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    19 Reasons Why Captain Picard Was Your TV Dad

    Set phasers to "LOVE ME."

    As a kid, there may have been times when you were a little aimless or confused.

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    Maybe even a little lonely.

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    But along came this guy!

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    Jean-Luc Picard, Federation Starfleet Captain of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D!

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    Prime dad material.

    Captain, diplomat, archaeologist, role model, and your primetime television father.

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    Silly Picard, aliens don't shake hands!

    1. You made an instant connection with him.

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    Your minds were as one.

    2. He was diligent and hard-working.

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    I mean, just look at that space-iPad.

    3. And stern, always well-composed.

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    The shirt tug that means business.

    4. A cultured man, raised on a vineyard in France.

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    Though he spent most of his time making model starships.

    5. With way more life experience than any adult in the REAL world.

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    How many dads do YOU know survived the Borg, lived an entire lifetime in 25 minutes, and had their mind linked with a Vulcan's for all eternity?

    6. The kind of space-dad you could really brag to your friends about.

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    "Will you adopt me?"

    7. He could be a little grumpy and intimidating at times.

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    8. But he also had a sense of humor.

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    Classic dad humor.

    9. He led an exciting life, exploring the universe and generally being magnificent.

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    10. But also had a reserved, introspective side that just made you more curious about him.

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    Fights aliens AND drinks tea.

    11. The more you craved his love, the more he withheld it!

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    Just like a real dad.

    12. He taught you a code of ethics that would carry you across galaxies.

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    The Prime Directive is applicable in all situations.

    13. He was there for you when you thought the universe was against you.

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    14. He inspired you to be a better human.

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    Ever the reluctant role model.

    15. He taught you to appreciate music...

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    Even if you resented getting dragged to piano lessons growing up.

    16. ...Literature...

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    Those ancient things called "books".

    17. ...Family...

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    Sidenote: This is also the family you always wanted.

    18. ...And life in all different forms.

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    No judgements in space!

    19. But most of all, he taught you that you weren't alone.

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