Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not a man of few words. He's prone to grandiose speeches about morality, ethics, and the nature of humanity. To put it bluntly, this dude loves to hear himself talk. But sometimes, the situations the Enterprise-D finds itself in are so dangerous that it requires brevity and stern command. That's when Captain Picard unleashes his ultimate rhetorical tool - three little words that Picard (and an evil Picard clone) uttered 77 times over the course of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series: "Make it so."
From main cast members like Commander Riker (aka "Number One"), Lieutenant Commander Data, and Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge to guest stars we never see again, a variety of characters are told to "make it so" in the seven seasons of TNG. There's even an episode in which Picard tells someone to make it so five times in the span of an hour!
How well they made it so is up for debate. Sometimes, the orders are carried out perfectly, and all is well on the Enterprise. Other times, the making it so is totally bungled - or worse, causes an inadvertent calamity on board the ship. Vote up all the times Picard's trademark order was followed properly.
What Was The Situation? Starfleet has located the long-lost USS Pegasus in the Devolin system, which is perilously close to the Romulan Neutral Zone. Admiral Erik Pressman, former captain of the Pegasus, orders Picard to either recover the remains of the ship or wipe it out to prevent the Romulans from finding it.
A sensor sweep reveals the Pegasus is deep inside an asteroid. Pressman would prefer to salvage the ship, so Geordi suggests blanketing the asteroid with high levels of ionizing radiation. Because there is so much of that type of radiation in the area, the Romulans won't be able to discover the whereabouts of the ship.
Did He Make It So? Data initiates an ionization field pulse. The deception works, giving the Enterprise enough time to begin its salvage operation.
What Was The Situation? Commander Riker and the crew correctly deduce that Kivas Fajo staged Data's destruction in order to capture him. To find his ship, Riker advises Picard to put out a coded level two query to all Federation outposts in the area that might have traded with Fajo in the hopes of deducing his whereabouts.
Did He Make It So? The Enterprise finds Fajo, rescues Data, and Fajo is put into custody.
What Was The Situation? The Enterprise has lost contact with Shuttlecraft 13, which crash-landed on the planet Vagra II. Simultaneously, the warp drive has been taken offline so the engineering staff can complete preventative maintenance on the dilithium crystals. The Enterprise has only the impulse drive at its disposal as the crew attempt to mount a rescue for the downed shuttlecraft and the crew members inside it.
Engineer Lieutenant Leland T. Lynch informs Picard that they have finished their maintenance and only minimum warp speed is recommended. Picard demands Geordi hit warp eight, which causes Lieutenant Lynch to protest. Picard says his order must be followed and commands Lynch and La Forge to make it so.
Did He Make It So? The Enterprise safely achieves warp factor eight and arrives at Vagra II to begin the rescue attempt.
What Was The Situation? The Enterprise's matter/anti-matter injectors have jammed due to invidium. Geordi recommends flooding the injector pathway conduit with liquid nitrogen to neutralize the issue.
Did He Make It So? The liquid nitrogen solves the problem and the anti-matter injectors come back online.