Star Trek: 8 most disliked Captain Kirk moments of all time, ranked

Captain James Tiberius Kirk is pretty famous for his endeavors in Star Trek. But all of the moments he graces the screen aren't all sunshine and rainbows.

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent
Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /
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Ah, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, the swashbuckling hero of the cosmos, known for his dashing bravado, unparalleled leadership, and a knack for getting out of sticky situations with the flair of a space MacGyver.

Throughout the Star Trek franchise, Kirk has been at the helm of the USS Enterprise (except for Strange New Worlds so far), leading his crew on missions that are the stuff of sci-fi legend. From negotiating peace with aliens who have more in common with a pizza topping than humanity, to time-traveling shenanigans that could give Doc Brown a run for his money, Kirk's adventures are a mix of high-stakes diplomacy and wild, interstellar rodeos. It's the kind of resume that makes you wonder if there's anything this captain can't do, with each episode serving as a love letter to bold exploration and the eternal quest for understanding.

But hold your space horses! It's not all stellar. Amidst the glittering stars and utopian ideals, there lurk some moments in Kirk's career that would make even a Klingon blush.

Yes, our dear captain has had his share of iffy episodes that could very well be titled "What on Earth was he thinking?" For instance, his penchant for throwing the Prime Directive out the nearest airlock whenever it suits him has left more than a few Starfleet admirals with their jaws on the floor. And let's not even start on his approach to alien diplomacy, which often seems to involve as much flirting as it does talking (and unless it's Chris Pine, we don't want a dose of Kirk flirts). Kirk's record is a mixtape of heroic feats and eyebrow-raising decisions that remind us he's as human as the rest of us, navigating the complex cosmos with a moral compass that sometimes spins faster than the Enterprise at warp speed.

Let's take a look at 8 different moments where we all sort of facepalmed and/or put our hands over our mouths in horror collectively while Kirk was just... being Kirk.