Movieweb oped to not include every Enterprise captain in their Star Trek ranking.
We’re all in favor of people ranking their favorite things. It’s a fun thing to do to compare and contrast lists. To hear different ideas and opinions about why this thing is there or why that thing is down there. It gives you insight into not only the person but what they look for in life. Like how their values shape their perception of certain Star Trek captains.
So we never want to sit here and wag our finger at the person, while saying “you got this wrong!” Opinions, honest-to-goodness opinions, can’t be wrong. So we don’t want to sit here and finger-wag at the fine folks of MovieWeblcom.
Yet, they messed up their list of Enterprise Captains. Why? Well, let’s list the captains they had, and see if you can spot the error;
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard
- Captain James T. Kirk (prime)
- Captain Christoper Pike
- Captain James T. Kirk (Kelvin)
- Captain Jonathan Archer
- Captain Spock
- Captain Robert April
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is separate from the JJ Abram films
By now you should’ve caught on; there should be two Captain Pikes on this list; the Kelvin timeline Pike and the standard timeline Pike. After all, they aren’t the same character. Bruce Greenwood and Anson Mount are playing different versions of the character.
Just as Kirk got two entries, so should Pike. In fact, not only should they have two entries, but they should be vastly far apart.
While Greenwood’s Pike served his purpose plotwise to get Kirk into Starfleet, he had little character development and served to basically be the emotional catalyst for Kirk in the first two Kelvin films.
As for Mount’s Pike, he’s far more layered and nuanced. He actually has a character and doesn’t just exist to be tortured and killed. His character, after just one season of authentic character development, has already put himself in the conversation for the most likable captain in Star Trek history.
As good as Greenwood is, he just isn’t as charming as Mount.