Sci-fi 50: James T. Kirk

July 23, 2012 | 4:44 p.m.

James T. Kirk, "Star Trek" (1966): A restless seeker and cold-space warrior, an interstellar tomcat and loyal friend, Kirk was an Iowa gambler who was never neutral but always in the zone. William Shatner's character taught us the meaning of warp drive as he chased alien threats and Starfleet miniskirts with reckless hubris. Illogical? Sure, but as Kirk said: "Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on." (CBS)

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