Captain Christopher Pike was the first commanding officer of the USS Enterprise from the sci-fi franchise Star Trek and was born on April 11th. In the original series, he is portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter and Sean Kenney. Bruce Greenwood takes on the role in the Kelvin Timeline while Anson Mount takes on the character in Discovery. He is often shown as a decorated Starfleet officer who has a tragic conclusion. However, his career has been shown to be an example to other Federation captains heading into the final frontier.
Here are the top 10 quotes from Captain Pike:
“The point is that this isn’t the only life available. There’s a whole galaxy of things to choose from.” – The Menagerie (TOS)
“You’re a Starfleet captain. You believe in service, sacrifice, compassion, and love. No. I’m not going to abandon the things that made me who I am because of a future… that contains an ending I… I hadn’t foreseen for myself.” – Through the Valley of Shadows (Discovery)
“You can settle for a less than ordinary life, or do you feel like you were meant for something better? Something special? Enlist in Starfleet.” – Star Trek (2009)
“I’m not an ape beating its chest! I’m a thinking, rational being!” – The Cage (Unaired Pilot)
“I saw some whales once… But these weren’t in the ocean.” – The Captain’s Table #6: Christopher Pike: Where Sea Meets Sky
“Do you know what a pain you are? You think the rules don’t apply to you. There’s greatness in you, but there’s not an ounce of humility. You think that you can’t make mistakes, but there’s going to come a moment when you realize you’re wrong about that, and you’re going to get yourself and everyone under your command killed.” – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
“Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous.” – New Eden (Discovery)
“I’m tired of being ambushed.” – Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Pike issue 1 (2010)
“Is the parking brake on?” Star Trek (2009)
“Their power of illusion is so great, we can’t be sure of anything we do, anything we see.” – The Cage (Unaired Pilot)
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