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How Well Do You Know Star Treks Captain Picard?

Updated on February 28, 2013

Star Treks Next Generation Captain

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, portrayed by Patrick Stewart, is commander of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). He is also a captain we all know and love as he commands the enterprise on its continuing mission to explore the galaxy.
Throughout the Generations series we see Picard a master of diplomacy and debate who resolves seemingly intractable issues between multiple parties. He displays remarkable tactical cunning in situations when it is required.

A Brief History Of Star Treks Captain Picard

Here is a VERY BRIEF rundown of the man, the legend, Captain Jean Luc Picard: Jean-Luc Picard was born in La Barre, France on July 13, 2305, and dreamed of joining Starfleet. He failed his first Starfleet Academy entrance exam, but was subsequently admitted and became the first freshman to win the Academy marathon. His academic training in archaeology is mentioned in numerous Next Generation episodes. Shortly after graduation, Picard was stabbed in the heart by a Nausicaan, leaving the organ irreparable and requiring replacement with a parthenogenetic implant. Eventually he served as first officer aboard the USS Stargazer, which he later commanded. During that time, he invented a starship evasive attack maneuver that would become known as the Picard Maneuver.

Finally, in command of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Picard leads the crew on its seven year mission, the result of which Q claims that humanity has demonstrated the capacity to explore the "possibilities of existence".

The third season ends with Picard being assimilated by the Borg which is critical in his characters development and also provides a backstory for the popular film Star Trek: First Contact

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Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.

Picard - from the film "Star Trek: Generations"

The Picard Song

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Encounters With The Borg

Star Treks most brutal enemy

Star Trek The Next Generation brought us an enemy we had never seen in the original series - half organic life form, half machine - the Borg. Captin Picard had many experiences with the Borg throughout the series as well as in the major motion picture First Contact. here is a bit of a run down on Picard and the borg.

In 2365, Q sent the Enterprise 7,000 light years into uncharted space, into the path of a Borg cube. Although the Enterprise suffered losses, it became the first ship known by the Federation to survive an encounter with the Borg and so managed to inform Starfleet of the Borg's existence. (TNG episode: "Q Who")

One year later, in 2366, the Borg launched their first invasion of the Federation. A single cube destroyed the New Providence colony and the USS Lalo, and kidnapped Picard when the Enterprise attempted to intervene. Picard was partially assimilated and became a Borg drone. The cube proceeded towards Earth and engaged Starfleet in the Battle of Wolf 359. On arrival at Earth, an away team from the Enterprise successfully rescued Picard and used his connection to the Borg to implant false data in the cube, destroying it. (TNG episode: "The Best of Both Worlds") Picards assimilation and time spent in the Collective had a profoundly disturbing effect on Picard's life.

Picard encountered the Borg again in 2368 when they rescued a Borg drone from a crashed Borg shuttle. This drone was cut off from the Collective and slowly regained an individual identity, eventually being named Hugh. Initially, the plan was drafted to use Hugh to destroy the collective in its entirety. Eventually it was decided that Hugh could not be sent back to destroy the Borg as he had become an individual seperate and apart from the Collective. Picard offered Hugh asylum on board the Enterprise, but Hugh said that the Collective would not stop looking for him until they found him. Hugh agreed to go back to the crash site and to be taken back into the Collective, to protect the Enterprise from harm. (TNG episode: "I Borg")

The individuality present in Hugh spread through the ship he returned to, causing a catastrophic separation of the ship from the rest of the Collective. This rogue mini-collective was unsure how to cope with its freedom, and so fell under the influence of Datas brother, the android Lore. Lore persuaded them to aid his plan to conquer Earth. Using the rogue ship, they attacked several outposts before being tracked down by the crew of the Enterprise-D. They destroyed the Borg ship and were able to persuade the remaining members of the mini-collective of Lore's unreliability. The mini-collective then disappeared into space and has not been encountered since. (TNG episode: "Descent", "Descent, Part II")

Benjamin Sisko, who was serving as first officer of the USS Saratoga at the time, lost his wife Jennifer in the attack. Picard and Sisko finally met in 2369, after the Enterprise was the first Starfleet vessel to arrive at Deep Space 9. Sisko was, at first, hostile toward Picard, but later came to forgive him. Sisko also gave Picard his letter of resignation, which Picard did not send, feeling Sisko was the right person for command of Deep Space 9. (DS9 episode: "Emissary")

In 2373, the Borg launched their second invasion of the Federation, and again the crew of the Enterprise played a major role in their defeat. Initially, the Enterprise was not to have participated in the Battle of Sector 001, because according to Starfleet Command, Picard would bring an "unstable element into a critical situation." Seeing that the Borg were getting the best of the fleet, Picard ordered the Enterprise to Earth to assist. He was instrumental in defeating both the main invasion and an attempt by the Borg to prevent the formation of the Federation by altering history. (Star Trek: First Contact)

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"It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose."

— Jean-Luc Picard

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Klingon: Federation Starship Enterprise. Surrender and prepare to be boarded.

Picard: That'll be the day!!

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Picards Encounters With Q

Star Treks most interesting villian indeed.

Picards first encounter with Q was when he had to solve the "mystery of Farpoint Station." The crew of the Enterprise discovered that the inhabitants of Deneb IV, the Bandi, had captured a space-dwelling being to serve their own purpose. The Enterprise helped to free the creature, and Q, somewhat disappointed by the crew's success, retreated, though he hinted that it would not be their final encounter. (TNG first episode: "Encounter at Farpoint")

Later that year, Q returns with a bizarre and deadly "game" for the crew of the Enterprise involving Riker. (TNG episode: "Hide and Q") One year later, in 2365, Q, upset that Picard wont welcome him as a member of teh crew hurls the Enterprise into the path of a Borg cube. Q was hoping to show that the Federation was entirely unprepared to meet some of the more powerful races that existed in the universe. Ultimately, Picard had to beg for Q's help in escaping from the pursuit of the Borg vessel. (TNG episode: "Q Who")

A fourth encounter with Q occurred in 2366, when Q, stripped of his omnipotent powers refuge on the Enterprise and, although Picard and the rest of the crew were initially unconvinced of the sincerity of Q's pleas, the captain agrees. As the Enterprise began to suffer under Calamarain attack, however, Q resolved to end his life in order to prevent further risk to the Enterprise crew, but another member of the Q Continuum prevented Q from sacrificing himself, and restored his powers as a reward for his selfless act. (TNG: "Deja Q")

Late in 2367, Q returns yet again to "properly" thank Picard for his role in helping him regain his standing in the Continuum. At the time, Picard was meeting Vash, whom he had met on Risa the year before. Q resolved to teach Picard a lesson about love and cast the captain, Vash, and the Enterprise command crew into an elaborate scenario styled by the ancient legend of Robin Hood. Q himself assumed the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Ultimately, Picard learned his lesson, and everyone was returned to the Enterprise. (TNG episode: "Qpid")

In 2369, Q once again appeared aboard the Enterprise, this time to instruct Amanda Rogers, a Human who was the child of two Q and possessed Q powers herself. (TNG episode: "True Q") Later that same year, Q appeared to Picard when Picard was critically injured in a Lenarian ambush. Appearing as "God", Q told Picard that he had died because of his artificial heart, and offered him the chance to return to the incident in his youth, allowing him to relive the events leading up to his near-fatal injury and change history. Although Picard was successful in changing history, he eventually realized that the event - and his previous nature as an arrogant, brash young man - was a part of his identity, and had helped mold him into the successful Starfleet officer he had become. Although he was uncertain as to whether the experience had been real or simply a vision, Picard was grateful for Q's revelation. (TNG episode: "Tapestry")

"You don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends."In 2370, Q returned to the Enterprise to continue the trial against Humanity. Claiming that the seven-year-old trial had never actually ended, Q proclaimed Humanity guilty of "being inferior" and informed Picard that his race was to be destroyed. He sent Picard traveling through time to his past, present, and future, where he was presented with a temporal paradox in the form of an eruption of anti-time in the Devron system. In this paradox, Picard himself was responsible for the creation of the anomaly that propagated backwards in normal time (anti-time having the opposite properties of normal time), thus destroying Humanity in the past.

However, in addition to sending Picard jumping through time, Q also provided Picard with hints to understanding the nature of the paradox. Ultimately, Picard determined the solution and devised a way to close the anti-time anomaly in all three time periods. Following the captain's success, Q revealed that the entire experience had been a test, aimed at determining whether Humanity was capable of expanding its horizons to understand some of the advanced concepts of the universe. Departing, Q promised to continue watching Humanity, proclaiming that "The trial never ends." (TNG final episode: "All Good Things...")

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Picard: Data, they were already dead. I mean, what more could have happened to them?

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101 Reasons Why Captain Picard is Better than Captain Kirk

Just had to include one of these lists..

You can go to my capitan Kirk page and see the 101 reasons why captain Kirk is better than captain Picard and you can decide for yourself!

101. Two Words: better voice.

100. Picard's ship's counselor traded in her miniskirt for that great low-cut neckline.

99. Kirk fought over women. Picard had women fight over him.

98. Picard fire both photon torpedoes AND phasers at the same time when in battle.

97. Picard's ship is better than Kirk's -- better, faster, stronger.

96. Picard hates children -- Kirk once rescued a bunch of patricidal little maniacs, tried to console them, and almost lost his ship and crew in the process.

95. Picard was responsible for Beverly Crusher's husband dying, berated her son constantly in her presence, yet still manged to make her fall for him.

94. Though admittedly he's seldom a patron, Picard's ship actually has a BAR.

93. Kirk fought others himself, Picard has others do his fighting for him.

92. When nurse Chapel re-appeared as Troi's mother, she fell for Picard.

91. In seven years, Picard never developed a gut like Kirk's.

90. Picard was never killed by his first officer.

89. Picard's family made alchoholic beverages for a living.

88. Kirk kept losing security guards throughout each season; Picard has kept Worf for seven years.

87. No member of Picard's crew was EVER based on a member of the Monkees.

86. Two words: better actor.

85. Picard can do better impressions of his first officer.

84. Picard single-handedly saved the Federation, the Klingon Empire, and all of humanity while still a lowly captain.

83. Picard's a better musician than Kirk, while admittedly that's not saying much.

82. Picard's crew members sleep with one another on a regular basis.

81. Picard's crew gambles.

80. Picard's engine room has that neat warp coil that glows.

79. Picard's ship has better control panels instead of a series of Lite-Brite boards.

78. Picard would never star in a show like "T.J. Hooker."

77. Picard would never have allowed Charlie X aboard his ship.

76. No sideburns. 'Nuff said.

75. Picard's first officer never seized control of the ship to transport a former captain anywhere.

74. Despite the Borg incident, Picard is still welcome back at Starfleet HQ. Kirks name is an anathema to Starfleet HQ and alien races alike.

73. Picard never ordered his ship to self-destruct as a bluff; when he orders it to do so, he MEANS it.

72. Picard's ship was never taken over by its own computer and made to attack other Starfleet vessels.

71. Picard has never been made into a bad Filmation cartoon.

70. Picard was able to bring Denise Crosby back from the dead. Need we say more?

69. Picard infiltrated Romulus, posed as an intergalactic mercenary, and was tortured extensively after capture by the Cardassians -- and never broke a sweat.

68. Picard has never been demoted.

67. Picard has never had his body taken over by a former lover.

66. Picard has never developed amnesia and thought he was an Indian.

65. Picard has never encountered aliens from wierd planets like "Zatar."

64. Picard's quarters have a window.

63. Nobody ever back-slaps Picard.

62. Picard was never involved in any hokey shootouts at the OK corral.

61. Picard is a caffiene addict. (All that Earl Grey tea.)

60. One word: Leadership.

59. Kirk is not a sex symbol. Never was, never will be.

58. If Picard had a son, he wouldn't lose a fight to a Klingon whose commander was Christopher Lloyd.

57. Speaking of losing, Picard has never lost a first officer to a man who once made a career out of selling Chrysler Cordobas, either.

56. Picard would never be so stupid as to go rock climbing without equipment and rely on an overweight first officer with rocket boots to save his ass.

55. Picard would never stand for playing "Row Row Row your boat" around a campfire.

54. When Picard enters a room, people fall silent; when Kirk enters one, they keep on drinking.

53. Picard has that cool, futuristic artificial heart.

52. When Picard has an alternate reality experience, it's worth watching and caring about.

51. Picard never expects the impossible from his engineer.

50. When Klingons are aboard Picard's ship, they don't go rampaging about with 17th century weaponry.

49. Picard has more class than Kirk ever had.

48. If poor judgement were bricks, Kirk would be a housing project. 47. Picard had the chutzpah to admit when he screwed up instead of putting on a face which only made things worse.

46. Picard doesn't rely on the Organians to help him settle intergalactic squabbles.

45. Picard gets along with the aliens aboard his ship.

44. It's unlikely Picard ever contracted a sexually-transmitted disease.

43. One word: diagnostic (Never heard it on the old show.)

42. All that cool technical jargon (Also never heard on old show.)

41. Picard has hair on his chest.

40. Picard can actually make being bald, middle-aged, and scrawny look sexy & macho.

39. Kirk sat alone in the middle of his bridge; Picard kept counselor Troi within easy reach and view at all times.

38. Picard has never mutinied or had his crew mutiny against him.

37. When Picard gets drunk, he tracks mud all over the house and gets in a fight. When Kirk gets drunk, he passes out.

36. Picard hired Whoopi Goldberg to work in his bar.

35. Picard is not afraid to mind-meld.

34. Picard's ex kept her neme even after the divorce; Kirk's kept it a secret even from her son.

33. Picard like solving mysteries; Kirk couldn't figure one out if he tried.

32. Picard has never messed up with the transporter.

31. Picard has never been bitten by a mugatto. Nor has he ever allowed shape-shifting salt vampires aboard his ship, either.

30. Picard has never aged prematurely.

29. Picard wasn't afraid to take on Satan.

28. Picard knows Gilgamesh & is able to recite it.

27. Picard argues with his captors while being tortured, Kirk merely screams in agony.

26. Picard never brought a woman back from the 20th Century only to have her blow him off in front of the entire Federation assembly.

25. When Picard talks, people listen.

24. If Picard were a late-night talk-show host, he'd be Dick Cavett. If Kirk were a late-night host, he'd be Chevy Chase.

23. NO ONE laughs when Picard's Doctor says, "He's dead, Jean-Luc."

22. Picard has never kissed a Romulan.

21. Picard has never crashed in San Francisco bay in a pirated spacecraft.

20. Picard would never have brought "Nomad" aboard his ship.

19. If Khan came aboard Picard's ship, Picard would have had the common sense to restrict what technical manuals he would've been allowed to review.

18. If Picard found a huge glowing sphere in the middle of outer space only to discover it was controlled by a child with an ugly puppet, he'd be pissed.

17. Picard would never ATTEMPT hand-to-hand combat with a gorn.

16. Picard would never have dropped the charges against Khan.

15. Kirk actually tried to defend the idea of intergalactic war with the Klingons.

14. When Kirk went back in time, he frequently messed with history tp suit his own ends.

13. Picard probably would have found the Galileo 7 in less time than it took Kirk.

12. Three words: Better costuiime variety.

11. Kirk tries, usually unsuccessfully, to respect other cultures. Picard tries, usually successfully, to get other cultures to respect him.

10. Kirk's occasional game of choice is 3-D chess, Picard's is poker.

9. "Picard" has more syllables than "Kirk."

8. Can't forget those neat collar insignias.

7. Picard's not afraid to deal with more advanced cultures & has done so on a number of occassions.

6. Picard's been on both Klingon birds-of-prey AND the heavy cruisers (and lived to tell about it).

5. When Picard goes undercover, he makes it look easy.

4. Though Picard has contempt for aliens like the Cardassians, he doesn't let it show.

3. Kirk wears boots -- Picard wears shoes. And as we all know, it's gotta be the shoes...

2. Assimilating has never been a problem for Picard.

1. Picard has never trashed Gene Roddenberry.

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      To baldly go.......

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I am such a geek. I know way too much about Picard.

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      I love lenses with trivia on them. Nice job

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      OMG E I LOVE your Picard page! It's awesome, seriously!! I'd say 'Well done' but that doesn't scratch the surface, I mean really...I am *most* impressed! Qapla indeed!!


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