Star Trek: The Other Picard

Star Trek: The Other Picard


Struck in the chest with a compressed Tetryon
beam, by a species called the Lenarians, Captain Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise D, was
placed on the biobed of his long time friend, Dr. Beverly Crusher, mere moments away from
death. Yet rather than succumbing to his wound, Picard
found himself brought before the rebel Q, an immortal being from the Q continuum, able
to manipulate matter, time and space. Those most Q preferred not to interfere in
the affairs of mortals, unless it was to maintain the status quo, the rebel Q took a more active
role, eventually coming into contact with humanity and selecting Jean Luc Picard as
his test subject to judge their species. Though Picard was angered and annoyed by Q’s
repeated interference, over time their interactions proved to be enormously meaningful and consequential
not only for the Captain but the Federation as a whole. Their meetings were so fascinating to Q, he
went to appear before and even befriend other Starfleet Captains, to the point where humans
played a significant role in ending a civil war within the Q continuum. But it was not the fate of the Federation
or the Continuum which concerned him when he met with Picard as he lay dying. Rather Q, for reasons which remained his own,
decided to help the Captain gain a little perspective on his own life. At first, like always, Q mocked him by pretending
to be god, and even brought in Picard’s father to admonish his son and express disappointment. But eventually Q explained what was occurring
on the Enterprise, that he received a chest wound which was causing his artificial heart
to fail. Upon hearing this, Picard explained that in
his youth, he was stabbed through the chest in a bar fight with Nausicaans, an event he
deeply regretted. Describing his younger self as arrogant, undisciplined,
egotistical and foolish, even comparing himself to Q. Picard then confessed a desire to change
much about his past, and in an instant, he was transported back to Starbase Earhart,
as a 21 year old Ensign freshly graduated from Starfleet Academy. Since Q’s powers were so extraordinary,
he arranged for Picard to have a second chance at life, bringing him back to the events before
the bar fight with 2 days to change his past and avoid being stabbed through the chest,
so he would not die on that biobed in the future. Though Picard was hesitant because of possible
repercussions to the timeline, Q assured him absolutely nothing would change for anyone
else, and so the Captain seized the opportunity, reconnecting with his old friends Corey Zweller
and Marta Batanides, determined to prevent the fight from occurring. In the original timeline, a loud Nausicaan
cheated Corey in a game of Domjot and so the Starfleet officers plotted revenge, rigging
the game in their own favour the next night, resulting in the fight and stabbing. But this time, the Captain intervened, trying
to calm his friend down and when that failed, threatened to alert the gaming authorities
if he tried to cheat. In addition to avoiding the conflict, Picard
also wanted to change things about his personal life, having spent his youth befriending girls
he genuinely cared, while dating those for whom his feeling were only superficial, thereby
allowing him to play the field and have multiple girlfriends at once. But this time it was different, ending dates
with two other women before spending an intimate night with his good friend Marta, someone
he cared for deeply. However the next day, he was surprised to
learn she regretted what occurred, fearing that their friendship might suffer. Though he alienated both his friends, they
gathered together for one last drink at the bar before leaving the station, but once again
the Nausicaans arrived, challenging Corey to Domjot. When he declined, the Nausicaan started insulting
Starfleet, but when Corey stood to fight, Picard got in the way and pushed him down,
desperate to stop the conflict from escalating. Laughing at the humans, the Nausicaans walked
away, and Picard was left to see the look of betrayal on the faces of Corey and Marta,
losing them as friends. Q then appeared, and offered congratulations
for his success. With his mission complete, Picard next found
himself once again on board the USS Enterprise D, but not as Captain, rather as Lieutenant
Jr Grade, working as an assistant astrophysics officer. Apparently his life took a different direction
after the events of Starbase Earhart. No longer was he a man of action, admired
and respected by friends and enemies alike. Instead, he was a quiet, mild mannered Officer,
of little consequence or regard. Refusing to settle for such a career, Picard
met with Commander Riker and the Councilor Troi, hoping to be transferred to Engineering
or Security with the hoping of one day taking a command position. But both Riker and Troi did not see that as
a realistic possibility, explaining that although Picard was thorough, dedicated and reliable,
he was also unwilling to take risks or make bold decisions, and because of that remained
stagnant for much of his career. Deeply disturbed by the life of this Other
Picard, the Captain pleaded with Q to take him back to his own reality, stating he could
not live as a man bereft of passion and imagination. Yet Q would not allow it without hearing him
admit what he’d learned. Afterall, Picard fixed the mistakes of his
past and there was now a real heart in his chest now. As Q put it, “…he is who you wanted to
be. One who is less arrogant and undisciplined
in his youth. One who was less like me. …That Picard never had a brush with death,
never came face to face with his own mortality. …So his life never came into focus. …going from one assignment to the next,
never seizing the opportunities that presented themselves. …He learned to play it safe. And he never ever got noticed by anyone.” Q also mentioned that in this new life he
could live out his days in safety, while in the old one he was moments away from death. But Picard now saw the truth of it, and stated
“I would rather die as the man I was, then live the life I just saw.” And with that Picard was once again on Starbase
Earhart, just as the Nausicaan started to pick a fight. Knowing what had to be done, Picard got in
the Nausicaan’s face and started the brawl himself, ending the night, as expected, with
a blade through his chest. Looking down, Picard started to laugh before
collapsing unconscious. When he awoke, he was back in the original
timeline, laying on the biobed of Dr. Beverly Crusher, having survived the injury from the
Lenarians. Later, as Picard spoke to his first officer
about his experience, he could not help but express gratitude to Q, for teaching him a
valuable lesson. In his own words, “There were loose threads,
untidy parts of me that I would like to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads,
it unravelled the tapestry of my life.”

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  2. I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger but this reminds me that going back and fixing things might not play out the way I would want if granted the opportunity.

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  3. Great video. Good thing time travel is impossible for real, otherwise we'd all unravel the threads of life

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  4. Much of the info in this comes from Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 6, Episode 15 "Tapestry"

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  6. This is my absolute favorite TNG episode because of the life lesson it taught me. It's the Butterfly Effect, Star Trek style.

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  8. That was a bloody good episode. Nice to release this after Picard as it’s a nice inspection of the character.

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  9. That intro song is usually on a sasquatch channel i'm subscribed to hehe. I thought I clicked on the wrong video.

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  10. "the other picard" is the one in the new series that is angry that people dont want to join the collective.

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  11. It's a great episode but, I always took offense with the idea of " If you aren't an obnoxious asshole who constantly get into the faces of people and hurt everyone you love, you'll never get anywhere in life " message.

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