Nerys Myk wrote:
It's hard for me to believe that some of the powers that be behind TNG didn't want Patrick Stewart at first. It's just crazy to me that they almost missed him and probably would have gone with someone more like Kirk.
Riker was intended to be the "Kirk", so it's unlikely they's cast someone like Kirk for Picard.
That's because DC Fontana, I believe, pointed in the 1970s it made bad tactical sense for the captain and first officer and chief medical officer to endanger themselves together in away missions like always happened in TOS. If they died, the crew and the ship would be crippled.
So GR created Riker+Picard and that talk about away teams since their first scenes in the pilot.
The result was TNG Season One of course.