Kirk or Picard? Jeff Bezos Picks His Favorite 'Star Trek' Captain

Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," 1987-1994; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" movies, 1994-2002)
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart starred as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" television series and films. (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard rules. So says Jeff Bezos

The Blue Origin founder apparently sides firmly with Sir Patrick Stewart's portrayal of Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" when picking the best starship captain from the "Star Trek" franchise. Of course, that may be because Bezos hung out with Stewart at a recent event. 

"Kirk or Picard? Picard!" Bezos wrote on Twitter Saturday (March 10). Bezos also posted a photo of himself and his wife, Mackenzie Bezos, with Stewart and the actor's wife, Sunny Ozell, on the red carpet at last week's Academy Awards in Los Angeles. [The Best "Star Trek" Captains of All Time]

Bezos' bold decision sparked the inevitable debate on Twitter. Some Trek fans replied to his post to support the Picard decision, while others blasted Bezos for overlooking the obvious captain-y qualities of Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) from the original "Star Trek" TV series and films. 

This isn't the first time Bezos has taken to social media to share his Trek fandom. 

In 2016, Bezos used Twitter to share what it was like to be a "Star Trek" alien, particularly what lunch was like when your face is encased in alien makeup. Bezos played an alien in "Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the rebooted "Star Trek" film series.

"Bucket list. Cast, crew and Justin Lin @trailingjohnson were amazing. #StarTrekBeyond," Bezos wrote at the time. (Justin Lin directed "Star Trek Beyond.") 

While Bezos may admire Picard in the fictional "Star Trek" universe, the CEO's company Blue Origin is making steady progress on the real-life spaceships and rockets that it will launch into the final frontier. 

Blue Origin is building the reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule to launch passengers on suborbital trips to space, while also building a towering rocket called New Glenn for orbital flight. The company has built a rocket factory in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to build its New Glenn boosters and will launch them from a pad at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

The first New Glenn launch is scheduled for 2020. Until then, live long and prosper, Jeff Bezos.  

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