One of the biggest debates for fans is Kirk v Picard, but what is unusual is for one of the creative forces behind Star Trek to pick a side – but that is what Brannon Braga did in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say on that, Generations death threats and more – plus watch Braga talking about his latest space adventure – the new Cosmos (now out on Blu-ray).
UPDATE: Shatner Responds
After TrekMovie highlighted Brannon Braga’s comments, William Shatner took to Twitter to make the following comment…
I see SOMEONE made the right choice… Though it’s 20 years too late! :-) @BrannonBraga
Braga: Kirk was more fun + glad no longer getting death ‘Generations’ threats
The celebrity site TMZ ran into Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga in New York last month and asked him the age old question –who is the better Star Trek captain, original series’ Kirk or Next Generation’s Picard? Braga – who has writing credits on around one out of seven Star Trek: TNG scripts – gave a surprising answer…
Personally, if I were serving under a captain I would probably go with Kirk…I’d have a little more fun. He likes to have fun. Picard was kind of buttoned- down…so now Patrick Stewart is going to unfollow me on Twitter.
He also said given a choice, he would prefer to have a drink with William Shatner over Chris Pine noting "he’s the man!"
In addition, Braga – co-writer of the first two TNG feature films (Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact) – confirmed that he still gets an earful for killing Kirk in Generations, saying…
Yes I do [still get flack for killing Capt Kirk in Star Trek Generations]. But it isn’t as bad as back when I was getting death threats.
Braga also opined on looking forward to the next Star Wars movie (directed by JJ Abrams), noting that as a kid he was more of a Wars fan than Trek.
Braga (with help from co-writer Ron Moore) killed off Capt. Kirk in “Star Trek: Generations” – which apparently generated some death threats
Watch the brief TMZ interview with Braga below.
POLL: You Decide!
So (of the two) who is the better captain?
Braga and Cosmos Team Paley Center Panel + BTS
In the last year Braga has been keeping very busy. He co-created the new WGN historical fantasy series Salem, which wraps up its first season on July 13th. He also co-created FOX’s rebooted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Seth MacFarlane, which wrapped up last month. TMZ caught up with Braga in the video above when he was in New York City to speak at a Paley Center panel on Cosmos, along with his fellow producers Ann Druyan and Mitchell Cannold and host Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Cosmos was also recently released on Blu-ray, here is a clip of one of the bonus features, with Braga talking about the special effects for one of the episodes directed by Braga.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is available now at Amazon.