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Questions tagged [captain-kirk]

James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Kirk leads his crew as they explore "where no man has gone before". Use this tag for questions about the character, not those that merely mention him. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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What is James T. Kirk's ethnic background?

Many of the main human characters in Star Trek have clear ethnic backgrounds or identities. For example, Picard is French, Chekov is Russian, Sisko is Creole, Scotty is Scottish, Sulu is Japanese (...
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Why didn't Khan's abilities transfer into Kirk?

When Kirk dies near the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, he comes back to life when Bones administers Khan's blood. Khan is genetically enhanced to be a superior life form, so why didn't Kirk recieve ...
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Did Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise have a canon starting date in TOS?

Among the 79 episodes of the original series, is there ever mention of the specific date on which James T. Kirk was given command of the Enterprise? I'm quite sure a date has been retcon'd through ...
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What were the 17 instances of Kirk traveling through time?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," we meet the agency of Temporal Investigations. They mention that Captain Kirk has traveled through time on at least seventeen ...
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Do starship captains typically recite mission-specific oaths, as at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness?

At the end of Star Trek Into Darkness, Captian Kirk is speaking to a large group of people (perhaps a service for the recently-deceased Captain Pike?). He says the following: When Christopher Pike ...
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What happened to Peter Kirk?

In the Star Trek TOS episode "Operation - Annihilate" we find out that James T. Kirk's nephew, Peter is one of the survivors of the Deneva Colony. Both his parents were killed by the parasite ...
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What consequences were there for Kirk in the TOS episode “A Private Little War”?

Did Kirk ever have to deal with the consequences of his actions in this episode? He starts a civil war that will most likely get a friend of his killed, along with a lot of other people, using a ...
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Does General Order 24 really exist?

This question mentions General Order 24, which supposedly allows a Starfleet Captain to order the destruction of all life on a planet. Looking at the linked Memory Alpha page, that appears to be ...
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Do commodores have the authority to relieve officers of duty?

In "The Deadly Years," much of the crew is afflicted with a strange sort of radiation that causes them to age rapidly. Commodore Stocker is aboard and concerned about the dwindling capacity of Captain ...
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Why would Captain Kirk even think a bluff like the Corbomite manuever would work?

When Balok threatens to destroy the Enterprise, Captain Kirk tries to bluff his way out by saying the Enterprise contains Corbomite, a protective substance that automatically destroys any attacker. I ...
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Why was Kirk promoted to Admiral?

Captain Kirk is a man of action, a bona fide space cowboy who famously made his career pushing the limits of the unknown. He is almost literally in love with his starship, the Enterprise. He has a ...
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Does James Kirk have any named superiors in Star Trek: The Original Series?

In Star Trek: The Original Series, does James Kirk have any named superior officers, officers who would deliver orders to him and who would expect them to be obeyed? I seem to remember the presence of ...
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Do we know exactly where Kirk will be born?

I'm an amateur Star Trek fan--I've watched some of TOS and a few movies, but I know enough to remember that Captain Kirk is from Iowa. I don't know where in Iowa, just Iowa. Recently I came across a ...
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Was Carol Marcus the “little blonde lab technician”?

In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Gary Mitchell admits to Kirk that he steered a "little blonde lab technician" at him when Kirk was an instructor at Starfleet Academy. Kirk replied, "You planned ...
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Why was the character of Captain Kirk given the middle name “Tiberius”?

There is a question about why Kirk's middle name was Tiberius from an in-universe perspective. The answers explain that Kirk was given the name after his grandfather (Tiberius Kirk) and that his ...
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What is Captain Kirk's secret pain?

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Spock's half-brother Sybok exposes the "secret pain" of people he encounters. Sybok forces McCoy to reveal that he had hastened his own dying father's death, only ...
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Why didn't Kirk simply tell Nomad that its mission was being changed?

In "The Changeling," why didn't Captain Kirk, as the "creator," simply tell Nomad that it was being reassigned? Tell the probe that its new job was going to be counting space particles (outside of the ...
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How do we know Kirk was the youngest captain of a starship?

Before the Star Trek reboot movie came out, one of the producers (and I think more than just one) said that it was known that Kirk was the youngest person ever to become Captain of a starship and they ...
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Did Kirk really show how to make gunpowder in the episode “Arena”?

I remember seeing this episode when it was first aired. I was 13 and always wanted to get the charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter.
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Can the Chief Medical Officer use the Captain's first name?

I have this question: since the CMO on board a starship is generally the captain's own private physician, is there anything in the regulations that says a CMO can't call the captain by his real first ...
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Does James T Kirk know about Jonathan Archer?

I recall that Jim Kirk and Spock and the original Star Trek crew were sent on a three year mission to explore new worlds using the new warp technology, as if they were the first ones. But the ...
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Why didn't the mirror universe Major Kira and Doctor Bashir crossover at the same time?

In the Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, episode "Crossover" two members of the DS9 crew crossover to an alternate universe. It is the same universe that Kirk went to many years earlier in the TOS Episode: "...
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Was Kirk born prematurely in the alternate timeline?

There are two reasons the presence of Winona Kirk (James T. Kirk's mother) on the USS Kelvin in 2233 might not make sense: (1) Family members of officers and enlisted crew generally weren't housed on ...
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Are bridge activities always recorded, or only during certain missions?

In the episode "Court Martial," apparent video of bridge proceedings is shown, in order to try and determine Kirk's guilt or innocence. My question is whether this is actual video footage of bridge ...
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Does the flagship captain necessarily have the most seniority?

During the time when the Enterprise-D (later E) was the flagship of the fleet, was Captain Picard necessarily the officer with the most seniority (of those officers that served regularly aboard ships)?...
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Did Captain Kirk ever lose a fight when his shirt ripped?

Apparently, James Kirk's fighting skills increased after his shirt ripped, or maybe it was a coincidence that he never seemed to lose when this occurred. Am I just remembering incorrectly, or did Kirk ...
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Who's flying the Enterprise when Kirk and his crew are sleeping?

I assume Kirk (and his crew) have got to get some rest after a long day of investigating new planets and hassling other ships in space, so who is flying the Enterprise when Kirk and his crew are ...
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According to canon, what is the primary style of hand to hand combat utilized by Kirk in Star Trek TOS?

The hand to hand combat prowess of STNG Starfleet's security personnel is lauded by Tasha Yar in the accepted answer to this question. Tasha: I think you should know that there is no physical ...
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Who was more of a Casanova , Kirk or Riker (based on count of bedmates)? [closed]

"Common knowledge" is that on Star Trek, James T. Kirk and William T. Riker are both the Casanovas of their corresponding series. We know that in Kirk's case, the reputation is somewhat undeserved (...
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Did Captain Kirk underact when he found his brother dead?

In the episode Operation: Annihilate! Kirk finds his brother dead. He didn't seem very upset (definitely no tears, was able to continue with work immediately). Was there any reason in particular for ...
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Was Star Trek's original Captain Kirk always fond of antiques?

In The Wrath of Kahn (TWOK), there are at least 2 references to Kirk's fondness for antiques. Spock states that he's aware of this fondness when he gives him an old edition of A Tale of Two Cities; ...