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Does James Kirk have any named superiors in Star Trek: The Original Series?

During TOS, James Kirk holds the rank of Captain and therefore anyone who holds a higher rank is his superior. In later installments the rank of Admiral (and its various sub-ranks, such as Vice ...
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What is Captain Kirk's secret pain?

The relevant bit from the film's official novelisation is slightly different from the wording in the film. There's also some internal dialogue from Kirk himself. The very thought made images ...
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What were the 17 instances of Kirk traveling through time?

The actual line from the episode is: LUCSLY: Seventeen separate temporal violations. The biggest file on record. Importantly, a "violation" does not necessarily refer to an "instance ...
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What is the information on Captain Kirk's tombstone?

The episode begins on 1312.4 with the receipt of the distress signal from the SS Valiant. At 1312.9 Kirk makes another log entry after the disastrous encounter with the galactic barrier. At 1313.1 ...
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Do we know exactly where Kirk will be born?

Real World According to the Humboldt Travel Journal, the decision to commemorate Riverside, Iowa as the birthplace of James Kirk was originally intended to act as a tourist attractor. After the ...
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Why was the character of Captain Kirk given the middle name "Tiberius"?

Writer David Gerrold claims credit for "Tiberius" as Kirk's middle name. It first appeared in the Animated Series episode "Bem" http://www.startrek.com/article/david-gerrold-recalls-more-tribbles-and-...
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Why was the character of Captain Kirk given the middle name "Tiberius"?

The name James Tiberius Kirk appears to be an homage to an earlier Roddenberry character, William Tiberius Rice. As to why Tiberius was chosen, you may wish to note Gene Roddenberry's extreme Roman ...
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Why did Kirk decide to maroon Khan and his people instead of turning them over to Starfleet?

Star Trek: Khan - Ruling in Hell IDW Publishing October 2010 – January 2011 From issue 1 Kirk states his concerns that Khan could easily escape a re-education facility or Starbase. His preference was ...
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Why didn't James Kirk destroy the Reliant instead of (or while) trying to escape?

I think there's something you missed in David's dialog: James Kirk: We'll beam aboard and stop it. David Marcus: You can't. Note that Kirk doesn't say "deactivate it" or "abort the ...
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What was in this missing scene from The Wrath of Khan?

The script, as many do, went through a number of revisions and rewrites including being completely scrapped and used for parts. The reference to the 12 pages, per a link at Wikipedia, is made in The ...
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What is the real-world timeline of the revelation of facts around Kirk's relationship to David Marcus?

The pertinent line from the transcript for Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is: KIRK: I did what you wanted. ...I stayed away. ...Why didn't you tell him? The implication is strongly that Kirk was, at ...
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Why did Kirk decide to maroon Khan and his people instead of turning them over to Starfleet?

According to Memory Alpha: Later, at a formal hearing, Kirk drops all charges against Khan and his people, considering it a "waste" to put Khan in a penal colony, and gives him the offer of ...
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Why didn't Khan beam Kirk up from the planet when he beamed up the Genesis Device?

Basically, Khan let his desire for revenge overcome his better judgment. He felt there was a certain poetic justice in leaving Kirk to die on an abandoned planet, just as Kirk had done to McGivers ...
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How did Kirk regularly beat Spock in 4-Dimensional chess?

We can also look to Troi beating Data at 3D chess: (note: 3D, not 4D) (a 3D chess game is in progress) DATA: The characteristic response to the Kriskov Gambit is to counter with the el-Mitra Exchange,...
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Does General Order 24 really exist?

According to memory and the Star Trek Transcripts site: in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Kirk gives a similar order. After Mitchell escapes from the facility on Delta Vega, Dr. Piper revives Kirk. ...
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How many computers has James Kirk defeated?

I'm counting androids/robots in with this. Some minor spoilers if you've not watched TOS The Return of the Archons A Taste of Armageddon The Doomsday Machine The Apple (Vaal) The Ultimate Computer (M-...
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What consequences were there for Kirk in the TOS episode "A Private Little War"?

In canon, not directly. As you say, TNG "Too Short a Season" (Season 1, Episode 16) was meant to be a sequel to this episode — or at least it has long been rumoured to be, with the idea that, ...
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How did Kirk regularly beat Spock in 4-Dimensional chess?

Canonically we do not have an answer to this. In universe though Vulcans are logical but they are still biological, a computer can calculate and keep track of all possible moves a biological brain has ...
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What is James T. Kirk's ethnic background?

The "Autobiography of James T. Kirk", told in-universe by Kirk himself and licensed by Paramount has some additional information to offer about Kirk's ethnicity. In short, his primary ethnic makeup ...
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Why didn't James Kirk destroy the Reliant instead of (or while) trying to escape?

The countdown on the Genesis device is not like the timer on a bomb, where if the countdown is stopped before is reaches zero, nothing happens because the bomb has not been triggered. The Genesis ...
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Why was Kirk promoted to Admiral?

Why would Kirk accept a promotion? Kirk gives us an answer in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan. He seems to be feeling his age and recognises that he no longer has the same vitality he had when he was ...
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Did Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise have a canon starting date in TOS?

Short Answer, no definite statements. Long answer, a few possible hints or clues In "Shore Leave", sometime after stardate 3025.8, Kirk meets Finnegan from when Kirk was at the Academy: FINNEGAN: ...
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Do starship captains typically recite mission-specific oaths, as at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness?

The entire thing doesn't seem to be the oath, just specific parts of it. And most of it isn't unique to the Enterprise, it's part of the Federation charter and Starfleet's general orders. Seeking out ...
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Why didn't Kirk simply tell Nomad that its mission was being changed?

It never occurs to Kirk that he could effect such a condition early in Nomad's interaction with the ship and crew. Nomad's behavior was highly erratic and unstable. Consider: he has a device, ...
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Why didn't Khan's abilities transfer into Kirk?

We have no reason to believe that Khan's abilities could be transferred by tissue transplants--and besides, Kirk was never actually injected with Khan's blood. Bones was able to isolate its ...
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Why did Kirk decide to maroon Khan and his people instead of turning them over to Starfleet?

Risks of returning Khan to Earth: Before the trip is over, Khan might find another way to take over the Enterprise and cause all sorts of mischief. Remember, in TOS the Enterprise carries ...
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Did Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise have a canon starting date in TOS?

2264, according to the official Star Trek web site and the Star Trek Encyclopedia According to James T. Kirk's file on StarTrek.com (the official site of the franchise), he was promoted to captain ...
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Why didn't James Kirk destroy the Reliant instead of (or while) trying to escape?

The Genesis device was designed to release an enormous amount of unstable energy in a focused, controlled manner to generate a new living environment based on the specification of the design team. The ...
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What is the information on Captain Kirk's tombstone?

The middle initial is a well known anomaly that can also be ascribed to the episode being a pilot. It is answered by this SFF question. As for the dates, you failed to see the decimal points in the ...
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How do we know Kirk was the youngest captain of a starship?

According to the database entry on "James T. Kirk" at the official Star Trek web site: As much as any other figure in Starfleet history, the tall tales about James T. Kirk's exploits over a 40-year ...
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