Wednesday, January 06, 2010

GSCE Candidate: Col. Steven Caldwell

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?
Steven Caldwell (Mitch Pileggi) Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis
Captain Skills: 4
Clearly, to get assigned command of the USAF's first Dadaelus-Class starships, Caldwell had to be pretty sharp.
Starship Combat Skills: 4
While the USAF doesn't exactly have a War College for space combat, Caldwell leads the Dadaelus  to multiple victories.
Crew: 4
Again, to get posted to one of the USAF's few starships, you must have your shit together.
Personal Combat Skills: 3
Caldwell may be old, but don't count him out. It's reasonable to assume he has some advanced combat training. But for all we know, he could be a frickin' ninja.
Ladies Man: 1
Caldwell is kind of a prick to Dr. Elizabeth Weir, so he clearly wasn't trying to score with her. We can only hope he wasn't a "Don't ask, don't tell" type.
Coolness: 4
Caldwell was once taken over by a Goauld. When he is freed from it, he doesn't suffer shellshock and go wimpering off to some VA hospital somewhere. No, he's right back in the action, blowing the shit out of aliens in the Atlantis Galaxy. If that isn't cool, remember he's also Dep. Director Skinner from the X-Files.
Total score: 20 out of 30.

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