The Top Infinite Reasons Kirk Is Better Than Picard

The list that OBLITERATES all the others!

This is a continually growing list. This list is a combined list of all the other Pro-Kirk lists (with modifications), and it has many additional reasons from myself and other contributors.

This list is for Kirk fans only.  If you're a Picard fan, better leave now!

Uncredited reasons in this list are either written by anonymous contributors, or are from uncredited lists found elsewhere (though I may have edited or altered them slightly).

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Last updated 3/24/2017

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1940. In the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" the crew of the Defiant is filled with shock, awe, and joy as they see Kirk's Enterprise.  Dax says "That's..." Sisko replies "The Enterprise!"  When would anyone express such shock and awe and joy upon seeing Picard's ship? Jeff W

1939. In the VOY episode "Flashback" Janeway says Kirk was a "different breed of Starfleet Officer" and she "Would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that."  Jeff W

1938. In TV Guide's 35th Anniversary Tribute to Star Trek, it says "James Tiberius Kirk, the name alone suggests, in fact commands greatness, and he more than lived up to it, as Commander of the Enterprise in its landmark five year journey through space. Kirk became the superstar of captains with his mission.  Drama followed him everywhere. Through it all, Kirk survived with his spirit and strength intact.  He was after all the descendant of hardy pioneers who crossed the United States prairie back in the 1800's. Movie star handsome, the red-blooded Iowan had a lust for... life itself. He was a remarkable leader, an inspiring citizen, a true-blue pal, and an audacious risk taker. He is like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett... a true American folk hero." Jeff W

1937. In the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" Dax says to Sisko "Aren't you Interested in meeting one of the most famous men in Starfleet's History? ...It's James Kirk!"  Sisko replies he wants to shake Kirk's hand. Later Worf says it would be an honor to meet Kirk. And O'Brien says "Let's buy him a drink." Jeff W

1936. In the CBS Sitcom "Yes, Dear" in the episode titled  "A List Before Dying" John Hiatt as himself sings a song which references Captain Kirk as one of his favorites.  Nothing about Picard mentioned in this song! Jeff W

1935. On the Hit NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", the Carlton Banks' favorite actor is William Shatner, and Carlton often made TOS references on the show. Jeff W

1934. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when Admiral Kirk and Spock are riding on the Bus in San Francisco in 1986, Kirk refers to "The Collective works of Jacqueline Susanne, the novels of Harold Robbins." Kirk even knows obscure 20th Century Earth literature! Jeff W

1933. None of Kirk's vessels ever needed a sissy little "Captain's yacht" like Picard's. Jeff W

1932. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in the Genesis cave before beaming up to do battle with Khan, Kirk takes a big manly bite out of an apple and says to Saavik "I don't like to lose." Jeff W

1931. When did any of Picard's films have a cool heartwarming scene like at the end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where Kirk and his crew are laughing and splashing around in the water?  Picard's is far too cold for that. Jeff W

1930. In Kirk's Era, the United Earth Space Probe Agency worked closely with Starfleet on many missions and construction of Starfleet and Federation Vessels. Picard's era?  No more UESPA. Jeff W

1929. As seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk's refit Enterprise had a huge Recreation Deck with a giant viewscreen. Jeff W  

1928. In the year 2000, the Original Star Trek was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the largest number of spin-off productions, including Picard's series, the feature film series, and the numerous other TV series.  Jeff W

1927. On the Front Cover of  "TV Guide" for December 5-11, 2004, the Cover says "The Top 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" 5 different covers are given for that week, Kirk & Uhura's Inter-racial kiss from the TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren" is on one of the 5 Covers.  None from Picard. Jeff W

1926. The Legendary Hollywood actor and filmmaker Orson Welles actually did the narration for the teaser trailer and television advertisements for the 1979 film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Only generic voiceovers were used for Picard's movie trailers.  Jeff W

1925. At the End of the Film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Federation President says to Kirk that he would "Be given the duties for which you have repeatedly demonstrated unswerving ability, the command of a starship."  In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard stated Starfleet didn't trust him. Jeff W

1924. In the Film Star Trek: Insurrection Ru'afo says to Admiral Dougherty "Federation support, Federation procedures, Federation rules... The Federation is old, in the past 24 months, they have been challenged by every major power in the Quadrant, the Borg, the Cardassians, the Dominion. They all smell the scent of death on the Federation" This is what happens when you have people like Picard in command, if Kirk was still alive in charge in the 24th Century, the Federation would not be having these problems. Jeff W

1923. The Net Worth for William Shatner is five times that of Patrick Stewart!  Jeff W

1922. In 2014  NASA  awarded William Shatner with its Distinguished Public Service Medal, which was the space agency's highest award for civilians, in real life Shatner has been a vocal advocate of science education and space exploration, and he was honored for . outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery. Jeff W

1921. In the Star Trek: The Official Magazine 2015 Special, it says "James T. Kirk. His name is legendary, his deeds even more so, with enough charisma to breach a warp core and an intellect that could put it back together again (with the help of a devoted engineer and loyal crew willing to do anything for him).  Kirk is probably the most steadfast commanding officer in the galaxy." Jeff W

1920. In 2016 a book came out titled "What would Captain Kirk Do? Intergalactic Wisdom from the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise."  No books like that about Picard! Jeff W

1919. On the website the results of a Weekly Poll Question "Who's your favorite Trek Best Friend Duo?" Kirk and Spock won 1st place by a landslide with 46 percent of the vote. Picard and Riker only had 6 percent! Jeff W

1918. In the Original Series episode "Obsession" Kirk was  brave enough to scratch his chin with a phaser set to kill, and Kirk was such a hardcore badass that in several episodes he disarmed people by grabbing the front end of their weapons. Jeff W

1917. An i09 article is entitled "Why Captain Kirk is still one of the Greatest Space Heroes of All Time" and also "14 things every man can learn from Captain James T. Kirk." Jeff W

1916. In 2013, TV Guide celebrated its 60th Anniversary by having six different covers based on the most influential shows of the past several decades, Kirk and TOS is one the six covers. No Picard to be found! Jeff W

1915. On the website an article titled "Best Trek Romances," #1 on the list is Kirk and The Enterprise. Jeff W

1914. In an article titled "The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Icons" printed in the UK by Imagine Publishing in Association with SciFiNow, James T. Kirk (as played by William Shatner) is listed as the #1 icon. Jeff W

1913. In September 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the Top 100 TV shows of all time. And of course Kirk's show ranked high on the list, Picard's show didn't even make the list. Jeff W

1912. In the 1995 teen Comedy Film "National Lampoon's Senior Trip" the character of Travis knew that Kirk was better than Picard. Jeff W

1911. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Realm of Fear" we see that Reginald Barclay has a strong phobia "mortal terror" of being dematerialized and transported. If Kirk was captain in this episode, he would have personally helped Barclay overcome his phobia. Jeff W

1910. In an article titled "InnerSpace's Top 5 Star Trek Captains" of the 5 Captains listed, #1 is James T. Kirk as played by William Shatner and it says "William Shatner's Kirk is the quintessential Star Trek Captain." Jeff W

1909. On an episode "The McLaughlin Group" on November 27, 2015, Pat Buchanan says that "William Shatner was voted by the Canadians as the most famous Canadian, and greatest Canadian of all time, for his role in Star Trek." Jeff W

1908. Kirks boots are always polished... even when they are dirty. Riley M

1907. Picard couldn't get away with saying "Nobody's gonna put the bag on ME anymore" or "The Iotians may demand a piece of OUR action!" And have that ending music play (thumbs up). That and Kirk looks better in a fedora than Indiana Jones! John B

1906. If the Enterprise-D appeared on the (real) Enterprise's viewscreen . . . Lt. Uhura would have still said Would you look at that?! but then she would have fallen out of her chair laughing! John B

1905. Whenever Chekov says "Aye Captain" . . . something gets blown to shit. John B

1904. When Kirk walks on to the bridge, no one needs to say Captain (or Admiral) on the bridge . . . Every bridge officer automatically turns and looks at him with admiration. John B

1903. Kirk was such an exemplary man he was able to earn the deep and true friendship of his First Officer - they were even so close that Gene Roddenberry had to invent a new Vulcan word to describe their relationship, and their thoughts crossed the universe to each other! Picard - friends...anyone...anyone? sirotin50

1902. When a new series visited Kirk's time-period, it delivered a wild adventure that truly tied in that series' characters with the originals and was generally appreciated by fans of both shows (DS9's Trial and Tribble-lations). When a new series visited Picard's time-period (final episode of ENTERPRISE), it not only ticked off the fans and cast of that show, but also was a mind-numbing reminder of how dull Picard's fellow characters were. Dale S

1901. Picard always felt regret about his poor life choices, leading to Q having to repeatedly slap him upside the head to show him how his choices were for the better. Spock's brother tried to guilt Kirk about life choices that went wrong; only for Kirk to defy him by telling him he had no regrets about the pain in his life. Kirk already knew what Picard had to be taught. Dale S

1900. Kirk has been duplicated numerous times, yet his crew knew him so well that they could spot the phonies pretty easily (heck, even when it was his own body being used). Picard's duplicates got around pretty easily, even when they acted odd. His crew just figured it was Picard being Picard. Dale S

1899. Kirk loved a good joke and was able to laugh at himself or at least acknowledge when he had been bested. The most anyone could usually get out of Picard was a dull smile. A joke like No tribble at all, from Scotty would have gotten a pained reaction from Picard. Forget about a good-natured slap in the chest like Kirk gave Scotty - Picard would only break his hand pulling that stunt. Dale S

1898. Kirk got a variety of hardback novels written about him that propelled him towards his FUTURE. Writers and editors saw a future in the character. Picard got an occasional paperback about his more exciting past (the STARGAZER series), when it was realized that any Post-series novels about the character would hit the remainder shelves in no time. Dale S

1897. Know why Kirk was happy just chopping wood in the Nexus? Because he had nothing to rectify in his life beyond taking a break from the pressures he always had to deal with (and always handled with ease). Picard's life was so dull that he needed an elaborate and bizarrely plagiaristic Charles Dickens existence created for him that even HE recognized as pretty silly and obviously phony. Picard's dreamworld was an overly complicated and cliched mess; Kirk just wanted a few days off at the cabin. Dale S

1896. Kirk's academy days were filled with intelligent friends that respected him and were memorable. Even his enemy Finnegan was fun in his own ways. Picard's academy friends had all the characteristics of bored contestants on Elimi-date. Dale S

1895. When Kirk or someone from his ship had to wear a jumpsuit, the style of the clothes was always manly in cut and fit. Picard and his men always looked like six-year-olds wearing pajamas with feet. No wonder some of the guys wore dresses at times. Even that looked better. Dale S

1894. Who doesn't get chills when Kirk recites the opening to the show? Or when he tells the alternate Spock in every revolution there is one man with a vision? He even managed to take a story like The Omega Glory and turn it into something special when he dove into the preamble to the US Constitution with breathless conviction. There was life in his words. When did Picard ever bring such life to something he was saying? Even his version of the opening to the show - only slightly modified from Kirk's - is spoken as if he was merely reading off a menu. Dale S

1893. In posed photos of the characters from the shows, Kirk always had an intense but wondrous look on his face, as if he could see beyond the horizons into adventures awaiting us all in the future. Picard always looked like he just heard someone knocking at the front door and is waiting for the butler to answer it. Dale S

1892. Kirk got a few comic book series out of his show, including one that lasted several years at DC Comics and written by some of the best ST writers around. Picard's comic book life was so sporadic that no one remembers it. Dale S

1891. There's no outcry from any vocal fans to Bring Back Picard for any new adventures. Dale S

1890. Kirk makes decisions based on his evaluation of what experts advise him, leading to a rational, strong course of action. Picard makes his decisions based on what his bartender tells him, for no reason other than it's Whoopi Goldberg. Dale S

1889. When Kirk's unemotional officer gets emotions, it is a driving point of an episode and constantly reviewed throughout the series in different subtle ways. When Picard's unemotional officer gets emotions, it is used as a series of afterthought gags in a movie and never really addressed again until they have to kill the character off because it wasn't working. Dale S

1888. Twenty years after Kirk's series started, people were so fond of its characters that a sequel series was created that showed the future of many of the beloved characters. Twenty years after Picard's series started, people were so tired of its characters that a series was killed off once one of its characters turned up in the series. Dale S

1887. Kirk's show motivated people to be scientists, astronauts, and other people of greatness. Picard's show motivated people to ... change the channel. You've never heard of anyone of importance talk about how Picard's show changed their lives in meaningful ways. Dale S

1886. Kirk didn't need a useless couple sitting on either side of him, between his chair and the helm, in order to give him advice-- like Picard does with Troi and Riker. His first officer was busy elsewhere performing scientific duties, and he didn't NEED a "cousellor" to point out the obvious-- constantly. The Bermanator

1885. In TV Guide, in an article entitled "100 most unexpected TV moments" one moment was from "City on the Edge of Forever". None from Picard's show. RisenHero

1884. Kirk has the sense to beam down to a planet or base armed, especially if there's the slightest hint of trouble. Picard refused to beam down to Starfleet Headquarters armed even though the officers there were controlled by organisms bent on ruling the Federation, and needed Riker to save him (Conspiracy). therritn

1883. Kirk gives the troubled teen a physically demanding lesson to toughen him up. In a similar situation, Picard let's him win at... paddleball. sciottos

1882. In "Where Silence Has Lease", Data seems awfully sure of itself when it says no ship in the Federation has ever encountered such a void. Considering how easy it was for anyone to look up "the old Enterprise"'s records to obtain knowledge of the past ("The Naked Now", "Generations"), they overlooked "The Immunity Syndrome" where "the old Enterprise" had gone into a very similar void. WHOOPS. The worst part is, the thing inside the void in "Immunity" is far more creative than the horny entity that wanted to play with Dr Pulaski in "Silence". DPCole7

1881. It's amazing how Picard would think that, in "Redemption", a wall of Federation ships generating a tachyon thingie would work. Now space is big. Surely the Romulans could go around such a technically puny shield? Or under it? Or above it? DPCole7

1880. Needless to say, Kirk creates. Picard imitates. Spock did the "to hell with them" in Trek VI. Data parrots Spock in "First Contact". Spock dies in II and Kirk gives a great eulogy. Data "dies" in "Nemesis" and we see lines of dialogue literally ripped from Treks II and III and shoved into "Nemesis". That's how bad Berman has driven his show down to. Plagiarism. Indeed, Q is merely Trelane and it's Q that makes Picard's show watchable. DPCole7

1879. Kirk's movies always tried appealing to new potential fans, even when resorting to reviving old enemies (Khan being the best). Picards are the epitome of fanwank; appealing to the most technical and, forgive me, geeky detail, and playing out as if they're all fun to see each other again, but where's the fun for the audience? "Generations" offered nothing new. "First Contact" can't be topped when re-using the Borg and Voyager's McCoy-ripoff Doctor character. "Insurrection" dares to reach outward, but is merely a potpourri of three of TNG's TV stories (The Pegasus, Who Watches the Watchers, Homeward) - and this bored TNG fans which is odd as all of TNG's spinoffs were often rewritten TNG episodes anyway! And as for "Nemesis", that only appealed to the writers, namely the one who played Data because "Nemesis" allowed him to write a way for the character he hated playing to, you guessed it, live on. DPCole7

1878. Why would the Federation EVER sign a Romulan peace deal that would preclude the Feds from ever developing a cloaking device? Should war ever break out, the Romulans would have the perfect advantage. Still, that's why Kirk risks his life to smuggle the latest Romulan design while Picard hides behind a bunch of stuffy words, trying to prevent war because he knows he'd lose. (So then why does he let the Romulans know what was going on? The Romulans have NEVER been known to take things at face value; let alone trust an enemy, let alone their own!) DPCole7

1877. Regarding cloaking technology: Kirk goes undercover to steal the Romulans' new design, in order to maintain balance of power. Picard. upon learning that Admiral Pressman wanted to equal the balance of power by creating a cloaking device, decides to let the Romulans know on the spot about what's going on without bothering to think of any consequences which may follow; ASSUMING that the Romulans will simply react in kind. (Since when had the Romulans ever been straightforward?) In this case, Russian Roulette isn't brave diplomacy. It's outright lunacy. But then, Picard is prone to assumptions at just the worst times (e.g. his family line, thinking that if he destroys the Enterprise-E the Feds will just make another one because "it's just a letter", that if he changes his past that his future will be better (Q's biggest attempt to tell Picard that being Kirk-like isn't a bad thing; how the past makes us who we are in the present.) DPCole7

1876. Captain Sisko from DS9 was a god who was destined to join the Temple of the Prophets (the wormhole aliens). And even a god-like figure like him had a lot of hero worship for Kirk ( Trials and Tribble-ations). He also had a lot of contempt for Picard (Emissary). What more proof is needed than the judgement of a God. mona datta

1875. In Encounter at Farpoint, Picard was cared so little about his ship and crew, he jettisoned his civilians in an underpowered primary hull in the face of danger, then sat in his office while his untried exec manually docked the two sections. Kirk was involved with his ship-when he wasn't on the bridge, he was in engineering or even working in a Jeffries tube. He would have been appalled at such indifference. Whodfrell

1874. Kirk's era had higher standards of command. Spock said it best: the captain had no right to appear anything but perfect; otherwise, the crew lost faith, and he lost command (The Enemy Within). And Kirk worked hard to avoid displaying weakness in the eyes of his crew-forcing himself through the Psi-2000 virus by sheer willpower. Picard? His first stated concern was that the captain, "project an air of geniality" (Encounter at Farpoint). How standards have changed.

1873. Kirk genuinely cared about children. Even when children were a menace to his crew, he flatly refused to accept the idea that they would have to die to save the ship and demanded an alternative-and got one (And the Children Shall Lead/Charlie X). The thought of harming innocents-even dangerous ones-was repugnant to him. Picard, on the other hand, thought nothing of throwing an untrained kid into dangerous situations with the title "Acting Ensign", then sitting on his heels til the last moment and pontificating when Wesley was under sentence of death for falling into a terrarium(insert title here), to say nothing of taking children and families on a highly dangerous exploratory mission.

1872. Kirk's first order as captain of the Enterprise: "Take her out of the Galaxy, Mister Mitchell." Picard's first order as captain of the Enterprise: "We surrender." Whodfrell

1871. When a television series is popular and outstanding enough to inspire a movie, it's naturally going to be better than be better than a series made from a movie-- especially if it's all the same title. The Bermanator

1870. Kirk's series involved an "epic" style, which appeals more to the intellect, using fast-paced interesting characters and concepts, rather than simple glitter and pretense; Picard's series did it the other way around while trying to mimic the intellect of Kirk's series, making it look like a pretentious, pseudo-intellectual cartoon.
The Bermanator

1869. In "Sub Rosa," Picard is so weak and gullible that he allows the obviously-demented Dr. Crusher to leave the ship while under alien influence, simply because she threatens him with "kidnapping" if he doesn't. The Bermanator

1868. Even when faced with the new Romulan plasma-torpedo, Kirk didn't run in order to "live another day" like Picard did. The Bermanator

1867. Kirk's Star Trek was created during the space-race, and so carried the astronautical wonder of that era, representing a struggle between entire world-civilizations; Picard's was created during the computer-era, and so is filled with endless androids and technobabble, representing struggles among computer-geeks. The Bermanator

1866. Androids from Kirk's era were very advanced and human-like, but still didn't need to have pale plastic skin, yellow eyes, and constantly talk in non-stop technobabble or do the "robot-dance" in order to constantly REMIND everybody that they were androids; likewise, they weren't abused as plot-devices to save them every time they got into a scrape. The Bermanator

1865. Spock says in "The Paradise Syndrome" that Kirok is an "extremely dynamic individual." When did anyone say this about Picard? LuvoxMan

1864. In "The Enterprise Incident" we heard the female Romulan say that, "we have Romulan methods against humans and human weaknesses" to which Spock replies it wouldn't work on Kirk. LuvoxMan

1863. Kirk's Enterprise from TOS and the Refit/Enterprise-A looked good from any angle, unlike Picard's Enterprise-D which looks awkward from most angles.
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1862. Kirk didn't need a "Phaser Range" like Picard did in "A Matter of Honor" because Kirk and crew were good with phasers.
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1861. In "The Naked Now" Beverly Crusher under the influence of the virus says to Picard in his ready room "We haven't time for that sort of thing" to which a clueless Picard replies "What sort of thing?" When it is obvious what Crusher meant. Sheesh! Garfield Nut

1860. In "Code of Honor" Picard gives a gift to the Ligonians and states it's from China's 14th century. Data then corrects Picard, stating that the gift is from the 13th century! Kirk wouldn't have made such a mistake. Garfield Nut

1859. In the TNG episode "Code of Honor", Lutan asks Picard, "What do you know of needs and feelings?" to which Picard replies "Nothing." NOTHING? Kirk understands feelings. Garfield Nut

1858. Spock says to Areel Shaw at the trial in "Court Martial" that "It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or malice, it is not his nature." Picard's nature? Well... Garfield Nut

1857. In the "Entertainment Weekly" magazine for Nov 26, 2004 it has on the cover "The 50 best TV shows on DVD" Star Trek:The Original Series,Season One is among the 50 shows listed, Picard's show isn't even listed! Garfield Nut

1856. Ralph Offenhouse said to Picard in "The Neutral Zone" that "This is the worst run ship I've ever been on!" and he compared the Enterprise-D to a Cruise Ship from the late 20th century. Garfield Nut

1855. Picard said to Dr.Crusher in "The Neutral Zone" that he was unaware of the capsules and people Data beamed onboard, Picard didn't even know what was going on with Data bringing them on the ship! Garfield Nut

1854. With Kirk's show and Enterprise, the annoying word "Report" wasn't said a countless number of times when the crew got into trouble. Homer Simpson Fan

1853. Consider how each captain behaves when forced to stop a deranged crew-member: in "Day of the Dove" when Kirk merely knocks out a deranged Chekov, he is horrified at what he did; likewise in "Amok Time" Kirk risks his life to try to knock out the deranged Spock and thus save his life-- and nearly dies as a result; and in "The Naked Now" he nearly gets the ship destroyed to avoid harming the disease-deranged Riley while getting him out of engineering; finally in "Catspaw" and "The Paradise Syndrome" he doesn't harm a single member of his entire deranged crew. Meanwhile in "to the Nth Power," Picard orders the crew to kill the deranged Lt. Barclay simply because he took over the ship, and in "Generations" he himself blows away a crewmember and sneers about it like "I did him a favor." Kirk places his crew's safety above his own, while Picard obviously think he's the center the universe. The Bermanator

1853. Should the need arise, Kirk gets his hands dirty and fixes stuff himself - witness his repair of the viewscreen in "The Doomsday Machine". All Picard is capable of is his ordering his equally ineffective crew to do all the work for him. mona datta

1852. TOS fans are intelligent, full of good taste, imaginative, gutsy and originals. TNG-only fans are whiny, deluded, half-witted cowards (like Chronic Harlot, GornHunter, cdydatzigs, Kamen Rider Blade, etc). Griff

1851. Mr. Adventure said to Uhura in The Search For Spock, "That's Admiral Kirk, my God!" Nobody has ever expressed such shock and awe at seeing Picard. Garfield Nut

1850. Picard in "Time's Arrow" noted that, after Data went missing on the planet below "Despite the emotional repercussions among my crew, I must move this mission forward, and that we cannot make Mr. Data our priority." while Riker refused to believe Data was Dead. Kirk wouldn't have given up on Data. Garfield Nut

1849. In "The Search For Spock" on the Genesis planet, Kirk was able to convincingly impersonate Klingon to Maltz on the Bird of Prey. Garfield Nut

1848. At the end of "The Search For Spock" it says "...and the Adventure Continues..." When did Picard's crew ever have such adventures, that such a sentence would be needed at the end of any TNG movie? Garfield Nut

1847. Q says to Picard in "Tapestry" that "Your life ended 5 minutes ago under the inept administrations of Dr. Beverly Crusher." Kirk's doctor would never be described as inept. Garfield Nut

1846. In "Tapestry" we see that Picard's father told him NOT to join Starfleet, he also said to Picard that he was dead before his time and that "After all these years,even now you manage to dissappoint me" Picard is a failure even to his own family. Garfield Nut

1845. Q said to Picard in "Tapestry" regarding the countless voices that "These are the voices of all the people who have died because of you throughout the years.. these are the voices of all the people you've killed through your actions,through your inactions." Kirk never caused such horrific tragedies. Garfield Nut

1844. Q said to Picard in "Tapestry" that "It's unlike you, Jean-Luc, to have a sense of humor." Unlike Kirk, who always had a great sense of humor. Garfield Nut

1843. Kirk was never slapped in the face by a woman who then walked away in disgust, as seen in "Tapestry." The reason for the slap in the face was because Picard fixed a second date with another woman named "Penny." Kirk would have the decency never to arrange a second date and cheat on a woman. Zweller even said Picard deserved the slap! Kirk also never had a woman throw a drink in his face, as was done by Penny to Picard. Garfield Nut

1842. Q said to Picard in "Tapestry" what Trek fans always knew about Picard: "To be blunt, you're not that important." Garfield Nut

1841. At the end of "The Deadly Years" after Kirk saves the day from the Romulans, Commodore Stocker says to Kirk "I am now quite aware of what a Starship can do, with the right man at the helm." When did anyone say this about Picard? Garfield Nut

1840. Even as Kirk was aging mentally and physically, Dr. Wallace said she saw Captain James Kirk as "A man of morality, decency, handsome and strong." Garfield Nut

1839. Kirk is the embodiment of the self-actualized perfect man that humanists and existential philosophers have discussed and dreamed about for centuries. Picard is not. Garfield Nut

1838. "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan," is listed in "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made." None of Picard's films are even listed. Garfield Nut

1837. If Picard tried to support Spock so he could reach the lightbulb in the jail cell in "Patterns of Force," Picard's back would have been broken. Garfield Nut

1836. In a recent poll, Kirk's show took third place in the all time most popular TV shows. By comparison, TNG came in at 47th place. Garfield Nut

1835. Kirk's games outsell Picard's games, and the game "Starfleet Academy" which featured Shatner as Kirk, was a top seller for Interplay, and when Kirk's show premiered on the Sci-Fi channel, the ratings on that network doubled in that timeslot! Garfield Nut

1834. Spock said of Kirk in "The Tholian Web" that "I shall not attempt to voice the quality of respect and admiration that Captain Kirk commanded." When did anyone say this of Picard? Garfield Nut

1833. In the Oct/Nov 2004 Star Trek Communicator Magazine, pg 53 it says of Kirk "Kirk was the quintessence of cool." Picard was never described this way... for obvious reasons. Garfield Nut

1832. You want to reach out, send your ships to where you know theres going to be danger, foes, and the unknown. At the same time, you want to end your-humanities history of ending all its problems with war. You want a man who who will be sudden death when threatened. But is able to convincingly offer the hand of peace. In troubled waters, you want a man who gets loyalty from his crew, even in dark times, because they know he is pushing himself too. You want Kirk. Sometime later... you take a man who cannot win loyalty from his crew, never seems approachable, and pontificates most of the time. One who knows very little of some old time foes of the Federation, and looks back on earth's past as just bad news. And hates kids. You DO NOT send this man and the crew into dangerous waters. You let them putter around in known space most of the time. That's Picard.  It all fits.
Pantellis P

1831. Kirk's crew follows his mold and have backbone and stand up to authority when necessary. A few examples: Spock defies a Commodore in 'Doomsday Machine' knowing the potential consequences. McCoy in "Space Seed" telling Khan: "You are in bed holding a knife at your Doctor's throat. Either choke me or cut my throat". Scotty in "A Taste of Armaggedon" disobeys Ambassador Fox's idiotic orders, knowing he may be sent to a penal colony. They are following Kirk's lead in this respect. In contrast, Picard's crew is as spineless in the face of authority as he is. For example in "Chain of Commmand" , when Jellico takes command of the Enterprise and starts beating up on the Enterprise crew, Riker sulks and gets himself relieved of duty. In the early stages, he appeals to Picard for help, but Picard believing dogmatically and narrowly in the chain of command and offers him no help. If that was the Kirk/Spock combination, Jellico's butt would have been off the ship to defend the crew.
Pardu P

1830. Kirks tales didn't degrade his foes, or lower them as time went on. The Klingons remained menacing and wild, even as we learned more about them. Khan became more dangerous, and tragic. Picard saw the start of the slow de-balling of the Borg and other enemies. And look at the explanation of the Sona!
Pantellis P

1829. Kirk recalled the people he owed. Garrovick, Ben Finney, and Gary Mitchell. When have we heard Picard speak about the previous captain of the Stargazer? Or anyone that he had met, aside from the stereotypical Boothby?
Pantellis P

1828. Kirk's romances were believable. The admiration turning into more (Edith Keeler). The slow revelation of his life with Carol in Star Trek II, the bitter meeting with Janice Lester. Picard? An almost non existant relationship with Beverly. One screwed up, and one that we never get to learn about. He finds real passion at one time, and he can't handle it....and then the stagey, cheeeeeesy relationship in "Insurrection"! Kirk's relationships start from Kirk and the other person; from character. Picard's realtionships start from plot contrivances.
Pantellis P

1827. Kirk had the real idyllic societies. A group of colonists under the immortal influence of the spores! A Greek god offering Elysium in return for worship! The people protected from all ill by Vaal! And as a real positive one; The preserved native american society in THE PARADISE SYNDROME! Picard? A rather cheesy Shangri-La, created by people who gave up technology (though not the memory of it!)because they were destroying themselves on their homeworld. Sounds like the Baku were pretty warlike originally!
Pantellis P

1826. When it comes to Picard facing a bad guy, the only way to get him motivated is for the bad guy to have some connection to Picard. And even then, Picard starts off by trying to change the man before battling him; thus allowing the bad guy to gain more power. For example, in "Nemesis," Shinzon was his clone, and thus it was suddenly Picard's job to help Shinzon.  That is, until he found Shinzon was actually evil and then Picard went to kill him. If it was just a regular Reman who was threatening the Federation, Picard would have feigned interest, and instead of trying to find an alternative to battle he would have immediately raised shields and charge weapons rather than listen to the man. Picard has it all wrong. Kirk is all business when it comes to facing an enemy and won't go around saying, "Hmmm, I wonder if we're really the same person. In the meantime, I'll let my guard down while I'm staring down the barrel of a guy who was raised by Romulans, the race which started a war with the Federation in the late 2150's and since then has been formulating plots to overtake the UFP." Kirk has always shown he knows how to handle a situation, rather than let his emotions get in the way. l mean, just imagine if Shinzon were not only Picard's clone but also a Borg...Oh boy, Picard would be so emotionally distraught Shinzon would have destroyed Earth in less than a day while Picard just stood there in a daze.

1825.  In "First Contact," when Picard and his Away Team find their fellow crewmembers being turned into Borg on the lower decks of the Enterprise, Picard actually shoots and kills a crewman who is pleading with Picard for help. Obviously they can turn them back into a human; they did it for Picard! And at the end of "Nemesis," Picard is actually going to blow up the Enterprise with his crew still ON the ship! Fortunately, the self destruct didn't work. Of course, this didn't prevent Picard from still being willing to kill his entire crew by ramming the ship!  Kirk was NEVER so easily willing to kill his crewmen like Picard.  Arrakkis

1824. Will they let just anybody assume an active duty position aboard a starship in Picard's Starfleet?  Picard somehow was able to just slap uniforms onto three non-Starfleet Academy graduates and assign them posts aboard his ship. The first, or course being an underage boy (Wesley Crusher), the second being the loathesome Ensign Ro (who was given the choice of serving aboard the Enterprise or time in prison!), and best of all, the temporarily powerless Q, a raving psychotic who has terrorized countless beings and worlds! How is this sort of thing allowed when Starfleet Academy is supposedly so hard to get into? How did Picard know for sure that Q wasn't just screwing with his head in some new way?  None of it makes a lick of sense, and it just illustrates the stupidity of Picard, and the phoniness of his version of Starfleet.  Ray K

1823. Kirk could easily end a serious and dangerous adventure with a good, hearty laugh with his crew, therefore keeping up morale and creating a more friendly environment . Picard frequently would merely scowl a lot and have a crabby attitude, contributing no morale whatsoever. Captain Outrageous

1822. When Kirk rescues someone from 20th-century Earth out of deep-freeze from space, he throws them a formal dinner in full-dress regalia and honors, as well as giving them full access to the ship's libraries in making sure they have a chance to adapt after two 200 years ("Space Seed"). And even after they try to take over his ship and destroy it, he goes out of his way to give them what they want-- Kirk understands and has compassion.  When Picard rescues people from Earth in the same manner, he IGNORES them, and treats them like crap before arrogantly lecturing them and sending them away-- even when one of them can read Romulans better than anyone on his ship. What a pompous ass Picard is!  The Bermanator

1821. When Kirk finds a mother alien defending her young, he saves her even at great risk to himself ("The Devil in the Dark"). When Picard meets the same, he kills her ("Galaxy's Child"). The Bermanator

1820. Kirk left a lasting impression on many of his other contemporaries while teaching at Starfleet Academy, including R.M. Merrick. Years later, Merrick still remembered Kirk as an example of all that was best about Starfleet officers. Garfield Nut

1819. Kirk cared about his ships.  Picard at the end of "Generations" is more concerned with finding a stupid photo album than he is about the loss of his ship.  Garfield Nut

1818. In the 35th Anniversary TV Guide Star Trek Tribute, Picard is described as "joyless".  And it further says "We've never seen [Picard] really having fun, fully enjoying and experience just for the sake of the experience."  This happened to Kirk frequently! Garfield Nut

1817. In "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," Lokai says to Kirk "You speak very well, Captain. Your words promise justice for all" When did anyone say this about Picard? Garfield Nut

1816. In "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," Kirk was strong enough to restrain Lokai and Bele at different points. Picard would have needed security. Garfield Nut

1815. Even in a crisis, Kirk exercises restraint, using deadly force only when absolutely necessary; in "Space Seed" Kirk avoids hitting Khan in the head with the pipe, in order to avoid killing him; and likewise when Khan returns, Kirk restrains himself from blowing Khan's ship to smithereens despite the danger it creates as a result-- in either situation, killing Khan would have solved the problems created afterward, but Kirk values life too much to "play God."  Meanwhile Picard either stupidly trusts a ruthless enemy like the Cardassians ("The Wounded") which endangers others, or else kills needlessly when it's not even remotely necessary; it seems Picard doesn't have the slightest problem with arbitrarily deciding who lives and who dies. The Bermanator

1814. When Kirk's body was stolen by Janice Lester in "Turnabout Intruder," he verified by telling Spock verifiable information, and finally mind-melded with Spock to prove it; likewise, his crew, who knew him best, stood by him regardless of Dr. Lester's best attempts to fool them by making Kirk look crazy.  Meanwhile, when Picard believed that he was time-travelling in "All Good Things," he didn't even bother to simply verify it objectively via such "inside information" or similar measures-- leading his equally-inept crew to the (quite understandable) conclusion that Picard was a senile old loon who had simply slipped his leash; likewise, Picard's so-called "most trusted friends" all turned their backs on him in his moment of greatest need-- except, ironically, for a heartless android, who was the only one that believed Picard when trust and loyalty were most crucial-- and despite that Q did nothing to interfere or make Picard look insane (Picard did that quite well on his own). The Bermanator

1813. When Picard is with an Admiral he may like: He's formal, official, and being his usual sycophantic self. When Picard is with an Admireal he isn't supposed to like, such as Admiral Necheyev, she puts him in his place. When Kirk is with an official he has problems with, Kirk makes it plain he's ready to take action himself, as the Enterprise is HIS ship. When Kirk is with an Admiral he likes, such as Admiral Bob, Kirk talks to him with a laid back, calm attitude. Bob responds the same way.  It's plain the two are freinds, and probably have had an adventure or two. Has Picard, for all his ways, been that human with an Admiral? Pantellis P

1812. In Kirk's day, Tricorders looked for PEOPLE. How many countless times with Picard has the "Hehehehe! I've stolen his commbadge!" worked? Pantellis P

1811. Unlike Picard, Kirk rarely had to communicate his intentions more than once. Aliens, Starfleet, and villains of any stripe rarely had second guesses! Dennis B

1810. In the TNG episode "Homeward,"  Picard allowed the destruction of a planet. Picard let millions of lives die without hesitation .  And why?  There was NO reason. Nothing to win. A whole culture was destroyed because of... NOTHING.

1809. In the TNG episode "Redemption," Picard stands by and does nothing while Gowron's ship is attacked by two Birds of Prey. His rationale? "We will be pulled into the feud."  Kirk has never done anything this offensive.

1808. When Picard reveals that the Federation developed a practical phasing shield, that was treasonous. His superiors had decided that they were not going to honor the Romulan treaty. It wasn't Picard's place to overrule that decision. It was his job to do as he was ordered. Having to explain the phase-cloak to the Romulans (who'd never believe that the Federation was really abandoning such technology, even if they said they were) would potentially lead to far more problems that it would solve. He made his decision arbitrarily, not as a diplomat OR a soldier.  Kirk has never resorted to such behavior that would get the Federation into deeper trouble.

1807. In the TNG episode "The Wounded," Picard hangs Maxwell out to dry, even though he believes Maxwell is right about the Cardassians!  How could any Trek fan get behind his, "I'm going to pretend you're not doing what you're doing." attitude?  Kirk never ignores such things.

1806. Picard refuses to order Worf to donate blood. This was just another instance in which Picard's petty moralizing annoys Trek fans to no end. Kirk, on the other hand, risks his own mortality in order to get Spock to donate blood to save Sarek.

1805. In the TNG episode "Descent," Picard, while being pursued by a Borg ship over three times the size of the Enterprise, sends nearly his entire senior staff on an away team to an unknown Borg-occupied planet, in an unknown location, and leaves command of the ship to the chief medical officer!  Kirk never makes such blunders.

1804. No one ever said to Kirk "Where's your arrogance now?" like Q said to Picard in "Q Who."  This is because Kirk never displayed such arrogance. Garfield Nut

1803. Picard was investigated for conspiracy against the Federation in the TNG episode "Coming of Age."  Kirk has never been, and would never be, accused of such activity. Garfield Nut

1802. Kirk has a much more plausible scheme of probability-- he has a great crew of living, breathing people, all under his excellent leadership-- but has no more advanced equipment than any other starship. However Picard, despite having an incompetent crew, somehow also has an impossible, inexplicably advanced robot like "Data" to save him every time, while no other starship has anything even close to Data in terms of technology. Translation: Data is quite literally a "Deus Ex Machina." The Bermanator

1801. Kirk's ship surgeon had a daughter who was never on the ship, while Picard's doctor had a pantywaisted son she dragged along and who was always underfoot. The Bermanator

1800. Kirk actually has legitimate reasons for his actions. The Romulans have a cloaking device and Enterprise is the only ship there. The device and their plasma torpedo makes any ship in the area a sitting duck. They have to act, even if it means risking war. In another he voiced the 'balance of power' argument. If the leaders of OUR time were listening to it... the arguments are convincing.  Picard? On learning of a thing that's going about killing, and trashing worlds, and a mother eager to avenge her kid's death, he compares the monster to a whale, and don't whales deserve to live? So he suggests talking it out of it! After planning to infect Hugh with the virus, he sees members of the crew get all maternal and caring over the poor little borgy boy. (Including Guinan...I still don't get it!) And he does as well, saying we can't let ourselves get as bad as our enemies. Ergo, if we all get assimilated-we won the moral argument! He refuses to take Kevin the dowud in, saying we have no law for your crime; Press release! We do! Its called Genocide! Or hasn't he heard of the Nurenberg trials? Kirk has a real basis for his actions. Picard? Just says what comes into his head...Of course it avoids him actually taking a stand if you'll notice. Pantellis P

1799. Picard as a role model? Let's look: He treats Kligons as genetically programmed robots, putters around in very known space, kisses admirals butt whenever he can, is plainly scared of active females, whines and sulks when emotionally hurt, and takes years to realise that he was missing something by not being one of the crew. Kirk as a role model? Let's look: He goes where no one has gone before, is able to match blows with agressive women, has friends including one who is closer than a brother, is able to win admiration of his foes, is able to sit down by the camp fire and talk frankly, and have a good time with his people, keeps going when hurt, is capable of putting visiting Admirals in their place. I rest my case! Pantellis P

1798. Unlike Picard, Kirk DID inspire Zefrem! "A thousand worlds, and we're still pushing out!" He was plainly wild about what was waiting for him in the federation, even the idea of losing his eternal youth didnt worry him! Picard had no influence on Cochrane whatsoever. Pantellis P

1797. Kirk fights real combat tests. In the ultimate computer, the Enterprise was pitted against other craft like itself. True, it had M5 at the helm.  Picard? War games for him involve an 'obselete relic', that Riker and company have to get into working condition. And even then he almost gets nailed! Kirks Enterprise takes on the real ships! Picards gets trashed by relics! More than once! Pantellis P

1796. Picard lives in the past, wishing he had done things differently. Kirk lives in the present, and does what needs to be done! Shawna W

1795. Kirk rose to the Captain's chair by continual bravery and excellent work. Picard had a big secret how he rose to the Captain's chair because he did it by naively protecting a Captain who was doing something illegal. His whole career was one of luck and shame. Shawna W

1794. In "The Naked Time" even under the control of the virus, Kirk walks confidently through the corridors with dignity. When Picard was under the control of the virus, he just acted silly. Garfield Nut

1793. On the May 30-June 5,2004 "TV Guide" 25 Top Cult shows ever, The original Star Trek is listed #1 with Kirk and Spock on 1 of the 4 different covers for that week. Picard's show isn't even listed! Garfield Nut

1792. Picard's crew is so incompetant that in TNG episode "Schisms" Riker and several other crew members are abducted and at the end of the episode, they still haven't found a way to ensure those abductions won't occur again. Garfield Nut

1791. Cadet Picard committed a serious offense while at the Starfleet Academy he needed the help of Boothby to do the right thing as we see in "The First Duty."  Unlike Kirk, who got a commendation for original thinking. Garfield Nut

1790. Kirk has no horrible ancestors.  Unlike Picard, who is embarrassed about having anscestor Javier Maribona-Picard who was in the infamous crushing of the Pueblo Revolt on Earth in 1692. Garfield Nut

1789. In "Generations" before the Saucer section of the Enterprise-D was seperated a group of several kids were left unattended before Geordi showed up, assuming kids would ever be on any of Kirk's ships this would never happen! Garfield Nut

1788. Since July 1986, EVERY new classic ST Novel has been a New York Times Paperback best seller, to date the novels have sold close to 30 million copies making it the best selling series in publishing history.  Novels involving Picard without Kirk are nowhere near this. Garfield Nut

1787. They can't even get the opening credits for Picard's show right! From the 1st and 2nd season: during the opening sequence graphics show a departure from the Sol (Earth) system beginning with Earth with the Sun in the background and featuring fly-bys of Jupiter and Saturn,during this sequence, the camera pans right and we see sunlight off the left side of Earth & Jupiter, but the right side of Saturn, indicating that Saturn is backlit!  In the opening credits from 3rd season on, the opening sequence, at the end of the planets, watch closely the starfields, the stars go in two completely different directions! Garfield Nut

1786. Kirk said at the end of ST:TMP "Ship's status: Fully operational." When was Picard's ship ever fully operational at the end of the TNG films? And with Picard in command, how could you expect it to be? Garfield Nut

1785. Kirk's Enterprise had a cool Retinal Scan (ST:II TWOK). Garfield Nut

1784. The Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" and Kirk thought the same tactily, and were alike enough that they anticipated each others moves, thus letting Kirk survive, and win. The Romulan commander even said that they could have been friends. He would have treated Picard like a bug that needed squashing. Estelendur

1783. Kirk has emotional intelligence! When his brother is killed by the parasites, he only pauses for a moment, then does what needs to be done: save his brother's family! When he learns of David's death, he expresses his pain, then states..."We aren't finished yet!". Kirk understands his pain, and understands what needs to be done. Picard? Whines with his folks in FAMILY and even considers leaving Starfleet. And in FIRST CONTACT gets all whiny over a death in the family....its just lucky the alarm wasn't on at the time. And the events also show he hasn't gotten over his angst over his capture by the Borg. Kirk would have taken that on board and dealt with it. Picard's behaviour shows he's still unable to cope with what happened to him. Pantellis P

1782. Kirk is the man of peace! Watch the end of Space Seed, and his feelings about Khan and McGivers. He even offers to Save Khan, during the second film. Kirk spares the life of the Gorn commander. Kirk finally puts to rest his hatred of the Klingons. Picard? Tears into the Borg queen when shes helpless....and for all his talk higher morality, bitches about what the Borg did to him. Picard shows no particular 'fellow warrior' feeling to the Romulans, that Kirk had plenty of. He tries to have it both ways with the Cardassians in THE WOUNDED, and just plain snappish to the Ktarians after they showed him up. Pantellis P

1781. Picard's Star Trek movies never began with a cool intro like "In the 23rd Century..." like Kirk's in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Premonition_45

1780. Kirk's entire crew, let alone his senior officers, keep their minds on their assigned duties and saves leisures activities for their own free time in off-duty hours; they don't goof off by doing things like rehearsing lousy Gilbert & Sullivan songs ("Catastrophe") (which is perhaps-- thankfully-- why Kirk didn't use such to appeal to HIS rogue science officer in "The Menagerie" or "Amok Time" like Picard did in "Insurrection.") The Bermanator

1779. Picard's crew made Zefram Cochrane afraid and squeamish about his destiny. Kirk's crew would have made him look forward to it. Garfield Nut

1778. Picard is an expert... in surrendering. In "The Last Outpost" he tries to surrender to the Ferengi. In "A matter of time" Picard surrenders to Riker who is in command of the Klingon vessel Pagh.  In "The Outrageous Okona" Picard orders the shields dropped "In case we decide to surrender to them."!  Garfield Nut

1777. In "Aquiel" Picard badly mispronounces the name of the Klingon battle cruiser Qu'vatlh.  When Kirk is confronted by Klingons, he doesn't make such errors. Garfield Nut

1776. No member of Kirk's crew ever said to Kirk disrespectfully "Please, no lectures..." like Crusher said to Picard in Star Trek: First Contact. Garfield Nut

1775. Picard said in Nemesis "It seems as though we are truly sailing into the unknown."  So what?  Kirk did this in nearly every episode!  Garfield Nut

1774. In TNG episode "Phantasms" Admiral Nakamura didn't believe Picard's reasons to avoid the annual Starfleet Admiral's Banquet, about the ship having propulsion problems. Kirk is far more convincing. Garfield Nut

1773. Further proof of how Picard wastes precious time, in ST: First Contact, after Picard is told the fleet is ready to fire on the location on the Borg Cube given, Picard wastes several precious seconds(and ships are destroyed,lives lost) before he FINALLY gives the order to "Fire" Garfield Nut

1772. In Star Trek: First Contact, when Picard smashes the Enterprise display case in the briefing room with his rifle, he breaks the models of the Enterprise-C, and the Enterprise-D (Truly a self-destructive personality). But Kirk's Enterprises, obviously, still remained intact!  Neptune_437

1771. Further proof of how each captain watches over his respective crew is given in "Amok Time," where Kirk, who knew that a ship is only as good as its crew, easily realizes that something is troubling his alien officer which involves a barbaric home-world ritual-- and Kirk does everything in his power to save his officer and friend, including risking both his career and his life.  Meanwhile, when Worf goes through a similar problem, Picard doesn't even care-- and so does NOTHING, leaving his crew to watch out for their fellow officer (since their CAPTAIN sure won't)-- and as a result, Worf gets a crappy holo-simulation while Spock got the real McCoy. The Bermanator

1770. On Kirk, the green shirt looks stylish. On Picard, it would more resemble baby poop. Vegemite

1769. With Kirk's past, we know there is plenty that wasn't on the show, that could have been used.  Such as his connection to Kodos, The Kobayashi Maru, etc. Picard? He hardly did much till an accident threw him into a command position, and after losing it nothing much happened till he was put on the Enterprise D. Kirk's behind-the-scenes events are stories in themselves. Picards are...well.... Pantellis P

1768. In ST: II TWOK, Captain Terrell, even under the control of the Ceti Alpha eel, and urged by Khan to kill Kirk, found it impossible to eliminate the beloved Starship Captain, and struggled against Khan's orders, ultimately turning the phaser on himself.  If Khan told Terrell to kill Picard, Picard would be DEAD. Garfield Nut

1767. "No one ever described Kirk's crew as "weak and incompetent" like Q did in "Q Who." Garfield Nut

1766. Kirk's crew had a more interesting and entertaining encounter with the quasar Murasaki 312 ("The Gaileo Seven") as opposed to Picard's Enterprise-D "encounter" using long-range sensors ("Data's Day"). Garfield Nut

1765. Kirk never had to drift for weeks in a shuttlecraft waiting to be rescued like Picard did after the Stargazer was destroyed... by the Ferengi. Garfield Nut

1764. Kirk's Enterprise and Enterprise-A didn't need a seperate "Battle Bridge" because unlike Picard's ships, Kirk's vessels were true battleships.  Garfield Nut

1763. If Kirk and Picard were swords, Kirk would be Excalibur. Picard would be one of those flimsy foils they use in the theatre that break if you drop them. Katharos

1762. Kirk is the fearless pioneer, blazing new trails and setting new boundaries - then crossing them. Picard is the politician who comes afterwards, when the wilderness has already been 'tamed.'Katharos

1761. Q tested Picard and his crew as representatives of humanity at Farpoint, and he needed a half-Betazoid to save them. If Kirk and his crew had been tested, Q wouldn't have got past the trial scene. Katharos

1760. Kirk never lost a photon torpedo! Even when it seemed there might be one missing, Kirk knew better (ST6).  Picard has to go on a "Where are you, you naughty photon torpedo?" hunt across an asteroid field to find one. Pantellis P

1759. Its easy to hate a torturer, the man with the do you hate what is being...nice to you.   Kirk handles that with ease.  Made to believe he's in love with Lt. Noel, he manages to hold on to his memories, and try to fight it.  Under the spell of the ultimate Love Potion, even though it's tearing him apart, he tells his would-be lover that they have to remember their greater obligations.  Her planned marriage means peace, and that has to come before their happiness.  And in the end Kirk manages to beat it! He is able to fight the Scalosion tranquilising factor and free himself from the power of the spores, by sheer strength of character.  Picard?  A few shots at an addictive game and he's about to hand over the Federation to the enemy.  Kirk can stay on his course even when the sirens start calling.  In comparison, Picard almost begs to go on the rocks! Pantellis P

1758. Kirk had awareness of the struggle for freedom and liberty.  On the planet Omega IV he helped the Yangs discover what the freedom and liberty that they had fought to win back meant.  Before Shinzon was revealed to be the villain, he told Picard of his struggle to win freedom and liberty for the Remans.  All Picard seemed worried about is how many of the Romulan oppressors died. Jim S

1757. In "Charlie X," Kirk gives Charlie sound, caring advice on growing up and relationships, while Wesley doesn't bother with Picard (knowing him to be hopeless) and just goes to Riker-- who just nauseates him by showing how to make cheap pick-up lines to women who look like Whoopi Goldberg (no wonder the kid's messed up!). The Bermanator

1756. Kirk, being both a wise and caring leader, took an intense interest in the feelings and relationships among his crew; in "That which Survives," for example Kirk make extensive, almost poetic, commentary in his log regarding Scotty's finding a love-interest after years of devotion to only the ship. Picard, meanwhile, proved every day that he had a steel heart--literally-- by sniffing at such matters until they blew up in his face, like the conflict between Worf and Riker over Dianna Troi. The Bermanator

1755. Spock referred to Kirk as "a  man of deep feelings." When did anyone say this about Picard? GarfieldNut

1754. "The Chief in Command said to the Federation President in ST 6 "Those men have literally saved this planet." When was such an honor said about Picard and his crew? GarfieldNut

1753. Kirk is tough and acrobatic. This is proven when a nearby explosion sends him cartwheeling into a shell crater (without a stunt double!) and he shrugs it off enough to set up and fire a photon mortar (Arena).  Tim

1752. In "Chain of Command," Picard cracked under torture into hallucinating what he was told to see. Meanwhile, in "Whom Gods Destroy," Kirk, under torture, wouldn't even say the simple words "Queen to King's level one." The Bermanator

1751. In the TNG episode "The Offspring", unlike Picard, Kirk would have praised Data for his ingeniuty, creativity, and boldness in continuing his creator's work. After all, the mission of the Enterprise is to "boldly go where no man has gone before", and creating fits right in with that mission. Kirk would have warned Data though, out of genuine concern, that some in Starfleet might try to take Lall away from Data and experiment with her, but he would have done it as a caring father, firm but with love. But what does Picard do? Yells and derides Data for doing this without first CONSULTING HIM ABOUT IT! That's how bad things are on Picard's ship. No one can create anything without his permission, because he views his crew as his personal slaves and ensures they do nothing without his knowledge. After all, he can't afford anyone standing out as being creative, for that might be a threat to his position as Captain, seeing how starved Starfleet is of creative thinkers. Kirk Man

1750. Have a look; Kirk is the first to find out what the Romulans look like.  Kirk meets a race we definetly have not seen enough of; THE GORN! Kirk meets a race of super psis, able to keep a Constitution class vessel in check; The Platonians.  Kirk meets two MEAN races, shaped in the form of past nasty groups on earth; the gangs of Chicago and the Nazis! What does Picard get?  People who other people have met! A race like the Tellarians who everyone tells him are no where joes.  And when he meets a race that not many have met before-the Sheliak...they plainly are NOT impressed by him.  And again, Kirk has some nice events in these contacts; A world where the native americans never had their less than likeable meeting with mr white man....What is Picards equivelent: A second rate California like Risa, or the lifeless 'haven' in the Briar patch.  You meet a better class of good guys and bad guys with Kirk! Pantellis P

1749. If someone had refused to vacate the bridge on command, Kirk would have had security remove him-- or done it personally. Picard did neither when Wesley did this to Picard in "Encounter at Farpoint."  This makes it pretty obvious who's on top of things on the Enterprise! The Bermanator

1748. A lot of the characterization of Kirk and Picard is rooted in the actors that portray them.  William Shatner: "A sense of the unknown has always lured mankind and the greatest of the unknowns of today is outer space. The terrors, the joys and the sense of accomplishment are epitomized in the space program."  This is exactly the kind of attitude Shatner put into Kirk.  Patrick Stewart: "I'm a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to the whole business of space travel."  That's exactly the attitude Stewart put into Picard. Kilgorehendel

1747. The phrase "we are forever in your debt" was never uttered to Picard, but was uttered to Kirk by the Federation President (STIV).  The Heater

1746. In Kirk's time, Starfleet ships did not have names like 'Crazy-horse' (see TNG's "The Pegasus"), such a name is offensive to the Native American community, because it's not in their native language. The Heater

1745. When an admiral inquired as to why there was a "Captain Picard Day" banner hanging in the Enterprise-D, Picard said: "It's for the children. I'm a role model." To this, the admiral replied in a rather sarcastic, monotone voice: "I'm sure you are." Had there been a "Captain Kirk Day" banner hanging in the original Enterprise or Enterprise-A, the admiral's tone of voice would have had no sarcasm in it whatsoever because Kirk really was a role model. The Heater

1744. When Kirk went against Starfleet and put his career on the line, it was a personal matter to help his friends.  Why did Picard go against Starfleet in Insurrection?  Because an Admiral was taking people from a lifeless society to another world so they can extend peoples lives!  Kirk and Company's CHARACTERS drive the plot.  Picard needs the PLOT to drive, because he and his crew are too feeble, one-dimensional, and shallow to drive anything.  Pantellis P

1743. With Kirk, it's plain that character drives the plot, and vice versa.  Kirk is exhilarated in the first film to be back where he belongs: on the Enterprise.  With Picard, we get none of that, even when Picard gets the Enterprise E! Pantellis P

1742. Kirk has intense feelings about his enemies (Khan) in one way or another, yet is able to show humanity.  Picard sounds whiny and humiliated and has no interest in showing anything.  How do they get Picard emotionally involved in events in the Romulan realm?  Make the villain a clone of him!  Pantellis P

1741. Kirk's crew had strong characters and personalities, and this didn't get in the way of bringing in science to the show.  In fact, it actually helped the integration of technology and science.  Such as Spock facing the Companion, and getting a shock as a result.  Or Scotty going right up to the magnetic bottle effect in a last ditch attempt to save the Enterprise.  And, of course, Kirk putting together a primitive cannon when facing the gorn.  Picard's science and technology is presented as a given fact.   This makes science and technology seem like things that only rather unlikable characters like Leah Brahms and oddballs like Soong get involved in.  Pantellis P

1740. Kirk's movies have their own individual personality and feel, and their stories have heart and substance.  Picard's movies, however, are all prefabricated, cookie cutter, by-the-numbers orgies of typical 90's mediocrity which are formulated with the failed intention of convincing us that TNG belongs on the big screen. And, as such, they're nothing more than expensive, shallow failures.  Ray K

1739. Let's take a look at Picard/Riker's fighting style: Fire a quick phaser burst, let the ship get pummeled, fire another phaser burst, let the ship get pummeled, surrender. They RAN AWAY from an 80 year old Klingon ship after firing a single phaser burst! (ST VII) They also lost to a Ferengi ship in the same manner (Rascals). So what if the Enterprise took some damage charging towards an old Bird of Prey with torpedoes and phasers firing? That's the way to win a battle. If Kirk was in command of the Enterpise-D against an 80-year-old Klingon warship, he'd had charged into battle, not run away after firing a single burst of phasers. Tebok

1738. Captain Kirk's crew had to venture into the unknown in a ship technology inferior to Picard's.  Yet they did what they had to do to get the job done - and did. When Picard's crew is asked to do a little extra work (by Worf's brother acting as first officer and later by Captain Jellico)  they cry and complain.  Tebok

1737. Unlike Picard, Kirk's uniforms are advanced enough in design that they don't need constant adjustment and tugging to keep them presentable-- or at least he isn't so anal-retentive that he needs to keep doing it! Instead, he has a uniform-mirror at shoulder-level in his quarters ("Journey to Babel") so that he can make sure he gets his uniform on right the first time, and doesn't need to keep re-adjusting, fussing, and fidgeting like a nervous child in Sunday-school. Likewise, only the JANITORS on Kirk's ship wear overalls-- as it should be, while the officers and crew wore regulation uniforms. Picard's ENTIRE crew, however, seems to be a group of sanitation-engineers, judging from the appearance of their ugly, odd-looking jumpsuits. The Bermanator

1736. Kirk's engineer knows more about the Enterprise than the people who designed it, while Picard's engineer had to practically have an affair with a holographic image of an arrogant and unqualified female design-engineer, merely in order to figure out how to fix a problem using a simple dryer-hose. Consequently, Kirk's engineer doesn't later get into trouble by developing crushes on such ship-designers-- particularly without even bothering to check if they're married first! The Bermanator

1735. Kirk's engineer would never give unknown alien races the power to destroy the Enterprise, like Picard's engineer did when Georgi gave the Pakleds (the "Stupid People" ) photon torpedoes (which he claimed would have destroyed the Enterprise)-- on the hope that he could disarm it seconds before the idiots did so. The Bermanator

1734. Ever see Picard smile? It's always forced through layers of stifled emotions, like someone forced to attend some unwanted festive event (such as the ceremony in "Nemesis"); meanwhile Kirk has a warm, charming and spontaneous smile,  and his emotions come through naturally in the face of life or death alike. The Bermanator

1733. Kirk had LIFE, and was driving by a spirit and lust for it which contrasted well with Spock's supreme control, as when "Errand of Mercy" showed Spock calmly preventing Kirk from attacking the Klingon soldier who challenged him. Likewise, his crew were charming, vibrant and unique characters who formed a team based on the strength of each bringing their individual talents, molded by Kirk into a very LIVING unit. For this reason, it's no wonder he volunteered -- and was chosen-- for the mission to seek out NEW life, since like attracts like!  Picard, however, had NO life, but rather lived depressingly and bitterly in FEAR of it, having  little purpose (except merely simply complain nonstop whenever anything happened), while his First Officer-- as well as the REST of his crew-- were simply flat, annoying, but ultimately EMPTY uniforms pumped up with  cheap, manipulative and equally annoying gimmicks like the empath, the android, the boy-wonder, and the visor. Picard was chosen to seek out new life only since opposites attract-- and it's no wonder that he drove people away.  Kirk laughed with the world, while Picard cried alone.  The Bermanator

1732. Each of Kirk's episodes was entirely self-contained, each having its own plot and story progression and resolution, while hardly ever referencing prior episodes, and the only common reference was Kirk's five-year exploratory mission.  Picard's series, meanwhile, was so much like a boring soap-opera, that it literally made all of "Star Trek" series' INTO one, shifting the entire "Star Trek" format from episodic to serial starting with  DS9 (i.e. premises extending between episodes); likewise each show's reference about the common reference of the "mysterious alien" (Q, Prophets, Caretaker, Suliban) is nothing but a mindless annoyance. The Bermanator

1731. Despite having a much more talented and capable doctor, Kirk would never DREAM of leaving him in charge of the ship-- let alone with a skeleton crew of newbies-- while taking everyone else including his First Officer down to an unknown planet to search for his SECOND officer (particularly while the ship was being hunted by a dangerous enemy like the Borg), like Picard did in "Descent, Part II." The Bermanator

1730. Remember the 'B-4' android in Nemesis? Well, in the second last scene where we saw him, Data was deactivating him "indefinitely" because he was "dangerous." Yet, at the end of the film, after Data had died, the B-4 was suddenly operational again and talking to Picard. Did the Enterprise-E crew forget that this android was programmed by Shinzon for an evil purpose? I can suddenly see a sequel story in which the B-4 goes psycho and tries to kill everyone. Serves them right too, I'd say. If Kirk was in command there, he'd have been more careful with B-4. The Heater

1729. The immortal superhumans of Kirk's era were better, as well as Kirk's reactions to them.  Kirk convinced the Metrons that humans were a promising race with their first meeting.  How long was 'the jury out' during for Picard?  Kirk said "We don't need you any more"  to Apollo, yet still admitted that the life he offered had very real attractions.  Kirk toughed it out with the Squire of Gothos, yet still was able to look back at him with sympathy.  Picard, faced with a rather feeble joker like Q, just gets huffy and pedantic.  So huffy he irks Q to send them off to meet the Borg just to show Picard's pedestal isn't as stable as he thinks.  Kirk doesn't need gods in his cosmos, but he's able to cope with them if he meets them, in more ways than one! Picard has only one way to deal with them, as he deals with people... by non-stop pontificating. Pantellis P

1728. Kirk was shown as a man with a high regard for Starfleet, the service he was part of, and didn't like hearing someone dissing its aims, like Garth of Izar. When people insult Starfleet to Picard, Picard does nothing to defend it.  Pantellis P

1727. The Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Klingons (and later the Romulans) was a well understood barrier zone.  No one lived there but perimeter defense crews.  It was plain that the Federation of Kirk's day was NOT afraid of a fight with the Klingons, or whoever, and just wanted to avoid it if it could be avoided, and try to hope for quieter times.  The Cardassian DMZ is a different kettle of fish.  Picard's Federation supposedly WON the war with the Cardassians.  Note, however, that there was no revolution on Cardassia.  The government was still the same fascist organization.  But the Federation gave ground and stated that it washed its hands of the colonists in the area.   But not really.   It demanded the Maquis stop being so nasty to the Cardassians, or else.  Kirk would NOT be happy with this, because it suggests that the Federation was SCARED of the Cardassians, and was bending over backwards to prevent a rematch.  Kirk's Federation was not scared of intervention, as in "A Private Little War."   Pantellis P

1726. In "Generations," Kirk is described as a "legend."  Picard?  Nope. NintendoManiac

1725. Kirk NEVER became involved with a female member of his crew, despite their lusting after him one and all ("Miri," "The Enemy Within"); clearly, he knew this would be an immense conflict of interest, while likewise it took an extraordinary woman to even merit Kirk's interest. But does Picard let serious issues like that stop him? Hardly; he only puts off a relationship with Dr. Crusher because he's chicken. And Picard had no trouble consorting with a female stellar cartographer until he was forced to realize by example the conflict. Kirk, having common sense, already knew this full-well from the start. The Bermanator

1724. Kirk's enemies were consistent in nature, and only changed for a plausible specific reason, like the Peace Treaty with the Klingons turning them from warriors to spies. However, the Q went from accusing Picard of being a "dangerous, savage child-race," to essentially attacking Earth (via the Borg) for Picard's race being too complacent, to finally threatening to wipe all of Earth's humanity from history just because Picard and crew were too BORING.  Likewise, the Ferrengi went from feared enemies to pesky salesmen, for no apparent reason other than their resemblance to clones of Elmer Fudd with bad teeth making them somewhat laughable as enemies.   Kirk's enemies were dangerous and ruthless, Picard's were just confused.  The Bermanator

1723. The scene in Star Trek VI where Michael Dorn portrayed Worf's grandfather as Kirk's attorney was obviously written to amuse TNG fans. Yet, the scene was written in such a way that it also served greatly to advance the plot and made sense even for those who never watched TNG. However, the 'holographic doctor' scene in Star Trek: First Contact did practically nothing to advance the plot and would be confusing to anyone that was not familiar with Voyager. The Heater

1722. When Kirk and all his male crew members fell prey to an alien force in the Animated episode "The Lorelei Signal," Uhura and Nurse Chapel were able to take command of the Enterprise and lead the female crew members to save the day. Had this been a TNG episode that took place after the death of Tasha Yar, Picard and his boys would have been goners. The Heater

1721. No one on Kirk's ship took a system off-line without consulting him. But the same cannot be said about Picard's ship (see the opening scene from "Lessons").  The Heater

1720. As much as the Klingons hated Kirk, they still gave him a defence lawyer when they put him on trial (ST6). But was Picard given a defence lawyer when he was put on trial by the Q? Nope. The Heater

1719. On Kirk's show, the Vulcan salute "live long and prosper" is taken from the Jewish religious tradition.  When did Picard's show take inspiration from real life religious tradition? NintendoManiac

1718. Among the many classic Trek conventions ripped off for Nemesis was the presence of a duplicate of the Captain. Only this time, the duplicate was not played by the same actor. Why? Because people can hardly stand watching a single original Picard, let alone two, that's why! Ray K

1717. The CNC at the beginning of ST6:TUC stated that they needed someone the Klingons respect and who knows the ropes. That was late in Kirk's career. De Soto in "Tin Man," NOT an admiral, and not on first name terms with Picard, calls Picard's ship the best. Does anyone state later on in Picard's career, say in Nemesis or First Contact, that Picard and company are miracle workers? No. By that time, even De Soto had given up hope that anything would make Picard get his ass into gear!  Pantellis P

1716. Even the rejected scripts with Kirk are better...The original ideas for The Wrath of Khan had Khan develop Talosian-like powers, and use them to try to push Kirk to the edge, by putting him into a series of savage encounters, including a whip fight on a galleon! The original script for The Final Frontier had Kirk alone on the planet hunted by a growing army of stone demons where, each time he blasts one, another takes its place... before the Bird of prey comes in. And one rejected idea for one of the films was that Kirk finds a love interest on the ship -- an Irish female engineer-no doubt a protege of Scotty's... Any chance of similar drama in a rejected script for First Contact or Nemesis? Hardly.  Pantellis P

1715. Kirk is proud of humanity's past and its roots. This was proven in "Spectre of the Gun," and in "The Savage Curtain" where we meet his hero, Honest Abe. He doesn't mind some faux hippie music by visitors either. Picard? For all his liking Dixon Hill, he disses most periods of the past -- even when he has members of that past alive on his ship.  Pantellis P

1714. Kirk can pull off stings! He convinced his crew that he was going over the edge in "The Enterprise Incident," even convincing McCoy, until he was told it was a scam by Starfleet! Kirk manages to convince the Iotians that he is much the same as them, and that the Federation is a combo, like theirs but far, far greater.... and wants in on their action, if they play by Fed rules. And while in a woman's body, he manages to fool Nurse Chapel into letting "That nice Mr. Spock" see her, and so get his/her best chance at convincing people he/she is Kirk in a woman's body! He's a kick ass captain, yes! And that's not the only string to his bow! Picard? He uses a technical trick in "Peak Performance," tries to convince some characters he is insanely in love with Laxwana, and makes a less then able plan in "Gambit." And if he was in the same situations as Kirk? Picard pretending he's going over the edge -- he's never been that driven! And really being with his back against the wall -- no one believes he's him? He just has to be NORMALLY outshone, as by Jellico, and he already gets all depressed!? Pantellis P

1713. When Kirk's first officer calls him by his first name it is with clear friendship, respect and devotion. When Riker calls Picard by his first name, it is a rather ugly guttural sound -- so much so, that even Picard objects to him using it: "Have you noticed how we are all of a sudden on a first name basis?" ('Deja-Q'). Mona D

1712. In more than one universe, Kirk plays a primary part. And not just in this one. In the Mirror universe, the empire collapses, starting with most obviously Mirror-Spock's manipulation then removal of Mirror-Kirk! Q himself tells Picard in "Tapestry," when Picard notices how little has changed, that, frankly, he never did anything important enough to change squat!  Pantellis P

1711. Kirk has a definite thing with the women in his life. In "The Deadly Years," the woman with him plainly feels pain for his slow collapse. Areel Shaw still has fond memories of their time, and wishes at the end they could have more time together. Carol, despite her conviction that Kirk and her were never going to make it to the altar, still plainly cares for him. And then there's the doomed romance with Edith. And if they don't like him, they loathe him, like Janice Lester! Picard? We have a couple of old flames who plainly do less, if that's possible than he does...or doesn't with Bev. We have a rose tinted version of Dickens in the Nexus. And when he tries to fan emotion? Permits Bev to drink with him in his room. Or his feeble attempts at trying to convince someone he's madly in love with Laxwana Troi. Kirk leaves an impression on people. The closer he gets, the greater the impression. Picard leaves...boredom. Pantellis P

1710. Picard is NOT the image of the new caring man! Kirk is! Picard has NO strong, stereotype breaking women around him. He had once, but she vanished from the scene early on, and the strong figures that appear are either foes like Sela, and are safely a long way away most of the time. Or are demeaned at the end like Arda. Or they are stereotypes of different kinds like the Ligonians or the women of "Angel One." Kirk has a black female communications officer, he has had a real mean lawyer as a lover at one time, he has met a female Romulan commander at close quarters, and the two greatest bitches going -- T'Pring and Elaan...and more. Kirk admits his emotions and his doubts. At a crisis, Picard walks off and gets huffy and nasty and sulks. Picard admits he hates kids. Kirk was able to make a bridge with the Onlies. Kirk was able to win the respect of Tommy Stearns and his group. Picard and his crew? In the first few minutes, we'd be BEGGING Stearns and company to get Picard to stop pedantically moralizing!  Pantellis P

1709.  Kirk had no question what he was, or what kind of ship he was on. During TOS, it was plain that he recognized himself as a captain of a military vessel, in such a service. In the films it is even more evident. We have security people in body amour, security brigs, and plain references to the tasks of Starfleet. Picard has families and children, on what is supposed to be the flagship of the fleet. Picard insists, "We are not here to fight battles, we are explorers"...Yet he explores nothing...just once or twice they visit a place where not all that many missions have gone before. Picard needs Nechyev to remind him of his priorities as a member of Starfleet. And is so pompous, he has to meet the Borg to realize that Starfleet isn't invincible! Kirk expects plenty of himself and of his team, even when retired, and he gets it. Picard expects ZILCH of himself especially when retired (the fantasy in the Nexus) and gets even less in return. Kirk has a clear idea of who he is, his mission, and his purpose, and doesn't need to think Starfleet is all-powerful. Picard has NO idea what his mission or purpose is. And it shows! Pantellis P

1708. Aside from saving his own ENTERPRISE ships and crew countless times, Kirk risked/officially encountered death to save the Enterprise-B and its crew, when he did not even officially command them and the ship. When Picard has a chance to save another Enterprise and crew NOT commandered by himself (Enterprise-C), he turns fink and arrogantly lets them and the ship die. Eddie V

1707. Picard is supposed to be a "Frenchman"? He is TERRIBLE at pronouncing even the simplest French words and phrases!  Ask any native French speaker:  Picard's way of saying "mon ami", "merde", the words to "Frere Jacques", even his own name "Jean-Luc" as well as "Robert" in French fashion, is just ABOMINABLE, EXECRABLE.  The ABSOLUTE PITS.  It sounds like the way Maurice Chevalier or Gerard Depardieu would recite Shakespeare or Milton.   PATHETIC.  It's KIRK who speaks French correctly, including pronunciation (after all, William Shatner is a native of Montreal, Canada). Eddie V

1706. In the New York Post, Wed Oct 1,2003 on pg 4, Presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark is shown as Capt James T. Kirk!  NintendoManiac

1705. In First Contact, Zefram Cochrane asked Geordi Laforge "Is he always like that?" referring to Lt. Reg Barclay.  Kirk's crew doesn't cause such embarrassments. NintendoManiac

1704. An Admiral once said to Picard in "Best of Both Worlds" that Riker needed a kick in the rear-end for his own good, so Riker could advance in his career.  Kirk motivated his crew, while Picard didn't. NintendoManiac

1703. Kirk was an emotional, humble, and down-to-earth guy. He had a personality. He showed his feelings, and that moved people emotionally. In ST2, when Kirk is speaking at Spock's funeral (".... Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human"), the scene is very moving! Later on, when he quotes a "Tale of Two Cities" and then says it was "something Spock was trying to tell me on my birthday," it feels genuine and real. When has Picard spoken with such humble, genuine, and moving eloquence?  Rebekah J

1702. Starfleet realized how important Kirk was, and even risked war with the Klingons to get him back as shown in the "Operation Retrieve" scene in ST6.  Starfleet would never take such risks for Picard.  This is illustrated in "Chain of Command" when Picard is sent into Cardassian territory on a spy-mission, and Starfleet doesn't lift a FINGER to help!NintendoManiac/The Bermanator

1701. Kirk broke stereotypes.  He did show his emotions, and didn't expect it of others.  Picard breaks NO stereotypes.  He enforces them! He has a clear, and fixed vision of people...Klingons, Ferengi, and Vulcans.  As to himself, he's been the standard American vision of a Frenchman, avoiding danger like the plague. Pantellis P

1700. Kirk has no problem with tough women.  He feels concern for Marta in "Whom Gods Destroy," even after she tried to kill him.  And theres that amusing thing in "The Cloud Minders" where Kirk is asked, "Aren't you going to move?" Kirk replies "Why should I? This seems a quite pleasant position." And after that, he develops a plain admiration for the woman who attacked him.  Picard meets a woman (Arda) who is pro-active, and tells her she is "Vulgar." Apparently all Picard can take is the "come-on-let's-see-something-happen-for-Christ's-sake!" relationship with Bev.  Pantellis P

1699. While Picard was at Starfleet Acadamy, he got stabbed in the heart in a bar. This could never have happened to James Kirk because there would have been too many people jumping to his aid. Everyone in the bar just stood there and watched Picard get knifed. SuzanPeachFuzz

1698. Kirk bounces back! In "And the Children Shall Lead," the residue of the past races evil shakes him, but he recovers.  The children hit him with his greatest fears.  Kirk is reminded of the reality...then he just walks back in and faces them again!  Pantellis P

1697. None of Picard's movies have a cool and entertaining cameo scene like Admiral Bennett in ST5.  The best Picard could do was... Janeway?  Yech.   NintendoManiac

1696. The members of Kirk's crew took pride in their ancestry. For instance, Spock showed pride in his Vulcan heritage by dedicating himself to total logic; Scotty showed pride in his Scottish heritage by drinking Scotch, playing the bagpipes, and wearing a kilt at formal gatherings; and Chekov showed pride in his Russian heritage by claiming that great inventions or discoveries were made by Russians even if they weren't. (This was a running gag that made his character so much fun). Now for Picard's crew: Was Worf proud to be a Klingon? Nope. In fact, he was often disgusted by his people's savage and corrupted ways. Was Data proud to be an android? Nope. He longed to be human. Was Deanna Troi proud to a Betazoid? Nope. If fact, she was often embarrassed by the behavior of Betazoids like her mother. Was Riker proud to be from Alaska? Nope. In fact, he was often so silent about his birthplace that some crewmen became mistaken into thinking he was Canadian (see Lower Decks).  Even Picard didn't seem to embrace his French heritage, as indicated by his accent.  The Heater

1695. When Spock and McCoy were missing in a past time period (All Our Yesterdays), Kirk refused to leave them behind and continued searching for them right up until the last possible moment. Also, in the episodes where Kirk went missing (e.g., The Tholian Web or The Paradise Syndrome), his crew refused to abandon their search as long as they had reason to believe that their captain was still alive and could be rescued. Yet, when Picard was trapped in 19th Century Earth (Time's Arrow), his crew, who had since returned to the 24th Century without him, originally elected to destroy the aliens' time-travelling device in order to defeat them, which of course involved leaving their captain permanently stranded in the past. (Luckily for Picard, another opportunity presented itself in the nick of time). The point? Kirk and his crew never leave their friends behind, but Picard and his crew do. The Heater

1694. Q's son (in the 'Voyager' episode Q2) stated that Kirk had pizzazz! Did any member of the Q Continuum ever make such a flattering comment about Picard? Nope. Also, in that same 'Voyager' episode, Icheb (a teenage former Borg-drone turned Starfleet cadet) was referred to by Q's son as having a Kirk fixation. Did any Starfleet cadet or ensign ever have a Picard fixation? Nope, even Wesley lost respect for him. The Heater

1693. There is no question that Kirk has greater will. Kirk had enough strength, even under the influence of the Platonians, to tell McCoy not to give into them. Kirk freed himself from the mind-controlling spores, and didn't need someone like Wesley to free him from it. Kirk has been infected by a love drug and fought against his growing need for Elaan, out of duty and ideals, till his love for the Enterprise freed him. Picard only has to have a 'growing attraction' and he immediately... gets shaky. He's never cared much for anyone but himself  before, and the poor dear is all worried. Dale S

1692. Kirk sees everything -- even challenges -- as a grand adventure. Picard treats everything as an annoyance that is interrupting his daily routine. Dale S

1691. When Kirk's crew gets back together for a movie, the on-screen chemistry is perfect. When Picard's crew gets back together for a movie, they awkwardly and half-heartedly talk as if they're at a high school reunion they didn't want to attend. Dale S

1690. On Kirk's show, a first-year villain - The Romulans - was so well defined that they could be brought back throughout the past 30+ years as heavy-duty villians worthy of theatrical movies. On Picard's show, a first-year villian - the Ferengi - was so ill-defined that they had to be changed into cuddly, wacky, salesmen of the galaxy in order to (unsuccessfully) avoid calling them a flop. Dale S

1689. If Kirk does something dangerous, it is a necessity that cannot be avoided and is built up to enhance the tension of the story (i.e. Kirk fights the Klingon leader to the death in STIII). When Picard does something dangerous, it is because he's bored and not only is it non-essential to the plot (i.e. the Mad Max rip-off in STX), but is used to merely eat up running minutes in what would otherwise be a short film. Dale S

1688. When faced with defeat, Kirk finds a solution that saves his crew, defeats the bad guys, and still gives them a ride home. When Picard is faced with defeat, he just rams his ship into things and hopes someone comes by eventually to pick up the survivors. Dale S

1687. Windows on Kirk's ship were relatively small, obviously reinforced to withstand tremendous pressure, and are in isolated areas of the ship that could be easily contained. Picard's ship has huge freakin' picture windows everywhere, ready to be smashed out at a moment's notice in areas where a large number of people would be immediately sucked into space. Who designed this nonsense? Dale S

1686. On Kirk's bridge, even on the slowest days the personnel appeared to be hustling - pushing buttons, signing off on charts, moving here and there. On Picard's bridge, everyone just sits or stands around, staring into space, as if waiting for a bus. No wonder several crewmembers eventually left - anything was better than being stuck on that bridge, even death. Dale S

1685. When Kirk had intentionally humorous adventures, they still involved exciting plots, character conflict, and sparklingly dialogue to progress the story. Attempts at humor in Picard's adventures involved contrived idiot plots, the humiliation of one or more characters, and insipid name-calling.  Dale S

1684. When the bad guys captured Kirk, Kirk's crew did everything they could to rescue him, even when they had hardly a clue as to where he was. When Picard got captured, his crew didn't bother trying to save him, even though they knew exactly where he was! Dale S

1683. The ramifications of Kirk's adventures are felt as a positive influence on all the other ST series. Picard's misadventures create a negative and dangerous climate on all the other ST series (i.e. Borgs everywhere, including the past; Cardassians running loose; Romulans attempting to take over Vulcan; etc.). Dale S

1682. Friend and foe alike agree that Kirk has the heart of a warrior. Picard's heart? Well it's a fake, just like him. Mona D

1681. Do you think Picard would ever be referenced in a cool movie like "Fight Club"?  No?  Well, guess who IS!  Ray K

1680. On the TV Guide tribute to Star Trek, on all 3 different covers, Kirk is in the center. NintendoManiac

1679. When Kirk's crew called him on intercom or communicator, they always called "Enterprise to Captain Kirk," or "Engineering to Captain Kirk."  They respected him as their leader and demonstrated it when addressing him.  When Picard's crew called him, they said, "Engineering to Picard," or "Data to Picard."  It wasn't because they were being "friendly" to Picard, either; because they weren't using his first name. Referring to someone by their last name only, without a title attached, is a sign of disrespect.  Picard's crew demonstrated their lack of respect by refusing to call him a Captain. Jim S.

1678. None of Kirk's shows or movies had a corny scene like in the TNG episode where a child says to Dr Crusher "It hurts when I do this," and Dr. Crusher said, "Then don't do that." (groan) NintendoManiac

1677. When there is an Evil Kirk, he is INTENSE (just like the Kirk in our universe)! While an Evil Picard would be just as dull as the normal Picard. SusanPeachFuzz

1676. Kirk's people didn't have to have a Wolf 359 or a Dominion war to realise they needed more than phaser hand weapons! They had a photon mortar... meaning they had photon grenades. They also had a covering fire weapon in "The Cage"... a laser cannon! Throughout most of TNG...none of this! Because the Romulans had become bored with having few REAL opponents, and headed off elsewhere, the Klingons had made peace, and the (not nearly as powerful) Cardassians had fallen, they assumed that the galaxy was now a peaceful suburb...till the Borg told them to wake up and smell the coffee! Pardu P

1675. When Kirk's crew produces a 97% efficiency rating, he demands the extra 3% out of them ('Corbomite Maneuver'). Out of respect and admiration for him (and the knowledge that he is giving it his best effort), his crew delivers it. This happy symbiosis leads to an extraordinary crew and Captain. Picard's crew delivers a 50% efficiency rating for him. Even if he asks for a little extra (like another 2%), their contempt for him makes them ignore him and go frolicking about the holodeck. His crew knows that Picard himself is not delivering his best, and that creates a lack the motivation for them to do any better themselves. The result is a mediocre crew and Captain. Pardu P

1674. When using MS Word, if you type the name "Picard," the spell checker corrects it to "Packard," an old extinct car.  If you type the name "Kirk," there is no correction needed.  Kirk stands on his own, even in name!  E.P.

1673. Picard wonders if destroying the Crystalline Entity, which is zipping around the galaxy eating up entire planet inhabitants, is just another natural process and should be... left alone!?! Kirk would have had the humanity in him to recognize the Crystalline Entity for what it is, and what had to be done. Rockjock

1672. In Generations, Kirk manages to ride his horse around Picard's horse and park it right next to him with perfect control. Picard just sat there like a five-year-old on his first pony ride. I can only imagine that if Kirk makes rings around Picard on a horse, he's probably more capable with navigating a starship. Rockjock

1671. At Troi and Riker's wedding, Picard describes Will as his "right arm" and Troi as his "conscience," as if they're merely extensions of himself. We know Picard's statements weren't true, but even if they were: When Kirk pays tribute to his friends, he makes sure to give his friends proper respects, and not use it as an excuse to talk about himself, as does Picard. Rockjock

1670. On Kirk's ship, the self-destruct could actually WORK (ST3 vs Nemesis)! Rockjock

1669. Kirk always said, "Scotty, two to beam up," or something similar. Picard never acknowledged the people working at the transporter stations, it was always "Picard to Transporter Room 3." Not exactly a personable response to someone who's changing your molecular state. Rockjock

1668. In Insurrection, Picard asks "Does anyone remember when we were explorers?" After this, the audience replied "Nope!" Rockjock

1667. "Hide and Q", where Riker is given the powers of the Q, demonstrates the height of Picard's stupidity. He accuses Riker of being seduced by his new powers (and he's lucky he didn't get zapped into a sun's core). Then when Riker does all these great favors for the senior crew, Picard says it isn't the proper thing to do. This must include leaving the blind permanently handicapped (or leaving Wussley in his puny body). All of this was predicated on having to be thankful to Q, and they were all so spiteful that they would rather put up with the bad components of their lives than say thank you to someone they don't like. Rockjock

1666. Leonard Nimoy got to appear on The Simpsons as himself, and the entire TOS cast appeared on Futurama as themselves. Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes appeared on each show respectively, but had to play non-Trek related characters. This is because no one would recognize their TNG characters. Rockjock

1665. In "Time Squared", Picard seems to be the only one who snuck away from an exploding Enterprise. So much for the captain going down with the ship! This episode was only tolerable to watch, as we see one Picard kill another! Truly a self-destructive personality. Rockjock

1664. If Kirk and Picard were professors, Kirk would be like Indiana Jones: when he's not off on great adventures, he's making all the young ladies squirm in their seats with desire. Picard would be like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, making the students fall asleep in puddles of their own drool. Rockjock

1663. Picard's show is in many ways a denial of the promise of Star Trek.  Why?  TOS was a first attempt, it had limited resources, and therefore had reason to worry about sponsorship, for all that it pushed the envelope a number of times.  People in a crisis talked like they were in a crisis. We had the dance scene from "Plato's Stepchildren," and the first interracial kiss on TV.  TNG KNEW it had appeal and had a larger budget.  It should have gone further.  Instead it avoided conflict, and killed off its only individual,Yar, because they couldn't give her an emotional role. And before she was killed, she had to be spit and polish 24/7.  TOS would have had her paired with ease with someone who she admired to set the ball rolling.  But Picard's show?  Pantellis P

1662. Picard's tales have too much blandness in them; it's all kept safe and PG/PC. Proof? Take the opening scenes of just two TOS stories: Arena and And the Children Shall Lead. In the first one, Kirk and Company beam down, they think to a slap up meal and many happy reunions. We see them appear surrounded by shattered buildings and shell craters. In the other, Kirk and Company, after a time, find the Stearns expedition and see the entire group dead on the ground around them, and then . . . children come over to dance and play . . . giving the odd feeling . . . did THEY kill them? And there are episodes like Catspaw! How would Picard have acted in an eerie scene like And the children shall lead or with the events in Catspaw? When things go weird there's always an instant explanation . . . as in TNG's Emergence or Imaginary Friend, with stuff to tone it down. (Awh! The little girl's imaginary friend is real!) Kirk and company could handle the dark stuff, like they handled dark events, like the loss of crewmen. It shows they are more well-rounded and adaptable people. That is also why they can handle the fun stuff. Pantellis P

1661. Nobody on Kirk's ship was ever on Reading Rainbow! Moonbeam

1660. None of Picard's ships had a cool "Emergency Alert" like the Enterprise in "The Motion Picture." NintendoManiac

1659. Kirk fights only when necessary (and wins), Picard fights only when CORNERED (and loses). The Bermanator

1658. As a result of being Kirk, William Shatner is listed in the VH1 Top 200 Pop Culture Icons, as well as Spock. Patrick Stewart/Picard isn't, nor is anyone else from his crew. NintendoManiac

1657. Picard's entire crew is so weak-minded that they can be involuntarily dominated by Sarek's simple bad mood and thrown into chaos (fortunately while the ship wasn't under attack); in "Journey to Babel," Sarek is afflicted with fatal heart-trouble and Kirk's crew doesn't bat an eyelash, and even defeats a ruthless enemy. The Bermanator

1656. Kirk's entire crew has charm and humor-- even Spock, whose wit can be wicked, but he keeps it under control for reasons of dignity; Picard's entire crew seems to have perpetually tight underwear to the point that they need robo-geek for comic relief. The Bermanator

1655. Kirk, a most qualified commander, LOVED being captain of the Enterprise more than perhaps any captain who ever lived loved his ship, which is perhaps the main reason why took his job so seriously, assigned the best personnel, and was so successful. Picard, being clearly UNDER-qualified, always hated the job and almost gave it up for a half-baked geological project, while Riker clearly wanted the command a lot more; this is why Picard kept such a motley crew, bungled mission after mission, and finally left his ship to be destroyed (and didn't much care afterward), while Kirk couldn't even destroy his Enterprise to save the entire Federation in "Errand of Mercy" while alternatives existed. The Bermanator

1654. A scale model of Kirk's Enterprise hangs from the ceiling of the Smithsonian Institution near the Wright Brothers original biplane & Lindbergh's Spirit of St.Louis.

1653. None of Kirk's movies had a corny self-referential scene where Zefram Cochrane in First Contact said "You're on some type of Star Trek?" NintendoManiac

1652. With regard to dissension in their respective ranks: In "The Paradise Sydrome," "Return of the Archons," or any other case of a demented crew member-- or even the enemy-- Kirk never thinks to endanger anyone, including the enemy-- even at risk to himself and his ship, but always finds a way to bring them to their senses. Meanwhile, in "First Contact," a completely sober Picard screams with joy as he blows away his own assimilated crew-member with a tommy gun, then later sneers that he was "doing him a favor." Good thing Kirk doesn't play favorites. The Bermanator

1651. A U.S. Air Force Fighter Jet actually had the "NCC-1701-A" with the words "Beam me up Scotty" on it.  Seen any with references to Picard?  NintendoManiac

1650. Picard or his Crew would never be brave enough to enter the Delphic Expanse. NintendoManiac

1649. Picard or his crew never got to go on a U.S. Aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Enterprise. NintendoManiac

1648. When did any of Picard's movies have an awesome scene like at the end of The Motion Picture, where we see the U.S.S. Enterprise above Earth as V'Ger evolves, and the crew talking about the emergence of a new life form? NintendoManiac

1647.  Picard fans are so unoriginal, they have to desperately ripoff Kirk webpages (like this one) word-for-word! (You listening, Omni Strain)?

1646. Kirk, at the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, upon seeing Decker and Illia evolve into a new life form, thought a moment, and optimistically had Uhura report them only as "missing."  Picard would have drearily reported them as DEAD. NintendoManiac

1645. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home had a moving tribute to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger. When did one of Picard's self-centered movies have a moving tribute? NintendoManiac

1644. Kirk would know that in the TNG episode with the Native Americans, that the Planet belongs to them, not the Cardassians. NintendoManiac

1643. Kirk would never leave a villian like Ru'afo in "Insurrection" to be killed, like Picard did. NintendoManiac

1642. Kirk's pet dog had a manly name: Butler. If Picard had a dog, he'd be Sprinkles the French Poodle. NintendoManiac

1641. Picard is the ultimate Indecisive Moron, in ST:First Contact he allows the Borg Sphere, to escape the Borg Cube after it explodes, following the Sphere, and allowing it to travel back in time to the 21st century, attacking Earth, with several shots,(and killing several people on Earth) before Picard finally orders it destroyed with Quantom Torpedoes.  Kirk would have destroyed the Sphere the instant it exited the Cube, thus eliminating the need to travel to the 21st century. NintendoManiac

1640. The ending to "Bread and Circuses" would strengthen someone's spirituality. When did an episode of Picard's show do this? NintendoManiac

1639. In 'The Apple', Kirk easily threw his first office over his shoulder to rescue him from the wrath of Vaal.  Had fate called upon Picard to perform a similar action, you can be certain that the adventures of 'Enterprise D' would have either come to an abrupt end, or Picard would have carried on in a wheelchair becoming like Captain Pike in 'The Menagerie'.  Mona Datta

1638. Three words:  Sit down, Mister. PineTrees

1637. Two words:  Corridor Strut.  Best seen at the end of Balance of Terror, but also visible during Naked Time, What Are Little Girls Made Of, and many others. PineTrees

1636. Kirk can save his ship just by tugging some battery cables out of a Jeffries tube (Court Martial). PineTrees

1635. Kirk's first officer, while under the influence of a dangerous mind-altering virus, knocked Kirk clear across a briefing room table. Kirk lept right back up to continue chewing him out (The Naked Time)! PineTrees

1634. When Kirk's evil half emerges, it's exciting!  Picard's evil half would go to 10 Forward and start singing. PineTrees

1633. Kirk was teaching Saavik (and saving the Enterprise) when she was in Starfleet training.  With Picard, it was the other way around!  Wesley, the cadet, was always teaching Picard and saving the Enterprise!  Shawna W

1632. Even with a TRIPLE dose of Kironide, Picard's will would have been too weak to overcome the telekinesis of Plato's Stepchildren. The Bermanator

1631. Kirk, true to the name "Tiberius," could look good in a toga ("Plato's Stepchildren"), while Picard would look like an old man escaped from a mental-ward wearing only a sheet. The Bermanator

1630. When Picard and Crew in ST: First Contact traveled back to the 21st century, their incompetence allowed some Borg to lay dormant (as shown in the Enterprise episode "Regeneration"). When Kirk and Crew travel back in time, they make sure the timeline isn't left corrupted. NintendoManiac

1629. Even "Berman Era" Trek knows Kirk is better:  Recently on, ten ideas were given for 24th Century Federation holidays.  Kirk's birthday is listed, but not Picard's. NintendoManiac

1628. The NASA space shuttle "Enterprise" was named after Kirk's ship.  Nothing of significance has been named after anything from Picard's show. NintendoManiac

1627. Captain Kirk's last name, "Kirk," can also be used as a cool first name (such as Kirk Douglas). "Picard" couldn't be used as a first name, and it's a rather lousy last name. NintendoManiac

1626. In terms of Candies, Kirk=Hot Tamale, Picard=Nerd's Rope! NintendoManiac

1625. An episode of TOS ("Patterns of Force") was considered so controversial it was banned in Germany until 1996. When was an episode of Picard's show so controversial? NintendoManiac

1624. Kirk never once wore anything with a zipper in the back, and Picard never wore anything with a zipper in the front: what does that tell you? The Bermanator

1623. Kirk's doctor doesn't need to wear a lab-coat to tell you he's a medical professional-- he just wears a simple medical smock and saves lives. The Bermanator

1622. If Khan held a knife to the throat of Picard's doctor, she'd be so tired of being around such a pathetic excuse for a man that she'd probably get turned on and join Khan's ranks. The Bermanator

1621. If a woman stole Picard's body like in "Turnabout Intruder," even Spock couldn't tell the difference except for his suddenly becoming more masculine. The Bermanator

1620. Before he even became a captain, Kirk had a son who became a brilliant scientist and died nobly saving his love, Saavik, from being killed by Klingons; the closest thing Picard ever had to offspring was a wise-ass decoy planted by Ferrengi, and a few irritating bratty illusions in the Nexus. The Bermanator

1619. In "The Trouble with Tribbles," the Klingon officer admitted "He's not SOFT."  Notice that no Klingon EVER made such an admission regarding Picard-- for obvious reasons. The Bermanator

1618. Picard assigns his crew wimpy little comm-badges, which work through the ship's computer-system so that when the computer goes out, so does communication. In episodes like "Catastrophe," the crew was helpless to talk to one another while trapped on different parts of the same ship playing blind-man's bluff (which almost got them all killed when Ro Laren was ready to sacrifice part of the ship which she believed on which everyone was dead), while in "Time's Arrow" they were in the same TOWN and didn't even know it because the comm-badges required a ship's computer that wouldn't exist for 300 years!   Meanwhile, Kirk knew enough to use larger communicators which were capable of independent fail-safe communcation with anyone for millions of miles around, even though smaller communicators were certainly available. The Bermanator

1617. Even Jerry and George from "Seinfeld" know Kirk and his show are better! NintendoManiac

1616. When the TOS episode "Space Seed" left viewers wondering what became of Khan and his thugs, the answer was given in Kirk's second motion picture. Also, when the TOS episode "I, Mudd" left viewers wondering what became of Harry Mudd, the answer was given in Kirk's Animated episode "Mudd's Passions." Yet, when the TNG episode "Qpid" left viewers wondering what became of Vash after Q seduced her away from Picard, the answer was given in the DS9 episode "Q-Less." Similarly, when the TNG episode "Second Chances" left viewers wondering what became of Riker's duplicate, the answer was given in the DS9 episode "Defiant." Thirdly, when the TNG episode "Redemption II" left viewers wondering what became of Duras' son, Toral, after Worf spared his life, the answer was given in the DS9 episode "The Sword of Kahless." Lastly, when the TNG episode "The Price" left viewers wondering what became of those two Ferengis after they got trapped in the Delta Quadrant, the answer was given in the 'Voyager' episode "False Profits." The Point? Kirk tied up his own plot threads. Picard's plot threads often needed to be tied up by someone else. Can't Picard ever finish his own business? The Heater

1615. Robert Picard was jealous of his brother, Jean-Luc, for being in Starfleet. Sam Kirk was not jealous of his bother Jim's success because he had a successful and respected career of his own. The point? Success runs in the Kirk Family, but apparently not in the Picard Family. The Heater

1614. In the opening scene of TNG's "Rightful Heir," we saw an Ensign who looked to be as old as Picard. In Kirk's time, every Starfleet officer who looked to be Picard's age was either a Commodore or an Admiral. The Heater

1613. Kirk can dress up like an Indian and still look macho.  If Picard dressed up like an Indian, he'd look about as goofy as Don Knotts did in "The Shakiest Gun in the West," and would probably end up with a dorky name like 'Chief Balding Chicken.' The Heater

1612. When there's something wrong with Kirk's ship, he doesn't need his Science Officer to have nightmares about it to find out what's wrong. The Heater

1611. Whenever Kirk's Chief Engineer is not needed on the Bridge, he's down in Engineering. As for Picard's Chief Engineer, the Duras Sisters once commented that "he must be the only engineer in Starfleet who doesn't go to Engineering!" The Heater

1610. Kirk's show, unlike Picard's, was the only Star Trek series where the Chief of Security was not a regular cast member. Why? Simple. Kirk, unlike Picard, was the only Captain who didn't have a major security problem to deal with every episode. The Heater

1609. Sometimes, when certain guest star characters say Picard's name, they pronounce it as PEA-card, which makes it sound like they're calling him "Peacock." Did anyone ever mispronounce Kirk's name? Nope. The Heater

1608. Kirk, always behaving as a representative of Starfleet, always kept an eye out for potential talented recruits like Will Decker (who became captain of the Enterprise in only four years) and Saavik (who also rose to a respectable level). Kirk worked with them closely, and always did his best to project a positive image of a career in Starfleet to them.  He did this to develop them into brilliant Starfleet officers (which is not surprising, given their mentor).  Even Kirk-worshipper Sisko was able to inspire a talented Ferrengi, of all people, to become the first Ferrengi in Starfleet, and eventually become an ADMIRAL. Picard, on the other hand, doesn't give damn one about Starfleet's image so much as obsessively primping his uniform and sipping his tea, while his concern for new talent is summed up by the horrible contemptuous manner that he treated Wesley-- who obviously showed promise as a recruit-- solely due to his age, and essentially drove him OUT of Starfleet, while likewise brilliant officers (such as Chief O'Brien and Worf ) jumped ship to get away from Picard. Chief O' Brien, who turned out to be much more talented ship's engineer than Geordi LaForge ever was ("All good things...."), left Picard to serve under Sisko.  Worf, who was a much better officer than Will Riker, did likewise to get some respect and a decent social life. On the other hand, Spock and McCoy came out of retirement to join Kirk on a mission! Picard drives away the good officers while keeping the bad ones, while Kirk does the opposite. The Bermanator

1607. In the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise," Picard needs the help of a Guinan and Data to figure out the timeline was changed by the appearance of the Enterprise-C. Kirk would have figured this out on his own in 10 minutes. Draz

1606. Kirk never uttered the words "I envy your strength of will" to an alien as Picard did (in an episode where an alien recuperates rapidly and evolves into a higher life form). On the contrary, superior and advanced beings (like the Talosians  in "The Menagerie", and Trelane in "Squire of Gothos") were left envying Kirk's strength of will. Mona Datta

1605. A 1991 Cover for "Nintendo Power" Magazine showed a Refit Version of Kirk's Enterprise, not Picard's. NintendoManiac

1604. Kirk never needed to be bailed out of a fight against a Klingon by a Klingon old woman, unlike Picard. ("Sins of the Father," TNG). CRAMBAM

1603. The producers of "Enterprise" are retooling the show and trying to make Captain Archer more Kirk-like to get the ratings up. Are they trying to make Archer more like Picard?  Nope. OdieFan1980

1602. If Kirk, and not Picard, had been in command of the Enterprise in the episode "The Hunted," he would have not only been able to predict Danar's every move, but also actually "connect" with him and feel his pain because both are warriors. After hearing Spock's report and interrogating Danar, Kirk would've sympathised with Danar and done all he could to find out what was REALLY going on and freed all the soldiers. This would have endeared Danar and his fellow soldiers to Kirk, gaining more allies for the Federation. And even IF this didn't happen, Kirk wouldn't have let him run mad over his ship! TimeSpaceDoc

1601. Kirk goes out of his way to avoid casualties in battle. Picard rams his ship into another without even evacuating the forward sections of his ship! Doctortobe

1600. Kirk's foes were powerful, and had interesting names like Khan, Kruge, Trelane, and Kang. Picard's foes were feeble and had wimpy sounding names like 'Shinzon' (sounds like a sneeze), and Evek. The point: Even Picard's enemies were boring. Pardu P

1599. Kirk knows that everyone has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Picard, and most of the other future Trek Captains, are wishy washy on this subject. TimeSpaceDoc

1598. When Picard tries to inspire his clone with a speech to alter his life and aim for a better future, he only enrages him further and provokes him into attacking Earth and the Federation. When Kirk tried to inspire with his speeches ('Risk is our business', 'One man can summon the future', 'We are all made of the same flesh, part of humanity', among countless others), he is totally successful. Pardu P

1597. Kirk makes space combat exciting and keeps you on the edge of your toes; though you know that the good guy will win, you want to know how Kirk gets himself out of this one. Picard makes space combat formulative and painfully scripted. TimeSpaceDoc

1596. If a young Kirk auditioned for a role in the musical "Grease," he'd get the leading role of Danny (the role that was played by John Travolta). A young Picard, on the other hand, would end up getting the role of that geek, Eugene. The Heater

1595. Whenever Kirk lost a crewmember, he spent the next scene grieving, even though he hardly knew the person (see "Friday's Child," "The Apple," etc.). As for Picard, the only time he grieved over a deceased crewmember was when they were well acquainted (e.g., Tasha Yar). But even then, Picard didn't grieve as convincingly as Kirk. The Heater

1594. If Kirk and Picard were superheroes, Kirk would be Captain America (a hero who STANDS for something) and Picard would be Plastic Man (a "hero" who gets kicked around). Bobby H

1593. In the TNG episode where we first meet Data's brother, Lore: Near the end of the episode where Lore knocks data out and disguises himself as him, Wesley warns Picard, but gets bawled out. When everyone finally finds out Wesley was right, Wesley has been taken hostage, his mother has been wounded, and when Picard and co. FINALLY arrive, Data's taken care of everything. If Kirk had been in charge, instead of bawling out Wesley, he would have listened to him, asked Spock about it and told him to go with Wesley and check out if it really was Data deactivated in his quarters. When the truth would come out, Kirk would've gone down there himself and given Lore the business. TimeSpaceDoc

1592. When Kirk and Company were trapped in the past ("Tomorrow is Yesterday"), they agreed that returning to 1960's Earth was not an option. After all, there were 430 of them which meant there would be 430 chances of altering the future. Yet, when Picard and Company went back in time ("Star Trek: First Contact"), they seeming overly eager to blow up their ship and return to Earth of the mid-21st century. The Point? Kirk and Company care more about preserving the proper Timeline. The Heater

1591. Not only was Picard abandoned by Chief O'Brien and Worf, but he was also abandoned by a young Vulcan Ensign. This character (played by Alexander Enberg) first appeared in the TNG episode "Lower Decks," then suddenly vanished from the Enterprise-D only to re-emerge a couple years later on the U.S.S. Voyager serving under Captain Janeway. As for Spock, this Vulcan continued to serve onboard Kirk's Enterprise until the man was promoted to Admiral. And, of course, when Kirk returned to the Enterprise ("The Motion Picture") so did Spock. The point? Kirk knows how to keep a Vulcan hanging around. The Heater

1590. The episode that was voted best of TOS was "The City on the Edge of Forever" -- the story where Kirk literally saved the world by selflessly sacrificing the woman he loved. The episode that voted best of TNG, meanwhile, was the two-parter "Best of Both Worlds" -- the story where Picard wasn't even really Picard, since in that episode he got assimilated by the Borg and nearly destroyed the world. (Interesting difference, eh?) As for DS9, the episode that was voted best in that series was "Trials and Tribble-ations" -- the episode where Sisko went back in time and met Kirk. The Heater

1589. Kirk's father didn't object to his joining Starfleet. The Heater

1588. The Orion Syndicate clashed with Kirk only once ("Journey to Babel"), then laid low for the rest of the 23rd century. The Heater

1587. When Kirk has reason to believe that the crew of a long-lost Starfleet vessel may still be alive, he makes it his number one priority to find them again. Yet, when Starfleet learned that the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager was still alive and trapped in the Delta Quadrant, only one member of Picard's crew gave a damn and became obsessed with bringing that crew home. And that person was . . . Reg Barclay. The Heater

1586. Captain Kirk had access to several methods of time-travel. One method was to use the Guardian of Forever which was seen in "The City on the Edge of Forever" and in the Animated episode "Yesteryear." Another method was the Lightspeed Breakaway Factor which was used in "Tomorrow is Yesterday," "Assignment: Earth," and "Star Trek IV." Kirk also used a special 'cold-starting' of the engines to achieve time-travel in "The Naked Time." As for Picard, the closest this guy ever came to having access to a time-machine was using the holodeck -- which really doesn't count at all. The Heater

1585. Click here to see a picture reason (JPG involving Darth Vader)!miamila

1584. Kirk's face and manner showed joy, sadness, and a variety of other emotions appropriate to the situation. He obviously loved life and exploration. Picard was such a monotone and expressionless fellow that it was hard to tell the difference when he was assimiliated by the Borg. Pardu P

1583. Kirk never drove in a ridiculous "Mad Max"-esque jeep, nor got into a stupid, pointless car chase with some pre-warp alien race. Even if Kirk did have a Jeep, it would be cooler and more futuristic looking. Neptune_437

1582. Why are there no Ferengis in TOS? Because they were hiding from the great Kirk. Andrew M

1581. The fact that Kirk and Spock were best friends was so visible that even Sarek, who had minimal contact with them, could see it. This was shown in Star Trek III where Sarek automatically assumed that Kirk was the one whom Spock mind-melded with before dying. As for Picard, did anyone regard him as their best friend? Well, let's see: Worf considered his best friend on the Enterprise-D to be Riker, Dr. Crusher considered her best friend to be Deanna, and Data made it perfectly clear that his best friend was Geordi. Even Wesley Crusher lost a great deal of respect for Picard near the end of the TNG series. So, I guess the answer to this question is . . . Nope. The Heater

1580. In First Contact, Picard's hatred of the Borg affects his judgment, with him ordering what's left of his crew to continue a suicidal and pointless fight against the Borg taking control of his ship, rather than taking the best course to save what's left of his crew and destroy the Enterprise. Picard is so caught up in his anger that he publicly chews out Worf for pointing out this personal flaw. And Dr. Crusher - who has been known to stand up to Picard in the past when she thinks his judgment is in error - uncharacteristically plays along with Picard's insane scheme. Sadly, it takes a stranger (Lily Sloane) who's only known Picard for about an hour to chew the captain out and knock some sense into him. Picard obviously has anger management issues; Kirk knows how to keep his anger in control and channel it to produce positive results. LtBurke

1579. Kirk is sociable with his crew.  And it's often in public. You often see him hanging out in the rec room, or such as in "Charlie X", he seeks out a specific crewman who he obviously works out with. How often do we see Picard just hanging out in Ten Forward? The only times he ever shows up there is for some formal occasion where his presence is required (like O'Brien and Keiko's wedding), to talk to a member of his crew about boring business, or to bug Guinan for some advice relating to his work. LtBurke

1578. If Kirk and Picard were characters in the movie Aliens, Kirk would be Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn's character), the fearless Marine leader ready to give his life. Picard would be Carter Burke (Paul Reiser's character), the cowardly advocate for "The Company" who, in the heat of battle, tries to escape only to be killed by an alien. Neptune437

1577. When Kirk fights a replica of himself ("The Dagger of the Mind," "Star Trek VI), it doesn't look like "Dr. Evil v. Mini-me" (Nemesis). The Bermanator

1576. Kirk's engineer stares down Romulans that try to capture him ("The Enterprise Incident"), while Picard's engineer ends up getting the "Clockwork Orange" treatment and becoming a cliched "human time-bomb." The Bermanator

1575. Spock was so loyal to Kirk that he felt it was more important to serve his captain than it was to save his own father's life (see "Journey to Babel"). Worf, on the other hand, was far more loyal to his family and heritage than he ever was to Picard. Proof of that was seen in the two-part episode "Redemption" where Worf resigned from Starfleet after Picard refused to let him go fight in a Klingon civil war. As well, Worf's decision to return to Starfleet afterwards had nothing whatsoever to do with Picard, but was made because he did not have the guts to kill his enemy's twelve-year-old son, and so he feared being called a sensitive wimp if he stuck around. The Maquis

1574. In "The Deadly Years," Kirk broadcasts a false message using a Federation code that he knew the Romulans had broken, and fooled them, saving the day!  In "Chain of Command," the Cardassians broadcasted a false message using a code that they the FEDERATION had broken, in order to fool Picard-- and not surprisingly, it worked! (Probably because Picard was BORN senile). Picard then ended up a hapless victim without hope, and was saved only by the shewd thinking of his replacement, Captain Jellico ( who was no doubt a follower of KIRK, given his ability to immediately whip the ship into shape, treat the entire crew equally, and fool the enemy to win the day on short notice when he took it over from Picard). The Bermanator

1573. Kirk's motto: "Look before you leap, but if the cause is worth it, don't be afraid to just do it". Picard's motto: "Look before you leap; measure the distance you are about to leap accurately, down to the nanometer to make sure you will not miss. Check the condition of the prevailing winds to make sure they will not blow you the wrong way. Wear a communicator so you can be transported in case anything goes wrong. I will watch you leap from my position on the bridge on the bridge viewscreen. And for god's sake don't do anything until we hold a meeting to decide if this is prudent." Pardu P

1572. The fact that Picard's clone (in "Nemesis") was insane, should make one question the source material. Lande

1571. Even Harry Mudd's love potion from "Mudd's Passion" wouldn't work on Picard, since he has such a stone cold heart. Katie P

1570. Kirk's crew was able to defeat the Kzinti easily. On the other hand, the Kzinti would give Picard's crew cat scratch fever. Katie P

1569. Kirk is a testament to the saying "some men achieve greatness". Picard, meanwhile, merely seems to enforce the old saying "white men can't jump". How sad, especially when you consider the only 24th century captain to come close to Kirk was Sisko. Lande

1568. Unlike Picard in "Nemesis," if Kirk found his clone leading a slave uprising at the heart of Romulan territory, he would do everything to encourage it. Kirk would use his charm to inspire the rebels, consolidate their power, and would certainly be interested in peace, even if it meant instability. If his clone was psycho, he would still flatter him, not make him angry as Picard does so easily. Kirk would never let himself be the fake hero in a corporate fascist narrative which encourages political stability over freedom!  And if by slim chance Enterprise was so damaged the enemy could prance around in their cheap leathers, Kirk would remember they are sensitive to light and turn on the brights- and then convince them to destroy the weapon! Kirk would never ever encourage fascist power to return to the Romulan Empire. Firewalkfilm

1567. In ST6, every Klingon on the Klingon home-world was screaming "Kirk! Kirk!" in demanding the head of the enemy who had defeated them at every pass, forced them into submission under the Organians, and infested their planet with tribbles. Whenever a Klingon yelled "Picard!" he's just calling for more wine, since Picard catered to the Klingons, waiting on them hand and foot.  The Bermanator

1566. Even the Ferengi, whom Picard couldn't stand, and vice versa, thought Kirk was a legend. In one epsiode of DS9, Quark tries to get Odo involved in a game of fizzbin. Who invented that game? Sammy A

1565. Picard is the ultimate jerk; when a helpless, terrified little girl is brought onto his ship to beg for help for her dying world ("Pen Pals"), all he can do is bitch and moan about a "child being on his bridge," and grumpily DEMANDS to get her out of there while he worries about the Prime Directive (as usual) as he prepares to sit and watch while billions of people are literally boiled to death when he could save them with a single command and no real risk or cost at all to him or his ship. Meanwhile, in "Miri" and "And the Children Shall Lead," Kirk goes all-out to save children who want to KILL him-- this pretty much says it all about who's the "BOSS" and who's just an "S.O.B." The Bermanator

1564. Kirk's clone wouldn't attempt fanatical mass murder when all he needed was a blood transfusion, which could be done rather easily without killing Picard ("Nemesis"). And don't tell me medical science has gotten WORSE since the 21st Century! Phil W

1563. Kirk has a rather good understanding of how to use firearms, and teaches alien tribesmen the proper technique of shooting. Picard, on the other hand, shot all over the place and missed his targets several times with an automatic weapon, proving he can't shoot accurately (First Contact). Phil W

1562. Kirk's first officer never had to shuffle little kids out of the briefing room before an important meeting of the senior staff. In one of the early TNG episodes, Riker actually had to chase two kids out of the observation lounge! As if having children onboard wasn't bad enough, they actually had access to Deck One! Laz R

1561. When Kirk allowed Kahn to chase him into the Mutara Nebula, it was to give the crippled Enterprise a tactical advantage. Picard let Shinzon chase him into the Bassen Rift, disrupting the Enterprise's communications with Starfleet and increasing Shizon's tactical advantage. Jim S

1560. With the fate of the crew in the balance and 36 seconds left to fatal impact with another ship Picard asks for suggestions from his senor crew! This causes the crew to get caught in a causality loop for 17 days. This means Picard's nature is to repeat this stupid behaviour every time. 5-10 seconds are wasted as Data and Riker offer up different options, and Picard chooses the wrong one each time. Kirk would have reacted immediately, and gotten them out of there immediately- there would have been no 'Groundhog days' for his crew. Pardu P

1559. It's very interesting that the Remans waited to come out of hiding until after Kirk was gone. They must have considered it safe to come out of the dilithium mines of Remus in the 24th century since Picard is no challenge to them. jackiefleck3000

1558. In "Nemesis", Picard, just after he kills Shinzon, stands there like a catatonic idiot, even though he still needs to stop the Reman ship from destroying the Enterprise within seconds, and has to rely on Data to save the day. Kirk, on the other hand, still saved his crew even after the shock of losing his son in "The Search for Spock". jackiefleck3000

1557. In Farscape, John Creighton makes reference to Captain Kirk no less than four times. There's nary a mention of Picard in any 'Scape episode. ADLKIRK

1556. Picard's litmus test for the competence of a new first officer ("Encounter at FarPoint") involves: A) Manually docking a saucer to the main section. B) A brief quiz on Riker's ability to go on away missions and keep Picard safe in his cozy bridge chair.  Kirk's test for his first officer does not involve interviews or trivial docking maneuvers. He asks for recommendations and solutions for impossible situations (For example, in "Naked Time" where he asked for a cold start for a warp engine- hitherto only a theoretical study)- and gets them. Kirk's faith in his first officer was so great that he preferred to leave Spock behind in tricky situations and assume the landing party risk himself. (Check out 'Corbomite Maneuver', Kirk anticipates Spock's landing party inclusion request and denies it, stating that he wanted Spock on board in case of a trap). Pardu P

1555.  Uhura once confessed that whenever she had felt frightened in the past, the sound of Kirk's voice always made her feel safe again ("Plato's Stepchildren"). Did any member of Enterprise-D or E ever say this to Picard? Nope. The Bermanator

1554. When a Romulan ship fires on Picard, he considers it a "friendly tap on the shoulder" like an abused wife rationalizes her beatings as "love taps," which just escalates the abuse. When a Romulan ship fires on Kirk, he considers it for what it is-- an act of hostile attack, and he takes appropriate action, i.e. blasting the pointy-eared bastards straight to Hell so they can't go home and tell about what wimps the Federation is ("Balance of Terror")-- unlike with Picard. The Bermanator

1553. When a member of Kirk's crew was offered a position with a super-powerful alien, they humbly accepted it with Kirk's blessing, full support and encouragement (Lt. Bailey in "The Corbormite Maneuver"); Picard, however, in his insecure fear of being outdone, so berates his crew so much into believing they can never hope for anything better than their present position, and possibly simply taking over when he retires in order to make them his lapdog, that they get a swelled head over the job-offer and abuse the power of the position, even while in trial-stage ("Hide and Q"). The Bermanator

1552. Kirk's inspires such trust in his crew that they believe that their problems are his problems ("Shore Leave"); Picard's crew believes that he IS their problem ("Hollow Pursuits"). The Bermanator

1551. Kirk often debated with his officers over certain perspectives and opinions.  However, these discussions and various perspectives always made for a better outcome.  When Picard has his overlong "conferences" with his crew, they always seem to be of one mind on everything, which is not surpising, considering they share only a single brain between the lot of them-- which is probably why they bungle every incident requiring responsibility or having any importance. The Bermanator

1550. "Day of the Dove" features an alien entity that matches forces between Kirk and his crew and some fearsome Klingons (Kang and his crew) by matching them one on one (forty for each side). If this was the wimpy Picard and his lame crew, the entity would have had to use all one thousand of the Enterprise-D crew versus the forty Klingons. After all, a mere three Klingons nearly destroyed Picard and his crew in " Heart of Glory". Pardu P

1549. Kirk, throughout his career, had to engage in hand to hand combat with many opponents of great strength- and he performed well against all of them ( Kahn in "Space Seed", Spock in "Amok Time", Flint in "Requiem for Methuselah", Kang in "Day of the Dove", numerous Klingons in "Errand of Mercy", etc). Picard's only claim to fame in this department is his ability to beat up a Ferengi ("Captain's holiday)- a distinction somewhat akin to the ability to beat up a child.  Not to mention the fact that a girl had a weapon pointed at the Ferengi at the time, which makes Picard's "punch" a cowardly cheap shot. Pardu P

1548. In a book on Starfleet Military History, Kirk would appear in Chapter I titled 'Finest Military commanders in Starfleet History', along with Garth of Izar, Pike, April and other distinguished Captains. He would earn this distinction because of his brilliant tactics in "Corbomite Maneuver", "Doomsday Machine", and numerous other episodes. Picard would appear in the final chapter 'Bumbling buffoons who made elementary tactical errors and only escaped because of luck or someone else saving their butt.'. The most glaring example of his foolish tactics occurs in "Redemption II" , where he nearly gets the entire fleet in the Federation wiped out with his strategy when facing Sela from the Romulan Empire (Data saves his butt by realizing the trap). Another example of his lack of any tactical sense is the manner in which he exposes the Enterprise (no shields even as a precautionary measure) to destruction by Klingons in a "Matter of Honor" (Riker saves his butt by transporting the Klingon Captain off the ship and assuming command). Pardu P

1547. Click here to see a picture reason (JPG involving Captain Calhoun)!miamila

1546. Picard had no capacity for original thought; when the Borg became immune to his weapons, he kept on firing anyway, thus proving that "insanity" is defined as expecting a different result from the same action. Kirk, on the other hand, was definitely THE original thinker of his time, until even his crew became capable of innovating to overcome a superior enemy (STVI: The Undiscovered Country). The Bermanator

1545. Kirk always does the right thing, whether he likes it or not. Meanwhile, "Picky Picardo" moves at warp speed down the road paved with good intentions, thinking that makes a spit-bit of difference to a civilization that just got wiped out. The Bermanator

1544. Picard is clearly a wimp hiding behind a facade of wisdom; whenever he faces an enemy, he always acts out of "restrained caution," but whenever they're helpless, he kills them without mercy; as a result, alien races usually strike first.  Kirk, on the other hand, has an itchy trigger-finger when facing the scum of the universe, but only in self-defense; this makes the hostile races think twice before messing with him, while putting friendly aliens at ease. The Bermanator

1543. Kirk is inspiring, Picard is insulting. The Bermanator

1542. When Kirk spoke, it often made the hairs on the back of one's neck tingle (ST3 "I will.  I swear."). When Picard spoke it usually just caused nausea (Insurrection "It's hardly noticeable."). Jim S

1541. Kirk kept his 40-year old starship for her last 20 years, and felt remorse and had the decency to watch his ship go down. He kept Enterprise-A for another 10 years until Starfleet retired him and his ship. Picard had Enterprise-D for 7 years, and managed to lose a 7 year old ship to a 100 year old antique. And now he's crashing Enterprise-E into something in Nemesis. Kirk took care of his ship, because Kirk and the Enterprise were one. Picard...Isn't. Let's just leave it there.  pdcaptainkirk

1540. In ST: TMP, right when the Enterprise goes to warp, a crewman looks at Kirk, and Kirk gives him a playful wink. That both reassures the crewman and lets him know, "No sweat.  We're gonna have a bit of fun on this mission." If a poor hapless crewman were to catch Picard winking at him, he likely would have had Picard brought up on charges. Rockjock

1539. Picard allows a shape-shifting empathic alien named Kamala ("The Perfect Mate") to be sold into servitude to a loser ambassador. I don't know how Picard allows women, especially in the 24th century, to be bought and sold on his ship. Kirk fought Nazis and idolized men like Abraham Lincoln becuase he recognized the inaliable rights of all people to be free. Rockjock

1538. People look at Kirk and say, "There is the estimation of a man." People look at Picard and say, "That's a man?" Rockjock

1537. 24th century Starfleet allowed a ship counselor (Troi) to gain command level. Given the miserable standards that allow for someone with no practical skills in navigation or engineering to gain command position, you have to wonder how Starfleet screwed up so bad. Then you see Picard got his own command, and it makes sense: Starfleet has shirked any notion of standards. Rockjock

1536. Kirk has an understanding of women. In the episode "In Theory", Data asks Picard for advice on romance, and Picard's forced to admit he doesn't "understand women." This probably made even Data roll his eyes and say, "What was I thinking?" Rockjock

1535. Kirk's bridge has everyone sitting upright in chairs, alert and and watching the horizontal viewscreen while he fills out reports and keeps an eye on both the bridge-crew and the screen; Picard's bridge has everyone lying down in recliners as if watching television, and has to run off to his cubby-hole readyroom to get any work done, while leaving his first officer and ship's counselor to mind the store (despite having caught them fooling around together in the back room more than once-- no wonder the ship runs into so much disaster). The Bermanator

1534. When Picard's science officer got emotions in his first movie after seven years, it happened via daux ex machina (the emotion chip), and then occupied half the movie with obnoxious one-liners, temper-tantrums and assorted frivolity ("Precious Little Life-forms" etc). When Kirk's science officer gained emotions (15 years earlier) in his first movie after TWELVE years, it occurred through a moving scene (his mind-meld with V'ger and subsequent sickbay scene), which was important to the plot, but didn't overdo it. The Bermanator

1533. In lack of respect for duty and direct authority, Picard deliberately disobeyed Kirk's orders, as senior officer, to "get to the launcher" while they were fighting Soran; this ended up getting Kirk killed as a result.  Soran obviously didn't want to shoot anyone unless he had to, while Picard could have just snuck around and disabled the launcher before Soran cloaked it, IF he had followed Kirk's orders instead of insubordinately trying to play hero, since it was the launcher that was the danger, not Soran himself. Picard also didn't warn Soran that he had locked the clamps down, which caused the explosion that killed Soran, which makes Picard a murderer.  Likewise, Picard furthermore deliberately refrained from reporting Kirk's involvement, thus covering up official Starfleet records in order to avoid official reprimand for insubordination. Thus, Kirk was the TRUE hero in "Generations," while Picard was the true villain.  The Bermanator

1532. Kirk always knows what his crew is up to, but Picard doesn't even get a straight answer. In "Skin of evil," Picard asks Riker what's going on down there, Riker says "trouble," and Picard doesn't follow up with more questions! Kirk would get more information, if not go down there and find out for himself! Razdax

1531. Picard could never be compared to an icon like Santa Claus. Kirk is not just better than Picard, Kirk is better than Santa Claus! In a Saturday Night Live skit in which Presidential candidates of The Democratic Party addressed a Star Trek Convention, Rep. Paul Tsongas (portrayed by Al Franken) said, "Santa Claus is NOT a leader, Captain Kirk IS a leader. I don't want to be Santa Claus, I want to be Captain Kirk." Gary Mitchell

1530. In the 23rd century, Starfleet Intelligence was smart enough to know when an alien race was truly bad, and thus they knew when a Pre-emptive Strike was necessary. (The most famous example was their decision to have Kirk infiltrate Romulan space and steal one of their cloaking devices.) Yet, in the 24th century, Starfleet Intelligence was completely blind as to just how evil the Cardassians really were, which explains why they started kicking Federation citizens out of their settlements so that the Cardassians could live within Federation borders. The Heater

1529. Kirk's writers had trouble thinking up new and dangerous scenarios that would take Kirk a full hour to resolve. This, of course, is why Kirk's continuing adventures in the Animated Series were reduced to only 30 minutes. In other words, when Gene Roddenberry created Captain Kirk, he made him too good. Thus, when Roddenberry created Captain Picard, he had to purposely design the character to be inferior to Kirk so that situations which would take Kirk about 10 minutes to resolve could be stretched out to a full hour. The Heater

1528. Kirk's rocklike enemies, the Excalbians, have cool, electronic-like voices. Picard's rocklike enemies, the Sheliak, sound more like snooty waiters in an overpriced restaurant (kind of like Picard himself). JackieFleck3000

1527. Kirk had to traverse both the dangerous Galactic and Great Barriers. Picard only had to deal with the wimpy Briar Patch. Wow... JackieFleck3000

1526. In, "Jihad", Kirk had to fight a dangerous bird-like Skorr warrior. Picard and his crew, on the other hand, are "for the birds", as the old saying goes. JackieFleck3000

1525. In terms of famous detectives, Kirk is any detective played by Humphrey Bogart, the tough, shrewd American, while Picard is Inspector "Clueless" Clouseau, the bumbling French idiot. The Bermanator

1524. Kirk, even in a Starfleet outfit, can just kick back in his chair. Picard is "Picardboard." CaptainKBennigan

1523. If Kirk was a college football coach, he'd be Knute Rockne. If Picard was a college football coach, he'd be John Cooper. Darrgrej

1522. Kirk referenced great leaps in history (like The Eugenics War, World War III, The Transstator, etc) without so much as a hint of implausible dramatic expose or explanation, strictly because it just wouldn't look realistic to go around explaining every technological device or historical reference when talking to someone who knew what it was just as well as you did, as if you were talking down to some invisible child. Meanwhile, Picard needed naive characters like Wesley or Data in order to justify explaining every single irrelevant factor in such agonizingly slow detail and overdramatic, overacting, exaggeration of every point-- down to how people "felt" about it, every facial expression etc.-- that if he referred to the Titanic, it would STILL be sinking. The Bermanator

1521. Kirk never plays favorites with his crew, like letting them wear frilly sashes (Worf), special low-cut blouses (Troi) or mu-mu outfits with huge square hats (Guinan); his stand on special treatment can be summed up in the phrase "you'll get none aboard THIS ship, mister!" Kirk's entire crew is treated equally. The Bermanator

1520. Kirk's command-chair is like Abe Lincoln's. Picard's is like Marty Crane's from "Frasier."  The Bermanator

1519. When events forced Kirk and Spock apart, both of them worked in a fantastic way as a team, despite their separation. Here are three examples from amongst many: "Gamesters of Triskelion" where Kirk was taking care of business on the planet while Spock was ingeniously tracking down their location; "Doomsday Machine" where Kirk was using the remnants of the Constellation and Spock was using some great strategy with the Enterprise despite the pesky Commodore Decker; "ST VI: The Undiscovered Country" where Kirk was planning his jail break while Spock gets there just in the nick of time to save him. In contrast, Picard seems dazed and confused when separated from Riker. In one episode, he gets outwitted by Riker in tactical simulations while Riker is in charge of an old derelict and in another episode he nearly gets the Enterprise destroyed by a Klingon vessel by leaving himself defenseless ("A matter of Honor" ). It seems that Riker was the brains of the Picard/Riker duo (now there's a thought that boggles the mind). Pardu P

1518. Kirk spent most of his time in the Beta Quadrant because that's where the Klingon and Romulan empires were and Starfleet felt he was capable of handling them -- they were right. Picard, meanwhile, was once sent deep into the Alpha Quadrant because Starfleet felt he was capable of handling the somewhat lesser-technologically-advanced Cardassians. Yet, after hearing how Picard was easily captured and tortured by a Cardassian crackpot, Starfleet learned they were wrong and quickly dispatched the Kirk-like Commander Sisko for future dealings with those people. The Heater

1517. When Picard was being chased through his ship by the savagely devolved Worf ("Genesis"), the guy had the most petrified look on his face that I ever did see. Did anything ever make Kirk look that frightened? Nope. The Heater

1516. A British survey in the 1990's revealed that the original Star Trek was the third most popular cult television show in the United Kingdom. (The first two were "Dr. Who" and "Red Dwarf"). Star Trek TNG, meanwhile, didn't even make it into the top ten. The Heater

1515. Kirk is to Batman as Picard is to Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred. The Heater

1514. Picard went by the book. Kirk wrote the book. Whodfrell

1513. "It's the Jean-Luc Picard actionless figure! Comes complete with chair and cup of Earl Grey tea. He sits and talks and sits and talks..." Whodfrell

1512. Kirk's adventures were written by people who had been out in the world and lived and acquired a rich panoply of life experience to draw from (many were WWII veterans). And it showed. Picard's stories were written by indolent yuppie larvae raised in front of the TV. And it showed. Whodfrell

1511. Kirk even made "Spock's Brain" worth watching. It took a guest star from Kirk's crew to make an episode of TNG watchable. Whodfrell

1510. Kirk led by example. Picard led by long distance.Whodfrell

1509. For Picard to look like an even half way decent opponent, the writers needed to reinvent watered-down Klingons with Romulan concepts of loyalty and honor. Kirk fought the real thing: treacherous, vicious space Vikings with an interest in power, victory, and glory -- and he won their respect. Whodfrell

1508. Kirk never had to call an office a "ready room" to make himself look less like a desk bound paper pusher. Whodfrell

1507. Kirk gently reinstructed trainee Saavik after her Kobayashi Maru test, and made her a better officer. Picard chewed out trainee Sito Jaxa on her first mission, and then sent her off on a mission that got her killed. Kirk came off as a teacher. Picard came off cold and arbitrary. Whodfrell

1506. Every time Kirk allegedly broke the Prime Directive, he had a damned good and binding reason and had exhausted all other options. And he had a crew gutsy enough to question him. And he clearly passed Starfleet scrutiny for it every time. When Picard breaks it, it's for reasons that actually could harm other people ("Pen Pals"). Whodfrell

1505. If Picard had transported to the mirror universe and been confronted by a power-hungry Chekov, he would have run off his mouth until Chekov finally shot him. Jim S

1504. Kirk knew he was following a line of other great Captains for the Enterprise. Kirk worked hard to measure up to the standards set by April and Pike. Moreover, Kirk is aware of the legendary nature of the Enterprise and, like all great Captains, he has a special relationship with his ship- some would even call it love. This is true of all the Enterprise Captains (Harriman's esteem for Kirk was obvious, as was his fear he may not measure up) except for the arrogant Picard. He never makes any mention of the line of the prior Captains of the Enterprise, and never has any apparent trepidations about his ability to command the Enterprise- this is a sign of reckless arrogance. Further proof of his ignorance of the special legendary nature of the Enterprise, is his casual commentary after he destroys the ship ("plenty of letters in the alphabet"). Pardu P

1503. Kirk's series revolved specifically around a five-year mission: he didn't need some stupid super-alien like all his wanna-be successors did (Picard-Q, Sisko-Prophets, Janeway-Caretaker, Archer-Suliban) for plot-substance. Rather, Kirk regularly ate false gods for breakfast. The Bermanator  

1502. In severely critical situations, Kirk informed his ENTIRE crew of the potential impact of their actions. Check out "Balance of Terror" where Kirk briefs the entire crew on the history of the Romulan wars and their next actions. Also check out "Ultimate Computer" where he informs the whole crew that they will probably be trading in their lives to save fellow Starfleet Captains. Despite the myriads of meetings he held with his senior staff, Picard never bothered to perform this courtesy. The rank and file crew were left wondering what was going on in the bridge. Pardu P

1501. When advanced races test Kirk, he passes with flying colors. For example, Organians call him and Spock 'courageous' in "Errand of Mercy". Other examples include outwitting Trelane in "Squire of Gothos," surprising the Melkotions in "Arena", and holding himself in check with the Metrons in "Spectre of the Gun." Picard flunks with an F-, according to Q, even after 7 years to show what he was made of ("All Good Things"). Pardu P

1500. Look at what happens when certain civilizations stumble upon technology that greatly accelerates their development before they're ready for it. When the Iotians ("A Piece of the Action") learn of mobster ways and Earth technology, Kirk assigns a Federation ship to check up on their development. Picard lets the far more dangerous Pakleds fly off and continue their merry voyages taking people hostage whenever they need some dope to fix their ship. Rockjock

1499. Picard was hit with a snowball that was thrown off of the Holodeck, even though matter cannot exist outside of it. Proof that even the Holodecks hate Picard on his ship. Rockjock

1498. When Kirk travelled back in time to the 1930's, he had to eat a baloney sandwich for dinner. I can just see Picard turning up his nose and whining, "Ewwww! You're not even putting that on a croissant?" Rockjock

1497. Kirk discourages stupid bar fights ("The Trouble With Tribbles"). Picard starts stupid bar fights, and loses ("Tapestry"). Rockjock

1496. Whenever Kirk's science officer attempted a mind meld, he did so successfully. He could even mind meld with non-humanoid species, like the humpback whales in ST:IV. When Picard's science officer attempts to download his subatomic whazzits into one machine or another, he usually gets his head fried or screws up components of the ship (e.g., the holodeck in "A Fistful of Datas"). Rockjock

1495. In "The Devil in the Dark," the horta instantly fried any man it saw, yet stood in fear at the sight of Captain Kirk. The Heater

1494. If two of Picard's crewmen were missing in the Gamma Quadrant, and there was news of an invading force of Jem'Hadar warships heading for the wormhole, Picard would do exactly what Sisko prepared to do in "Purgatory's Shadow" -- close the entrance to the wormhole and leave the missing crewmen to be stranded on the other side of the galaxy. Kirk, on the other hand, would shoot over to the Gamma Quadrant, find his missing men, and still get back in time to stop the invasion. The Heater

1493. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it Starfleet Regulation that if one captain witnesses another captain die in the line of duty, aren't they supposed to mention it their next log entry? In Generations, after Picard buries Kirk on the mountain top, he doesn't even bother to mention Kirk's death, in his log entry, or even to any of his crew members. In the original series episode The Doomsday Machine, Kirk says he would DEFINETLY include Commodore Decker's death in his log entry, and ALSO mention that he died in the line of duty, as a proper captain would. Sammy A

1492. In Generations, when Kirk and Picard are congratulating each other, Kirk is just lying there, dying under a pile of metal. If Picard had any sense at all, and if he truly was a fan of Kirk himself, he would have at least made some attempt to get Kirk out and try to save his life. Sammy A

1491. Even Worf was more loyal to Kirk than to Picard. In "Trials and Tribble-ations", not only does he help find Darvin, but even gives up an opportunity for the 23rd century Klingons to attain a victory over the Federation, without so much as even a thought of his race over the life of Kirk. He even wrestled a few Klingons in a bar fight, showing his loyalties. He never did this for Picard. Picard seemed to irritate him. Lande

1490. On DS9, Sisko risked serious sanction by Starfleet for the honor of getting Kirk's autograph, and also proudly said to Q "I'm NOT Picard!" This is one more instance of Sisko being the greatest captain of his time out of his choice of role-models. The Bermanator

1489. Kirk knows how to deal with rambling robots (Nomad, Landru, M5).  Picard can't even get Data to shut up.  The Bermanator

1488. When Kirk and his landing party (Spock and McCoy) are fired upon ("Bread and Circuses"), his first instinct is to step IN FRONT of them and take the bullet himself. In a similar situation, Picard is nowhere to be found because his butt is parked safely in his cushy chair in the bridge while his landing party is sacrificed (just one example in a ton of them- Tasha Yar in "Skin of Evil"). Pardu P

1487. In the "Ultimate Computer", the crew are distraught over the possibility of an inspirational leader like Kirk being replaced by a soulless computer that would robotically follow Federation rules and suck all the joy out of exploring the universe. Even the logical Mr. Spock states that 'a starship runs on loyalty- to one man and nothing can replace him'. Picard's crew has no cause to worry about this type of replacement... because they would never notice the difference. Pardu P

1486. When Kirk landed on a world that had taken to Nazi beliefs, he immediately set out to make things right, undoing the harm caused by a previous Starfleet visitor, and never once bowing to the Nazis. Picard would have either stayed out of it, broken down and spilled his guts in torture, or he would have put on that uniform and switched sides to save his own measly life, probably letting the Nazis kill Riker and anyone else on his ship if it meant he lived. Kirk is a freedom fighter, Picard is a lowly self-preservationist coward. Lande

1485. Suppose for a moment that a certain individual never saw a single episode of TOS or TNG, and that everything he knew about Kirk and Picard was learned solely by watching the DS9 and Voyager series. Which captain do you think that particular individual would end up wanting to learn more about? (Even Picard knows the answer to this one). The Heater

1484. When a traitorous Vulcan came onboard Kirk's ship, she didn't walk away a free woman. When a Romulan spy came onboard Picard's ship posing as a Vulcan, she escaped unscathed. The Heater

1483. The reason Kirk, of all people, was chosen to host the Federation-Klingon peace talks in 'Star Trek VI' is because his superiors felt that the Klingons would "think twice" before attacking the Enterprise while it was under his command. Was Picard ever asked to host peace talks with such a savage and violent species? Nope. Instead, at the beginning of 'Star Trek: Insurrection', we found Picard hosting delegations with a harmless munchkin-like race who had only achieved warp capability within the last year. The Heater

1482. If Picard got sent to a mirror universe where everyone was evil, he wouldn't dare try to turn any of them into good guys for fear of breaking that precious little Prime Directive of his. This decision, of course, would most probably result in the baddies following him back to his own universe and attempting to conquer it. The Heater

1481. Once Kirk realised that Gary Seven had been telling the truth about having to save the world from nuclear warfare in 1968, he apparently approved of what Seven's alien employers had been attempting to do for Earth's future society. Yet, if a group of Federation citizens in the 24th century attempted to do the same thing for a more primitive planet, Picard and all his Admiral bosses would go ballistic and lock them away for breaking the Prime Directive. This, of course, would be rather hypocritical when considering how Earth's very survival and existence is all thanks to a group of aliens who had the good sense to toss the philosophy of the Prime Directive right out the window. The Heater

1480. After Kirk killed a group of Klingons and stole their ship in 'Star Trek III', the Klingon government did not order or authorize any attacks upon him. (We learned this in 'Star Trek V'). Instead, the Klingons sent a whiney ambassador to the Federation council who tried to persuade them to extradite Kirk for murder (see the opening scene of 'Star Trek IV'). I guess this shows just how fearful the Klingons really were of him. Did Picard ever make an aggressive alien race go whining to the Federation like little cry-babies? Nope. The Heater

1479. The very name of Picard's show (i.e., "The Next Generation") is both illogical and inaccurate. Here's why: If we label Kirk's crew of the Enterprise and Enterprise-A as the first generation of Star Trek, then technically, the "Next" generation would be the crew of the Enterprise-B.  This, of course, would officially make Picard's crew of the Enterprise-D the *Fourth* generation. I'd also like to comment here that a "Next Generation" series about the Enterprise-B would not only have held the name more appropriately, but would actually have been far more entertaining. "Why" you ask? Simple. By being that much closer to Kirk's time, a show about the Enterprise-B would have allowed for a lot more guest appearances from TOS characters -- which would have boosted the shows ratings considerably. Evidence for this theory can be found when observing how "Unification" and "Relics" (where Spock and Scotty made appearances) were voted among the best episodes of the TNG series. The Heater

1478. When Picard was told that the universal translator was not compatible with the Calamarain species ("Deja Q"), he did not make any further effort to establish communication and just sat around with the ship's shields up. This resulted in the crew being unable to continue its attempts to prevent a moon from falling out of its orbit and smashing into a populated planet. In other words, if Q hadn't got his powers back at the last minute and restored the moon himself, Picard's actions (or rather, his lack of action) would have caused an innocent planet to perish. Now, for evidence that Kirk would have handled the situation differently, let us look to back to the episode "Metamorphosis." In this episode, Kirk was similarly told that the universal translator was not compatible with a life force such as the Companion. But what did he do about it? He told Spock to redesign the darn device so that it WOULD be compatible! Once that problem was solved, Kirk was then able to talk to the Companion and eventually convince it to let everyone go -- just like he would have been able to talk with the Calamarain and work out some sort of understanding there. The Heater

1477. When Data finished building his "Offspring," who did he invite to the unveiling? Geordi, Wesley, and Deanna -- that's it. Is it just me, or does Picard get excluded from every major event in his crew members' lives? The Heater

1476. Kirk is under extreme emotional duress after learning that his son was murdered by Klingons ("ST III- The Search for Spock"). Minutes after this he issues the extremely controversial order of the self-destruction of the Enterprise. Scotty and Chekov unhesitatingly follow his order. Years after assimilation by the Borg, neither Starfleet nor his own crew trust Picard to deal rationally with the Borg ("ST VIII- First Contact"). Starfleet does not want Picard to engage the Borg at all, and Worf and the rest of the crew challenge his moronic decision to stay and fight the Borg at the end. Since Starfleet has psychological profiles of Picard and his own crew knows him best, I guess everyone thinks he is a weak-minded fool who can't make rational decisions after suffering assimilation at the hands of the Borg. Pardu P

1475. Kirk's writers knew how to end an episode properly, not just by fading out and running the credits. The Bermanator

1474. Both captains are men of taste. However, Kirk is sweet and salty, while Picard is sour and bitter. The Bermanator

1473. Captain Robert April was happy to be on Kirk's ship in "The Counter-Clock Incident."  Want to know the REAL reason Robert April didn't want to become young again in that episode? It was because he wouldn't live long enough to have to put up with Picard. Jackiefleck3000

1472. Kirk is the head of the "Tough Enterprise Captains Club", which also includes Spock, April, Pike, and Rachel Garrett. Picard is the head of the "Wimpy Enterprise Captains Club", which also includes Archer and John Harriman. Jackiefleck3000

1471. If Picard is a typical Frenchman, that explains their strange fascination with Jerry Lewis movies. The Bermanator

1470. Picard is the ultimate idiot-- in "Generations," he got Kirk killed for no reason, when he could have just popped out of the Nexus before his first scene in the movie and saved EVERYONE, including his brother and his nephew, but most of all he could have saved himself from the embarassment of that STUPID make-believe award-ceremony scene with the ridiculous uniforms. The Bermanator

1469. Kirk knows the US Constitution by heart, while Picard has the Frenchman's gall to insult the American flag. The Bermanator

1468. The movie "Galaxy Quest" was obviously about Captain Kirk, NOT Picard-- otherwise, the Tim Allen role would have been played by Don Knotts. The Bermanator

1467. Picard as "the new Enterprise captain" is strikingly similar to "the new Coke," i.e. a watered-down, bitter, second-rate version with poor taste, but which is nevertheless hyped as "new and improved--" and which likewise STILL, after years, demands a re-marketing of the original to satisfy the needs of Generations. The Bermanator

1466. There is a plaque posted in Iowa marking the "future birthplace" of  James T. Kirk. You will find no such marking for Picard's "future birthplace." Lande

1465. The comic flick "Free Enterprise" was about two die-hard TOS fans who got to meet their idol, Bill Shatner. Was there ever a film about TNG fans who got to meet Patrick Stewart? Nope. The Heater

1464. After Kirk returned to the Enterprise ("Star Trek: The Motion Picture"), Uhura commented that the crew's chances of returning from their mission in one piece "may have just doubled." Did any crewmember of the Enterprise-D or E ever express such optimism concerning the presence of Picard? Nope. The Heater

1463. "Star Trek VI" had many subtle references to the events and characters on TNG, yet the script was written in such a way that a viewer did not need to know anything at all about TNG in order to thoroughly enjoy the movie. On the other hand, "Star Trek: Insurrection" had several direct references to the situation on DS9 which would only have made sense if a viewer was up to date on what was happening on that show. The Heater

1462. If Kirk's character has an equivalent on DS9, it would clearly be Captain Ben Sisko. Picard's equivalent on DS9 would be Weyoun -- that Vorta yes-man who constantly sucks up to his superiors and yet never gets any respect from them. The Heater

1461. After Kirk swiped a cloaking device with the greatest of ease, those things were apparently redesigned to be heavy as hell. (If you watch the DS9 episode "The Emperor's New Cloak," you can see first-hand just how heavy they've become). Thus, if Picard tried to make off with a cloaking device in his own time, he'd break his back in the attempt. The Heater

1460. If a Vidiian stole the lungs from one of Picard's crewmen, Picard would do exactly what Janeway did in the episode "Phage" -- absolutely nothing. Like Janeway, Picard would have said that it was morally and ethically wrong to kill the Vidiian and take the lungs back, and would therefore condemn the victimized crewman to spend the rest of his life hooked up to a machine.  Kirk, on the other hand, wouldn't have hesitated to rip that diseased freak open, take back the lungs, and have McCoy reconnect them to their rightful owner. If you want proof of this, just observe the way he fought to recover Spock's brain. Krako

1459. Part of the mission to "seek out new life and new civilizations" involves learning all that one can about them. Yet, Picard has hardly learned a darn thing about the aliens who serve onboard his own ship. For example, in the episode where he first met Ensign Ro Laren (who was a Bajoran), Picard addressed her as Ensign Laren, instead of as Ensign Ro, because he was unaware that Bajorans put their family names before their personal names.  Quite possibly, this is why Ro disrespected Picard from the get-go and eventually ended up leaving him to join the Maquis. Krako

1458. When former members of Kirk's crew return to Enterprise, he doesn't greet them with "What the hell are you doing here?" This is how Picard greeted Worf in "Star Trek: Insurrection". Now, I realise that Picard said this with a friendly tone of voice, but still such a choice of words is not the proper protocol for addressing a fellow Starfleet officer -- or even a friend. Krako

1457. When Jack the Ripper (a creature that thrives on fear) was onboard the Enterprise, Kirk injected everyone with a tranquillizing serum so that they'd be too giddy to be afraid. He then seized the psychotic killer and literally carried him through the ship to the transporter room where he beamed him out into space. The fact that Kirk did not require an injection for himself shows that he truly knows no fear. If Jack the Ripper had come on board Picard's ship, the only person who wouldn't have needed an injection would be Data. Krako

1456. Movie clip reason (YouTube. Showing Kirk and Picard in a fistfight)! Jay B

1455. If both captains had been commissioned to command the Titanic, Kirk would have warned promptly about the icebergs by his expert communications officer, and then Kirk would have stayed at the helm and ordered slow speed, despite what the fleet manager demanded, just as he did in "The Galileo Seven." Likewise, even if Kirk couldn't avoid the iceberg, his capacity for snap-decisions would have kicked in,-- and, always the innovator in an impossible situation, he would have rammed it head-on with minor damage; and even if the ship did sink, Kirk would probably inspire his engineer and science officer to keep it afloat until help arrived, or at least find a way to fit EVERYONE into the lifeboats and keep them afloat.  Picard, on the other hand, didn't even seem to HAVE a communications officer, and would have been shooting the breeze in Ten Forward with the clueless Wesley Crusher at the helm, who would likewise cower so much under the fleet manager's intimidation that the ship would be doing full-speed when it hit the iceberg, and the ship would have gone down without even giving Picard-- the ultimate snob-- the opportunity to delight in seeing the lower-class passenges drown like rats (and then he could put on his "aggrieved mourning" act that he saves for whenever someone dies out his incompetence.) 
The Bermanator

1454. Kirk's experience and compassion with his crew was best defined by the fact that whomever they knew or did in their own time was their own business. During "This Side of Paradise", Kirk mentions to Spock that his affairs were his own, but was worried that his friend's love interest, under the influence of the Spores, would be in question. During TNG episode "The Offspring", Picard butts in Data's life by saying he should have asked permission to be a father with his own creation, Lal.
Uru Mace

1453. Kirk would have used Lore's head for an ashtray.
Uru Mace

1452. Beverly Crusher would have been Disemboweled by a Vulcuan Ceremonial Guardsman and T'Pau would have been disappointed in the choice of Picard as a friend (Amok Time).
Uru Mace

1451. Did you notice during part two of TNG's "Reunification" when Spock mindmelded with Picard to learn about how much Sarek felt about his son, Picard smiled like a soulless, lack of compassion creep? Kirk lived out a second nightmare during ST3 when Sarek mindmelded with him to learn about Spock.
Uru Mace

1450. Best use of a dramatic light affect: there has been at least one episode where a small, rectangular box of light would focus attention to his eyes, which were illuminated and highlighted.
Uru Mace

1449. No one ever called a member of Kirk's crew "microbrain" (as Q did to Worf).

1448. Here's why a 'Mirror Universe' episode was never possible for the TNG series: To start, Picard's counterpart would most likely have been bumped off by the evil Riker a long time ago, and thus he would no longer exist in that reality. Second, the blind Geordi would have been disposed of at birth since 'survival of the strongest' is the Mirror Universe's martial philosophy. Third, it's unlikely that Data would have been built in the Mirror Universe, and even if he had, he would have turned out to be like the Terminator and gone on a killing spree, thus requiring Starfleet to destroy him. Fourth, the evil Federation would not have been at peace with the Klingons in the Mirror Universe, and thus Worf would not have been on board the Enterprise. (In fact, we actually got to see Worf's evil counterpart in the DS9 episode "Shattered Mirror" and found him commanding his own Klingon war vessel in an attack against Terok Nor). This, of course, leaves us with Troi, Beverly, and Wesley -- and trying to conceive their evil counterparts would be just plain laughable. Conclusion: TOS had better stories because the writers had better characters to work with.
The Heater

1447. The Romulan characters in "Balance of Terror" were clearly designed to be reflective representations of Kirk and Company. Observe how the Romulan Commander, who did not desire a war with Earth, was a reflection of Kirk who did not desire a war with Romulus. Also observe how the Romulan Centurion who gave the Commander advice was a reflection of Spock and Bones who gave Kirk advice, and how Decius, the Romulan officer who squabbled with the Commander, was a reflection of Stiles who squabbled with Kirk. Was there ever a TNG episode where the villains so elegantly reflected Picard's crew? Nope.
The Heater

1446. When preparations were made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Worf's 'Age of Ascension' ("The Icarus Factor"), who came to the ceremony? Wesley, Geordi, Data, Chief O'Brien and Dr. Pulaski -- that's it. The reason these particular individuals attended is because the rules of the ceremony dictated that the Klingon's "family" be present and these characters felt that they qualified as such. The fact that Picard did not make an appearance clearly tells us that his relationship with Worf does not go beyond profession. Yet, when we look back at Star Trek V and observe how Kirk and the gang went camping together, it's clear that their relationship goes far beyond profession or duty -- they are family.
The Heater

1445. When Kirk goes on a manhunt, he doesn't sing "Come out, come out, wherever you are."
The Heater

1444. If Picard were to trade places with a character on "Voyager," he could only take the place of Neelix.
The Heater

1443. 'The Seven Dwarfs' analogy: Kirk is to 'Happy' as Picard is to 'Grumpy'.
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1442. Kirk's crew loves working with Kirk.  When Riker was offered his own ship in "The Icarus Factor," Worf asked to go with him -- which would, of course, involve leaving Picard. That tells you something about Worf's attitude toward Picard's leadership, doesn't it?
The Heater

1441. When a circumstantial situation resulted in Chekov teaming up with Kirk again ("Star Trek II"), that lovable Russian ended up staying with Kirk afterwards, and he continued serving under Kirk's command right up until "Star Trek: Generations." Yet, when a circumstantial situation resulted in Worf teaming up with Picard again ("Star Trek: First Contact"), that grumpy Klingon apparently went straight back to DS9 as soon as the mission was completed.
The Heater

1440. If Kirk's ship had children on board, he'd be honoured if they were nice enough to celebrate a "Captain Kirk Day". Yet, when the children on the Enterprise-D celebrated "Captain Picard Day", Picard was a grumbling sour-puss the whole time.
The Heater

1439. Whenever Kirk eats food from another world, he always enjoys it. (For example, observe his instant liking of 'tranya' in the "The Corbomite Maneuver"). Yet, when Picard sampled the soup on Romulus ("Unification I"), Data could tell that he didn't like it and advised him to pretend otherwise to avoid blowing their cover.
The Heater

1438. Kirk's ship was built for a specific purpose. Picard's ship looks like it should have potted plants and slot machines lining the halls.

1437. The evil version of Kirk had a cool name: "Emperor Tiberius". Evil Picard had a goofball name: "Locutus" (which sounds like a mispronunciation of "ludicrous").

1436. Several times Wesley knew more than Picard's trained, experienced officers but nobody listened to him. The Time Traveller had to travel through time in order to tell Picard to listen to Wesley. Kirk would never have let talent like that go unnoticed. But Kirk, like a good leader, was always looking for the best in his crew and in doing so had the best crew. Picard, on the other hand, was always worried that his crew would do the wrong thing. But then they really did not have a leader to model themselves after.
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1435. Kirk has both a First Officer (Spock) and a Chief Engineer (Scotty) whom have had the same rank as he has (both Captains), but guess who they want in charge?
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1434. It took THREE skilled Air Force personnel to stop Kirk during "Tomorrow is Yesterday" (and, I might add, they had great difficulty in doing this).
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1433. Captain Kirk had decency and compassion to allow Lt. Galloway to return to her duties in "the Deadly Years". Picard would have confined Lt. Galloway to her quarters thinking it would do her more good, but we all know it wouldn't have! Uru Mace

1432. During the era of Captain April to the end of the 23rd century, Starfleet prepared its crewmen with the vigors of hand-to-hand. In most cases, Kirk's crew almost always succeeded in fighting, whether toe-to-toe! During 24th century politics, the need for greater political diplomacy prevailed and complacency set in. Thus, the Federation personnel tend to get beat up rather easily (most notably Captain Picard)! Uru Mace

1431. As part of his mastery of being a starship Captain, Kirk understands every member of his crew extremely well - this is true for even the most junior members of his crew. For example, in "Naked Time", Kirk understands Joey's conflicted view of mankind's role in space. In "Space Seed", Kirk demonstrates his understanding of Marla McGivers feelings for Khan (this no doubt contributed to her decision to save him later on). Picard, on the other hand, does not even know anything about his own crew members, as he demonstrates in "The Drumhead". After Admiral Satie goes on her witchhunt and accuses Simon Tarses, a junior crew member of lying, Picard must interview the man to get to know him! This despite the fact that he has a counselor to help him out with this, a luxury Kirk never had. Pardu P

1430. DVDs of Picard's films don't get Special Editions with 7 hours of bonus materials. Lande

1429. When Kirk went undercover as a Romulan, he managed to infiltrate their flagship, steal their cloaking device, and escape. When Picard went undercover as a Romulan, he got caught in three seconds-- by KIRK'S first officer!  The Bermanator

1428. If Kirk and Picard were in Babylon 5, Kirk would be the brave John Sheridan, while Picard would be the goofy Vir Cotto. jackiefleck3000

1427. Kirk stole the Enterprise out of spacedock (ST3:TSFS); Picard had the Enterprise stolen out of spacedock (ever see the episode with the Binars?). Stanley K

1426. Some TNGers like to claim that Picard always asks his entire crew for advice while Kirk prefers to ask Spock only. Obviously, these fans haven't seen TOS episodes like "The Corbomite Maneuver" or "Balance of Terror" in which Kirk calls his entire senior staff to the briefing room to ask their input. Now, of course, these rare incidents are the ones where Kirk has the luxury of time.  In most episodes, however, Kirk does not have time on his side, which forces him to either make the decisions himself or limit his search for suggestions to his most intelligent officer. As for Picard, whenever his ship is in a dire situation in which there's no time to think (let alone ask for suggestions), it always seems to be Riker who jumps to his feet and yells "Shields up! Red Alert!" It is only when the ship is out of immediate danger that Picard re-assumes full command and starts asking for advice. Yet, when Kirk gets his ship out of immediate danger, that danger has usually been permanently eliminated in the process which naturally leaves Kirk with no need to ask his crew for anything. Need I say more?  The Heater

1425. During the fight with Soran, Kirk and Picard needed to recover a control pad so they could de-cloak the probe launcher and sabotage it. Kirk's plan was for himself to jump over the collapsed bridge and get the pad while Picard headed for the probe. At first, Picard objected to this plan feeling that Kirk would "never make it." Fortunately, Kirk took charge of the situation, proceeded with the plan anyway, and successfully made the jump, thus saving the day. Clearly now, the reason that Picard felt that the jump was impossible is because he himself could never have made it and that he darn well knew so. In other words, this scene not only proves Kirk to be a better jumper, but it also shows that he has more confidence in his own abilities as an athlete. The Heater

1424. It's a safe assumption that Kirk's 'historical research via time-travel' mission in "Assignment: Earth" was authorized by Starfleet Command. Most likely, Starfleet authorized the mission because they had complete confidence that Kirk would do nothing to alter the time-line. As for Picard, Starfleet never asked him to take on such a mission -- most likely because they remembered the incident with Mark Twain and they worried. The Heater

1423. When the Duras Sisters were accused of attempting to assassinate Worf ("First Born"), they were tracked down and eventually captured. However, when it was discovered that the sisters were not the ones behind the attempt, they were apparently set free by Picard's crew. Did Picard's crew happen to forget that these women were wanted criminals in the Klingon Empire, or did they just not care? If Kirk was in command there, he'd have shipped those two back to the Klingon homeworld as soon as possible and used that as a way to strengthen Federation-Klingon relations. The Heater

1422. Kirk has been playing Chess with his science officer since TOS began. In fact, this is exactly what those two were doing when we saw them for the very first time in "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Picard, on the other hand, didn't start playing cards with his senior crew until the very last episode of TNG ("All Good Things"). And, the only reason he started to become more sociable is because Q made him realize how much of a hermit he'd been for the past seven years. The Heater

1421. According to Vulcan tradition, a groom is allowed to invite his closest friends to his marital ceremony. Who did Spock invite to his? Kirk and McCoy, of course. Similarly, Klingon tradition dictates that a groom is to spend the last four days before his wedding hanging out with his closest friends in a bachelor party. Who did Worf invite to his? Sisko, Bashir, O'Brien, Martok, and Alexander -- that's it. Not only were Picard and Riker excluded from Worf's bachelor party, but they weren't even invited to the wedding! The Heater

1420. After Kirk kicked some major Romulan butt in "Balance of Terror," the Romulans felt the need to ally themselves with the Klingons and start using Klingon design for their warships before messing with the Federation again (see "The Enterprise Incident"). Yet, after meeting Picard in "Redemption II," Sela (the Romulan daughter of the alternate Tasha Yar) apparently felt that the Romulan Empire could match the Federation in a war, and thus proceeded with plans to invade Vulcan (see "Unification II"). Keep in mind that, at this point in Star Trek history, the Romulans were no longer allied with the Klingons, which means that they had enough confidence to take on the Federation by themselves. One should also note that most of what Sela knew about Picard came from the stories that her mother told her about the alternate time-line in which the Federation was getting its tail whooped in a major war. The Heater

1419. None of Kirk's quotable quotes was ever made fun of by a member of his crew. But when Data received emotions, he mocked Picard's "make it so" line. The Heater

1418. Captain Koloth (the Klingon commander from "The Trouble With Tribbles") later told Curzon Dax that he always regretted never meeting Kirk in battle. Also, in "Errand of Mercy," the Klingon commander Kor similarly said that he had hoped to meet Kirk in battle. Did a Klingon ever say such things about Picard? Nope. The Heater

1417. When Kirk and Spock went back in time and met Gary Seven, they did NOT reveal to him what their history records said about his future -- which is something that all good time-travellers should always do. When Picard and Company went back in time and met Zefram Cochram, they revealed to him everything they knew about his future. The result: Cochram hated what he heard (go figure) and tried to run away. The Heater

1416. Kirk's motto (from "The Corbomite Maneuver"): "There is no such thing as the unknown; only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood" -- spoken like a noble and fearless explorer. Picard's motto (from "When the Bough Breaks"): "Things are only impossible until they are not." Excuse me, but the word "impossible" refers specifically to something that can NEVER work or NEVER be! Not only that, but this statement is merely a pathetic paraphrasing of "Where there's a will, there's a way." Captain Kirk gets the gold medal for original mottos here. However, I'll let Captain Picard have the prize for second WORST, since his motto is slightly better than Captain Archer's (from "Broken Bow"): "Don't be afraid of the wind." Eeesh! The Heater

1415. If the Battlestar Galactica came to Earth with Kirk in Starfleet, they would beg for his help against the Cylons. If the Galactica found Earth with wussy Picard in Starfleet, they would give up any hope of assistance against their enemies. Jackie F

1414. If Picard was split into two halves like Kirk ("Enemy Within"), no one would have noticed for a long time. Both halves would be equally dull and lifeless. His crew might have finally caught on when they realized they were attending twice the number of pointless meetings and listening to twice the number of vacuous, stupefying speeches from the two Picards. Pardu P

1413. In "The Paradise Syndrome", Kirk is elected tribal chief by use of his cunning and strength; in "Who Watches the Watchers?" Picard is seen that way only because he amazed them with his advanced technology rather than his personality traits. Rockjock

1412. Kirk is as hip and edgy as "The Far Side". Picard is about as hip and edgy as "The Family Circus". Rockjock

1411. Kirk's ship had those safety bars on the bridge you could grab onto if the ship rocked out of control. Picard's ship didn't even have that basic safety feature (and to show how they may have helped, check out Riker taking flight in "Generations" as the Enterprise crashes.) Rockjock

1410. Why were the only great actors on TNG the guest stars? Look at David Odgen Stiers, Ronny Cox, or Matt Frewer and their performance: totally eclipsed the main crew. Guests on TOS (Ricardo Montalban) served to compliment the main actors, not steal their scenes. Rockjock

1409. Kirk knows that family is not defined by blood alone. Try telling that to Picard, who tries to take a human boy from his adoptive Talarian family ("Suddenly Human"). Rockjock

1408. Kirk's episodes always had such tasteful-sounding names. Can you imagine sitting with your kids to watch a TNG episode called "Menange a Troi"?!? Rockjock

1407. Kirk's officers have kids; Picard's officers manufacture them. Rockjock

1406. When a wormhole is being auctioned off aboard the Enterprise, Picard doesn't want the Ferengi to win the bid, so he fixes the auction. So much for Mr. Prime Directive. Worse, he asks Riker to bid on the wormhole. Is the captain such a coward that he can't attend an AUCTION? What kind of leader is this? Rockjock

1405. If the Pakleds (i.e. "the stupid people") captured his chief engineer, Kirk would have not only gotten him back, but flew to the Pakled homeworld, conquered it, and made them pay the Federation a tribute, like he did with the Iotians ("A Piece of the Action"). Rockjock

1404. When Riker is offered the chance to be the new captain of the USS Aries ("The Icarus Factor"), watch how snide Picard is, how he scoffs at him and says his command would be on the edge of the galaxy and of little significance. Now watch how Kirk beams with pride once he sees that Sulu is given command of the USS Excelsior. Kirk has far more hopes for those who serve with him to succeed, and isn't defensive and jealous like Picard. Rockjock

1403. In the episode "Spock's Brain", Kirk's first officer's brain is abducted. If this were to happen to Picard's first officer, would anyone notice? Rockjock

1402. In Generations, Kirk gestures to Picard and says "Dillweed." Does anyone seriously believe he meant spices on this one?  

1401. Kirk is hard to intimidate. Even when faced with a 7 foot tall android with many times his strength, he continues to fight him and talk to him ("What are Little Girls Made of" ). On the other hand, Picard is intimidated to the point of escape into the holodeck by the mere presence of Deanna Troi's mother.
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1400. Kirk looks like he is enjoying life and his role as starship captain all the time. Even as he heads off to his own death (twice), he has a smile on his face ("Generations"), and proclaims "Sounds like fun". Judging by the perpetually dour expression on Picard's face, his constant moaning, whining and crying in front of his counselor, and his repeated doubts about his choice of a career, it seems like Picard rarely enjoys life or his role as a starship captain. Even the comedic 'Q' cannot extract a smile from the humorless Picard. The look on his face suggests he is need of an enema.
Pardu P

1399. Due to his slavish devotion to orders and the Prime Directive, Picard would have never left the hopelessly crippled Captain Pike with the Talosians ("Menagerie, Part II"). He would have had Riker executed (as per the General Order) and delivered one of his stern speeches on non-involvment to the hapless Pike, who would have been forced to listen due to his helpless condition.
Pardu P

1398. An evaluation of each captain's luck with women- Picard had none. The only woman on the ship who showed any interest in him was Dr. Crusher, and that seemed to be more mother-son, since she was always sleeping with much younger men. He once turned down a rather beautiful woman for his so-called career, then took further insult when she still looked beautiful many years later (he, however, has gone from so-so looking cadet to something a bird spat up). His one time in bed with a woman (Tapestry) was a case of the woman thinking he was only 20, and the look on his face afterwards leads one to believe he had no idea what had just happened. Kirk, no such problems. Yes, he turned down a few relationships, but he considered saving the galaxy more important than his own needs. Besides, he had to practically fight off the females with a stick. Lande

1397. If Picard were ever neck deep in tribbles, he'd look like a worm popping out of the dirt. Lande

1396. Kirk would have had the sense to fire the ship's phasers after Lore was beamed out into space. Lande

1395. Picard, on a trip to bring peaceful relations to a planet that had previously avoided all forms of contact, ends up having several children abducted off his ship, and his ship thrown across the galaxy. Then, after flying back, decided to get the kids back by breaking through the planet's shields, which almost didn't work, and the whole plan barely came together thanks to....Wesley Crusher (ba-da-dum!). Now, Kirk, in this situation, would have handled it differently. First, Kirk's ship has no kids to abduct (a wise move, since starships tend to get into trouble at times). And even if he DID have kids on board, he would have had the sense to notify Starfleet of the abduction, bring reinforcements, and would have gotten the kids back in a more orderly manner. Lande

1394. When villains return to battle Kirk for a second time (such as Khan or Harry Mudd), it is only because they have somehow escaped from the prison where Kirk sent them after they were first defeated by him. When villains return to battle Picard for a second time (there are too many to name), it is merely because Picard failed to defeat them. The Heater

1393. When Picard was offered a new career as underwater explorer on Earth ("Family"), he seriously contemplated leaving Starfleet to take the opportunity. If Kirk had been offered such a job, he would have dismissed the notion instantly, because unlike Picard, he is a SPACE explorer. The Heater

1392. Kirk is strong enough to take an enemy's sword and break it in half like a twig (see "The Squire of Gothos"). The Heater

1391. On Kirk's ship, the decision to promote or transfer someone was made by Kirk and Kirk alone. On Picard's ship, those decisions were made by Riker with some assistance by Troi. The Heater

1390. No member of Kirk's crew ever committed suicide. One of Picard's crewmen did ("Eye of the Beholder"), and with Picard as his captain, who can blame him?  The Heater

1389. Picard was never referred to by other captains as "the one and only." Sisko referred to Kirk this way in "Trials are Tribble-ations." The Heater

1388. During the last two seasons of TNG, Starfleet knew about the wormhole near DS9, yet they never requested that Picard and his crew go through it to explore the Gamma Quadrant. If the wormhole had been discovered back in the 23rd century, Kirk and his crew would have been the first ones whom Starfleet called upon for the mission.  The Heater

1387. When Picard offered to lend a hand down in Engineering ("Phantasms"), Geordi frantically insisted that the captain go away and allow him and Data to do the work themselves. In fact, when Picard was about to touch something, Geordi actually screamed "No!" in a panicky voice as if Picard was about to accidentally press a button that would blow the ship to pieces. This would never happen between Kirk and Scotty, because Kirk is experienced and trustworthy in Engineering as well as other parts of the ship. The Heater

1386. When a malfunctioning warp core prevented Picard from attending a Starfleet seminar ("Phantasms"), an Admiral did not entirely believe the story. The reason for his disbelief was that Picard apparently had a past reputation for making excuses to avoid Starfleet meetings. Kirk, on the other hand, has a reputation for being an intergalactic hero. The Heater

1385. Kirk: Best damn fight music ever! Earl

1384. Kirk speaks 'Esperanto' flawlessly ("Incubus"). Earl

1383. When Kirk's science officer get emotions, he deals with it with dignity. When Picard's science officer gets emotions, he sings crappy songs about life-forms. Earl

1382. Kirk can take a simple gesture of pointing to a piece of popping-up toast, and make it look more fun and manly than anyone else ever has! And by God, that toast pops up on command ("Generations")! Earl

1381. Generations proves the whole thing. First scene with Kirk, he knocks some sense in to a rookie crew, saves a bunch of people from getting killed, and knowingly sacrifices himself to save EVERYONE! Cut to: Picard and crew hosting a stupid promotion party with goofy, foppish uniforms in a ridiculous slapstick scene with Worf, and then Picard stomps away crying to himself. Which one has the signs of a REAL starship captain? Earl

1380. When the Ferengi tried to frame Picard for destroying a ship, Picard starts to doubt himself and wonder if he really did murder and destroy innocent people. Kirk would have seen through the trap and wondered immediately before he boarded the starship why the Ferrengi would give him a gift. Picard, on the other hand, gets all stressed out that his career is over. He knew that Starfleet would take the lying Ferengi's word over his! Was his word and his contribution to Starfleet worth so little? Shawna W

1379. Kirk was so cool, that a clip of him was shown and credited in a non-Trek film (Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey). You never see clips of Picard in anything. Jim S

1378. Kirk once said that Starfleet would never tolerate the harm or torture of one of its officers, regardless of the reasons. In a show of how weak Starfleet became in the 24th century, Picard was practically used as a Cardassian's video game system, receiving constant torture. And afterwards, no one did a thing, for fear of "offending" the Cardassians. If this had happened to Kirk (though unlikely given Kirk's ability to escape such situations), the Cardassians would have practically become extinct. Lande

1377. In the "Last Outpost", Picard doesn't retaliate to a Ferengi ship that stole an energy converter, even after they fire upon the Enterprise. Then he expresses concern, after getting immobilized by an energy field, that the Ferengi have them 'right where they want them'. You don't have to be a tactical genius to see that Picard missed the Tactics 101 class at the Academy.  Kirk would have disabled the Ferengi ship, reclaimed the stolen energy converter, and found a mutally beneficial trading scheme to cement good relationships with the pesky Ferengi. Pardu P

1376. When Kirk met an Indian tribe living on an isolated world, he ended up becoming their God and saving their entire culture from destruction.  Picard meets an Indian tribe living on an isolated planet, and agrees to deliver their world to the Cardassians by Starfleet order (okay, the writer in charge of "the Cardassians are our enemies" took a vacation, obviously). And it ends in a fiasco where Picard is humilated by his lineage, Wesley Crusher pulls a "Luke Skywalker" where he practically tells Picard and crew to "f*** off", and the Indian tribe gladly signs their world over to Cardassian space because they feel living under Cardassian rule will be FAR better than being part of any Federation with Picard as a representative. Lande

1375. Picard leaves a deaf guy, Riva, on Solais 5 who can only use sign language ("Loud as a Whisper") to try and resolve a conflict that has been going on for 15 centuries. Riva's ambition is to teach both sides sign language, so they will learn to communicate and cease their hostilities. HELLO! Can anyone spell 'doomed strategy'? Has Picard never heard of the 'universal translator' to expedite this process? Kirk successfully ends a conflict that is centuries old with a combination of guts (General Order 24), shaking up the status quo (ending the 'computer war' on Eminiar Seven), and jettisoning in the annoying but competent Ambassador Fox when necessary. Pardu P

1374. In the TNG episode "Measure of a Man", Picard gets outthought and outlawyered by the intellectually limited first officer Riker, of all people - until his bartender saves him and points him towards the correct defense. Kirk could hold his own in an argument with his first officer, an intellectual Vulcan, as evidenced in "Where No Man...".  Pardu P

1373. Picard broods when women reject him (for example, when Crusher rebuffs him in "Attached"). Kirk does not have this brooding problem. Besides, women never reject him.
Pardu P

1372. Picard constantly writes "reprimands" (oooo so scary!) up on his crew's permanent record. Kirk is too busy being captain for such trivial nonsense, and his crew actually listens to him... so he did not have to write them up anyway! The only thing Kirk writes on his crew's permanent record were commendations. Shawna W

1371. If we don't count the holodeck episodes, we'll find that Kirk travelled back through time more often than Picard did. The Heater

1370. When Kirk was presumed dead, Spock spoke at his eulogy. When a eulogy was scheduled after Picard was presumed dead, Riker said that he wasn't even going to attend. The Heater

1369. When Riker was captured by a mercenary vessel where Picard was posing undercover as smuggler ("Gambit, Part I"), the captain of that ship felt Riker would be useful and wanted to keep him alive. The rest of the crew, however, wanted the captain to kill Riker, and, surprisingly enough, Picard voted with them and also tried to persuade the captain to do so -- perhaps because he feared he would blow his cover if he acted otherwise. I think Picard and Riker were just damn lucky that the captain stood his ground and overruled his crew. I mean, what would Picard have done if the captain had changed his mind and decided to blow Riker away? That there is just another example of how Picard is a coward who can't think. If Kirk were in that situation, he'd have supported the decision to spare the captive, convinced the other crewmembers that it would be prudent to do so, and left them none the wiser to his cover. The Heater

1368. Kirk and his crew are frequently shown working extremely hard ("Immunity Syndrome", etc). They are high achievers. On the other hand, Picard and his crew have a lot of time for vacuous pontification and masochistic recreation (the holodeck), and certainly never seemed overworked. Classic under-achievers. Pardu P

1367. When Kirk went to the creation point of the galaxy, he had to deal with the powerful magical Megan prosecutors ("The Magicks of Megas-Tu"). When Picard went there, he only had to deal with a giant head making goofy faces ("The Nth Degree"). Miamila

1366. Kirk's first encounters with the Klingons and the Romulans both led to the captains of both sides in utter awe at the greatness which was Kirk (the Romulan captain even saying that in another life, they could have been friends). Picard meets the Ferengi and Cardassians, and both sides label the Federation as pushovers. Lande

1365. Kirk's chief engineer, Scotty, created a set of words that would become the Klingon language used in ALL Star Trek productions. Picard's chief engineer, LaForge, created a set of words that would become... his damned irritating whining. Momin740

1364. Klingons fear, respect, and want to fight Kirk as a badge of honor ( Kang in "Day of the Dove", Kor in "Errand of Mercy", Chang in "ST VI: The Undiscovered Country", etc).  In contrast, Gowron, the Chancellor of the Klingon Empire, is clearly ashamed to be associated with Picard. He writes him out of Klingon history ("Unification, Part I"). If Kirk had helped Gowron out, Klingons would have recognized him for a great honorable warrior and written songs about him. Pardu P

1363. If a group of non-Trekkies watched a movie with Kirk and Company, they'd still be able to understand what's going on and have a wonderful time with the story. In fact, a movie reviewer once referred to "The Wrath of Khan" as a "full-throttled sci-fi adventure that even non-Trekkies will love." Yet, if non-Trekkies saw a movie with Picard and Company, they'd most likely be confused out of their minds. The Heater

1362. When Worf's deceased father was labelled as a traitor who had conspired with the Romulans, Picard learned that the son of real traitor was a member of the Klingon high-counsel who was framing Worf's family to protect his own honour. However, instead of revealing the truth to the Klingons and exposing the scum-bag for what he really was, Picard agreed to let Worf bear the burden of disgrace in order to protect the Klingon Empire from possible civil war. Needless to say that if this happened to a member of Kirk's crew, that man would never have to live in disgrace -- for Kirk would expose the true traitor right away in the name of justice and damn the consequences! The Heater

1361. When Picard was turned back into a twelve year-old boy in "Rascals," he was asked to step down as Captain even though his mind remained perfectly intact and he was still clearly capable of carrying out his duties. I guess that shows how much faith his crew really had in him when he was normal. The Heater

1360. In the TNG episode "Gambit," Picard learned of a Vulcan isolation group who wanted their planet to disaffiliate from the Federation and discontinue having any contact with other alien races. The reason is that they felt that the illogical and extremely emotional behaviour of humans and humanoid peoples were poisoning their Vulcan culture. Yet, back in the TOS episode "Arena," a superior race of aliens, who were clearly even more advanced than the Vulcans, observed the actions of Captain Kirk and predicted that humans will one day shed their savage half and be like them. The Heater

1359. When Elaan of Troyius spoke mean to Kirk, he stood up to her. And when she slapped him in the face, he slapped her right back. Picard, in fear of offending Elaan's people, would have just let her boss him around and smack him all she wanted. The Heater

1358. Kirk's first officer never kept him in the dark about Starfleet's plans, or covered up for corrupt Admirals. Riker did both, and left Picard in the dark until the very end. Kirk's first officer would never have covered up a Starfleet violation of a treaty. All Picard did was fold his hands and say "Well, I can't make you tell me..." Kirk would never have accepted that. He would have demanded to know.  And his first officer would have told him out of respect - which was something Picard never earned or warranted from his crew. Shawna W

1357. Unlike Kirk, Picard wears a pair of pajamas that look like he borrowed a pair from one of the female crewmembers. Lande

1356. Unlike Picard, Kirk never called a member of his crew "Broccoli." Undead Redshirt

1355. When Worf went to an alternate universe where Picard had been killed, that universe was still in good shape. When members of DS9 went to an alternate universe where Kirk had been killed, that universe was in ruins. The Heater

1354. Even the benefit of hindsight is of no value to Picard. Witness the poor choice he makes to 'repair' his life in "Tapestry". He has such a poor understanding of his own character that instead of fixing his life, he makes a fiasco out of it and ends up a boring Lieutenant (instead of a boring Captain as in the real time line). In contrast, Kirk lived enthusiastically by the choices he made, and in the rare instances when he made errors learned from them. He needed no second chances because he made the most out of his first and lived life to its fullest. Pardu P

1353. When invaders (Klingons) are after a peaceful planet for colonization, Kirk fights back, even if the citizens can't, knowing freedom matters over diplomatic relations.  Picard tries to hand over a peaceful planet to the Cardassians because his bosses told him to, caring more about his career than what's right. Picard, clearly, doesn't even have a conscience to follow. He's a worthless yes-man. Lande

1352. When Kirk found out his brother had died, he went to action to try to save his brother's wife and son, and stop the creatures responsible. Picard? He learns of his brother's death, and goes into "me me me" mode. This is because that's the only person Picard cares about: Himself. Lande

1351. Kirk and his crew are out there exploring the galaxy. Picard and his crew are always interrupting their primary mission to meander on about their childhood issues. Eileen M

1350.  Watch what happens when someone falsifies the voice of either captain. Scotty quickly suspects something is not right, then IMMEDIATELY runs a vocal analysis. This is because Kirk's crew knows him THAT WELL. Picard? Well, Riker gets around to it eventually... but only because Picard's crying about his career. And even then, Riker still questions it. Is Picard THAT distant from his crew?

1349. Watch what happens when each captain is framed. Kirk's crew sticks by him, even when solid evidence points out otherwise, ultimately leading to the truth, and Kirk's reputation being saved after Ben Finney framed him. But with Picard, everyone turns on him (probably because Picard has turned from them on occasion). Even when evidence of Picard's innocence begin to show, people still believe he slaughtered the Ferengi ship. And he's only saved by a Ferengi crew, who decide the one out for revenge is doing so "unprofitably". Kirk's crew loved their captain. Picard's crew loathed theirs. Lande

1348. Picard is a poor judge of character, and unable to motivate his own crew.  When Ro Laren develops conflicted loyalties in a tricky mission with the Maquis ("Preemptive Strike"), he attempts to motivate her with a stern speech and a threat of court martial. This sledgehammer approach fails and Laren betrays Picard and the mission.  When Kirk needs to motivate a crewperson with conflicted loyalties, he gives her a stirring discussion about humanity (Carolyn Palamas in "Who Mourns for Adonais"). The result: Palamas betrays a Greek God for Kirk and the Enterprise! Pardu P

1347. As a result of Picard being smitten with a woman, the whole Enterprise-D crew becomes chaotic and disorganized in "Lessons". Riker is not sure if the Captain's woman is trying to curry favor, Crusher gets jealous (there is no accounting for tastes), and Troi has to counsel the Captain on his conflicted emotions. Picard finally even admits that he can't cope with the dual responsibilities of command and his feelings. If Kirk was interested in a woman, neither he nor his crew had any problems, because they were a professional lot and knew how to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously. His feelings did not interfere with his duties, and he had a clear sense of priorities. Pardu P

1346. Kirk=Cavier.   Picard=Rotten Fish Eggs. Andy L

1345. When Kirk's crew does something wrong they admit it and stand together as a unit. When Wesley does something wrong, he hides it and Picard helps. T'Prena

1344. Kirk's family was proud of him and he got along with his brother. T'Prena

1343. Kirk's moral judgements were based on human rights issues and helping a civilization throw off oppression. An example of Picard's moral judgement: laugh at an outraged father whose daughter had been used and abandoned. T'Prena

1342. If Kirk had been assimilated by the Borg then rescued, Starfleet would have not worried about Kirk's loyalty. T'Prena

1341. Kirk was naturally friendly and open, but had no problem asserting himself even to god-like aliens. Picard, meanwhile, is grumpy behind a facade of false manners and a forced air of presumption, but in reality is so pathetically insecure and indecisive that he practically has to BEG others to respect his decisions-- even his own crew has him wrapped around their little finger. The Bermanator

1340. In Kirk's era, freedom-fighters either are given the help they need ("A Private Little War") or at least are allowed to win their freedom without interference ("The Omega Glory"). In Picard's era, however, freedom-fighters are sneered at, like when the Maquis were left in the lurch by the Federation to the merciless Cardassians, and then later were persecuted by Starfleet when they dared to fight back. The Bermanator

1339. In "Homeward", Picard is furious because Worf's foster-brother finds an ingenious way to preserve a culture facing certain doom. Not only does Picard lack the imagination to save the culture, he criticizes someone who wants to help! When a culture faced certain doom, Kirk went out of his way to help them.  Examples include "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", "All our Yesterdays", etc. It is pretty obvious that the Prime Directive should not be used to justify standing by idly while an entire culture vanishes -- pretty obvious to everyone except the sanctimonious Picard, that is. Pardu P

1338. Kirk fought his Vulcan officer in a deathmatch, and both survived. If Picard were forced to fight Worf in a similar match, he'd wind up in little pieces after trying to surrender! The Bermanator

1337. Guinan would never have been around to help Picard if Kirk hadn't rescued her in the 23rd century part of Star Trek: Generations. The Heater

1336. After spending only one episode with Kirk ("Requiem For Methuselah"), the android Rayna developed every sort of emotion imaginable: love, passion, lust, joy, admiration, respect, hope, desire -- you name it, she felt it. Yet, after spending seven seasons worth of episodes with Picard and Company, the android Data still couldn't develop any emotions. The Heater

1335. Here's what would have happened if Picard's crew had taken the place of Kirk's crew in the episode "All Our Yesterdays": To start, Picard would not have joined the away team (as usual) and would have sent Riker, Data, Worf, and maybe Dr. Crusher. Riker would have gone through the time portal to the Middle Ages and have been burned for being a witch, while the others would have ended up in the Ice Age. Upon arrival, Data would have shut down instantly, as the Atavachron deactivates any electronic devices that go through it. Worf, meanwhile, would have fallen in love with Zarabeth, believed her lies that they can't get back, and broken Crusher's neck if she objected to their staying. Worf then would have died himself a few hours later, as people can only survive that long in the past if they are not transformed. In conclusion, it's a good thing that the planet Sarpedon blew up in the 23rd century, because if it waited until the 24th, Picard would have lost half his senior crew. The Heater

1334. When the Enterprise-D had a wounded Romulan on board, Worf was the only crew member capable of giving life-saving blood. Unfortunately, due to his bitterness towards the Romulans, Worf refused to give blood and said that he would only do it if Picard ordered him to. However, Picard did NOT order this, and as a result, the Romulan died. This incident would have certainly triggered a Federation-Romulan war had it not been for Geordi's dumb luck rescue of a second wounded Romulan. Needless to say that if Kirk was in command there, he would have told Worf to leave his bigotry in his quarters and then ordered him to give blood. The Heater

1333. Kirk bears great pain stoically and keeps working ( a few examples are "Immunity Syndrome", "Journey to Babel", and "Dagger of the Mind"). Picard screams like a child when subjected to even modest pain ("Timescape"). One whines, the other gets the job done. Pardu P

1332. Kirk represents everything that made "Star Trek" special, giving hope on how positive human traits like individual hard work, leadership, courage, cooperation and romantic inspiration could take mankind to its final frontier; Picard, meanwhile, represents a warning, showing how negative human elements like group-minded arrogance, complacency, and lack of inspired leadership can still always RUIN both the frontier-- just like he ruined Star Trek. The Bermanator

1331. In Professor Kirk's class at Starfleet academy, students would either "think, or sink" ("Where no Man has Gone Before"). Picard on the other hand, HAD no class. The Bermanator

1330. Kirk's movie titles are so famous, Mike Myers tried to call "The Spy Who Shagged Me" "Austin Powers II: The Wrath of Khan" (before Paramount refused permission). Would a single Hollywood writer try to use a title from one of Picard's lame, forgettable films? Heck no! Momin740

1329. With tactical milquetoasts like Picard as Captains, the Federation was getting its rear kicked in an alternate time line ("Yesterday's Enterprise").  If they had Captains like Kirk, the whole Klingon Empire would have been in their version of hell, with the Federation in charge of the galaxy, and Worf would have been a water boy on the Enterprise (check out "Mirror, Mirror" to see what Kirk does in alternate timelines). Pardu P

1328. Kirk, in a brilliant tactical move, bravely left the Enterprise open to destruction from 3 different starships while communications were down ("The Ultimate Computer") because Kirk intuitively knew the tactics of the captain leading the ships.  The commanding officer in charge of the starships gave Kirk the benefit of the doubt and did not attack. If this happened on Picard's ship with communications down, Picard would have been wasted while asking for suggestions. Mikeplcs

1327. When Kirk was alone on a planet with an alien commander, he was able to make a firearm from scratch. When Picard was alone on a planet with an alien commander, he couldn't even make a fire! darrgrej

1326. In the season finale, Q let Picard off because for one instant, Picard was open to new and limitless possibilities. Kirk did this in damn near EVERY EPISODE! darrgrej

1325. Kirk's crew obey his orders because they believe in his leadership. Even if the order is extemely controversial, his crew trusts him ( for example when he ordered General Order 24 to destroy a planet, Scotty is ready to carry it out). Picard's crew is reluctant to obey even his most trivial orders. Even his bartender defies his order in "Ensign Ro", by bringing Ensign Ro out of confinement. What's even worse is that the bartender was right- if she did not defy his orders, Picard would have yet again shamed the Federation by being a pawn of an unscupulous admiral and killing innocent Bajorans. Pardu P

1324. Didja notice that the androids of Kirk's time were emotional, clever, passionate individuals, and not the sterile, unemotional, luckless variety of Picard's time? Uru Mace

1323. Kirk was able to overcome the tears of the Dolman of Eelas' by sheer will and the fact he was already in love with his ship, the Enterprise. Picard in the same situation would have been reduced to a permanent slave of the Dolman! Uru Mace

1322. Kirk knew the risks and threat involved, and even dared to make himself known, when a deranged, psychotic madman with a phaser came to the bridge and demanded to know if the Captain was there (Dagger of the Mind). Kirk  looked him square in the eye and said, "I'm the Captain." Uru Mace

1321. In Generations, Kirk says "Risk is part of the game if you want to sit in that chair." In First Contact, Picard says "We can't fire weapons in engineering because we might hit the warp core." GZeitlin185

1320. Picard's crew never clevers it's way out of a situation. The writers invent some  banal technobabble to fix everything, and Picard tells Data to initiate the warp-temporal-static-oscillating shield, or some other boring unoriginal crap. Kirk's crew uses the existing technology in a new and clever way (the gaseous anamoly detectors in a torpedo that hit Chang's cloaked bird-of-prey comes to mind). darrgrej

1319. I swear to God that if I hear "warp core breach" one more time, I'm going to punch my television. Kirk's ship was infinitely more durable, and whenever it actually did receive damage the writers could come up with more than one excuse. darrgrej

1318. In STIII, they managed to run the Enterprise with a crew of five. It takes five people to make a single decision on Picard's ship. darrgrej

1317. Kirk's series just sold things better. In both series, the crews and characters pull off wild things and perform miracles. Kirk's crew looks like a group of unbelievably capable Starfleet officers. Picard's crew looks like the cast of a television show. darrgrej

1316. On Kirk's show, they made a political statement with the alien governments. The Klingons were supposed to be the Soviets (a superpower, hostile to the Federation, etc). The Romulans were kind of like the Chinese (large empire, but reclusive with little to no contact). On Picard's show, they invent new civilizations (rarely) that are just there. They cause trouble but have no personality. darrgrej

1315. Kirk never proved himself to be a hypocrite by condemning someone for something he would do himself. Picard did in "The Drumhead" -- observe: In this episode, a female admiral wanted to convict a boy on the basis that her Betazoid assistant sensed that he was lying about something during an inquiry. Picard, however, not only objected to her basing a prosecution solely on a Betazoid's senses, but also objected to her using a Betazoid in her investigations at all. The admiral then asked him if he enlisted Deanna Troi's aid during inquiries and if he would be suspicious of anyone who she sensed was lying. Picard then reluctantly confessed 'yes' to both questions and said that perhaps he should re-evaluate doing that in the future. (Though, he apparently didn't, as he continued to enlist Troi's help in later episodes). Now, let us look back at the Kirk episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" for a comparison: Here, Captain Christopher is constantly trying to escape from the Enterprise and return to the 20th century Earth, but is constantly being thwarted. Kirk, however, never gets angry with him for his rebellious actions and always remains kind and very sympathetic. The reason, of course, is because Kirk understands how Christopher feels and knows that he (Kirk) would also be attempting to escape if he were in that same situation. The Heater

1314. In the episode "The Neutral Zone," Picard apparently knew nothing about the Romulan race and needed Deanna Troi to tell him everything that was known about them -- including the fact that they were related to the Vulcans. Maybe it's just me, but it seems that a starship captain in the 24th century should already know all that stuff! The Heater

1313. Even when Kirk had amnesia, he still knew that he was meant to be a leader, which is why he accepted the idea that he was an Indian god. When the crew of the Enterprise-D all got amnesia, Picard assumed that Worf was the ship's captain and humbly obeyed his orders until the truth was discovered. Also, during this time of amnesia, Worf seemed extremely confident in his leadership role and Picard seemed more comfortable in his follower role. The Heater

1312. If Q had been stripped of his powers in the 23th century, Kirk would have handed him over to the Calamarain and used that as a way to establish Federation relations with them. The Heater

1311. When Kirk's crew want to see a play, he'll hire professional Shakespearean actors (see "Conscience of the King"). When Picard's crew want to see a play, he'll let Beverly Crusher direct a performance starring Riker, Data, Deanna Troi, and (gasp) Reg Barclay. Is it just me, or does it seem that the senior members of Picard's crew have way too much time on their hands? The Heater

1310. If Picard were a cartoon character on a cereal box, he'd be Count Chocula because, with his sulky appearance and pale complexion, he could easily pass for one of the living dead. Kirk, on the other hand, would be Tony the Tiger because he's "Grrrrrrreat!" The Heater

1309. After finding out that "Kevin" commited genocide by destroying the entire Husnock species, Picard lets him go freely ("The Survivors") - His explanation is that "we have no law for your crime". Kirk recognizes a mass murderer for what he is and holds him accountable for his actions (for example, Kodos in "Conscience of the King").
Pardu P

1308. Kirk and crew were a tight-knit "family" which respected their ship and misison. On the other hand, Picard seems all too eager to press that auto destruct button, Riker's tried to kill Picard every chance he's had, Geordi's full of himself, Dr. Crusher is NO doctor, Data's constantly confused, and Worf seems to dislike everyone. Add to the fact space exploration is an almost forgotten plot device on this show.

1307. The basis behind Picard's communicator is faulty, at best. How do they know who you want to talk to before you speak? And how do they sense when the communication is over? Not to mention, where is the sound coming from? At least Kirk's communicators WORK RIGHT! Lande

1306. Would any of Picard's movies end with the words "The Human Adventure is Just Beginning" before the credits roll? I think not. Because, with Picard, there is no human adventure. Lande

1305. When two members of Picard's crew went missing in a transporter malfunction (Geordi and Ro), Picard did not even look for them and he pronounced them dead and went on with life. Kirk and Spock would have had all sorts of theories as to what could have happened to them and RESCUED them. Shawna W

1304. When an officer of Kirk's crew died, everyone was very solemn about the death, and were respectful during his the funeral service (ST2). But when LaForge and Ensign Ro were thought to have died, their "funeral service" was just one big party where everyone was... happy?! (TNG episode "The Next Phase"). Momin740

1303. In "Journey to Babel," Kirk got stabbed during a surprise attack by an Orion assassin who was trying to start an interstellar war, but Kirk then knocked him out and destroyed his entire plan. Meanwhile, Picard got stabbed when he ignored an armed alien who was after him in a stupid bar-fight he could have avoided, and Picard just wound up in the hospital with a fake heart and a lifelong bitter, pompous attitude. 
The Bermanator

1302. When Kirk went to help his crew because they were accused of something, they were actually innocent. When Picard and Geordi try to prove Wesley innocent, they find out he is really guilty! Kirk's crew would never have been so shallow as to cover up a fellow Starfleet officer's death like Picard's crew did.
Shawna W

1301. Kirk is to Captain America as Picard is to Captain Kangaroo. Lande

1300. Like a docile lamb, Picard almost gets himself and his crew destroyed by a Klingon cruiser, while attempting to talk his way out ("A Matter of Honor"). He only escapes because the Klingons accept Riker as their captain!  These Klingons must have been stripped of their fighting spirit at some point!  Kirk would have used any of a dozen tactics to make sure the Klingons were incapacitated and unable to fire upon the Enterprise BEFORE trying to negotiate with them. Pardu P

1299. If Kirk had taken the place of Captain Pike in "The Cage," he would have escaped from his cell just as easily. Picard, on the other hand, would never have been in the cell to begin with because Vena would not have selected him as her mate. If anybody, Vena would have selected Riker -- and he would have stayed with her. The Heater

1298. If Kirk or Spock had been captured and assimilated by the Borg, the other would have only considered the option of destroying him as an absolute last resort to defeat the Collective. Yet, when Riker learned that Picard had been assimilated, destroying him was the very FIRST thought -- and it was attempted! The Heater

1297. When a shape-shifter assumed Kirk's form and told one of her goons to shoot him, the real Kirk immediately responded with "Not me, you idiot! Him!" The shape-shifter was then instantly blown away. Picard could never have pulled off such a quick thinking action, and thus would be dead in this scene. The Heater

1296. Even the PREVIEWS of episodes of Kirk's show were much more suspenseful than complete episodes of Picard's show. Momin740

1295. There is no need to satirize Captain Picard; there can be no greater satire of him than the way Stewart portrays him. Pardu P

1294. Picard's security officer was a bad influence on Trekkers.  No Trek fan would be caught dead with a Klingon language booklet.  Unless he were out to INFILTRATE the enemy! Lande

1293. When faced with an alien captain (Captain Dathan in "Darmok") that *may* want to fight and defeat him (possibly to test the mettle of Federation Captains), Picard throws away his weapon and leaves himself defenseless! Would it make a little more sense to figure out what the other captain's intentions were before making this boneheaded tactical move? Picard REALLY lucked out in this situation.  What if it had been a Gorn? The fight would have lasted a few seconds, the Gorn would have had him for lunch (probably literally), and come back to wipe up the Federation because their captains were such weaklings! Pardu P

1292.  Kirk never let a lower-ranking crew member bully him into firing on a weaker vessel, killing everyone on board without even answering their hails!  Picard did ("Conundrum"). Jay B

1291. Football analogy: Kirk is to the coach as Picard is to the waterboy. The Heater

1290. Kirk can be mystical. Picard can be miserable. The Heater

1289. If Kirk were severely ill, he'd notify his crew and friends. Meanwhile, when Picard needed his artificial heart replaced, he tried to hide it because he believed everyone would laugh at him. So, he almost dies on the table, and Dr. PULASKI is called in to save him. The crew, finding out about Picard's secrecy... laughs at him while he shouts orders and insults like the crybaby he is. Lande

1288. Kirk had more successful first contacts with alien races than any other starship captain in Federation history ( this is remarked upon by an admiral in the finale of "Voyager"). Picard botches an attempt at first contact so badly ( check out the episode "First Contact"), that the people on the planet asked the Federation not to come back. They were polite and offered the explanation that they were not mature enough to handle it, but they were probably thinking "Who wants to be associated with a Federation with a klutzy incompetent Captain like that?" Pardu P

1287. Kirk commanded a starship. Picard commanded star sh**. Lande

1286. When Kirk's first officer, Spock, asks Kirk to respect his privacy ("Amok Time"), Kirk respects his wishes and goes on defy Starfleet to risk his career to save Spock's life- all as a matter of trust and respect. When Picard's first officer, Riker, asks Picard to respect his privacy ("Pegasus") Picard reacts coldly, calling in favors from Starfleet to pry into Riker's affairs, then casting aspersions on his previous actions ( on the basis of limited information), followed by an indication to Riker that his "performance evaluation" would be poor unless he played ball. Clearly, the almighty Picard would never do his officers any personal favors after his ego is snubbed. Pardu P

1285. When someone tortured Kirk, they did it for information ("Queen to queen's level three"), they weren't trying to play "Taming of the Shrew" mind-games for their own amusement for the plot-purpose of making grandiose, gratuitous social-statements, such as in the episode "Chain of Command". The Bermanator

1284. When a hostile alien ("Nagilam") threatens to kill 30-50% of the crew, Picard reacts by setting the ship to auto-destruct! He offers no explanation for this moronic decision- he could at least let part of the crew survive, even if he is too unimaginative to think of a way out. He only escapes this situation because of dumb luck. Needless to say, his mindless first officer goes along with this madness. Even when hostile aliens threaten ALL of Kirk's crew (that's 100% for the mathematically illiterate Picard fans), Kirk thinks of a clever, imaginative way out ( "Corbomite Maneuver", "Enterprise Incident", just to name a few). When Spock and Scotty suggest self-destruction as a way of avoiding alien conquest ( the Kelvans in "By Any Other Name"), Kirk rejects the idea because he is an optimist and knows he will find a better way out. Pardu P

1283. When Kirk is faced with the option of risking the life of Spock or Ensign Garrovick ( "Obsession") to eliminate the treacherous hemoglobin depleting monster, he beams down himself to set the antimatter charge. Picard sends out a completely raw untested cadet on a suicide mission in Cardassian territory (the poor hapless Ensign Sito in "Lower Decks"). Pardu P

1282. The A in "Enterprise-A" (Kirk's ship) stands for "Awesome" or "Above the rest." The B in "Enterprise-B" stands for "Badly organized crew" (see Star Trek: Generations). The C in "Enterprise-C" stands for "Crushed at Khitomer" (see "Yesterday's Enterprise"). The D in "Enterprise-D" (Picard's ship) stands for "Dull," "Drab," or "Dunce." And finally, the E in "Enterprise-E" (another ship of Picard's) stands for "ENOUGH ALREADY!" The Heater

1281. Captain Kirk is to Fred Flintstone as Captain Picard is to George Jetson. And here are three points for evidence: (a) "The Flintstones" inspired "The Jetsons" just as TOS inspired TNG. (b) Fred Flintstone doesn't suck up to Mr. Slate as George Jetson sucks up to Mr. Spacely, just as Kirk doesn't suck up to his superiors the way Picard sucks up to those bossy female admirals. (c) Fred Flintstone has a best friend (Barney Rubble) who is as close to him as a brother, just like Kirk has a brotherly relationship with Spock. George Jetson, meanwhile, has two children, Judy and Elroy, who are just as annoying as Deanna Troi and Wesley Crusher. The Heater

1280. When Kirk's Enterprise was destroyed, the ship was destroyed with the warp nacelles intact, still attached to its engineering hull. Picard's Enterprise, well... Momin740

1279. Here's what a critic once said about TNG: "Only the original Star Trek was about ideas. [The Next Generation] is all about make-up." The Bermanator

1278. Suppose all the captains were characters in the film "The Matrix": Kirk would be Neo, the chosen one with all the superpowers; Sisko would be Morpheus, another leader-type action-man; Janeway would be Trinity, the mighty action-chick; and Picard . . . well . . . I guess he would be Dozer, the genuine human who could not go into the computer world and therefore did not do anything significant or see any action -- except for when he was killed by Cypher. The Bermanator

1277. No member of Kirk's crew was ever so desperate for a date that he tried to bring out the feminine side of a genderless alien. Nor did any member of Kirk's crew fall in love with an alien that changes bodies (and genders) like we would change our socks and underwear. The Bermanator

1276. In Star Trek VI, actor David Warner got to play the Klingon Chancellor whose assassination set the premise for the film's story. (A death scene is always good for an actor's credibility). In the TNG episode "Chain of Command," Warner had to play a wacko Cardassian who went through a great ordeal just to capture Picard and torture him into saying there were five lights on a wall when there were, in fact, only four. Also think of the roles played by Robin Curtis, Paul Winfield, and Merrick Butrick on TNG as compared to TOS.  The point: You get better roles when you work with Kirk's crew. The Bermanator

1275. If Kirk and crew had been the characters in "Lord of the Rings," he would have had Spock find an alternative to use the Ring to destroy itself, or else have Scotty reverse-engineer it and make his own Ring, or have McCoy develop an anti-corruption drug, or just bluffed Sauron (but who wouldn't have called the bluff like he did with Aragorn) while Chekov and Sulu did the end-run to Mt. Doom, etc, etc, etc.  Picard, meanwhile, would have just sent Wesley and Data into Mordor, and they would ask the the first orc for directions. The Bermanator

1274. Kirk=winner. Picard=wiener (or wanker). The Bermanator/Bodie_of_CI5

1273. Kirk always acted first, talked later, while Picard always did the reverse; when Spock's life was in danger ("A Private Little War"), Kirk didn't hesitate to take action IMMEDIATELY. However when Wesley was threatened by the Edo, Picard had to try to "talk it out" until it was too late, when he should have just beamed him back up and kept his mouth shut-- but that's impossible for Picard, who would rather hear himself blather and then have a good "scowl" over the loss resulting from his inaction. The Bermanator

1272. Comparing them on sheer gusto alone: "A Taste of Armageddon," Kirk ordered the destruction of an entire PLANET (including himself!) as a strategy to end a 500-year war; meanwhile, Picard couldn't even threaten to destroy one SHIP in order to get his engineer back, both in "Generations" and with the "stupid-people" 8 years earlier. The Bermanator

1271. Kirk gave heedlessly of himself, honoring the spirit of the Prime Directive even if it killed him ("Bread and Circuses"), but he knew its limits as well ("Errand of Mercy," "The Apple," etc.). Picard, meanwhile, was entirely self-centered, rationalizing over NINE VIOLATIONS of the Prime Directive, but he still had the gall to use it as an excuse to sit by and watch BILLIONS die whom he could have saved- while again wearing that "sad, pained" expression (but which we all know he secretly enjoys by allowing him to act all complex, superior, and profound). The Bermanator

1270. Kirk's First Officer stayed aboard the Enterprise because he felt "needed" there. (He said so in "I, Mudd"). Picard's First Officer stayed aboard the Enterprise-D because he felt "comfortable" there.  (He admitted this is "Best of Both Worlds Part I").The Heater

1269. When Kirk was court-martialed for the death of Ben Finney, he cleared his name with no ill-will toward anyone, not even the man who framed him.  When Picard's loyalty and competence were merely QUESTIONED by Starfleet High Council for various offenses (including NINE violations of the Prime Directive, his bungling the loss of a Romulan spy, and destroying Starfleet ships as one of the Borg), he ducked the charges by screaming "witch hunt" and mounting a character assassination on the female prosecutor and ended up alone and scowling to himself in his self-imposed bitterness. Meanwhile in contrast, Kirk actually ended up DATING the female prosecutor in a show of class that Picard can't even DREAM about without whining "I HATE you Jim Kirk!" in his sleep. The Bermanator

1268. Imagine what would have happened if Picard,Troi and Worf were captured by the gamesters of Triskelion, Picard would never have had the gumption or the brains to wager for his ship with the rulers of the planet. Deanna would have felt the "pain" of the gamesters because they lacked physical bodies ( "I sense great pain, Captain"). Worf would have proclaimed "It's a good day to die" as he ignored his pain band and madly charged the guy in charge and committed suicide. Even if Riker were smart enough to follow the trail to the Captain, all that would have accomplished was the destruction of the ship and more fodder for the gamesters. Picard would proclaim solemnly (in his fake Shakesperean voice) about how it was important that they "manage to adhere to the constraints of the Prime Directive" while the gamesters lured more starships and ruined the whole Federation. Result: No more Federation, no more Star Trek. Pardu P

1267. When Will Riker met his true love on the "hermaphrodite" planet, Picard just told him to "think of your career," with less feeling than for the cup of Earl Grey tea he was sipping. Could you imagine KIRK being so unfeeling-- or having his priorities so mixed up? The Bermanator

1266. Picard fans can only be found on the internet (in TNG chat rooms, sucking up to Hugh Jackman). Kirk fans are EVERYWHERE! Lande

1265. Kirk is quotable. Picard is forgettable. Lande

1264. Kirk's command chair had all those useful buttons on the armrests. Picard's chair? He has to have 2 people sit beside him to get anything done! Lande

1263. Kirk took offense to the idea of a computer running his ship while he sat by. Picard - well, too late. Lande

1262. In "The Savage Curtain," Kirk beat up a replicant of the legendary Klingon warrior, Kahless the Unforgettable (father of the Klingon savage society). In "Rightful Heir," Picard and Worf allowed a genetically created clone of Kahless to become Emperor of the Klingon Empire. The Heater

1261. James Kirk and Leonard McCoy once had a child named after them, thus making the boy "Leonard James Akaar." Catchy name, eh? The only time Picard had a child named after him was in a fantasy sequence of the future where his First Officer (who was then Captain of the Enterprise-D) had a son named "Jean-Luc Riker." After hearing that name, let's just hope that if William Riker ever has kids for real, they'll all be girls. The Heater

1260. When villains want revenge on Kirk, they often target his ship and his crew because his own death would mean too little to him. When villains want revenge on Picard, they usually target him and him alone, since he only cares about himself. The Heater

1259. Kirk's fondest memories of Starfleet were from when he served on the Enterprise -- the same goes for Scotty. Picard's fondest memories of Starfleet were from when he served on that wimpy Stargazer ship. The Heater

1258. When Kirk was captured and interrogated by 20th century militants, he said: "Alright Colonel, the truth is I'm a little green man from Alpha Centauri. It's a beautiful place, you ought to see it!" Picard could never say such a line believably. The Heater

1257. Picard never received an apology from a Klingon who attempted to kill him. Kirk received an apology (from a reckless teenage-like Klingon of all people) at the end of Star Trek V. The Heater

1256. One of Picard's few claims to fame was being the first human to encounter the Ferengi. This claim later was proved untrue by the DS9 episode "Little Green Men" which reveals that the real first human contact with the Ferengi actually took place in 1947 when Quark, Rom, and Nog crashed in New Mexico after falling back in time. Kirk, meanwhile, is still recognized by historians as the first human to see a Romulan (which is just one of the many, many things that he's famous for). The Heater

1255. In TNG's pilot episode ("Encounter at Farpoint"), Captain Picard was 58 years old and looked almost as aged as Admiral Leonard McCoy who was then 137. It's dreadful to think of what Picard will look like after another 79 years. Then again, it's hard to imagine that Picard will even still be alive after all that time. The Heater

1254. After Spock was cloned in the Animated episode "The Infinite Vulcan," the clone (who originally thought he was the real Spock) became a successful scientist's assistant and an intergalactic peacemaker. After Riker was duplicated in the TNG episode "Second Chances," his duplicate (who, likewise, originally thought he was the real Riker) became a renegade who stole a ship from DS9 (in the episode "Defiant") and attacked Cardassian territory. He was then caught and arrested, and is now currently serving a life sentence in a Cardassian prison. The Heater

1253. If Kirk's doctor was in "Skin of Evil", he would have been able to save Tasha easily! Momin740

1252. Movie clip reason (YouTube, Showing Picard's flute playing)!

1251. Kirk spent shore leave with members of his crew. Picard spent his shore leave alone in a cave. Shawna W

1250. Kirk's enemies would not have dared to beam into his quarters and taunt him. Shawna W

1249. Picard had a Klingon, an empath, an android and several other aliens as part of his crew. You would think that with all those possibilities they could have come up with ONE half decent story line. Where as Kirk was more than enough for a story line. Shawna W

1248. Picard had to be told when Starfleet was inlvolved in a conspiracy. Starfleet did not even try to put anything over on Kirk. They knew better! Shawna W

1247. When Kirk made contact with a new species, they begged to join the Federation even though they were primitive; however when Picard did it with an advanced society, he bungled it so badly that they told him to go away and never come back. The Bermanator

1246. Robots on Kirk's show- all sophisticated computers. Robots on Picard's show? They own cats. Lande

1245. TOS on DVD = 2 episodes per disk. TNG on DVD = 4 episodes per disk.  It's official: Two Picards equals one Kirk! Laura G

1244. Kirk 9" Playmates figure: $70 Picard 9" Playmates figure: $20.  You can get Kirk in many different guises - "Mirror, Mirror" Kirk, "Piece Of The Action" Kirk, "City On The Edge Of Forever" Kirk, Full dress Kirk, Green tunic "casual" Kirk, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Kirk, "Amok Time" Kirk, TMP Kirk, Admiral Kirk... etc. etc. and NONE OF THEM ARE CHEAP. :) Heck, buy two Kirks at the regular price, and they'll throw in a Picard for *free*! Dig it: Picard figures are cheap, and they are still giving them away! See for yourself! Laura G

1243. Dr. Pulaski, brought in for TNG season 2, was everything a Starfleet doctor should be- hard working, caring but not too involved, and dedicated. Probably because Diane Muldaur also had a cameo as an Enterprise ship doctor on TOS (TNG fans, refer to TOS episode "Return to Tomorrow"). So, why ditch her and bring Crusher back? Maybe because Picard missed his shoulder to cry on (which seemed to be all Crusher was ultimately good at). Lande

1242. Unlike Picard's crew members, Kirk's crew members had strong family values. For instance, take Sulu: as busy as his career was, he still made the time to raise his daughter. Worf, on the other hand, tried to dump his young, motherless son on someone else (twice)! For another example, take Spock and his father Sarek: although they were estranged (for logical, professional, and unemotional reasons only), they actually loved, respected, and cared about each other greatly. Riker, on the other hand, was estranged from his father because he hated the man and couldn't care less about him. The Heater

1241. On Kirk's Enterprise, the enemies always get captured -- unlike the traitorous Ensign Ro who got away after violating Picard's trust and betraying the Federation. The Heater

1240. If Kirk had trained Wesley Crusher, the boy would not have been so stupid as to attempt a forbidden space stunt at the academy that resulted in a fellow classmate's death! The Heater

1239. Any children or young people aboard the Enterprise naturally took to Kirk and looked up to him. Wesley always thought Picard did not like him. But then Picard never did anything heroic to warrant being looked up to. Shawna W

1238. Picard can't even recite the "Space... the final frontier" preamble without it sounding like he's reading directly from the script. Lande

1237. Kirk's show defined sci-fi plots. Picard's show recycled TOS plots and took 5-minute Dr. Who plots, stretching them into a full hour (hint to Rick Berman- the reason Dr. Who used the plot device for 5 minutes was because any longer would be BORING!). Lande

1236. Picard was fooled by two Romulan commanders, but when the same happened to fool Kirk, he ended up fooling them instead! In "Data's Day," a Romulan Commander lied right in Picard's face while his supposed lie-detector "empath" sat by and said nothing. Meanwhile in "The Neutral Zone," Picard needed a 21st-century business mogul to point out another lying Romulan commander; in both instances, Picard slunk away with his tail between his legs in humiliation at gunpoint. Meanwhile, Kirk in "Balance of Terror" and "The Enterprise Incident," was able to outwit the two best Romulan commanders, destroying one with phasers while capturing the other and then slipping out of Romulan clutches! The Bermanator

1235. Kirk threw a great punch.  Picard made a great punching-bag. The Bermanator

1234. Before Roddy Piper-- before "Highlander--" before Liam Neeson's "Rob Roy--" before "Braveheart--" there was SCOTTY. Geordi, meanwhile, is Urkel's great grand-nephew. The Bermanator

1233. Whenever Picard entered Romulan Space, or even just the Neutral Zone, the Romulans always discovered him. They even found him when he came in a cloaked Klingon vessel! Yet, back in the TOS episode "The Way to Eden," Kirk's Enterprise shot right through the Neutral Zone to a planet in Romulan Space, and not a single Romulan reared his pointy-eared head. The Heater

1232. Whenever Kirk went back in time and had a run-in with the law ("City on the Edge of Forever," "Assignment: Earth," "All Our Yesterdays," etc.), the scene was always much more entertaining than Picard's encounter with a late-19th century policeman in "Time's Arrow." The Heater

1231. When a villain is apprehensive, anxious, or insistent about something, Kirk will notice this, inquire about it, and try to take advantage of it. Picard, on the other hand, has no such ability. The ultimate example of this can be found in a scene from "Q Who." Here, Q shows up in Ten Forward, unexpectedly sees Guinan, then freaks out and insists that Picard send her away. It is then revealed that Q encountered Guinan two centuries earlier and that he hasn't returned to tangle with her since. In fact, he's been avoiding her. From this scene, even a non-Trekkie can see that Q is afraid of Guinan and that she has the ability to make him stay away forever. But does Picard observe this and ask her for help against Q in the future? Nope. The Heater

1230. If Kirk was invited to fancy dinner and brought a bottle of wine, he wouldn't let the hostess' butler take it and drink the whole thing right in front of him. The Heater

1229. Click here to see a picture reason (JPG involving The Animated Series)!miamila

1228. Kirk has his own theme music to tell you something exciting or romantic is about to happen. Picard doesn't need theme music, because these things never happen with him. Cliffie

1227. Kirk is just a lot more 3-dimensional than Picard, you know? Do you know the real reason Data is everyone's favorite character on TNG? Because he's the only one TRYING to play a robot. Cliffie

1226. If Kirk were lucky enough to have a Klingon tactical officer on his bridge he would listen carefully to everything that officer said, and act accordingly. Picard treats Worf like a paranoid whose ideas have no merit at all -- yet he keeps him on as tactical officer? His ship's shrink is unaccountably treated as a more important advisor in tactical matters, when she clearly knows nothing about the subject, and he NEVER OBJECTS when she has sex with every male humanoid she can get her Betazoid hands on -- even in "first contact" situations which he's always preaching are so delicate and crucial. No member of Kirk's crew would dream of behaving that way except when under the influence of alien love-spores ("This Side Of Paradise"), and even then they fight it valiantly. Cliffie

1225. Picard's show was so unoriginal, they would rip off lots of episodes from Kirk's show (Home Soil = The Devil in the Dark; The Neutral Zone = Space Seed/Balance of Terror; Unnatural Selection = The Deadly Years). Momin740

1224. Guess which Trek Dexter's Laboratory has based episodes on? Kirk's! Dark Wolf

1223. Action figures of Kirk's crew come with their hands levelled and holding phasers while wearing tricorders, while Picard's action figures all come out of the box with their hands in the air and holding white flags. The Bermanator

1222. If Picard was on the bridge of Enterprise-B in "Generations," his response would have been "see you Tuesday!" and then he would look all sad and pained when the El-aurian ships exploded, muttering "you POOR FOOLS" or some similar bit of arrogant hypocrisy. The Bermanator

1221. Kirk is the Chuck Yeager of Starfleet, while Picard is the Jacques Cousteau of Roto-Rooter. The Bermanator

1220. There are no vinyl Captain Picard model kits! Lande

1219. Captain James T. Kirk goes on a peace mission with the Klingon Empire: "Only Nixon could go to China." Captain Jean-Luc Picard chaprones his Klingon Lieutenant to the Klingon Empire to avert a civil war: "Dan Quail goes to Latin America on a goodwill mission and laments the fact that he never learned Latin in school to better communicate with the folks there." Pardu P

1218. Kirk had the courage of his convictions and he made tough decisions and stuck by them... even when it meant taking his lumps from Starfleet sometimes. Through it all, he commanded the respect and admiration of everyone, even his enemies. Picard's "convictions" changed with the wind... no one is even sure what they are. Pardu P

1217. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is gullible enough and dumb enough to believe that Wesley Crusher is a boy-genius on the say-so of an interdimensional traveler, despite all the common sense evidence to the contrary (like Wesley's numerous mispronounciations of common scientific terms). Pardu P

1216. Scotty gets charged with murder and things look grim: This prompts Kirk and his crew to defend him despite all odds of circumstances and in the process solve a long standing murder mystery to boot ("Wolf in the Fold"). Riker gets charged with murder and things look grim: Picard does not want to talk to him because it might indicate a bias. The best help Riker gets (from his former lover and counselor of the ship, no less) is that the womain who crucified him with damning evidence might be telling the truth "from her perspective". Pardu P

1215. Kirk and his crew travel back in time as an ingenious solution to get out of a sticky situation based on a gutsy decision and a sharp science officer who can do calculations in his head based on theoretical relationships between time and antimatter ( "The Naked Time").  When Picard and his crew get thrown back in time, they keep doing the same stupid thing in a loop until their android figured out how to get them out of the mess. Pardu P

1214. If "This Side of Paradise" had been a TNG episode, it probably would have been the last. If Picard had been hit by the spores, he would have beamed down. Because, unlike Kirk, he has no real past achievements to look back on to make him realize his life is better than false bliss. Lande

1213. TOS would never had any episode titles as idiotic as "Q-Pid"(or any of their other "Q-" titles, for that matter). Lande

1212. McCoy would work without end to save the lives of friends, crew, strangers, and, at times, even enemies. Crusher? She gave up on Tasha Yar after 15 SECONDS! What kind of doctor is this? Lande

1211. Spock (or at least, his mirror counterpart) looked good with a beard. Riker's beard was probably a mistake. Lande

1210. Kirk's shuttlecrafts were a lot roomier. Lande

1209. During TNN's commercial spots featuring past Trek cast members reflecting on the series, each one has their name displayed on the screen. Except for George Takei, because everyone at least KNOWS who he is without having to be told. After all, he was part of KIRK's show! Lande

1208. Kirk knew Spock could take him, but would often fight him to help him, if necessary. If Picard ever fought Data, they'd have to scrape him off the walls. Lande

1207. In the song "99 Red Balloons," it does NOT say "everyone's a Captain Picard!" The Bermanator

1206. In the movies, Kirk and his crew never needed to change into different clothes at formal occasions. Their duty uniforms were so great-looking they could double as dress uniforms (STVI:TUC). Picard and his crew's uniforms were so poor they had to change into different clothes for formal occassions, and they wound up looking even WORSE (Insurrection especially). Momin740

1205. Picard delegates authority to the point of absurdity. On Kirk's ship, he IS authority. He is always INVOLVED with the important work of his crew. JVD

1204. All the characters are equally important in Kirk's series. They were all friends on first name basis and everything. They were loyal to each other and fought over who got to die for the other. In TNG, it's "Yes sir, no sir, right away sir. The captain is all important and we are here to make him look good." Dark Wolf

1203. When Kirk laughs, he does so with great vigor. When humorless Picard feebly attempts to laugh (which is very rarely), he nearly suffocates! Momin740

1202. If Kirk and Picard were in the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", Kirk would be Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat's character), the famous swordsman respected by all. Picard is Bo, the loser guard on Sir Te's grounds who can't control the weapon he has. Momin740

1201. Kirk's chief engineer has given life to different voices in Trek (M-5, Trelane's father, Lt. Arex). Picard's chief engineer has given life to... his whiny voice. Momin740

1200. Over the course of TNG, the show's writers had to retool Picard's character to eliminate some of his less likable qualities. The writers of TOS, on the other hand, never needed to improve Kirk's character... because he was perfect to begin with. The Heater

1199. Kirk would never be opposed to Starfleet giving his crew a military training exercise. In fact, he gives his crew drill exercises himself whenever he thinks they need one (see "The Corbomite Maneuver").  Picard, on the other hand, was strongly opposed to a Starfleet training exercise in "Peak Performance," and only went through with it because he had no choice! The Heater

1198. One time, when Picard was talking about Guinan, he stated that very little was known about her race. From this statement, it would seem that Picard never bothered (or thought) to ask her about it. And they were supposed to be friends. What kind of friend does this make Picard? The Heater

1197. Kirk and crew could often end an episode with a good laugh on the bridge (including Spock, at times). Somehow, I doubt Picard's crew could have a laugh on the bridge if the room was filled with nitrous oxide.

1196. The planet Klingon, in Kirk's time, didn't resemble a sloppily-airbrushed Coruscant (a Star Wars Planet)! Lande

1195. Engineering on the original Enterprise had not only adequate lighting, but room to move. The Enterprise-D's engineering section is cramped and often poorly lit. Lande

1194. Scotty could man engineering and the transporters. TNG had to get 2 characters to do the same job (Geordi, and Scotty-ripoff O'Brien). Lande

1193. Picard's era is so wimpy, trendy and effete that the Klingons practice tai-chi! The Bermanator

1192. In "Catspaw," Kirk peformed the COOLEST fighting move EVER when mind-controlled Japanese karate expert Sulu threw a mean kick at Kirk, who just stepped out of the way and caught it, swung him around by the leg and and slammed his head against the wall, knocking him out... without stuntmen! Meanwhile Picard, the ultimate pencil-neck dork, gets his butt whupped by twerps like him in his crew such as Wesley and Barclay, and uses a stuntman during FENCING PRACTICE! (Touche!) The Bermanator

1191. When Kirk's crew fights hand-to-hand, they MOVE, stuntmen or not!  The Bermanator

1190. When Picard's crew "fights," they just stand perfectly still doing stupid stage-combat things close-up, then every other second switch to an out-of-focus stuntman bouncing around the room like a superball pretending to be them (looks real-- NOT!). The Bermanator

1189. Picard's standoffs with the Romulans would always end up with him slinking away with his tail between his legs, while Kirk would always end up KICKING theirs ("Balance of Terror", "The Enterprise Incident", etc...)! The Bermanator

1188. Picard's "holodeck" was the equivalent of a video-game for minds grown shiftless and lazy, spoiled and bored by a mechanized world which lacked both a work ethic as well as any REAL meaning or excitement. On the other hand, Kirk's crew didn't need to fake adventure: they LIVED it! The Bermanator

1187. Which captain did Kid Rock (or potentially, any other artist currently recording) quote on his new album? Do I even need to answer? Lande

1186. When the Trek shows had comic crossovers, Kirk and co. met the X-Men. Picard and his "crew" met Generation X, itself a "fresh, new" copy of the original, now slipping into it's own obscurity. Lande

1185. Kirk's science officer went on to voice the cartoon character Galvatron (Transformers: The Movie. And it was the cool movie voice, not the whiny Frank Welker voice). Picard's science officer? A poor imitation of Conan O'Brien (South Park). Lande

1184. Kirk, a true team player, altered logs to spare fellow Starfleet crew and Captains humiliation and gain them public approbation even when they went astray (for example, Commodore Decker, Gary Mitchell and Dr. Dehner were all recorded as having sacrificed their lives in the line of duty despite the problems they caused). Picard, simply to be petty, needed to humiliate Captain Maxwell for no good reason and place him under arrest... even though Maxwell was right about Cardassians violating treaties! Pardu

1183. Kirk's show debuted in the decade that also gave us the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Doors. Picard's show debuted in the same decade that gave us Motley Crue, Ratt, and Whitesnake, for crying out loud. Lande

1182. Kirk rose to the rank of captain because he earned it. Picard rose to the rank of captain when the captain of the Stargazer was killed, thereby, not really earning it. Lande

1181. Kirk has saved the universe so often that his friends can even joke about it (Bones: "And the good news is, they're not going to prosecute!"). Picard, on the other hand, nearly ended the universe all by himself -- and needed Q's help to save it! ("All Good Things") NCC-1701

1180. When Kirk and his crew went back in history, they saved the entire planet. When Picard and company jumped back in time, they transformed Mark Twain from one of the great cynical minds of his age... into a New-Agey puffball. NCC-1701

1179. Kirk looks undeniably cool in dramatic "slice of light over the eyes" lighting. If Picard got the same treatment, we'd just notice he's cross-eyed. NCC-1701

1178. Kirk's Enterprise (especially as represented in the ST-TOS movies): The ultimate symbol of humankind's bravery and adventurous spirit. Picard's Enterprise: Detachable transformer toy just begging to be blown up -- often. NCC-1701

1177. Kirk's show was often filled with thought-provoking conversation and intellectual, insightful visions of the future. Meanwhile, in regards to Picard's show, you're more likely to get better intelligence from an hour of watching "South Park"'s Terrance and Phillip f--t on each other than you'd get from an average ready room discussion. Lande

1176. Picard's such a pathetic downer, he can upset DATA! That, in itself, is an accomplishment for Picard. Lande

1175. Kirk's science officer is an anscestor of Sherlock Holmes. Picard's science officer can only act out Holmes's escapades on a holodeck. Mamanaik

1174. Kirk can communicate with a mysterious, unknown creature that's made of stone ("The Devil in the Dark"), while Picard can't even understand a race that speaks perfect English just because they use a few cliches ("Darmok")-- which is strange because his entire SERIES is just one cliche after another. The Bermanator

1173. Sometimes, in certain lighting, the purple furniture in Picard's ready room looks pink. If that were Kirk's office, he'd be having a little chat with his interior decorator. The Heater

1172. When Kirk sleeps next to a woman, he doesn't rip the blanket off her when he rolls over (Picard did this in "Captain's Holiday"). The Heater

1171. If Kirk were a king in a Shakespeare play, he'd be King Henry V: a brave and gallant warrior who can motivate his troops to overcome and conquer an army that greatly outnumbers them. Picard would be King Lear: a stubborn and senile old geezer who hardly anyone wants to have around. The Heater

1170. Witness the two contrasted in "Generations" or "The Final Battle;" when faced with a crisis, Kirk & Co. spring into action, working as a team of Starfleet's finest with Kirk in full control, while Picard and his motley crew of mis-fits hold a boring round-table discussion as if it's a tea-party. The Bermanator

1169. Kirk doesn't use a nightlight. vulcan_danks

1168. "Kirok" is a better name than "The Picard." vulcan_danks

1167. When Picard infiltrated the Romulans, he had to get his ears, eyebrows, forehead, AND hair modified, and he still got caught. When Kirk infiltrated the Romulans, McCoy merely spiked his ears and eyebrows, and he walked freely around the Romulan ship without being recognized until he left of his own free will. vulcan_danks

1166. Kirk can do that neat throw-your-enemy-over-da-shoulder move. Picard would break his own back trying to do that. vulcan_danks

1165. On Kirk's Enterprise, the doors make cooler noises. vulcan_danks

1164. Whenever Picard says the word "Enterprise" in the opening theme of TNG, he squeaks the "s" like the gopher from Winnie The Pooh. Kirk said it the proper way: "Enterprize" which sounds SO much better!  vulcan_danks

1163. Kirk: aliens try to take over his ship, he steals theirs (Star Trek III). Picard: aliens try to take over his ship, he hides in New Zealand (First Contact). vulcan_danks

1162. Kirk's first name has a good shortened form: Jim. Picard does not. vulcan_danks

1161. Kirk, the living legend, has a mind of his own, and uses it to make critical judgements, while Picard is just one random quantum permutation in an infinite multi-universe-- a permutation which is so PATHETIC that Worf kept jumping around looking for new ones before finally giving up and realizing that all Picards are equally bad! The Bermanator

1160. Kirk never played favorites with his crew, or harmed them no matter how demented they (or he) became ("Amok Time," "Day of the Dove," etc), and always tried to resuce them whenever they were in danger--even when they had become become mindless slaves of the enemy ("Catspaw," "Return of the Archons" etc).  In "First Contact," however, Picard, in his delusions of grandeur, sees fit to "play God" and decide who should lives and die among his crew for no good reason; he indifferently (even joyfully) kills, and gives orders to kill, his own crew of LIVE HUMAN BEINGS who've been assimilated by the Borg, rationalizing that he's "doing them a favor--" even though his crew risked THEIR lives to rescue him from the same fate in "Best of Both Worlds 2!"  But somehow, of course, Picard doesn't extend this same "favor" theory to when his precious little DATA is captured, but instead risks life and limb to rescue an ANDROID from the Borg while the rest of his crew is jumping ship in white flying grand-pianos! (It's good to know he has his priorities straight......) The Bermanator

1159. In Kirk's era, attempts to artificially duplicate human intelligence always led to disaster ("What are Little Girls Made of?", "The Ultimate Computer," "Return of the Archons," "The Apple," "I, Mudd," "The Changeling" etc.). In Picard's era only 87 years later, however, perfect artificially intelligent life-forms arise by the dozen --"Data," endless sentient holograms, even PROBES come to life while other technology remains pretty much the same as in Kirk's era, leaving the only explanation to be that standard definition of "intelligence" in Kirk's era must have simply been much, much higher! The Bermanator

1158. Even when turned into a senile old geezer making poor decisions and losing his mind ("The Deadly Years"), Kirk commanded the respect and loyalty of his crew. They still defended him, supported his decisions, and even covered for him! Picard had to explain and defend his decisions in his dreadfully boring and preachy committee meetings even when he was perfectly healthy, and they treated him even worse when he was senile ("All Good Things"). Pardu

1157. Kirk's episode titles are famous, and well known (so much, that one episode of South Park was officially titled "City on the Edge of Forever"). Does anyone doubt Picard's episode titles come up much in daily conversation? Lande

1156. Kirk's show shaped much of our society by constantly daring to fream and push the envelope. Meanwhile, Picard's show is "consumer and environmentally friendly"..... by being about 80% recycled, anyway. Lande

1155. Kirk's science officer had many roles and theater acting experience. Picard's science officer..... played a hick on Night Court. Lande

1154. When Beavis and Butt-Head did their Star Trek parody, Butt-Head played Picard. How appropriate. Lande

1153. In the episode "The Neutral Zone" (which is really a ripoff of the two TOS episodes "Space Seed" and "Balance of Terror"), when one of the 20th century people gets on the bridge, Picard orders two of his ship's security officers to take that man off the bridge. But when the Romulan Warbird decloaks, the two security guards stand there, just as they are about to step into a turbolift. If the same situation occured on Kirk's ship, the security officers would keep going, regardless of the Romulan's message. Or, Kirk would have thrown that man off the bridge personally. Mamanaik

1152. Kirk respected and listened to his CMO, and knew the man was competent. Picard used his as a personal crutch. Lande

1151. In Kirk's time, you could use phasers to heat rocks if you were stuck on a cold world. In Picard's time, you're dead. Because the phasers will simply destroy the rocks. More "advancement". Lande

1150. Even RoboCop knew his "prime directive" was a leash from the higher-ups, but Picard certainly wasn't capable of reaching such a decision. Lande

1149. On Kirk's show, all 7 main cast members are interesting, and held in high regards by all their fans. The interesting one on Picard's show? The android (who was a ripoff of Spock). Lande

1148. Regardless of how evil the Borg Queen was, Kirk would NEVER have snapped her helpless remains in two, killing her in cold blood. Lande

1147. If Kirk were on the holodeck, he wouldn't have spent all his time freezing the game because it was too "violent and exciting", nor would he have explained his time to fictional characters (Picard, and other crewmembers, often did this). Lande

1146. If Kirk and Picard were both in the movie "Gladiator", Kirk would without any doubts be Maximus, the Roman general who is well known and respected by all. Picard is Commodus, the Emperor Marcus Aurelius' whiny son whom no one respects, not even his father. Mamanaik

1145.  Face it, what fictional character has EVER been based on Picard? And no, characters that existed before Patrick Stewart played them don't count. Lande

1144. Which captain is getting made as the new anniversary action figure with a Gene Roddenbery figure included? Take a guess. Lande

1143. In the TNG episode "Symbiosis", one alien race is selling drugs to another. Picard has to weasel his way out of the situation with blatherings about the Prime Directive. Kirk would have taken care of those drug dealers straightaway, and liberated the addicts, like a real hero. Lynn L

1142. Kirk had the judgement to know when Starfleet rules that were invented on earth would apply to other planets. Picard had to let someone else do his thinking for him. Shawna W

1141. In the TNG episode "The Inner Light", Picard lives a life where he was a dull and badly aging scientist who couldn't do a damn thing to save his planet from utter extinction. I don't know what kind of a life Kirk  would have led, but I'm 100% certain that it would have been something much, much more exciting than this. The Heater

1140. One of the most entertaining episodes from TNG ("Rascals") was the one where Picard was turned back into a twelve year ago boy and was, naturally, played by a DIFFERENT actor. The Heater

1139. If Kirk found a wounded alien, he wouldn't be willing to let him die just to avoid breaking the prime directive. But in the episode "Who Watches the Watchers," Picard got angry with Dr. Crusher for NOT letting a wounded alien die. The Heater

1138. If Kirk needed to go out alone at night in the middle of a Klingon city, he'd anticipate getting attacked and would keep his phaser in his hand the whole time. Picard almost got killed for not taking this precaution, and only survived an attack because an elderly Klingon woman came to his rescue. The Heater

1137. Kirk never led a mission that only succeeded because someone disobeyed his orders and took matters into their own hands. The Heater

1136. Kirk is completely responsible for everything that happens on his ship, and he takes great care in running it as a first priority. Picard, meanwhile, is completely IR-responsible, feeling he has better things to do-- much like the captain of the Titanic.  The Bermanator

1135. Kirk and his crew were constantly put in danger because of many small, intergalactic wars and the races involved. Picard's crew was put in danger only because the writers had NO intergalactic wars to work with, merely 24th century stupidity. Lande

1134. When evil doubles end up on Kirk's ship, he takes care of it himself. When it happens to Picard (Lore....), he lets the double run freely all over the ship and blatantly ignores any evidence they may be evil. Then lets someone else fix it. Lande

1133. Tasha Yar, the one member of Picard's crew that would have worked well on Kirk's ship, was killed off and forgotten about. Possibly for being too gutsy for Picard's crew. Lande

1132. Kirk's women were all hot. Picard's women are all middle-aged and not-so-hot (explaining why they wanted Picard). Lande

1131. Kirk's face inadvertently led to the creation of the cool Michael Myers mask, and the Halloween movies. Picard's face..... looks like an unburnt Freddy Krueger. Lande

1130. Kirk's 23rd century display screens were in full vibrant color. Picard's 24th century screens are..... bland monochrome green.

1129. (Limerick) There once was a man named Kirk, who was very, very good at his work. So when he heard of Picard, who worked not nearly as hard, he thought: "No wonder fans keep trashing that jerk." amkloost

1128. Kirk can wear a uniform without a collar and still look good, like in his classic green V-neck command shirt. Picard in his original collar-less uniform looked so much like a ridiculous cue-ball pencil-neck geek, that they had to ADD collars in later seasons.  The Bermanator

1127. Kirk's is superhuman, Picard is superfluous.  Sun Tsushi

1126. Click here to see a picture reason (JPG featuring Pike)!miamila

1125. Kirk is "The Man Show". Picard is "The X Show". Nuff said. Justin A

1124. Click here to see a picture reason (JPG featuring all the captains)!miamila

1123. Kirk's action scenes leave people breathless, anticipating what happens next. Picard's actions scenes leave you breathless... though only if you define "breathless" as in yawning. Mama Naik

1122. Nobody ever made fun of Kirk's name. Q once made fun of Picard's name when he posed as a flower delivery boy and, reading off a card, asked: "Is there a 'Gene-Luck Pickered' here?" The Heater

1121. When Data's evil twin Lore stoled a microchip that was designed to give Data emotions, Picard did nothing (absolutely nothing) to get that chip back. Kirk would have hunted that evil android to edge as the galaxy and back if for no other reason then to make Data less of a dork. The Heater

1120. Kirk's movie The Wrath of Khan recycled a character from an old episode, and he was one of the greatest villains in history. Picard's movies brought back two laughably stupid characters (Klingon women), and nobody cared. Darrgrej

1119. When Kirk's crew does something mutinous, they look like a dedicated, serious bunch of professionals (STIII). When Picard's crew does something mutinous, it looks like a cartoon (First Contact, Insurrection). Darrgrej

1118. Data's "To hell with our orders" is nowhere near as cool as the line it ripped off: Spock's "Go to hell". Darrgrej

1117. Spock is undeniably one of the coolest, most interesting aliens in the history of film. Worf who? Deanna who? Darrgrej

1116. Kirk didn't need a shrink, because unlike Picard, he was mentally stable. Shawna W

1115. Kirk knew what he was doing and so did his crew. When Kirk left the ship it was in capable hands. Spock ran the ship as Kirk would have and Kirk knew it. Spock obeyed Kirk before he obeyed the commodore (The Doomsday Machine) Picard was like a watchful babysitter when Riker was left in charge. Shawna W

1114. Picard and Riker were never the team Spock and Kirk were. They did not need to communicate and knew what they were doing. Spock hung around pretending the Enterprise needed repairs (Undiscovered Country) waiting for Kirk to escape. It never entered his mind that Kirk might not escape. Picard and Riker never got out of impossible situations like that.  Shawna W

1113. In terms of Christmas, Kirk is comparable to Saint Nicholas, immortally famous for cheefully giving of himself to bring good to others, while Picard is grumpier than the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge combined, with his "bah, humbug!" attitude so severe that he actually DIED before he would even DREAM about it (Generations)-- and even then he wasn't happy.  The Bermanator

1112. Kirk rose on his merits, while Picard was the all-time winner of Monty Python's "Upper Class Twit" contest. The Bermanator

1111. Picard hated children but became captain of a kiddie-cruiser. Kirk, fond as he was of children, knew they had no place on a starship, and hence rarely if ever ever had to deal with them. It's clear who wore the pants on their respective ships. The Bermanator

1110. Kirk's crew were always willing to live and die for one another; in their selfless loyalty, Kirk and his crew literally FOUGHT one another for the chance to die to save the others ("The Immunity Syndrome," "The Empath" "STII" et al), while Picard's crew always "looked out for #1--"even the "fearless" Klingon who was famous for saying "it's a good day to die," and Kirk much preferably said "There are no good ways to die" ("That Which Survives"). The Bermanator

1109. Picard had to deal with Ru'afo's whining in Insurrection. If it were Kirk, he woulda armed torpedoes and blew Ru'afo's ship up, Admiral Dougherty be damned. Or beamed Ru'afo to the Enterprise and eject him out an airlock......then blow his ship up. Joshmaul

1108. Picard's enemies were so lame, poorly-written, stupid, forgettable, and silly... they made Harry Mudd look like Hannibal Lecter by comparison.  Jay B

1107. Look at the chief engineers. Scotty can enter the specifications for transparent aluminum on a 20th century computer in less than a minute. LaForge struggles a bit to get Cochran's ship operational. Travis D

1106. The villains. Every villain that Kirk faced had devious plots and cunning that nearly won. Look at Kahn. He nearly had the Enterprise, but Kirk beat him. The most devious villain Picard fought was Soren. Who did Picard bring for backup? Travis D

1105. Solutions to the Soren problem. Picard chased him, got caught in the Ribbon, and stepped back a few minutes to try again, with help. Kirk, had he known, would have gone back to the Enterprise-B, and made sure Soren got into the ribbon there. Both would be alive, and a few civilizations would be alive because of it. Travis D

1104. On 1701-D, where were the sensor readouts? I never saw one screen that showed any information that they were telling the captain. On the original, Spock had that microfiche like viewer that showed all of the readings. Travis D

1103. Behold the famous words: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship 'Enterprise.'"  Kirk said and did it FIRST-- and much better; Kirk's the original and best. "It's five-year mission:"  This personifies Kirk: alway a definite mission objective and set deadline, with no time for endless traipsing around empty space-- like Picard.  "To explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations:"  It seems like Picard never explored anything, for fear of breaking the Prime Directive. "To boldly go...." When has Picard's ever "boldly" gone ANYWHERE? He sleeps with the light on, for Pete's sake! "...where no man has gone before."  And how can anyone take Picard seriously in saying these words, when Kirk said them LONG "before--" and Picard isn't even "bold" enough to risk of offending anyone without "politically correcting" the phrase? Doesn't it put a slight damper on "seeking out new life" if NO ONE has ever gone there? Are aliens "no one?" Isn't this a bit racist? Oh my gracious!  Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby. The Bermanator

1102. In "Spectre of the Gun," Kirk re-lived a legendary gunfight in the Old West, while Picard re-lived a silly college bar-fight in what should have been called "It's a Blunderful Life" or "Jeany-Luc Got Buried." However, unlike Picard, Kirk kicked butt on legendary lawmen Wyatt Earp and Company and accomplished his mission; he didn't use his fight as a license to make peace with himself and become a self-righteous hypocrite. The Bermanator

1101. Likewise, Kirk also didn't need Q as his "guardian angel" to keep his ship afloat; in Kirk's first movie, his Enterprise stood up to a blast that vaporized THREE Klingon heavy battle cruisers, with no help from sarcastic, effete beings; meanwhile, notice how Picard's first movie-Enterprise was curiously destroyed by a single rickety, obsolete Klingon bird-of-prey once Q was no longer on his shoulder. Q-incidence? The Bermanator

1100. Although a working unit, Kirk's crew have their own lives off-duty, while Picard's crew seems perpetually joined at the hip after hours.  The Bermanator

1099. Picard and crew wouldn't even make junior grade in Kirk's time; the fact that they're senior officers in their time, shows just how low Starfleet has sunk. The Bermanator

1098. Kirk is a real miracle worker, thinking of ingenious ways to rescue his ship and crew under strenuous circumstances. Picard is a miracle worker too the sense that it's a miracle he ever got any work done with all the meetings he held. Pardu P

1097. Kirk is the door.  Picard is the doormat. The Bermanator

1096. Kirk's voyages were high-adventure classics, while Picard's boat-ride cruises were always lame, boring chick-flicks. As such, Kirk's work is the classic genre that people watch over and over, while Picard is the cheap, condescending pulp you wouldn't watch even a second time. The Bermanator

1095. In "Generations," Picard bent over to avoid offending KLINGONS, who just kicked him for his stupidity, and ended up getting EVERYONE killed-- the Klingons, his ship and crew, the civilization he was trying to SAVE-- and worst of all, KIRK! (thus proving that the road to hell was paved by Picard). The Bermanator

1094. If their positions were reversed, Kirk would have doubtlessly made the Klingons an offer they couldn't refuse-- i.e. their ship or their lives-- captured them and Soren, and saved the day-- and left Picard living happily ever after in the Nexus, sipping tea and playing make-believe (his major qualification). The Bermanator

1093. Picard's ship had a condescending, patronizing counselor who wore her own insecurities on her low-cut blouse, while Kirk's ship offered meaningful work and the kind wisdom and psychological expertise of Kirk's fatherly ship's surgeon, which more than compensated for the any need of degrading head-shrinkers. The Bermanator

1092. Even Greg Brady knew enough to change the moves when the playbook was stolen, but Picard's crew was stupid enough to continue with plan which they knew the enemy had learned. The Bermanator

1091. Kirk would never beam down to a planet to sweet-talk a madman while enemies were near, and while his science officer used the helm as a Casio. The Bermanator

1090. Captain Sisko hated Picard and worshipped Kirk-- they didn't call him "Emissary" for nothing! It's also clear why he was known by all as the greatest commander of his time, given his choice of role models. The Bermanator

1089. In comarison to cartoons, Kirk = Johnny Quest, a scientific adventure by exceptional, charismatic characters, while Picard = Fat Albert, a depressing, transparent preach-fest in which every episode ends by deus ex machina. The Bermanator

1088. Kirk's crew is spotless and perfectly disciplined, yet cheerful and content, while Picard's crew is sloppy in both their dress and performance, and constantly depressed, and Picard's compulsive "uniform-primping" isn't fooling anyone that the ship has fallen victim to politically-correct "reverse-snobbery;" it's obvious Picard lacks the courage of his convictions, and would just love to kick a few butts into line like Kirk did, if only his hypocrisy-- spawned by jealousy of living in Kirk's shadow-- didn't keep getting in the way. Picard "has met the enemy, and they is HIM." The Bermanator

1087. Kirk never wore a bunch of goofy beads over his head. (Insurrection)

1086. What kind of dingbats put their shield harmonics on an open screen?  Why, the ones that work under Picard's command, of course! CV

1085. Who needs the ship when you can find the kitty cat (Generations)? CV

1084. When it comes to Picard making a decision and it doesn't involve, "Would you like to supersize that?" he's as stumped as a fallen tree. CV

1083. Good thing Picard wasn't around to be elected to summon peace with the Klingons, the President would be dead, he'd be locked away in Rura Penthe, Klingons would be wearing neat little bows and using Sterling silver to eat with. CV

1082. Picard's own series-character, Q, admitted how mediocre Picard was, speaking for ALL of us when he judged Picard on how terribly Picard lived up to his initial opportunity to do justice to the series name of "Star Trek" made legendary by Kirk: "We gave you a chance, and what did we get? SEVEN YEARS of you worrying about Commander Riker's career? SEVEN of listening to Counselor Troi's non-stop psychobabble? SEVEN YEARS of Commander Data's exploits into 'humanity?' Time may be infinite, Captain, but our patience is not!"  The Bermanator

1081. In comparison to "Rugrats" characters,: Kirk as a baby must have been like Tommy, the fun-loving, fearless adventurer, while Picard was undoubtedly a mix between the cowardly Chucky and the insufferable screaming brat Angelica. The Bermanator

1080. Kirk never padded his scripts OR his uniforms; Picard, meanwhile, packed enough ink, cotton and polyester batting to upholster Hollywood, Broadway, and every overstuffed casting-couch in between. The Bermanator

1079. Kirk, for all his legendary status, was a loyal Starfleet officer who always obeyed orders, except in an emergency where time was of the essence and there was really nothing to lose ("Amok Time," STIII); meanwhile, the name "Picard" approprately begins and ends with the same letters as "paranoid," since he's constantly certain that that the whole, entire service is out to start a war, and that he's the only one who has the decency to save the peace-- by deliberate insubordination, and doing nothing of course-- even though it risked billions of lives, and got him captured and turned into a personal remote-controlled entertainment system for a sadistic Cardassian commander with flip-happy fingers ("The Wounded," "Chain of Command"). The Bermanator

1078. Even Kirk's enemies respect and admire him, while Picard is so loathed and/or ignored by all that even O'Brien avoided seeing him when he left for DS9 (DS9 Pilot). The Bermanator

1077. Kirk has dealt with plenty of false "gods" and dangerous cults and knows enough to look behind the curtain, but still somehow maintains respect for other peoples' religious beliefs (see "Who Mourns for Adonis?" or "Bread and Circuses"). Picard sees religion as the one thing worth breaking the Prime Directive to eradicate (see "Who Watched the Watchers?"). Kevin W

1076. Everyone in Kirk's bridge crew had particular responsibilities, just like REAL bridge crews. On Picard's, it seems like everyone does everything (Who raises shields? Who reads the sensors? Who actually steers the ship? They all do??  Very unrealistic.). Kevin W

1075. Kirk has: Lt. Kevin Thoms Reilly (a sparky young Irishman). Picard has: Loser Lt. Reg Barclay (that dork from The A-Team). Kevin W

1074. All of the alien species Picard encounters dresses the same: Earth-tone business-y suits with no collars. In Kirk's day, all the planets looked different, with different costumes and cultures. All of the planets in Picard's day look like the same earth-tone, bland, collarless, pseudofuturistic, bumps-on-the forehead suburban nowhere.  Kevin W

1073. Kirk's chair is the highest thing in the room--Picard's is the lowest.  How appropriate... Kevin W

1072. Picard's "Make it so, Number One," is pompous and fake, and he has no idea how Riker is supposed to make it so. Kirk's "I don't care how, just do it, Spock!" is real and honest.  He trusts his crew because they're competent people, not because he himself is incompetent (like you-know-who). KNHhorse

1071. Kirk's hero was Abraham Lincoln, and was himself a legend in his own time; Picard is definitely ANTI-hero, and hence does nothing worth mentioning unless he's busy tearing DOWN that legend in typical Gen-X anti-hero fashion, while, not surprisingly, doing nothing special himself to even come close to matching it. The Bermanator

1070. Two words: Tempo and Action; Kirk's non-stop suspense kept you on the edge of your chair, while Picard's slow, dragged out pace and lack of consequence made sure you were ASLEEP in it. The Bermanator

1069. Kirk is a grand teacher. He will teach crew and fans things they will remember for a very long time. Picard on the other hand, apparently taught his Klingon security chief NOTHING!!!! How dare I say this? Easy: When Worf joined the staff of DS9, he told O'Brien that he had much to learn about command. To add further insult to Picard (and Riker no less), O'Brien responds that Worf couldn't ask for a better teacher than... Sisko! Mikepcls

1068. Kirk had character and integrity. Picard was just snooty. Shawna W

1067. Kirk's name does not sound like a sneeze. Shawna W

1066. When Kirk disobeyed Starfleet he did not act like a pathetic, rebellious teenager. He disobeyed for a REAL reason: Someone's life was at stake! Picard, in Insurrection, rebelled for a silly cause that was not even clear, nor in the best interests of all that were involved. Shawna W

1065. Kirk was a respected diplomat and leader. When he was out of Starfleet's reach he proved himself and earned the respect of his enemies. In "Miri," Kirk won over the children by being honest and respectful to them. Picard would have come over with his arrogant attitude and lectured them all and would never have helped the children. Shawna W

1064. After Picard foolishly sent Tasha Yar on a suicidal mission, she survived and was forced to marry a Romulan who later murdered her. Picard didn't even bother to look for her. Kirk would have found a way to rescue her. Shawna W

1063. If Kirk went on that show "Survivor," he'd be like Colby (from Season 2): a handsome and charming athlete who constantly won the challenges and made it to the final two. Picard would be like B.B. (from Season 1): a cranky and bossy old man who was the first to be voted out of his tribe. The Heater

1062. If Hollywood made a movie version of "The Simpsons" with live actors, Kirk would be chosen to play Troy McClure. Picard, meanwhile, would be chosen to play... Smithers (though he LOOKS like Mr. Burns, he ACTS like Smithers). The Heater

1061. Kirk never had a clumsy crewmember spill hot chocolate all over him. The Heater

1060. If a crewman loses interest in women, Kirk would take him to a *bar* (wink, wink). The Heater

1059. When Spock's mother met Kirk for the first time, she treated him with the respect that a Starship captain deserves. When Troi's mother met Picard for the first time, she bossed him around like he was a nobody. And he let her. The Heater

1058. When Kirk was kidnapped and replaced with a double, Spock identified the impostor almost immediately. When this happened to Picard, the crew took over a day to figure things out. And, the only reason why they figured it out was because the double proved to be a better (yet still terribly awful) singer. The Heater

1057. Kirk would never let an alien race give him a memory wipe unless there was extensive evidence that it was for the best. Picard, meanwhile, allowed an alien race to do this after knowing them for less than thirty seconds and having virtually no knowledge whatsoever as to why they wanted their existence kept secret. The Heater

1056. Kirk's crew would never have left the wounded Dr. Soong to die alone on a remote planet. They would have beamed him up to the ship and sent him to sickbay -- despite his resistance. The Heater

1055. In the Mirror Universe, Kirk was a powerful and prosperous pirate.  Picard, meanwhile (according to the DS9 episode "Crossover"), had been nothing but a lowly slave. The Heater

1054. Kirk never interrupted a crewman's birthday party to send the guy on mission that someone else could just as easily have done. The Heater

1053. Kirk has enough guts to look an armed Klingon right in the eye and say: "Go to the Devil." The Heater

1052. Kirk was never apprehensive about his "image." The Heater

1051. Think that anyone would WANT to contrive a movie to get another captain in Starfleet asking help from Picard?  DOUBTFUL!  Shawna W

1050. In a crisis situation: Picard would sing a song from H.M.S. Pinafore, when Kirk would reprogram a prefix code! Hellboy

1049. Kirk always saw the best in any situation and laughed in the face of death ("Bread and Circuses", "A Taste of Armageddon" etc.), while Picard was a "depression snob." The Bermanator

1048. What do you call a starship captain with no energy, soul , love of life or passion for the job? Picard.  What do you call a starship captain with an infinite capacity to enjoy life, indomitable spirit , lots of charisma and who loves his work ? Kirk! Pardu P

1047. If Kirk and Picard were drinks: Kirk would be bold scotch.  Picard would be salty dishwater. S.H.

1046. Picard owes the small amount of fame that he has to Kirk. Kirk owes his fame to no one!!! Shawna W

1045.  Stewart can't make the cover of Entertainment Weekly all by himself (He's always on the cover with Shatner, or Hugh Jackman, etc...) Shatner can make the cover of Entertainment Weekly all by himself... SEE? Jay B

1044. On "Saturday Night Live," Patrick Stewart actually satirized Picard's ship and crew by comparing them to "The Love Boat," because it was so true. Meanwhile William Shatner's "truth in humor" was parodizing excessive fan loyalty, because this was also true -- and also something that Stewart has never experienced... and never will. The Bermanator

1043. Kirk's engineer was framed for murder by Jack the Ripper (Wolf in the Fold), while Picard's engineer was literally MADE into a murderer by the Romulans. The Bermanator

1042. If their positions were reversed: Picard wouldn't have left the Nexus to help Kirk (not that Kirk would possibly have needed it); Picard would just make some pompous rationalization about "peace and happiness--" which we know is his purpose in life, esp. since his entire first three seasons seemed to "rest in peace" until he had no choice except to fight in the war with the Borg (although with whom he sided is unclear). The Bermanator

1041. Kirk is an red-blooded American, while Picard is a wimpy blue-blood Frenchman with a sissy British accent-- guess which one they modeled later characters after (see Reason #966)? The Bermanator

1040. Q knew about Earth in Kirk's time, but chose to wait until Picard's time to mess with Starfleet-- wonder why? The Bermanator

1039. Picard's engineer can't even understand his books on starships-- which Kirk's engineer WROTE (Relics). The Bermanator

1038. Kirk's Engineer doesn't need a cheese-grater stuck to his face to know when his ship was dangerously out of alignment-- he could FEEL it ("That Which Survives"). The Bermanator

1037. If Star Trek were the movie Rules Of Engagement, Kirk would be the tough Marine colonel played by Samuel L. Jackson who does what's right. Picard would be the ambassador who hides under his desk at the first sign of gunfire and incapacitated by fear, then after having his life saved by the Marines, proceeds to lie in court during the colonel's trial to save his own ass. Phil W

1036. Kirk acted like a girl only ONE time: When Janice Lester took over his body.  Picard acts like a girl ALL THE TIME, and he has no such excuse. KTalbott

1035. Kirk drops everything and runs throught the portal in All Our Yesterdays to save a woman in danger that he does not know. Kirk, the chivalrous hero! Shawna W

1034. Picard, in the Nexus, had to go to an alternate reality to have a happy situation for himself (kids, wife, etc). Maybe because nobody IN REALITY would have him? Kirk, in the same situation, had memories of REAL situations that happened to him in the past (his home, his horses, his pet, making breakfast, etc), thus Kirk's happiest situations were from REALITY. Shawna W

1033. Kirk EARNED his legacy as the Captain of the Enterprise. Picard inherited all the fame and glory and lost it. Shawna W

1032. Kirk had a sense of humor mixed with mischief. When Scotty beamed the tribbles on to a Klingon ship, Kirk laughed. Picard would have mulled over if the Prime Directive was violated. LarryC

1031. Kirk's engineer has a rich Scottish accent. Picard's engineer sounds like he just got kicked in the cajones. Werty

1030. On Kirk's ship, they actually used the U.S. Measurement system on occasions. Tiberius1983

1029. If 22nd century Captain Jonathan Archer from "Enterprise" were to come forward in time to meet Kirk, he would be proud of the captains that the 23rd century produced. If Archer were to meet Picard, he would weep for the future. Steve L

1028. Future captains (Sisko) risk their careers to get Kirk's autograph! Mikepcls

1027. Romulans are blind when Kirk dresses up as one of their own. The Romulans found out that Picard was among them in less than a day! Mikepcls

1026. Kirk can be bleeding to death and dealing with an enemy vessel trying to destroy his vessel and over a hundred delegates, dealing with it on the bridge of course ("Journey To Babel"). Picard can't even deal with madam ambassador Lwaxana Troi! Mikepcls

1025. A person is known by the company they keep. Kirk surrounded himself with Starfleets' finest. Picard sat alone at the Captain's table. Shawna W

1024. Kirk gave the Enterprise fame .  Picard gave it shame. Shawna W

1023. Kirk became a legend in only three years of his five year misssion. Picard has had over seven years and he is more of a joke than anything else and will be forgotten in less years than Kirk has been the Captain! Shawna W

1022. Picard's social calendar is always empty. Shawna W

1021. Kirk was humble and gracious, refusing the limelight despite others literally BEGGING him to accept a simple honor (Generations), while Picard would always take any chance to be the center of attention and give a pompous, long-winded boring lecture no matter how much others wanted him to shut up. The Bermanator

1020. Picard's attitude of moral superiority was revealed as hypocrisy when Kirk showed mercy to a deeply hated and ruthless enemy ("Arena", "Star Trek III", "Star Trek II") while Picard, when faced with the same situation, heartlessly snuffed out the life of the helpless and vanquished despite all his years of bleeding-heart talk (Soran in "Generations", Borg Queen in "First Contact"). The Bermanator

1019. Without Kirk, Picard would not even EXIST! Shawna W.

1018. If Kirk had had any involvement with naming the Klingon emperor, he would have either destroyed the empire or become emperor himself." darrgrej

1017. When someone died under Kirk, he did his best to commemorate or even bring back that person, like Spock.  When someone died under Picard, he didn't look like he cared, and he buried some people without a worthy funeral. 
Kohlinar Student

1016. Kirk didn't have a holodeck, he had an ENTIRE amusement planet that made thought into reality. Not only that, but Kirk did rough and tumble AMERICAN things like taking care of a bully (Finnegin) and reuniting with a female friend (Ruth). Kirk does not waste his amusement on 400 year old cheap dime store pulp fiction or have errant programs take over HIS ship like Picard does.
Paul K.

1015. When Kirk was killed, Star Trek fans are still trying to get him back . If Picard was dead, his fans would EASILY "get over it." Shawna W.

1014. Kirk is MAXIMUS! Picard is... Minimus. E.D.

1013. If they were in the movie "The Godfather": Kirk would be Don Vito Corleone, giving orders! Scotty and Spock would be like Robert Duvall's character, the advisors and planners. And Picard would be Jack Woltz (the movie producer who owns a beautiful horse). If you have ever seen the Godfather, you know what would happen to Woltz!! Mikepcls

1012. If Gary Seven had been beamed aboard Picard's Enterprise, he would have very quickly used his servo (little gizmo thingie) to put everybody to sleep and go on his merry way. With Kirk, he takes the time to explain to Kirk that his mission is very important. He wouldn't have even bothered doing this with Picard. Mikepcls

1011. If Dr. McCoy was there in ST Generations he would have found a way to get the emotion chip out of Data's head! KyXxXKat

1010. Related to Gilligan's Island - Kirk is like The Professor: always doing the thinking, always doing the work, always getting everyone else out of trouble.  Picard is like Gilligan: getting everything screwed up, not caring, but the show still is focused on him. Unfortunately, he's not as (intentionally) funny. KyXxXKat

1009. Although Kirk's Star Trek only last 3 years/seasons, it helped Picard's Star Trek out a lot. If Picard's show was the very first Star Trek: In the 60s - Maybe would have made it through one season, no reruns, no movies, and no NEW Star Trek shows.  In the 80s - No one would watch even there because people gave it a chance during its first two horrible seasons because they thought it would be cool (since the one from the 60's WAS)! KyXxXKat  

1008. Kirk was the youngest person in Starfleet history to make it to captain at the age of 29. When we finally actually see Picard he looked like he would fall over dead any second. And even when Kirk retired many years later, Starfleet wanted him back even though he was older than most of the captains at that time. He still looked like he could do any task put in front of him. KyXxXKat  

1007. In Man Trap (TOS), even though the show had just started and McCoy didn't really know Kirk, McCoy had enough loyalty in Kirk to kill what he thought was his old "girlfriend" that he had known for 12 years! KyXxXKat  

1006. Kirk has an air of Douglas Fairbanks about him. Picard has an air of... Bernard Cribbins. Cathy O

1005. Kirk is a Ferrari, Picard is a Skoda. Vreenak

1004. If Kirk had been on "Big Brother", he would of been Nick (crafty, cunning, etc)! If Picard had been on "Big Brother", he would have been Darren ("I'm telling on you!"). Vreenak

1003. The real telling difference between the two men, in my opinion, lays in the fact that Kirk was much more open (and open-minded) to adjusting his strategy and tactics towards more peaceful solutions ("Devil in the Dark," "Arena," "The Undiscovered Country," etc ...).  A sometimes glaring weakness of Picard was that he appeared more fixated and stubborn in holding to his preconceived and general ideal of handling situations rather than adjusting and tailoring to the specifics of the situation. How much evil and suffering has been allowed to be perpetuated upon the innocent because Picard failed to take decisive action against the Borg when he had the opportunity? Picard, despite his air of high morality, also seems to be a less compassionate and intuitive man than Kirk. Jean-Luc was more than willing to let a "sleeper" ship go about its way into destruction rather than reviving the occupants and saving three lives, and his intolerance of children says much about his character (personally, I don't trust those who are so strict, inflexible, and antisocial in their behavior towards the young).  In summation, I feel that despite Captain Picard's "diplomat" exterior he was revealed to be a more emotionally and intellectually dishonest character. Picard is more superficial and contradictory than James Kirk. Picard pales in comparison to the complexity and richness of Kirk.

1002. In comparison to other famous ship captains: Kirk is Horatio Hornblower, Picard is... Merill Stubing. Brian M

1001. Kirk, unlike Picard, never abandoned his ship to a troll-ish species like the Ferengi. Picard and his crew left the Stargazer, during the Battle of Maxia, to float adrift and be captured by a potential enemy (as recalled in "The Battle"). If he absolutely had to abandon the ship, then he should have destroyed it, like Kirk destroyed the original Enterprise in ST III.
Lord Garth

1000. At the end of ST:IV when the Federation Council gave Kirk command of the new Enterprise-A, the movie audience clapped and cheered!  Because they knew that everything would be all right with the universe, and that Kirk deserved this new ship.  At the beginning of  First Contact, when the audience saw the Enterprise-E under the command of Picard, they were silent.  This is because they were scratching thier heads wondering "How the heck did THAT happen??"

999. With Kirk, you can get lost in those dreamy brown eyes and see the true meaning of bravery and passion for adventure.  But with Picard, your eyes just tend to wander off into the distance searching for something better to look at, in most cases, the floor. 

998. As Presidents:  Kirk is charismatic, a leader, and makes a difference, like Abraham Lincoln.  Picard is like William Henry Harrison (the president that died within a month of being elected).

997. Jim Kirk is definitely a better kisser than Picard! Ever notice how he always passionately presses into the kissee's cheek?  Therese

996. In, Q-Who?, Picard sics Worf on a Borg after 5 seconds of "Stop it!" "Stop it!" Kirk would have used those 5 seconds to give it the hostile lifeform treatment, and we know what happens when anything messes with Kirk and crew!

995.  Kirk's show was obtained by The Sci-Fi Channel, which is VERY appropriate.  Picard's show has been obtained by... The Nashville Network.  Yeee-haw.

994. Kirk gets in a sword fight with omnipotent entity Trelene. Picard wakes up in bed with omnipotent entity Q! Egads! (Tapestry)

993. Picard could not pull off yelling "BOOOOORRRG.....BOOOOORRRRRG!" in a moment of rage like Kirk did to Khan without getting laughed at. (ST2).

992. Picard would never muscle one of his bridge officers out of the way and punch the controls himself like Kirk occasionally did because the officer was too slow. Picard's officers are all faster than he is!

991. Kirk's Halloween costume: A Swashbuckling Pirate. Picard's Halloween costume: Delibian pecker chicken.

990. KIRK: Gold Medalist on the Starfleet Academy Swim Team, stardate 9364. PICARD: Towel Boy for the Starfleet Academy Swim Team, stardate 9738876.

989. No-one on Picard's crew would ever have got the sack and timing right to do a high-vector thrust in a Spacesuit to go through V'Ger's inner chamber like Kirk's crew did.
Uru Mace

988. No-one in a spacesuit ever did a complete Zero-G spaceflip in place, obviously displaying pride and joy for Picard's Enterprise (watch ST:TMP when the original Enterprise leaves Spacedock).
Uru Mace

987. Kirk's crew uses fascinating glow-wand lightsources! (STII:TWOK)
Uru Mace

986. Picard is too docile to reactivate his doctor from the Reserves with an "little known, seldom used clause"! (ST:TMP).
Uru Mace

985. Kirk's quarters weren't fancy. It was spartan, had functuality, and was generally better to look at than Picard's quarters, which kinda looked like a very sleazy Las Vegas motel!
Uru Mace

984. Kirk is a breath of fresh air. Picard is bad breath (or stale air, if you prefer).
Uru Mace

983. Kirk's voyages through Wormholes are FAR more spectacular, exciting, and dangerously dramatic (ST:TMP).
Uru Mace

982. Very old foes of Kirk are still around in the 24th century (Deep Space Nine episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations") and even took a trip through time to kill him, even though Kirk is already thought to be dead ("Generations"). Just proves the point that Kirk is and always be the greatest Archrival of anyone, no matter what the century!
Uru Mace

981. Kirk would not rest until the Borg were made extinct by his own hands, if they ever failed to fully assimilate him. Unlike Picard who has mixed-feelings during every Borg encounter ("Doh! I'm afraid of them! But I will destroy them! Doh, I'm afraid of them again! *Sniff"). Even if the Borg did assimilate Kirk, he would have succeeded in kicking EVERYONE'S behinds at Wolf 359, destroyed the Earth, and be the most dangerous man alive, unlike Picard's Locutus, who is plain silly and had to be rescued. And he wouldn't need a useless laser-pointer mounted near the side of his head to look cool and sinister, either.
Uru Mace

980. Kirk=Eagle. Picard=Sparrow.

979. Kirk's Enterprise was like a Timex. It took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. Picard's Enterprise blew up like an old Ford Pinto after being butt whipped by an obsolete Bird of Prey.

978. Kirk was able to tame Elaan of Troyus, the wildest girl in the galaxy. Picard would have got her throwing daggers right through his heart... again.

977. Kirk could take a headbutt from a Klingon with the bony plate. I don't want to know what that would do to Picard's feminine look.

976. Kirk never wore those stupid assed 17th century navy uniforms. 

975. Kirk's sacrificed his ship to avoid its capture by Klingons, and he in turn took over their bird of prey. Picard let his ship be taken over by FERENGI'S, of all people!

974.  As far as I'm concerned, there just isn't any competition. Kirk is caring, commanding, sexy, a good listener when he needs to be but decisive when a decision needs to be made. He thinks on his feet, uses his gut instincts and believes in himself and those around him. He's not afraid to take action AND IS PREPARED TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES! He's willing to admit when he needs the right people around him (TMP). He leads from the front, can prove he can do most of the other crews jobs better than them in some areas but is willing to admit when he knows their skills/experience exceed his. He's also not prepared to suffer less than that persons best, whatever that best is, even if it doesn't come up to his high standards. Giving your best is just good enough! He is prepared to sacrifice himself, without any doubts, for both ship and crew. Famous phrase "I'll not send a crewman somewhere I'm not willing to go as well." THAT'S A STARSHIP CAPTAIN! Kirk versus Picard? It's a knockout with the first punch, or given Kirk's favourite, two feet in the chest and knocked into the next Universe. cdwain

973.  Picture this: Picard has just been found guilty of breaking the new Galactic "No Wussies" law and is sentenced to one year on a penal planet. Kirk is framed by "Evil Kirk" and since Wesley has just screwed up all the computers in the galaxy, Kirk slips through the cracks and is also sentenced to one year on the penal planet. Now tell the truth...which one is not only coming out alive, but will also be the King of Cellblock D?   KIRK, of course! SuzanPeachFuzz

972.  Kirk LEADS.  Picard "manages." LtATJL

971.  Kirk - Swordfish.  Picard - guppy!  SuzanPeachFuzz

970.  If a tiny (but deadly) slug-like creature crawled out of a screaming crewman's ear:  Kirk would immediately and intelligently phaser it before it hurt more crewmen (The Wrath Of Khan)!  Picard, on the other hand, would pick the slug up and say "Don't hurt it!  It's a new life form!"  Then he'd pet it and snuggle it, saying "Awww... isn't it cute?  See how it's  moving up my arm?  It's precious."  Then, of course, the slug would crawl into Picard's ear and kill him. Jay B

969. Ahhhh the age old question: Boxers or Briefs? The answer from both Captains is: neither!! Kirk is man enough to go "commando"!  Picard, given his "personality", probably wears silk bloomers....the ones with the extended legs. I understand he prefers pastels. SuzanPeachFuzz

968.  Kirk is better than Picard because Kirk always gave some thought to his position as captain, unlike Picard, which exploited his! Michelle S

967.  Kirk and his crew inspired the famous hilarious novelty song "Star Trekkin'". Picard and his crew inspired... nothing memorable. Niklarus

966.  Let's talk about other Starship Captains seen in Star Trek:  Spock -- Modeled after Kirk, Trained by Kirk.
Sulu -- Modeled after Kirk, Trained by Kirk.  Riker -- Modeled after Kirk (Sex appeal, Masculine Build, etc...).
Jellico -- Modeled after Kirk (Decisive, Firm, Authoritative).  Sisko -- Modeled after Kirk (see Riker AND Jellico).
Janeway -- Modeled after Kirk (Firm, Sex appeal, Decisive, Bold etc..).  LaForge -- Modeled after Picard (Please give the Delta Flyer back, Let's talk about it).  Score card:  Kirk- 6 Picard -1 (and a SAD one at that).  Even Berman knows the PROPER Captain model! 

965.  Kirk fans, like Kirk, are passionate and creative.  This makes them excellent lovers.  Picard fans, like Picard, are cold and withdrawn.  This makes them pathetic lovers that would be embarrassed even using the missionary position.  This is of course assuming these Picard fans are even past puberty, and can find a (desperate) partner!

964.  If a primitive planet is in danger of being destroyed by an asteroid:  Kirk and his noble Starfleet would go out of their way to divert the asteroid and save the inhabitants ("The Paradise Syndrome").  Picard wouldn't want to "interfere" with the culture, so he would just watch as the helpless planet is destroyed.  Jay B

963. As a child, Kirks favorite toy was a Starship....Picard's favorite toy was the doll "Polly Pissy-Pants" ...but even Polly didn't like him. SuzanPeachFuzz

962. If Kirk had caught Barclay messing around in something like the holodeck while he was supposed to be on duty, Kirk would've kicked Barclay's tail all over the ship... and then OFF it! Mikepcls

961.  If they were teachers:   Kirk would be at a prestigous futuristic college; teaching subjects like Astrophysics, History, Anti-Grav, Vectoring, Officer Training, Advanced Strategy, Leadership, and a large variety of other classes.   Picard would do best teaching nap class in kindergarten.... in a garden with butterflies and flowers....and, oh yes, a fountain would be nice.... SuzanPeachFuzz

960. Shatner and his gang actually made Picard tolerable (to read, at least)!  Btsfpmkiss

959.  Jean is a GIRL'S name!  SuzanPeachFuzz

958. Kirk and his crew inspired a lot of real life people to study space exploration seriously. They displayed humanity and personality.  Picard is perfectly boring; nothing inspires him, he inspires nothing but mediocrity, inspires noone, and he is played by the perfect dullard for the job. Pardu P

957. If you research Picard on the Internet you get practically nothing. Kirk, thousands of results. Trek2000

956. Kirk is better because his First Officer would never give orders with Kirk looking on like a befuddled cadet....unlike Picard who stands there while Number One (who is really just a big lump of number two) gives orders as Picard looks on, appearing relieved that at least SOMEONE is leading the crew. SuzanPeachFuzz

955.  Kirk's crew was fiercely loyal to him, ready to give their all if need be, and fiercely loyal to their ship, ready to fight anyone who insults the Enterprise.  Unlike Picard's crew, who just seem like a group of co-workers: politically correct and somewhat civil ...but you don't feel that unbreakable bond that Kirk's crew has. SuzanPeachFuzz

954. If you went out to dinner with both Kirk and Picard, Kirk would order a nice thick steak and Picard would order... a souffle' with truffles. SuzanPeachFuzz

953.  Movie clip reason (YouTube, showing ship battle)!Joseph Scotti

952. Picard begs solutions from subordinates. Kirk *demands* solutions at once. And if they are not forthcoming, he thinks of the solution himself. Kirk understands the value of timing. Terry G

951. Even IF Kirk would get assimilated by the Borg, the emotional impact would have lasted longer than an episode. Liza S

950. Kirk didn't have a long term relationship because he was married to his ship. Picard didn't because the guy's afraid of commitment. Liza S

949. Picard first said the rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated when he got a new heart, then he said the rumors of his assimilation had been greatly exaggerated in a movie.  What's sad is that this an unoriginal, trite expression anyway! Not only did Kirk come up with original jokes to begin with; Kirk didn't recycle jokes he had made a while ago to fit into a new context.  Kirk thought of NEW jokes and expressions! Liza S

948. The pets aboard the Enterprise didn't change sex without a reason. Liza S

947. In those old days of the cold war, racism, and sexism, Kirk's crew wore miniskirts (which were a symbol of Women's Lib), and had black women and Russians in the bridge crew.  Picard's crew rebelled against repression in our modern times by... never mind, they haven't. Liza S

946. Q stayed away from the 23rd Century because he was afraid of Kirk. Liza S

945. Picard's quarters look far sillier and dull than Kirk's. Liza S

944. One world: ORIGINAL Liza S

943. Kirk could make a woman who thought she was ugly feel pretty again by telling her she's pretty and only needs self-confidence. Women around Picard probably felt pretty because they compared themselves to him. Liza S

942. No nephew of Kirk ever called him an arrogant son of a bitch, which Picard's nephew practically did. Liza S

941. If Kirk would get assimilated, he'd fight the collective mind and sabotage from within the hive. Liza S

940. Kirk found someone who was better, stronger,or more sophisticated than him a challenge. Picard just got suicidal or cried every time. Liza S

939. Kirk's first officer (and FRIEND) was worth losing a ship and career over. Picard's first officer crashed the ship and never had a decent career.  Besides, Picard's first officer didn't need to go get his own ship because he was practically in charge anyway. Liza S

938. Kirk inspires the trust and confidence of his crew, unlike Picard who is constantly disagreed with and questioned by everyone...including little Wesley. SuzanPeachFuzz

937. Shatner was able to make the viewers believe he was the Captain of a Starship...even with a low budget and early special effects, unlike Stewart who never quite lets you forget he's "acting".  SuzanPeachFuzz

936. When you ask the people you know to name a Starship Captain from Star Trek almost without fail they will answer "Kirk" (try this out for yourself at work or school). SuzanPeachFuzz

935. Kirk was not as anal retentive as Picard. Kirk actually had the brass orbs to have a personality and express it, unlke Picard, who appears to have had too much sensitivity training to still be called a man. SuzanPeachFuzz

934. Kirk:  "I'm afraid of nothing."  (ST5) Jeff Y

933. When someone on Kirk's crew gets into a fight it lasts for dramatic impact. When a member of Picard's crew gets into a fight, like Worf, they immediately lose.   For example, episode"conspiracy" Worf is fighting with a possessed admiral. But Worf, the "Big Tough Klingon," gets tossed over a table and falls asleep. Mikepcls

932. Picard talks like he has a mouth full of Denebian slime. Kirk is articulate, and would never drop his "R" like Picard does. Kirk would never use clunky pronounciations like "numba wahn". SuzanPeachFuzz

931. Kirk has manly hands. Picard looks like he should be wearing pink polish on his nails. SuzanPeachFuzz

930. If someone made love with Kirk, they wouldn't have to worry about him dropping dead during the fun part like they would with Picard. SuzanPeachFuzz

929. Unlike Picard, Kirk doesn't hold his little finger in the air like a girl when he drinks out of a cup. SuzanPeachFuzz

928. Picard looks like the offspring of Jerry Lewis..."Ohhh, make it so, Ladyyyyyy!" SuzanPeachFuzz

927 If Picard and Kirk were forced to do a ballet together:  Kirk would wear the sexy revealing tights and do masterful leaps through the air like Barishnikov.  Picard would wear a pink tutu and clumsily dance on tippy-toe while holding a fan and scarf. SuzanPeachFuzz

926.  Picard can barely handle a phaser, and when he tries he always looks awkward.  Kirk can efficiently drop to his knee and successfully shoot a moving target... with an old-fashioned REVOLVER... in a cool pose... with heroic style and grace.  (Shore Leave) Jay B

925. Picard barely does what's expected of him by the brass.  Kirk is actually hard on himself and pushes himself to peak performance. Phil W

924.  If someone implied bigotry on Picard's bridge, Picard would just sit there and let it happen to avoid a confrontation, then after that public humiliation, he would take that person into a private area and kiss his feet and beg him to please be nice, please?  Picard could never have the courage that Kirk had to publicly spin that jerk's chair around and say something cool and controversial (at the time) like "Here's one thing you can be sure of, Mister. You can leave your bigotry in your quarters, there's no room for it on the bridge." (Balance Of Terror).  Phil W

923. When Picard tries to be profound, it sounds clunky and long-winded.  Kirk can say something profound without delaying the action at all. For example, when he asked Scotty how quickly he could reproduce 100 flintlocks and Scotty asked "What?" Kirk replied, "A hundred serpents.  For the Garden of Eden. We've had a long day, take us up." Phil W

922. Kirk got his helmsman in a headlock when he attacked the bridge (The Naked Time). Picard has to sic Worf and Riker on some wimpy cadet helmsman who shouldn't be at the helm at all. (The Game). Phil W

921. Kirk would never spend several hours in one shuttlecraft with the most annoying person (Wesley) on the Enterprise ("Samaritan Snare"). Mikepcls

920. Picard would never have looked good in the green tunic that Kirk wore during parts of the first 2 seasons. Mikepcls

919. Picard's bridge had four sliding door sections to go to different areas. Kirk's bridge only needed one set of double doors to take them anywhere! Mikepcls

918. Kirk was brave enough to risk direct site-to-site transport long before it was safe enough to use, unlike Picard. Mikepcls

917. Shatner gets cast in movies because he has charisma and screen presence, and because he's an icon. Stewart gets cast because he's bald and British. Paul C

916. When did Picard EVER grab a scientist (much taller than he), get right up in his face, and tell him that his computer -- his pride and joy -- was a murderer? Of course, in Picard's time, that same scientist has an institute named after him. And on that same subject: where on the Enterprise-D or E would you have found room for that computer?  Mikepcls

915. Kirk remembers places on a pleasure world where the women are very beautiful. Picard said he had a good time on shore leave on one planet and later admitted he lied (shame on him). We are never given the impression of how beautiful the women are.  Kirk just says "I know a place where the women are so..." and we are left to our imagination. Mikepcls

914. Kirk knows how to conduct himself during espionage and let Starfleet Command keep the spoils of war (The Enterprise Incident). Whereas Picard gives away military secrets (The Pegasus).  Like the wimp that he is, Picard had to let the Romulans know about this device as soon as possible. Treky0123

913. Kirk and Spock were able to contact the Enterprise without communicators using an old-style radio in "A Piece of the Action." This is much more resourceful than Picard's crew.  Kirk is the man , the myth and the legend. Treky0123

912. Captain Kirk is also "Da Man!" because he knows Kirkjitsu. Who needs a Vulcan nerve pinch when one good chop to the shoulder will do? And that flying leap throwing his gorgeous barrel-chested physique feet first into someone else's chest! What a scapper! Mandy M.

911. When a starship was dissolving around him, Kirk was the last one off--getting his crew out first. When a crippled starship was heading straight down the maw of a planet eater, Kirk was the last one off--getting his crew out first. Picard would already have been in his [un]ready room. "A Starfleet captain is too valuable to risk." That's his story and he's sticking to it. David B

910. Kirk is someone to emulate. Picard is an example of what not to be. David B

909. Kirk is a Captain. Picard is a scoutmaster--and losing control of the troop. David B

908. Picard would never try to get a god to blast him to give the others in his crew an opening. David B

907. Kirk--an American--could speak an obscure universal language: Esperanto.  Picard--a Frenchman--can't even speak French! HankPiano

906. Kirk's engineer is willing to mix Scotch with a Klingon nerve gas! Catfude

905.  Shatner is Canadian, but never trashed America.  Stewart is from England, and guess what?  He trashed America. Jay B

904.  Picard said, "Merde" (which is French for sh*t). Big deal. Kirk said, "Double dumb-ass on you!" (ST4:TVH) Even Kirk's use of profanity is ORIGINAL.  Chris B

903. Of course Picard isn't as confident as Kirk. If you had had Wesley solving every other crisis for you during your early episodes, you wouldn't be so confident, either.  Chris B

902. Shatner's still down-to-earth enough to poke tremendous fun at himself (i.e. Airplane II, Saturday Night Live, Free Enterprise, etc.).  Stewart gets pissy when SOMEONE ELSE dresses in a Starfleet uniform while interviewing him! Chris B

901. Kirk's always sure of himself. He never has to second-guess or operate in the dark like Picard has on occassion. Lord Garth

900. William Shatner's characters have saved the president twice! Kirk in Star Trek VI and Jerry O'Connor in "The Kidnapping of the President". Lord Garth

899. He just is! :P Lord Garth

898. Kirk made TV history with the first interracial kiss on television...Picard couldn't even get a girlfriend if she was blind, deaf, mute, and stupid. Serena

897. Bill Shatner can play several roles, from an evil criminal villian to a manly captain of the Starship Enterprise. Patrick Stewart can only play one role, the role of the geeky overlord dude. Phil W

896. Kirk tries to protect his ship from potential enemies without always having to rely on hostile actions like raising his shields.  Unlike Picard, who has to have his shields up 24/7! Blade

895. Kirk was given a potent serum injection and within a short period of time developed considerable mental powers! Uru Mace

894. Kirk is a Humanitarian! He refused to leave a planet without Bones and he could've killed the Platoians. Furthermore, he gave a poor midget slave refuge on his ship! Picard would've given up Crusher to their demands and would've left poor slave enslaved (to keep from "interfering")! Uru Mace

893. Picard never would have survived his first officer tap dancing around his head while he was lying prone. Uru Mace

892. Kirk could've stayed on the planet during "A Piece of the Action" and made himself the Godfather. Uru Mace

891. Kirk gave gangsters an offer THEY couldn't refuse! Picard would've succumbed  to their demands, and the gangsters would then have phaser weaponry! Uru Mace

890. Kirk isn't above using his ship's phasers to stun an entire city block just to prove a point ("A Piece of the Action"). Uru Mace

889. Picard and Crew give up easily and sometimes only wimpily succeed. Kirk and crew litereally push themselves beyond humanly (and inhumanly!) possible, because life means much more to them, and when there's so much more at stake (like saving the universe again)! Because NO ONE ELSE can do it! Uru Mace

888. Scotty helped give the world Transparent Aluminum (ST4). LaForge helped give the world headaches, whining, cynicism, and a new word for Starfleet Engineer standards: UNDERACHIEVEMENT! Uru Mace

887. You can judge a man on how strong he is by the number of enemies he has. Kirk has an endless cast of enemies, and has defeated them all! Picard has very little...need I say more? Uru Mace

886. Kirk is the Encyclopedia on DVD-CDROM. Picard is the Encyclopedia...on heavy volumetric hardback paperbooks! Uru Mace

885. Picard has high tech toys that didn't work very well and require an endless crew enslaved to making them work. Kirk has old tech toys that worked remarkably well and could require little to no crew to make them work! Uru Mace

884. Kirk and Spock are so creative, they once fashioned a crude laser out of the embedded locator crystals in their arms and a piece of metal from a jail cell, to escape! Uru Mace

883. Kirk is a man with a purpose. Picard is purpose of a man. Uru Mace

882. Riker and his crew never escaped from a planet with eight-foot tall neanderthalic beastmen who chucked log-sized spears from them, and innovatively using drained phaser energy to power their crippled shuttle! Uru Mace

881. Four words: NOBODY DOES IT BETTER! Uru Mace

880. Kirk is the Han Solo of the Star Wars galaxy. Picard is Jar-Jar Binks. Uru Mace

879. When Kirk and Picard meet up face to face in Star Trek: Generations both are in the Nexus, an anomely that makes your greatest wishes and desires real. Picard's ideal moment is Christmas morning in a wimpy Dickensian cottage surrounded by a horde of annoying, snotty-sounding kids.  Kirk is found on top of a mountain, manly chopping wood (Can YOU picture Picard chopping wood and enjoying it?), with his faithful dog nearby, and later goes into the bedroom to chivalrously serve his attractive mate a homemade breakfast in bed.  Dean B

878. On a few occasions Picard's crew had to resort to separating the ship, in order to fight with the saucer and main section seperately.  In the Doomsday Machine, kirk was able to pilot the barely functioning USS Constellation and fire phasers all by himself , in one room, while Scotty and his men were hanging on for dear lives, trying to keep the ship from blowing up, and making unusual repairs (communications)!  Mike P

877. Would Picard have had the guts to beam (unarmed) into a room full of VERY angry Klingons that wanted his blood?  Heck no!  Did Kirk?  You betcha! Mike P

876. ALL of Kirk's crew will sacrifice their lives (STII:TWOK) and their careers (STIII:TSFS) for him if it became neccessary. That, my friends, is the TRUE mark of a great man--when his crew is willing to give up everything for him. Can Picard's weak crew say the same? Knottyhead

875. Kirk is played by a man that took a paycut to make sure that the under-budgeted Star Trek VI could get made!  Picard is played by a man who demanded an ungodly amount of money for Star Trek IX, as well as producer credit, AND his own production company to get his own vanity projects made... and as a result Paramount seriously considered dumping the entire Next Generation cast! Who cares more about the Trek projects?  Jay B

874. Kirk is played by a man whose father died during the filming "The Devil in the Dark", and he was so dedicated to his job that he went right back to work after the funeral. Picard is played by a man that's so unprofessional to the craft that he publicly whines about the producers of a play he was in, and it was so frowned-upon that he had to make a public apology, and even that was half-hearted... causing him to lose further respect from the acting community.  Catfude

873. Which would you rather be standing with at the O.K. Corral? Will B

872. Is there a chance in hell that Picard could ever have a brother with an earthy name like "Sam"? Nah. Will B

871. It's impossible to imagine Picard tapping his CMO on the cheek muttering, "Antibodies.... ANTIBODIES." Will B

870. It's FUN to watch Kirk! Glen K

869. Kirk would never entrust the Enterprise to someone like Beverly so that all of his senior officers could look for someone like Data! Glen K

868. Captain Kirk is, quite simply, "Caesar of the Stars." Victor S

867. Brave 23rd Century Constitution class starship commanders like Kirk and 22nd Century Daedalus class starship commanders like Bryce Schumar had to face dangers alone. Geeky 24th Century commanders like Picard have THOUSANDS of different starships to back them up. Dax

866. If 29th Century timeship Captain Braxton were ever asked to visit Kirk in the past, he would jump at the chance in a second. If he were asked to visit Picard, Braxton would respond, "Who?" Dax

865.The Gorn, the Tholians, the Tellarites, the Deltans, and the Andorians find Picard so boring, that they have packed up and left the Galaxy. That's why we never saw them in Picard's time. They miss Kirk! Heck, even the Sheliak found Picard so boring that they never came back again! Dax

864. Kirk had the wisdom to find out that Captain Christopher's son, Sean Jeffery Christopher, would lead the first Earth Saturn probe, and then find a way to send the Captain back to his own time, WITHOUT contaminating the timeline. Picard would have just sent Captain Christopher to a Starbase and forgotten about him. Catfude

863. Kirk's "Ready Room" is the bridge! Not a place to hide from his crew. Catfude

862. Kirk knows the Captain's place is leading his crew. That is why HE got out of the chair and went to deflector control in "Generations". Catfude

861. When Kirk went to the center of the galaxy in, "The Final Frontier", he had to deal with dangers such as a renegade Vulcan, the Klingons, The Great Barrier, and a deadly creature pretending to be God. What did wimpy Picard have to deal with when he went to the center of the galaxy in, "The Nth Degree"? The goofy Mr. Barclay and an equally goofy Cytherian. Dax

860. Kirk knows what a "Mechanical Rice Picker" is! Catfude

859.  Kirk is to Dirty Harry as Picard is to Joe Friday! Lord Garth

858. James Bond Analogy: Kirk is to Sean Connery as Picard is to Roger Moore. Lord Garth

857. Picard never had a cool aqua-shuttle like Kirk did (see "The Ambergris Element"). Dax

856. Kirk left the galaxy 3 times under the Enterprise's own power, while having to pass through the dangerous Negative Energy Barrier ("Where No Man Has Gone Before", "By Any Other Name" and "Is There In Truth No Beauty"). Wimpy Picard had to have The Traveler take the Enterprise-D out of the galaxy for him ("Where No One Has Gone Before"). Dax

855. Kirk had several cool adversaries: the Klingons, the Romulans, the Gorn, the Tholians, the Kzinti, etc. Who were Picard's lame enemies? The boring Borg and the foolish Ferengi. Dax

854. Kirk is a hands-on kind of guy. If you are in his way he shoves you. If you are in the line of fire he doesn't yell, "Duck!", he just tackles you. Laura G

853. Kirk can wear nothing but red tights and still look butch. (Charlie X) Laura G

852. Kirk stole clothes from a Depression-era skid-row clothesline and made those rags look good by putting them on. (City on Edge of Forever) Laura G

851. Kirk got beat up by first officer Spock twice (Amok time, This Side of Paradise) and shrugged it off both times. This only made Spock respect him more. Laura G

850. Kirk survived Kodos the Executioner's pogrom as a kid, and as an adult had the satisfaction of bringing him to justice. (Conscience of the King) Laura G

849. Kirk walks with vigor and radiates masculinity. Picard walks like he has a load in his pants. Laura G

848. Kirk has more sex appeal alone that Picard's whole bridge crew combined. Laura G

847. Kirk is Inspiring - leads by example, and also gives a great pep-talks. His people are amazingly loyal, and this is because of him. He himself is fiercely loyal and dedicated, and his people appreciate it, and emulate him. Laura G

846. Kirk is Passionate - Kirk demonstrates a fanatical degree of focus. Idealistic, big-hearted and true, he has a passion for excellence. He feeds his own fire by surrounding himself with similar super-achievers, and by tolerating no negativity from lesser creatures. Laura G

845. Kirk is Fearless - a heroic, rough-and-ready, can-do kind of guy. Both mentally and physically daring. Laura G

844. Kirk is Resourceful - makes the best of every situation. Handles problems well on his own, and uses his team well, too. Laura G

843. Kirk is Tough - takes a licking and keeps on kicking. People who go against him always end up regretting it. He is stubborn, brave, and resilient as hell, with terrific stamina and an indomitable spirit. Laura G

842. Kirk is Appealing - pleasant, bright and witty, he smiles and laughs easily. He's a real people person. You'd invite him to a party, or to meet your mom. Laura G

841. Kirk is Creative - finds wicked cool ways to unnerve his enemies, and everybody else. People often give him what he wants out of sheer astonishment at his audacity. He also uses softer methods to win, including a sudden generous gift of pure forgiveness. He also has a gift for sharing his vision of how things should be in passionate fits of eloquence. Laura G

840. Kirk is Smart - can outwit computers and beat his genius Vulcan pal at chess. What he doesn't know, he knows how to find or figure out. Doesn't clutter his mind up with facts... that's what computers are for. He cultivates his own practical abilities and nourishes his own human wisdom. Laura G

839. Kirk is Farsighted - has a vision of how things should be and what he can do to make it happen. Sees the big picture, and his (and your) place in it. Laura G

838. Kirk is Sexy - Handsome, virile and not at all shy, he is comfortable with his sexuality. He's masculine, but affectionate: loves to hug and kiss. He enjoys his own body and enjoys giving and getting pleasure. He's a fun guy who loves women, and he also respects them, but he's not wimpy about it. He confidently has used sex as a weapon without compunction when he thought it was appropriate. He is warm and welcoming to women, and has many women friends, but he's a man's man, not "one of the girls". Kirk is physically affectionate with his male friends too, and in short, is very touchable. This combination of approachability, initiative, and animal magnetism is the power that fuels his charisma. Laura G

837.  Janeway's EMH contains the medical abilities of the BEST doctors ; among them... Kirk's doctor!  NOT Crusher!  B'Lanna Torres was described as being almost capable of being an engineer of Kirk's engineer's calibre!  NOT Geordi! Need I go on? Alan R

836. Picard lets Holograms take over the ship. Nuff said. Alan R

835. Picard's Klingon has unbelievable almost Vulcan-like self-control. What kind of Klingon is this? Alan R

834. Picard makes Vulcans look reckless in his OVER-strict adherence to Starfleet's beauracratic commands. Alan R

833. Kirk's ship never looked like a pregnant goose with its head flattened with a steamroller! Neil B

832. Kirk had the great honor of coming into contact with the remains of Earth's first two starships...the S.S. Bonaventure (in "Time Trap") and the S.S. Valiant (in "Where No Man Has Gone Before"). Dax

831. Kirk could have made Lore self-destruct in 5 minutes. (i.e. "People are irrational. They must be destroyed. You have feelings. You must be a person. You must be destroyed.  Scotty, send a crew up here to clean this mess.")

830. Kirk took a cloaking device from the Romulans. Picard gave a cloaking device back to the Romulans.

829. Kirk knows what to do when the specialists aren't there, but doesn't attempt to upstage his crew - and is in fact grateful for their efforts. Lisa N

830.  Kirk knows what the readings in sickbay mean (Turnabout Intruder) but will wash petri dishes if it will help (Miri). Lisa N

827. TOS, as well as Kirk SPECIFICALLY, has been the subject of questions on "Who Wants To Be A Millionare".  Neither TNG nor Picard could be a subject of a General Knowledge Trivia show like that...since nobody in the general population knows them!  Jay B

826. Other Starship captains respect Captain Kirk. There was a higher standard in regard to Starship commanders in TOS. They were all stronger, gutsier, and braver than Picard. For example, the captain of the Constellation willing to give his live to destroy the Doomsday Machine. And then Captain Kirk, himself taking on the task, risking all for his ship and crew. I doubt Picard would put himself in that position, he'd let Data or someone else do it. Joel

825. Kirk had the holodeck long before Picard did. If any Picard fans need proof, see: "The Practical Joker". Dax

824. When the original Enterprise was destroyed, they were so proud of the design, that the Enterprise-A was modeled after its predecessor. When the Enterprise-D was destroyed, they were so ashamed of the design, that the Enterprise-E had to be completely redesigned -- to look more like Kirk's Enterprise! Dax/Eddie P

823. None of Jean-Luc's adversaries has EVER said "No tricks, Picard" because they know he'll never come up with anything but the incredibly obvious. Kirk's enemies are always wary of his ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Jacob1701

822. Kirk had a stand-in who was used so much he got to be part of the crew, and even got to fight Kirk as Kirk!
Picard -- stunts? ...Not!
Eddie P

821. Kirk's music = Memorable music played on real instruments by real musicians. Picard's music = Forgettable synthesizer wash. Eddie P

820. Captain Kirk has a command chair.  Captain Picard has a lounge suite (?!?). E.D.

819. One word: Chemistry. E.D.

818. Julius Ceasar once said: "Let them hate me, as long as they fear me". Kirk is hated and feared by his enemies. Picard is merely mocked. Ramses

817. Kirk can spot a cloaked vessel with his bare eyes (Star Trek III)! Ramses

816. When some hostile alien suddenly appears on Kirk's bridge, Kirk deals handles the situation with immediate successful results. When a hostile alien appears on Picard's bridge, Picard looks dazed, and his best threat to the alien is that he'll discuss the situation with his counselors. Kirk swaggers, Picard looks miffed. Evelyn

815. When Kirk's Enterprise is faced with the Moment of Destruction, Kirk gives his scared female Yeoman a comforting "protective hug".  Picard's, not wanting to "offend" anyone, would just let her shiver. Evelyn

814. Kirk's Enterprise didn't have a stupid joystick for "manual control" like Picard's Enterprise (Star Trek IX). Only Commodore 64's have those. Ramses

813. Picard never had his own theme. He had to use Kirk's theme music from ST:TMP. GrimGhost

812. Despite the over wrought, politically correct, womanizing rap involving a libido common to most 60's fiction heroes, Kirk knew when to be firm like a captain. Picard always carries out this necessary function in a manner that would make a poor Chinese laundry seem like it understarches its items. Kirk comes across as a CAPTAIN, Picard an arrogant prude! Ken C

811. When Kirk destroyed the original Enterprise and he stood on the Genesis Planet looking up at its flaming remains screaming through the atmosphere you could feel the pain and emotion in his voice when he said "My God Bones, what have I done?" (ST3:TSFS) When Picard flippantly set the Enterprise-E to self destruct his attitude was "Plenty of letters left in the alphabet." (ST:FC) Jacob1701

810. Even 20th century software knows who is better. My spell check recognizes "Kirk" but not "Picard". Jacob1701

809. The first Enterprise was like the USS Missouri, ready to take a fight.  The Enterprise "D" was like a school bus, full of kids. Christian D

808. Picard would have died of a heart attack if he ever drank Romulan ale.  Christian D

807. If Kirk was a mathematical equasion, he'd be E=MC squared.  If Picard was a mathematical equasion, he'd be -1 + 1 = "X" (as in "zero", hardeeharhar). Uru Mace


805. Kirk has a better yell (ST3:TSFS). The scene where he leaps off a rock yelling bloody murder at Kruge attests to this. Uru Mace

804. Kirk isn't afraid to mock or laugh at a superior being just to piss it off (Apollo, "God", Trelane, etc.). Knowing Picard, he would've revived paganism just to appease a being (Apollo) or allowing "God" to escape from the Great Barrier. Uru Mace

803. Kirk knows how to use a Photon mortar ("Arena"). Uru Mace

802. Kirk's brother, Sam had more personality (even though seen for the first time, dead) than Picard's snooty, stuck-up brother (whatever his name is). Uru Mace

801. Kirk WASN'T convinced by Picard about the Nexus being a false reality and didn't leave on HIS insistance. Kirk realized everything on HIS OWN and left the Nexus because HE wanted to! Uru Mace

800. Kirk can play 3-D chess with others and have fun. Picard's concept of having fun with others doesn't appeal to him. Uru Mace

799. Kirk gave that "I'm gonna kick your butt" look at Soran, because Picard couldn't get the job done. Uru Mace

798. Kirk can cook a mean breakfast! (ST:G) Uru Mace

797. Kirk can infiltrate Starfleet Detention --- easily (ST3:TSFS). Uru Mace

796. The TOS pants came up to the calves. Everyone knows that that is stylish! Erin B

795. Kirk was an original stud. Picard was an unoriginal dud. Erin B

794. Kirk has fought with himself more times than Picard has. Erin B

793. Spock had enough insight to see that the mirror universe crew members were not the original people. If that happened on TNG, the mirror universe Picard would have actually taken over, making the show much more interesting, since the mirror of Picard must be not be BORING AND DULL! Erin B

792. Kirk came back in a popular line of novels, and people were glad. If Picard died, he would stay dead, because no one wants him to come back. Erin B

791. Kirk/Shatner was in two fantastic episodes of another famous Sci-Fi show, The Twilight Zone, one of which is considered the best in that series history (Terror at 20,000 Feet). And, Picard was in... ow, my brain hurts form thinking so hard. Erin B

790. The Sci-Fi Channel only shows Kirk's show, and not Picard's.  Because Kirk's show actually IS sci-fi! Uru Mace

789. Bones and Spock have "killed" their captain on several occasions, if it meant that Kirk could "reappear" as someone else (disguised as a Romulan Centurion) or to advance the plot (when Kirk's "death" caused Spock to snap out of his Pom Farr). Unfortunately for Picard, his stabbing through the heart didn't prove PERMANENTLY fatal. Uru Mace

788. Kirk knows how to use small arms without screaming like a rabid fanatic. Uru Mace

787. Kirk has the ruthlessness of a Cardiassian, the warrior spirit of a Klingon, the slyness of a Romulan, the barganing skill of a Ferengi, the logic of a Vulcan, and the drive to overcome as a Human. Picard has none of these traits. Uru Mace

786. Kirk would have put Wesley through a wall than through the academy. Uru Mace

785. Kirk's TOS Enterprise makes cooler Photon Torpedo sounds. Uru Mace

784. Kirk's Enterprise has little drawer slots in the bulkheads that you can dump overloaded phaser units into. Uru Mace

783. No one on Picard's ship was fun or creative enough to paint "Sinner Repent" on Picard's bulkheads. Uru Mace

782. Kirk's first officer has an inner eyelid. Uru Mace

781.  Movie clip reason (YouTube, showing movie Picard!)RedLetterMedia

780. Kirk will destroy a planet if it meant preventing the Denebian Neural Parasites from spreading throughout the galaxy and killing millions. Picard would've balked because killing an intelligent form of life is against the prissy Prime Directive, and would have doomed the entire galaxy. Uru Mace

779. Kirk would've replaced Data's chip with the one from a Furby if it would give him an ACTUAL personality. Uru Mace

778. Scotty and his engineering crew had those cool white engineer protective suits (ST2:WOK). Uru Mace

777. Kirk's hand-held phasers could actually put nasty holes in people! (ST6:TUC) Uru Mace

776. No one in Kirk's crew get nauseated like poor wimpy Worf while spacesuiting and climbing around the ship. Uru Mace

775. You actually felt the sadness when Kirk said, "My God, Bones, what have I done?" when the remains of the original Enterprise tore through the atmosphere of the Genesis planet. This in contrast to when you actually felt relieved and glad when the Enterprise-D tore a path of destruction when it crashed. Uru Mace

774. Kirk's science officer actually told a joke (ST6:TUC). When Picard's science officer attempts joke-telling, he winds up being a joke himself. Uru Mace

773. You actually use Ear Transmitters in Kirk's era, and there was an actual position for Communications Officer. Uru Mace

772. Kirk's navigation/helm station had an acceleration THROTTLE! Uru Mace

771. Kirk's navigation/helm station has an actual working CHRONOMETER! Uru Mace

770. Kirk's weapon station has a nifty and fun secondary/backup photon torpedo firing stick with a button. Uru Mace

769. Kirk and crew always manage to escape by the seat of their pants when called for getting out PDQ! (ST2:WOK). Uru Mace

768. Picard doesn't have a cool and annoying rival like Finnegan, unless you can count Wesley. Uru Mace

767. You will never, EVER, catch Kirk's first officer eating Klingon worms and other assorted disgustingness. Uru Mace

766. What kind of name is Picard anyway? Phil W

765. When Kirk is speaking off the cuff, thinking as he's talking, he pauses for a MUCH better affect than saying "uh." Picard has nowhere near that level of speaking finesse. Phil W

764. Unlike Picard, Kirk did not speak the accent of the country immediately north of his own, even though both are played by actors from immediately north of their native countries. Phil W

763. Picard quit his job on the Enterprise to work for the CIA in "Conspiracy Theory" and was eventually drowned... with a mop. Phil W

762. Kirk's show showed several advancements in technology that eventually came true (medical scanners and status screens in hospitals, removable storage such as floppies, Zip drives, and Kirk's multicolored computer disks, visual intercoms, speech synthesis, etc.) Picard's show didn't have the imagination to have such technological foreshadowing. Phil W

761. Kirk's crew wasn't afraid to stand up to what was politically incorrect at the time the show aired by making controversial remarks (such as Chekov's remarks about Russia, such as "The Garden of Eden is just outside Moscow"). Picard's crew was incredibly politically correct for the time the show aired, and they have never pushed the controversy envelope. Phil W

760. Picard doesn't have any fans as devoted to him as PhineasBog is to Kirk, nor does Picard have a website with this much devotion. Phil W

759. There is no Picard list that even approaches the size of this list. Phil W

758. Picard's first officer was from Alaska. What kind of lunatic would live in Alaska? Kirk's first officer was from Vulcan. Phil W

757. Picard could never fight his first officer for his fiancee. Phil W

756. Kirk names his own price for airline tickets.  Picard could never pull off those cool commercials! Uru Mace/Phil W

755. Kirk uses SAMSONITE! ("This Side Of Paradise") Uru Mace

754. Kirk, even though wary of the Horta and its ruthless efficiency of killing civilians and some of his crew, intuitively witheld himself from destroying it and in the process learned that it was an intelligent being. Spock was even ordered NOT to destroy it, even though he thought that his commanding officer was in serious danger! Spock trusted him enough to withold from killing it, and even Mindmelded with it! In Picard's situation, he would have run away screaming without bothering to learn about it, and one of his cronies would have destroyed the Horta, thereby making the species extinct on the planet! Uru Mace

753. Kirk says defiant sentences like "Blast regulations!" and "I'm not just looking for an explanation, MISTER, I'm demanding it!" Picard cannot say anything defiant without the audience laughing at him! Uru Mace

752. In ST3, Scotty automates the heavily-damaged Enterprise-A so that even "three chimpanzees and a trainee" could run it! Kirk, Bones/Spock, Scotty, Sulu and Chekhov all ran things smoothly! Picard has a full crew over a thousand+ and sometimes they STILL cannot get things done! Uru Mace

751. Kirk was genuinely proud to see Sulu onboard his very own ship, the Excelsior. He even had dignity to address him, formally, as "Captain Sulu". Riker briefly commanded a pile of junk during wargame manuvers and Picard scoffed at him. Uru Mace

750. Spock went on to command the Enterprise as captain when Kirk was Admiral in charge of Operations. He had respect enough for his friend who was the true captain of his vessel and wanted Spock to retain command. Spock said, "Jim, you come from a false assumption. I am a Vulcan: I have no ego to bruise," and "Commanding a starship is your first, best destiny. Anything else, is a waste of material." Spock even kept his rank as Captain even through their later adventures! When Riker was promoted to Captain during the Borg crisis (and Picard was borg-napped), Riker had to defer his command when Picard returned! He even turned down many commands in the hopes of commanding the Enterprise! And we all know that Picard's pasty rump will NEVER, EVER be unglued from his chair! So what's the point? Uru Mace

749. Kirk isn't afraid to tell Starfleet command and senior officers where to stick it, if their orders endangered his ship or his crew. He did so on numerous occasions. Picard will lick boots and only go against the grain when he is forced to, and even then he fights it every moment of the way. Uru Mace

748. With Kirk, it's all about winning the game, defying the odds, and pushing things to the limit and beyond. Picard will only play the game within the rules, if only the odds are right, and limited to the things to what he can attempt without pushing! Uru Mace

747. Kirk will risk full scale universal war in the name of peace. Uru Mace

746. Uhura did a dance in slinky see-through outfit to distract the enemy. They had Troi appear in a slinky see-through top ("Man of the People")  merely to distract virgin Fanboys. Uru Mace

745. Only Kirk would be daring enough to insult, taunt, and strike his Vulcan friend if it meant that a rage of emotions would "cure" him of certain afflictions (this has happened at least twice). Picard insulted Worf for no other reason except that Picard was being immature.Uru Mace

744. The monotone Lawgivers of Landru are more fun to listen to than Picard himself, who is monotonic. Uru Mace

743. Kirk has been disguised as Roman slaves, civilians, and a Of The Body Landru citizen (even briefly being disguised as a Lawgiver!) and has looked cool. Picard has been disguised or dressed as various things and has continued to be the fashion world's nightmare! Uru Mace

742. Kirk was disguised as a Romulan Centurion and infiltrated the command ship - easily. Picard (with Data) were dressed like Romulans and they looked dorky - even the local citizenry was weary of them! Uru Mace

741. Commander John Chrichton of FARSCAPE is a lot like Kirk! He's young, brash, an explorer, figures crazy ways to get out of hot spots, and is a certifiable BABE MAGNET! The producers KNEW who to make Ben Browder's character template out of! Uru Mace

740. Kirk loved his ship so much that he'd rather see it destroyed while taking out the enemy. Picard lost his ship due to mismanagement and incompetant personnel. Uru Mace

739. When Kirk was onboard the Enterprise-B and for a brief, shining moment sat in that command chair, you could feel the electricity and knew that, at that moment, Miracles Do Happen. But for Kirk, it was enough to just sit in that chair for that moment, and he went on to save the day anyway. With Picard, you lose any sense of spark at all. Uru Mace

738. Kirk is the Stone Cold Steve Austin of the 23rd century. Picard is the poor fool that Stone Cold is beating on. Uru Mace

737. Spock climbed a tree and even had a good time about it . Riker always goes to the holodeck and has a phony good time. Uru Mace

736. Kirk is a forceful personality where you either hate him or like him. With Picard, his personality is just bland and annoying, so you have no choice but to just HATE him. Everybody DOES. Uru Mace

735. Kirk's ship can achieve and has KEPT various speed records, all with the aid of the first officer and raw dilithium crystals. Picard's ship can't achieve various speeds without the aid of a nerdy officer wanna-be, galactic busy-bodies, and beings who have nothing else better to do than Travel. Uru Mace

734. Scotty can figure out crazy ways to make things work. LaForge is so rigid with the rules that he has a Paradigm Flowchart for his Paradigm. Uru Mace

733. If the Borg could adapt to phaser fire quickly, Kirk would instead fight them HAND TO HAND. Uru Mace

732. Kirk and Spock would reinvent the ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE and have destroyed the Borg once and for all when their machinery/electronics failed. Uru Mace

731. Kirk pondered the question of saving the matter/antimatter universes at the cost of each realities' Lazurus, but didn't stretch it out past that episode. Picard dwelled on the question of saving his humanity from the Borg. And again. And again. And AGAIN. Uru Mace

730. Kirk can climb rockfaces and ledges - easily. Picard huffed and puffed climbing a stupid cable in Engineering. Uru Mace

729. Kirk purposely put his life in danger and is fit enough, even above the age of 60, to fling his body and to tackle the President (and therby saving his life). Picard is so slow he's the envy of frozen molasses on hillside. Uru Mace

728. Kirk's middle name is Tiberius, like the name of a famous Roman emperor. Picard's middle name is...uh...a "-". Uru Mace

727.  Kirk can sing much better than a Picard/Data duet any day of the millenium! Dr. Daystrom

726.  Unlike Picard, Kirk does NOT look like an anorexic version of Uncle Fester! Glorac

725.  Kirk's Chief Engineer could wear a kilt with his dress uniform and still look cool and manly. And Kirk himself looks great in his own dress uniform.  Picard looks like weenier in his dress uniform, skirt or no skirt. Rick P

724. In theaters, Kirk lasted 12 years with 6.5 movies, whereas Picard only lasted 4 years and and at the most will only get 4 movies (and even that's in question). Lord Garth

723. Kirk's movies, on average, lasted four months in major theaters. Picard's movies, on average, are lucky to last even two months in major theaters. Lord Garth

722. After Kirk's show was cancelled it became more popular than ever. After Picard's show was cancelled it fizzled out in less than five years. Lord Garth

721. In 1991 a survey said that 53% of Americans considered themselves Star Trek fans (source: Nimoy on a Trek special). In 1991 when TNG was at its peak, supposedly 35 million people were watching it. That's 14% of Americans. Do you want to know where the other 39% come from? TOS! TOS-only fans outnumber TNG fans by almost three-to-one! And that's being conservative by just using TOS-only fans and not all TOS fans. Lord Garth

720. Number of shows in the same day that randomly mentioned Kirk's show: two! Number of shows in the same day that randomly mention Picard's show: none! Lord Garth

719. Kirk's engineer and science officer invented a way to recrystalize dilithium in the 20th century. Picard's engineer can barely prevent a warp core breach. Mike D

718. Kirk's engineer can fix the warp engines lying on his back using only a Phillips screwdriver. Picard's engineer needs a whole crew to keep the ship from flying apart. Mike D

717. Kirk saved the day with his charisma, and he inspired his people to innovation and excellence. Picard relies on processes established by Starfleet. Madromulus

716. Picard is heavily dependent on pre-made resources to get him out scrapes.  Kirk has saved his ship and crew working with NOTHING! Remember the "Corbomite Maneuver" episode? Baalok tells everyone on the Enterprise to prepare to die in ten minutes. No hope, outgunned, nowhere to run. In the middle of all that, Kirk comes up with this bluff about corbomite which he feeds to Baalok, tells him it will take out his ship too, refuses to back it up with any kind of proof, and it WORKS! IT ACTUALLY WORKS! On TWO occasions! John K

715. Number of South Park episodes made entirely from parodies of TOS episodes: Three. Number of South Park episodes entirely based on TNG parodies: Zilch. Even Trey Parker and Matt Stone know where to go for quality material. John K

714.  When Kirk wears a leather jacket, he looks cool effortlessly (The Search For Spock).  When Picard wears a leather jacket in a wannabe attempt to look cool, he winds up looking like one of The Village People (Insurrection). Jay B

713.  Kirk, his crew, and his show are part of our culture and have stood the test of time; they have the endurance of games like Monopoly and Slinky.  Picard, his crew, and his show are already becoming forgettable; they will have the endurance of... Pokemon. Jay B

712.  Nobody would ever base a  film like "Galaxy Quest" on Picard.  After all, general audiences don't even know who Picard is. Kam

711. Gene Roddenberry actually picked William Shatner to play Kirk. Someone else picked Patrick Stewart and Gene only reluctantly went along with it. Lord Garth

710. Kirk's first officer never had to wear a beard for more than one episode.  But even if he did, he would still look much better than Picard's first officer. ("Mirror, Mirror") Glen C

709.  Kirk looks better in a toga. Glen C

708. Since Kirk is in command of his ship, and knows it, he would never call his second-in-command, "Number One"!  Bloomers

707. Nobody on his ship wears, or has ever worn, those stupid poker peak caps. Katrina S

706. Kirk's ships did not have highly flammable carpet in engineering. Emporer Tiberius

705. While it's a given that Kirk's principles are of the highest moral order, he also has enough profound human complexity to relish the prospect of  getting into a donnybrook with an old rival named Finnegan. Here indeed is a  hero of true literary, multi-faceted dimensions. Just try to stretch Picard's 'character' in a like manner. Ha. William B

704. If Kirk was going to beam down to meet a guy who was going to blow up a star, he would have been smart enough to take a phaser with him. J Criddle

703. On Picard's ship, so few are able to man the bridge that it only has three stations. On Kirk's ship, there are four stations usually manned, and sometimes more.  Phil W

702. Kirk has enough moxy to inform a false god that, "We don't need you anymore" - and then call his chief engineer a 'stiff-necked thistlehead' - all in the same episode. Will B

701. Kirk's chief medical officer is intuitive enough to use interesting means to heal an injured Horta.  Picard's chief medical officer, thoroughly lacking intuition, would have done the usual by-the-book 24th Century medical techniques, then would have given up; leaving the Horta to die. Jay B

700. Kirk's crew are all overqualified for their positions (Chapel's a biochemist, McCoy and Scotty are miracle workers and the top in their fields, Sulu's an ace pilot, warrior and botanist, and boy can Uhura communicate with that voice--she even makes open hailing frequencies sound meaningful. Even Rand is an efficient and loyal officer and with enough technical smarts to become a transporter chief).  Picard's crew not only aren't ready for primetime, because (unlike Kirk's crew) they were never a major network program. Lisa M.C.

699. Kirk has heroes--that's how he came to become one: Cochrane, Lincoln, Garth, Garrovick. Who does Picard admire? Lisa M.C.

698. Kirk is a heroic figure, commanding a military exploratory vessel in the tradition of Captain Cook and John Paul Jones.  Picard is in charge of, acts like (and looks like) the captain of an interstellar Love Boat complete with civilians and children underfoot, disabled active duty officers (?!?), plush roomy quarters, bars, bartenders (!), and recreational facilities. Lisa M.C.

697. Picard leads from the bridge.  Kirk says follow me. Lisa M.C.

696. Who do you think Janeway was quoting when she said the one thing you have to remember about being a starship captain is to never leave one of your crew behind?  Kirk would rather have his entire body drained of blood rather than risk one of his crew (See Obsession) . Picard would have quoted Spock that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few--only unlike Spock it wouldn't have been himself he sacrificed. Lisa M.C.

695. Let's say you find out Star Trek really is an alternate universe, and you can only pull out only one of it's commanders to save the Earth.  Be honest. Who you gonna call?  Even Picard knows the answer to this one. Lisa M.C.

694. Kirk's command crew were willing to turn down promotions over a period decades long to keep serving with him. Worf couldn't transfer out of there fast enough. Lisa M.C.

693.  Kirk knows that saving a civilization is more important than the prime directive, that sometimes even war is better than slavery and genocide, and that even paradise and immortality isn't worth stagnation. Picard would have let Tyree's people be slaughtered, would have allowed the clean, pretty slaughter in A Taste of Armageddon to continue, thinks the trite civilization in Insurrection is nirvana, and would let a star system supernova before violating regs. Lisa M.C.

692. If Kirk had a counselor on board, she would have been in the background lending an ear to the crews' personal problems so he could concentrate on missions. She wouldn't be making decisions for him, she wouldn't be part of his command crew, she wouldn't be at mission briefings, and she would never be seen on the bridge. Lisa M.C.

691. Kirk knew the difference between machines and people--and knew which to put first. Lisa M.C.

690. Kirk was a mentor, a teacher, and a role model to the younger officers on his crew who in return admired him, took him seriously, and tried to make him proud.  Picard can't manage Wesley even with the help of his mother. Lisa M.C.

689. Kirk managed to survive a holocaust (Tarsus IV) as a young boy and remain optimistic about humanity. Picard is a grumpy grudge who had nothing exciting happen to him until middle age. Lisa M.C.

688. Kirk's love interests (Edith, Carol, Areel) have beauty, brains, important careers, and dignity. Carol's not just a doctor but the lead scientist of a genetic Manhattan project (who not incidently chose Kirk's genes to link with hers). Edith is a visionary that almost changes history. Picard gets a choice between Troi's mother and Wesley's. Lisa M.C.

687. Kirk doesn't have cutesy, cluttered little hobbies. He leaves recreation for shoreleave. When he's on the ship, it owns him body and soul. Lisa M.C.

686. If Picard was Spock's commanding officer, he would have betrayed Spock's secret or let him die of plak tow before disobeying an Admiral. Lisa M.C.

685. If Kirk had to deal with a Ferengi, he would have taken him to the cleaners and left him without a credit, and he would have told Mark Twain to bug off about capitalism, socialism didn't work. TNG is abovemaking an honest credit. Lisa M.C.

684. Kirk has dealt with plenty of Gods and dangerous cults and would know enough to look behind the curtain. Picard would intone endlessly about the need to respect others spirituality and let his bank account be cleaned out by the Psychic Network. Lisa M.C.

683. Kirk would rather be a line officer than an admiral. Giving up active duty almost destroyed him. Picard has the soul and demeanor of a petty bureaucrat. Lisa M.C.

682. Spock has more charisma in his pinky than the entire crew of TNG. Yet, as Edith pointed out, his place is always at Kirk's side and he doesn't wish an independent command.  That is the ultimate testament to Kirk's leadership. Lisa M.C.

681. Kirk knows when to play chess, when to play poker, and when to play fizzbin.  If he's stuck he just changes the rules or the name of the game. He even knows when to cheat.  Picard would fold before the other side even showed their hand. Lisa M.C.

680. They are making half-hearted attempts to make Picard and TNG to be more like Kirk and TOS in feature films.  Coincidence?  Not a chance. Jay B

679. Kirk would never, EVER, murder his own crewman like Picard did (First Contact), no matter what the circumstances. Jay B

678. Kirk would never utter the phrase, "Oh how I envy you, Wesley Crusher." Crambam

677. The TWO FISTED PUNCH to the back. David J.B.

676. Picard would shudder at being caught, after an ad break, pulling on his boots while sitting on a bed near a female. Kirk? No problemo (Wink Of An Eye). Will B

675. Had Shatner played Stewart's role in "Excalibur", he wouldn't have let his daughter betray Arthur. This just isn't something the spawn of Kirk (or any other manifestation thereof) would do. But I highly doubt Stewart could father any child at all. Paul C

674. Picard merely says "Make it so."  Kirk actually makes things happen! Kramer002

673. Kirk's CMO keeps a variety of alcoholic drinks in Sickbay. Vera G

672. Picard's first officer never fixed the ship in 3 seconds while hyper-accelerated. Vera G

671. Kirk can look dignified while buried shoulder-deep in tribbles. Vera G

670. Kirk's first officer would never bully him into taking shore leave. Vera G

669. Picard's helmsman could never rush onto the bridge with a rapier shouting, "Ah-hah! Richeliu!" Vera G

668. Kirk's science officer could say " I am attempting to construct a mnemonic circuit using stone knives and bear skins." and MEAN it. Vera G

667. Kirk once told a Federation representative, "Oh, no, I consider this situation quite serious. It is YOU I take lightly." Vera G

666. When Kirk went to rescue McCoy from the asylum, he said, " How many fingers am I holding up?" and gave him the Vulcan salute just to mess with him. (ST3:TSFS)

665. Kirk fights for himself, his crew, and his ship. Picard fights for, gimme a minute, I'll think of something. Vera G

664. On Kirk's ship, the CMO wasn't afraid to rip someone's sleeve if they needed an injection. Vera G

663. When Picard had an electronic mind link to Crusher, he tried to get away from her.  If Kirk had a mind link to someone, he would take advantage of it. Vera G

662. Two Words: He's Kirk. Vera G

661. If Picard would have seen the three ghosts in "Catspaw" he would either have fainted or sh** his politically correct drawers. Tom H

660. Kirk is a lightening rod.  Picard is just an aluminum pole. Justin J

659. Kirk does the butt-kicking on his ship. Picard does the butt-*kissing* on his ship. Matt S

658. Picard gets caught up in intercrew entanglements when trying to figure out a problem (sometimes making the problem worse!) Kirk can give inspirational speechs, like "Risk is our business." and motivate his crew to perform Kamakaze tasks if necessary.  John H

657. Even when Kirk was a woman (Turnabout Intruder) he was more man than "Captain Plastic" Picard could ever hope to be. Stoney

656. Kirk's Enterprises look graceful.  What does Picard's Enterprises look like? A stupid pizza pan!  zimme54

655. Kirk's show had genuine, established science fiction writers.  Absolutely no established science fiction writers would ever go NEAR Picard's show. Jay B

654. Kirk fans' demographics are something to be proud of.  Picard-only fans' demographics are *always* humiliating. Jay B

653. The animated version of Kirk had far more character than the real life version of Picard. zimme54

652. In Kirk's films, Kirk always had an active role in saving the day.  In Picard's films, someone else had to save the day, as well as saving him (Kirk, Data, Riker)! Jay B

651. Kirk was captured by the Klingons many times, and got away unscathed.  Picard was captured by the Borg, and later screamed ("Star Trek: First Contact) and cried ("Family") about it. zimme54

650. Both Kirk and Janeway have doctors who combine humor with dignity, and Sisko has a doctor who is a genetic superman like Khan. Picard's doctor is as dull as dishwater, and worse, her son is the most annoying character in the history of the franchise. zimme54

649. Picard was ashamed of his aggressive youthful past, which is why he got stabbed in the heart, later realizing that this is the major reason why he became a captain... it took him THAT LONG to figure that out! Kirk on the other hand, regrets not beating the hell out of Finnigan, his old class mate, while in starfleet academy, but later redeems himself by kicking the s**t out of him as Captain of the Enterprise. JWH

648. Kirk replaced a less interesting captain (Pike). Picard was replaced by a more interesting captain (Jellico). zimme54

647. Kirk's crew was made up of all interesting characters. The only interesting character on Picard's crew wasn't even a regular member of the cast: Ensign Ro. zimme54

646. Kirk and Janeway had ace pilots flying their ships. Pike and Sisko had experienced women flying their ships. Who did Picard have at the helm?  Annoying prodigy Wesley Crusher. zimme54

645. Both Kirk and Janeway could form good friendships with two unemotional Vulcans, Spock and Tuvok. As for Picard, Spock basically told him to get lost! zimme54

644. No episode of Kirk's show had racist blaxploitation like Next Generation's "Code of Honor"! zimme54

643. In "The Deadly Years," Spock treated his aging captain with respect and compassion. In "All Good Things...," Riker treats his aging captain like an old fool. zimme54

642. Kirk didn't have a stupid galactic speed limit of warp 5 to worry about. zimme54

641. Kirk's version of Kahless could do voice impressions. Let's see Picard's Kahless do that! zimme54

640. Kirk got a back rub from Ensign Tonia Barrows. Picard got divorce papers from Beverly Crusher in the future. zimme54

639. Kirk's double in, "Mirror, Mirror" is less likable than the real guy. Picard's double in "Yesterday's Enterprise" is MORE likable than the real guy. zimme54

638. Kirk has respect even for inferior alien life-forms, like Tribbles. Picard would've shrieked like a girl if he found one in his command chair. Hlgirl

637. Kirk is a true orator -- he knows how to make a speech people will listen to, and he knows where to pause. Picard just pauses whenever he damn feels like it, like he's talking neither to a crew, nor to a t.v. camera, but to himself. SJacobs

636. Kirk has sparkle. Picard is spackle. SJacobs

635. Kirk never really had a midlife crisis. He was too busy (AHEM!) running the ship. Picard has a midlife crisis every time company comes or his water is late arriving to a meeting. SJacobs

634. What's with Picard looking like the genetic offspring of Gandhi and Sam the Eagle (from the Muppet Show)?  Kirk is Tyrone Power + Elizabeth Montgomery!!! SJacobs

633. I'm sorry, but powerful guys are ***charismatic***. Step to the back of the Credibility Hand-Out line, Cpt. Picard! SJacobs

632. You don't have to put on sun glasses everytime you look at Kirk. Bald heads reflect the lights. That's why Picard is always running to his ready room to hide. He's a perfect target! Rand T'Pae

631. Kirk wears manly uniforms that look good and don't give him a wedgie everytime he bends over. Rand T'Pae

630. Work outs.....Kirk is FREE WEIGHTS.....Picard is JAZZERSIZE! Jeff

629. Kirk likes tran'ya (TOS episode #3, The Corbomite Manuever). Uru Mace

628. Kirk is manly enough to shatter glass panels with his bare fist (STII:WOK). Uru Mace

627. Kirk's Cochrane had Commissioner Nancy Hedford. Uru Mace

626. Kirk's First Officer wears a form-fitting black t-shirt underneath his uniform top. Uru Mace

625. Kirk isn't afraid to try drop-kicking a mirage... and suceeding! Linda V

624. You actually get to use colorful data chips or cards to access some computer databanks on Kirk's Enterprise. Uru Mace

623. Kirk and crew are never too worried or frightened when they see a planetary body dead ahead on their main viewscreen while accelerating towards it at high speeds. Picard likes to slow down for everything that gets in his way. Uru Mace

622. Picard relies too much on his ship's sensors in trying to find cloaked vessels. Kirk likes the shot-in-the-dark method of firing his Enterprise's phasers in a blanketed spread to find his adversary (as seen in TOS episode #9, "Balance of Terror"). Uru Mace

621. On TNG, admirals have a nasty habit of taking over Picard's ships (and he goes to his ready room to sulk, mope, and croak), and he just about lets them get away with in. On TOS, Kirk is not above wrestling command back from any senior officer who places his ship in emminent danger. Uru Mace

620. They have nifty life support belts in Kirk's era. Uru Mace

619. Three words: Yeoman Teresa Ross. Uru Mace

618. Kirk's First Officer once said, "Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected. In this case, I should think, interesting should suffice." Uru Mace

617. TOS ladies have classy hairdos. Uru Mace

616. Phaser holsters of the TOS episodes are of the cool yellow belt variety. TNG uses tupperware for theirs. Uru Mace

615. Phaser coolant is much more of a serious, deadly threat on TNG, thanks to LaForge. Uru Mace

614. Kirk never tried to use meaningless dialogue when he ministered a wedding. Uru Mace

613. Kirk's ship didn't need the use of a Ten-Forward when play, fun, and drinks could occur just about ANYWHERE. Uru Mace

612. Janice Rand looks better in a nightgown than Deanna Troi does (fanboys take NOTICE!!!). Uru Mace

611. Coming back to life is a habit for just about everyone of TOS, and they are often revived by advanced science, technology, or sheer willpower. Uru Mace

610.  Movie clip reason (YouTube, involving a Kirk Tribute)! Josef Scotti

609. Kirk and company's food processors are like instamatic ovens! And it actually serves their tasty dishes covered and on a platter! Uru Mace

608. Picard's show doesn't often make use of a cool orange background for ambient atmosphere as much as Kirk's show does. Uru Mace

607. Three words: Dr. Jan Wallace. Uru Mace

606. Convincing acting means playing Kirk going senile and still wanting to sensibly carry out his duty to the Enterprise during "the Deadly Years". Uru Mace

605. Lt. Galloway is undenyably the cutest "expendable" crewman of TOS. Uru Mace

604. Kirk's Enterprise bridge has that cool pinging and instrumentation background sound, and you actually have to look through viewsceens at the science station. Uru Mace

603. Kirk is passionate, emotional, strong, totally in control and the ultimate sexual male (all those fights with ripped shirts weren't for nothing). Picard is cold, emotionless, detached, afraid to beam down to a new planet, defers to others opinions and is never sure of making his own decisions. And women? Who would want Picard ... if he ever got a woman in his state room he'd break out in a cold sweat, be completely terrified, and lay stiff and as unmoving as a corpse. Kirk ? It would take days for the woman to come back from heaven. Kirk was even chosen to start a new race when all the males were sterile. They picked the best specimen of humanity - Kirk! Kirk is Sex...Picard is sexless. Liz M

602. Fair fight....Picard in his Enterprise against Kirk with a hand phaser. LUTTRELLJD


600. When Kirk and company beam down to barren, desolate worlds, they sometimes use space/environment suits for dramtic purposes. Uru Mace

599. On occasion, the person behind the camera would show Kirk's posterior or body from the neck down (see: Shirtless Kirk), if only to raise the body temperature of any women watching TOS episodes. You don't often see that happening to Picard (nor, do I hope, would any SANE person WANT TO). Uru Mace

598. Three words: Doctor Elizabeth Dehner. Or, more specifically, Sally Kellerman. Uru Mace

597. Kirk is able to make god-like beings feel human compassion. Picard only succeeds in pissing them off. Uru Mace

596. Two words: hip toss. Uru Mace

595. Picard's ships can't effectively use dilithium crystals as a plot device. Uru Mace

594. Kirk's ship has a nifty lie detector. And it's cool-looking, too. Uru Mace

593. Kirk once walked into his room and found a woman lying on his bed. He even protested her presence, and didn't give in to her flirtatious charms (initially), even though he wanted to. Now who says that Kirk's sexist? Uru Mace

592. Kirk doesn't need to over-emphasise his own name. Picard says his arrogantly, as if the mention of it causes the Federation's enemies to quake in their boots (hardeeharhar). Uru Mace

591. The "puppet" Balok is undesputedly the coolest-looking alien ever (TOS episode #3, "The Carbomite Manuever"), with Ruk at a close second (episode #10, "What are little girls made of?"). TNG aliens are all un-dramatically un-appealing of the generic do-it-all variety. Uru Mace

590. Kirk's Enterprise's sickbay has those nifty wall "stairmaster" panels where you have to pump them with your feet during physical exams. Uru Mace

589. Nobody gets away with towing Kirk's Enterprise unless he authorizes it.

588. Kirk's ship has a lively botanical section with actual intelligent, moving plant-creatures. Uru Mace

587. Kirk's first officer is not above going toe-to-toe with the M113 creature in order to protect his captain. Uru Mace

586. Kirk can walk around his ship sweaty and shirtless, and nobody would react in a bad way. If Picard were to do that, everyone with taste would go blind... Uru Mace

585. One word: Andrea. Uru Mace

584. The androids of Kirk's era are more realistic and are ahead of their time, and don't need no stinkin' positronic brain, flashing light doohickies, yellow make-up, and removable panels in order to appear to be "ultra-futuristic" (see: Data). Uru Mace

583. Kirk once got placed on an android replicator turntable AND DIDN'T THROW UP! Uru Mace

582. Nobody from TNG could ever have enough fun to sing the Irish ditty "Cathleen" over the intercom during "The Naked Now" crisis. Uru Mace

581. Kirk is able to change the laws of Physics. He conviced his chief engineer to mix matter and anti-matter cold by a controlled implosion. Spock was able to derive the matter-anti-matter formula mix, and the resulting engine start-up caused them to go back in time. TNG will never be able to achieve the action-packed drama and adventure like this in only ONE episode. Ever. Uru Mace

580. Even under the influence of the "intoxicating disease" (TOS episode #7, "The Naked Time"), Kirk was able to deal with its effects realistically. TNG has to rip-off classic TOS episodes in order to maintain any resemblance of "continuity", and Picard and his crew acted like goofy morons. Uru Mace

579. Nobody from TNG can sing with enough credibility like Kirk's communications officer, Uhura. Uru Mace

578. The use of Kirk's duplicates from several episodes and movies are dramatic, cool and interesting. They involved trying to take over his ship or killing him. Picard's duplicate is about as unintersting, dull and arrogant as he is, and only wanted to take the ship close to the deadly radioactive resonance of a pulsar! Uru Mace

577. Five words: Yeoman Third Class Tina Laughton. Uru Mace

576. Kirk has real flaws that make him a real and flawed human being. Picard tries to be flawless, which makes him a even more un-realistic and flawed than before. Uru Mace

575. Kirk's first officer can look pissed without even having to look pissed. Picard's first officer can't look pissed without looking like a buffoon or stuffed shirt. Uru Mace

574. Kirk is a man of compassion. Even though Charlie-X had given Kirk and crew nothing but trouble, in the end, Kirk was compassionate enough to offer Charlie a place among humanity. Picard won't even give a little alien kid refuge on his ship (initially) because he won't bend enough to show feelings for the alien's safety. Uru Mace

573. Kirk and company once outran a Romulan disruptor torpedo. Uru Mace

572. When Kirk smiles, women fall to the ground swooning. When Picard smiles, women fall to the ground nauseated. Alisa

571. Kirk's warp core does not need to be constantly upgraded. Kirk's engineer always has something better to do. Phil L. Welch

570. Three words: We The People! Antoinette F

569. If there's one fatal mistake any enemy could give to Kirk, it's time. No matter how too little, even the slightest pause can give Captain Kirk that edge he needs to eliminate his opponent(s), often with deadly results! Uru Mace

568. Kirk wouldn't have used a containment field to entrap alien dopplegangers on his bridge. That's too undramatic. He would've lept from his chair and beat the crap out of them instead, and the cool incedental fighting music would play in the background! Uru Mace

567. Wesley Crusher could live to be 100 years old and STILL never be able to achieve any sense of maturity Pavel Chekov attained within the scope of a few TOS episodes. Uru Mace

566. Two words: Carol Marcus. Uru Mace

565. Picard's first officer never Vulcan Nerve Pinched a heavy-metal punk while riding on a bus in downtown 20th century Los Angeles. Uru Mace

564. Kirk looks good with a serious five o'clock shadow. Uru Mace

563. Picard could never say "second star to the right...and straight on 'til morning" and make it convincing. Uru Mace

562. Picard would never be able to quickly overcome a hangover it when a crisis arose (STVI:TUC). Uru Mace

561. Kirk's Enterpise's engineering core is less of a plot device. Uru Mace

560. Kirk, crew, and TOS is QUALITY. Picard, crew, and TNG is QUANTITY. Uru Mace

559. Kirk's first officer never lost a love interest to his security officer. Uru Mace

558. Kirk didn't require the services of a security officer thug when he himself or his crew could handle any problems personally and efficiently. Uru Mace

557. Picard's crew never got into a scrap with Klingons over calling the Enterprise a garbage scow and fighting for their ship's honor. Uru Mace

556. Kirk is humorous enough to say sharp witticisms like "aren't you dead?" When Picard tries witticisms, they sound completely lame, derivative and clunky "The rumors of my assimilation have been greatly exagerrated". Uru Mace

555. Kirk is charming. Picard is charmED. Uru Mace

554. Kirk is a man of action. Picard is a man of RE-action. Uru Mace

553. Kids are in awe when there's even a little bit of action or tension with Picard and his crew, they don't understand we've had that for years with the masters like Kirk and his crew. Jay B

552.   Kirk knew how to break the choke-hold Commander Kruge was inflicting on him (STIII:TSFS). Given the same scenerio with Picard, he would've probably broke his own neck trying to get out of it. Uru Mace

551. Six words: elbow applied sharply to opponent's sternum. Uru Mace

550. Three words: Proconsul Slave Drucella. Uru Mace

549. When Kirk engages in banter with his crew, sometimes it's humorous, coloful, and gets to the point. Picard's banter is un-funny, un-informative, and plain un-intenteresting. Uru Mace

548. Four words: Boot to the foot. Uru Mace

547. At least Kirk's CMO knows how to handle his own when it came to mano-y-mano. Picard's Dr. Crusher is too busy doing what she does best: avoiding danger at all costs. Uru Mace

546. Kirk isn't afraid to weild a hefty ol' branch when it came down to the dirty nitty gritty (STIII:TSFS). Picard employs scare tactics (as in "hastily making a strategic withdrawal"). Uru Mace

545. Kirk would've been able to save the Enterprise-D during the Generations movie, even without separating the saucer section! Uru Mace

544. Kirk would've assimilated the Borg into subatomic particles. Uru Mace

543. Kirk isn't a drama critic. Even if he were, he'd have enough taste to give Picard a bad review during ANY scenerio. Uru Mace

542. Kirk is fearless. During STVI:TUC, he was able to convince the Klingons to allow himself and his doctor onboard the Battle Cruiser, knowing full well that they could have been killed and his ship destroyed at any moment. If Picard were in that same scenerio, the Klingons would've aced him and the Enterprise immediately, if only to REMOVE the most annoyingly dull human ever in history. Uru Mace

541. Picard needs a large amount of time to make a tactical decision. Kirk can make a better tactical decision based on two minutes in a briefing room and thirty seconds of intense thinking on the bridge. Phil W

540. Captain Kirk is a man of decency. When Captain Harriman told him to take over his seat on the Enterprise-B, Kirk had the heart enough to know it wasn't his, and told Harriman that his ship needed him. Kirk himself went down into danger and met his fate in the Nexus. If Captain Picard were on that Enterprise, the flagship-hungry power-trip tyrant he is, he would've either DEMANDED Harriman's chair or be indecent enough NOT to let go if given it! Uru Mace

539. Kirk has finesse. Picard is finis. Uru Mace

538. Kirk's son was a lot like his father! He even changed the rules, too! If Picard were to have any "official" offspring, they'd probably dispossess him! Uru Mace

537. Picard's ship doesn't do that cool "SSSSssshhhhhhhhhh" sound when it warps. Uru Mace

536. Kirk's Enterprise has useful information screens, such as tatical, damage report, shield status, scanners (showing what the Genesis build-up detonation looked like), and the awesome Prefix Code switchboard, all of which is prominently seen in Wrath of Khan. Picard's ship is less viewer-friendly by having a computer sound "warning" at any occurance, and has a STAR WARS C-3PO rip-off for a science officer, who blatently (and often) states the obvious instead of showing what's happening, to the audience. Uru Mace

535. Picard, crew and ship rarely visits any planets that are totally neon orange or blood red. Uru Mace

534. Kirk's engineering accessways have tri-ladders that allow three climbers, one per side, at once! Picard's ships have the generic and very-boring ladders which allow only one climber at all. Uru Mace

533. Kirk's ship is more mechanically-oriented where the people who work it are important. Picard's is more technologically-oriented where the ship is important and runs the people. Uru Mace

532. Computer lock-out codes are of less importance to Kirk. He's NEVER too worried about takeover of his ship; even if a takeover did happen (if rarely), he didn't push the panic button as often "Paranoid" Picard does. Uru Mace

531. If Kirk were a college professor, he'd be the teacher whose lectures would be interesting, helpful, colorful, and exciting! He'd even give those who'd go beyond "by the book" methods and creative thinking extra credit! Picard's students would either drop out, fall asleep from hearing his droning voice, or throw him through a window if he gave anyone a failing grade! Uru Mace

530. Kirk is the Indiana Jones of the spaceways. Picard is Mr. Magoo. Uru Mace

529. Trek fans mourn for Kirk's return. True fans of Trek want Picard gone. Uru Mace

528. Kirk always put decency and morality above any military or political agenda of the Federation. Picard and Riker treat people according to their technological or military importance to the Federation. Lois S

527. In Dagger of the Mind, Kirk confined his prisoner to Sick Bay under the care of the most humane doctor in Starfleet. Picard and Riker brig anyone who doesn't meet their standards of "advanced intelligent life form." Lois S

526. Kirk WAS the captain of the Enterprise. Picard is a remote, uncaring frightened figure head who lets his first officer acts like HE IS the captain. Lois S

525. Supposedly, some of the finer points of Special Agent Fox William Mulder are based on some of the finer point of Captain James T. Kirk. Anything with Picard -- zip! Lois M

524. Even the 24th Century prefers Kirk to Picard. Ben Sisko risked his career just to get Kirk's autograph ( Trials and Tribble-ations - DS9) whilst virtually spitting in Picard's face ( The Emissary - DS9). Griff

523. Two Words: Terrific Music. Griff

522. Kirk was forced to send Spock on a suicide mission, instead of Bones ( The Immunity Syndrome) . If Picard were to be placed in a similar situation ( assuming he actually HAD two friends he cared that much about) it'd be all hands to the briefing room, mull it over, discuss it..... oops! Too late! The Space Amoeba has multiplied and the Galaxy is doomed! Griff

521. Kirk's CMO makes " a Finnegal's Folly that's known from here to Orion". ( Though I'd guess that Crusher makes a pretty mean mug of cocoa for Picard's bedtime, when she reads him a story and tucks him in...) Griff

520. Kirk is a cool dude. Picard is a cold fish. Griff

519. Ever noticed the amount of times that Picard's crew disrespectfully call him simply " Picard" ? Ever happen on Kirk's ship? (Captain Kirk - who has *genuine* friends - call him "Jim") Griff

518. Captain Kirk is based on the fictional, heroic Captain Horatio Hornblower, Royal Navy. I'll tell you who Picard is based on - Elmer Fudd! Griff

517. The original Enterprise, refit Enterprise, and Enterprise-A are all very sturdy ships. They can take on multiple ship attacks (TOS episode "the Ultimate Computer"), sustained phaser fire with shields down (STII:WOK), and several photon torps - one finally going through and destroying an area in the saucer section (STVI:TUC). Over the many years, and despite Klingon boarding parties, Nomad, space hippies, Khan, would-be gods and everything else, nothing short of self-destruct or decomissioning can take out Kirk's ship! Picard's ships are about as durable as balsa wood and have very unstable warp cores, which goes into overload every other episode and whenever another ship sneezes on it. Plus they're Borg magnets to boot! Uru Mace

516. The 23rd century is like the cold war period after 1945 and almost up to present. It was when intergalictic war could erupt at any moment and diplomacy had to be handled by men like James T. Kirk. Captain Kirk could talk of peace, and is a very skilled warrior whenever the battle lines needed to be drawn. This was a man who would win at any costs, and didn't fear the "evil empire" of the Romulans and Klingons! The 24th century is a lot like our late 20th century. A time of touchee-feely, political-correctedness, and not wanting to offend any other parties involved. An era currently hoarded by Starfleet's greatest dweeb, Jean-Luc Picard, former stooge and "straight-man" of the Borg. A man who, along with his non-Trek franchise and fan-supporting cast and crew, have turned a great science-fiction exodus into another space-opera of dismal proportions. Uru Mace

515. Kirk and his ship doesn't need fancy force field containments to deal with its enemies (that would be undramatic and very Picard-esque). Just sic Spock on the offending entity and apply the famous Nerve Pinch, or as an alternative, a forced Vulcan Mind Probe. Uru Mace

514. There's enough friendship among Kirk and his crew to respect the dead. His crew played "Amazing Grace" and gave Spock a proper, respectful burial launching. Nobody played any kind of instrument during Tasha Yar's so-called "ceremony", and they didn't even give her a climactic act break when she died! Uru Mace

513. Picard would've been pulled into the lava pit on the Genesis planet. Uru Mace

512. Kirk's science officer had more "love" interests than Picard's science officer. Uru Mace

511. Kirk admits his mistakes to himself and to others. When Picard's in error, he drones up a morality and ethics issue to make the situation he's in sound important. Uru Mace

510. Despite Kirk's feelings towards Klingons, he won't be the instigator of an intergalactic war and even turns over a new page in galactic diplomacy, all in the name of good acting and style. When Picard commits diplomacy to alien races, some of them speak non-sensical rhetoric (and in ENGLISH, too!), or Picard has to spout and shout a lot of grunted consonants perfectly or have many more decades of hostile non-contactibility. Uru Mace

509. General Chang, even though a Klingon, is better at Shakespeare than Picard is! Uru Mace

508. Picard is a soporific sleepwalker entranced by a bunch of abstract and empty 'principles'. The man is hypnotized into his usual starry-eyed utopianism. Picard represents fatuous decline and loss of spirit. An excess of 'civilization', if you will. Kirk was a young military man and better represented the energetic expansion of humanity, sweeping aside all obstacles. Man's triumphant ascent. Anon

507. Kirk could trick a computer into death. Picard would bore it to death. Griff

506. If Kirk had ever had Riker as his first officer, he would have head-butted him the first time he forbade him from beaming down. Griff

505. If the Dominion had ever encountered Kirk, THEY would have destroyed the wormhole to prevent Kirk from kicking THEIR butts. Griff

504. Kirk destroys Klingon Battlecriusers, while his ship is powered by a piece of jewelery ( Elaan of Troyius). Picard's ship got it's arse kicked by a 100 year old wreck in war games. Griff

503. TOS It's good that Picard and his motley crew were not the last stand against the powerful Kelvans ("By Any Other Name"). If they had tried similar tactics, Laforge would have tried to drink one of the Kelvans under the table- resulting in him being unconscious and out of action after his first real drink. Beverly would have refused to spike one of the Kelvans with a fake vitamin pill, citing politically correct medical ethics issues. Riker would have played 3-D chess with the Kelvan leader Rojan, lasting a couple of moves and getting checkmated and laughed at. Finally, Picard would have to use his finesse with women to seduce Kelinda to overload her Kelvan senses. Enough said. The whole galaxy would be speaking Kelvan now. mona datta

502. Kirk added " To Boldly Go" to the English language. Picard added "To Baldly Go." (or "To Badly Go"). Griff

501. Scotty added " I can give ye Warp 8 - and maybe a wee bit more", to the English languge. La Forge added " Warp Core Breach!" Griff

500. Kirk's engineer could quickly do difficult work on an old 1985 Macintosh Plus (and it clearly says "Macintosh Plus" on the case.) Picard's enginner cannot do any work efficiently even with 24th century computers. Phil W

499. Picard's computers are harder to use than Windows or a Mac. Kirk's computers were not only easy to use, he had a resident computer genius (Spock) that could understand the binary beeps the computer made, and didn't need to be able to see the screen. Phil W

498. There are many more hits on AltaVista for "Captain Kirk" (545,074) than "Captain Picard" (147993.) Phil W

497. Kirk has enough common sense to not go to warp without a deflector dish!  Although Scotty could probably make it happen. Jay B

496. Kirk would never sit in his captain's chair smiling after half of his crew met agonizing deaths (First Contact). Jay B

495. Kirk had two Trek TV shows, three spin-offs, and 6.5 movies. Picard has one show, two spinoffs, and 3.5 movies. Phil W

494. Kirk is not uncomfortable with women flirting with him. Picard uncomfortably gets rid of them (Lwaxana Troi, Ardra...) Phil W

493. Kirk was never so stupid as to fight with a Nausscian...but if he did he'd WIN! Phil W

492. Kirk can expertly fire a flintlock. Phil W

491. Kirk has slapped a Vulcan repeatedly (The Naked Time). Phil W

490. The reason Kirk never had to face the Borg is because the Borg were AFRAID of him! Phil W

489. Klingons fear Kirk, and snicker at Picard. Phil W

488. Kirk is in charge of his ship. Riker is in charge of Picard's ship. Phil W

487. There are more "Kirk is better" lists than "Picard is better" lists. Phil W

486. Kirk has three-dimensional THINKING! Uru Mace

485. Picard is so pompous and prissy, he can't (or WON'T) come to the bridge unless he's squeaky-clean and in a uniform so stiff you'd think he bathes in pure laundry starch. Kirk isn't afraid to come to the bridge looking like a bloody steak. Uru Mace

484. In the Generations movie, in the Kirk-Picard VS. Soran fight, Picard tumbles quite frequently (in all matters of speaking) down rocky slopes. Kirk merely (and smoothly!) slides down them. Uru Mace

483. Christopher Lloyd is a much cooler Klingon than Michael Dorn is! Uru Mace

482. Scotty knows how to type and use a "quaint" Mac keyboard and a mouse (albeit with some minor difficulty at the start). Uru Mace

481. No matter which actress they get for the role, you can't beat out the mega Trek-babe SAAVIK! Uru Mace

480. Picard's engineer whines. Kirk's engineer mutters curses. Uru Mace

479. Kirk once got so intense about being back on the bridge of the Enterprise (STII:WOK), Dr. McCoy offered him a tranquilizer. It'd be a hoot if Dr. Crusher would give Picard knock-out drugs and keep him sedated permanently until somebody would get the bright idea of finding the Nexus and bringing back Kirk again.

478. One word: Valeris. Or, if you prefer two words, Kim Kattral. Uru Mace

477. Kirk could've been able to charm even the cold, calculating Borg Queen out of not carrying out her diabolical plans. Uru Mace

476. NOMAD would've sterilized Picard's ass helter-skelter. Uru Mace

475. Kirk would never leave his bridge during an emergency, even if he was in physical pain (Journey to Babel). Picard leaves his chair whenever he needs to mope. Uru Mace

474. Picard and his ship would still be trapped inside a Tholian web, until somebody like Kirk would get them out of their mess. Uru Mace

473. Kirk doesn't need an enigmatic Traveller or a scrawny acting ensign to achieve "unusual" transdimentional-phasing or hyperwarp speeds. Just get Scotty, a couple of unrefined Dilithium crystals, and a few moments later... Uru Mace

472. Kirk, his crew, and the original Enterprise tend not to worry too often about asteroids, debris, stellar material, or other space junk. Even if they did, they wouldn't slow down to a crawl nor worry about collisions as much "Spooky" Picard does. Uru Mace

471. Kirk isn't above singing "Row your boat" with his crew around a blazing campfire (STV:TFF). Picard never involves himself too much with his crew, and makes other anti-social people seem quite social compared to him. Uru Mace

470. The refit Enterpise/Enterprise-A's going-to-warp FX better than Picard's ship's warp FX. Uru Mace

460. Kirk's era hand-held phaser units make a cooler sound. Uru Mace

459. Sulu could kick Picard's butt at fencing. Uru Mace

458. Kirk and company actually used mind-altering drugs to avoid a dastardly fate by a fear-driven psychotic space version of Jack the Ripper. Uru Mace

457. They had to remove the children/family element from Picard's ship quietly, because they wouldn't admit it was a MISTAKE. Kirk's ship never had that problem because back then they had enough sense to KNOW it would be a mistake ahead of time. Uru Mace

456. Kirk is a better detective than the fictional one Picard drones up. Uru Mace

455. Kirk and crew actually have to BRACE themselves when they go into sudden warp. Picard's crew wouldn't do that, that would be dramatic! Uru Mace

454. Kirk can play 3-D chess, and is not above playing poker with Spock and Sarek. The thought of Picard visiting his staff crew during any card games makes them think he might be some sort of duplicate or disguised intruder. Uru Mace

453. Kirk's doctor has medication you take-by-mouth that can cure kidney dialysis (STIV:TVH). Picard's doctor's cure-all is only her boring hypospray. Uru Mace

452. Kirk's doctor is immortalized by his saying, "He's dead, Jim". Uru Mace

451. Majel Roddenberry was beautiful on Kirk's show. Uru Mace

450. All the ladies from Kirk's show looked like they were built like Amazonian goddesses. The ladies on Picard's show require fake boobs, two coats of paint for make-up ,and jumpsuits to appease today's fanboy reaction (see: Deanna Troi, Seven Of Nine). Uru Mace

449. Bones would have permanently removed any non-essential-to-the-plot hologram doctor cameos. Uru Mace

448. Kirk's navigator can also fly helicopters. Uru Mace

447. Kirk's uniform had a sexy tear-away shoulder, which often tore while he was actively fighting villains (rather than sitting around jawing and telling others to "make it so"). If any part of Picard's uniform tore away, viewers would have to turn away to be sure to hit the barf bag.

446. Kirk is able to knock out just about anybody with just one punch (STIII:TSFS). Uru Mace

445. Kirk knows Morse code (STV:TFF). Uru Mace

444. Picard and crew have never met a nearly-omnipotent Abraham Lincoln. Uru Mace

443. Picard's first officer has never been attacked by a killer pancake-shaped Denebian Neural Parasite. Uru Mace

442. Three words: Strong Right Uppercut. Uru Mace

441. Kirk isn't afraid to look a Klingon in the eye and say, "Fine, I'll kill you later", and "I lied", just to screw with him. (STIII:TSFS) Uru Mace

440. Picard has never almost lost his doctor to a rampaging Black Knight while on Shore Leave. Uru Mace

439. Kirk and crew have MADE HISTORY. All Picard and crew can do is bask in it and copy their escapades. Uru Mace

438. Picard's first officer could never give his captain the smile and the "You're alive! But I thought I killed you" look that Spock had once given to Kirk. Uru Mace

437. Picard has never been to the Mirror Universe. Uru Mace

436. Picard's Enterprise has never been equipped with the Ultimate Computer and kicked the crap out of several other Starfleet vessesls. Uru Mace

435. Kirk once escaped from a prison known as "the alien's graveyard", destroyed an invisible ship, saved the Federation president from assassination, and prevented a galaxy spanning war. All in one day. (ST6:TUC). Uru Mace/Jacob1701

434. Kirk's old ships had cool names like "Farrugut" and "Republic". Picard's wimpy old ship, the "Stargazer", sounds like the name of a lame children's telescope! Uru Mace/Dax

433. Kirk once got stabbed in the back and still kicked his attacker's ass! Not only that, he went on to command the Enterprise in a combat situation still bleeding. Arch

432. Kirk never had a ready room to relax. Anything he did, he did in front of his bridge crew. He was always on the job. Arch

431. Kirk's Enterprise will always look much cooler than ANY version of Picard's. Arch

430. Two words: intestinal fortitude. Uru Mace

429. In TOS episode 5, The Enemy Within, it is established that Kirk needs his negative side, the other half of him that is the power, command, decisions, and "controlled" evil that makes him what he is. What could Picard have? Anything scarier? Uru Mace

428. Picard and crew have never fought and disabled a Bugle snack-shaped Doomsday Machine. Uru Mace

427. What Kirk wants, Kirk ultimately gets. What Picard wants, he wants and wants and wants...and might have to roll himself over to get, anyway. Uru Mace

426. If Bill Shatner were a regular on The X-Files, he'd be a dark, shadowy agent whom even the Cigarette Smoking Man (Cancer Man) would fear. If Patrick Stewart were on the same show, the series would come to an abrupt end. Uru Mace

425. In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard announces to everyone that he's about to disobey orders and if anyone wanted to object, he would note such in his log. Although Kirk would ask of his friends not to undertake a mission which would jeopardize their careers and lives (Star Trek III), he doesn't need a log nor announce to his crew to annotate objections in such. Uru Mace

424. Able to make decisions on spur-of-the-moment, life-or-death situations. The time it takes Picard to have a consensus with his crew during trouble would have finished him off early in the FIRST season. Uru Mace

423. Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) still remains beautiful, even during old age. Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) looks uglier as each movie comes out. Uru Mace

422. Picard and crew have never taught the Pledge of Allegeance to the Yangs, nor have they ever fought Communes. Uru Mace

421. Kirk's Chief Engineer "wrote the book" on warp power....Picard's Chief Engineer believed them. Catfude

420. When Kirk's ship goes to Red Alert, he gets excited. When Picard's ship goes to Red Alert, he gets a HEADACHE! Alisa

419. Death is literally AFRAID of Kirk. When Picard dies, he'll create a new Hell. Alisa

418. Picard's mission is to boldly go where EVERYONE has gone before! Alisa

417. Kirk and Spock are as close as brothers. Picard and Riker are as close as divorcees. Alisa

416. If LaForge were engineering officer on Kirk's Enterprise, the captain would immediately launch him out a photon tube the minute Geordi ever pulled one of his whiny engineering non-feats. Uru Mace

415. Kirk would've solved the problems with the Duras sisters AT THE SOURCE. Uru Mace

414. If Kirk were a State, he'd be IOWA. If Picard were a State, he'd be DENIAL. Uru Mace

413. The word "IMPOSSIBLE" is NOT in the vocabulary of ANYONE from TOS. The word "IMPROBABLE" is VERY mentioned in the vocabulary of ANYONE from TNG. Uru Mace

412. Scotty's FIFTH home onboard the Enterprise is in a Jeffries tube working another miracle (the first being the original Enterprise herself, the second being in her engineering section, the third being at the transporter room, and the fourth is at the bridge itself). LaForge's SECOND home is a measly holodeck making out with holo-women (as in FAKE!). Uru Mace

411. Kirk didn't have to have the help of an omnipresent, omnipotent being to help defeat danger. He did it regularly on his own. Kyle

410. Picard needs the comfort and safety of a ready room. Kirk wears his duty on his sleeve for all to see. The entire ship serves as his ready room. Manoj S

409. Kirk gracefully held a hot frying pan. He handed the same frying pan to Picard who clearly flinched and gasped in the face of the frying pan. Manoj S

408. Kirk became a captain at 29, and Picard didn't make it until 51. Manoj S

407. When jailed and tortured, Kirk has made an allies, escaped, and went on be victorious. When jailed and tortured by a single Cardassian, Picard had to be rescued like a damsel in distress. Manoj S

406. How can you expect to defeat a man who is notorious for "turning death into a fighting chance to live"? Uru Mace

405. When Captain Kirk is mind probed to near death by a mind probing chair of doom, he grits his teeth, and sweats, and goes into convulsions, but divulges nothing to the enemy. When Picard has his mind probed, he caves in and becomes a slave (this has happened several times).

404. Kirk doesn't like space probes - he has defeated NOMAD and V'GER. Picard has let probes either take over one of his crew or himself. Uru Mace

403. Kirk knew and personally met OTHER former or "present-day" Captains of the Enterprise: April, Christopher Pike, Willard Decker, and Harriman. Who does Picard know other than Kirk and "Yesterday's Enterprise"? Uru Mace

402. Kirk doesn't like a ship's computer-voice sounding too human. Picard's Enterprise computer-voice makes you think of "grandma" (insult intended). Uru Mace

401. The main theme from Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan more awesome than anything either LOANED or HACKNEYED to the Next Generation series or movies. Uru Mace

400. At least in the 23rd century, there were Starfleet MARINES. The 24th century is SO politically-correct, Starfleet can't allow any kind of Marines to disturb the "happy" environment the galaxy is in, and thus, there ARE NO Starfleet Marines. Uru Mace

399. Kirk is so manly, he's not above dropping styrofoam boulders on his enemy! Uru Mace

398. Picard and his crew have never gone through the Guardian of Forever. Uru Mace

397. Picard wouldn't know what to do if he had kids onboard who say, "Bonk! Bonk on the head!" Uru Mace

396. If Kirk was around in Picard's time, there would be no Cardassian problems. Uru Mace

395. If Finnegan was onboard the Enterprise and bugged Picard, Jean-Luc would tear out the rest of his remaining hair and go insane! Uru Mace

394. Kirk's "take us out!" phrase more dramatic than Picard's "make it so". Uru Mace

393. None of Kirk's crew have to worry about cleaning out a kitty-litter box. (Wonder what Data does with cat poo...?) Uru Mace

392. None of Picard's crew has EVER gone onboard the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE! Uru Mace

391. Kirk DOESN'T have a glass jaw! Uru Mace

390. Kirk would've fried any alien space creature sucking energy/power from his ship. Uru Mace

389. Harry Mudd would probably be still at large if he lived in Picard's time. Uru Mace

388. Harry Mudd's android ladies could kick Data's ass! Uru Mace

387. Kirk's Enterprise's "chaingun phasers" (STII) are more awesome than Picard's Enterprises' "soda straw phaser". Uru Mace

386. Kirk has kissed his communications officer. Picard called his a coward. Uru Mace

385. Picard would've never had the balls Kirk did when he revved-up the ship's impulse drive to go through spacedock doors whether or not they were opened (Star Trek III). Uru Mace

384. The transporters of Kirk's era allowed talking and even moving while being beamed. Picard's transporters make you a sitting duck. Uru Mace

383. Picard has never been to a parallel Earth. Or for that matter, has visited anything resembling ancient Rome. Uru Mace

382. Kirk's CMO doesn't mind bootlegging Romulan ale to share with Kirk on his birthday (he'll only say that "it's for medicinal purposes"). The thought of doing such a thing distainable by Picard's "book". Uru Mace

381. Kirk has better self-destruct codes. Picard has to go through almost the entire flamin' alphabet. Uru Mace

380. The Enterprise under Kirk actually DEFIED known warp-limits many more times than Picard. Uru Mace

379. Kirk's science officer Spock is more in control of his emotions than Picard's science officer EVER could hope to achieve. And he doesn't have to worry about an OFF SWITCH. Uru Mace

378. If Worf ever had met Kirk face to face, he'd be in awe of him because to a Klingon Kirk's a PERFECT warrior (beaten death, has never known defeat, never surrendered, killed many of his enemies, etc). Heck, Kirk met Col. Worf, Worf's granddad, right??? (Star Trek VI). Uru Mace

377. Kirk's Enterprise doesn't have "the Big Brother is watching-all" computer which can locate people through their communicators. Kirk and crew merely KNOWS where somebody is - they'll just chime to a convienently-placed call-panel wherever that person happens to be. Uru Mace

376. Kirk's dress uniform is cool-looking with those colorful triangular medals. Picard looks like he's wearing a skirt. Uru Mace

375. When Picard found Kirk in the Nexus and told him of his "duties as a Starfleet officer", Kirk told him to shove it up his ass and there was nothing Jean-Luc COULD DO about it!! Uru Mace

374. When Kirk THREATENS, watch out. When Picard threatens, you but can't help but stifle a snicker. Uru Mace

373. Kirk's Enterprise voyages were a lot through untamed, wild frontier. Picard's voyages cover the same ground that's ALREADY been explored. Uru Mace

372. Kirk often changes the rules instead of letting the rules change him. Uru Mace

371. On Kirk's Enterpise, you'll find that the CENTER CHAIR is the King's throne. On Picard's ship, it's a bloody triumverate where "sensing" and "touchee-feely" enter in a politically-correct environment. Uru Mace

370. Scotty never worried about the warp coil breaching or design limits. Uru Mace

369. At least in Kirk's 23rd century, you can believe in religion and theorise it as some sort of alien intelligence. Picard's time, EVERYTHING happens because it's always SCIENTIFICALLY explainable. Uru Mace

368. Kirk's skull doesn't reflect light as badly as Picard's does. Uru Mace

367. Kirk's appearance on SNL was actually *entertaining*!

366. When Kirk is trapped in time, he finds "bologna and a hard roll" to eat... Picard would seek out tea and crumpets. Averama

365. When Kirk says "Mister", watch out! If Picard said it, ho hum... Averama

364. Picard's communications officer is so ugly Picard had to put him behind everyone else so nobody could see him. Kirk's communications officer is much better-looking. Leslee W

363. Kirk's crew once burnt out their warp engines to save an innocent planet. Picard was going to let a planet be torn apart by volcanos and earthquakes because to interfere would violate the Prime Directive. rcdrager

362. Nobody in their right mind could apply the word HANDSOME to the guy who plays Picard. The MAN who plays  Kirk is STILL good-looking!  Kirk is better-looking and younger-looking than Picard, even though he is actually older! Sophia V / Deborah C

360. When Kirk smiles, you feel like smiling. When Picard smiles, you feel like running away screaming. Sophia v

359. Kirk gets a kick out of Red Alert situations. Picard gets his by thinking of Red Tape. Sophia v

358. Kirk never tried to kill his whales! jlacombe

357. If Kirk were on the next generation, he would 1. Give Troi the irresistible half smile and mood music 2. Bitch-slap the first officer for staring at his ass 3. Have the walking calculator set to only speak when spoken too 4. Get Wesley a weight set and beam him on the closest planet to stay until he goes through puberty 5. Set course to Deep Space Nine to hunt up Dax.... More improvements would follow after the second commercial break. Battler8

356. Picard is played by a man whose favorite hobbies are watching "Beavis And Butt-Head" and playing GameBoy. Need I say more?!?  Jay B

355. Picard's crew includes a Klingon, an android, telepathic betazoid, a whiny kid (and his clingy mom), and an engineer with x-ray specs. This doesn't include the human first officer who kisses Picard's ring at every opportunity. Kirk's crew consisted of humans mostly, not including a half-human Vulcan who was the best friend he ever had. Anyone of whom was willing to march into Hell for him. Why? Because Kirk -- like Hercules and other heroes of myth -- would march into HELL to bring back a friend. And did. wdennis2

354. Picard gets treatment from Counselor Troi to ease his pain. Kirk needs his pain. wdennis2

353. Kirk embraces his humanity. wdennis2

352. Picard quotes Shakespeare. Kirk lives it. wdennis2

351. Picard orders tea and biscuits. Kirk just wants his chicken sandwich and coffee. wdennis2

350. Patrick Stewart owns cats. William Shatner owns horses. wdennis2

349. Kirk's senior crew consists of a Russian,an Asian-American, a Vulcan, an African, a Scottish guy, an "old country doctor", and an Iowa farm boy who threw hay to get himself through school. Picard's senoir crew consists of a Klingon, an android, a blind guy, a whinning little shithead and his mom, a 24th century version of "Revenge of the Nerds", a prissy Frenchman, and a school guidance counsler. Emily M

348. Kirk's crew put the emphasis on Brief in briefing room. When the original crew entered the briefing room, it was for the purpose of presenting a great deal of information in as brief a manner as possible so that the action of the show was not interrupted by long drawn out conferences. They went in, discussed the problem at hand and got back into the action. --- Picard's crew would go to the conference room and discuss any manner of things. Then they would discuss how they all *felt* about it. Scott K

347. The original series purposely avoided long drawn out discussions by coming up with things to get around them. According to Leonard Nimoy, the whole Vulcan Telepathy thing was invented to avoid a long drawn out interrogation scene (Dagger of the Mind) that they agreed was boring and slowed down the pace of the show. Thus, the origin of the mind-meld was just to avoid boring discussion scenes. Scott K

346. In the original series, the teaser (5 minute bit before the 1st commercial) was always used to introduce the main action of the show and throw the audience right into the action. It always ended with something that left you on the edge of your seat. [She (The Constellation) was attacked. Red alert! Red Alert! man your battle stations! Kirk to Enterprise, Red Alert. Cestus III has been destroyed. Captain... The Intrepid just... died! Outpost 4 has been attacked. Unidentified ship quartering in.] -- In The Next Generation, the teaser was used to introduce some amazingly inconsequential little detail about one of the character's personal lives. [Awww! Mr. Data got a kitty cat!] Scott K

345. Kirk fought to get the Enterprise back (ST:TMP) Picard gave it away (to Capt Jellico). Catfude

344. Kirk loved his ship so much, He destroyed it (only once) to keep it from falling into enemy hands (ST3:TSFS), Picard set self destruct almost every season, and most of the time for no good reason (Binars? get real). Catfude

343. When Starfleet ordered Kirk to return the Enterprise to spacedock, Kirk would ignore them and take off! Picard would have wimped out and sheepishly turned around. Leesea13 7

342. When Kirk gets into fight scenes, there is dramatic incidental music in the background that makes it look much more exciting. When Picard fights, there is no incidental music in the background at all, nor is there any in the whole TNG show! Winston

341. Kirk's third in command was an engineer. Picard's third in command was engineerED. Catfude

340. One of Kirk's main crew (Sulu) got to become a Captain of a starship. One of Picard's officers became Captain (Riker) and then lost that promotion after Picard was recovered from the Borg. Now, Picard's officers have yet to become a Starship captain. Ramon P

339. Picard's face wasn't on the box of the "Star Trek: Captain's Chair" software, but the other Star Trek captains' faces, and Riker & Worf were on the box. Ramon P

338. When Kirk's mind was under an alien influence (such as This Side Of Paradise) he was able to fight it off by his own willpower and determination and conviction, and that scene was also very dramatic. Picard on the other hand, could never fight off an alien influence on his mind by himself, he always had to depend on his crew to save him. Winston

337. Kirk's first officer never wanted Kirk's captain's chair, or job. Lois M

336. The key to knowing how famous something is, is seeing how much it is parodied. Kirk, Shatner, TOS, and the cast/crew are satirized a whole lot more than any other Star Trek show. Lois M

335. The man playing Picard never helped write 3 New York Times bestsellers. If he tried, he would've goofed. Ramon P

334. The writers of Generations originally planned that the parts with Kirk and the remaining TOS crew (Scotty & Chekov) were going to be longer. That would've made Generations a better movie, which Picard and his crew marred. Ramon P

333. Kirk time-travelled by the seat of his pants and the calculations of his Science Officer. Picard had to rely on Borg technology. Catfude

332. The Action Figures: Kirk and his other remaining TOS crew looked good in their movie uniforms and are very expensive on the secondary market. MANY gave these figures critical acclaim. Picard and his crew: Their uniforms were sorry, and MANY People criticized the TNG Crew figures. They're cheap on the secondary market. Ramon P

331. Kirk looks good in a saddle...Picard looks like someone belted him in. Catfude

330. Shatner is a rugged Canadian, Kirk is a rough and tough Iowa Farm Boy.....Stewart is a not-so-rugged brit, Picard is a not-so-rough and tough Frenchie. Catfude/Tom L

329. Picard has his girlfriend transferred. Kirk had to watch his girlfriend die in order to save the future. Catfude

328. Kirk has the immortal Mr. Spock as his first officer. Picard's first officer is some oaf that not only hosted a fake-ass alien autopsy special, but also bashed Trek fans on national television (and unlike Shatner, he was 100% serious).

327. Kirk is played by an award-winning, multi-talented star of stage *and* screen (such as the critically-acclaimed "Judgement at Nuremburg", "The Andersonville Trials", "The Brothers Karamazov", and "The Intruder"). Picard is played by a guy that has only starred in mega-bomb movies like "Dune", "Masterminds", and "Lifeforce". And in *all* of his films, his performances were laughed at rather than acclaimed ...and he has to ride Mel Gibson's coattails, or do comic book movies, if he wants to be in a film that makes any money. Jay B

326. If Picard were to be given the chance to take the Powers of Q, he would flat out refuse on the grounds that it is "inhuman." If Kirk were to be given the same opportunity, he would take it, make himself the supreme ruler of the Universe from the Enterprise, have eternal peace for all, and create a Paradise planet for him and his harem of women. Lois M

325. If you were going 1 mile over the speed limit, Kirk would be the state trooper that lets you go with a stern warning. Picard's the one that writes you a ticket. Jay B

324. Unlike Picard (First Contact), Kirk doesn't need a machine gun to be brave. Jay B

323. If you were a woman entering a dining room: Kirk would stand as you entered the room and he would pull your chair out for you, because he feels that's the right thing to do. Picard, not wanting "to offend," would just keep on eating. Jay B

322. Kirk never devoted a two-hour episode to dealing with a jellyfish, unlike Picard ("Encounter At Farpoint"). Jay B

321. Picard was noted for marathon skills, which he knew he would need for running from danger. Jay B

320. Kirk has enough "Star Quality" to play his own brother. Jay B

319. Unlike Picard, Kirk would never tell a member of his crew to "shut up". He's wittier and more professional than that. Jay B

318. Picard necks with *no one*. Jay B

317. Kirk's engineer, even though nearly 80 years behind the times, had to give advice to Picard's engineer. Jay B

316. Kirk's science officer has a detachable brain. Jay B

315. On Kirk's show, plot stems from character. As it should. Jay B

314. Picard's picture is beside the word "confidence" in the dictionary... as an antonym. For the true definition, it says "See: Kirk, James T." Jay B

313. Kirk found his own dilithium. Jay B

312. If Kirk had a Holodeck, he would've had enough sense to unplug it after it's *first* screw-up! Jay B

311. During the Original Series, no viewers rallied to replace Kirk. *Many* fans wanted Picard replaced with Jellico. Jay B

310. Kirk would've handled the Borg on his own, without having to kiss Q's rump for help. Jay B

309. Kirk never let his arrogance interfere with his decisions. Picard's arrogance exposed his crew to the Borg. This killed eighteen of his men, and later killed hundreds upon hundreds of others, and endangered the entire Federation. Jay B

308. The movies involving Picard's crew make the TOS episode "Spock's Brain" look like a masterpiece. Jay B

307. Picard stood in awe as he said "Captain... James T... Kirk!" Jay B

306. Remember this: When the chips were down, Picard had to call 1-800-GET-KIRK. Jay B

305. Kirk said "engage", BUT NOT TO THE POINT OF NAUSEA! Jay B

304. The good critics agree that the only good parts of "Generations" were the first 15 minutes (With Kirk). The instant the film went 78 years into the future (With Picard) the movie went flat. Jay B

303.  Movie clip reason (YouTube, showing Shatner montage)!  Lady Aventurine

302.   When Kirk's ship blew up, it was important to the plot, and Kirk (and his fans) mourned. When Picard's ship blew up, it had NOTHING to do with the so-called plot, and Picard didn't even give a rip... and TNG fans said "kewl!" Jay B

301. Picard's movies feel like bloated TV-Movies. Kirk's movies feel like MOVIES! Jay B

300. Kirk wears jeans and a flannel shirt while on shore leave. Picard wears... flip-flops. Jay B

299. If the best elements of Kirk and his crew were used on Picard's show, every episode would have been cooler than "Yesterday's Enterprise". Jay B

298. In the VERY FIRST episode of Next Generation, Picard and the Enterprise are flying through space - Q tells them they are tresspassing, and to leave.  Picard ignores this warning.  Q basically tells them they will be punished.  Picard utters "We surrender" and all hands abandon ship (except for the main cast)!  This is his FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, and he surrenders his ship!  Kirk would never had done something so stupid, and he would have not involved the rest of his crew - he would have taken Q on his own. Mike M

297. People who don't like Kirk, never watched the Original Series in its entirety. Would you trust the opinion of a doctor that never went to medical school? Jay B

296. Star Trek fans used to be a small, elite club. Now thanks to these new shows going under the *name* of Trek, "Star Trek" has become the McDonald's franchise of Science Fiction. As a result, *any* cretin can call themselves a "Trekkie/Trekker". Thus, Picard-fan opinions should automatically be suspect. Jay B

295. Kirk has genuine heart. Picard has an artificial heart, and it looks very un-futuristic. Jay B

294. Kirk never had a damned clip show (and yes, just as many eps of TOS had been shown as TNG's did when they did their awful clip show).  Jay B

293. No member of Kirk's crew ever de-evolved into a neanderthal. Jay B

292. Picard punches Ferengi like a girl. Jay B

291. Kirk never ducked under a desk squealing "Computer, freeze program!" Jay B

290. Picard is a "whine" connoisseur. Jay B

289. When Kirk disguises himself as a Romulan, he actually looks good. He doesn't have stupid eyebrow bones, either. Jay B

288. Picard fences like a sissy. Kirk has knowledge of genuine sword-fighting. Jay B

287. Kirk saved the universe from a giant space germ. Jay B

286. Kirk can create a cool card game on the spot (Fizzbin). Picard is reluctant to even play poker! Jay B

285. Kirk plays a better gangster than Picard plays a detective.  Kirk looked like a real gangster in "A Piece of the Action." Picard looked like.... Picard, in the same outfit. Jay B/Christian D

284. Kirk can sound more like Picard than Picard! (Listen to the audio version of "Avenger").  Picard is lacking in range and can't sound like anyone BUT Picard. Jay B

283. Kirk is vulnerable with women he respects. Jay B

282. Kirk was the first Captain to see a Romulan, and he kicked his butt. Picard went to Romulus and needed help from one of Kirk's crew. Jay B

281. Kirk can say more with a wink and a smile than Picard can say in any language. Jay B

280. When Kirk married a couple, his speech got ripped off by Picard! Jay B

279. Kirk wouldn't have flirted with mumbling self-centered twits like Lily Slone and Anij. Jay B

278. Kirk never walked around in a sissy robe. Jay B

277. Kirk keeps a display of guns on his wall. Picard keeps a display of toys on his wall. Jay B

276. Picard isn't fun enough to enjoy being an Indian God who bleeds. Jay B

275. Kirk figured out V'ger immediately. Picard never would've had the guts to enter V'ger in the first place. Thus, destroying Earth. Besides, Picard and the Enterprise-E would never have survived the encounter with V'Ger and would have no clue on who to "sacrifice" so that V'Ger could join with its creator. Jay B/Uru Mace

274. When Kirk had his mind melded with Spock and Sarek, they were actually dramatic and interesting. Jay B

273. Kirk made Spock cry *and* smile. Jay B

272. Kirk collects antiques that are actually interesting. Picard wouldn't comprehend real archeology if it bit him in the you-know-what. Jay B

271. Kirk duked it out with his double. But he would never shoot his double dead while it was weak and helpless. That's cowardly and no fun. Picard, however, did. Jay B

270. When Kirk's son died -- Kirk expressed grief like a man in front of his trusted friends, and didn't let it affect his judgement, and still managed to save his crew. When Picard's relatives died in "Generations" -- Picard tried to hide it from his crew, was short and rude to everyone, let it affect his responsibilities as captain, retreated to his ready room, and acted like a baby. Sheesh!! Jay B

269. Picard would never have his personality split. Since he has no personality. Jay B

268. Kirk's adventures on the Enterprise were so incredible that his ship insignia became the official insignia for the entire Starfleet. Jay B

267. Kirk actually had meat on his bones. Jay B

266. Kirk's ship has Kitchen Patrol. Jay B

265. Kirk has never lost a barroom brawl.  Picard gets his heart stabbed out. Jay B

264. Kirk never had to spend an entire episode ridding his ship of Wesley-induced nanites. Jay B

263. Picard never kneed a Klingon in the groin, then booted him off a cliff and savored his falling into a pit of lava. Jay B

262. Kirk violated the Prime Directive more times in three years than Picard has EVER! Jay B

261. Picard had to control Sarek's passionate mind with a mind-meld because Picard's a passionless being even by VULCAN standards! Jay B

260. Kirk never murdered his doctor's spouse. Jay B

259. Kirk has patience. But don't cross the line! Jay B

258. Kirk has enough intellegence to read T.H. Lawrence and John Maysfield, not excruciating books like Dixon Hill. Jay B

257. Kirk admits his mistakes, and not just to his counselor. Jay B

256. If a group of sex-starved women were being rescued by the captain of the Enterprise: Picard would run away screaming "Wait for the next ship!" Jay B

255. Picard can walk the walk... If "the walk" is prancing and primping with a stick up your posterior. Jay B

254. Picard can talk the talk (and talk... and talk... and talk... and talk...) Jay B

253. Kirk talks the *real* talk and walks the *real* walk. And he backs it all up. Picard can do none of this without looking like a weenie. Jay B

252. Picard would never have allowed an episode involving him fading in-and-out of existence with nary a line. It would've taken away too much attention from him. Jay B

251. Kirk actually cares for the common good of the mission at hand. Jay B

250. Pulaski was beautiful on Kirk's show. Jay B

249. Kirk temporarily left the Enterprise to become a shoot-em-up cop... T.J. Hooker. Picard temporarily left the Enterprise to become... Jeffery. Jay B

248. The Creator's wife makes cow-eyes at Picard because she was dumped by a member of Kirk's crew (back when she was actually pretty, too!). Jay B

247. Any woman who would swoon at "Make it so" is *not* a woman to be seen with in public! Jay B

246. Kirk drinks coffee in a non-biodegradable Styrofoam cup. Jay B

245. When an android of high intelligence speaks to Kirk and his crew, they understand perfectly. They never say "Uh, in english...?" Jay B

244. Kirk's science officer can use contractions. Jay B

243. Two words: More Relaxed Jay B

242. When going to warp, Kirk's Enterprise doesn't stretch like Silly Putty. Jay B

241. ILM doesn't mean squat without decent scripts. Jay B

240. Picard never saved the President's life. Jay B

239. Kirk doesn't play the flute. But even if he did, he wouldn't stink at it like Picard! Jay B

238. Kirk threw away a cloaking device because it took away the fun of battle. Jay B

237. Picard got captured by the Romulans, while Kirk conned them into believing in the Vulcan Death Grip. Jay B

236. Kirk got blasted in the chest by "God" and he STOOD RIGHT UP! Jay B

235. Picard has to ask the Klingons sweetly for a Bird of Prey. Kirk steals one just to piss them off. Jay B

234. Kirk had better enemies. When has Picard had an archenemy as good as Kahn or General Chang or even God? Answer: Never! All he had was a knock-off of Trelane, another of Kirk's foes. Arch

233. Picard once said "There are four lights!" AFTER he found out he could go to his comfy ship. Otherwise, he would've given the Cardassians the keys to the Enterprise.  Kirk would've had enough sense to avoid the whole mess by saying "Um, sure... there's five lights."  then would have later escaped without needing help or having to save face afterwards. Jay B

232. Four Words: Chop to the neck. Jay B

231. Kirk likes turkey on Thanksgiving. Jay B

230. Kirk, in ST5:TFF, said to his first officer, about refusing to follow an order, "I ought to knock you on your G-----n ass!" Picard would have called the offending crewman into his ready room, hand them a memo, and punish them by confining them for the rest of their duty shift in 10-Forward. JAC

229. Picard never wore torn uniforms because you have to actually *do* something in order to tear them. Jay B

228. Picard wanted to, but couldn't, take a command. Kirk could take a command ASAP and kicked major tail. Jay B

227. Kirk has enough of a sense of friendship with his fellow officers to give them nicknames like "Bones" and "Scotty". Jay B

226. Kirk's First Officer plays a complex harp and sounds great. Picard's First Officer plays a wimpy trombone and sounds like a 5-year-old who got ahold of a goose's neck. vulcan_danks

225. Picard's Kobashi Maru test: "Romulans, this is Captain Picard. We are here to save the crew of the Kobashi Maru ---" **KABOOM** "Cadet Picard, that is the all-time low for the Kobashi Maru Scenario..." Kirk just happens to be the ONLY person EVER in the History in the Great Big Federation to beat the no-win scenario, thanks to his mastery of all things computerized.

224. Five Words: Designer shuttles and travel pods. Jay B

223. Kirk's doctor was more down-to-earth than Picard's yuppie doctor. She wasn't even fun enough to say things like "Dammit, Jean-Luc. I'm a doctor, not an escalator." Jay B

222. To capture Kirk, you need a complex trap and tough opponents. Just pinch Picard... Jay B

221. Kirk's chief engineer can still work skillfully while being intoxicated.  Picard's science chief engineer can't keep the ship together even when sober. Jay B

220. Kirk has range. Picard just has a deep voice with an accent. Jay B

219. Kirk fought over women. And had women fight over him. Jay B

218. Kirk's ships never looked like a suppository or a duckbilled platypus. Jay B

217. For all the blather about how Picard represents the more mature, sensitive modern male, let's examine both men's attitudes towards children, shall we? Picard has stated point-blank that he doesn't understand or like children. On the other hand, Kirk shows respect and compassion for all children he meets, even those who present a danger to his crew ("Charlie X," "Miri," "And the Children Shall Lead"). NCC-1701

216. Kirk fought others himself. Picard had to have others do his fighting for him. Jay B

215. Picard never got into real knock-down drag-out arguments with his officers over issues. Only "snits". Jay B

214. Kirk's ship interiors and exteriors had sharp, injury-causing CORNERS! Jay B

213. Kirk wasn't a no-show at the 30th Anniversary Celebration. Jay B

212. Three Words: Much Better Actor. Jay B

211. Kirk doesn't do mocking impressions of his first officer. Nor does his first officer do mocking impressions of him. Jay B

210. When Picard's crew gambles, they don't use real money. Jay B

209. Kirk's engine room once had neat swirling gas in its warp core. Not a bunch of cheesy light bulbs. Jay B

208. Kirk's ship has switches, buttons, and knobs on its control panels. Not a bunch of smooth pansy-ass plastic panels. Jay B

207. Kirk isn't arrogant enough to put on a one-man stage show. But if he did, it would be glorius! Jay B

206. When Kirk activates self-destruct, he MEANS it!

205. One Word: DRAMA Jay B

204. Kirk's ship was never taken over by it's own hologram. Jay B

203. Picard was never an Emmy-winning animated series. Jay B

202. Picard never gets to encounter aliens from neat, weird planets like "Zatar". Jay B

201. Nobody gets away with punching Kirk. Jay B

200. Kirk's western adventure wasn't a big joke. Jay B

199. Kirk smokes cigars. You can take one look at Picard and you just KNOW that he never inhaled! Jay B/SuzanPeachFuzz

198. Kirk is a sex symbol. Always was, always will be. (Sorry, Silly Bear!)

197. Kirk's son was a scientist. Picard's "son" was a rock-climbing Kirk rip-off. Jay B

196. Kirk never lost a main officer to a phallic tar baby. Jay B

195. When Kirk enters a room, people fall silent. When Picard enters a room, people fall ASLEEP! Jay B

194. Kirk's show dealt with real issues like Vietnam. Jay B

193. When Kirk has an alternate-reality experience, it's actually fun. Jay B

192. When Klingons were aboard Picard's ship, they didn't get to go rampaging about with 17th century weaponry. Jay B

191. Picard doesn't have the chutzpah to admit when he screwed up instead of putting on a boring speech that only made things worse. Jay B

190. Three Words: NO GEEKY TECHNOBABBLE! Jay B

189. Kirk didn't have to hide his chest under kinky hair. Jay B

188. When Kirk gets drunk, he wrestles with his Yeoman. When Picard gets drunk, he wrestles with his... brother. Jay B

187. Kirk's first officer doesn't look like Potsie. Jay B

186. Kirk likes solving mysteries, and doesn't need a holodeck to do it. Jay B

185. Kirk's transporter beam looked cooler. Jay B

184. Kirk would NEVER fall slave to an interactive game that involved putting tiddly-winks in a horn.Unlike Picard, who's first officer was STUPID enough to bring the game aboard!! ("The Game") Jay B/Crazy Savik

183. If Kirk was a talk show host, he'd be Dennis Miller. If Picard was a talk show host, he'd be Dan Rather. Jay B

182. Picard never got to crash a pirated Klingon spacecraft into San Francisco Bay. Jay B

181. Picard would never have had the sack to fight a Gorn. Jay B

180. Kirk defended the idea of intergalactic war with the Klingons.

179. Picard would have given up the crew of the Galileo Seven in less than five minutes, because they just *had* to deliver that medicine, y'know? Jay B

178. Kirk respects other cultures, but doesn't care what they think of him. Jay B

177. "James Tiberius Kirk" has more syllables than "Jean-Luc Picard." Jay B

176. Kirk's ship had a handrail. Picard's ship had a horseshoe rail. Jay B

175. Kirk's uniforms were more military and didn't have those prissy collar "pips". Jay B

174. Kirk's been on Klingon Birds-of-Prey AND Heavy Cruisers, and lived to tell about it... during war time. Jay B

173. Kirk wears manly boots. Picard wears sissy shoes. Jay B

172. When Kirk's ship's doors opened, they made a much better sound. Jay B

171. Three Words: VERY Sexy Smile.

170. Kirk has morals. Jay B

169. Kirk is a *genuine* class act. Jay B

168. Kirk is a man of reason, but is not afraid to show his strength. Jay B

167. Kirk is self-confident. Not self-conscious. Jay B

166. Kirk never had to straighten his shirt, because he was ALWAYS orderly. Jay B

165. Trelane would have killed Picard for his arrogance. Jay B

164. Kirk doesn't believe himself to be omniperfect. But compared to Picard, he *is*! Jay B

163. Picard wears pale, shiny makeup. Jay B

162. Kirk was the pure draft. Picard is the edited, watered-down-for-the-masses version. Jay B

161. Kirk has taste. Jay B

160. Kirk is a man of real culture. Jay B

158. Kirk is CHIVALROUS! Jay B

157. They don't call Kirk's show CLASSIC for nothing! Jay B

156. Kirk's tricorders had neat black cowhide straps. Jay B

155. Kirk can help any of his officers with anything on the Enterprise. Jay B

154. Kirk can do much better than Beverly Crusher. Though he could date her, and damn the consequences! Even if she tried to zap him, he'd kiss her and she'd melt.

153. If Riker tried to back-talk Kirk, Kirk would remove his beard strand-by-strand. No contest. Jay B

152. Picard is cold and stiff. Kirk is warm and charming. Jay B

151. Picard could never chat casually with Spock like Kirk did. All Picard could come up with was airheaded "cowboy diplomacy" discussions. Jay B

150. Keywords: Intelligence With Emotion.Jay B

149. Commanding a starship is Picard's job. Commanding a starship is Kirk's life. Jay B

148. Kirk had a better multi-ethnic ship, and didn't even *throw it in viewers' faces*! Jay B

147. Kirk is curious, and actually follows his curiousity. Jay B

146. Kirk's ship logs are shorter and more efficient, since he doesn't need to impress anyone. Jay B

145. Unlike Picard, Kirk's head isn't shaped like an egg. SusanPeachFuzz

144. Kirk's show doesn't pander to Pokemon-playing brats. Jay B

143. Picard looks silly in spandex. Jay B

142. Picard has a big nose. Jay B

141. Kirk had a *much* cooler communicator. Jay B

140. Picard has a scrawny neck. Jay B

139. Kirk explores strange new worlds and seeks out new life and new civilizations. Picard just sort of wanders around in Federation space. Jay B

138. Kirk's ship and crew were more colorful (figuratively and literally) decades ago than Picard's ship and crew are *today*! Jay B

137. Kirk NEVER ran at the first hint of trouble. Jay B

136. Three Important Words: NO RICK BERMAN! Jay B

135. Kirk is *very* specific about who sits in his chair on the bridge. Jay B

134. Kirk's ship's panels have consistently identifiable buttons at their respective stations, thus giving the ship a sense of familiarity, which makes the ship itself a character. Picard's ship is 100% impersonal, since the panels are unidentifiable. Jay B

133. Two Words: Comfortable Velour. Jay B

132. Kirk beams down to planets, like real captains should.

131. Kirk's never put an adolescent on his crew.

130. Number of times the Enterprise has blown up -- By Kirk: 1. By Picard: Count 'em (yes, "reset button" adventures count)! Jay B

129. Picard talks his way through unsuccessfully. Kirk punches his way through successfully. Jay B

128. When Kirk breaks the Prime Directive, he doesn't try to weasel his way out of it with philosophical ramblings. Jay B

127. Kirk's doctor takes care of the physical and mental well-being of the crew, and Kirk would never have a Counselor. ("Captain, I sense hostility from the Romulan commander from whom you stole the cloaking device.") Picard always has conflicting advice from his doctor and counselor.

126. Kirk's adventures sometimes have very sad endings that actually make you *think*! Jay B

125. Kirk doesn't have to point which way to go when they set off. Jay B

124. Kirk's bridge doesn't have wheelchair-accessable ramps. Kirk would just carry them around. Jay B

123. When Kirk wanted to talk to his communications officer, he just spins his chair. Picard would've gotten whiplash trying to look up at his communications officer. Jay B

122. Kirk's science officer has the guts to say controversial things, like how Nazism could've been logical. Jay B

121. Kirk has a more manly voice. Jay B

120. Kirk had a cool red alert light on his helm/navigation station. Jay B

119. Kirk's ship never split in two when it got into a tight spot, even though it could have. Jay B

118. Kirk had a dog, not a prissy fish. Jay B

117. Kirk's conn officer actually went through the Academy. Jay B

116. Kirk can drink Michelobes. Jay B

115. Kirk slept naked on a hard bed that was flat as a board. Picard wore PJ's on a satin-and-silk draped fluffy pillow bed.

114. Kirk could've stayed with the Borg and made himself King.

113. Kirk never relied on Klingons to get him out of a fight with the Romulans.

112. Kirk got in a fight with a Greek God and won. Picard got in a fight with a spring and won.

111. On Picard's ship, Troi's place was at his side. On Kirk's ship, Troi's place would have been his lap.

110. Kirk is a LEADER, not a follower.

109. Listen carefully... Picard's crew had: A guy with a body part that looked different from everyone else (Geordi); A first officer that gives the captain advice (Riker); A pale, unemotional, intellectual science officer that said "intriguing" (Data); A half-human, half-alien that can read minds (Troi); And an alien of above-average strength that was not in his normal element (Worf). Kirk had ALL of these in one person: SPOCK! Picard's entire crew is a rip-off of ONE guy in Kirk's crew!! Wake up and smell the coffee, children! Jay B

108. Kirk never got into that sissy "jumpsuit" look by Osh-Kosh B'Gosh.

107. One Word: HAIR (It's real. Watch Star Trek 4. He swims underwater and his hair wisps around.) Jay B

106. When Picard deals with a god-like being (Q), the being always returns to mess with him some more. When Kirk defeats a god-like being (Trelane, Charlie X, Gary Mitchell, "God", Apollo, etc...), the being NEVER messes with him again! Kirk would have beaten Q at his own game, a la Trelane, and then called up the Q-continuum to take him home. (He probably would have BEATEN Q to a bloody pulp, or at least knocked him out a la Sisko :) Jay B

105. Picard is a French man with an English accent.

104. Kirk never drinks tea. Ever.

103. Diplomacy for Kirk is a phaser and a smirk.

102. Kirk would personally throw Wesley off his bridge. Then off a cliff. Jay B

101. Two Words: Shoulder Roll.

100. Kirk doesn't wear dresses when admirals arrive for lunch. But even if he did, his legs would look much better than Picard's!

99.  Kirk once said, "I've got a belly-ache... and it's a beauty."

98.  Kirk can almost drive a stick shift vehicle. Picard plays with his own stick shift.

97.  Kirk repopulated the Earth's whale population.

96.  Kirk says "Prime Directive? What Prime Directive?"

95.  Kirk knows 20th century curses.


93.  Kirk ate little colored cubes and still remained relatively healthy.

92.  Kirk made do with obviously low-performance technology. Even though he handled high-performance technology great, as well.

91.  Kirk would never need to pretend to be a barber in order to obtain a tactical advantage.

90.  Kirk wasn't shy about taking his shirt off -- even around those pesky Yeomans.

89.  Kirk would never waste a holodeck on something stupid like Dixon Hill.

88.  Kirk wore a super-looking red wrap-around military style tunic, and looked great in it! Picard tried to wear that same tunic, but he looked like a dork (as usual). Jay B

87.  When Kirk was Picard's age, he had already been an Admiral for 15 years! He also took to climbing rocks. Jay B

86.  When Picard was 37, he was only the commander of the lowly Stargazer. When Kirk was 33, he was Captain of the flagship Enterprise.

85.  Kirk liked a good belt of brandy every now and then.

84.  Kirk likes pizza. Jay B

83.  One Word: Iman.

82.  Kirk looks good in a ripped shirt.

81.  If Kirk ever met a Ferengi, he would rip off its head and sh-t down its neck.

80.  Kirk says "Shoot first and wait for retaliation."

79.  Kirk's first officer NEVER tells him to stay on the bridge. Jay B

78.  Kirk never leaves the room to bawl somebody out. Picard leaves the room just to bawl. Jay B

77.  Kirk doesn't have to rely on the wisdom of some old janitor to get him out of intergalactic scrapes.

76.  Two Words: Cool Sideburns.

75.  Kirk never asks his bartender for advice. Even though a bartender would love to talk to Kirk.

74.  Kirk never once said "Abandon ship!! All hands abandon ship!!"

73.  Kirk is NEVER "politically correct."

72.  Kirk never got dumped by some woman for an intergalactic busybody named after a letter in the alphabet.

71.  Kirk never wore green tights and frolicked about in Sherwood Forest.

70.  If there was ever a Klingon on Kirk's bridge, Kirk would kill him. Slowly.

69.  Ever hear of a bar shooter called "Make it so?" No? How about a "Beam me up Scotty" then? See the difference?

68.  Miniskirts and low-cut necklines.

67.  Kirk's girlfriends looked good in any light, and they used soft lighting for ambiance. Jay B

66.  Kirk loved watching a bunch of guys in red shirts get killed off.

65.  Kirk has more dates than his first officer.

64.  The extent of Kirk's usage of Klingon vocabulary can be roughly translated as "GO F--K YOURSELF."

63.  If something doesn't speak English -- it's toast.

62.  Picard's middle name isn't tough or awe-inspiring like Tiberius.

61.  If Kirk finds a strange spinning probe, he blows it up.

60.  Picard has never met Joan Collins.

59.  Kirk rushes in where angels fear to tread. Because RISK is part of the game. Jay B

58.  Picard flunked his entrance exams to Starfleet.

57.  Picard hasn't fathered any children. Kirk -- probably millions. Kirk's family line will continue. Picard's is through.

56.  Kirk has a cool phaser. Not some pansy Braun Mixmaster/Dustbuster.

55.  Two Words: Line Delivery

54.  Picard grew up on a quaint little French vineyard, squishing grapes between his toes. Kirk slung bales of wheat and hay in Iowa to put himself through school. Then Kirk layed in that hay with the girls of the village.

53.  Kirk emphasizes his orations with pertinent hand gestures.

52.  Kirk once made a cannon out of bamboo, sulphur, potassium nitrate, and charcoal. Then he fired diamond shards into the heart of his enemies (Need we say more?). If Picard did the same thing on a Starfleet training exercise, he'd nearly blow his arm off! TheDarkOne

51.  Kirk is not turned off by green skin.

50.  Kirk's science officer is very human, no matter how much he tries to prove otherwise. Picard's science officer is very android, no matter how much it tries to prove otherwise. Jay B

49.  Kirk knows how to deal with peace-loving hippy goofs.

48.  Kirk asks only Spock for suggestions.

47.  Kirk won't let his doctor tell him what to do.

46.  One Word: Fisticuffs.

45.  Kirk appreciates Shakespeare, but doesn't let it show at completely inappropriate times.

44.  You can never lock up Kirk for very long.

43.  Kirk's science officer can be funny while still being dignified. Picard's science officer can't be funny without looking like a complete idiot.  Jay B

42.  Kirk's eulogies can actually make you cry. Picard's ramblings give you tears of boredom.

41.  Kirk plays god with lesser cultures, then exploits them for resources.

40.  Kirk's son would never drop out to become a musician.

39.  Kirk could climb up a Jefferies Tube and fix anything. Picard gets stuck in turbolifts.

38.  Kirk never hired an engineer with a banana clip on his eyes. Or stupid contact lenses, either. Jay B

37.  The Klingons didn't have a word for surrender -- until they met Kirk. When they met Picard, they created the word "Wuss".

36.  Even though Kirk had stolen a starship and broke several Starfleet regulations, Starfleet put Kirk's face on the BIG SCREEN and gave his communication priority at Starfleet Headquarters. They even diverted power from their already-dwindling reserves to try to talk to him. Now that's some "pull" that Picard will NEVER have! Jay B

35.  Kirk's bridge was never beige.

34.  Two Words: Crane Shots.

33.  Picard allows cats on board, while Kirk beams away cute things he's not even afraid of, like tribbles.

32.  Kirk's Cochrane didn't get belligerently drunk, had a better attitude, and wasn't a weenie. Jay B/Uru M

31.  Kirk is a cultural icon. Picard is just some guy who's "nice".

30.  Kirk specifically ordered a swivel LA-Z-BOY recliner for the bridge.

29.  Kirk would never touch SYNTHAHOL.

28.  Kirk looks distinguished in reading glasses -- and nobody dares to call him "four eyes."

27.  Kirk can infiltrate gangsters, Nazis, and even the Pentagon -- easily.

26.  Picard likes painting nudes, for art's sake ONLY.

25.  When Kirk doesn't trust the Romulans, he fires at them. When Picard doesn't trust the Romulans, he works out an intricate plan, then gets fired at.

24.  Kirk once said "I am Kirok!" Jay B

23.  Kirk never once, ever, wore a weiner-wrapping Speedo "banana hammock" while on shore leave.

22.  Kirk never got his command codes locked out by some pimply acting ensign.

21.  Kirk understands women better than Picard. He was even in a woman's body (in every sense of the word). Jay B

20.  Kirk doesn't test his engines. He just fires them up.

19.  When Kirk says "Boldy Go" he actually MEANS it!

18.  Three Words: Flying Leg Kick

17.  Picard's crew would never think of him as a sexual object.

16.  Kirk travelled through the Great Barrier, met God, and wasn't even impressed. But God was!

15.  Kirk's bedroom is a passion pit with electric sheets. And Kirk makes the electricity!

14.  Kirk would never let his chief of security wear a ponytail.

13.  When Starfleet calls Picard, he kisses their wrinkled admiral butts. When Starfleet calls Kirk, he leaves the communicator off the hook.

12.  Picard is so paranoid, he'll raise shields if it looks like rain.

11.  Khan would have kicked Picard's ass, taken the Enterprise and run rampant through the galaxy until somebody like Kirk rounded him up.

10.  Kirk's Chief Surgeon never quit for an entire season. Jay B

9.    Kirk had Janice Rand.

8.   Kirk brought the benefits of Truth, Justice and The American Way to the Galaxy in only three seasons. After seven seasons, Picard still couldn't do it.

7.   Picard won't introduce toilet paper to a culture for fear of "Upsetting it's natural development."

6.   Even after being bombarded with all this exposure to Picard, accurate polls (where people actually have to get off their butts and write real letters, not stupid internet polls that get flooded with kids) still show more people know Kirk is better than Picard. Jay B

5.   Kirk is so obviously superior to Picard, all rebuttal lists are a waste of time. Jay B

4.   Kirk always looks for another way, a third way, even if he's only limited to two. Uru Mace

3.  Kirk and company actually have to use hand-held communicators and intercoms to speak to somebody that's not in their immediate area. And they don't have to slap their chests idiotically and roughly like Picard does, too.
Uru Mace

2.  Kirk beat up Soran. Soran *easily* beat up Picard. Therefore, this proves that Kirk could easily beat up Picard. Jay B

And the number one reason Kirk is better than Picard...

1. One Word: Balls 

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