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Star Trek TNG: 10 Time Picard Showed He’s The Smartest Captain In The Starfleet

Jean Luc Picard is a successful and legendary Starfleet Captain. He was quick thinking, ambitious, knowledgeable, and diplomatic. Picard was well equipped to explore new worlds and encounter difficult situations. Picard also used his moral compass and intellect to avert many tricky situations and find ingenious solutions to those he couldn’t prevent.

1. Holding to his life decisions (Tapestry S6): Picard died in sickbay after a life-threatening injury. A God-like Star Trek entity, Q, spared his spirit and gave him a second chance at life. Picard went back and tried to correct his mistakes, but he ended up as a junior grade lieutenant on the Enterprise. He begged Q  to set things right and Q agreed to spare his life.

1. Holding to his life decisions (Tapestry S6): Picard died in sickbay after a life-threatening injury. A God-like Star Trek entity, Q, spared his spirit and gave him a second chance at life. Picard went back and tried to correct his mistakes, but he ended up as a junior grade lieutenant on the Enterprise. He begged Q  to set things right and Q agreed to spare his life.
Picard lying dead

2. The Mind-Meld (Sarek S3): Sarek, Spock‘s legendary father, was suffering from a rare disease and therefore losing his mind. Picard took on the challenging task of a mind-meld with him, giving him the temporary stability he needed to mediate a crucial dispute. Picard went through a horrible time, experiencing a lifetime of regret and anguish due to the mind-meld.

2. The Mind-Meld (Sarek S3): Sarek, Spock's legendary father, was suffering from a rare disease and therefore losing his mind. Picard took on the challenging task of a mind-meld with him, giving him the temporary stability he needed to mediate a crucial dispute. Picard went through a horrible time, experiencing a lifetime of regret and anguish due to the mind-meld.
Picard’s famous “mind-meld”

3. The Uxbridge Episode (The Survivors S3): Kevin and Rishon survived a planet-wide attack by an unknown alien force. But Picard suspected it was a ruse. So he went back to the planet and discovered that Kevin was a superior form of alien intelligence and Rishon was its creation.

3. The Uxbridge Episode (The Survivors S3): Kevin and Rishon survived a planet-wide attack by an unknown alien force. But Picard suspected it was a ruse. So he went back to the planet and discovered that Kevin was a superior form of alien intelligence and Rishon was its creation.
Smartest play in Star Trek

4. Picard the Pilot (Booby Trap S3): He took the helm of the Enterprise to escape a thousand-year-old booby trap laid during an ancient war. He used the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid as a slingshot to pull them out of its orbit.

4. Picard the Pilot (Booby Trap S3): He took the helm of the Enterprise to escape a thousand-year-old booby trap laid during an ancient war. He used the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid as a slingshot to pull them out of its orbit.
Another smart move by Picard

5. The Return Of Enterprise-C (Yesterday’s Enterprise S3): One of Picard’s most heroic moments is defending Enterprise-C. Enterprise-C ended up in the 24th century because it had fallen out of its timeline. Guinan realized something was amiss and advised Picard to send Enterprise-C back. 

5. The Return Of Enterprise-C (Yesterday's Enterprise S3): One of Picard's most heroic moments is defending Enterprise-C. Enterprise-C ended up in the 24th century because it had fallen out of its timeline. Guinan realized something was amiss and advised Picard to send Enterprise-C back.
He followed it and saved Enterprise-C

6. Calling for Backup (The Defector S3): A Romulan commander defected to the Enterprise with sensitive information. However, Picard suspected foul play and knowingly walked into a trap. Thankfully, he had his backup ready in the form of three Klingon birds. 

6. Calling for Backup (The Defector S3): A Romulan commander defected to the Enterprise with sensitive information. However, Picard suspected foul play and knowingly walked into a trap. Thankfully, he had his backup ready in the form of three Klingon birds. 
Romulan commander

7. Nagilum (Where Silence Has Lease S2): Nagilum, a powerful foe, wanted to use the crew of the Enterprise for experiments. Picard set the ship on auto-destruct because he was unwilling to let his team suffer. Nagilum called Picard’s bluff, but Picard didn’t budge. So Nagilum released the Enterprise and its crew.

7. Nagilum (Where Silence Has Lease S2): Nagilum, a powerful foe, wanted to use the crew of the Enterprise for experiments. Picard set the ship on auto-destruct because he was unwilling to let his team suffer. Nagilum called Picard's bluff, but Picard didn't budge. So Nagilum released the Enterprise and its crew.
Picard is a dear friend

8. The Court Case (Measure Of A Man S2): Picard’s powerful counterargument turned the decision of a court case in favor of the sentient beings. It forced Starfleet to set a righteous example by giving Data his rights and freedoms and saving the future androids from slavery.

8. The Court Case (Measure Of A Man S2): Picard's powerful counterargument turned the decision of a court case in favor of the sentient beings. It forced Starfleet to set a righteous example by giving Data his rights and freedoms and saving the future androids from slavery.
The ruling that saved everyone

9. The Onarans (Symbiosis S1): The Brekkians had hooked the Onarans on a rare narcotic. They needed electromagnetic coils to repair their ships and transport the drug. Picard refused and it forced the entire Onoran race to kick the addiction.

9. The Onarans (Symbiosis S1): The Brekkians had hooked the Onarans on a rare narcotic. They needed electromagnetic coils to repair their ships and transport the drug. Picard refused and it forced the entire Onoran race to kick the addiction.
Saved an entire race

10. The Contract Clause (The Ensigns Of Command): Picard had to evacuate a large group of settlers from a hostile planet. So he dug deep into the Contract Clause and found an option for third-party negotiations. Picard smartly chose the “Grizzelas” to negotiate and thus bought himself the time needed for evacuation.

10. The Contract Clause (The Ensigns Of Command): Picard had to evacuate a large group of settlers from a hostile planet. He didn't have the time he needed to evacuate the people. So he dug deep into the Contract Clause and found an option for third-party negotiations. He smartly chose the Grizzelas (who were in suspended animation for six months) to negotiate and thus bought himself the time needed for evacuation.
Our Captain Picard

 

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