Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Wil Wheaton (or: "What Would Captain Picard Do?")

"P: If you had been Captain Picard, would you have kept Wesley on board?

Wil Wheaton: Contrary to popular belief, Picard kept Wes on board not for his clearly superior intellect, but rather for his smooth, hairless chest.

Picard once admonished Wesley, "You know, Ensign Crusher, in Grecian days, ensigns performed certain favors for their captains..."

For some reason that scene was cut."

from "Wil Wheaton Moves Beyond Wesley To Internet Stardom"
And later in the same interview, we even get some prescient political commentary:
"P: Let's say some group of terrorists blew up a Federation planet, and Picard had to decide how to respond - how to protect civilians from getting blown up without starting a huge galactic war. What do you think he'd do? Do you think that Star Trek's mushy liberal view point, like the Prime Directive of non-interference, holds any water in today's post-tragedy world?

Wil Wheaton: Well, the first thing he'd do is hide out for the better part of the day, when the planet was blown up, because his handlers knew he wouldn't be able to address the UFP with any grace or aplomb. Then, when he did speak, he'd tell the UFP that everyone is either with us, or with the terrorists, to effectively quash any criticism of his policy decisions. Then he'd find a planet where he could claim the terrorists lived, and he'd launch a long and profitable war against that planet, with no endgame in sight. His approval ratings would skyrocket, because nobody would want to be perceived as "against" the UFP. As an added bonus, when he wanted to do something really stupid, like drilling on Lothar 7 for oil, in the Lotharian Brazilfish Reserve, it'd be very easy for him, because everybody would be so focused on the war that they wouldn't notice.

Wait, none of that makes sense. That's just plain stupid. Nobody with any brains would do anything like that.

Picard is smart, and what he'd do is improve security within the UFP, for REAL, even if it cut into profit margins for the big companies that drive the UFP's economy. He'd also do it in an informed, well-thought out way, ensuring that all UFP citizens were safe, without having to trample all over their rights as UFP citizens.

But something like that would never happen. That's just TV."

from "Wil Wheaton Moves Beyond Wesley To Internet Stardom"
Also see this entry in Wil Wheaton's weblog for further political commentary on terrorism from Wil; and thanks to Frank Episale, who forever left his mark on history by leaving a comment in Wil Wheaton's journal, for the link.
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