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Interviews | Herman Zimmerman
Picard and humanity

What were the ideas for Next Generation in terms of colour?

Picture Gene wanted families on The Next Generation starship. Gene wanted, instead of a five year mission, a ten year mission. Well, if you go out for ten years, he’s expecting that there’ll be children aboard.

As a matter of fact, in the first episode, Encounter at Farpoint, there’s a conversation between Riker and Picard where Picard is nervous. He doesn’t do well around children, and will Riker help him get over this. He doesn’t say the word ‘phobia’, but of course, it kind of is.

It was one of the more touching things in the first season. We saw the reflection of Picard in the glass of the observation lounge, in a rather poignant moment, when he has to admit to his First Officer that he really doesn’t do well with children. That’s a case in point about Star Trek, it has humanity up front, not just adventure, not just military bravado, but a lot of deep feelings.

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