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William Shatner Wants To Know Your Favorite Star Trek Captain Scenes For ‘Captains’ Doc May 17, 2011

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William Shatner is currently finishing his documentary "The Captains" featuring Bill talking to Star Trek’s other captains. Tonight he has taken to social media to ask fans for help with the doc, specifically in identifying their favorite scenes with the various captains. Details below.   


William Shatner looking for your help with the "Captains" doc

William Shatner is looking for help on his "Captains" documentary. He wants fans to let him know what are some of their favorite scenes with the various Star Trek captains. Here is the message he sent out via Twitter on Tuesday night:

Friends, So now we’ve come to the assistance I requested from you a week ago. I need your help finding key Star Trek scenes. In your reply I need the following info: Ep name and where in the episode (e.g "when the Klgn ship blows up", "after Picard transports") etc  and the final piece I need is the hash tag from my post (#CAPT1, #CAPT7,…) Are you ready?

There are 10 scene suggestions Shatner is looking for, specifically:

Voyager: the best scene where Janeway is angry/mad/upset? #CAPT1

Voyager: the best Janeway moment scene. #CAPT2

TNG: Best scene where Picard appears upset/tortured. Someone suggested Chain of Command Ep may be good 4 scenes-submit all though #CAPT3

TNG: What is the best scene where Picard looking cool, in charge, acting as the captain? #CAPT4

TOS: Favorite happy/mirthful scene with Kirk from Trouble with Tribbles episode. #CAPT5

TNG: A fun clip of Q making fun, joking about/with Picard #CAPT6

DS9: Favorite happy moment with Sisko #CAPT7

ENT: Best action scene of Archer. #CAPT8

DS9: Saddest Sisko moment from the series. #CAPT9

ENT: Best love scene with Archer #CAPT10

If you want to help then you can submit your suggestions via Twitter but remember to include the appropriate hashtag (#CAPT1, etc). Bill has asked for replies over the next 48 hours (or by Thursday night). He has said he will also post about this on his Facebook page to allow feedback there as well.



1. Peter Gelfer - May 17, 2011

The best diplomatic Captain was John Luc Piccard. I really liked him. The bes no nonsense go get em Captain was Capt. Catherine Janweay of Voyager.

2. MJ (lilly macademia) - May 17, 2011

Hey Shat, maybe watch one single episode of TNG this time before you interview Stewart so you it won’t be so obvious this time around that you have no idea of what the other series covered. LOL

3. Vultan - May 17, 2011

I think the best Picard cool moment was from Yesterday’s Enterprise:

Klingon: “Surrender and prepare to be boarded.”
Picard: (echoing John Wayne) “That’ll be the day.” (then jumps over tactical console and goes out phasers blazing)

Great moment from a great episode!

4. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 17, 2011

The Best Capt Kirk Scene is when he prevented Dr. MCcoy from saving Edith Keeler.
The Best Capt Picard Scene is when he was Locutus of Borg and he told Riker. Restience is Futile.
The Best Capt Sisko was when he lost Jennifer during the Battle of Wolf 359
The Best Capt Janeway was her battle with the Borg Queen
The Best Capt Archer Scene was in the Ep. In a Mirror Darkly.

5. Dr. Cheis - May 17, 2011

I’m glad he posted to Facebook as well. I can’t wrap my head around Twitter. Too many abbreviations and special characters… it’s like we moved backwards into the Internet of the 90s.

6. Lyle Kinney - May 17, 2011

Kirk owns when he orders the prefix code over to Reliant in TWOK.

7. Spock - May 17, 2011

Best Sisko scene was one of two, either his meltdown in far beyond the stars or when he realizes that jake has poisoned himself to save his father in the’Visitor’

8. Sybok's Secret Brother - May 17, 2011

It’s not one of the choices, but I love the scene with McCoy and Kirk in “The Ultimate Computer” where Kirk attempts to toast Captain Dunsel…. too bad it’s not there.

9. The Riddler - May 17, 2011

Best love scene for Archer? Him when his Dog was sick.

10. Ivory - May 17, 2011

The scene that hasn’t been shot yet where Shatner as Kirk walks out of the nexus alive and well and gets the ending he deserves.

11. Buzz Cagney - May 17, 2011

I have no idea what the episode was called but I always enjoyed Jane-Luc delaying replying to some alien or other by taking a little walk around the bridge and wiping his finger over the dedication plaque looking for dust. That was pretty cool. Or perhaps he is just genuinely not happy with the ships cleaners? Who knows.

12. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - May 17, 2011

Best Kirk scene: tough call. Either the prefix code moment in TWOK, like #6 says, or the moment in TWOK when, seemly stranded in the Genesis cave, he tells the surprised Saavik blithely, “I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don’t like to lose. ” Followed by, “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.” Kirk’s casual bravado in revealing that he’s not stranded or defeated after all, gives the audience an exhilarating sensation.

Best Picard scene: Chain of Command, Part 2 — “THERE… ARE… FOUR… LIGHTS!” ‘Nuff said.

Best Sisko moments: Having to take over the role and identity of Gabriel Bell in Past Tense, Part II; OR, Telling Bashir to join Section 31 the next time he’s asked in Inquisition. I guess I much prefer Sisko when he’s fighting the power to all that prophet nonsense.

Best Janeway moment: ramming Voyager into the Krenim ship in Year of Hell, Part II

Best Archer moment: his part in an elaborate trick on Degra in Stratagem

13. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - May 17, 2011

Oh, shoot, I forgot the best NuKirk scene: taunting young Spock on old Spock’s advice, in order to rile him up enough to get him to give up his command.

14. Diacanu - May 17, 2011

Buzz Cagney-
That was “the ensigns of command”.

15. Vultan - May 17, 2011


Buzz, that was indeed a great Picard moment, especially when Riker asks him after hanging up on the jerk alien:

Riker: “You enjoyed that, didn’t you?”
Picard: “You’re damned right.”

I can’t remember the name of the aliens, but they were like the ultimate bureaucrats—kinda like the federal government. ;)

16. Buzz Cagney - May 17, 2011

#15 I will have to take your word on the exchange between Picard and Riker, Vults. I’m in no postion to quote TNG dialogue! – The Wrath of Khan, on the other hand, pick a part and I could play it I think lol more or less!

17. Browncoat1984 - May 17, 2011

Saddest moment on DS9 has got to be the very opening of the series, where we Sisko has to leave his wife. Its so well acted, I think the only moment that comes close is when Jadzia dies.

18. et - May 17, 2011

OK, I’m a Twitter idiot. Do we have to direct our tweets at Shatner with the hash tags? Or just tweet into space with the hash tags?

(By the way, best #CAPT4 cool Picard moment: “Unification I” where Picard schools the Klingon lackey about “gratitude.”)

19. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 17, 2011

A scene I remember is when Kirk is told by Saavik that “David is dead” from ST:SFS. I remember crying in the cinema at the whole scene.

The other scene is from Star Trek 09. It epitomised the James Kirk that we had come to know through TOS and the movies. It took place in the transporter room where Kirk told Sulu to fire on the Narada, do what it takes to preserve the Enterprise, to save Earth, if he got the opportunity, even if he (Kirk) and/or Spock were not back on the Enterprise.
(Kirk was always prepared to put the safety and welfare of the lives of others before his own…He did not want to die (he loved life) but if it meant either his life or the lives of perhaps many others (even millions), then he was always prepared to sacrifice his life in order that others might be saved.)

Hearing Chris Pine says those words with the same gravitas as the Shatner/Kirk gives me chills. It was just so spot on.

(Anthony Pascale – I do not have Twitter or Facebook. Is there any way you could pass on these two comments to William Shatner? Thank you.)

There are just so many wonderful scenes on all the Star Treks (TV and movies) with all the captains. Just can’t think of them right now, mind gone blank… need to start playing those old videos again.

20. Iowagirl - May 17, 2011

Replace “Shat” by “JJ”, “TNG” by “TOS” and “interview Stewart” by “direct ST” and your post will be almost spot-on…:))

Sad and so true… Until then, best scene would be probably anything from COTEOF.

21. Captain Conrad - May 18, 2011

I don’t have Twitter so maybe you can do this for me

ST: VI: The Undiscovered Country
McCoy: She’s ready Jim! Lock and load!
*Kirk rises out of his chair*
Kirk: FIRE!

That would be my suggestion

22. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - May 18, 2011

Best scene
ENT Riker: “end programme”

23. Jai - May 18, 2011

Re: #7

“Best Sisko scene was one of two, either his meltdown in far beyond the stars or when he realizes that jake has poisoned himself to save his father in the’Visitor’”

If William Shatner is looking for the best “sad” Sisko scene, he definitely needs to include that entire segment from “The Visitor”, from the moment Sisko is quietly watching the aged (and, unknown to Sisko, dying) Jake sleeping at sunrise, to the moment the grief-stricken Sisko is holding the younger Jake near the warp core on the Defiant.

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozq3_cWia3s&feature=related

Unfortunately the following scene doesn’t fit into Mr Shatner’s suggestions for his preferred “Sisko moments” (since he’s looking for something either “sad” or “happy”), but overall I think the best Sisko scene of all was his famous monologue at the end of “In the Pale Moonlight”.


Perhaps Mr Shatner could find a way to include that scene too.

24. captain_neill - May 18, 2011


I love that moment in Yesterday’s Enterprise when Picard takes the tactical station.

Maybe some classic Kirk fights can get in there, but I agree for Kirk letting Edith die is one of the most powerful moments.

Sisko”s monologuee at the end of In a Pale Moonlight was fantastic, it’s actually one of my fav episodes of DS9.

The Visitor ihas some great scenes to fit for the documentary. What about his speech as Benny Russell at the end ofFar Beyond the Stars when he has a breakdown? That is a great scene. But prob not relevant as it was a vision set in the 50s but a great scene.

25. Lostrod - May 18, 2011

Good suggestions so far!

So far it seems everyone is trying to assist Mr. Shatner’s endeavor – except for MJ the Troll who is apparently incapable of touching any topic involving the actor without some childish personal insult or comment.

But back to the actual topic here …

Best TOS Kirk – just about any scene with him, McCoy and Spock where he’s caught in the crossfire between The emotional Bones and the logical Spock.

26. trekker 5 - May 18, 2011

Best scene in Trouble with Tribbles with Kirk,when he talks to Scotty after the bar fight. Thats my favorite scene from that episode,I love it! Leaves me happy every time! :)

27. I'm Dead Jim! - May 18, 2011

I have to say that one of my favorite Archer scenes was during the Xindi season. It was when he decided he had to resort to the torture of a captured reptilian Xindi to extract vital information. The excellent performance showed the previously optimistic explorer Capt. Archer now conflicted and suffering through his decision, going against the grain of why he became captain of a starship in the first place. I thought it was probably his best performance of the series.

28. Jim Nightshade - May 18, 2011

Tonite the shat was on Leno and mentioned the premiere of the captains in july and on some network, or channel I dont think I have or was that pay per view?

I really wanna see the show but it sounds like its on something strange I dont know about..hmmm

29. Boom Boom - May 18, 2011

Best Captain Kirk Scene: THE NAKED TIME (TOS) Kirk is trying to convince Spock of the theory of the relationship of time and antimatter. Kirk says, “We may go up in the biggest ball of fire since the last sun in these parts exploded, but we’ve got to take that one in ten thousand chance!!!” GREAT line…so CAPTAIN KIRKISH.

30. SPOCKBOY - May 18, 2011

@28, I agree completely.
In fact that entire scene is amazing with that wonderful ending of Kirk looking around at the bulkheads, speaking directly to the Enterprise; “Never lose you…..never”

That single moment beautifully summed up his feelings about his ship.

Now THAT was a captain.

31. Bob - May 18, 2011

Voyager – emotional scene – “The Gift” – Janeway saying good-bye to Kes
Voyager – Janeway taking charge – the end of “Resolutions” where Janeway must again separate herself and her emotions from Chakotay and take command again as they return to Voyager.
Voyager – funny scenes – “Bride of Chaotica” – almost any with Janeway in the B&W scenes. Another is in “Death Wish” – the “sex” scene with Janeway and Q.
DS9 – just plain fun scene – “Trials and Tribble-ations” – Sisko talking to Kirk
DS9 – I agree with a lot of the others, “Visitor” was a very emotional episode.
TNG – emotional scene – “Sarek” – Picard’s scene with Crusher as he’s letting Sarek’s emotions wash over him.
TNG – “Best of Both Worlds Part I” – Picard talking to Guinen in ten forward – “Will this be the end of our history? Turn the page…” Always made me wonder “what if they had lost?”…
TOS – impacting speech moment – Kirk’s “in every revolution, there’s one man with a vision.”
TOS – Spock’s death scene. Great moment for he and Kirk. Well acted
TOS – Funny moment is the exchange in the truck with Kirk & Spock regarding the restaurant

32. Horatio - May 18, 2011

By far the best Captain moment of any of the series was TOS Return to Tomorrow with Kirk’s famous monologue “”Risk! Risk is our business! That’s what the starship is all about! That’s why we’re aboard her!”

That sums up the entire franchise in just one minute and still gives me goose bumps after all these years.

33. Riker 001-0 - May 18, 2011

Mine would have to be in Star Trek III…I know…not the series but one of my fav scenes was when Kirk was stealing the Enterprise. That entire sequence…even now…is very well done and timeless…

34. Desstruxion - May 18, 2011

My favorite scenes are every one of them that Shatner is in.

35. Lt. Dakin - May 18, 2011

Kirk in Doomsday machine when he orders Spock to take command instead of Decker on Kirk’s “personal authority as Captain of the Enterprise”.

Or Generations when Kirk says , “Captain of the Enterprise?”

Or quite possibly Star Trek III when Kirk speaks klingon to get beamed up.

36. Lt. Dakin - May 18, 2011

Star Trek II

When Kirk flips open his communicator and says, “Kirk to Spock. It’s 2 hours. Are you ready?

I don’t like to lose.”

37. Schultz - May 18, 2011

Best Janeway moment, and surely one of the best TV moments of all time (not only TV Trek), is the finale of “Think Tank”. I quote/paraphrase the captain: “I am sure that you’ll find a solution… if you just give it some thought.” Then music, space battle, phaser fire, Voyager warps away, credits. What a brilliant piece of work.

38. trekker 5 - May 18, 2011

#31,Horatio,i love that moment too,it is very powerful!

39. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - May 18, 2011

Vultan nailed it @ 3

40. MiamiTrek - May 18, 2011

There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew.
Janeway to Naomi Wildman [#109 and #110 Dark Frontier]

A classic moment

41. sean - May 18, 2011

One of my favorite Picard moments is in Ensigns of Command when he forces the Shelliak to wait while he dusts off the ship’s dedication plaque. Cool as a cucumber in that scene!

42. Horatio - May 18, 2011

For trekker 5 and all TOS’ers:


43. Danpaine - May 18, 2011

….another vote for Horatio’s call, #31. No doubt Shatner rocked that one. A classic “Captain” moment.

44. Mike - May 18, 2011

Kirk: Return to Tomorrow – “That’s why we’re aboard her” speech

Picard: Measure of a Man – Data’s defense speech

Sisko: The Maquis – “We don’t live in paradise” speech to Kira

Janeway: Shattered – Janeway’s interaction with Chakotay about the future

Archer: Terra Prime – Ending speech

Kirk (2009): Telling Pike Romulans are attacking, while on the bridge.

45. Victor - May 18, 2011

Sisko Singing..
Sisko punching out Q

46. robie - May 18, 2011

@ Trekker 5
Just thinking about that scene made me smile :)

47. Bruce Banner - May 18, 2011

Sisco sad scene: When he has to confront Cassidy Yates after he finds out she’s been smuggling for the maqie (sic).

48. rm10019 - May 18, 2011

Do we get paid to co-produce this doc?

49. KJS - May 18, 2011

TOS: “Corbomite Manuver” (Great example of Kirk’s cool under pressure)

Movies 1-6: TWOK Prefix Code, Spock Death/Funeral, TSFS David killed/Kirk reaction,

TNG: “Chain of Command” Picard Tortured

Movies 7-10: GEN Picard finds out his nephew dies in fire,
FC “They invade our space, and we fall back. The assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not Again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! I will make them pay for what they’ve done!”

DS9: “Visitors” (The most emotional episode in all of Trek in my opinion)

VOY: “Year of Hell” Janeway crashing into the Krenim ship

ENT: (I cant remember what episode but in the expanse Archer is forced to “extract” information from someone and he knows he is compromising his ethics but does anyway to inevitably save humanity)

50. KJS - May 18, 2011

Oops forgot a couple:

Special Mentions:

ST V TFF: Kirk and Sybock pain scene Kirk: “I need my pain!”, “What does God need with a Starship?” scene

ST VI: Kirk and Spock “Captain, they are dying.” Kirk:”Let them die” scene

DS9: “Far Beyond The Stars” Sisko insisting his story of DS9 is real

51. John from Cincinnati - May 18, 2011

Favorite TOS Kirk moment:

Kirk’s speech from “Return to Tomorrow” trying to convince the command crew to volunteer their bodies.

“Risk, risk is our business. That’s why this ship was built. That’s why we’re aboard her.”

Captures Kirk and their spirit of the entire franchise in on succinct speech.

52. Damian - May 18, 2011

15–The episode was “The Ensigns of Command” and the alien in question was the Sheliak from the 3rd season.

I thought “The City on the Edge of Forever” has some of the best Kirk moments overall. “The Menagerie” where he tries to plead with Spock to explain himself was good, some of the over the top moments when he pretends to be enraged in “The Enterprise Incident.”

For Picard, when he breaks down to his brother in “Family” and overall in “Chains of Command” when he is being tortured. Also in “Tapestry” when he tells Q he would rather die the man he was then live what he saw of his altered future.

For Sisko, “The Visitor” and “Far Beyond the Stars” are standouts. I also liked the moment when he tells Gowron in “The Way of the Warrior” that there weapons were not trick and when he is trying to get the Jem’Hadar to surrender in “Rocks and Shoals”. Another was when he is trying to explain to the Prophets in “Emissary” why he keeps coming back to the moment of Jennifer’s death, the anguish he projects.

For Janeway, “Year of Hell” obviously stands out. I thought “Coda” was good as was Equinox.

For Archer, I thought “First Flight” was good, if for no other reason it gave us background into his character. I also thought “Home” was good, especially as he tries to reflect on his fight with the Xindi and some of the extreme steps he took to achieve his goals. I also liked the moment he decided to destroy the Borg ship in “Regenerations.” Up to that time he always tried to avoid destroying others. This was the first time I remember him giving an order to destroy a ship that had life on board. I loved the moment he said “Target their warp core.”

For Star Trek (2009) I agree with an earlier poster, when he had to taunt Spock to get him to relinquish command. Also earlier when he is trying to guess Uhura’s name and later when the cadets threaten him and he tells them to get help to make it an even fight. Classic stuff.

53. Bruce Cunningham - May 18, 2011

#CAP4 One of my favorite moments is when Captain Picard is being cool and captain like is when he “loans” the shuttlecraft Goddard to Captain Montgomery Scott. It almost brings a wee tear to ones eye.

54. Bruce Cunningham - May 18, 2011

forgot to mention it was the episode “Relics”

55. Lt. Bailey - May 18, 2011

For me, its where do I start?

I have so many that I could name, so to pick one (best) moment is going to be hard as (fill in the blank). I may need some Romulan Ale before I can settle on only one for each request.

56. trololol - May 18, 2011

“There are FOUR lights!” #CAPT3

57. Shannon Nutt - May 18, 2011

Yep, “THERE…ARE…FOUR…LIGHTS” is Picard’s “moment” the same way “KHAAAAAN!” is Kirk’s “moment”.

58. I'm Dead Jim! - May 18, 2011

I just read that CBS canceled The Shat’s show! Is that old news?

59. JB - May 18, 2011

I think there are so many moments from TOS where the writers and Shatner set the standard by which all starship commanders should be judged:

– Kirk’s bluffing his way out of a no-win situation in “The Corbomite Maneuver,” bending but never breaking under the stress

– Kirk’s determination and growing desperation to save his ship as it plunges into the atmosphere in “The Naked Time,” culminating with the line, “Never lose you. Never.”

– Kirk’s dressing down of the bigoted Lt. Stiles on the bridge in “Balance of Terror,” not to mention his decision-making throughout the story. By the end of it you know you would follow this guy anywhere.

– Kirk’s testimony on his own behalf in “Court Martial,” ending with the statement, “…and nothing is more important than my ship.”

– Kirk’s handling of the encounter with the Horta in “The Devil in the Dark,” where the easy way out would certainly have been to just destroy the Horta.

I could go on and on but it was moments like these that made Kirk one of my heroes as a kid. The writers put their military experience to good use and Shatner’s portrayal in the first two seasons was pitch-perfect.

60. Third Remata'Klan - May 18, 2011

Four words: There are four lights.

61. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 18, 2011

That entire scene in Trouble with Tribbles is a beauty. Even Kirk’s “punishment” of having Scotty consigned to his quarters for the rest of the shore leave was great, since that is all Scotty wanted to do anyway – stay in his quarters reading tech manuals! One of the truly comedic moments to be found anywhere on television.
That entire episode has some wonderful Kirk moments (and
with the other characters as well). I love the part near the end where, for most of the time, Kirk is irritated by the tribbles and is aloof, until he finds out that they “don’t like Klingons”. Suddenly he is very consoling to the one he is holding, saying “There, there”. Tribbles are really not bad after all and they clearly have good taste…:) Ah, a real bond was formed that day between a fluffy alien and a human male.

The bar scene with nuKirk was a really great one right up to the first punch, starting with, “That’s a lotta drinks for one woman” and finishing with, “Well, bring some more and it will be an even fight…” LOL It showed his “naughtiness”, his bravado, his humour and a reckless attitude, as in not caring that these redshirted wannabees clearly had more brawn than brain.

62. JB - May 18, 2011

“TNG: What is the best scene where Picard looking cool, in charge, acting as the captain? ”

My personal favorite was Picard’s confrontation with the Romulan defector in “The Defector,” when Picard has to decide whether to believe the Romulan commander and take his ship across the Neutral Zone. The dialogue was well written and by that time Stewart had found his stride as a seasoned starship commander.

63. James - May 18, 2011

What was the episode after best of both worlds part 2? The scene where Picard is in the vineyard with his brother and breajs down traumatised by what the Borg did to him – very powerful scene imo.

64. Matt H. - May 18, 2011


65. Ironhyde - May 18, 2011

#CAPT6 TNG S4E20 “Q-Pid” : just after the whole adventure where Vash and Picard are sitting on the sofa and finishing goodbyes — Q appears!

#CAPT9 DS9 S4E2 “The Visitor” : Jake wakes up, old in his chair, with Sisko staring at him.

#CAPT4 TNG S3E7 “The Enemy” : the romulan has just died in sickbay and picard comes out onto the bridge to face the newly arriving Romulan warbird in a final stand-off.

I’m still thinking on others, but I like these answers to start with. Thanks William Shatner for asking us fans to help!

66. Ironhyde - May 18, 2011

I want to disagree with others on the Chain of Command being best for #CAPT3. My answer is different, and I hope others can look at things like “First Contact” where Picard explodes in his ready room, deciding he will have to make his final stand. “Sarek”, where he has been given Sarek’s emotional burden to hold. Or even “Family” where Picard and his brother wrestle in the mud. There’s also a good one in Generations, where he has his photo album and he talks about the family he had met in “Family” and how now they are gone in a fire… Scenes of actual torture are uncomfortable. :(

Here’s my pick:

#CAPT3 TNG S4E09 “Final Mission” : Picard tells Wessley “i might not make it” and as Wessley blubbers about how he’s managed to modify his tricorder, Picard stops him, and tells him to Listen…

67. Tiberius III - May 18, 2011

This is not really a scene, but one of my favorite Kirk lines.

Kirk: You didn’t really think ] was gonna beat his head in did you?

Spock: I thought you might.

Kirk: You’re right.

Errand of Mercy

68. Ironhyde - May 18, 2011

#63 James, YES… you mean “Family”, S43E2. That is fantastic! Where picard and his brother finally come to blows during a walk in the vineyard…

69. Ironhyde - May 18, 2011

#CAPT1 VOY S4E9 “Year of Hell Part II” : In the final climactic battle, Annorax gives the order to concentrate fire on Voyager, then…

70. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - May 18, 2011

#CAPT3: i’m not a big TNG fan, but my favorite Picard scene is from “Sarek” when Jean-Luc is channeling all of Sarek’s emotions and feelings about Amanda, Spock, you know…

Favorite Kirk scene…hm, fight with Finnigan…”Risk is our business” speech, a few more maybe.

71. MJ (lilly macademia) - May 18, 2011

@ 20/Iowagirl: “#2. Replace “Shat” by “JJ”, “TNG” by “TOS” and “interview Stewart” by “direct ST” and your post will be almost spot-on…:))”

Oh great, my mother-in-law in now posting here.

72. rah - May 18, 2011

The best Janeway scene is the only one where she is her real self in living witness when she blows away the people with the phaser rifle
the real Janeway show herself there.

73. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 18, 2011

#71 Well, given that so far you have made no contribution in terms of stating what your favourite/memorable scene/s might be for any of the six captains and have only remarked on how William Shatner needs to watch TNG – (how do you know that he hasn’t?), perhaps you do need your “mother-in-law” coming in to “crack the whip” as it were.

MJ – what’s up, mate?

74. MJ (lilly macademia) - May 18, 2011

OK Keachick,

My favorite Captain scene of all time is Kirk tricking Khan with the shield lowering in ST2. I also loved Picards rant and “the line is drawn herrrreee!” in STFC. Also remember the “I’m not Picard” line for Cisco where he punches someone early in the First Season. And in Trek 9, love Pine in the Kobayashi Maru scene.

75. MJ (lilly macademia) - May 18, 2011

@73 “have only remarked on how William Shatner needs to watch TNG – (how do you know that he hasn’t?)”

I was referring to the Captains Table interview by Whoppie Goldberg on the ST Blu-Ray movie set a couple of years ago where he admited he had never watched the NG, with Stewart, Nimoy and Frakes sitting right next to him. I was embarrassed for him as well as Trek in seeing that.

76. Buzz Cagney - May 18, 2011

Bill has long said that he doesn’t watch episodic television. Its his choice surely. And I admire him for admitting it.

77. Buzz Cagney - May 18, 2011

#63 I thought that was ludicrous. Two old men who still had issues with each other bad enough to be wanting to bash each other in over.
Reminded me of the bitch-fight on Dynasty!
Only with Picard and his brother I didn’t become even the teeniest bit aroused!

78. MJ - May 18, 2011

@76. You are missing my point, Buzz. Here we have this guy who has never watched any Trek except his own doing a documentary on the other Captains. I find that bizarre.

No doubt he had to throw in a couple episodes of each to this documentary…at least I frigging hope so…knowing Shat, he probably just asked his daughter to prepare some cliff notes and maybe still hasn’t watched any of it.

Buzz, you are too insightful to become a Shat apologist. :-)

79. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 18, 2011

#75 – “I was referring to the Captains Table interview by Whoppie Goldberg on the ST Blu-Ray movie set a couple of years ago where he admited he had never watched the NG, with Stewart, Nimoy and Frakes sitting right next to him. I was embarrassed for him as well as Trek in seeing that.”

I did not know that. Hopefully, Shatner has since rectified that omission. What’s with these actors/producers etc (thinking Rick Berman, Kate Mulgrew… here) not watching other series/episodes/movies in a franchise they are connected with and which has rewarded them all with, what I can only assume have been, rather fat pay cheques? Have they no interest or respect for the franchise or the (loyal) audiences? For some reason, I find this attitude rather offensive.

Hey – Trek actors et al – WATCH SOME FROM EACH OF THE STAR TREK SERIES AND MOVIES! (at the very least).

(At least Chris Pine watched the first season of TOS or so he said. However, when he mentioned a Kirk scene, I’m sure it came from an episode from the third season. Go CP!)

80. Buzz Cagney - May 18, 2011

#78 you won’t get round me by flattering me! lol. But it is definitely worth trying though. ;-D

81. Red Dead Ryan - May 18, 2011

I think Karl Urban mentioned that he is a fan of previous Treks. TOS and TNG in particular. Walter Koenig had nice things to say about TNG, even though he knew it was different from TOS. Same with DeForrest Kelley. Scott Bakula loves the original series. LeVar Burton wanted to join TNG because he was inspired Nichelle Nichols.

I guess if William Shatner had watched some of the other Treks, it would remind him of how much fun he had and he’d miss sitting in the captain’s chair too much. That would be my guess. Or he might not be a television watcher, preferring to be on it instead of in front of it.

82. MJ - May 19, 2011

Keachick, I found the interviews on youtube if you are interested:


83. Pinky - May 19, 2011

After Picard storms out of the house and they talk about how Picard is the hero and Robert will always be “Picard’s brother”. then the fist fight and Picard expresses his pain over the experience with the borg

84. Pinky - May 19, 2011

In janeway’s quaters. lights are low and chakotay is in there. he talks business but then janeway is being so grumpy so he invites her to play velocity. best janeway moment in the talk after this.

85. Jai - May 19, 2011

Unfortunately there’s no “Angry Sisko” option in the list of William Shatner’s suggestions [as we all know, there would be quite a few scenes to choose from ;)], but if there was then I think the best “angry” scene in DS9 would be from “For the Uniform”. You know the scene I’m talking about — it’s when Sisko was arguing with the traitor Eddington over the viewscreen and shouts “MAJOR !!! SHUT THAT THING OFF !!!”. In that particular scene, Sisko was testosterone-fuelled to the point of overdosing on his own hormones.

I guess Sisko was obviously channelling his inner Klingon during his vendetta-driven confrontation with Eddington ;) Great acting by Avery Brooks too.

There’s another brilliant “angry Sisko” scene earlier in the same episode, where Sisko was venting his frustration about previously being outwitted by Eddington by angrily beating the hell out of a punching bag while talking to Jadzia. Okay, “snarling” would be more accurate description than “talking”.

86. Jai - May 19, 2011

Along with Sisko’s monologue which I mentioned in #23, and of course that incredibly moving scene from “The Visitor”, I think one of the very best moments in DS9 was from the episode “You Are Cordially Invited”. It didn’t involve Sisko this time, but Martok had a wonderfully nuanced, eloquent monologue musing about love and marriage when Worf’s wedding to Jadzia appeared to have been cancelled. I can’t find the scene on Youtube, but here’s the quote:

“We are not accorded the luxury of choosing the women we fall in love with. Do you think Sirella is anything like the woman I thought that I’d marry? She is a prideful, arrogant, mercurial woman, who shares my bed far too infrequently for my taste. And yet… I love her, deeply. [*wry laugh*]. We Klingons often tout our prowess in battle, our desire for glory and honor above all else. But how hollow is the sound of victory without someone to share it with. Honor gives little comfort to a man alone in his home… and in his heart.”

It’s a masterpiece of brilliant writing (and of course, brilliant acting by JG Hertzler), and succinctly depicts there being a lot more to the Klingons than just the usual brutish thug stereotype.

There’s another superb scene from the DS9 episode “Strange Bedfellows” where Martok talks to Sisko about marriage. It’s more lighthearted, and the stanch warrior Martok displays an amusingly Sun Tzu-style attitude to marriage in his “advice” to Sisko. His melodramatic descriptions of his pet targ are funny too. Fantastic acting by Mr Hertzler once again. Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpwGW697-A

MARTOK: “But enough about the war with the Dominion. I want to hear about the war at home. You just married that freighter captain, didn’t you?”
SISKO: “Yes.”
MARTOK: “Then war has broken out, whether you know it or not. A long, gruelling, intoxicating war. I remember the day my beloved Sirella moved into my home. I had a pet targ. Had him since I was a boy. A filthy, mangy beast, but in his bony breast beat the heart of a warrior. Of course, Sirella loathed him. Well, to make a long story short, while she was supervising the unloading of her bags, Sirella accidently left the front door open, and my faithful targ, ever ready to follow the call of the wild, tottered outside on his frail legs and disappeared into the forest. I never laid eyes on him again.”
SISKO: “Lady Sirella draws the first blood.”
MARTOK:” You see my point. Don’t get me wrong, I would not trade Sirella for all the targs on Kronos. And over the course of our marriage I’ve won more than my fair share of the battles between us. But in the end, I know she will win the war.”
SISKO: “I’ll keep that in mind.”

87. Jai - May 19, 2011

^^”the stanch warrior Martok”

Ahem, “staUnch warrior Martok”. I have no idea what “stanch” means. Sounds like some kind of special spicy sauce you’d put on your extra-large flame-grilled burger.

88. Damian - May 19, 2011

I was just watching DS9 Indiscretion last night. I loved the scene when Kasidy tells Sisko she might take a job on Bajor and he looks stunned and just blubbers out “Th-That’s great” How many men have been in that position. Then later when he says “It’s a big step” then tries to unsuccessfully try to appease her. Loved Avery Brook’s acting there. I can imagine so many men being in the same position when their girlfriend suddenly tells them they may move next door.

89. Christopher Roberts - May 19, 2011

Somebody ought to tell Bill that Archer didn’t get much love. I can think of two women and that’s probably it.

90. ML31 - May 19, 2011

The Picard scene is a no brainer. His little tirade in the feature film “First Contact”. Where he was saying “The line has to be drawn HERE! No farther!” Just before he realizes he is succumbing to an Ahab complex.

91. CherS - May 19, 2011

My fav scene was at the end of the episode of “The Inner Light” when Captain Picard is given the “penny whistle” and starts to play it. Trekkers will understand this.

92. n1701ncc - May 19, 2011

2 of my favorite Kirk moments

TOS – One of my favorite captain moment is in the Doomsday Machine, when the transporter doesnt work and he has the ship on self destruct. Kirk is waiting to be transported and the line is ” Gentlemen I suggest you beam me aboard” ..great stuff

and close 2nd

Tos – the finally scene after Kirk and Spock return with McCoy from Earth in the Guardian Forever eposide. Kirk line ” Lets get the hell out of here”

Ent – in the Mirror eposide Archer was at his best in the whole eposide

93. Katie G. - May 19, 2011

Jai… glad to find another DS9 fan. Have been feeling all alone.


94. Katie G. - May 19, 2011

74. MJ (lilly macademia) – May 18, 2011

“…Also remember the “I’m not Picard” line for Cisco where he punches someone early in the First Season.”

It was Season 1, Episode 7. He hit Q.

“You hit me… Picard never hit me.”

“I’m not Picard.”

“Indeed not. You’re much easier to provoke. How fortunate for me.” ”

Love that one too…

95. Katie G. - May 19, 2011


“Time’s UP!!!”

96. Katie G. - May 19, 2011

“My congratulations, Captain. A dazzling display of logic.”

“You didn’t think I had it in me, did you, Spock?”

“No, sir.”

Love the expression on Kirk’s face right then. He looked so hurt! LOL

97. Buzz Cagney - May 19, 2011

How about the scene near the end of TVH when the crew line up to learn their fate for their misdeeds in the Search for Spock.
Very little dialogue from Kirk, but the speech from the Starfleet guy about how they saved Earth from its own shortsightedness and busting Kirk back to Captain as *cough* ‘punishment’ coupled with the look on JTK’s face is absolutely priceless.

98. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 19, 2011

I think, Jai, that anger is an expression of frustration and sadness. So, suggesting scenes that show an angry Captain Sisco is quite appropriate here.

I really think this is about recalling scenes to do with the various captains that have had the greatest impact, irrespective of whether they be deemed “happy” or “sad”. Most situations fall into either of these categories anyway, except for the “bitter/sweet” moments, the other important category and perhaps the most powerful of all.

99. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 19, 2011

Although the opening scenes of Star Trek 09 do not involve any of the six captains (save a wee Jim Kirk, perhaps), it was one of those bitter/sweet moments and that is why those scenes were so poignant and had a heavy emotional impact on viewers who saw those scenes. George Kirk died to save others, including his wife and newborn son, or at least, give them a fighting chance. Both death and loss along with the birth of new life all in the same breath – truly a bitter/sweet event. Powerful moments for sure.

100. Katie G. - May 19, 2011

90. ML31 – May 19, 2011

Quark used that line in DS9. “The line has to be drawn here. NO FARTHER!!”

Love when they do that…

101. Katie G. - May 19, 2011

15. Vultan – May 17, 2011


Buzz, that was indeed a great Picard moment, especially when Riker asks him after hanging up on the jerk alien:

Riker: “You enjoyed that, didn’t you?”
Picard: “You’re damned right.”

I can’t remember the name of the aliens, but they were like the ultimate bureaucrats—kinda like the federal government. ;) ”


The aliens were the Sheliak and Data was trying to convince the human settlers to leave before the Sheliak arrive and remove them forcibly. (Season 3, episode 2 “The Ensigns of Command”.) I LOVE THAT PART ALSO.

102. Vultan - May 19, 2011


Great choice, Buzz, but the thing I love most about that scene is when the president lists the charges against them, mentioning the sabotage of the Excelsior just as the camera passes Scotty. You can see just a hint of a smirk on his face… and a wee bit of embarrassment. Great acting by Doohan (as usual).

103. Tony Whitehead - May 19, 2011

Risk. Risk is our business!

104. Vultan - May 19, 2011

Anyone else think the Genesis Trilogy (TWOK, TSFS, TVH) is the best storyline Trek has ever had? I mean, there have been some great stories over the decades, but for me that trio of films is nothing short of amazing—particularly the fact it wasn’t outlined from the beginning; they were done just one at a time. I mean, who would’ve guessed the return of Khan would end with Kirk, a reborn Spock, and the rest of the crew crashlanding on Earth in a stolen Klingon ship with a couple of time-traveling humpback whales on board?

Weird and wild stuff. :D

105. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 19, 2011

Too true, Vultan. That trilogy of movies certainly took us on a weird and wonderful ride.

The only little problem I have is with ST:SFS and that is when Kirk is fighting with Klingon Kruge (played beautifully by Christopher Lloyd) on the Genesis world that is about to be no more. I would have thought that all those toxic gases escaping from the planet’s core should have killed anyone/everyone there in an instant, but there they were… with the “I have had….enough of….YOU!” and all…LOL!

106. HDJ7 - May 19, 2011

For #CAPT4, I would suggest the end of “The Wounded.” That whole episode, you just want Picard to aide Maxwell and you wonder how he could have his crew and specifically O’Brien’s loyalty. That speech at the end where he informs the Cardassian about human loyalty and that the Federation and particularly Picard are no fools reaffirms his values and demonstrates why he was a good captain.

107. grigori - May 19, 2011

#9 My reaction exactly!! Best love scene with Archer?! He accomplished a lot, but not with the ladies.

108. Amorican - May 19, 2011

Sisko punches Garek in the face. End of thread.

109. Amorican - May 19, 2011

(because there really should be a #CAPT11 for when Sisko gets mad.)

real end of tread.

110. Paul - May 19, 2011

It’s Paul from WS. com! Thanks to all of you for your input. We’ve copied this thread and are adding your suggestions to the Twitter and Facebook suggestions.

111. wwiifanatic - May 19, 2011

#Capt 4 —When Picard pwns Tomalak in “The Defector”

112. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - May 19, 2011


That’s one of my favorites too. I was staring at the screen with my mouth open. Didn’t cry, though. That’s the Vulcan in me. Har har.

“Klingon bastard, you killed my son.”

113. Ironhyde - May 19, 2011

#8, it’s definitely not one of the choices and it’s confusing why people post so many irrelevant answers… maybe they didn’t read the actual article… but still, your scene for Kirk i agree 100%. Toasting Captain dunsel was a brilliant scene. An absolute gem in some pretty good TOS writing.

114. Brett Campbell - May 19, 2011

IMHO, the funniest Shatner scene in “Tribbles” occurs in the debriefing with Scotty after the bar room brawl: “… And THAT’S when you hit the Klingon … ?!”

115. skyjedi - May 19, 2011

Picard in charge of the fleet when they go after the borg in First Contact, or when he decides to mutiny in Insurrection.

116. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - May 19, 2011

Saddest Sisco moment was the eppisode where he is cought in time and Jake Sisco spends the rest of his life trying to get him back. VERY POWERFULL eppisode. Made me cry

117. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 20, 2011

#113 I thought those choices in the article were just examples of what Shatner was looking for.

(OT – Just watched this very minute the Family Guy do a wee TWOK parody – turned around to watch the TV screen as I recognised that lovely music that played just as Carol Marcus introduces Kirk to the Genesis Cave in the original movie…)

#114 Yes. It would have to be one of the funniest and best played scenes ever, possibly on all of television. Shatner and Doohan were absolutely superb in that scene! It is because of scenes like this one that makes Star Trek (TOS) the TRUE classic that it is. Star Trek created dramedy.

I loved watching Kirk’s reaction when Spock disobeyed his orders in TOS episode This Side of Paradise.

I have to say that it is James Kirk who stands out the most for me. There are just so many scenes that I enjoy watching of him – I love the delivery of certain lines, the subtle facial and other physical gestures, the pauses, the humour, the anger, the resolve, the passion, the gentleness. Perhaps what impressed me more than anything when I was very young was the way this character, Kirk, related to children. He actually seemed to like their company, unlike Picard who seemed fearful and impatient. On the few episodes of TOS where there were children, a lot of the time Kirk did not have to interact with them, but he chose to. I loved that about the character. I hope that aspect is not overlooked by the present Star Trek writers and producers.

Sorry to rave. I’m not sure if what I have written is totally appropriate for the requirements of this thread, but it is how I feel and have always felt about the character of James T Kirk.

I hope this gets passed onto William Shatner.

118. n1701ncc - May 20, 2011

lets review the captains

kirk – was/is a mans man. Leader, fun loving, women chasing with a ton of charisma. He makes sitting in the captains chair full of excitement

picard – your typical CEO. Very corporate but will role his sleeves up when needed. Never really found his job fun unless he was in the holo deck

sisko – always had something to prove. A chip on his shoulder and a heavy heart. Tough to enjoy yourself and your job when you are stuck on station with people that have an even bigger chip on there shoulder

janeway – was forced to be much like kirk except for the skirt chasing. I enjoyed her command decisions and how directed her ship. She became a very focused captain trying to get her people back to the alpha quad.

archer – the true explorer, Even more then kirk. He wanted to find new peoples. i think all of his kirk qualities were let loose in the mirror episode. He was great for the first starship Enterprise

119. Ironhyde - May 20, 2011

#117 Keachick … You might be right. Still, the article reads “There are 10 scene suggestions Shatner is looking for, specifically”. What good to him are things he’s not looking for ? Dunno. He even gave us tags… which, sadly, a lot of people with good answers to his questions are omitting.

But I guess it’s also more that people on this thread are just sharing their thoughts on the Captains… which I AM enjoying thoroughly.

120. Buzz Cagney - May 20, 2011

#119 I only chucked my thoughts out there, Ironhyde. I had no plans to go to Twitter or Facebook to make them but also had no idea Paul from WS.com was going to come on by either. I thought we were just having a general chat! :-D
I would have made more effort if i had known it was going to be graded for quality and worthiness! lol

121. Brett Campbell - May 20, 2011

117 — Very fine points about Kirk’s relating to children; he was an outer space cowboy with a touch of Atticus Finch.

122. CDRArch - May 20, 2011

I love the doubt and weight of command with the Captains talking to the Doctor “Balance of Terror” and the “The Cage” are good examples.

123. danielh - May 20, 2011

kirk getting coverd in tribbles

124. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 20, 2011

#119 Part of my problem is that I do not have complete sets of any of the Star Trek series, so I cannot give Shatner more than certain poignant memories of scenes I recall of the captains, and especially of Captain Kirk. We recorded our Star Treks (episodes for all series) on videotape, some of which, unfortunately, were unlabelled and mixed up. I have about 200 tapes to go through in order to find the episode I think I am looking for. Some of the tapes don’t play that well either…I am not a wealthy trekkie.

Which brings me to another point, that maybe the present Bad Robot team might like to note –

I fell “in love” with Star Trek (TOS) just from watching it on a b/w television set. I did not see any TOS episode in colour until at least 10 years after the series had been cancelled in the US. A version we have of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is on a videotape that was recorded over 25 years ago off BBC Television in England by a cousin. The picture and sound quality are not the best, but the tape still plays and when we are in the mood, we will still watch it and enjoy it as much as we did the first time we saw the film.

Although I agree that good technical production, FX, CGI, special effects etc are important, the reality is that it is the STORY and the CHARACTERS that make you want to watch and watch again. Obviously I would prefer to see these movies on state-of-the-art technology, but I don’t have to, because the ESSENTIALS are there. Stick to the ESSENTIALS, (without ignoring better filming technologies obviously) and you will have a keen audience, especially when it comes to Star Trek.

125. AmericanJRK - May 20, 2011

TNG Family will always be one of Picard’s shining moments, when he and Robert wrestle in the mud. That was the most humanizing moment for his character, relating the pain and grief that he alone has to suffer through and live with.

126. Tiberius III - May 20, 2011

124. Well said. I’ve been a fan of TOS for thirty nine years. When I was about seven, I got a cassette recorder for Christmas. I used to record my favorite episodes and play them back in bed after my parents thought I was asleep. I guess that’s why I can pretty much recite “The Doomsday Machine” verbatim to this day. If anyone had told me back then that when I grow up, I’m going to be watching ST on my portable phone, would’ve said they were nuts.

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