Event: Star Trek Smackdown

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
6:30 to 8:00 pm ET
New York

In Person

John Joseph Adams, Editor of forthcoming anthology Federations and anthologies Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, Seeds of Change, and The Living Dead
Alan Kistler, comic book historian and online journalist, MTV.com and ComicMix.com
Matt Mitovich, Senior Editor, TVGuide.com
Bones Rodriguez, Author, Captain Kirk's Guide to Women
Moderated by David Bushman, Curator, Television
Additional panelists to be announced.

O Captain! My Captain! Who's the greatest leader in the history of science fiction on television? We're pitting Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek against your choices, based on the results of our Star Trek Smackdown poll. We're beaming aboard a panel of sci-fi experts to debate the pros and cons of all the leading contenders, but we also want to hear what YOU think, so set your coordinates for the Paley Center and come join the debate.

Bring your tricorders to help you answer some trivia questions to win some Star Trek DVDs! Costumes welcome!

Bonus: Come early to watch a screening of a newly remastered version of "The Cage," the original series pilot, on the big screen! (beginning shortly after 5:00 pm)


Other Events in the Series

  • Ronbo, we could have included Kirk, and it would have been interesting to see the results, but we decided to go a slightly different way -- Kirk against the world, so to speak.

    David, April 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  • Shouldn't you have included an option to vote for Kirk - as in, nobody out-Kirks Kirk.  


    That said, the other ommission for this Trekker nerd (redundant? probably) is Christopher Pike, original Enterprise captain from the first pilot (The Cage), recut in to a two part episode (The Menagerie).  

    A real shame Jeffrey Hunter didn't stay with the role, he came across as both tougher and more cerebral than Shatner's Kirk.  Less humor, not so much a ladies man as Hunter's Pike lacked the charm of Shatner's Kirk, but when it comes time to make the veins throb in the evil-yet-tragic alien's huge forehead, Pike was the man. 



    Ronbo, April 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm