James T. Kirk (Kelvin)

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James T. Kirk
James T. Kirk (ST11)

James T. Kirk (ST11)
Species Human
Sex Male
Born Stardate 2233.04
Family George Kirk, Father

Winona Kirk, Mother
George Samuel Kirk, Brother

Tiberius Kirk, Paternal Grandfather
James Davis, Maternal Grandfather
Frank Davis, Maternal Uncle

Portrayed by Chris Pine
Kelvin Timeline
(Split from 2233)

James Tiberius Kirk was born on Stardate 2233.04 aboard Medical Shuttle 37 as it made its escape from the U.S.S. Kelvin NCC-0514, mere moments before the Kelvin's destruction in a bid to stop a Romulan ship, the Narada, which had traveled back in time from the year 2387. Kirk’s mother, Winona, went into early labor due to the stress of the attack, and his father, George, was killed when he piloted the Kelvin into the Narada, disabling it long enough to allow the crew to escape in the shuttles.[1]

Kirk—named for both his maternal grandfather, James Davis,[1][2] and his paternal grandfather, Tiberius—and his older brother, George Samuel Kirk, were raised by their mother after the Narada incident.[1] Kirk grew up in rebellion, particularly against his Uncle Frank Davis, who took the boys in when his sister Winona’s Starfleet career took her away from Earth, going so far as to drive a Corvette that had once belonged to his father[3] over the edge of a nearby quarry.[1]

By the time he was twenty-two years old, Kirk had made something of a reputation for himself as "the only genius-level repeat offender in the Midwest," according to Starfleet Captain Christopher Pike. Pike had a sobering influence on Kirk, however, who was convinced to join Starfleet the next day, boasting that he would complete the four-year course at Starfleet Academy in just three years.[1] During his tenure as a cadet, Kirk made a number of friends and acquaintances, including Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura, and Gaila. His closest friend, however, was McCoy, a young, recently-divorced doctor who’d also joined Starfleet at the same time as Kirk.[1]

By 2258, Kirk was in his third year, and his frustration with the "no-win" Kobayashi Maru scenario prompted him to take the test an unprecedented three times. On his third attempt, however, Kirk managed to reprogram the simulator, allowing him to beat the unbeatable scenario. Kirk was placed on academic suspension, pending an investigation into the matter, but the inquiry was tabled when Nero escaped from captivity on the Klingon penal planet Rura Penthe, and attacked Vulcan on Stardate 2258.42.[1]

With the aid of McCoy, Kirk stowed away aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Recognizing similarities to events on the day of his birth, Kirk convinced Captain Pike to make a more cautious approach to Vulcan, which likely saved the ship from Nero’s assault on the Starfleet relief force. Nero succeeded in destroying Vulcan and capturing Pike, and Kirk was marooned on Delta Vega by Spock. Kirk succeeded in returning to the Enterprise, however, with the aid of Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, an engineer assigned to a Starfleet outpost on Delta Vega, as well as an older version of Spock from the same future as Nero.[1]

Shortly after his return to the Enterprise, Kirk, who had been named Spock’s first officer by Pike in the captain’s absence, took command when Spock became incapacitated. Devising a daring plan, Kirk and Spock managed to rescue Pike, prevent Nero from destroying Earth, and ultimately destroyed Nero’s ship, the Narada, with the red matter weapon brought from the future. In the aftermath of Nero’s attack, and with Starfleet’s forces decimated as a result, Kirk was not only placed on active duty prior to finishing his final year at the Academy, he was also breveted to the rank of captain and placed in permanent command of the Enterprise after Pike was promoted to admiral.[1]

Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Abrams, J.J. & Damon Lindelof (Producers). Star Trek. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Paramount Pictures. 8 May 2009.
  2. Goodman, David A. Federation: The First 150 Years. Titan Books, October 2013.
  3. A deleted scene, which was included in both the novelization and comic adaptation of the film, showed that Jim and his brother lived with their Uncle Frank while their mother was off-world; George Samuel "Sam" Kirk was running away when Jim stole the Corvette, which the scene also established had belonged to their father before his death. This scene provided much needed context for the scenes with young Kirk and has been included in this entry until such time as it is contradicted on screen.