You saw the thread title. Let's get one quick thing out of the way right upfront. This is NOT an Old School Kirk vs. Picard online debate from 1996. I had enough of those a long time ago. This is something else. In the Picard Series we have an older Picard where a significant amount of time has passed since the series and is in a different place than where we remembered him. In TWOK, we have an older Kirk (really just middle-aged but older relative to his age in TOS) where a significant amount of time has passed since the series and is in a different place than where we remembered him. I think in the Picard Series they can contrast Picard in The Later Years to Kirk in his Later Years. They can take a different approach to Picard than was done with Kirk. If Picard is someone successfully in a different stage of his life now, then he's been able to do something that Kirk couldn't. Picard was able to move on with his life. Kirk never did. When he was promoted to Admiral before TMP, he still wanted to be in command of the Enterprise. At the beginning of TWOK, again, he still wanted to be in command of the Enterprise. In TVH, they reward him with the Enterprise-A. He retires in TUC and it looks like this time it might be for real. But in GEN, he tells Picard since he retired he feels like he hasn't been making a difference and tells him not to let Starfleet do anything to take him away from the bridge of the Enterprise. Kirk never moved on. Clearly, if Picard's no longer in command of the Enterprise, something happened or he came to the conclusion that just because the Enterprise was Kirk's life doesn't mean that's all his life had to be. I think if they want the Picard Series to not be like the TOS Movies, and stand out as something different, then it's absolutely the right move to not have him resuming command of the Enterprise.