Memory Alpha

George Kirk (alternate reality)

40,555pages on
this wiki
Alternate Reality
(split 2233)
For the prime reality counterpart, please see George Kirk.
For the brother of James T. Kirk, please see George Samuel Kirk.
"You know your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better."
– Christopher Pike to Jim Kirk, 2255 (Star Trek)

George Kirk was a Human Starfleet officer in the early 23rd century who was noted for saving the lives of eight hundred people during his twelve minute tenure as Captain of the USS Kelvin during an attack by the Narada.

Service and sacrifice Edit

George Kirk at post ST09

Lt. Commander George Kirk at his post aboard the Kelvin

In 2233, Lieutenant Commander George Kirk was serving as first officer aboard the USS Kelvin under Captain Richard Robau when it was diverted by Starfleet to investigate a mysterious singularity. The Romulan ship Narada, under the command of Captain Nero, emerged through the black hole from the year 2387 and began firing upon the Kelvin, severely damaging the ship.

When Robau left the Kelvin to negotiate a cease fire, he left Kirk in command of the ship. Before he departed, Robau told Kirk to prepare to evacuate the Kelvin and set the ship on autopilot.

When the Narada resumed firing, it became apparent that it never had any intention of negotiating a cease fire. Kirk followed the orders he was given and gave the order to abandon ship.

George Kirk commands the Kelvin

Kirk piloting the Kelvin on a collision course

Among those being evacuated was Kirk's wife, Winona, who was aboard the ship and was going into labor with their son. She was to be evacuated and Kirk promised to join her shortly thereafter. Attempts to set the ship on autopilot failed, however, and Kirk was forced to remain on board to prevent the Narada from destroying the evacuation shuttles. He set the Kelvin on a collision course with the Narada. As the Kelvin charged on its suicide course, George used the ships weapons to shoot down the Narada's missiles before they could impact the fleeing shuttles and escape pods (saving the shuttle containing his wife in the process), saving further lives in the process.

George Kirk on dying Kelvin

George Kirk as the Kelvin collides with the Narada

In his last moments, Kirk was in contact with Winona as she gave birth to their son. They were trying to find a name for their child and he suggested naming the baby after Winona's father, James, rather than his . The last thing George Kirk heard before dying in the collision with the Narada were the cries of his newborn James T. Kirk. His sacrifice disabled the enemy ship and saved the lives of eight-hundred people.

Legacy Edit

Captain Christopher Pike wrote his dissertation on the Kelvin and George Kirk. Pike came to admire Kirk, describing him as a man who did not believe in "no-win scenarios" and as someone who had the instinct to leap without looking, a trait he felt Starfleet had lost by the 2250s.

James Kirk and Kelvin salt shaker

Kirk's son James Kirk and a Kelvin salt shaker in 2255

Because George died prematurely, James Tiberius Kirk never knew his father and thus never had an inspiration to join Starfleet. Instead, he spent his early years as a rebel and trouble-maker, until he was finally convinced by Pike to enlist in Starfleet and dared to do better than his father who had saved the lives of the crew of an entire ship, (when as Pike mention's his total command time of the Kelvin was only 12 minutes); a dare James would eventually satisfy by saving the entire Earth population and any other planetary population that otherwise might have been destroyed by Nero as the acting captain of the USS Enterprise in 2258. Pike reflected to James that George would be proud of his actions. (Star Trek)

When James sacrificed himself to save his own crew on the Enterprise in 2259, he heard the voices of his father and mother as he lay between life and death. (Star Trek Into Darkness)



Background information Edit

George Kirk was played by Chris Hemsworth.

Although Spock referred to George Kirk as being a lieutenant when he was killed, Kirk actually wore the rank braids of a lieutenant commander; Spock may have been abbreviating his rank in a non-traditional manner as lieutenant commanders are usually referred to as commanders. Deanna Troi, Geordi La Forge and Shelby have also both been addressed as lieutenants (in "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Most Toys", "Hero Worship" and "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", respectively) while clearly holding the rank of lieutenant commander. It should also be noted though that Starfleet rank insignia has changed over time (ex. no stripes on uniforms in "The Cage" but stripes throughout the rest of The Original Series) and sometimes first officers have been seen wearing higher ranks than their commission, such as Spock wearing a commander's rank stripes in Season 1 of The Original Series despite being a lieutenant commander.

Hemsworth received credit in Into Darkness for use of his voice in audio flashbacks of the first film.

He may have a brother, since James T. Kirk said he was staying at his uncle's farm in Star Trek Generations. It was never made clear which of his parents had a sibling though, or if he was just using the term for a long time family friend. In Star Trek, an uncle Frank was cut from the script and reworked into Winona's new husband heard in the film.

Apocrypha Edit

The name "George" for James Kirk's father first originated in Vonda N. McIntyre's TOS novel Enterprise: The First Adventure.

Intel's Star Trek tie-in website gave his serial number as SA-733-9624-AM.

The 2013 virtual collectible card battle game Star Trek: Rivals is using his picture for card #76, Acting Captain G. Kirk.

IDW Publishing's comic "Keenser's Story" depicts him as having been present for first contact with the Roylans (Keenser's people). After Keenser helps them fix their shuttle, he befriends George on the ride back to the Kelvin, having chosen to go with him with the intention of signing up for Starfleet Academy.

External link Edit

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki