The Kobayashi Maru, for the non-Trekkies among you, is a simulator cadets at Starfleet Academy undergo in the Star Trek universe. It is designed to test how cadets perform under pressure. It is a no-win situation, and is deliberately designed as such. (Capt. James T. Kirk famously reprogrammed it to win.) Fast forward (or backward, if you’re at Stardate 8130.3) to the 2016 election, and references to the Kobayashi Maru are abundant.
— Steve Buckland (@SteveBuckland4) September 25, 2016Advertisement
The 2016 election is clearly the Kobayashi Maru. How’d Kirk beat that again. Reprogramming the simulator? Seems good to me.
— Matt Strott (@MesyComics) October 20, 2016
So, What Would Kirk Do? So far, the Canadian-born William Shatner is staying out of political opinion. And Chris Pine, who plays Kirk in the new films isn’t on Twitter. So, we’ll have to let Vulcan logic have the final word: Kobayashi Maru Picture from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Paramount Pictures, 1982. Spock picture from Star Trek original series, NBC.