Scotty was such a fucking badass when Kirk put him in charge.
In A Taste of Armageddon, a mealy-mouthed diplomat orders Scotty to lower the ship’s shields so he can beam down, and Scotty refuses because he thinks the planet will blow them up as soon as they do. The diplomat has the authority to order it, and Scotty says “No sir, I will not.”
Now here’s a fun fact: While serving in the Canadian artillery during WW2, young Lieutenant James Doohan was ordered to conduct a training exercise. He realised if he did as he was told, he’d blow the heads of some of his own men. So he refused. The commander insisted. Lt. Doohan responded with “No sir, I will not.” He escaped court martial because the superiors realised the commander was an idiot and Doohan eventually got promoted.
Ok so am I the only one that gets turned on when kirk displays how he could actually run his entire ship single-handedly if he wanted to? These are only a few screenshots I’ve gathered, but he knows his science station, communications, the helm and navigation, and helped scotty get an entirely broken starship on the move from down in engineering. He’s the best captain in the fleet because he knows exactly how you should be performing your job (from first-hand experience) and can direct you or even step in if need be. He’s so damn intelligent, and I think that needs more recognition.