Starship captains


NEW YORK – For a few hours on Saturday night (July 30), the decommissioned aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid took not to the seas again, but to the stars. In command: William Shatner, "Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk, whose new documentary "The Captains" aired to a packed crowd on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.  

In the film, the former starship Enterprise captain goes on a mission of personal rather than cosmic exploration. Despite a long and award-winning acting career, Shatner's most prominent role by far remains Kirk.

To try to understand how the character has shaped his life, and vice versa, Shatner visits the five actors who also played lead captain roles in the "Star Trek" franchise's television series and films . What unfolds is a series of intimate interviews that discuss how the actors dealt with the demands of the role, what being captain meant and how they ever got into acting at all. [ See photos from the New York screening ]

"My hope is to delve deeply into these actors' psyches, find out more about them so you can . .  see what common denominator there is among us as actors that brought [us] to this worldwide renown as part of 'Star Trek ,'" Shatner explained in a statement.

An all-ages crowd of more than a thousand people attended the weekend event, some of whom waited on line for two hours or more to get on board the Intrepid. Making this particular site all the more poignant is that the "actual" starship Enterprise – NASA's first prototype space shuttle that was used in landing and glide tests in the late 1970s, and was named after the sci-fi vessel – will soon be housed at the museum .

A costume contest was held for the many dozens of people who donned Starfleet uniforms and other "Star Trek" paraphernalia. One woman even wore a homemade, light-up model of the starship Enterprise atop her head. [ The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies ]

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The rank of Captain has not altered since Starfleet was set up, but the chain of command surrounding the post has undergone changes. For example, in the 23rd century, the immediately-subordinate position to Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, was that of Number One, an executive officer holding the rank of lieutenant. Fleet Captain was the next promotional phase for captains.

By the time James T. Kirk took command of the Enterprise, the formal title of Number One was replaced by first officer status; unlike in later years, this was not a job in itself; Spock remained the ship’s science officer as well as Kirk’s second-in-command. By the 24th century, executive officers had become formally identified as the second-in-command, though many captains use the term ‘number One’ informally, to address their first officer.

A Starfleet captain is charged with three main responsibilities. The first and most important of these is the effective and safe operation of their ship and crew. A captain’s actions and personality must inspire loyalty in the crew under his command; staff can become disaffected and mutinous when they lose respect for their leader’s decisions.

Secondly, captains are expected to be inventive and spontaneous military tacticians, able to appreciate and act on any threat to the ship, or the Federation. For example, during a battle with the Ferengi in 2355, Captain Jean-Luc-Picard devised a highly-effective combat strategy known as the Picard Maneuver. This has since become required study at Starfleet Academy.

Emotional and intellectual pressures are part and parcel of a Starfleet captain’s job. At the most basic level, captains have at heart the wellbeing and lives of the crew and ship, and the strain that accompanies this responsibility can sometimes become too much. The loss of a crew, command, or family has prompted some Starfleet captains to commit acts outside the best interests of the Federation. One example is Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the USS Phoenix NCC-65420, who in an act of paranoid revenge nearly started a war with the Cardassians in 2367.

If a captain becomes physically unfit for duty, other officers can relieve them, including the ship’s chief medical officer or counsellor. Life-threatening injuries, signs of extreme stress or unusual or worrying behaviour, can also lead to the captain being forced to stand down, though such a request must come from at least two senior officers. There are specific Starfleet regulations to put this into force.

NEW YORK – For a few hours on Saturday night (July 30), the decommissioned aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid took not to the seas again, but to the stars. In command: William Shatner, "Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk, whose new documentary "The Captains" aired to a packed crowd on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.  

In the film, the former starship Enterprise captain goes on a mission of personal rather than cosmic exploration. Despite a long and award-winning acting career, Shatner's most prominent role by far remains Kirk.

To try to understand how the character has shaped his life, and vice versa, Shatner visits the five actors who also played lead captain roles in the "Star Trek" franchise's television series and films . What unfolds is a series of intimate interviews that discuss how the actors dealt with the demands of the role, what being captain meant and how they ever got into acting at all. [ See photos from the New York screening ]

"My hope is to delve deeply into these actors' psyches, find out more about them so you can . .  see what common denominator there is among us as actors that brought [us] to this worldwide renown as part of 'Star Trek ,'" Shatner explained in a statement.

An all-ages crowd of more than a thousand people attended the weekend event, some of whom waited on line for two hours or more to get on board the Intrepid. Making this particular site all the more poignant is that the "actual" starship Enterprise – NASA's first prototype space shuttle that was used in landing and glide tests in the late 1970s, and was named after the sci-fi vessel – will soon be housed at the museum .

A costume contest was held for the many dozens of people who donned Starfleet uniforms and other "Star Trek" paraphernalia. One woman even wore a homemade, light-up model of the starship Enterprise atop her head. [ The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies ]

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Based on Sax Rohmer's cult novels "Sumuru", this futuristic fantasy takes you to an Earth-colony in the far future, in which women rule and men are used to propagate the race and work in the mines.

Set in the Grand Canyon, a team of Smithsonian researchers have stumbled across a lost walled Aztec city guarded by some evil spirits, including a "great flying serpent of death." As days ... See full summary  »

Five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars, in the second decade of the 21st century. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, ... See full summary  »

A widow of a war hero takes in an injured soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Together they help each other heal and find true love.

The rank of Captain has not altered since Starfleet was set up, but the chain of command surrounding the post has undergone changes. For example, in the 23rd century, the immediately-subordinate position to Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, was that of Number One, an executive officer holding the rank of lieutenant. Fleet Captain was the next promotional phase for captains.

By the time James T. Kirk took command of the Enterprise, the formal title of Number One was replaced by first officer status; unlike in later years, this was not a job in itself; Spock remained the ship’s science officer as well as Kirk’s second-in-command. By the 24th century, executive officers had become formally identified as the second-in-command, though many captains use the term ‘number One’ informally, to address their first officer.

A Starfleet captain is charged with three main responsibilities. The first and most important of these is the effective and safe operation of their ship and crew. A captain’s actions and personality must inspire loyalty in the crew under his command; staff can become disaffected and mutinous when they lose respect for their leader’s decisions.

Secondly, captains are expected to be inventive and spontaneous military tacticians, able to appreciate and act on any threat to the ship, or the Federation. For example, during a battle with the Ferengi in 2355, Captain Jean-Luc-Picard devised a highly-effective combat strategy known as the Picard Maneuver. This has since become required study at Starfleet Academy.

Emotional and intellectual pressures are part and parcel of a Starfleet captain’s job. At the most basic level, captains have at heart the wellbeing and lives of the crew and ship, and the strain that accompanies this responsibility can sometimes become too much. The loss of a crew, command, or family has prompted some Starfleet captains to commit acts outside the best interests of the Federation. One example is Captain Benjamin Maxwell of the USS Phoenix NCC-65420, who in an act of paranoid revenge nearly started a war with the Cardassians in 2367.

If a captain becomes physically unfit for duty, other officers can relieve them, including the ship’s chief medical officer or counsellor. Life-threatening injuries, signs of extreme stress or unusual or worrying behaviour, can also lead to the captain being forced to stand down, though such a request must come from at least two senior officers. There are specific Starfleet regulations to put this into force.

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In science fiction, the archetypal hero is the starship captain – doughty scientist-explorers setting off across the uncharted reaches of the cosmos in search of new life, new civilizations. You know the drill.

This is a list of 20 famous starship captains from fiction. (To me, a starship is an interplanetary vessel – interstellar seemed too limiting. As a result, there are no historical starship captains as of yet. Except maybe L. Ron Hubbard.)

The title is intentionally misleading, meant to get me Diggs and hits. This is the 20 starship captains I chose to write about, in rough order of how much they interest me. The top five, however, are in my opinion THE TOP FIVE.

Please comment below. Let me know if I forgot anyone important. Just please, please if you’re going to flame me, read the whole article!

If you’re going to choose a captain, you want the smartest, strongest, healthiest guy. The one with leadership experience. The one with the best tan.

NEW YORK – For a few hours on Saturday night (July 30), the decommissioned aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid took not to the seas again, but to the stars. In command: William Shatner, "Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk, whose new documentary "The Captains" aired to a packed crowd on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.  

In the film, the former starship Enterprise captain goes on a mission of personal rather than cosmic exploration. Despite a long and award-winning acting career, Shatner's most prominent role by far remains Kirk.

To try to understand how the character has shaped his life, and vice versa, Shatner visits the five actors who also played lead captain roles in the "Star Trek" franchise's television series and films . What unfolds is a series of intimate interviews that discuss how the actors dealt with the demands of the role, what being captain meant and how they ever got into acting at all. [ See photos from the New York screening ]

"My hope is to delve deeply into these actors' psyches, find out more about them so you can . .  see what common denominator there is among us as actors that brought [us] to this worldwide renown as part of 'Star Trek ,'" Shatner explained in a statement.

An all-ages crowd of more than a thousand people attended the weekend event, some of whom waited on line for two hours or more to get on board the Intrepid. Making this particular site all the more poignant is that the "actual" starship Enterprise – NASA's first prototype space shuttle that was used in landing and glide tests in the late 1970s, and was named after the sci-fi vessel – will soon be housed at the museum .

A costume contest was held for the many dozens of people who donned Starfleet uniforms and other "Star Trek" paraphernalia. One woman even wore a homemade, light-up model of the starship Enterprise atop her head. [ The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies ]

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
# 232 on IMDb Top Rated Movies »

Brad Pitt »
# 175 on STARmeter

Based on Sax Rohmer's cult novels "Sumuru", this futuristic fantasy takes you to an Earth-colony in the far future, in which women rule and men are used to propagate the race and work in the mines.

Set in the Grand Canyon, a team of Smithsonian researchers have stumbled across a lost walled Aztec city guarded by some evil spirits, including a "great flying serpent of death." As days ... See full summary  »

Five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars, in the second decade of the 21st century. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, ... See full summary  »

A widow of a war hero takes in an injured soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Together they help each other heal and find true love.

NEW YORK – For a few hours on Saturday night (July 30), the decommissioned aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid took not to the seas again, but to the stars. In command: William Shatner, "Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk, whose new documentary "The Captains" aired to a packed crowd on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.  

In the film, the former starship Enterprise captain goes on a mission of personal rather than cosmic exploration. Despite a long and award-winning acting career, Shatner's most prominent role by far remains Kirk.

To try to understand how the character has shaped his life, and vice versa, Shatner visits the five actors who also played lead captain roles in the "Star Trek" franchise's television series and films . What unfolds is a series of intimate interviews that discuss how the actors dealt with the demands of the role, what being captain meant and how they ever got into acting at all. [ See photos from the New York screening ]

"My hope is to delve deeply into these actors' psyches, find out more about them so you can . .  see what common denominator there is among us as actors that brought [us] to this worldwide renown as part of 'Star Trek ,'" Shatner explained in a statement.

An all-ages crowd of more than a thousand people attended the weekend event, some of whom waited on line for two hours or more to get on board the Intrepid. Making this particular site all the more poignant is that the "actual" starship Enterprise – NASA's first prototype space shuttle that was used in landing and glide tests in the late 1970s, and was named after the sci-fi vessel – will soon be housed at the museum .

A costume contest was held for the many dozens of people who donned Starfleet uniforms and other "Star Trek" paraphernalia. One woman even wore a homemade, light-up model of the starship Enterprise atop her head. [ The Top 10 Star Trek Technologies ]


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    NEW YORK – For a few hours on Saturday night (July 30), the decommissioned aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Intrepid took not to the seas again, but to the stars. In command: William Shatner, "Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk, whose new
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