Chris Pine/Kirk

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies: Kelvin Universe' started by Taylirious, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. dammitjim6400

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    Yes I agree, in TOS Kirk had leadership skills when he was an ENSIGN when he logged a mistake made by Ben Finney, he commanded away teams when he was a Lieutenant.There's no reason why he need to act like a buffoon in JJ Abrams' Trek, if he's to become the hero that we know, of there's no way he'd start out as a total loser. :vulcan:
     
  2. Joel_Kirk

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    Star Trek 3 needs a Lawrence Kasdan or Nicholas Meyer.
     
  3. Poltargyst

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    Except TOS Kirk's father lived, and NuKirk never knew his father. There's no reason NuKirk has to end up like TOS Kirk.
     
  4. King Daniel Beyond

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    Pine's Kirk was saving the world and the entire Federation at a time Shatner's Kirk was panicking and freezing at his post ("Obsession")
     
  5. solariabsg25

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    Ironically, because of the changes in the timeline, NuKirk is the one character who should not come to be exacly like his Prime counterpart. Didn't Spock Prime mention that Kirk's father, a decorated Starfleet officer, lived to see him take command of the Enterprise? The brief dialogue we heard of Kirk's stepfather doesn't lead me to believe he is being brought up in the same nurturing environment.

    After STID, I feel Kirk will mature, as Pike implied he basically had the ship handed to him on a silver platter and he's learnt little of how to command, thinking at all times his way is the best way, and so what if Starfleet sees things differently?

    Taking his command from him, along with the death of his mentor, may have been the wake-up call Kirk needed to start toning down his arrogance.
     
  6. Melakon

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    ^ This essentially happens to both Kirk and Spock in the alternate universe. Everything we knew about the background of the Prime characters has changed, and will cause them to develop as different people. The issue of Chekov's age makes him another wild card.
     
  7. Lucky

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    I loved what Pine did with the role. He brought his own thing to it and was great. Shatner will always be my favorite, of course, but Pine (and the rest of the reboot cast) carries on the tradition of the original actors ably.
     
  8. Smellmet

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    I think they've nailed the big three as good as could possibly be expected, I want to see some Kirk awesome-ness in the next instalment though.
     
  9. Franklin

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    I want the full-strength TOS Jim Kirk.
     
  10. Smellmet

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    Same here, enough of this cocky upstart getting promoted and demoted within minutes I want to see the tactical genius we all know and love shine through now
     
  11. ReedEnterprise

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    As Kirk, he seems to keep true to the essence of the character. He doesn't take it into another direction, yet he makes Kirk feel like his own. He does a good job. I was very happy with the final 2 products so far.

    And he seems to be like a good guy, even with that doc Shatner did. You could tell they got along and there was no hard feeling what so ever.
     
  12. mos6507

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    Pine's Kirk was propped up by the plot to save the world in an unrealistic comic-bookish way, whereas Shatner's Kirk backstory is more realistic, showing that he had to really pay his dues.

    That Pine's Kirk achieved what he did was all based on the plot handing the heroism to him on a silver platter as he was "destined" for greatness ala Luke Skywalker. Even when he was getting chewed out by Pike, he was still treated as "the chosen one". More Star Wars than Trek.

    It has nothing to do with world-building consistently. It ultimately comes down to audience expectations. If the audience wants an arrogant fratboy Kirk, regardless of how authentic that is to the character, that's what they get. The rationalizations are there only to enable the character to suit current fashion-trends.
     
  13. Franklin

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    Kirk was never one to lack confidence, and he has a healthy ego. Arrogant? Maybe a bit, but not as stand-offish and unapproachable as the equally arrogant Picard. The fratboy part seems inaccurate if you are referring to Kirk as a boisterous and shallow party animal.

    In the year of his captaincy after ST09, Kirk didn't have an authority figure to reign him in (in fact, he never did to that point, unlike TOS Kirk). It seemed all too easy for him, and that may have turned him a bit arrogant. The thing is, all Kirk's arrogance comes to bite him in the ass in STID.

    Remember, the opening of STID up to the point of Kirk losing command established that giving him the Enterprise at the end of ST09 was poor judgment by those who did it, including Pike. Even Pike must realize by STID that Kirk wasn't ready for the responsibility. Not yet, anyway. That's why Pike wanted Kirk to be his first officer, to mentor him, and in a way, make up for the mistake of putting him in the captain's chair when he wasn't ready.
     
  14. Shat Happens

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    I see, on average, the posts in this thread are unconfortable that young (pine) Kirk doesn't seem he's going to grow to be the old (Shatner) Kirk like he was supposed to do.

    I agree. Two movies already were made without paying enought atention to Kirk's character in favor of too many other elements crammed (come on, "Khan"?) and that was frankly disappointing. Makes one wonder how good would have been the Star Trek movie project Harve Bennet tried to make.

    (if anyone don't know: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_First_Adventure

    But what is done, is done. I just hope next fight Pine Kirk gets into, he uses classic Kirk Fu.

    (Come on, Kirk Fu is amazing and -- don't lie to me -- you wish you could win a fight with it)
     
  15. Franklin

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    Um, STID was all about Kirk's character. The story was so Kirk-centric, it would've even made Shatner blush.
     
  16. Ovation

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    Seriously. I do wonder sometimes if people actually saw the movies they are so quick to criticize.
     
  17. Fruitcake

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    I let these movies have their way with me and I was happy.
     
  18. dammitjim6400

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    TOS Kirk may has froze when he was an young officer, but he EARNED his command, Pines Kirk was given the Enterprise through Pike, who regret it later.
    Pine's Kirk saved the universe with lots of help from Spock. Without McCoys help he would'nt have gotten on the Enterprise in the first place because of his wreckless attitude, he has no disipline, he's always uncertain, not sure, in the last movie his own crew don't trust his judgment, you can't compare TOS Kirk to this lackey, he's just a kid who manages to get by.:vulcan:
     
  19. dammitjim6400

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    Still, there's no reason for nuKirk to act so crazy just because he has no father, Pike could had been a role model and other Admirals in the fleet as well if he'd listen to them, instead NuKirk wanted to be a rebel and as a result he feel flat on his face.:techman:
     
  20. solariabsg25

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    I think the young Kirk has been a Rebel Without a Cause, and Pike picked up on this aspect.

    Maybe, had it not been for Nero, and Kirk had finished his journey to command of the Enterprise along a path similar to the original, he would have learnt more. But he skipped many of those character-building experiences, which then returned to bite him in the ass, and STID brought him back down to Earth hard.

    There are other consequences too. Is there a starship out there that has blown up because a young Ensign Kirk wasn't there to notice Finney's mistake? Is there a starship out there with an entirely dead crew as Kirk wasn't there to fire on a cloud-creature when he did?