Who's the best 'Star Trek' captain: Kirk or Picard? | The Tylt
If you want to rile up Trekkies, just ask them who's the best captain in the franchise. James Tiberius Kirk, portrayed by William Shatner, was the franchise's first real captain (sorry, Captain Pike fans) and later rebooted in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" film series (played by Chris Pine). But many fans argue Jean-Luc Picard is actually the best captain, and we have the incredible Patrick Stewart to thank for keeping the "Star Trek" train going from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s, and now again in the new series "Star Trek: Picard." Who's the best captain?🖖
Who's the best 'Star Trek' captain: Kirk or Picard?
It's one of the most heated debates in the "Star Trek" franchise—who's the best captain? Shatner has been Captain Kirk for 52 years, but Stewart fanned new life into the franchise in the '80s. Who's the most iconic "Star Trek" captain?
Captain Kirk is so great that he has a WatchMojo top 10 list of his best fight moves.
Captain Kirk is the originator, and it's always hard to top the first.
But the fan-favorite Picard now has his own show! Danette Chavez wrote for The A.V. Club:
But though Picard acts as a beacon for his companions and viewers at home, the series doesn’t paint him as a savior. Picard carves out a distinct place for him—which is, at times, on the bridge of a starship—while also expanding the roles of his new comrades. It’s hard to pick a favorite among the new castmates, who bring wide-eyed energy (Pill), charisma (Cabrera), pathos (Hurd), and star quality (Briones) to familiar environs. But they’re ready to chart a new course within the universe of Star Trek, just as that universe welcomes back its most inspiring hero. Together, these stories make for one of the most rousing installments in the franchise, and potentially one of the most powerful.
And Captain Picard is a meme icon! That's how Trekkies know he's been the best captain ever since "Star Trek: The Next Generation" premiered in 1987.