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    Posted on Jul 9, 2018

    17 Reasons Why Captain Jean-Luc Picard Was The Best

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    It's been rumoured that Sir Patrick Stewart may be reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, so it's probably best to remember just some of the reasons why he's amazing and desperately need him to come back.

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    1. He defended the shit out of Data in "The Measure of a Man".

    Was Picard having any of it when the Federation wanted to experiment on and clone Data? No, he was not. He showed how deeply he cared for his crew and it was beautiful.

    2. He was a true man of culture.

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    Whether it was Klingon opera, Vulcan traditions, or Bajoran history, Picard learnt everything about every species and culture that he encountered. He respected everyone even if he didn't always agree and frankly, we should all be like this. Picard is goals.

    3. He wasn't too proud to consult old friends for advice.

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    Some of Picard's most poignant moments are in the conversations where he consults Guinan (Shoutout to Whoopi, love you!) for advice - he trusts his friends' opinions more than anything which is what we all want TBH.

    4. His arrogance as a young man led him to being a strong and humble leader.

    In "Tapestry", Picard learnt that his arrogance as a young man and his consequent brush with death are what made him a risk-taker and a damn great Captain, which tells us to maybe not always play it safe because we may end up in a rut. Life advice from Picard!

    5. He looked after a group of kids when stuck in a turbolift.

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    Picard is not a fan of kids (Me too Picard, me too), but he showed his softer side as he helped support the stranded children when they were stuck in a turbolift and it was pretty damn wholesome. They even gave him a cute plaque to say thanks.

    6. When he went full Die Hard and saved the ship on his own against marauders.

    Picard showing he's just as much of an action guy as he is cerebral? Check. Picard being badass? Check. Picard running around in a half opened silk shirt? Check.

    7. When he was brutally tortured by the Cardassians and still didn't break.

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    "THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!". Chills, I still have chills.

    8. LOCUTUS!!!

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    Picard became part of the Borg which was seriously fucking cool (Not for him though), and the greatest cliffhanger ever. But he also used his knowledge of the Borg to bring them down at a later time. Did I mention how fucking cool it was???

    9. He sought out family after he was rescued from the Borg.

    After the trauma of being assimilated by the Borg, Picard returns to France to see his brother and it highlights how important family really is, even if you're not that close.

    10. He made himself learn how to understand Dathon and the Tamarian language in "Darmok" when they had no other way to communicate.

    "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra", this pops up in my head way more than it should.

    11. Picard was a real romantic.

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    Picard and his love interest at the time, Nella Daren, play music to each other in Jefferies Tube 25 because it has the best acoustics which is so obscure and sweet and I am jealous.

    12. And he experienced an entire second life in "The Inner Light".

    Picard lives an entire second life in this episode. Even though those events were just 25 minutes in reality, for him it was a lifetime of friendship, family and pain which Picard would forever remember and learn from and it was seriously beautiful episode. Stewart's favourite, in fact.

    13. He wasn't adverse to ~role-play~.

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    Detective Dixon Hill was his childhood hero and he loved getting to "play" him in the holodeck. Picard's one of us - a geek.

    14. His ability to prove humankind's worth to Q, and his final moments with his crew in "All Good Things".

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    Picard figures out Q's puzzle in three different but simultaneous timelines and he realises how important the crew are. It was just super emosh in general and it was amazing to see him sit and play poker with the crew, finally.

    15. He was flawed at times but admitted he was wrong.

    In First Contact, Picard has a lil bitch fit when Lily (Played by queen Alfre Woodard) tells him how it is but soon realises she's in the right. He ultimately does the right thing. Again, we can all learn from him.

    16. That time he went completely against the Federation to save a planet in Insurrection .

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    Picard went against the man based on his ethics and we could all learn from this. He also had time to do a fabulous dance.

    17. And finally, he gave us this.

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    The greatest GIFt of all!

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