“Make it so”, three words, the first of Captain’s Picard catchphrases that come to mind when thinking of this extraordinary character. Three words that are a perfect philosophic statement, “Make it Happen”, the most simple to understand and for that the most powerful declaration of who he is in the Star Trek Universe. Almost an imperial pronouncement, “Enough talking and do It”, as if waving his hand he is the one who grants you or denies you permission to act.
Jean-Luc Picard is forced time and time again to deal with all sorts of extreme situations. He respects and trusts his team and often asks for their opinions and advice. but finally, his decisions are not to be discussed. He takes all responsibility.
Picard is one of the best leaders the Federation has ever seen — and someone one can aspire to be like.
It’s no surprise that Picard’s speeches have inspired leadership business books like “Make it So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Wess Roberts and Bill Ross. His speeches made it to the prestigious Forbes magazine: “Five Leadership Lessons from Jean-Luc Picard” by Alex Knapp.
Kirk fought with his fists, but Picard fought with his words
Picard even dared to go against one of the most iconic Spock teachings. “Sometimes, the moral obligation of command is less than clear. I have to weigh the good of the many against the needs of the individual and try to balance them.” Come on, Jean-Luc!, really?
Plenty of memes later of the sort of “Don’t just buy a sewing machine… Make it so” or “Tea. Milky. Two sugars and Make it so” or playing with Nike’s logo “Picard. Just Make it So”, on both sides of the screen, Jean-Luc Picard doesn’t stop to teach some of the best lessons to be learned in life with his elegant verb and his iconic, deep, commanding voice.
“It is possible to make no mistakes and still lose. That is not failure that is life.”
Sir Patrick Stewart’s identification with Jean-Luc Picard has transformed the character into enjoying reading, classical music, William Shakespeare, archaeology, and theatre. A man of intelligence, courage, integrity, compassion, courtesy. But also, in no way a soft leader.
Picard’s best is almost one to one, intimate speeches. They are not epic, before the battle, speeches. Picard let to Worf the honor, he stuck with the ethics. Although beware, Jean-Luc Picard wields his verb like a samurai its sword: you don’t feel a thing, but you do realize that your head is not over your shoulders anymore.
“Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived. After all, Number One, we’re only mortal.”
“If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.”
In the 2nd trailer of the new series, we do see the warm embrace with his former counselor Deanna Troy and his former First Officer, William T Riker. There is truth in that embrace, there is emotion in Riker’s eyes, there is admiration and respect.
As Beverly Crusher once said, “He’s Jean-Luc Picard, and if he wants to go on one more mission, that’s what we’re going to do!”
We are all excited about the return of Picard, a value-added Picard, as the good wines, much better with the pass of time.
Star Trek: Picard airs on January 23rd, 2020 on CBS All Access. International viewers can watch via Amazon Prime on January 24th.