James T. Kirk (TOS)

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Name: James Tiberius Kirk
Occupation: Starfleet Officer
Relationships: Was married to Miramanee while amnesiac, she and their unborn child died. Had a son, David Marcus, with Carol Marcus, who was killed by Klingons.
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) was introduced in the first episode of the original Star Trek TV series (not counting the original, unaired pilot, "The Cage") and starred in all three seasons and seven subsequent movies.

Canon Background

(please refer to Memory Alpha for more information)


Fan Response

There's been some discussions among TOS fans, especially after the release of the new movies, about the difference between canon!Kirk and the public perception of the character. This fenomenon is sometimes called "Kirk drift"[1] Fans usually point out how in the original series Kirk is shown to be a smart, compassionate, thoughtful man who treats women with respect, as opposed to the rash, womanizer character that most people imagine when they think about Kirk.

kirk is supposed to be the middle ground between spock (mostly logic with little emotion) and mccoy (mostly emotion with little logic). spock’s flaw is that he sometimes fails to consider human emotions and reactions when making a decision; mccoy’s flaw is that sometimes sentiment can cloud his judgement about what the correct course of action is. kirk is supposed to have spock’s intellect with mccoy’s human feeling and understanding.bemusedlybespectacled
There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.Erin Horáková
where did this bs that kirk is a womanising hardass maverick who shoots first and asks later and rules the enterprise with an iron fist like the manly man he is come from? not from the canon, thats for sure.ifyougonnagetnastyimgonnaleave

Tarsus IV

The first season episode "The Conscience of the King" reveals that a young Kirk had been present on the colony Tarsus IV during a genocide. This incident, mentioned only once on the show, is a popular source of angst in Kirk-centric fanworks, mostly fic. There are communities dedicated to Tarsus IV, tarsus_iv_fic on LJ, and another on ff.net, and Shadowloverk maintains a thematic list for these.[5]


Kirk-centric Fanworks

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  1. ^ FRESHLY REMEMBER'D: Kirk Drift by Erin Horáková
  2. ^ pop culture's idea of kirk
  3. ^ FRESHLY REMEMBER'D: Kirk Drift by Erin Horáková
  4. ^ the appropiation of Kirk by some fans
  5. ^ Fic Rec List: Tarsus IV (accessed 3 April 2010)