The Best Starship Captain
My friend Sylvia has weighed in on the Starship Captain question: "Surely there is no debate! Those of us who live daily with the intertextual echo of 'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.' know that there is no captain that ever has or ever will reach the stature of Picard." But for my money, it's gotta be Sisko, in spite of the lack of intertextual echoes. Hell, you’ve got the man responsible for saving the Alpha quadrant and the Emissary of the Prophets tied-up in one person. Plus he loves using baseball analogies to explain the meaning of open possibilities within linear time. I also love the shades of grey in the character -- his willingness to live with ambiguity -- and count
In The Pale Moonlight among Star Trek's best moments. Of course, if Picard were faced with the same situation (engaging in lying, subterfuge and political assassination in order to save the Alpha quadrant), there's no way in hell he would compromise his principles (or should that be "there's no way in hell the script writers would allow him to compromise his principles"?). I recognize our postmodern world more in that of DS9 than STNG. So I guess I prefer Sisko's awareness of ambiguity to Picard's never-flagging moral certitude.
All that said, I'd give it all up for Kirk's love life.