I've been caught up with other things for the past couple of weeks which included watching the original Star Trek series as a result of being on this forum. I have been watching select episodes of that series but I have decided to give TNG a try and watched the opening 2 parter Encounter at Farpoint last night. I haven't seen Discovery or the Picard series but from the rest of them, we have had starship captains with different personalities but also having to face different situations which tested both themselves and their command style. I watched TNG when it was originally broadcast but it never really made that much of an impression on me to watch since. To be honest, I don't remember much of it especially as I had recalled that one of the characters I had liked, Tasha Yar, was only in the first season. The thing that made me biased it against it that everything seemed to resolve itself so easily as the crew 'did the right thing' and there was no consequences to their actions. In short, it was too squeaky clean for my liking. Of course that is bias on my part. The opening 2 parter wasn't great but it wasn't bad and I intend to watch select episodes of that series as well. Of course not having an idea of how the series progressed but from a quick google, I think it is safe to say in the period in which TNG is set, the Federation existed in a stable period and faced no serious existential threat to it's existence, apart from the Borg and therefore would require a different type of Starship captains than those in for example the period set in DS9 where it was involved in geopolitical struggles between a number of competing powers as well as a very real and sustained threat from the Dominion. What did impress me about Encounter at Farpoint was the acting, in particular Patrick Stewart. Of course he is a Shakespearian type actor with all that type of theatrics but he was quite charismatic and seemed to know how to deal with different types of personalities under his command. I got the impression that this might have been part of this captaincy where in this stable period of the Starfleet history, diplomacy and statesmanship was more essential than military prowess. An example of this is when he says to Riker that while he hates children he needs to come over as a figure of geniality to the crew he commands, many of whom have children themselves. If this is true, would it mean that Captains in the TNG era where the Federation was projecting soft power in the form of diplomacy rather than action, would require soft skills more or at least as much than just pure hard skills?