Monday, May 24, 2010

Geek Hero #6: Captain Jean-Luc Picard

"I am Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise!"

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (of Star Trek: The Next Generation) is the Captain of the USS Enterprise, flagship of the United Federation of Planets He's encountered more alien species than you can shake a stick at. He drinks tea and takes names. He's a gentleman and a scholar. And, last but not least, he boldly goes where no one has gone before.

He's also better than Captain Kirk. It's just a fact of the universe.

Geek Cred:
  • When not busy captaining his starship, Picard enjoys reading Shakespeare and detective fiction
    • He also enjoys studying Latin in his free time. (Yes, Latin)
    • Oh, and did we mention archeology? He's in to that, too.
  • Despite being (and speaking) French, he's quintessentially British.
    • He drinks Earl Grey Tea.
    • Also, studies Shakespeare (as previously mentioned).
    • Essentially, he's would be a classic British college professor. But he's too busy captaining a star ship and being awesome.
  • There are two "Picard maneuvers," both of which are named for this guy.
  • He has his own techno song. No, really.
    • This is the only really "geeky" thing, though. Everything else is intellectually awesome.
  • OVERALL SCORE: 7/11
Day-Saving Ability:
  • Let's be real. Picard and his crew have probably saved every planet in the Federation at least three times. They show no signs of slowing down.
  • An expert diplomat, Picard routinely encounters Romulans, Klingons, and countless other species. And he can successfully negotiate with all of them.
  • Picard rountiely fights the Borg, the most feared creatures in all the galaxy. He always wins.
  • Picard has earned the respect of the Q, a race of omnipotent, inter-dimensional beings.
    • When the Q Continuum put the human race on trial, they choose Captain Picard to prove humanity's worth as a species. He does. Twice.
      • He even quotes Shakespeare to Q as he defends humanity.
        • What a pro.
    • During his time in Starfleet Academy, Picard gets in a knife fight and gets stabbed through the heart by some punk aliens. He gets an artificial heart, but this gets damaged during his time on the Enterprise. He "dies" as a result of the damage, and in the afterlife is allowed by Q to go back and stop himself from getting stabbed in the knife fight. He does so, but the change in the timeline results in Picard only becoming a low-level officer on the Enterprise.
      • Picard (of course) realizes that getting stabbed taught him the importance of life, and the importance of taking risks and living life to the fullest. He then tells Q to let him fix the timeline: He'd rather die the awesome risk-taker that he is than live a cautious wuss. He then fixes the timeline, gets stabbed again (and laughs as it happens!), and winds up surviving his heart damage to boot.
      • And again: what a pro.
  • OVERALL SCORE: 10/11

    1 comment:

    1. Q Continuum = awesome

      i have DEF not watched enough star trek... and the last time i watched the tv show was in middle school.

      i LOVE the show. but it was only on sci fi channel and i didn't know when and then it was all out of order...

      anyway.. i propose a marathon. Also with the other ppl captian things so we can compare them.

      and i propose he gets an 11/11

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