Too Much Fun wrote:
I wouldn't have liked it if Picard died, but it wouldn't have felt like a cop-out like Data's death. Maybe it would have been neat if Data had given a really nice eulogy for Picard, proving in it that he finally learned what being human truly meant from Picard's example. It could be a nice reversal of Kirk's speaking about how his friend who wasn't human taught him about humanity.
I wouldn't mind Picard dying; it would have been interesting to see what they would have done with Riker, and the other characters.
I think it would have been a cop-out to do a 'Search for Picard' in the sequel...
As for Data, it would have made more impact if there wasn't a B-4, who I think is a poor character to begin with...