one thing that always annoyed me was the unfettered access to Picard. With a ship with a complement of hundreds, it always bothered me how everyone came to his room unscheduled. yes, yes, its a show so you never saw Picard's aide (I suppose the computer did the work), to maximize his time. In a previous life, I was in the army --and did a stint as a General's aide-- I had to book/manage his time all the time. There was ALWAYS people who needed to see him and I had to decide if there reason was "worthy enough" if it wasn't during the scheduled time. There were 2 or 3 people that ALWAYS had unfettered access -- usually it was XO, the Chief of Staff, and the Operations Officer (he always asked first, but he knew what was urgent or what could wait). I suppose in TNG, Picard always said, "Senior Staff get unfettered access", but when it was guest star du jour, he/she always seemed to have access too. And I don't get how Wesley had access too. Yeah, I know the relationship Picard had with Bev, but I'd say, "Hey Wes, the boss ain't got time for your BS today, if you got that special rapport with him, go see him on his off hours, and he'll determine if he wants to see you. Was there ever a lock on the ready room door? Even if Picard was chatting with Riker (regarding business or pleasure, it seemed anyone could just come in. Your thoughts?