Over the course of 178 episodes and four feature films, Star Trek audiences have gotten to know Captain Jean-Luc Picard well. A strict leader, he projects strength and courage while always seeming attentive to the needs of his crew. He’s a man with a strong moral code, loyal to the Federation Starfleet he serves. He plays by the rules to a fault, demanding excellence from his officers and himself.
But the universe is a big place, and things can get pretty wild out there. In a science fiction universe like Star Trek, that by design constantly pushes the envelope on what’s believable, even dependable old Jean-Luc can have some pretty weird moments. Let's take a look at the most out-of-character, downright silly, or just plain shocking moments from Captain Picard.
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Picard Is Rude To A Visitor And Must Wear Tights As Penance
“Q-Pid,” Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4, Episode 20
Picard, by all accounts, is a measured and diplomatic man. But whenever he encounters the interdimensional being known as Q, he loses control, becoming unable to hide his dislike. When Q first appears in this episode, Picard immediately loses his temper, shouting at Q to “Get out of my chair!” This reaction is understandable considering their history, but probably not advisable in light of Q’s immense powers. Maybe things would have gone better for Picard if he had at least tried to show an ounce of courtesy.
In any case, Q decides to teach Picard a lesson, beginning with the embarrassing trial of being dressed up as Robin Hood and unceremoniously dropped into a forest. While Picard seems a little old to play Robin Hood, he does manage to look dashing in brown and green, and he can always hold his own with a sword. And check out that adorable little goatee.Weird Picard moment?
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Picard Becomes Intoxicated, And It Looks Super Fun
“The Naked Now,” Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1, Episode 2
Picard’s behavior in this episode is not his fault. He doesn’t flip out and go on a bender. The entire crew is infected with an ailment that mimics the effects of alcohol consumption. Still, over the course of the series, you never get to see him quite like this again. He flops around, jumps up on tables, pouts, flirts, and engages in general silliness.
Eventually, during a few brief and easily distractible moments, he and Dr. Crusher pull it together long enough to find a cure. It’s almost too bad: he seems like a really fun guy this way. Regrettably, the more sober Picard makes a more reliable leader.Weird Picard moment?
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Sir Patrick Stewart Is Replaced By A Child Actor
“Rascals,” Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6, Episode 7
In this episode, Patrick Stewart is swapped out, and Captain Picard is played by a surprising guest actor: a 12-year-old boy! A transporter mishap causes Picard and three crew members to be de-aged to their childhood selves. While Dr. Crusher scrambles to find a cure, the ship is taken control of by Ferengi pirates, who then confine the children to the schoolroom. The four grown-up-kids have retained their adult minds throughout this ordeal, but to outwit the Ferengi, Picard plays up his new role as a child, throwing a tantrum to his guards and lovingly embracing his “father,” Commander Riker. The whole thing is a ruse, but it’s still a weird look on the captain.
The best moment in the episode may be during this scene when, out of habit, Picard accidentally refers to his new “dad” as “number one.” In response to the Ferengi’s confusion, Picard pluckily explains, “He’s my number one dad!”Weird Picard moment?
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Picard Dances The Mambo
Star Trek: Insurrection
Captain Picard is a cultured man who enjoys the finer things in life. He’s an accomplished musician, he enjoys horseback riding, he’s skilled at fencing - the list goes on. So, it should come as no surprise that he enjoys a wide variety of music and other artistic activities. Still, it comes as a shock when, out of the blue, he breaks out into an impromptu mambo.
To be fair, he’s just had an invigorating day among the Ba’ku people on their life-giving planet, and the entire crew has returned to the Enterprise with a little more pep in their step. It should also be noted that Picard has recently met a potential love interest. He jauntily returns to his quarters asking the computer for music. “No,” he says to its selection. “Play something Latin.” And then, he’s off like we’ve never seen him before. It’s cute to see Picard so cheerful for once, but after that brief performance, you can never look at him quite the same way again.Weird Picard moment?