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Great Disappointments

Monday, May 3, 2010
James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk

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Let's be honest with ourselves.  We could post and look at pictures of Kirk all day any day.  Before moving on, I should specify that when I say Kirk, I mean CAPTAIN KIRK, meaning the real Kirk, in all his glory.  Not this hollow shell of an alternate-time-ling:  
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Why is James Tiberius Kirk a great disappointment?  Well, he isn't.  In fact, he may just be the greatest thing to happen since Chuck Norris.  What is a failure in our eyes is how Kirk went out.

I refuse to actually post HOW Kirk went out (I don't watch that movie and don't really plan to allow it into my house), but let me just say that it's even worse than this little clip from one of the other almost-deaths from the TOS.  A small clip from Memory Alpha will be posted below and will explain the basic details of how our main-man died.

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James T. Kirk
Remembering you as you were meant to be remembered...

See Memory Alpha: Kirk

The Nexus and death

Shortly after retirement, Kirk joined his friends Montgomery Scott and Pavel Chekov as the honored guests of Captain John Harriman on the maiden voyage of the Excelsior-class starship USS Enterprise-B. The event, featuring a media frenzy surrounding Kirk, was little more than a ceremonial cruise, as the Enterprise-B was not yet fully crewed or equipped for regular duty. Soon after departure, the ship received a distress signal from two Whorfin-class ships transporting El Aurian refugees, trapped in an energy distortion called the Nexus.
With the advice of Kirk, and the help of Scotty and Chekov, the rescue mission was a partial success, but the Enterprise-B succumbed to the Nexus' gravimetric field. Declining Harriman's offer to take command, Kirk volunteered to modify the ship's deflector relays and successfully enabled the ship's escape, but not before a burst of energy from the Nexus breached the secondary hull. Kirk was lost, and presumed dead.
Kirk's last breath
Events of 2371 revealed Kirk had entered the Nexus alive, yet unaware of the passing of 78 years due to the non-linear nature of time in the Nexus. Discovered by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D, Kirk agreed to leave his idyllic but unsatisfying existence in the Nexus, to help Picard stop the deranged scientist Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. As Kirk explained to Picard, the main reason he always returned to the command chair of the Enterprise was that it was only there that Kirk could truly make a difference, and he advised Picard to refuse anything Starfleet offered him that would take him away from the current Enterprise, because he would thus lose the ability to make a difference in the universe. Kirk sacrificed his life to save the inhabitants of Veridian IV, as well as the crew of the Enterprise-D. His last words, spoken to Picard, were, "It was... fun. Oh my...". (Star Trek Generations) Captain Picard buried Kirk in a simple stone cairn on a Veridian III mountain top, echoing the burial of his friend, Gary Mitchell, 106 years before. (Star Trek Generations; TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

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