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Who Would You Have Captain The USS Enterprise?

This week looks to be something of Star Trek week. Yay! Nerdy posts. So with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend I thought it was time we Star Trek fans and even those who have just ventured into this world should decide who was the best Captain of the USS Enterprise. This is purely who you think did the best and who you liked the most. How you decide is up to you, I will not venture one way or the other but simple put some facts before you and let you decide. And of course with any of my features there will be funny videos for anyone who simply doesn’t all that much care. Enjoy and get voting.

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Captain James T. Kirk

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Bio:

James Tiberius Kirk became the youngest Captain in the United Federation of Planets’ Starfleet, at 31, and is best known for his maverick command of the U.S.S. Enterprise, saving the Earth on two publicly-recognized occasions in 2271 and 2286, and his involvement in a record 17 temporal anomalies.

Theology:

Kirk’s primary challenge was that he had to encounter strange new worlds and species of which Starfleet had little knowledge, thus forced to use his instincts in response to these unknown threats. Despite the impressive weaponry on the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701, Kirk and his crew still had to deal with push button workspaces and a finicky computer. Kirk also benefitted from his ability to use his powerful sexuality to tame female opponents or even his own crew without fear of sexual harassment suits.

Crew:

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Kirk had a very capable crew that made his command easier. Spock, his Vulcan science officer, could not only provide rational analysis in the most chaotic situations, but also had the ability to put down bad guys with his neck pinch or read someone’s thoughts with a mind meld. Moreover, nobody could squeeze more out of an engine than Kirk’s chief engineer Scotty. It didn’t hurt having a helmsman who could wield a sword like a ninja.

Acting Prowess:

The Enemy:

Kirk faced a cold war with the Klingons that hampered his ability to fully succeed with his masculine foreign policy. Romulans likewise remained at a distance closeted in their secret part of the galaxy. Instead, Kirk had to confront giant rock life forms called the Horta or ravenous, furry animals called Tribbles.

Best Fight Scene:

Cannot wait to see this in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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Bio:

Jean Luc Picard was the Captain of the Starfleet vessels known as the USS Stargazer, USS Enterprise D, and USS Enterprise E. Despite his parent’s best efforts, Jean Luc began to hold a fascination with starships and technology. And would later serve with the greatest distinction as Captain and be involved in the Federations most historic moments.

Theology:

In Picard’s 24th century Federation space had largely been mapped out and he spent more time discovery interesting species than fighting wars. Picard’s Enterprise no longer depended on those sticky push buttons and had holodecks where he and the crew could relax and release stress in a variety of simulated environments. Picard had some daunting challenges that tested his mettle. In a post-cold war environment with powerful enemies, Picard had to rely on diplomacy and negotiation rather than the cowboy imperialism of Kirk’s century. Picard had to admit he might be wrong where Kirk was always right! Picard could not battle with Klingons but had to help settle their internal political squabbles.

Crew:

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He had his own half-Betazoid counselor Troi who could help him read the emotions and true motives of his opponents. His android Data could process information faster than any computer Kirk had at his disposal and could be sent into dangerous situations that might kill humans. Rather than some non-descript Red Shirt security officer Kirk could call on, Picard had a Klingon warrior who relished combat. Finally, Picard had first officer Commander Will Riker who led the dangerous away missions leaving Picard in the safe haven of his bridge.

Acting Prowess:

The Enemy:

Significantly, he had to deal with one of the greatest threats to the Federation, the Borg, who wanted nothing but to assimilate others, as well as the Q who was as much a pest as a threat. Finally, Picard had to do all of this while dealing with children running around his ship (I consider them enemies as well) which I still don’t quite understand.

Best Fight Scene:

He battles with his words alright?

Captain Jonathan Archer

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Bio:

Jonathan Archer was a 22nd century Human Starfleet officer and captain of the Enterprise NX-01, United Earth’s first full-fledged starship. In that role, he was responsible for greatly expanding United Earth’s presence in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants and making First Contact with more than a dozen species, among them Klingons, Andorians, and Xindi.

Considered by historian John Gill, as the “greatest explorer of the 22nd century,” Archer is widely credited with saving Earth from the Xindi and paving the way for the founding of the United Federation of Planets.

Theology:

As United Earth’s first deep space explorer, Captain Archer had the advantage of being able to shape the future of all captains that followed him, and as the first captain he had the great opportunity to shape the founding of the United Federation of Planets and become a historical figure. He had few rules to hamper his journey and got to experience first the wonders of the galaxy.

Crew:

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Archer’s chief engineer Trip was one of the first experts on warp drive and his Denobulan physician, Dr. Phlox, knew how to use bugs and animals to heal his patients. Like Kirk and Janeway, Archer had his own Vulcan bridge officer, T’Pol, who helped guide him in his initial journey. T’Pol also helped him navigate relations with the somewhat overbearing Vulcan High Command. When Enterprise ventured to Xindi space, Archer was aided by his own Special Forces unit, the MACO troops.

Acting Prowess:

The Enemy:

Archer had to take on the Xindi who threatened earth with a weapon of mass destruction. Rather than just defend Earth, Archer took the war to the Xindi homeland, the Delphic Expanse, which was full of spatial anomalies making navigation difficult. Moreover, Archer became entangled in a temporal cold war with beings from a thousand years into the future. Even on neutral ground I must say they weren’t the best enemy.

Best Fight Scene:

Couldn’t find one but he sure did get hit a lot.

Just for laughs!

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35 responses to “Who Would You Have Captain The USS Enterprise?”

  1. atothewr says :

    Not a big Star Trek guy, but I think Kirk would get the win here.

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  2. table9mutant says :

    I have a terrible confession to make – I haven’t seen any Star Trek film at all before Star Trek Generations. Is that bad?! I’m so ashamed…

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Of the films they made, just watch Khan and First Contact, other than those its pretty bad. If you mean the tv series then yeah that’s pretty bad! 😦

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      • table9mutant says :

        I did see First Contact. 🙂 Seen all the Next Generation movies – it was that TV show that actually first got me into Star Trek at all. Seen most of the original series but probably missed some. I’ll at least try to watch 1, 2 & 3 someday! Was hoping to manage them before Into Darkness but don’t think I’ll have time.

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  3. ruth says :

    Hmmm, I don’t watch any of these but I love Patrick Stewart so I pick Capt. Picard! 😀

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  4. thelastsongiheard says :

    Kirk, all the way… much as I love Picard, when you say Enterprise to me, I think of the original and Kirk…

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  5. Derek says :

    I went with Kirk just because he was a man of action and I think I would have gotten really pissed with Picard trying to be diplomatic all the time. Sometimes the only recourse when faced with an alien who is acting like a dick is to set phasers to stun and start shooting.
    And Archer never even figured into the decision making process.

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  6. The Focused Filmographer says :

    Sisko!!! Sisko!!! haha

    I voted for Picard! fun post, Tim!

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      That would be a fair choice if this was best captain overall 😀

      Picard! Good choice, but you will have to elaborate on your choice?

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      • The Focused Filmographer says :

        I always thought it’d be neat to see Sisko lead the Enterprise. I chose Picard because he completely embodied what a captain should be in my mind. a leader that was able to blend that line and at the same time define the line between duty and friendship. He wasn’t the most physical, but he was able to stand up to quite a few foes. His work with his staff and his constant development of not only himself, but also his team, made him a leader I would work for.

        He was the one that was married to his ship and its crew. he knew how to run a tight ship. The flagship of the Federation. Picard was the flagship of Star Trek captains!

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        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          See now this is the kind of conversation you just can’t have in public without someone shouting “nerd!” haha 😀

          He was the most captain of the captains as he knew the ship in and out and its crew. He’d go down with his ship!

          Gotta love that First contact scene 😀

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  7. sidekickreviews says :

    I agree with filmhipster. Make it so!

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  8. markmc2012 says :

    Archer was a joke. Picard brought a sense of dignity to the position. However Kirk was a man of action and doing whatever it took. If you don’t believe me I’ll give you a double axe handle to the back and a standing drop kick to prove my point. Kirk all the way.

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  9. le0pard13 says :

    Flaws and all, it’s still James Tiberius Kirk.

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  10. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    Kirk all the way!!

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  11. filmhipster says :

    It’s a landslide! Nobody can steer the ship like Picard! Make it so!!!

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