|“||I doubt the motives of anyone who would destroy one civilization to build up another.||„|
|— Jean-Luc Picard|
2380 ("Zenith, Part II")
Six weeks prior to their assignment to the Denab system, the USS Enterprise's crew partook in the Battle in the Bassen Rift against Praetor Shinzon of the Romulan Star Empire, who had overthrown the Romulan government in a coup d'état. Shinzon and his flagship, the Scimitar, were both casualties of the battle, as was Lieutenant Commander Data, who sacrificed himself to save Picard and the rest of the Enterprise crew.
On stardate 56950.3, the Enterprise's crew underwent several major changes, including the loss of its operations officer, Lt. Commander Data, promotion and reassignment of its first officer and counselor, Commander William T. Riker and Commander Deanna Troi, respectively, and the addition of several new members: Commander Martin Madden, Lt. Commander Miranda Kadohata, Lieutenant Dina Elfiki, and Lieutenant Joanna Faur.
Following the wedding of Riker and Deanna Troi in 2380, Data was confused by Picard's mixed feelings for the couple – although the captain was happy that Will was due to accept promotion to the rank of captain and take command of the USS Titan, and that his new wife was to transfer over to the Titan and take position as the ship's counselor, Picard was somewhat saddened by their departure and tried to explain to Data that experiencing feelings of both happiness and sadness at the same time are common in these situations.
At the climax of the Battle of the Bassen Rift, Data jumped across the void of space from the Enterprise-E to the Scimitar, saving Picard by using a prototype emergency transport unit, but sacrificed his own life to save the crew of the Enterprise by firing at the thalaron radiation generator and so destroying the Scimitar. Following the battle, Picard held a toast with the Enterprise-E's senior officers as a tribute to their fallen comrade.
Martin Madden was quite nervous upon first meeting Picard. He even asked William T. Riker for advice, to which Will all too kindly obliged, seeing a perfect opportunity to play a practical joke. Riker told him that Picard liked to be called by his first name, and, unfortunately, Madden took it to heart. He later called Picard by his first name, and while he pretended to be annoyed, Picard knew that Riker had put him up to it. It was then that Madden realized that Riker had been playing a joke on him. Picard later told Madden that with time, they would form a more casual relationship.
Background and trivia
- Picard was portrayed by Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation and all films set in the TNG era.
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Homecoming" (Upcoming content)
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith" (First appearance)
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith, Part II"
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Zenith, Part III"
- Star Trek: Final Voyages – "Much A-Q About Nothing" (Upcoming content)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "The Price of Liberty" (First mentioned; not by name)
- Star Trek: Federation Legacy – "Hide and Seek" (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Jean-Luc Picard at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek wiki
- Jean-Luc Picard at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki
|v - e - ?||USS Enterprise-E|
|Command crew||Jean-Luc Picard • Martin Madden • Worf • Miranda Kadohata • Geordi La Forge • Beverly Crusher • Dina Elfiki • Joanna Faur • Hegol Den|
William T. Riker^ • Deanna Troi^ • Data†
|Rooms||Cargo Bay 2|