It would have helped if we'd seen more (or indeed, any
) scenes of him being a tactical thinker. Instead he was just a ranting villain with a bald head.
Mind you, there is
some correlation between Hardy's over-acting and Patrick Stewart shouting "And I will make them PAYYYYYYEEEEE forwhattheyhaveDONE!!!!" in FC. So maybe Picard had it in him all along?