Under Picard's command, the Enterprise-D served as the ‘flagship of the Federation’ and of Starfleet.
In that role, he made first contact with 27 alien species, including the Ferengi and the Borg.
He served as Arbiter Of Succession of the Klingon Empire.
He served as chief contact point with the Q Continuum.
In S1E19 Coming Of Age, Picard was ...
Because of the 1988 Writer's Guild of America Strike. Technically it occurred at the very end of the previous season, but the next season was impacted more heavily because the producers weren't able to consult with the writing team on the upcoming scripts.
In the end they padded out the season out to 24 episodes by recycling a TOS script, adding a clip show ...
It's not uncommon for someone to do something famous militarily and and get recognition politically. A recent real-life example would John McCain, a navy airman who was shot down over Vietnam and spent years in deplorable conditions as a prisoner of war. He would serve in Congress from 1982 until his death in 2018. He even ran for US President.
Picard was ...
There was a writers' strike in 1988.
The Writers´ Guild of America went out on strike in the spring and summer of 1988. They demanded more creative control and residuals for the shows they wrote.
The writers of ST:TNG at Paramount joined in despite their Sacred Duty.
The strike ended on August 7, but the production pipeline was adversely affected, and ST:TNG ...
I'd challenge the assertion that Data was specifically designed to be human-like, in regard to human emotions. His older 'brother,' Lore, was designed to possess human-like emotions, but that didn't go as planned, as he turned out to be a bit of a sociopath.
Data was created, and designed to be without emotion, as a direct response to this failure. Soong ...
Per The Star Trek Book;
The targ is a vicious animal that Klingon children keep as pets. Targ look like Terran boars, but have a row of spikes on their backs, a single horn on their heads and can be furry. Targ milk is an ingredient in some Klingon drinks, and their blood can be used to make the Klingon dish gagh.
And the Star Trek Encyclopedia