i’m going to say this outside of my tags because i’ve literally never seen anyone in original trek fandom talk about this (the fandom’s old, i’m young that could be why)

james t kirk was thirteen and part of a colony that was starving so bad that their leader carted off four thousand people he deemed “less desirable” to be killed (Conscience of the King)

so i imagine an older kirk taking on the kobayashi maru, an unwinnable scenario. he is presented a choice: to let one crew or another die

kirk, who watched four thousand people be trotted off to face their death while everyone else starved

kirk, who is presented with a no-win scenario where he must make the choice

kirk doesn’t believe in no-win situations

  • What she says:I'm fine.
  • What she means:Nurse Christine Chapel was in as many Star Trek episodes as Chekov and even had an entire episode devoted to her background and how she wound up on the Enterprise. She was an interesting character with a bunch of hilarious lines and appears in several photo shoots with the other major seven characters, but for some reason no one ever considers her part of the main crew. The fact that she isn't considered a main character but Chekov is is likely the result of the overvaluation of male characters and the undervaluation of female characters. Christine Chapel is part of the main crew and I'm so pissed that she isn't included in very many space family posts.

For many viewers and the show’s creator, however, Star Trek is a positive force for women. Gene Roddenberry, creator of both the original Star Trek and its second incarnation, saw himself as highly supportive of women. In the original series, he wanted the captain to be a woman, but this proved too radical a vision for network executives in 1966 – it is only in 1995 that a new series, Star Trek: Voyager provided us with a female captain.Sexual Generations: ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and Gender

i think people forget that leonard mccoy is a genius too??

like yeah they’re always talking about the genius and incredible intelligence of kirk and spock but bones is up there with them 

first of all he’s the cmo of starfleet’s flagship like he has more authority than the fucking captain so you know he’s a hella good doctor

he is a master surgeon and is an expert in biology, psychology, xenobiology, and god knows what else, not to mention he’s spock’s doctor–spock who is the literal first of his species, spock whose whole being is entirely unique–meaning that bones is making shit up while he goes when taking care of spock 

not to mention how inventive he is?? remember when they were sent to that faux old west place to act out the OK corral and he made a fucking tranquilizer out of some snake venom and other shit and put it in a sort of bomb thing?? like that isn’t crazy resourceful and ingenious?

mccoy is a fucking genius he has so much knowledge up in that head of his idk how he sorts through it all