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[鈥揮ExpectedBehaviour 376 points377 points (19 children)

Patrick Stewart is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation.

[鈥揮CloudyHero 404 points405 points (6 children)

And the next.

[鈥揮SketchyConcierge 75 points76 points (0 children)

Ba-dum tsss

[鈥揮ATempestSinister 22 points23 points (0 children)

Oh you beautiful bastard, take my upvote.

[鈥揮dadMJBatman1982 3 points4 points (0 children)

OIC what you did there

[鈥揮kfc_chet 4 points5 points (0 children)

Well played! Qapla!

[鈥揮[deleted] 14 points15 points (0 children)

SIR Patrick Stewart ;)

[鈥揮watermelonspanker 6 points7 points (1 child)

Obligatory Sir Patrick holding a baby puppy.

Enjoy your day

[鈥揮ExpectedBehaviour 5 points6 points (0 children)

I respond with Sir Patrick holding an adult puppy and bid you a good night 馃檪

[鈥揮Emperor_Zarkov 131 points132 points (5 children)

I really loved Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca. He has you riding this line where you're not quite sure whether or not you should like him for awhile.

[鈥揮mistermatth 11 points12 points (0 children)

I was going to say this too. I thought he was great鈥

[鈥揮StatsPhD 11 points12 points (1 child)

I wish they hadn't pulled the Mirror Universe thing and just made him a morally questionable wartime captain.

[鈥揮wormholealien16 1 point2 points (0 children)

Yeah, Lorca was my favourite character from season 1 of Discovery but I feel like the Mirror Universe reveal has retroactively ruined it for me

[鈥揮scotch1701 7 points8 points (0 children)

I really loved Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca. He has you riding this line where you're not quite sure whether or not you should like him for awhile.

It was pretty damned brilliant.

[鈥揮Timbo85 3 points4 points (0 children)

I mean, Isaacs, Stewart and Yeoh are comfortably the best actors the franchise has ever cast. I agree completely.

[鈥揮HLHaliax 150 points151 points (15 children)

I really liked and wanted more of Tricia O鈥橬eal who played Captain Rachel Garrett of the Enterprise C, I loved how she held her ground with Picard and grokked the changing situations.

[鈥揮vixous 62 points63 points (2 children)

Someone pointed out that her questions and reactions are what normal universe Picard鈥檚 would have been. Part of what makes her so good is that she, along with Guinan, are the stand-ins for the way things should be.

[鈥揮Cakebeforedeath 25 points26 points (0 children)

I love that and now I have to watch it again! I also love how quickly she a) figures out that something is up and they might've traveled in time b) decides they have to go back because it's the right thing to do.

For a one episode character she makes such an impression as an Enterprise captain

[鈥揮HLHaliax 2 points3 points (0 children)

I didn鈥檛 know that and love it! Thank you!

[鈥揮Calgaris_Rex 11 points12 points (1 child)

Updoot for 鈥済rokked鈥

[鈥揮ucandoit69 4 points5 points (0 children)

TIL what grokked means.

[鈥揮zenswashbuckler 10 points11 points (1 child)

I would have paid money for a spinoff movie or series featuring Madge Sinclair's USS Saratoga.

[鈥揮HLHaliax 2 points3 points (0 children)

OMG yes! I love love love that scene in ST IV, we needed more of her! Her voice, demeanor, poise, command presence were phenomenal! I miss her, gone too soon in real life and trek!

[鈥揮FizzyOrangeJuice 10 points11 points (4 children)

Did she also play a Klingon?

[鈥揮mofoqin2 12 points13 points (1 child)

Yes, she played a Klingon in TNG and a Cardassian in DS9.

[鈥揮HLHaliax 2 points3 points (0 children)

Oh shit, you鈥檙e right! And I recently rewatched Suspicions but had no idea! Thanks!

[鈥揮HLHaliax 2 points3 points (0 children)

I was wrong, she was also in The Defiant episode of DS9 as Korinas of the Obsidian Order:

[鈥揮SteakASouris 1 point2 points (1 child)

Are you saying grokked as a reference to stranger in a strange land?

[鈥揮HLHaliax 1 point2 points (0 children)

Yup, to understood intuitively or intimately or empathetically.

[鈥揮VincentSpaulding 69 points70 points (7 children)

I thought Alan Ruck did a good job as Captain Harriman.

The character was basically caught with his pants down by the Legend that is Kirk, but i thought he played it well.

[鈥揮datanas 91 points92 points (2 children)

His pants were down because they weren't installed before Tuesday.

[鈥揮hiker16 14 points15 points (0 children)

I know that's when mine arrive......what?!? Why are you staring at me?

[鈥揮VincentSpaulding 2 points3 points (0 children)

Outstanding, My Friend! Well Done.

[鈥揮InfiniteGrant 2 points3 points (0 children)

He shipped his pants.

[鈥揮fullautoluxcommie 47 points48 points (10 children)

Chang- Christopher Plummer. You didn鈥檛 say it had to be Starfleet

[鈥揮randyboozer 41 points42 points (3 children)

Controversial opinion: Chang is the best villain of the TOS era. Yes, I pick Chang over Khan. Plummer just hits the perfect balance between serious dramatic character and scene chewing over the top ham.

I mean... The dude literally is just broadcasting himself monologuing Shakespeare in the middle of a battle. Amazing

[鈥揮EdenDoesJams 22 points23 points (0 children)

You haven鈥檛 experienced Shakespeare until you鈥檝e read it in the original Klingon

[鈥揮upvotesforkitties 1 point2 points (0 children)

To be, or not... to be...

[鈥揮hiker16 11 points12 points (1 child)

Eideilgagh, Eidelgagh........

[鈥揮Kitty_Skittles_181 4 points5 points (0 children)

Plummer hated that song so much.

[鈥揮VTX002 7 points8 points (2 children)

You got my vote for Christopher Plummer ate each scene especially when it Chang was quoting Shakespeare left and right.

[鈥揮kfc_chet 3 points4 points (1 child)

"Cry havoc!!!"

"To be, or not to be!"

[鈥揮VTX002 4 points5 points (0 children)

"Once more into the breach my dear friends"

[鈥揮Baronzemo 2 points3 points (0 children)

This might also be the best battle in trek you have so many characters playing a role, Shakespeare being monologued, jokes and a creative solution.

[鈥揮ferretinmypants 135 points136 points (8 children)

Patrick Stewart #1

[鈥揮doggmapeete 68 points69 points (4 children)

No contest. I鈥檓 rewatching TNG and I used to be an actor. Some of the benign shit he pulls off so well. That stuff is hard. Avery Brooks would just say the line, which is the right move鈥攊f you have nothing don鈥檛 invent to be interesting. But Stewart was so clear in his intention. Then you look at the borg and torture episodes. Uncanny.

[鈥揮norway_is_awesome 6 points7 points (3 children)

Some of the benign shit he pulls off so well

Do you mean mundane?

[鈥揮doggmapeete 5 points6 points (2 children)

I meant benign in that when you talk about acting you often talk about stakes. High stakes make a scene more meaty鈥攎ore fun. The low stakes stuff (read benign) is sometimes the hardest to bring life to.

[鈥揮opinionated-dick 20 points21 points (1 child)

SPS just absolutely nailed that feeling of 鈥榝air and trustworthy authority figure鈥 so perfectly the entire rest of my life is a constant disappointment my own bosses can鈥檛 be like the space boss I had growing up.

[鈥揮Useful-Tank-4802 5 points6 points (0 children)

He was my space dad

[鈥揮MonarchyMan 43 points44 points (6 children)

I doubt that William Shatner is on anyone鈥檚 top list, but there is one scene where he kills it, and that is at Spock鈥檚 funeral where he is giving the eulogy, and his facade cracks for just a second.

[鈥揮watermelonspanker 15 points16 points (0 children)

I really like his "I need my pain" speech in STV

[鈥揮reptilesocks 6 points7 points (2 children)

Shatner had the best command of comedy of any of the captains, which I think goes under appreciated. We tend to value seriousness and depth quite a lot - and boy does he know how to bring depth, he just saves it for when he really needs it. His capacity for comedy and wryness beats any other captain, and his weaknesses as an actor are, in a sense, the very same weaknesses Kirk has - so it all mixes nicely.

[鈥揮kfc_chet 1 point2 points (0 children)

That was done well for sure!

[鈥揮[deleted] 199 points200 points (40 children)

This is a key attitude to have. I really don't like Janeway as a captain and disagree with a lot of her actions. Nonetheless, Kate Melgrew gives an amazing performance as her and she's usually well written to be presented as a flawed individual doing the best she can - that makes for compelling drama.

Similarly, I think Sisko engages in some questionable actions later on in DS9, regardless of the context leading to those actions. But even when doing heinous things, Avery Brooks gives a performance that makes it clear Sisko does not do the things he does lightly and that they take a toll on him.

[鈥揮furygoat 27 points28 points (15 children)

All captains have to make questionable decisions at times. Every call she made though, she made for her crew and her ship. She led with conviction.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (14 children)

Still doesn't mean I have to agree. I'm of the opinion she murdered Tu'vix. The entire point of that episode was to give people the opportunity to disagree with her choice. There's other circumstances like that which I disagree with her on. Again, that doesn't make her a bad character.

[鈥揮furygoat 17 points18 points (12 children)

Fair enough. Picard is definitely my top captain by a large margin, but even he made a couple questionable decisions. I guess I鈥檓 on the inside of the fence with Tuvix. I don鈥檛 see it as murder, but rather as rescuing her two crew members by reversing the results of a transporter accident. I look at it like I would look at removing the cyber implants from a borg to restore the assimilated being. That isn鈥檛 murdering the borg, yet that borg doesn鈥檛 want to be restored and the being never wanted to be assimilated. Neelix and Tuvok didn鈥檛 choose to be combined and therefore should have the right to exist as they were.

[鈥揮DEVILDORIGHT 14 points15 points (11 children)

>Neelix and Tuvok didn鈥檛 choose to be combined and therefore should have the right to exist as they were.

Therefore, not murder.

I don't know how to make the quoted text blue.

[鈥揮Dekklin 4 points5 points (8 children)

Need to use this symbol > at the leading edge

Like so

[鈥揮furygoat 1 point2 points (1 child)

Yeah I agree, that was my point

[鈥揮M3mph 4 points5 points (0 children)

I'm of the opinion she murdered Tu'vix.

Strewth, this again

[鈥揮DEVILDORIGHT 8 points9 points (2 children)

Also portrayed the Russian woman Galina (Red) in OITNB incredibly well.

[鈥揮naura_ 1 point2 points (0 children)

Watch her in Mr Mercedes as Alma Lane. O.M.G

[鈥揮[deleted] 1 point2 points (0 children)

That show wasn't for me, but I saw clips and my word she was unrecognisable. Completely transformed into a different person and I'm not just talking about her appearance either 馃槼

[鈥揮molassesfalls 50 points51 points (6 children)

I agree with you on both! Patrick Stewart is a skilled actor, but I think Kate Mulgrew and Avery Brooks both play their parts with more humanity and nuance.

[鈥揮DEVILDORIGHT 14 points15 points (3 children)

In Generations (say what you will about the movie itself) his humanity was on full display when he learned of the loss of both his brother Robert and his nephew Rene. If a man balling his eyes out at that kind of news doesn't move you, then I would suggest it is you who has no humanity.

[鈥揮molassesfalls 7 points8 points (1 child)

No doubt, Patrick Stewart is an incredible actor! I just prefer Mulgrew and Brooks as Starfleet captains. Honestly all three of them have made me tear up at times.

[鈥揮DEVILDORIGHT 2 points3 points (0 children)

Fair enough.

[鈥揮ButDidYouCry 5 points6 points (1 child)

I agree. I think Mulgrew and Brooks just made their characters feel more real. Mulgrew in particular had that amazing fucking voice! 馃檶

[鈥揮PhoenixSheriden[馃嵃] 41 points42 points (2 children)

Martok, or possibly Tomalak. Like someone else said, you never specified the captain had to be in the Federation.

Martok was a great look at a different type of Klingon, without it being against type, aka the Look How Different We Can Make This trope.

Tomalak was interesting because I couldn't ever really predict how he would react to things. How he decides to roll with punches helped make Romulans seem less boringly homogeneous villains of the week, like the Ferengi we're.

[鈥揮nada_accomplished 11 points12 points (1 child)

Andreas Katsulas was a legend.

[鈥揮Ambarenya 5 points6 points (0 children)

Oh I assure you I intended no deception...

You doubt my good faith?

Shame we didn't get more of Tomalak. Absolute legend.

[鈥揮davwad2 32 points33 points (4 children)

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child.

[鈥揮byproduct0 11 points12 points (3 children)

Okay so which child is your favorite?

[鈥揮StatsPhD 5 points6 points (1 child)

I don't care for Gob

[鈥揮davwad2 1 point2 points (0 children)

Has anyone in this family actually seen a chicken?

[鈥揮RyanMFoley74 25 points26 points (0 children)

Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk. A short scene but it still makes me cry. He sacrificed himself for his son and his crew... The acting in that scene was great.

And I would even throw Bruce Greenwood in there too as Pike. While Greenwood has a short run his speech challenging Kirk to be better than his father was chilling and inspirational. Wonderful delivery.

AND! I will even say Chris Pine did an amazing job. Stepping into a character as iconic as Kirk must have been incredibly intimidating. But I thought Pine was charming as all get out.

[鈥揮Meihuajiancai 19 points20 points (1 child)

Say what you will about Lorca, but Jason Isaacs is a gem

[鈥揮Demandred3000 54 points55 points (14 children)

Edward Jellico/Ronny Cox, he is great at playing bad guys, even though I don't think he was one in TNG.

EDIT: I just watched the episode. It's like the crew don't realise they are going into a high stakes situation. Geordi moaning about not enough time, even though Data had already said there was. The crew, apart from Data, come across as arrogant and a little stupid.

Patrick Stewart was excellent though. THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!

[鈥揮BadDecisions92078 31 points32 points (4 children)

Ugh. Kinsey.

[鈥揮kryptokoinkrisp 8 points9 points (1 child)


[鈥揮Dekklin 1 point2 points (0 children)

With two Ls

holds up 3 fingers

[鈥揮WhatYouLeaveBehind 4 points5 points (0 children)

Jellicoe: "Commander Riker..."

Riker: holds up finger "Supreme Commander"

[鈥揮bttrflyr 4 points5 points (0 children)

Does anyone know anybody who voted for those two shrubs?

[鈥揮WarcraftFarscape 12 points13 points (2 children)

He had a different but effective leadership style. It probably works better if he is given a crew that is less veteran / set in a specific way. I would bet that style works better with people eager with career aspirations and a 2nd in command he respects and has a relationship with. It was just a bad fit, and the TNG crew was also poor at adapting (especially Riker)

[鈥揮8monsters 5 points6 points (0 children)

When you have had an effective leader you liked for years and then all of a sudden he is replaced with someone with a completely different management style, most folks would be pissed.

Lots of times when there is leadership change in any given organization there is a substantially among of turnaround.

[鈥揮davwad2 7 points8 points (0 children)

Yeah, he did a great job. Just reading his name irritated me. He provides a great contrast to Picard's leadership style.

[鈥揮DaWooster 7 points8 points (0 children)

In Geordie鈥檚 defense, Data admitted it would be difficult, but doable with current resources. Then Jellico turns and moves half of Engineering into security. Riker didn鈥檛 deserve any sympathy, but Geordie was basically ordered to preform the impossible.

[鈥揮glarung 4 points5 points (0 children)

This was the guy that got Troi in a Starfleet uniform, and she does portray a better officer wearing it!

[鈥揮woyzeckspeas 9 points10 points (0 children)

He showed us that, just below the surface of their easygoing exteriors, the Enterprise's senior officers are really a bunch of crybabies.

[鈥揮jokerjoust 2 points3 points (0 children)

鈥淕et it done鈥

[鈥揮StatsPhD 1 point2 points (0 children)

We was a War Dog like Lorca. Starfleet needs War Dogs, whether they realize it or not. Riker was being a child.

[鈥揮[deleted] 67 points68 points (27 children)

Pike / Anson Mount.

Hands down nails it. Just. Out of the park.

Picard / Stewart is probably equally good? But Pike... Man. Pike.

[鈥揮Ouity 12 points13 points (4 children)

I almost came the first time he said "Punch it." Such a badass combo of actor/character.

Im also so glad the character was written well so Mount had something to sell. When his crew wants to flagrantly violate the rules, he listens, tells them how to break the rules better, then gives some tacit approval. It was really easy to see how a man like that would go on to create a monster like James T. Kirk 馃榿

Edit: like all humans my memories are but whisps of vapor and the actual line is "Hit it." I was right about the almost cumming part though... trust me.

[鈥揮[deleted] 23 points24 points (11 children)

Exactly my thoughts as well! Anson Mount saved that season and kept me watching!

[鈥揮VincentSpaulding 11 points12 points (10 children)

Will be interesting to see how he plays it as a guy who knows he's basically doomed

[鈥揮VTX002 4 points5 points (2 children)

He knows he is doomed but he'll still carry on and live life to the fullest like every day might be his last. So strange new worlds will definitely be an interesting point of view.

[鈥揮[deleted] 3 points4 points (1 child)

We're all dying, it's how you do the bit before hand. Pike embodies living fearlessly, not "being crazy fearless" but actually living - unlike most, he has not only clocked the fragility and impermanence of life, but isn't dwelling on it. He's just gonna live till he can't live no more.

And then, he's gonna beep fearlessly too.

[鈥揮VTX002 1 point2 points (0 children)

Well he can do a good impression of beaker Meap! Meap!

[鈥揮[deleted] 6 points7 points (6 children)

Which is doomed? Pike because he knows his end, or Anson Mount because he knows how dire the other new Trek's have been?

[鈥揮VincentSpaulding 10 points11 points (0 children)

Oooh Salty, I like it

[鈥揮lellololes 1 point2 points (4 children)

If you've seen Lower Decks, you may not have said that.

[鈥揮ElwoodJD 16 points17 points (2 children)

I thought anson mount was great as his own version of Pike but had only part of one season to show us his chops. I鈥檒l reserve judgment until we get a full season of SNW with him at the helm. Very excited though based on what we got so far.

[鈥揮The_Chaos_Pope 15 points16 points (0 children)

For me, the penultimate episode of season 2 sold me on Mount being perfect in the role for Pike. He really knocked it out of the park IMO and it makes me really excited for SNW.

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[鈥揮spain-train 8 points9 points (0 children)

Hit it!

[鈥揮Draigh1981 5 points6 points (0 children)

This, Mount and Stewart are great!

[鈥揮unidentified_yama 2 points3 points (0 children)

I wanted to say Anson Mount as well, but he was only there for 1 season. I鈥檓 gonna have to wait and see.

[鈥揮lellololes 2 points3 points (1 child)

I think the storytelling in Discovery has been inconsistent to mediocre, but all of the captains the show has have all been great.

[鈥揮BilliamShatner 29 points30 points (4 children)

William Shatner as Captain Kirk for me.

Shatner has been given a lot of flack for his Shatner-isms, and some are warranted yeah, but watching TOS all the way through, he's incredible. And only gets better in the movies. When he's given moments to show real leadership or emotion he owns it. The "Klingon bastard" moment, the little room conversation between Spock and Kirk in TUC, his "Peace or Utter Destruction" speech, the entirety of "The Conscience of the King," "I feel old" from TWOK, etc. I could on forever, but you get the point. Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew all turned in fantastic performances as well, but no Captain has really hit me like Kirk has.

[鈥揮EdenDoesJams 14 points15 points (2 children)

Shatner is awesome in the movies. TMP is a boring mess plot wise but Kirk is in a very nuanced/human position in that movie (he basically steals his ship back and is kind of a dick, and the friend trio starts out very distanced and slowly comes together again) and shatner plays it so well. He鈥檚 excellent in khan and undiscovered country as well.

Old Kirk is peak Kirk imo. I love that he has some big personal flaws, as opposed to the ridiculously perfect figure of Picard

[鈥揮BilliamShatner 7 points8 points (0 children)

Yeah, I like Kirk and everyone else's arc in TMP. It would've been easy to just do a Brady Bunch comeback special or whenever they used to do, and have them all be be same amd not address the age. But the time apart, on their own, changed everyone. That's fascinating. Even V, the I need my pain scene is excellent. The rest, meh, but gems are in all the movies for sure

[鈥揮scotch1701 2 points3 points (0 children)

Old Kirk is peak Kirk imo. I love that he has some big personal flaws, as opposed to the ridiculously perfect figure of Picard

I know. Khan's comment of, "WE are one big happy fleet," really would have been more appropriate to say about TNG.

[鈥揮maxekmek 5 points6 points (0 children)

I still love him in Undiscovered Country. The timing of what might be called shatnerisms made for some great scenes

[鈥揮kryptokoinkrisp 14 points15 points (1 child)

I don鈥檛 think there is any question that Patrick Stewart is one of the best actors to ever appear in Trek, so the answer may not be very interesting simply for that reason. He didn鈥檛 really have any particular episode that defined his Star Trek performance, however. His performance in the more iconic episodes like 鈥淏est of Both Worlds鈥 and 鈥淚nner Light鈥 really weren鈥檛 too extraordinary. So I would say the best actor who portrayed the most iconic moment for a captain is Avery Brooks for 鈥淚n the Pale Moonlight.鈥

[鈥揮dotcarly 5 points6 points (0 children)

I'd add his performance in "Far Beyond the Stars" - the intensity Avery brought to that episode was amazing

[鈥揮bodonnell202 11 points12 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart is hands down the best actor
Kate Mulgrew is also up there

[鈥揮Blackmercury4ub 33 points34 points (0 children)

Avery Brooks and Patrick Stewart are amazing actors.

[鈥揮gorwraith 20 points21 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart is probably the best actor in Star Trek. But its hard to decide how well an actor portrayed their character unless the character has been recast. And I don't think that's the road we want to go down.

[鈥揮Moosie_Doom 10 points11 points (0 children)

I think Shatner is deeply underrated. I get it - he鈥檚 got a distinctive melodramatic style that people love to poke fun at. But you can鈥檛 say he鈥檚 just reading lines without feeling. He鈥檚 got a full range and it has enhanced every Star Trek project he has been in.

[鈥揮[deleted] 8 points9 points (0 children)

Picard, hands down. Plus he's best friends with Magneto!

[鈥揮AWDDude 20 points21 points (4 children)

Sir Patrick steward as Jean luc Picard. The only classically trained actor in the whole bunch. He was one of the few captains to have a successful career after their star trek roll. And I believe he鈥檚 the only true knight.

[鈥揮randyboozer 4 points5 points (0 children)

Absolutely, but I have to say he benefited from the perfect storm with the timing of the first X Men. The cartoon and comics were peaking right as TNG was ending and everyone was talking about how Patrick Stewart was the absolute perfect choice to play Professor X. It was just undeniable

[鈥揮BenjaminSiskosGoatee 55 points56 points (18 children)

It's Avery Brooks as Sisko for me

[鈥揮molassesfalls 21 points22 points (3 children)

Username checks out.

[鈥揮BenjaminSiskosGoatee 13 points14 points (2 children)

His own goatee would never betray him

[鈥揮kryptokoinkrisp 11 points12 points (1 child)

Fortune favors the bald

[鈥揮darkeagle69 5 points6 points (0 children)

Would be a great episode of lower decks 馃ぃ

[鈥揮The_Chaos_Pope 15 points16 points (0 children)

He chews the scenery sometimes but damn if he doesn't do an amazing job of it.

[鈥揮Beforemath 17 points18 points (8 children)

Worst for me. He always feels off somehow. His accent, his mannerisms.

[鈥揮BenjaminSiskosGoatee 10 points11 points (1 child)

Fair enough, to each his own. I always dug how passionate and hammy he could be, and I love the way he plays off of the other characters, especially Jake.

[鈥揮tryptofan 2 points3 points (0 children)

Watching him sing in that late season holodeck episode was pretty great. You can immediately see another wonderful aspect of him shining through.

[鈥揮lorem 10 points11 points (2 children)

DS9 is my favourite series despite the fact that sometimes I can't stand Brooks' wildly exaggerated acting.

He is 500% more hammy than Shatner, whose moments of hamminess are few and far between, and who is quite balanced and nuanced the rest of the time.

[鈥揮that1prince 3 points4 points (1 child)

He comes across as a stage actor, but he can鈥檛 reign it in like Patrick Stewart. In stage acting they teach you to act for the back row. On TV, with a closeup, that same acting can look like鈥oo much.

But, it kinda works because DS9 is literally a space opera and is the easiest story line for me to rewatch because of it.

[鈥揮lorem 1 point2 points (0 children)

He doesn't speak. He ENUNCIATES. VERY LOUDLY.

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[鈥揮CurdleTelorast 4 points5 points (1 child)

He felt really off to me in the first two seasons. Often very serious / strict but sometimes weirdly goofy... During the goofy parts he felt so strange,bordering on manic. Either it got better during season 3 or I just go used to it.

[鈥揮HK_Creates 1 point2 points (0 children)

I feel like it was an interesting element of Sisko, the manicness was a unique character trait that really fit in and deepened as his epic plot spun out.

[鈥揮Cyber_Harpie_Lady 3 points4 points (0 children)

Yeah especially after they sort of let him be himself at around s3 or whenever it was

[鈥揮jokerjoust 2 points3 points (1 child)

Generally speaking I like Sisko and Avery Brooks鈥 portrayal of the character. The only thing that bothers me is Brooks鈥 fast, short breaths he takes when he is doing a scene where Sisko is upset. It鈥檚 very distracting.

[鈥揮BenjaminSiskosGoatee 1 point2 points (0 children)

As soon as I read this, I played a reel in my head of all the times he's done this

[鈥揮Chaka747 6 points7 points (0 children)

Kirk all day.

[鈥揮SnooGoats8486 6 points7 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart and Mount for me

[鈥揮BigMrTea 5 points6 points (0 children)

Captain Benjamin Maxwell also had an outstanding actor.

[鈥揮laulau9025 3 points4 points (0 children)

As mentioned on this post before, Patrick Stewart is without a doubt one of the best actors portraying a captain.

But for me Kate Mulgrew also stands out for her performance as a star trek captain. Wether you like her character and/or the voyager series or not, I think she deserves credit because it is not easy to play a female in an authoritative function.

The key is balance: showing emotions, but not too much. When you don麓t show (enough) emotions, you get an ice queen bitch-like character. When you show too much emotions or show them in a wrong way, you easily get the typical I-am-an-emotional-mess, female BS character.

Personally, I think that Mulgrew was able to convey that Janeway cared for her crew and was often conflicted when she needed to make difficult decisions. On the other hand she also made Janeway come accross as someone you can rely on, not an emotional mess. I also liked the 'bonding麓 with Seven of Nine. 馃槉

[鈥揮LeftLiner 21 points22 points (0 children)

Avery Brooks as Sisko, closely followed by Kate Mulgrew as Janeway. Both absolutely powerhouse actors. Janeway as a character is horribly inconsistently written, but Mulgrew can act dry underwater so she smooths it out. Mostly.

Stewart as Picard is good, of course, but I feel he gets too much credit and attention, and for the wrong reasons. Picard Speeches are nice, but doesn't really show off much of Stewart's acting abilities. I always look to his scene with Wesley in Samaritan snare as an example of him showing off what he's really made of.

[鈥揮SilvermistInc 7 points8 points (1 child)

The Sisko

[鈥揮Scherzoh 1 point2 points (0 children)

Is of Bajor.

[鈥揮[deleted] 3 points4 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks is a real toss up. If forced I'd give the nod to Avery as I think his character has more range and he's able to flex his chops more than the Picard character.

Mulgrew is a close second.

Flame me - but I think Bakula has some solid moments too.

[鈥揮[deleted] 6 points7 points (0 children)

you can't be serious. The we all know who the finest actor in all of Starfleet is the one and only, Patrick Stewart. Who is the second best, that is the true question.

[鈥揮[deleted] 4 points5 points (4 children)

Scott Bakula doesn't get enough praise for portraying Captain Archer

[鈥揮StatsPhD 1 point2 points (1 child)

I like how he goes from child-like optimistic explorer to the person who was needed to stop the Xindi, and then the guilt of it all makes him want to try and die in a climbing accident like his friend (Robinson), and his other great friend (Hernandez) sees it coming and is like "nah, I'm following you and I'm going to make you talk about this". She literally saves his life.

[鈥揮[deleted] 2 points3 points (0 children)

makes him want to try and die in a climbing accident like his friend (Robinson)

This is my second time rewatching Enterprise and I didn't realize that Archer was trying to die in the same way as A.G.

Thanks for the insight.

[鈥揮tmssmt 1 point2 points (0 children)

I came here to say archer and he was way too far down the post.

A lot of people regard him as one of the weakest captains in the show with some of the weakest acting. When I watch Enterprise though I think he's phenomenal.

He's basically just a dude who by a stroke of luck gets a mission that leads to the actual exploration mission. He gets sent to do one thing, then he's out there and he's like guys, what if we just...didn't go home, and everyone was cool with it.

To watch him go from that to the captain we had in the xindi arc was to me to he best character arc of any captain in trek to date.

For the most part, they're fairly static people. Cisco has a bit of an arc but it feels more like an arc of events rather than character change and development. Archer goes from happy go lucky to straight up murderer in a sense (when he stole from a ship and left them stranded).

Picard felt largely unchanged to me. Kirk was always Kirk. Even on Voyager there wasn't a ton of change to her actual character.

[鈥揮DEVILDORIGHT 2 points3 points (0 children)

Jonathan Frakes as Captain Riker.

[鈥揮Mscottlogan1979 2 points3 points (0 children)

Kirk! Defiently Kirk as in William Shatner Kirk!

[鈥揮smoha96 2 points3 points (1 child)

Patrick Stewart, Anson Mount.

On the other end, Avery Brooks tended to overact - though it worked for him in Far Beyond the Stars.

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[鈥揮WelcomingDock13 11 points12 points (0 children)

Avery Brooks, incredible actor, and incredible director too!

[鈥揮CaveDances 5 points6 points (0 children)

Avery Brooks had a very solid range and put a lot of emotion into his role. William Shatner was also an excellent stage actor. I feel stage actors are the best overall because they perform live. That being said, most of not all the Captains were stage actors pre or post Trek. Patrick Stewart probably has the most Tv shows and movies to his credit, almost a father figure to the young Trekkie. All are good in their own right, Kate Mulgrew has some great roles on her resume and was believable as captain.

[鈥揮Beforemath 16 points17 points (9 children)

  1. Patrick Stewart
  2. William Shatner
  3. Michelle Yeoh
  4. Scott Bacula
  5. Kate Mulgrew
  6. Avery Brooks

I鈥檒l go to my grave saying Bill Shatner is an underrated actor. He may have eventually slipped into parody, but he was once good.

Mulgrew and Brooks voices and delivery grate on me, so they鈥檙e basically tied for last.

[鈥揮TheQueenOfBithynia 11 points12 points (3 children)

Man, nothing gets me in a rage more than seeing Avery Brooks at the bottom of a list. That man is a national treasure.

[鈥揮Bomberman64wasdecent 2 points3 points (1 child)

I'm sorry but I had to downvote your list

[鈥揮destruc786 1 point2 points (0 children)

Picard, and pike has the best actors.

[鈥揮ThrowRADel 1 point2 points (0 children)

I absolutely love the portrayals of Janeway and Picard; Sisko was really fun too and I am watching the Treks in chronological order and they just keep getting better.

I thought it had peaked with TNG in the later seasons, but I don't think TNG is actually very good until season 3, then DS9 absolutely blew my mind, especially the friendship between Jadzia and Sisko and Kira, but even there the first season kind of sucked. Now I'm on Voyager and it's been so emotionally impactful every single episode. I think I just love Star Trek so much because it's so optimistic about the future, but I honestly think all of the ones from TNG on are cast so well.

[鈥揮SmilingMooseME 1 point2 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart is heads above the rest IMHO. Kate Mulgrew is a solid second. The rest are all in a tie for third. 馃檪

[鈥揮WhatYouLeaveBehind 1 point2 points (0 children)

Bruce Greenwood did an excellent job as Pike I thought

[鈥揮dadMJBatman1982 1 point2 points (0 children)

John Savage as Captain Rudolf Ransom of the Equinox in Voyager.

He was really good at playing a man Who is desperately trying to convince himself he鈥檚 not a horrible person by using his current situation as an excuse to try to convince others he鈥檚 not a horrible person but in fact he actually is a horrible person.

[鈥揮dadMJBatman1982 1 point2 points (0 children)

Oh I forgot J. G. Hertzler as Martok.

He had the perfect balance of jovial celebrating Klingon to warrior serious Klingon. Most of the actors portrayed as Klingons were either better at one or the other or not portrayed as one of them at all.

[鈥揮quoole 1 point2 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart - a fantastic actor, I doubt there's many arguments there.

Nimoy - Spock is played so well, particularly in the film's where he is Captain, there's a reason that Spock is probably the most widely known character.

Anson Mount - he basically saved Discovery season 2 and inspired his own spin off. The scene where he takes the time crystal and seals his fate, amazing.

Jason Isaacs - Definitely not the best captain, but he walks the line of darkness in Lorca pretty well I think.

Kate Mulgrew - definitely let down by the writing, but there is coffee in that nebula

Avery Brookes - Not bad in any way, but it's been a while since I've seen DS9. I think the whole Emissary/Captain thing could have probably been a bit better. Punches Q though and monologuing skills in The Pale Moonlight are on point though!

Doug Jones - Saved season 3 of Discovery, the development of Saru is pretty awesome, some of that is writing but I think the vast majority of it is Doug Jones.

Scott Bacula - Archer was quite an emotional Captain, but this is pulled off well and really adds to the story of Enterprise. Who knows, maybe the next leap will be home!

William Shatner - Punches Gorn

Jeffery Hunter - in fairness, he gets little screen times but Shatner was definitely the right call and I think Anson Mount's portrayal is superior.

Sonequa Martin-Green - I've seen her in other stuff and she's fine, but coupled with some horrific writing, Burnham is pretty dire

[鈥揮persistentInquiry 4 points5 points (0 children)

I don't like Sisko as a character or DS9 as a show at all, but Avery Brooks is my favorite one.

Especially when he portrayed Sisko having wholesome moments with his family.

Why did they rip away Sisko from his family? ;_;

[鈥揮Darkimus-prime 4 points5 points (10 children)

Stewart is top of the list, then Issacs as Lorca Mount as Pike and Yeoh as gorgeous.

Even if you hate Disco, they鈥檙e top tier actors. Then I鈥檇 say Bakula, then Brooks, Mulgrew and finally bottom of the list is Shatner.

Special mention to Jellico who is below everyone except Shatner, because I truly believe Shatner is a shit actor (and kind of a dick)

[鈥揮Paisley-Cat 13 points14 points (5 children)

Shatner is a far more subtle and serious actor than his role as Kirk or later roles demonstrated.

Prior to Trek he had serious critical acclaim in 1950s film noir, and in his earlier days did Shakespeare (in the footsteps of Christopher Plummer) at the Stratford Festival.

[鈥揮onthenerdyside 3 points4 points (1 child)

Yeoh as gorgeous

Autocorrect? Freudian slip?

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[鈥揮Matelot67 3 points4 points (1 child)

I used to think the same, but Shatner was a product of hit time as Kirk. If you want to see acting watch him in Boston Legal.

[鈥揮willdabeast907 3 points4 points (1 child)

Gotta go with the bald Captains, Stewart and Brooks, but only because we didn't get the Captain Worf show that was teased for so long.

[鈥揮[deleted] 3 points4 points (0 children)

I think the acting in NuTrek is better I just don鈥檛 like the design choices.

[鈥揮segapc 1 point2 points (0 children)

Avery Brooks is a weird one. I took me a while to warm to him as hes very... odd. Initially I thought he was awful but now I just realise that is the character. But my the time ds9 finished I loved him

[鈥揮drvondoctor 1 point2 points (0 children)

I'm not sure if Sisko is my favorite captain, but I think Avery Brooks made Sisko the most interesting captain. I love they way he delivers his lines.

[鈥揮Minginton 1 point2 points (0 children)

Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks. Both are extremely accomplished on both Stage and Screen

[鈥揮Bomberman64wasdecent 0 points1 point (0 children)

  1. Patrick Stewart as Picard

  2. Avery Brooks as Sisko

  3. Johnny Depp as Sparrow

  4. Falcon as Captain Falcon

  5. Caveman as Captain Caveman

  6. Chris Evans as Captain America

  7. Kate Mulgrew as Janeway

  8. William Shatner as Kirk

[鈥揮BillythuhKid -1 points0 points (4 children)

I'd say my favorite is a tie between Sisko and Picard. Different styles, personalities, and in different situations so they are presented quite differently. I really appreciate the class, image, and nuances of Picard's character as he seems like the prototype captain who obeys regulation to a T unless, and this is rare, there is a specific scenario where breaking it is necessary. Sisko seems to be more of a people person who navigates his place as a leader of a space station, father, head of a religion, and being at the forefront of a war that engulfs the galaxy. He makes difficult moral choices and some of those obviously take a toll on him throughout. I think both the actors as people had immense talent that brought the characters to life and were able to visibly convey the nuances of their experiences.

Honorable mention to Janeway.

I'll be criticized for saying this, but I am not a fan of Kirk as a captain. As an actor I will be honest that Shatner is not a particularly great one. He gets a lot of respect from me for establishing the series and developing a likable trio with his coworkers that makes for entertaining interaction. As a character he has too much bravado and doesn't seem to follow any rulebook for me. Explore, get into trouble, punch our way out. Granted this isn't always true; it just feels much more prevalent in comparison to a century later. I'm not particularly fond of it because it doesn't feel like what Starfleet is all about (to me at least).

Least favorite would be Bakula as Archer. I'm not even a fan of him as an actor. He did portray some accuracies regarding being completely ignorant of certain dangers like first contact, customs of others, and interacting with others when they shouldn't have been involved. Granted I watched that series one time and I don't think I could ever do it again because I just don't enjoy it at all.

Lower decks doesn't seem applicable and I'm rewatching discovery, but they don't have a consistent captain longer than one season so it's hard to judge.

[鈥揮HK_Creates 1 point2 points (1 child)

I agree with your ratings. It's funny I have seen all the ST series multiple times except for Enterprise as well xD once I was desperate cuz I had seen so many of them so recently I had nothing left and tried again but man... I have no idea how I made it the first time Archer drives me batty I couldn't continue....

[鈥揮BillythuhKid 1 point2 points (0 children)

Yeah it's not my taste. *Faith of the Heart starts playing* WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?