Who is your favorite Star Trek character, across all movies/series/properties?
RIght now mine is: Kira Nerys. She has a complicated backstory, her principles get her into trouble (and she’s ok with that) and she’s not interesting in taking any of your guff. She also has a healthy distrust of Starfleet and the government but works with them to make them better for her people. 🖖
@blankbaby it has to be the Chris Pine Kirk. My initial reason are the scenes on Iowa in ST2009, but beyond that Pine has played Kirk with a lot more subtlety than Shatner ever did. Just that moment on his face where Uhura is angry at him for emotionally compromising Spock is so subtle and says so much more is under Kirk than what he shows the world.
@blankbaby I don't have a favorite character, but my favorite thing about Star Trek is the humanitarian vibe of the Federation that is usually a key part of each series, and is often made part of the plot. It's something that elevates the shows beyond just being a scifi action show.
@blankbaby Wait, I reconsider...my favorite character is Dr. McCoy; because he is spicy.
@blankbaby Probably has to be Kirk from TOS, which is a pretty lame take on it, but I grew up watching him always trying to do the right thing and it stuck. I know that later with the benefit of adulthood the flaws are clearer, and what they did to the character in the movies was all over the place, but still.
Not saying that newer characters aren’t *better*, but we’re going with favourite here :-)
@Stevecraig that's not lame! I feel like the movies made Kirk more interesting (to me).
@blankbaby yeah, totally -
he was more flawed in the movies and so less of a stereotype, (though I think VI redeemed the path he was on from TMP onwards). But it was Kirk in the Corbomite Manoeuvre that I wanted to grow up to be :-)
@blankbaby When everything is said and done, it's still Dr. McCoy from TOS. His dry humor and satirical asides on whatever else is going on with the Enterprise have aged well.
@blankbaby that is a really difficult question but I think Data would be in the top five, every series spends a lot of time exploring what it means to be human but I think his arc is the most interesting, though probably not the most meaningful.
@blankbaby Mine is definitely Garak. I love the slow reveal of who he is and his history. But I think what I love most about him was his sense of humor, and the way he tried to always project an air of detachment, but every once in a while you’d get a look at the depths beneath that cover and realize he was someone who really did care deeply about things, even if he wished he didn’t. #MyFavStarTrekCharacter🖖
But if I had to choose someone else, it'd be Sisko, especially the strong, loving father.