Thursday, March 26, 2015

O captain, my captain

I’m a flute-toting band geek who grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek and the original Battlestar Galactica. I loved Firefly and was sorely tempted to boycott FOX when the network canceled it after only a few episodes.

FOX canceled a lot of shows without giving them a chance — *cough* Pasadena — but that’s a blog post for another day.

Back to my point. Promise I have one.

Lately, when I’m not writing, I’ve been binge-watching The Big Bang Theory. It’s one of those shows I didn’t catch on first run because of my work schedule — weekdays from 3 p.m. to midnight doesn’t lend itself to much prime-time TV viewing.

Now that I’m catching up, I love the show, the characters and all the sci-fi talk. I recently saw an episode where Leonard questions the SyFy network’s name change. He said all the things I remember thinking at the time.

But one question Sheldon asked Leonard really got me thinking, especially with its tie in to

On the episode where Leonard tells Penny how he and Sheldon became roommates, he recounts the roommate questionnaire. It’s a long, convoluted process with one standout question: Kirk or Picard?
Great question, amIright?

Allow me to pause for just a moment to make a case for Jonathan Archer, the captain in Enterprise.
Sure, the show may not be as popular or well-loved as Star Trek or Star Trek: The Next Generation — and that answer would undoubtedly disqualify me to be Sheldon’s roomie. However, consider this: I’m a sucker for a prequel. Learning how Earthlings began winging through space, going where no man has gone before, was — and still is — fascinating.
Besides, Capt. Archer is played by Scott Bakula. Call me crazy, but I’ve had a thing for Bakula since Quantum Leap. The episode where he leaps back home and sings John Lennon’s “Imagine” to (I think) his sister brings a tear to my eye every time.

His Archer approaches space exploration with the wonder of a child and the wisdom of an elder. I had fun watching him try to make sense of new worlds ... and spar with his Vulcan science officer.

If forced to choose between Kirk and Picard, I’d have to say my choice depends on the REST of the question.

Who would I want to serve under if I were in Starfleet?

Picard. His grace under pressure never fails.

Who would I want to be romantically involved with?

While Picard has that regal bearing and sexy accent on his side, I’d go with Kirk — without a doubt. William Shatner or Chris Pine. Doesn’t matter. 

Who’s your captain? Kirk? Picard? Archer? Or are you more of a Kathryn Janeway or Benjamin Sisko fan?

P.S. Enjoy this YouTube clip from CNN, in which William Shatner reveals who would win in a fight, him or Picard.


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About Arlene: 
Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She has her father to thank for her love of all things sci-fi. He took her to see Star Wars when she was six. She immediately fell in love with R2-D2, C3PO and Luke Skywalker. (Only with the Star Wars re-release in the ’90s did she succumb to the bad-boy appeal of Han Solo.) Find her at, on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. Out of all the shows... Picard was my favorite!

    1. He is very comforting in a fatherly way. And the accent ...

  2. Total ST fan and always have been. Totally in love with Big Bang too! I loved the fantasy of the first and the snappy dialogue and characters of the second! But I'd have to go with Picard... There's just something about him that made me want to jump his space traveling bones! ;) Hmmm (just don't tell my husband of a hundred years - that's why I've watched ST all these years!)

  3. I totally get the Scott Bakula thing. I loved Quantum Leap and the episode you referenced is one of my favorites. As for the Star Trek doubt, Picard.

    1. One of my favorites, too. I saw it on the network, first run, when I was kind of young, but it's stuck with me all this time.

  4. Great post! My grandmother was a HUGE Star Trek fan and this is funny because well, she's my grandmother and little Japanese woman, so, yeah, you get it. Well, she loved Picard! I think she had the hots for him. Thanks for sharing and I think this argument is right up there with which came first, the chicken or the egg!

    1. Picard is kicking some serious butt over here! Maybe I should inform @williamshatner.

  5. Maybe this is because I came to Star Trek later in life, but I love Picard. "Make it so." Isn't that what he says? I still like that. I think it should be my daily motto. ;)

    1. I can hear Picard's voice saying "Make it so, Number One."

      That actually would be a really great motto. Maybe we should make a sign ...


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