is Da man…

            *rest of comment removed*


            Comment by delenn13 | July 27, 2012 | Reply

            • delenn13,
              Thank you for the heads up.

              (Though I feel compelled to say, when I read the description my first thought was, “guaranteed to triple your productivity!“..)

              (At the time of writing this, Kirk has finally caught up to Picard in my poll. [Still no votes for Janeway.. ])


              Comment by techpaul | July 27, 2012 | Reply

            • Crimmey! What an install!

              Use the advanced install method to avoid the funmoods crap and make sure you decline(don’t click on accept) the yonton(or whatever) page then really watch the install. It still tries to hijack your homepage…

              Or just don’t install at all…Until I get a chance to really play with this..I am not sure it’s worth it…


              Comment by delenn13 | July 27, 2012 | Reply

              • delenn13,
                I am just going to pull it for now.. Those are two big no-no’s in my book. Thank you for this.


                Comment by techpaul | July 27, 2012 | Reply

                • Good idea. I should know better to refer something without installing it first. Guess I learned not to trust BDJ. Sorry about that. Even after declining, it tried to hijack my search and homepage on both IE and FF. Not a happy camper here the moment.


                  Comment by delenn13 | July 27, 2012 | Reply

  2. Although Jim Kirk will always be THE Captain, I am inclined to agree with you concerning Archer. With some casting changes on a couple of the supporting parts and a stronger network to air it on, this show could have worked. I still believe the producers should have gone with the Daedalus ships instead of something more advanced than the Big E, but Bakula had a commanding presence with his part.


    Comment by Tony Whitehead | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Tony Whitehead,
      I am rather glad I decided to give the series another shot. Yes, (I think) it floundered about a bit before it “cohered”; and yes, some of the storylines weren’t the best; and yes, I didn’t “like” all the crew (like I “liked” McCoy, Scotty, Kirk, and Spock); but much more worked than failed.

      (Did I mention? I truly did “like” the “aliens” Shran and Flox.)


      Comment by techpaul | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. “wouldn’t it have been funny if they had kept Shatner for entire series and have him eventually evolve into his “Boston Legal” character Denny Crane? I would think after having been in space for so long (lest’ we forget the crew), i could definitely see him beginning utter commands as if he where showing early symptoms of possible “Mad Cow” Disease, Alzheimers or even advanced Dementia; for that matter.”

    “seriously tho’, i grew up w/ Shat so for me he’ll always be #1. as far as Patrick Stewart, we’re talking a whole different breed of actor(s). he’s a brilliant actor. He definitely held his own as commander “Jean-Luc Picard” and managed to take the show to an enirely different level & i personally think that transition worked rather well! Picard (Next Generation) #1 as well. Two different animals here!


    Comment by onewholehalf | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • onewholehalf,
      Well, hmmm. I think we did get to see Kirk evolve, thanks to the Star Trek movies. And as for Picard, and “two different animals here“, yes! That’s why the fierce and long-running debate: Who’s the better captain – Kirk or Picard?

      (I think, honestly.. if one were to ask themselves, “what if I were a red-shirted crewmanmember, fresh out of Starfleet Academy? Who would I rather have as my Captain?“, you’d kinda have to go with Picard… right?)

      It is kind of a fun debate. Even if it is totally Geek-y. (And it’s open and shut. Kirk’s da man.)


      Comment by techpaul | July 25, 2012 | Reply

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