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Star Trek - Kirk's Tomb Stone
In the Episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Gary Mitchell creates Kirk's grave and tomb stone.
The name on the stone was James R. Kirk,not James T. Kirk.
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Madmarchj on 09-19-2000
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Captan James R Kirk Capt. James R. Kirk pretending to be in a fight with some guy in front of his tombstone
Captan James R Kirk Capt. James R. Kirk pretending to be in a fight with some guy in front of his tombstone
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Greg H writes:
Well, jper36 writes: "This is one of Trek's big slip-ups...". This could not be any more incorrect. In no way is this a "slip-up". When this episode was produced, these stupid "nitpicky" details about characters had yet to be finalized, so "James R. Kirk" can not be considered a mistake. In fact, since this was the first "Kirk" episode produced (being a pilot episode), it is more reasonable to state that EVERY succeeding reference to "James T(iberius) Kirk", is a "slip-up"!
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Mythic-Knight writes:
That was covered by SciFI when they got the rights to ST, at the time, the T in Kirks hadn't been decided on
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jpers36 writes:
This is one of Trek's big slipups, along with the Klingon ridge thingy. I've seen two attempts to explain of this slipup, both in novels. 1) In the novel "Q-Squared", the idea is put forward that this was intended to show that Gary Mitchell, though becoming more and more godlike, wasn't perfect. 2) In the trilogy "Brother's Keeper", the idea is put forward that it's an inside joke about Kirk's middle name, as in "Racquetball? That's practically my middle name!" (Yes, racquetball, then rhinoceros, then some other r-word).
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GFiendish writes:
Re:Tiberius This name did not come into being until the Animated Series came along,until then it was just the letter "T" as in Harry S Truman (The S did not stand for anything, but was put in order to avoid confusion!) Yours,Grimley
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Rom writes:
It should also be pointed out that WNMHGB was the SECOND pilot for the series. We as fans can hardly expect that plans for even a first season's worth of details could be ironed out at the pilot stage. Perhaps a better question would be why they chose "Tiberius" as a middle name for ANYONE.
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