Well, Pike was highly conflicted from the get go, and Kirk was conflicted as well. He questioned his command judgement when crew members died. I'm sure if the series had gone on his back story would had gotten more conflicted as it did with Carol Marcus.
When TNG premiered, my local paper pegged Patrick Stewart's Picard as a cold monolithic character that was half alive and that some people are actually content to go through life half alive. Wow, what a review right off the bat.