Being that this character's future will dominate the conversation around here far more than is likely healthy, I thought that instead of yet another thread about what demands, dreams or expectations we all have, we could instead talk here on what it is about this character that we find valuable, & why we like him. Think of it as a love letter to everyone that has or had anything to say about this character, who it would appear will exist again. Feel free to offer some things you aren't as fond of too (Within reason, so not to trash the guy lol) Ultimately, we should share what we think of him, & why he's important to us. This way, whatever becomes of him, we know where the majority of us stand as of now For me, being a fan that predates TNG, what was particularly engaging about him, is that while I always liked Kirk, & found him to be a charismatic hero, that was fun to watch, I never wanted to BE Kirk. In all his stories, Kirk never made me feel "I should be more like this guy? Picard did, maybe more than any television character ever, & that's not to say he's perfect. What good would it be if he were? However, at the end of the day, TNG was a show that, even more than its predecessor, wanted us to inspire to be better people, & in fact be an altogether better people. I see no other character, closer to who we are, on that show, which better represents what we ought to aspire to be, than him. He is the benchmark for what the show was trying to do imho. However, if I'm being critical, I honestly felt much less of that in the movies. Not to say it was altogether gone, just diminished for glamour's sake imho, but even still, I honestly think I learned from his example, & he played a role in my youth that helped me decided to be as good a person as I could be, because it made me feel for myself the way I felt for him... respect.