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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old August 4 2014, 09:08 PM   #106
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Re: Picard's age:

There's also this, from "The Next Phase":

The Next Phase wrote:
PICARD: I've been thinking about the first time I met Geordi La Forge. He was a young officer assigned to pilot me on an inspection tour, and I made some off hand remark about the shuttle's engine efficiency not being what it should. And the next morning I found that he'd stayed up all night refitting the fusion initiators. Well, I knew then that I wanted him with me on my next command.
We have no idea what Picard was inspecting, but it sounds from the phrasing that he is between commands at the time. And it would appear that the "next command" ended up being the Enterprise.

That being said, I would presume he would have commanded something between Stargazer and Enterprise.

(I really should re-read The Buried Age. I remember *really* liking the book, but a lot of the details have faded...)
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Old August 4 2014, 09:18 PM   #107
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Re: Picard's age:

And the exploits of the Stargazer appeared to be suggested or otherwise popular reading at the Academy - that's probably telling something, considering how many ships Starfleet has out there...

Would an adventurous career of exploration be enough to boost Picard to high positions (and not merely to popular fame), though? Or did he need to spend those eight or nine years between the commands honing his political skills, sucking up to a number of Admirals, and otherwise buying votes?

It would rather seem likely that a skipper who has been Out There for twenty years would be out of the loop and lacking in connections. But perhaps that's why Picard was such a good candidate - he didn't have too much San Francisco muck on his uniform yet.

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Old August 4 2014, 09:21 PM   #108
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Re: Picard's age:

Pretty fascinating to me, is how Picard's background ended up "emulating" Kirk's, in that both men have vague back stories with contradictory details which defy cohesive explanations.
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Old August 4 2014, 09:33 PM   #109
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Re: Picard's age:

Perhaps Picard had non-permanent command during these 8 years. Exemple: He's assigned to a diplomatic mission, so, for the occasion, he takes command of a small ship. On the other hands, how many Star Trek characters had their full pedigree stated on screen. Picard always talked about the Stargazer because she was her first love and they had been together for a really long time. So in fact, Picard's past isn't so mysterious, it's only the contrast made by the importance of the Stargazer.
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Old August 4 2014, 09:33 PM   #110
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^^Isn't that universal in televised entertainment, though? At least careers in a fictional Starfleet are more easily handwaved than careers in, say, NYPD or USAF or UCLA.

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Old August 4 2014, 09:41 PM   #111
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Shhhhhhhhh! Star Trek is an unique product. It has nothing in common with other tv-shows, especially other american tv-shows produced during the same time-period.
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Old August 4 2014, 09:42 PM   #112
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Timo wrote: View Post
^^Isn't that universal in televised entertainment, though? At least careers in a fictional Starfleet are more easily handwaved than careers in, say, NYPD or USAF or UCLA.

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You're right. Just this past winter, during my re-watch of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., in a handful of episodes, Sergeant Carter was said to have been in the Marines for fourteen, thirteen, fifteen and eighteen years!
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