Sep. 26, 1987
60 min.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Settled in the 24th century and 78 years after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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Born Mirfield, Yorkshire, England. Member of various local drama groups from about age 12. Left school ...

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Jean-Luc Picard was a celebrated and well-respected Starfleet officer who served during the latter half of the 24th century. The highlights of his career are his positions as commanding officer of the following Federation starships: first, the USS Stargazer, followed by the USS Enterprise-D, and then the USS Enterprise-E. In these roles, Picard not only witnessed the major turning points of recent galactic history, but played a key role in them also, from making first contact as captain of the Federation's flagship with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi and the Borg, as well as becoming the chief contact point with the Q Continuum, to serving as Arbiter of Succession, choosing the former leader of the Klingon Empire, Chancellor Gowron, and exposing the Romulan Star Empire as backers of his chief rivals, later aiding an underground movement of dissidents to gain a toehold on the Romulan homeworld. He continued to serve as captain of the Enterprise-E, the sixth starship to bear the name, until at least 2379.

After the Academy

Shortly after graduation in 2327, Picard's promising career nearly ended during a layover at Starbase Earhart. During a bar brawl over a rigged game of dom-jot, he was stabbed through the heart by a Nausicaan, and had to undergo emergency surgery to replace his heart. He later related to Wesley Crusher that he laughed after looking down to see the knife protruding through his chest. This event helped him realize how fragile life could be, and thus made him more willing to take risks and make his mark on the universe, which he only realized when Q offered to change this event in 2369.


Born in La Barre, France on Earth on July 13, 2305. With his brother, Robert, spent their childhood tending to the family vineyards with father, Maurice. Concerned about keeping their familial values, Maurice and his wife, Yvette, educated their sons in the ancient traditions, avoiding any superfluous technologies. Jean-Luc took piano lessons, but eventually gave it up because he dreaded performing in front of an audience. Later in life he would regret it as his playing pleased his mother.

He dreamed of adventure and exploration. Fond of starships he liked to build models. He was captivated by the Phoenix, the first Human warp-capable starship, which he admired several times at the Smithsonian Institution. Like his nephew René, Jean-Luc wrote a ribbon-winning report on starships.

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07x25 - All Good Things... (1)
Season 7, Episode 25
06x01 - Time's Arrow, Part II
Season 6, Episode 01
01x20 - Heart of Glory
Season 1, Episode 20
07x17 - Masks
Season 7, Episode 17
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Captain Jean-Luc Picard Quotes

07x25 - All Good Things... (1) Season 7 / Episode 25: - All Good Things... (1)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: "To Captain Jean-Luc Picard, stardate 41148... You are hereby requested and required to take command... to take command of the USS Enterprise as of this date. Signed, Rear Admiral Norah Satie, Starfleet Command."

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Red alert! All crew to battle stations!
Lt. Tasha Yar: You heard him! Move!
07x25 - All Good Things... (1) Season 7 / Episode 25: - All Good Things... (1)

Lt. Tasha Yar: Captain, so far we've obeyed every order, no matter how far-fetched it might have seemed. But if we're to risk the safety of the ship and crew, I think we have to ask you for an explanation.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I understand your concerns, Lieutenant; and I know that if I were in your position, I would be doing the same thing - looking for answers. But you're not gonna find any, because I don't have any to give you. I know it is difficult for you to understand, but we have to take the ship into the very center of the phenomenon and create a static warp shell. Now, this will put the ship at risk. Quite frankly, we may not survive. But I want you to believe that I am doing this for a greater purpose, and that what is at stake here is more than any of you can possibly imagine. I know you have your doubts about me, about each other, about this ship. All I can say is that although we have only been together for a short time, I know that you are the finest crew in the fleet. And I would trust each of you with my life. So, I am asking you for a leap of faith - and to trust me.
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