It’s the question at the heart of all geekdom. Yes, even bigger than Superman vs. Batman, or Android vs. iPhone, or Boy Meets World vs. iCarly. Which is the best Star Trek captain: Kirk or Picard?
It’s interesting that the other captains don’t come close. Sisko may have been the best military leader. Archer may have been the best pet owner. Janeway may have been the best psychopath, destroying all faith and confidence in the Federation as a viable organization. But really, it comes down to the extremes: tough and tumble James Tiberius Kirk or Earl Grey loving Jean Luc Picard.
Fortunately, Rooktopia is on the case, providing a blow-by-blow analysis that is in no way a means to grab cheap page views right before the American debut of Star Trek Into Darkness. The superiority of each captain can be broken down into a few salient points, such as:
Young Captain Kirk is played by Christopher Pine in the recent movies directed by J.J. Abrams. Young Picard, or at least a clone of him, was played by a young Tom Hardy in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis.
Both young actors were romantic rivals for the heart of Reese Witherspoon in the romantic spy thriller movie, This Means War.
Winner: no one. No one wins for appearing in that dumb movie.
You have to credit William Shatner for burying his Canadian accent so deep that he is believable as a resident of the great American state of Iowa. I don’t know what the Iowan accent is, but I assume it has to do with stretching the middle section as long as possible. (i.e. “Spoooooooooock.”) Patrick Stewart, on the other hand, was playing a French Starfleet captain with a British accent.