It’s almost time for another issue of Star Trek Explorer to be hitting the stands, and we have an exclusive excerpt with images!
Star Trek Explorer #9 is releasing on November 28th, and in this issue, Jay Strobie ranks the top ten Star Trek captains. And we have an exclusive excerpt right here!
This could get controversial, but in this issue of Star Trek Explorer (#9 – on sale November 28), the top 10 Starfleet Captains are rated – will you agree, will you think they’ve got it outrageously wrong. In an exclusive sneak peek, we count down captains ten to six…
10. Philippa Georgiou (Star Trek: Discovery)
Considered to be one of Starfleet’s best in the 23rd century, Captain Georgiou was a revered explorer and diplomat during her tenure aboard the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Unfortunately we did not spend much time getting to see her most notable accomplishments, but Georgiou’s compassion for her crew and devotion to peace represented Federation ideals to the fullest. Plus, the mentorship Georgiou provided to Michael Burnham helped the younger officer become an iconic captain in her own right.
9. Spock (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
Better known for his time as a science officer and ambassador, Spock also served admirably as the U.S.S. Enterprise’s captain where he ultimately sacrificed his own life to save his shipmates following the Genesis Device’s detonation. Additionally, his brief term as the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-A’s acting captain resulted in the rescue of the legendary James T. Kirk and the establishment of an ongoing peace between the Federation and Klingon Empire at the historic Khitomer Conference.
8. Hikaru Sulu (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Another experienced officer whose leadership was not fully explored on-screen, Captain Sulu nevertheless demonstrated his dedication to galactic stability when he pushed the U.S.S. Excelsior to its limits in a bid to join the U.S.S. Enterprise’s battle against the rogue Klingon General Chang. With Sulu’s assistance, Starfleet’s flagship defeated Chang’s starship, thus saving the Federation President and preserving the hope for an end to the Federation-Klingon cold war.
7. Jonathan Archer (Star Trek: Enterprise)
You know Starfleet skippers are an elite bunch when the person who brought the Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, and humans together in a way that led to the birth of the Federation comes in at number seven on our list! From dealing with the Temporal Cold War to exposing a Romulan plot designed to sow discord among the local powers, Captain Archer’s contributions to humanity and the galaxy-at-large remain incalculable.
6. Christopher Pike (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)
One of Starfleet’s most vaunted tacticians, Captain Pike received so much respect from his peers that the fleet kept him out of the Klingon War to preserve the Federation’s values… and that was before he even took command of U.S.S. Discovery and guided the vessel down the path to defeating Control and saving every living species from extinction. While those exploits became classified, we are still learning more about Pike’s deeds as the Enterprise’s captain in a post-Control 23rd century. However, as with Spock, we do know that Pike willingly chose to sacrifice himself to save the young cadets who looked up to him.
Discover who’s rated #1 in Star Trek Explorer #9 – on sale November 28! Plus, read interviews with Star Trek: Picard’s Michelle Hurd and Todd Stashwick; a never-before-published interview with the late Star Trek films producer Harve Bennett; all-new and exclusive short fiction; and much, much more!
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