Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by HappyChristmas-InDixie, Jun 6, 2010.
Kirk, Sisko, Archer, Picard and then Janeway
Well, I switch between Picard and Sisko. I really like them both. Although Picard > Sisko as a captain in command. I think Picard earned more of peoples respect, well Sisko demanded it.
Anyway, this time around I voted for "The Sisko".
I'm a Picard guy. Cultured, reserved, even underplayed, but with big balls of steel. The guy is awesome without trying to be.
Sisko is good, but too much on his toes for my tastes. Considering his position it's understandable, but still.
Kirk is good ol' fun. A swashbuckling hero, with brain and brawn to spare.
Janeway had a good concept (science-y type turned commander, with an impossible mission to survive), but she was written too erratically for me. So no strong opinion one way or the other.
Archer gets on my nerve every time I see him. Sorry.
1. Sisko (Best Captain)
1. Archer (Worst Captain)
2. Number One
(as much as I love this silly android, he really doesn't make a good Captain, though)
Picard definitely. I like his idealism.
My vote goes to Picard. It's not easy to choose because, except for Archer, who seems a little too naive most of the time, all the other captains each have a set of qualities that make them remarkable. I see them as alternative answers to the question "What makes a good captain?". One is not necessarily better or worse than the other.
But, if I had to trust any of them with my life and if I had a choice it would be Picard.
I also love the idea of Captain Spock, though. The moment I saw Spock in the captain's chair on the Enterprise bridge (in "Wrath of Kahn" if I'm not mistaken) was extremely rewarding. I think Spock is the real captain of the original Enterprise anyway, so he fully deserved to sit in that chair.
If the question was which is the BEST captain then I'd probably go for Picard because he contains some elements that I think make for a great captain. He's an intellectual that likes to think problems through rather than acting on gut instinct, he always looks for the peaceful solution to a problem but has a steely resolve when the situation requires it, and he is perfectly willing to delegate to his crew.
But since the question is which is my FAVOURITE captain I'd have to go for Sisko. He wasn't the best example of a captain, he had a temper that he lost control of many times, but I found him to be a more balanced human being. In the very first episode we saw him grappling with the grief of his wife's death, we saw him raise a son alone, and we saw him develop a relationship with someone new. We also got to see him grapple with the responsibilities of being a religious icon and a man with a destiny.
Kirk is enjoyable to watch and arguably the most fun captain, but I've got to agree with the great philosopher John Locke when he called Kirk a pisspoor captain.
Janeway had her moments, but she was wildly inconsistent between episodes and often did annoying things.
Archer was a naive fool for the first two seasons, but he grew a lot in season 3 due to having the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he was a much better character in season 4.
and with my vote, sisko takes the lead!
Sisko. He had to balance som many things and mixed good old diplomacy with military action. He also had command over the largest number of people of any captain.
Jean "Luck" Picard.
Oh, Picard for sure. It's about the perfomances as much as how the character is written.
Looks like I just broke the tie. Sisko all the way. This man had passion. Sure, love Picard, love Kirk, Archer's cool, tolerate Janeway, but Sisko is the best.
Always a close call between John Luck Pickerd and The Sisko, but I gotta give the vote to DS9's badass captain by an inch every time. I liked Janeway when she was the sane, consistent captain she was probably supposed to be. At least she's more qualified than Archer. Kirk is alright. He's sort of middle of the road for me. Don't love him, don't hate him.
Kirk, because I could never vote against the incomparable, iconic Protocaptain. Janeway a very close second. Other than that, anyone who spits in the face of the Prime Directive is ok with me.
As it is, I picked The Sisko.
I agree. Patrick Stewart is my favorite Trek actor, making Picard easily my favorite captain. Great actor, great character.
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