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Reader Comments (30)

How dare Smitty, TOS and TNG are different shows. Related, yes, but not the same.

And I like your paraphrase of "Make it so."

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterORione

And that's why the Star Trek: TOS edition of Cards Against Humanity outsells the TNG edition by like a zillion to one.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteven desJardins

I've never seen such a strong case for Picard's superiority over Kirk.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterProtagoras

I'd like to enter this but don't use Facebook or Twitter so, in answer to your question, I still prefer paper books because I'm a bit old fashioned like that.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Picard was superior to Kirk because he was also the formidable ruthless highly-intelligent Karla in SMILEY'S PEOPLE. Kirk would never have made it as a character in SMILEY'S PEOPLE except maybe as a brief random taxi driver.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Picard threw away the Kurlan naiskos, though. 12000 years old and perfectly intact? Meh. Chuck it! I've got a photo album to find!

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Kirk never wore a hairpiece in his life. Shatner has been known to wear one.

Baldness made Shatner look bad; Stewart made baldness look good.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBen

The most famous TNG quote could also be "Mister Worf. Fire!" spoken by Commander Riker at the end of The Best of Both Worlds, or of course "Resistance is futile" (multiple Borg), "I am Locutus of Borg," (Picard as Locutus) or "Today is a good day to die" (multiple Klingons).

The most famous TNG misquote is "Shut up, Wesley!"

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

"Just" a glorified referee? But that's exactly what a great leader is! Especially when the underlings are talented knowledge workers.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnders

Panel 3...quote from "Galaxy Quest??"

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBooger

Picard a better captain than Kirk? Them's fightin' words. Though I agree TNG was a far better series than TOS, Kirk was such a great character they had to formulate Picard plus Riker to replace him. Kirk was Horatio Hornblower, if Hornblower had been a galactic stud.

My personal favorite TNG quote (from my favorite episode) is "Let's make sure history never forgets the name *Enterprise*."

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

There are many differences between TOS and TNG.
TOS, for one, is worth watching.
It was about having the courage to make the right decision, even when that decision was hard.
It wasn't about using rules as a cover for moral cowardice.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Data: "Danger Will Riker! Danger!"

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMortar try

My favorite Star Trek captain will always be Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko, especially for his lines with John deLancie as Q in the DS9 episode Q-Less:
"You hit me! Picard never hit me..."
"I'm not Picard!"

I particularly like what this author had to say about it in a bit of fiction (as he himself recalled it in his own words):

particularly in the way he describes Picard reacting to the tale.

My wife remembers Brooks as Hawk from Spenser: For Hire, and she is a fan as well. Besides, it's rather fun to take another option in the Kirk vs. Picard debate.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

Scott, didn't you once say that all The Next Generation was, was committee meetings, IN SPAAACE?

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Since you brought up Galaxy Quest. Best movie quote ever:
Jason Nesmith: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavidc

"Thank you, Mr Data."

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuckFlicks

@Steve: "Shut up, Wesley!" was what all the viewers were saying.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRich

While Picard *may* be a better Captain than Kirk.... I will grant you that..... I still feel that as a series, TOS is a stronger overall show than TNG.... although ALL Star Trek series and almost all films were great.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

Picard makes a freind and fights a crappy invisible monster with some guy that can't talk. And becomes freinds yay, bonehead crew almost gets ship destroyed by aliens

Kirk builds cannon defeats other alien (non-crappy awseom suit), saves both ships by being awesome, and refusing to kill a gorn he pwned. Puts fear of federation into gorn.

Yeah Kirk >>>>>that bald dude

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTroller


Let us not forget that Kirk never surrendered. Picard? Surrendered the Enterprise FIVE MINUTES INTO THE SERIES PILOT.

And when Picard found a problem he just couldn't solve, and entered the Nexus, where all his wildest fantasies could come true? His biggest fantasy was to go find a real captain who could solve his problem for him: Kirk.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Commander Sheridan could kick both their asses.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKimo

I agree that Picard is better. I agree that TNG was better. However, I do feel the need to point out that Patrick Stewart wore a hairpiece to his audition for Picard. He was initially going to be rejected if he didn't take the damn thing off.

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTronoth

As a man with a glorious mane of hair and a love of crazy ideas that break every facet of common sense, I've always had to side with Kirk. Now, were Riker to have ever have led a proper swaggering mutiny, my beard would likely lead me to switch sides...

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Misquote, Steve? "Datalore," first season. Picard said it first, and Dr. Crusher said it about 30 seconds later.

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Best quote from any of the Star Trek :
"Let's find a couple of low mileage pit wolfies and help 'em build a memory."

April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKerrywithaK

It took me almost two seasons to wrap my head around "Wait, he's supposed to be French? And he sounds like that?"

Repeat to yourself, it's just a show, I should really just relax.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I thought you were going to discuss Douglas Adams infamous SEP, or Somebody Else's Problem, but this was delightfully different.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther


"I can't change the laws of physics" --> "Ye cannae change the laws of physics"

PS Do NOT google "highly illogical". You might find Spocky horror on YouTube.

April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes
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