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Old November 28 2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Does Picard have Admin Staff/Aides?

I know it is designed for TV, but I'm surprised that Trek Lit doesn't really address the fact that Picard doesn't have an assigned aide(s) on the ship....Picard commands one of the "flagships of the fleet", and you'd think he'd be swamped with briefings, taskers, and other stuff that folks at is command level are required to attend and his time is a valuable resource.

Heck, it seems anyone as unfettered access to his ready room. Yeah, he may have an open door policy, but not for it be abused.....or say when Picard is meeting with Riker over "Topic Du Jour", how does anyone know that he is tied up with Riker...without entering. Or say someone from the Science Dept wants to schedule a meeting with Picard...how is it done. Guess, you'd think in the books to could be shown more day-to-day operations.

Even in show, there are a number instances when Troi just walked in without an appt. Yeah, she the counselor on the show, but you'd think she'd have to make an appt with the Captain. Even tho' Doc Crusher and Picard have a unique relationship, but even pre-marriage, it seems she had unfettered access too.

Hell, I think Ro at one time entered without an appointment to talk to Picard.

I always thought Vanguard showed more staff "underlings" so it gave it a more feel on how a ship/station operaters.

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Old November 28 2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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Old November 28 2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Re: Does Picard have Admin Staff/Aides?

This is something that a Janice Rand type character would have performed, to schedule meetings and make sure the Captain wasnt disturbed when he was busy.

Im sure for important meetings Picard would simply lock his Ready Room door.
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Old November 28 2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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Re: Does Picard have Admin Staff/Aides?

This is really interesting, and indeed a good question. But doesn't it also apply to every TNG-era commander and captain too?
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Old November 28 2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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I thought visitors had to "ring the bell" and Picard state "come" - people don't just walk in do they?
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Old November 28 2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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I suspect the original idea was that the computer did most of the work that enlisted aides would've done in a less technologically advanced era. The philosophy of TNG's creators was "Technology Unchained" -- the ship itself was so advanced that everyone aboard it was freed from any need to do menial work and could instead devote themselves to more meaningful and fulfilling pursuits.

Although I think that to a large extent, it was Troi who mediated between the captain and the crew, although more for personal and morale issues than anything simply administrative. Presumably it was Riker's job as first officer to handle the administrative oversight of the crew, and Data's as operations manager to coordinate their day-to-day efforts and performance.
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Old November 28 2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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Yeah, i guess i recall hearing the "bell" ring....and picard stating "come"...but how does he know that its someone he wants to talk to...again, Picard gotta be uber-busy with all sorts of stuff, and wants to see folks on HIS time when it convenient for him....plus, you'd think Riker would have an aide or some sort of support staff (yeah, I get it its the show, but I always hoped the books have the liberty to make it a litte more in depth. Heck, even when they prepare for away missions, you'd think Picard would get mission briefs, not just from the usuals of Riker, Geordi, or Data.....Guess i sorta compare it to an aircraft carrier or a naval ship....the Capt of the ship has a lot of support staff and various functions and no one can just go willynilly to see the boss.

Not slamming the authors so to speak, but I always wonder with those not serving in the military or have close bonds to servicemembers, or done some thorough research (like Tom Clancy did for his books), do the authors really have a grasp on what goes on.....guess, I know how some have a handle on the hard science of stuff, but I always think it lacks when it comes to how missions are created etc.

And yeah...most folks I assume what the usual suspects in the stories, so who wants an away team of Riker and 6 other newbies you'd never heard of.

Again, I referencing Vanguard, I think that was almost the closest in storytelling of the hustle & bustle of a space station or ship.
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Old November 28 2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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Part of it has to do with conventions of storytelling. It's more convenient and gets to the point quicker if whoever gets to speak directly with Picard or whoever the captain is rather than dealing with an aide who is juggling a dozen or so things going in and trying to determine which exactly requires the captain's immediate attention.
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Old November 28 2013, 06:23 PM   #9
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Everyone in Star Trek is part Betazoid. This is why Picard never checks who's at his door and it's why the inventor of the Universal Translator is a fraud.
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Old November 28 2013, 06:41 PM   #10
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Nathan wrote: View Post
Heck, it seems anyone as unfettered access to his ready room.
Such as that guy that liked to sneak into the offices of Starfleet captains and take pictures of himself sitting behind the desk.
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Old November 28 2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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Riker is his assistant. And Data, and the rest of the crew. It's kinda their job to assist the Captain. And the computer handles everything else.
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Old November 28 2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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Re: Does Picard have Admin Staff/Aides?

Trek Survivor wrote: View Post
I thought visitors had to "ring the bell" and Picard state "come" - people don't just walk in do they?
No. They only get in if Picard lets them in. That holds true in anyone's personal area (like their quarters), not just Picard's ready room. They can't just barge in whenever they want.
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Old November 29 2013, 02:40 AM   #13
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Re: Does Picard have Admin Staff/Aides?

I'd imagine a fair portion of the TV show parts is that access to the Ready Room area is already pretty restricted. I mean only bridge officers have direct access to that area, so it takes a senior officer to actually be able to bother Picard at all. Presumably whatever Data or Riker could've handled would already have been handled by them, so anything that gets "kicked up" to the point of needing his attention it's therefore worth his while to take it.

Also The Poisoned Chalice made note that people who don't want administrative staff can get by without one, even one working at as high a level as Presidential Chief of Staff. (This would, of course be utterly impossible, even today.) Presumably "secretary" programs are of sufficient quality and intelligence they can handle these things quite well.
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Old November 29 2013, 03:11 AM   #14
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
Trek Survivor wrote: View Post
I thought visitors had to "ring the bell" and Picard state "come" - people don't just walk in do they?
No. They only get in if Picard lets them in. That holds true in anyone's personal area (like their quarters), not just Picard's ready room. They can't just barge in whenever they want.
Also remember these people we are seeing on TV are really the half dozen or so senior officers on the ship. I really doubt the 1000+ rest of the crew would have unfettered access of going up to the bridge and ringing his bell without an appointment.
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Old November 29 2013, 03:34 AM   #15
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I'd imagine a fair portion of the TV show parts is that access to the Ready Room area is already pretty restricted. I mean only bridge officers have direct access to that area, so it takes a senior officer to actually be able to bother Picard at all.
We've seen Wesley do it.
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