Christopher Pike is the original captain of the famed starship Enterprise, played first by Jeffrey Hunter in an unaired 1965 pilot (“The Cage”) and now by Anson Mount in the forthcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Mount’s portrayal first won over audiences and critics alike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery (2017), which reimagined Pike as a grounded and unflappable leader, a singular and remarkably old-fashioned hero for our cynical and suspicious times. Pike understands that humanity is flawed but does not give in to despair. He does not condescend, and there is not a trace of sexism in him; he shows nothing but gratitude to the three women who rescue him early in the season and continues to treat them with respect and appreciation. Pike understands that these values of bravery and respect, while sometimes seen as traditionally masculine, are actually universal virtues, just as Christ’s model isn’t just a model for Christian men but a model for all Christians, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female (Gal. 3:28). This is a conversation is a discussion about an unlikely hero in the Star Trek Discovery television series.

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