“Above All Else A God Needs Compassion, Mitchell!”

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201812.7. Today we watched Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and used Ross’s prima facie duty ethics to analyze it. I always liked how this movie ended, and the caption “And the adventure continues.” In other news, my artist friend just completed a digital oil painting of me as Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before. It’s based on a photo from 2009 and I rather like it. Some great lines in that episode like “One jealous god, if all this makes a god, or is it making you something else?”

Roger Kirk Where No Man Has Gone Before

The Wrath of Khan

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201811.30. Today we watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and learned about what Jeremy Bentham and Nietzsche would say about this outstanding movie. I remember seeing this at age 17 back in ’82 when it was released, with my mom and dad. The ending had me all choked up, and even now it still triggers an emotional response. Let’s just say I could not be a utilitarian like Spock. I also received today this portrait with me as Admiral Kirk and two of my students as Spock and McCoy. Live long and prosper.

Roger Dave Steve TWOK

Happy Halloween

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201810.31. Today is Halloween, and my day off, although I do have to grade exams today. In other news, here’s the first two-person Star Trek portrait I’ve commissioned, featuring a younger me as Kirk and my former student and good friend Tomoka Yamamoto as the yeoman. Tomoka was in my class eight years ago and I still call her by her nickname, which is, believe it or not, Cheeky Rabbit.

Roger Kirk Cheeky Yeoman

Cadet Kirk at Starfleet Academy

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 201810.11. Here’s another nice portrait of me as Cadet James T. Kirk at Starfleet Academy. I got the idea for the uniform from the character Cadet Finnegan, Kirk’s nemesis, in the TOS episode Shore Leave. Did you see the cool Federation seal in the background? Hope you like it.

Roger Young Kirk small

Full Dress Uniform

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.6. I am pleased to show off the latest work of my preferred digital artist, Scott Jackson, who specializes in Star Trek art. Here I am as Captain Kirk in his full dress green uniform. What do you think? Not bad, huh? Looks like a scene from The Menagerie.

Roger Kirk Dress Uniform Small

Me with a Phaser Rifle

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201809.22. I am pleased to present another Star Trek portrait of me by Scott Jackson. Here I am (circa 2007) as Captain Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before, complete with phaser rifle. As I’ve probably said before, this is one of my favourite episodes, and I would love to have a 1:1 scale model of the phaser rifle. “Above all else, a god needs compassion, Mitchell!”

Roger Kirk Phaser Rifle