|Captain James T. Kirk,|
commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise
Although Kirk knew how to relax and enjoy himself, he was, as captain of a starship, intensely devoted to his duty and extremely strong-willed. In "This Side of Paradise," when Kirk's entire crew has been infected by "nirvana" spores, he wonders in his Log what he can offer them compared to paradise. Yet, when he himself is infected, his own force of will and devotion to duty overcome the prospect of paradise. Kirk is also able to maintain self control when he is split in two or duplicated (which seems to happen to him more than most people). And although Spock was perhaps the more logical, Kirk has a special gift for reasoning oppresive computers and machines into self-destructing (again, a skill he seems to need surprisingly often).
I think my favorite quality of Captain Kirk was his passion for liberty. When he encountered oppressed peoples, he always strove to free them from their oppressors, sometimes employing one more special skill, that of side-stepping Starfleet's "Prime Directive" of non-interference in alien cultures. It was Kirk's respect for liberty that led to his initial distrust of the oppressive Klingon Empire.
- Watch Zach Trek Video #10: A Tribute to Captain Kirk
- View the Wikipedia article on James T. Kirk
- View William Shatner's IMDb page
- Visit The Captain Kirk Page, which includes a list of 1,903 reasons (and counting) why Kirk is better than Picard (please note that I don't have anything against Picard, I just have to agree -- I like Kirk better)
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