When I was watching Obsession
(TOS-R) the other day, I noticed just how close Kirk came to having a "Matt Decker" moment as the Enterprise was chasing the Cloud Creature. It was incredible how close the situations mirrored each other. A pair of starship captains acting recklessly chasing revenge. Both retreating at the last second when they realize the chase may cost them command.
I think this is the reason Jim Kirk is my favorite character in all of Star Trek. He is a very human
character and not that far removed from the likes of Decker or Ron Tracy (The Omega Glory
) and could easily go down the same path given the right circumstances.