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Was Captain Picard's interest in Shakespeare a result of Patrick Stewart being cast in the role?

Was Picard always intended to have an interest in Shakespeare, or did this come along with (classically trained Shakespearean actor) Patrick Stewart? It's a huge part of his character, but was it ...
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What is the greatest known age difference between Picard and his lovers?

I was just reading this post, which told me that Picard was not too young when he had his relationships with some young women (Vash in "Captain's Holiday" or Anij in Insurrection, for ...
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Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 years?

In the modern military, senior officers would move between staff and command appointments. 22 years seems a long time to leave somebody in one position. Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 ...
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What is Picard’s standing in the Federation during The Next Generation TV series?

There are instances throughout the TV series of The Next Generation of Jean Luc Picard having influence amongst the upper echelons of the Federation command structure, able to get classified reports, ...
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At the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, why didn't Captain Picard immediately deactivate the Thalaron weapon?

In Star Trek: Nemesis, after with only one minute left until full Thalaron weapon activation, why did he just stand there frozen instead of trying to deactivate the weapon? This is around 1:40:26, ...
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Why did Data say Picard would be "an excellent drone" in Star Trek: First Contact?

I don't understand why Data said Picard will be "an excellent drone" in Star Trek: First Contact. Picard has already been assimilated, all his knowledge already absorbed by the collective, ...
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Was Jean-Luc Picard inspired by Hornblower?

I have found the following in Fandom The Star Trek characters James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard were originally also supposedly modelled after Hornblower by Gene Roddenberry. Nicholas Meyer, director ...
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Picard wants Tea, Earl Grey, Hot! - How does the computer know how hot "hot" is? [duplicate]

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard wants his tea "Earl Grey, Hot!" How does the computer know exactly how hot to make it? For instance, I'm drinking my tea at 50-55c ...
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Is this image of Jean-Luc Picard sourced from a TNG episode?

I recently played Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echoes from the Past, and was greeted by the following image of a front-facing Picard on several screens: I at first assumed that the image was hand-...
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For how many years has Picard been the commanding officer of a spaceship?

Picard has been in the captain's chair of at least 3 Federation starships, and serving as such for multiple years. He was the commanding officer of the USS Stargazer, the USS Enterprise D, and the USS ...
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How did Picard break free from the Collective exactly?

When Locutus is detained in the science room, and Data hooks himself up to him, and Locutus tries to fight Data and everyone in that room as a result (he fights because Data managed to hack himself ...
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Picard/Crusher Love Scene

I saw a preview where Picard & Crusher were lying on the ground, Picard saying, "I love you, Beverly. I've always loved you." What episode/film is this from?
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How tall is Picard?

Referring to Star Trek: The Next Generation S7 E4 at the very beginning, while Troi's investigating Picard's disappearance, the alien responds, human, about two metres tall, smooth-headed. Is Picard ...
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Did Picard violate Article 14, Section 31 of the Starfleet Charter?

Article 14, Section 31 of the Starfleet Charter allowed for extraordinary measures to be taken in times of extreme threat. In TNG episode I, Borg, by not infecting Hugh with the virus before returning ...
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How did the non-French pronunciation of Captain Picard's name come about?

Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced among its main cast Captain Jean-Luc Picard, explicitly defined as a Frenchman, who was given an accordingly French name. I grew up watching TNG with the ...
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How does Picard recognize Seven of Nine?

In season 1, episode 4 of Star Trek: Picard, Seven of Nine shows up, and Picard immediately recognizes her, by name. How? As far as I know, they've never met before, or at least we certainly haven't ...
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What are all the items shown in Picard's vault?

When Picard enters his personal vault in Star Trek Picard S01 E01 Remembrance, his vault is filled with memorabilia. While the model of the USS Enterprise-E is easily recognized (surprisingly no model ...
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What rank of admiral was Picard at the time of his retirement?

What this referenced in the Star Trek: Picard or the Countdown comic? Or can we tell from his 2485 uniform?
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In what years has Picard been depicted in-universe?

With the release of Star Trek: Picard, we've now seen Jean-Luc Picard in at least two new periods. In which years has he been depicted so far? Depicted means that action occurs at a particular time ...
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Why did Picard not recognize this individual in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard?

Why did Picard not identify Dahj as Lal in Picard S01E01 "Remembrance"? The background is that Data had made a painting, which we had not seen before, of his daughter Lal. As the painting is titled "...
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What was Picard doing between 2355 (the loss of the Stargazer) and 2364 (taking command of the Enterprise)?

It is well established in canon that Jean-Luc Picard assumed command of the USS Stargazer in 2333, being one of the youngest captains in history, only six years out of the Academy. He commanded her ...
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Where did they get the children's artwork used for Captain Picard Day?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” opens with Picard, Riker, and Troi in the conference room viewing and discussing a variety of artwork that in the episode were supposed to be ...
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How was Picard's birthplace of La Barre, France selected?

At the time of writing of TNG, La Barre, Haute-Saône, France was a tiny hamlet of scarcely 50 people. Who selected this hamlet as Picard's birthplace? Did someone on the production staff originate ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation why Picard uses shuttlecrafts instead of the Captain's Yacht?

There are numerous episodes of Star Trek: TNG where Captain Picard uses a shuttlecraft: Time Squared Samaritan Snare Liasons Final Mission Timescape Genesis The Enterprise-D also has a Captain's ...
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Why are Captain Picard's Nausicaan recollections different?

Concerning Jean-Luc Picard's run-in with the surly Nausicaans, why are the recollections different? In "Samaritan Snare," while in the shuttlecraft with Wes, he says, "I stood toe-to-toe with the ...
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Exactly when did Captain Picard perform his trick on Moriarty in "Ship in a Bottle"?

In the episode "Ship in a Bottle", Lt. Barclay reanimates the Professor Moriarty program, who becomes incensed that Capt. Picard had forgotten his promise to bring Moriarty out of the holodeck. ...
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Why didn't Admiral Quinn order Picard to Starfleet Academy?

In TNG: "Coming of Age", Admiral Quinn gives Captain Picard the choice of becoming Commandant of Starfleet Academy. QUINN: That's not enough. I want to promote you to Admiral, and I want you to ...
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Did Picard know who Guinan was when he took command of the Enterprise? [duplicate]

The events of "Time's Arrow" clearly indicate that Guinan knows who Picard is when he takes command of the Enterprise. But is the converse true: does Picard know who Guinan is at that time? What is ...
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Is Captain Picard's and Patrick Stewart's common birthday a coincidence?

A few days ago I have noticed that Patrick Stewart was celebrating his birthday. By accident I have noticed today that Captain Jean-Luc Picard's birthday is also on 13th July. Most likely this has ...
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How were Captain Picard's fish kept safe from the baryon sweep?

In "Starship Mine," the baryon sweep is employed to purge the Enterprise of baryon particles. The sweep is deadly to common forms of organic life (and perhaps uncommon ones), so the ship is evacuated. ...
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Is Picard actually fluent in French?

Let me throw out a few examples and potential evidence either way: We have heard Picard utter isolated words and phrases in French ("merde", "maman") and, in "11001001": ...
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Was Captain Picard justified in holding Rasmussen?

At the end of "A Matter of Time," purported historian Berlinghoff Rasmussen is held on the Enterprise after it's been determined that he lied to the crew and attempted to steal technology from the ...
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Is Captain Picard smiling at a Ferengi joke out of character?

Early in "The Perfect Mate," a Ferengi, Par Lenor, accosts Captain Picard and Ambassador Briam. One of the quips of Lenor is that Peace is good for trade---unless you happen to be an arms merchant ...
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What TNG episode is this clip of Jean-Luc Picard wearing a suit from?

I've been enjoying the recent Honest Trailer regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, I cannot place what episode this clip below is from - I don't recall Picard ever donning such an outfit, ...
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Was Captain Jean-Luc Picard an asexual?

I'm currently on Season 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation (thanks Netflix!), and I have been wondering since almost the first episode if Picard is asexual/aromantic rather than just awkward. I am ...
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Why didn’t Picard's traumatic experiences break him? [closed]

Picard was tortured by Cardassians (pretty efficiently, as we saw in the end), assimilated (a trauma which affected him throughout his life), relived a whole (fake) life where he had a wife and ...
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Why wasn't Captain Picard ever promoted beyond Captain? [duplicate]

At the end of Nemesis movie, Captain Picard is still captain despite having served for many years. Let's go over some key years from his career as provided by StarTrek.com. Year 2333: Assigned as ...
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How many lights did Gul Madred show to Picard? [duplicate]

I have seen a few people discussing this, and I was wondering if anyone thought it was possible that in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Chain of Command, the Cardassian interrogator Gul ...
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Why does Captain Picard drink tea?

We know why Patrick Stewart was cast as a French starship captain. We know why Picard orders his "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.". We know every instance that the tea played a piece of the plot or dialogue in ...
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Did Picard use a Vulcan neck pinch in Starship Mine?

Last night I rewatched TNG episode Starship Mine (Season 6, Ep. 18). When Picard is having a fight with the first of the technicians (it's Tuvok everyone, hey look it's Tuvok!), he seems to win the ...
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How many times was Picard's mind taken over? [duplicate]

I can think of at least three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Picard's mind was taken over, or at least intentionally messed with in order to make him do specific things. By an ...
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When did Picard lose his hair?

In the movie Star Trek:Nemesis, Picard looks at an image of himself in Starfleet academy, and it seems he was already completely bald even then. Yet, in the TNG episode 'Tapestry', it flashes back to ...
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Did Starfleet intend for Jellico to permanently replace Picard?

In the episode, "Chain of Command", when Starfleet assigned Captain Edward Jellico to replace Captain Picard, was it intended as a permanent or temporary assignment? Did they assign him on a ...
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Has Riker ever made a comment about being called "Number One"?

Loosly based on this post, Is there a tendency for captains to call their first officers 'Number 1'?, where Captain Picard calls his first officer "Number One" instead of "Mr. Riker" as he would ...
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Was Captain Picard named after the Piccard twins?

Wikipedia claims that Jean-Luc Picard was named after the Piccard twins: Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry named Picard for one or both of the twin brothers Auguste Piccard and Jean Felix Piccard, ...
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Why does Picard order 'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.'? [duplicate]

The Enterprise-D's computer shows us on multiple occasions that it can deal with natural language input. One notable example of extended conversation is in TNG '11001010': PICARD: Computer, explain ...
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Why battle the "Darmok" beast with knives?

In "Darmok," the Tamarian captain and Picard battle the electromagnetic lifeform on El-Adrel IV. All that Dathan uses is a knife, and offers one also to Picard. Why not use phasers? I'm pretty sure ...
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How many times did Picard tell Wesley to shut up?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard was often seen telling young upstart Wesley Crusher to shut up. How often did this happen, and furthermore, when did it happen first?
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How did Picard know that the Douwd's wife had died fighting the Husnock?

At the end of "The Survivors," Captain Picard tells the Douwd's wife that she did, in fact, die, while attempting to defend the colony against the Husnock. How could Picard know this? I know of ...
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Why didn't Captain Picard destroy the Borg ship encountered in the "Q-Who" episode?

In the TNG Season 2 episode "Q Who", Captain Picard frees the Enterprise-D from the Borg tractor beam with three damaging phaser blasts. Clearly the Enterprise inflicted significant damage on the ...
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