LOS ANGELES – APRIL 28: Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION episode, ‘Hollow Pursuits.’ Original air date, April 28, 1990. Season 3, episode 21. Image is a screen grab. (CBS via Getty Images)
Kirk can’t speak as many languages as Picard
This goes into the cultures thing and how Kirk doesn’t really respect the people he says he does. Captain Picard can speak a ton of different languages. He has learned how to communicate with so many throughout the years because he is a debater and wants to speak with those he encounters.
Kirk relies on Uhura to do the communicating for him a lot of the time and that can come off as disrespectful. A captain should know as many languages as possible and speak to those he encounters rather than relying on a crew member to do it for him.
Yes, Uhura is a communications officer but that still doesn’t change the fact that she isn’t the captain. If Picard can speak in a multitude of languages and be as inclusive as he is, than so can Kirk. It should be a requirement from Starfleet honestly. If you’re going to be a captain, you have to speak as many languages as possible.
So Picard’s brilliant linguistics skills makes him one of the greatest of the Star Trek captains. And definitely makes him a little bit better than Kirk because let’s be real, it is important for a captain to speak to those he encounters.