Allowing Wesley to pilot the flagship of the Federation...

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    TelFan7

    [1]Feb 10, 2008
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    ...how would you react if you were an admiral or other high-ranking official? Would you have no problem, suspend Picard for awhile for allowing this (that's what I'd do), or have him removed from Starfleet (I really like him so this is too drastic, unless he still does it after his suspension).
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    seto1

    [2]Feb 11, 2008
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    well i think given the case of the connection between Picard and how they met due to Wesly's father death,i think he would be allowed some leeway ,but he should be stiffly warned.
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    skeeter291

    [3]Feb 11, 2008
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    It's his ship so he can pick the crew. Even if he chooses a civilian specialist and not a Starfleet officer to run the helm. Wes was granted the field rank of Acting Ensign, so that makes him someone who has the "rank" to hold an officers position. But that's just my opinion.

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    Richiebcfc25

    [4]Feb 14, 2008
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    well its not likely that the ship will allow him to crash into anything

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    davsul

    [5]Feb 21, 2008
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    You have to look at it this was; like seto1 said Picard has some kind of bond with Wesly because of Wesly's father's death, Picard feels like a father figure plus Picard likes Wesly's mom. Also, since Picard is the captain he is responsible for everything regarding that ship and Starfleet gave him that responsibility when they gave him command of the ship.
    As long as his choices don't put the crew or ship in danger, there's no problem.
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    seto1

    [6]Mar 22, 2008
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    thank you
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    lennydonkey

    [7]Mar 25, 2008
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    I think starfleet captians (especially of the flagship) are given a wide degree of latitude on how they run their ships. If your going to trust a captain to avert a war with the romulans or stop the borg unaided he probably knows when it's safe to let a kid sit at the helm on a long raod trip.
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    locke-ness

    [8]Mar 26, 2008
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    Obvioulsy, Picard was working off a different standard than most ship's captains (from the age of the sailing ship through the age of the Constitution class starship). TNG placed roughly 250 civilians on the ship (most of them the civilian families of the ship's crew). Hard to determine if his actions were a break in protocol given that civilian families were stationed on a starship that had to be ready for combat.
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    Fanible

    [9]Apr 7, 2008
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    There's people that actually liked Wesley?
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    rejven

    [10]May 12, 2008
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    cant imagine that xD
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    AvatarBlue

    [11]May 12, 2008
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    Like everyone else has said. Ill add that we have to remember that Picard has a good grasp of what type of person is needed to let look at helm control. Esp. after the "Coming of Age" episode, where Picard passes the competency test placed upon him.

    So Picard is a good judge of character as weve been shown. Thats all Ive got to add to the above comments!
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    cowboy2831

    [12]Jun 19, 2008
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    I always thought Wesley would be perfect for the captain's chair of the Starship Dork.
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    jvma7621

    [13]Jun 20, 2008
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    First of all, the Captain does indeed have authority to allow whomever he deems worthy to carry out a specific mission.

    However, I think you're missing the point. When I learned to drive a car, my mom took me to an empty parking lot. Given the vastness and emptiness of space, it's not likely that he would hit anything.

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    katsmeow221

    [14]Jun 22, 2008
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    Well, I definately get it after he is made acting ensign. Before that, I'm not so sure. Starfleet does support those with special gifts, and this would include Wesley. I believe that the Admiralty should have reviewed the decision. Based on Wesley's capabilities I could understand them allowing it.
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    Mafia1976

    [15]Jun 30, 2008
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    According to one of the first episodes, Wesley is called a "Genius" by the alien known as "The Traveller", furthermore the alien suggest Picard to give the boy a chance, given his potential.
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    GodEmperorJason

    [16]Dec 1, 2008
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    A captain has broad authority on a starship to make decisions, remember that they have to operate in deep space without contact for extended periods sometimes, if you can't trust a captain to choose a helmsman, then how cn you trust them to do the right thing when out of contact with Starfleet Command or when situations don't allow time for contact. As for it being the flagship, I always looked at that as ceremonial since it was at the time the most advanced ship in Starfleet. However, only on few occasions have we seen it act literally as a flagship for a fleet.
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    jrsgalaxy

    [17]Dec 1, 2008
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    katsmeow221 wrote:
    Well, I definately get it after he is made acting ensign. Before that, I'm not so sure. Starfleet does support those with special gifts, and this would include Wesley. I believe that the Admiralty should have reviewed the decision. Based on Wesley's capabilities I could understand them allowing it.


    The main reason Picard appointed him without consulting anyone about it was becasue he saw firsthand WEsley's abilities ..apart from saying to him how he remebered when he first alowed Wesley on the bridge he could never forget how he already knew what the controls on his chair were for(he even yelled at him for it ..it made him mad that he could be so youndg yet know so much)and basically saving the ship a few times..Picard ascertained that Wesley was a fine candidate for The Academy in fact would excel at it and would be in Starfleets interests if he got a heads up in serving on a Starship that way the Acadamy would seem like a breeze...he wouldnt have first day jitters after being assigned on his first ship.
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