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Old February 9 2009, 03:13 AM   #22
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Re: Stargazer question

I've read MJF's The Valiant and the first three Stargazer novels. I can't see how Picard could have served as an XO somewhere else before his stint as Stargazer's second officer, as he didn't have enough time; he became the Captain at 27. The suggestion that Picard may have served on some ship where he wasn't doing what he trained for, but was still an XO seems to be out character for him. He was always portrayed as something of a top notch officer and a very promising cadet. He wouldn't be relogated to low level duty. He never seemed like someone who only wanted the rank. He wanted to explore...although he did allude to some incident at the academy when he was talking to Boothby in First Duty...
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