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Old August 20 2012, 03:03 PM   #71
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Re: Why Did Gene drop Christopher Pike?

And that's my whole point about Kirk -- that in the early first season, they were basically writing him as the exact same character that Pike was, just with his name changed -- a serious, brooding career officer with no time for women ("Mudd's Women"), a discomfort with being assigned a female yeoman ("The Corbomite Maneuver"), a longing for freedom from the discipline of his command ("The Naked Time"), and a tendency toward self-doubt which required pep talks from his doctor/friend ("Balance of Terror"). He only later evolved into the Kirk we know as Shatner's performance (and probably network pressure to make him a more conventional, accessible, womanizing action hero) affected how the character was written.
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