Star Trek: Can You Beat The Kobayashi Maru Test? [Flowchart]

Captain to the bridge. You receive a distress signal from a civilian freighter, The Kobayashi Maru, that has struck a gravitic mine. Venturing into the Klingon Neutral Zone where the ship is stranded could be considered a declaration of war. The Kobayashi Maru is losing life support.

The Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise in the fictional Star Trek universe designed to test the character of Starfleet Academy cadets in a no-win scenario. The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek. Screenwriter Jack B. Sowards is credited with inventing the test. The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, a test of one’s character or a solution that involves redefining the problem. [Wikipedia]

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One Response to Star Trek: Can You Beat The Kobayashi Maru Test? [Flowchart]

  1. Looks like they forgot to include Scotty’s solution: trick the test into thinking that a new(theoretical) attack would be devastating to the Klingon warbirds’ shields, thus allowing him to eliminate the enemy.

    Or Peter Kirk’s Romulan strategy of invoking a ritual by combat, wherein the commander’s had to fight to the death, but he ordered his crew to rescue the crew(via beaming) of the Kobayashi Maru(KM) and leave without him.

    Or even Calhoun’s Romulan solution, where he assumed that either:
    the Romulan’s would capture and torture the KM crew, his own ship be destroyed, and so destroying the KM would be more merciful or;
    the Romulan’s had ALREADY usurped the KM and the distress beacon was a trap to lure in his ship, in which case the KM was already populated by Romulan’s and it was a valid attack.

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