Best "Star Trek" captain?

Discussion in 'Star Trek General Discussions' started by Brian Turner, Oct 11, 2003.

?

Best "Star Trek" captain?

  1. Kirk

    28 vote(s)
    28.3%
  2. Picard

    51 vote(s)
    51.5%
  3. Sisko

    11 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. Janeway

    7 vote(s)
    7.1%
  5. that bloke from Quantum Leap

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
  1.  
    Brian Turner

    Brian Turner Brian G. Turner Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2002
    Messages:
    11,360
    Kirk punched his way through adversity, while Picard reasoned with it. Janeway tried to be an understanding feminist, and Sikso talked about baseball a lot. And the guy from Quantum Leap sort of plods about from episode to episode not sure as to whether he's panting macho or a sympathetic liberal.

    So...taking votes on which was the best Star Trek captain! :D
  2.  
    littlemissattitude

    littlemissattitude Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Messages:
    3,543
    Well, I had to go with Picard.

    As much as I love the original series - known as "Real Star Trek" in my house - Kirk was just too much of a jerk for my taste (personally, I always liked Scotty best on that series). I was never able to warm up to Janeway - maybe because she wouldn't just leap into Chakotay's arms and be done with it, silly woman[​IMG]. I never watched DS-9 enough to be able to say anything about Sisko one way or the other. And I've never seen "Enterprise".
  3.  
    Gnome

    Gnome Eldest & Most Wise

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2003
    Messages:
    105
    I have to go with Kirk......You'll forgive me, but I was just 16 when the original debuted and it was like fresh air had hid the airwaves. Things were changing on the planet that were reflected on the series. Ideas were performed in a way that the public could except. After all, this was the 23rd century and any radical ideas presented could be dismissed. But, for those of us who embraced the radical ideas of racial harmony and individual worth had a champion in Kirk.
    Sure, he was somewhat sexist, and humble was a not word anyone could use to discribe him, but he was a good soul and had a inaite sense of right.

    Picard and the rest are all weak imitations.
  4.  
    Foxbat

    Foxbat I am a number

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2003
    Messages:
    4,835
    It's Picard for me - the explorer with the heart of a poet and a respect from his crew that was not based on his pugilistic prowess.
    Kirk is a mere barbarian compared to this Titan of Interstellar Eloquence :D
  5.  
    dwndrgn

    dwndrgn Fierce Vowelless One Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2003
    Messages:
    3,831
    I loved the original series but didn't like Kirk at all. Picard was ok but he just didn't do it for me. Sisco I know diddly about but what I saw I liked. However, I liked the fact that Janeway was more of a man than Kirk, just as intelligent as Picard and female to boot. She got my vote. And anyone is better than the new guy on Enterprise...I stopped watching it because I was bored. I really liked him in Quantum Leap though, I wish they would bring it back.
  6.  
    Twelve

    Twelve Spirit of Zebulun

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Messages:
    186
    I loved Picard very much, however, Kirk has got my vote. I think him and I would be able to hang out, while Picard is someone that I would only want as a boss.

    12
  7.  
    jerchar

    jerchar New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2003
    Messages:
    65
    Picard got my vote, because those episodes were the most thrilling to me. I never liked Janeway - too cold and very impressed with herself. What I like in Picard is his phylosophical trait and the very good manners, for a captain it must be very important to get respect and to have the trust of the crew. I really think Picard had it all. I never really liked Kirk much (Scotty was doing all the real work and he was collecting the honors).
    So that's for Star Trek, which I don't watch anymore, unless they show episodes with Picard.[​IMG]
  8.  
    Brian Turner

    Brian Turner Brian G. Turner Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2002
    Messages:
    11,360
    I do have a soft-spot for Kirk - the frontiersman who has to break "silly rules" in order to give individual situations the individual attention they required (diplomatically speaking). :)

    Picard was excellent at portraying father-like leadership and the psychological profile of that character was very well developed. One of my favourite Next Gen episodes simply involved Jean-Luc going back to the family farm in France, and thrashing out family issues.

    Jayneway I didn't mind - I hear a lot of complaints from people that they can't stand her voice, though.

    I didn't see too much Voyager - or DS9, for that matter, though - and seen only 2 episodes of "Enterprise".
  9.  
    Foxbat

    Foxbat I am a number

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2003
    Messages:
    4,835
    My all time favourite episode was The Measure of a Man - in which Picard had to defend Data's right to exist as an individual whilst a scientist saw him merely as a machine and wished to take him apart. This episode, for me, not only showed off the depth of the Picard character and wonderful script, but the quality of Patrick Stewart as an actor.
    I also have a soft spot for Kirk but it's man against boy when he faces up to Picard.
  10.  
    AVON

    AVON New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2003
    Messages:
    85
    Much as we love the original show, and still do (especially Spock & McCoy!) We voted for Jean Luc Picard as favourite Captain (but, being a fan of Patrick Stewart, long before he took command of the Enterprise we, couldn't really vote for anyone else, now could we!) [​IMG]
  11.  
    Butler

    Butler New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1
    OK, I need to break from the norm and vote for Captain Archer from Enterprise. Yes he is very "green" and dosen't know if he should be a tough fighter or a humanitarian, but this was our very first mission. He didn't know how to act and it took a lot of guts to be first out there in a strange universe. He sure found out how tough it was and that being a little tough was definitely needed at times.
  12.  
    The Procrastinator

    The Procrastinator 1 Candlepower Brain

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2008
    Messages:
    947
    Jean Luc, with the sexy voice and the sexy bald head...

    Followed by Janeway, who may not have a sexy voice but I like her attitude.
  13.  
    The Ace

    The Ace Aye fur Alba

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    4,158
    While I have some affection for Picard (Patrick Stewart is certainly the best actor of the lot), I always thought Janeway sounded like a dalek and 'Quantum Leap,' was a piece of sh*t.

    I have to say that I like Cisco's avuncular approach to command, and the way he can be pure steel when required. He also has a fine sense of humour and has a h*ll of a lot more to deal with than a conventional captain.
  14.  
    nj1

    nj1 monkey is magic

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    769
    I'd have to go with Picard, if I found myself in a dire situation and could pick a star trek captain for help, he'd be first on my list!

    Cisco would be a close second, then Kirk, followed by Janeway and last of all Archer
  15.  
    Essie

    Essie New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    81
    I went for Picard in the end but Kirk ran him close. I have no problem with Sisko either just somehow didn't enter the equation.
  16.  
    The Ace

    The Ace Aye fur Alba

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Messages:
    4,158
    Sorry, Archer is passable in, 'Enterprise,' but nothing special, it's the original series, 'Quantum Leap,' I detest.
  17.  
    Overread

    Overread Direwolf of the chrons

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    2,413
    That would be my order as well!
  18.  
    Grimward

    Grimward Where matter vanishes...

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,511
    You're all wrong! It's Captain Pike, of course! :p:p:p:p
  19.  
    Leisha

    Leisha Tennis-ball Robin

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    3,211
    My sister will probably have my head for saying this, but Picard is the best. Plus, he's the one I grew up watching who seemed less of a womaniser than Corset Boy. :p

    Then I would pick Janeway, then Sisko, then Corset Boy, then the captain I've yet to see, Archer.
  20.  
    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    14,243
    You've not seen Archer? (Not very enterprising of you.)


    I also voted for Picard, by the way.

Share This Page