The (second) trial of Captain Picard

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The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Graham Kennedy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:39 am

From "The Measure of a Man"

PHILLIPA : "A court martial is standard procedure when a ship is lost."

So after the Enterprise-D was lost, Picard would have to undergo court martial, again.

How do you think that trial would go? What would work against him? What would go in his favour? A few points occur :

Picard wasn't even aboard when the ship was lost. Instead he was off on the planet dealing with Soren. Arguably, Riker should have been doing that whilst Picard tended to his ship.

The crew retrieved a prisoner from Klingon custody and failed to discover that a spying device had been planted on him. Did they even think to look for one? Did they not think to give his VISOR a very thorough going over? Or hell, just vapourise it and replicate him a new one. Why not?

That's just for starters.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Talondor » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:11 am

Why would they have a court-martial in the first place? Would they not have a inquiry to determine whether or not he did something wrong that would warrant a court-martial?
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Graham Kennedy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:02 am

A court martial is standard procedure. Who knows why, but it is.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby DonP » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:08 am

Well, even if he wasn't held directly responsible, between not following protocol leading to the loss of the D and the fact that it was the second ship he lost, I'd say it's a safe bet as to why we never saw an Admiral Picard.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Graham Kennedy » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:22 am

DonP wrote:Well, even if he wasn't held directly responsible, between not following protocol leading to the loss of the D and the fact that it was the second ship he lost, I'd say it's a safe bet as to why we never saw an Admiral Picard.

I like that idea, actually. Picard is generally depicted as somebody who everyone back in Starfleet command thinks of extremely highly. I like the idea that some of his controversial decisions mean that he's gathered supporters and critics, and it may have hamstrung his career.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Graham Kennedy » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:51 pm

Teaos wrote:Unlike Janeway.

For Janeway I like to imagine that her detractors are the majority, and decided to mollify her few supporters by bumping her up to a nice desk job on Earth so she'd be somewhere she couldn't do any further harm. She probably heads up the committee that designs new uniforms or something.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby Captain Seafort » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:02 pm

Graham Kennedy wrote:For Janeway I like to imagine that her detractors are the majority, and decided to mollify her few supporters by bumping her up to a nice desk job on Earth so she'd be somewhere she couldn't do any further harm. She probably heads up the committee that designs new uniforms or something.


Unlikely, given that she was the one who gave Picard his orders to go to Romulus in Nemesis. She's probably the 1st Sea Lord's secretary.
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Re: The (second) trial of Captain Picard

Postby mwhittington » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:39 am

I'm sure the only reason Janeway is an admiral is because Picard probably took Kirk's advice and declined an admiralty because he likes to be in the captain's chair "making a difference".
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