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?
Now that we have a method for judging who's the best Captain EVER, we need some nominations, then we'll go back and start scoring them. If you would like to nominate a captain not listed below, please add a comment.
Jean-Luc Picard ("Star Trek: The Next Generation")
James T. Kirk ("Star Trek: The Original Series")
James T. Kirk ("Star Trek" 2009 alternate universe movie)
Han Solo ("Star Wars" Original Trilogy)
Malcolm Reynolds ("Firefly" & "Serenity")
Christopher Pike ("Star Trek" 2009 movie; ST: TOS Pike is eliminated because he ended up a pathetic cripple, presented for pity's sake, rather than as a strong character in the episodes)
David Bowman ("2001: A Space Odyssey")
Acting-Captain Dave Lister ("Red Dwarf")
Commander Adama ("Battlestar Galactica" the original series; NOTE- The "reimagined", demasculating series will not be considered, as it violates the tenents of true scifi, turning swashbuckling heroes into chicks, in true "Syfy" fashion)
Commander Caine ("Battlestar Galactica" the original series)
Captain Hikaru Sulu ("Star Trek VI")
Captain Benjamin Sisko ("Star Trek Deep Space 9")
Captain Jonathan Archer ("Enterprise")
John J. Adams ("Forbidden Planet")