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Captain Jean-Luc Picard - Star Trek - The Next Generation

Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek - The Next Generation played by Patrick Stewart.

Jean-Luc Picard is a fictional male Human captain in the Star Trek - The Next Generation television series who was played on screen by Patrick Stewart. Jean-Luc Picard holds the rank of Captain within the USS Enterprise NCC-1701D.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's Biography

Picard is the fourth captain of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 after Captain Jonathan Archer, Christopher Pike and Capt. James Tiberius Kirk.

Picard is also the first non-American to take charge of the legendary space ship. He has family in France and his brother is a vineyard owner which he visits in Family so that can chill and unwind after events in The Best of Both Worlds where Picard was captured and assimilated into the Borg

In the Picard series, Picard has retired from Starfleet and now runs a winery back in his native France. Something will draw him back out into action but it is not yet revealed what.

Picard doesn't like having children on board the Enterprise but over time, he does appreciate having Wesley Crusher on board even when Wesley gets into trouble.

Picard has an artificial heart because his natural one was damaged when Picard was young. Whilst on a journey to a starbase for heart surgery, Picard reveals to Wesley what happened to the heart in the first place. When Picard was young, he confronted a group of aggressive aliens and was stabbed in the heart. He was saved but he now has a new heart. Samaritan Snare

Is Picard a Mary-Sue?

Picard is No Mary-Sue type character. Mary Sue is a derogatory term for a character, one that is perfect, gets top marks and breezes to the top of their class. When Wesley Crusher fails the entrance exam for Starfleet, Picard reveals in "Coming of Age" that he failed the entrance exam the first time. A Mary-Sue would not fail the first time.

Jean-Luc's Interests

Dixon Hill

Jean-Luc interests include the stories of Dixon Hill. Dixon Hill is the name of a fictional private detective in the 1940s similar to Sam Spade (Maltese Falcon) and Philip Marlowe. In the twelfth episode of the first series, Jean-Luc is ordered to unwind and so he takes part in a holographic adventure. He is accompanied by Lieutenant Data and Beverly Crusher but when he tries to leave, he is unable to until the adventure has played itself out.

In "First Contact", when the Borg have invaded the ship, he uses a Dixon Hill holographic scene in order to escape from the Borg that is following him. The Borg are unaware of the hologram and become confused, allowing the captain and his new friend to escape.

Captain Picard's Friendships and Relationships

Beverly and Jack Crusher

Jean-Luc has known Beverly Crusher for years, a friendship that predates their adventures on the Enterprise. Jean-Luc and Jack were best of friends even before Jack got together with Beverly. Secretly, Jean-Luc had a romantic interest in Beverly and ultimately backed away.

Jack and Jean-Luc both served aboard the U.S.S. Stargazer but there was an accident which caused the death of Jack Crusher. The friendship that Jean-Luc and Beverly had broke down. It was only when the two of them worked together on the Enterprise did their paths cross once more.

Archaeologist Vash

Although he doesn't have any full blown relations, he does whilst on holiday in Captains Holiday, he gets close to archaeologist Vash on the planet Risa. He didn't have a relationship with Doctor Bev Crusher, he did have prior history with her, Beverley holds him responsible for her husbands death.

Captain Picard's Other Ships

U.S.S. Stargazer

Before Picard was Captain of the Enterprise, he was also the captain of the Stargazer. Amongst the crew was his best friend Jack Crusher would die in an unfortunate accident.

The Stargazer came into contact with an unknown force in the Maxia Zeta System, an encounter which would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Stargazer. The attacker was also destroyed when Stargazer was able to perform a maneuver. later to be known as the Picard Maneuver. Picard would be court-martialled but be absolved of all crimes.

Year later, the Enterprise would be contacted by Daimon Bok of the Ferengi who had a present for Picard. The present turned out to be the Stargazer having not been destroyed. The Ferengi are known for not doing anything unless there was profit involved so it was odd that they were just going to hand over the Stargazer for no apparent reason.

It transpires that the unknown force was a Ferengi ship. Bok handing over the Stargazer for revenge, Bok's son was on the unknown ship. The present was to make Picard think he was still on that mission and to create flashbacks and go back into battle. The whole episode was created by Bok for revenge, the other Ferengi had nothing to do with the plan. The whole played out in the first series episode "The Battle"

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's Best, Worst and Memorable Episodes

Best of Both Worlds (S3 E26 + S4 E1)

The Enterprise investigates a planet which has been attacked by the Borg and assimilated the populace. The Enterprise is attacked by the Borg and is invaded by the Cyborgs. During the attack by the Borg, Picard is captured by the Borg and taken away. Commander William Riker has to take command of the Enterprise now. Riker wants to lead the away team but he is persuaded to stay and command the Enterprise.

An away team sneak onto the Borg Cube where they are ignored by the Borg. At the end of their exploration of the ship, the away team come face to face with an assimilated Picard who now calls himself Locutus of Borg. It is the last episode of the third series, with the action starting up again at the beginning of the fourth series.

The Borg Cube leaves the location and prepares to attack Earth. The Federation have a fleet of ships massing at Wolf 359, a real star but the fleet prove nothing more like than a fly and are destroyed.

Riker and Lieutenant Worf seak onto the Borg Cube and kidnap Picard. Doctor Bev Crusher sets about removing the implants from Picard when Picard says "Sleep". Lieutenant Commander Data works out what the message means and is able to send a message to the Borg cube to shut it down and become vulnerable to attack which the Federation take advantage of and destroy the Cube.

Picards Borg probes are removed from the body and Picard returns to work. The crew persuade Picard that he needs some time off and Picard then visits his family in the next episode in France.

Although we don't see it in the Next Gen episode, Captain Benjamin Sisko and his wife Jennifer took part in the Battle for Wolf 359. Jennifer unlike Benjamin didn't survive the encounter and Sisko is unable to forgive or forget what happened.

Darmok (S5 E2)

This episode was the 100th episode of the series. The Enterprise encounters an alien race where the Universal Translators do not work because of the way the aliens speak, in metaphors. Picard and a member from the other race beam down to the planet to try to communicate and get along.

Picard and Darmok try to bond over a campfire on the planet. The two are being stalked by an alien that they cannot see and have to work out how to defeat the enemy together. Darmok is eventually killed by the monster leaving Picard alive and able to return to his ship, the Enterprise.

Picard Series

Patrick Stewart returned to the role 17 years after Star Trek X, Nemesis which was the last we saw of Picard in the movies. The series was scheduled to appear in 2019. The series is set seventeen years after and fifteen years since he last saw action. After Picard retired, he returned to Earth and took over the running of a vineyard. All we know is that fifteen years ago, he was involved in a mission but not much more than that.

Jean-Luc Picard Facts

Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceThe USS Enterprise NCC-1701D
ActorPatrick Stewart
Last UpdatedFriday, August 16, 2019

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