Statistics Saturday: Battle of the Network Starship Captains

Actor Starship Captain In Number Of Times Was A Battle of the Network Stars Team Captain
William Shatner Star Trek 4
Richard Benjamin Quark 1
Greg Evigan Babylon 5, if you’ve mistaken Greg Evigan for Michael O’Hare 1
Mark Harmon From The Earth To The Moon (1998), if you count Apollo 7 as a “starship” since he played Wally Schirra 1
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation 0
Avery Brooks Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 0
Kate Mulgrew Star Trek: Voyager 0
Scott Bakula Star Trek: Enterprise 0

I know what you’re all thinking: What about Telly Savalas, two-time captain for CBS and cohost of the November 1977 Battle? And I’m sorry, as while he did once portray Magmar, the leader of the evil faction of Rock Lords on the planet Quartex, Magmar was never properly speaking in control of a spaceship of any kind, much less a starship, so far as I can tell from reading the Wikipedia description of the plot of GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, and thus does not qualify for this count.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

4 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: Battle of the Network Starship Captains”

    1. Yes, he was, and I’m glad you bring that up because I loved the episode where they went to the water planet and all the dolphin people were Vaguely British.

      Also, unironically, I loved the one where they recovered some of the cryogenically-frozen engineers who were responsible for creating the Toad Borg in the first place, hoping that the engineers would know some secret way to defeat the Toad Borg menace. Only to be told, you know, if they had any idea how to defeat the Toad Borg they wouldn’t have been trapped in cryogenic suspension in the first place.

      (To those who never watched the show: yes, ‘Toad Borg’ sounds like they just used the first draft placeholder for the villain name. But remember, the people who made G.I.Joe wanted ‘Cobra-la’ to be a placeholder name and the Hasbro executives loved it so much they couldn’t replace it with a real name.)


  1. We forgot team captain Gabe Kaplain from that episode of WBK when the Sweathogs built that spaceship out of stolen (borrowed) auto parts. Kotter was technically captain until Barbarino’s mutany.


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