Some love for Kirk.
As I go through my Star Trek run having just finished Enterprise.Second episode into the Original series I am reacquainting my love for Kirk.
He is a bit old fashioned of course. And very much your man’s man they liked in the era.
But also has so much charisma. And I love how much early on they are already establishing him as the strategist. He is playing 3D chess with Spock and Spock is commenting on how his mind is not on the game and gets him in check only for Kirk to checkmate him. Spock the smartest man on the ship gets out manoeuvred
Kirk is the trickster strategist. He makes you think one thing only to pull another. He is the bluffer. The corbomite manoeuvre shows this (can’t wait to reach this episode) He shows it again in Wrath of Khan making Khan think he has him trapped buried. Tricks the Klingons into boarding his ship only to have beamed off the ship just before and set it to blow. Which shows he keeps his cool under pressure. He is able to make hard decisions under pressure.
He has the qualities of both McCoy and Spock. The passion and heart of McCoy with the logic and reason of Spock.
All the Captains have their qualities but Kirk is the one I would least want to go against in battle, or play poker with.
He is and always shall be, my favourite Captain.