James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. Kirk first appears in Star Trek: The Original Series and has been portrayed in numerous films, books, comics, webisodes, and video games. As the captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Kirk leads his crew as they. (Played by William Shatner) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Kirk, James T. Mid- level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Captain Full Name: James Tiberius Kirk. Kirk and the Gorn captain were removed from their respective ships by the Metrons and deposited on a desolate planetoid, where the Metrons forced the two.
However, this site isn't set up for the purposes of debating who the most capable starship Captain is -- it's to pay homage to the biggest badasses. And in terms of sheer badassery, it doesn't get much better than Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise NCC, the man who shot first, didn't ask questions, sucker punched the dead bodies and then made out with the alien widows.
In later years the United Federation of Planets got all touchy-feely with their "Prime Directive" and their "settle things through diplomacy" passive-aggressive touchy-feely bullshit, but back in the day Captain Kirk didn't give two craps about introducing himself to a newly-discovered alien species by fixing them a homemade spaceman knuckle sandwich and then stomping on their genitals. His unique fighting style of dishing out flying dropkicks, judo throws and double-hammerfists like Bruce Lee doped up on ten pounds of quaaludes was way more balls-out than any alien motherfucker could handle, and those who were tough enough to withstand his fumbling fists of fury found themselves on the receiving end of a patented James T.
His technique of slapping someone in the neck with the blade of his hand was so vicious it could drop a fucking blood-lusted Minotaur in it's tracks. On the very rare occasions that the face-punching and the hand-to-hand combat wasn't working out for Jim, it's not like he didn't have other options to fall back on either, because nothing gets in the way of a starship Captain and his insatiable need to jack up some bastard space aliens.
He didn't have a problem whipping out the phaser and blasting the shit out of assholes, hopping in the Enterprise and firing enough torpedoes to destroy the solar system, or engineering some crazy makeshift weapon and using it to slaughter an entire civilization.
He had no compunctions about self-destructing enemy vessels, violating long-standing peace treaties and basically doing whatever he wanted to whomever he wanted at all times.
He didn't bow down to bullshit Starfleet regulations, and he certainly didn't fuck around when it came to weird xenomorph motherfuckers that were just asking to have their space shit wrecked. But it wasn't all just about punching alien fighter pilots in their stupid space faces, breaking Klingon Bat'leths over his head and photon torpedoing Romulan vessels into the Delta Quadrant for Kirk.
He understood the Holy Trinity of Space Captaining - you kick the asses of the hideous evil alien spacemen, you blow up any vessel that doesn't have your country's logo emblazoned on it's hull and you make out with every hot alien babe you can get your hands on. And holy shit was he a space player. The women he met on his intrepid expeditions could have six heads, purple skin, four arms, it didn't matter.
The phrase has become a pop culture mainstay, and likely won't disappear even after people find out the show never used it. People who enjoy dumping on Star Trek are all too quick to harshly judge William Shatner's performance as Kirk, throwing around terms like "hammy" and "overacting. Shatner is a legend for a reason, and that is because he is a masterful actor.
Outside of Trek, he has numerous other venerated roles , such as an episode of the Twilight Zone and a five season stint as Denny Crane on Boston Legal.
The next time someone espouses lies about Shatner's acting, just show them The Wrath of Khan. Kirk's eulogy for Spock is executed perfectly, and could only be done by a master of the craft. Kirk is at the center of one Star Trek's most disappointing moments.
The captain is eventually felled, ending his life long journey. The actual moment of his demise is well done, it is just unfortunate that it happens in Star Trek: As of today, it is the last time William Shatner has portrayed Kirk. Fortunately, Kirk was revived in a series of books penned by William Shatner with the help of co-writers. Unfortunately, these books are not canon, instead being dubbed the "Shatnerverse. Kirk is known to be well read. One book that will not be found in his library is the rule book, because he threw that one out the window a long time ago, at least based on people's thinking.
When watching the television series and movies, one will ultimately discover that the captain typically adheres to Starfleet's regulations. There are exceptions, of course, but they only occur when it is absolutely necessary. He is a diligent captain, but he still has his principles, and those take priority over his oath to Starfleet. In the end, though, if he broke the rules so much, he probably would not be venerated and studied by cadets at Starfleet Academy many generations after his untimely passing.
The leader of the Starship Enterprise is not only fondly remembered for his heroics, but also for breaking new ground in the television medium. William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols are often credited with the first interracial kiss broadcast into homes.
This moment comes from the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren". The earliest possible occurrence of this dates back to on television in the UK. There are several well documented occurrences from US broadcasts too.
Chris Pine's Kirk, while a fine interpretation of the character, is often at the heart of a lot of these unfounded ideas. In the Original Series, Kirk could certainly defend himself in hand to hand combat, but it was far from his main priority. Solving problems through non-violent means was a hallmark of Star Trek that made it so special. In "Arena", one of the best episodes of the television show, audiences even see the captain spare a gorn's life after a brutal fight.
Kirk doesn't believe in no win situations. As a captain, the ship and all of its crew's lives are his responsibility, and the passing of one weighs heavily on his soul. As a result, he refuses to admit any loss as acceptable. It is a noble philosophy for any captain to have, but it does not mean that it is actually true. Kirk unfortunately does lose, and sometimes pays a personal price.
In "City on the Edge of Forever", Kirk goes back in time in order to remedy an error in the timeline. To set history straight, he must allow a woman, with whom he has fallen in love, to be hit by a car. He corrects the timeline, but the ending is downright tragic, especially for s television. There is even a scene in the latter where he wakes up in bed with two alien women with tails, who appear similar enough to be related.
It perpetuates his playboy, womanizing attitude, and also gives people the impression that he is a wild party animal. He is never seen getting wildly out of hand with his drinking, or hitting on anything that moves. On the contrary, Wrath of Khan 's birthday celebration is a highly reserved affair with close friends.
Star Trek is the first time audiences get to see Kirk go through the famed Kobayash Maru test. In the scene, he beats the supposed unwinnable simulation by cheating the system.
As a result, he is heavily reprimanded and a hearing is held, led by Tyler Perry in a rare appearance that shows his real face. His detention does not last long, however, as Nero soon shows up to ruin everyone's day.
In the original timeline, this sequence of events turned out differently. He did manipulate the situation in order to beat it, but he was not put into hot water for it.
In The Wrath of Khan , Kirk reveals that he was actually commended for his creative thinking. Those who haven't watched The Wrath of Khan or its accompanying episode recently may have a fuzzy recollection of the events that transpired.
Khans revenge may be incorrectly remembered as a reaction to Kirk's malicious actions against him. Watching the two again, though, will remind you that Kirk was courteous to the conqueror from another time. When Kirk originally marooned Khan on Ceti Alpha V, it was a harsh environment, but still one capable of supporting life. Only after a neighboring planet exploded did it become a desert wasteland.
The truth still paints Khan as a sympathetic villain, but it shows the captain in a better light, since he had nothing but the best intentions for the ruler. It is easy to forget that Captain Kirk has a family, since his dedication to Starfleet always seems front and center. It also does not help that, throughout the Original Series, he is seen cozying up to several different women.
Fans will be quick to point out that, not only does he have a son, but David Marcus is a central character in The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. Kirk's son is the result of a love affair with Dr.
Unfortunately, David is put to the sword by Klingons in the third movie, marking one of the captain's most severe personal tragedies. Everyone knows that William Shatner sports a toupee, but one would be hard pressed to find a picture of a bald Shatner floating around on the web.
This is an especially impressive feat, as almost nothing escapes the internet's leering gaze these days. Chris Pine better start crossing his fingers that baldness isn't some sort of captain's curse. It should be noted that though the actor is bald, Captain Kirk himself sports a full head of hair. Yes, the toupee may be a falsehood, but in Trek canon, it is a real mane.
Kirk is proud and dignified, and wouldn't hide a bald head, though this isn't meant to criticize Shatner for his choice either. Aboard the ship is George Samuel Kirk, Sr, who takes control of the vessel moments before it explodes.
This event not only changes the whole timeline, but apparently James T. Pine's Kirk seems to have a chip on his shoulder throughout the first movie. Yes, it is horrible to grow up in a broken home with a bad stepfather, but the captain's upbringing in the Original Series is arguably way worse.
In the episode "Conscience of the King", it is revealed that Kirk witnessed the massacre of half an entire colony as a teenager. It's weird to argue which trauma is worse than the other, but witnessing mass slaughter probably takes the cake.
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