Greg Cox wrote:
TNG: A young, reckless Picard gets into a bar fight. He grows up a little and later becomes captain of the Enterprise.
Yes, but the intervening time is more realistically long with Picard. And Picard skipped fewer ranks than nuKirk did. (nuKirk went from Lieutenant to Captain; Picard was at least a Lieutenant Commander before being handed the Stargazer
, and also had much more experience)