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Starfleet Captaining 101: Embracing the Value of Pain

Starfleet Captaining 102: Stockholm Syndrome and Its Various Positives

Starfleet Captaining 103: Not Suing Starfleet For Any Past, Present or Future Trauma Because It’s Made You The Person You Are and That Would Be Like Suing Yourself, Right?

TOS Kirk was a by the book fella.

Problem was, they were still writing the book.

So while it looks like he had some crazy adventures and disregarded Starfleet at every turn, that’s a lie.

Most of the time, he spent every other episode calling back, following the strictest of laws, going through proper motions and channels. Every other action was court-martialed and brought to trial. He was, for the most part, a dedicated captain following Starfleet’s rules.

Just because he is now the reason for about two dozen more rules, doesn’t make him the crazy madman adventurer we see him as. Of course he differed from his orders, at times. But those are the most excusable times, and even then, after disobeying, he laid himself up for proper discipline. He knew he’d done wrong in the eyes of his superiors, but his conscience wouldn’t have let him do any different.

Kirk was a rule follower and a rule maker. And only on special circumstances, a rule breaker.

I was just watching star trek the motion picture for the first time ever (I liked it! it was slow but interesting! totally saw the ~~twist~~ coming from lightyears away but that was alright!), and you know how there’s this scene where they have the different enterprise evolutions drawings in the background: 

And I noticed this one in particular: 

This is the USS-Enterprise XCV-330, for those of you interested. 

So I thought “huh, that looks familiar, actually”. And it is, because quite recently NASA unveiled concept art for their first ever warp-capable ship (once they figure out how to do warp safely), and it looks like this: 

It’s called the IXS Enterprise. 

NASA once again confirmed for being giant nerds.