Who Said It: Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

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"Let's see what's out there."

Did you guess Kirk? If so, you're wrong! Captain Jean-Luc Picard spoke these words in "Encounter at Farpoint," the debut episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"A starship captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive."

James T. Kirk said these words in the episode "The Omega Glory." The Prime Directive states that no member of Starfleet may interfere with the internal affairs of another civilization, particularly if that civilization has not yet developed space travel technology.

"I'm tired of being responsible for 203 lives, and I'm tired of deciding which mission is too risky and which isn't, and who's going on the landing party and who doesn't and who lives and who dies."

This one was almost a trick question. The answer is Captain Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise from the original series. The pilot episode of the series was called "The Cage." When "Star Trek" went into production, Kirk was the new captain. Fans would get a glimpse of Captain Pike in the two-part story "The Menagerie" and again in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film.

"Our missions are peaceful, not for conquest. When we do battle, it is only because we have no choice."

It wasn't the diplomatic Picard who said this line. Captain Kirk made this statement in "The Squire of the Gothos." The Enterprise encounters Trelane, a seemingly omnipotent being. Picard would later deal with his own immortal pain in the butt: Q.

"I'd be delighted to offer any advice I have on understanding women. When I have some, I'll let you know."

It was Captain Picard who admitted to having little understanding of women. Captain Kirk, on the other hand, appeared to understand them a little too well.

"If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me. And you'll be armed."

If you're a Browncoat, you got this one. Serenity's Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the television series "Firefly" had his own peculiar sense of honor. He'd probably enjoy a drink (or three) with Captain Kirk.

"Tea, Earl Grey, hot."

This one was a giveaway -- Earl Grey tea was Captain Picard's drink of choice.

"One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it."

In "Dagger of the Mind," Kirk reveals to McCoy that while he may listen to what his colleagues have to say about a subject, he'll end up doing what he darn well pleases.

"Do you know the one, 'All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by...' You could feel the wind at your back, about you -- the sounds of the sea beneath you. And even if you take away the wind and the water, it's still the same. The ship is yours, you can feel her, and the stars are still there."

James Kirk said these words in "The Ultimate Computer." While Trekkers usually think of Picard as the more poetic of the two captains, Kirk could wax poetic with the best of them.

"So, five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit."

These were Picard's final words on the last episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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About This Quiz

Many people have served as captain on the U.S.S. Enterprise. But out of all the captains in Starfleet, two hold a special place in our hearts: Captain James Tiberius Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Think you know who is who?

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