Netflix has finally added Star Trek: The Next Generation to watch instantly. I say finally not because I was waiting impatiently, but my husband was. So now I get to experience TNG with a true fan. It’s an interesting experience. Watching any show years after it premiered/concluded means that there is always the potential for already knowing spoilers. It’s a little bit different when your husband has to stop himself from spilling all of the shows secrets just because a Ferengi crossed across the screen. But it’s definitely a lot more fun to watch a show with someone who really loves it versus watching it alone. So far we’re about 20 episodes in (5 left in the First Season). I’ll admit it took a few episodes for me to get into it, but now it’s practically a must that we watch at least 1 episode a night.
I really wanted to write a post on TNG, but I had no idea where to go with it. I mean, there’s so much to cover in the first season alone. I really like the dichotomy of technology (they use tech all the time, yet in several episodes people misuse technology to their detriment or it’s technology that makes things to haywire). I also find the show’s episode structure pretty interesting. It’s very rare that we see an A and B plot; usually it’s just an A plot or the A plot has directly influenced a B plot. And of course they is tons to be said about individual characters. I especially like Data and Wes. But I think for this first post on TNG I’ll talk about the greatest character on the show – Jean-Luc Picard
You know that line in Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy”
The only question I ever thought was hard/ was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard
I think I have my answer. While both Kirk and Picard both have a commanding presence and exude a definite “man in charge” attitude, I think there is one thing that sets Picard out as being a captain I would trust. Kirk was always part of the away team. When trouble was going down, he was right there on the front lines. That’s cool if you like your captains rough ‘n’ tumble, but I like that Picard knows he is the man in charge and needs to stay on the bridge looking over everything. That’s why he sends Riker to lead his away teams. Risking your life when you’re the captain is just foolish! You know, in my opinion.
And where Kirk was pretty much the man-whore of the galaxy, Picard doesn’t give his himself away easily (emotionally or physically). It makes him seem more stoic I suppose. And yes, I also like that Picard is more academic where Kirk was physical. I guess I value brains over brawn. Plus Patrick Stewart is pretty effing awesome!
But, really, I’m just one voice in many. And while I like the show, I’m not ready to call myself a Trekkie yet.