Wednesday, January 06, 2010

GSCE Candidate: Cameron Mitchell

It's 2010, the Year We Make Contact. That means Scifi needs to get over the Mayan 2012 doomsday "prophecy", post-apocalyptic craze, and embrace space travel. And what better way to celebrate Scifi's outer space roots than by deciding who is the Greatest Starship Captain Ever?
Col. Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder) Stargate: The Ark of Truth
Captain Skills: 5
Cameron Mitchell, a bad-ass fighter pilot, went on to assume command of SG-1, after Colonel ONeill's promotion. If that wasn't impressive enough, Mitchell is given command of the Odyssey, a Daedalus-class vessel for a special mission to find a lost Ancient weapon. While most of his skills weren't really put to the test during this brief Captaincy, there's no denying Mitchell's qualifications for the job.
Starship Combat Skills: 4
Mitchell may be more at home behind the stick of an F-302 starfighter, but he clearly grasps the concepts of starship combat, and had many successes in combat.
Crew: 4.5
When your crew consists of Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Tealc and the best the USAF has to offer, it just doesn't get any better.
Personal Combat Skills: 5
During the episode "Babylon", Mitchell is taken in by a band of elite Jaffa- Jaffa even more-badassed than normal. During this time, Mitchell receives intense martial arts training from the Jaffa- something the fighter pilot needed after multiple instances of getting the crap beat out of him in earlier episodes.
Ladies Man: 3.5
Mitchell definitely had an eye for the ladies, but only occasionally chased them.
Coolness: 4.5
After the stunning success of Farscape, Ben Browder had major geek cred coming to SG-1. It was not difficult for the beloved actor to create a new favorite character- a happy-go-lucky, never-give-up, Medal of Honor-winning soldier. Yep, his character won the Medal of Honer pre-SG-1. That's pretty frickin' impressive.
Total score: 26.5 out of 30.
Yikes! Cameron Mitchell is in the running for Greatest Starship Captain Ever, tying with Commander Cain!

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