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Ready, set, engage -- who gets your vote for the best Star Trek captain? What is it about them that puts them at the top of the list?

Sisko, without a doubt. Don't get me wrong, I like all of them, but Sisko had a presence that none of the others had. As Allison put it, when he got worked up, he "channels the spirit of every African-American grandmother who ever thwacked her grandkids upside the head with a Bible." While I wouldn't ever want to be on the receiving end of said temper, it was a wonder to behold.


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Apr. 4th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder - I'd been meaning to answer this one myself. :) (BTW, I love Sisko, too, but my first choice is Janeway.)
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
My friend Steph likes Janeway best, too, because she was obviously a competent engineer before becoming a commanding officer. None of the others ever exhibited a "pre-command" talent set to much extent. (Yes, there were a couple of episodes where Picard took the helm, but I don't remember Sisko ever flying a ship, nor Kirk, nor Archer.)
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Didn't even really think of that, but that does add to my liking of her. :)
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Captains, captains, everywhere....
A commanding officer, however, who "leads with the whip" is one who is not, IMNSHO, fit to command. (Though at least he kept his fly zipped, unlike Captain Kirk...)
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Captains, captains, everywhere....
Oh, he rarely led that way, but he sure as heck negotiated that way on a number of occasions. Probably just as bad, overall, but damn, it was fun to watch.
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Captains, captains, everywhere....
Of course, it was fun to watch. Just that no one should ever think that it was an example of good leadership on his part.

(And yes, of the Star Trek TV shows, I did actually like DS9 - though I liked TNG better. I didn't watch that much of VOYAGER after the first season or so, and I didn't watch much of ENTERPRISE at all consistently ... they STARTED with a time-travel theme, after all...)
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Captains, captains, everywhere....
Yeah, the time-travel stuff in Enterprise was disappointing. :/
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
It's tough for me. I love Picard's personality. Out of all of them, I would most want to serve under him. But yeah, Sisko was the most entertaining to watch. I think a large part of that was that DS9 as a whole seemed more relevant and real to me. The situations, lifestyles, & choices of the people in that series comes closest to my rl experiences. Therefore, Sisko's abilities in dealing with them were more interesting to me.
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I think "Deep Space Nine" was easily the best-written of all of the series. It had its bad moments (Enamarian, anyone? Or Tosc? :-P), but it really was the best of the five, and the ending felt more like a true ending than any of the others' did (well, that is, either of the others that had a real ending).
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I remember how upset they were with Babylon 5 coming out around the same time, and they played around with some season-spanning story arcs, but ultimately they realized they these were two entirely different kinds of shows...
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Very, very different. And each wonderful in their own way. I think the highs were higher in B5, but the lows were also lower. DS9 was consistently good, whereas B5 was good on average, but was occasionally brilliant and occasionally dumb.
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Agreed, without a doubt. I had never been a huge Trek fan (despite being a Picard fan) until DS9. The other series were too utopian/unrealistic for me in their social structuring. It always felt so simplistic, and I think the writing suffered from that simplicity to some extent.
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
I dearly remember one episode where Sisko has been having trouble getting needed support from Starfleet, and he finally just lets go: "Do you know what the problem is? Earth! On Earth, there's no crime! No poverty!" And he goes on and on about how Earth has totally lost touch with the rest of the galaxy, especially the outer fringes where the Federation's "utopia" hasn't taken as firm a hold. It was a beautiful scene, with him smacking that baseball into the palm of his hand to make each point.

By the bye, I love your icon. :)
Apr. 4th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Eben, you are tempting me to go back and watch some DS9. I missed most of the Dominion War story arc.

Actually, this happened with "Enterprise" as well; I started as a regular viewer then drifted away later on.

And missed the big Romulan episodes in both series! :\

Oh, and my favorite CO on Star Trek has to be Commander Sela. Yeah, she was a Romulan, but sort-of the daughter of an Enterprise crewman. So what if she never commanded Enterprise? She was blond, devious, pointy-eared and hawt! :P :P :P

Is my Romulan bias showing? I think so. :)
Apr. 4th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Wow... I so do not remember that episode. Do you remember which season it's in? It sounds awesome, and EXACTLY the reason why I've never been a big trekkie.
I really need to watch Babylon 5, too... it kind of sneaked by me when it was running, and I've never gotten around to catching up.
Apr. 4th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
And thank you, it was my first icon ever, back in the days when LJ was nothing but a dumping ground for emo and angsty teens.
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