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Why Captain Shaw Is Right About Riker & Picard After All

by Lidia Lucovic

In the premiere of Star Trek: Picard season 3, Captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) may not have won over fans, but he was actually correct about Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Captain William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes). Shaw is the Captain of the USS Titan-A, the new Constitution III-class starship, and his First Officer is Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Despite his lack of enthusiasm for the visit by the former Captain and Number One of the USS Enterprise-D and E, Shaw’s instincts about them were right.

Admiral Picard enlisted Captain Riker for a mission to save Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden). Beverly’s medical vessel, the USS Eleos, which also had Crusher’s son (Ed Speleers) on board, was attacked by Captain Vadic (Amanda Plummer) and her fearsome ship, the Shrike, outside of Federation space. Although Riker and Picard were long past active Starfleet duty, they decided to come aboard the USS Titan-A under the guise of an “inspection” to use their combined influence to rescue Dr. Crusher. Picard also knew that they had a willing collaborator aboard in Seven of Nine who would help them navigate the Titan. However, they did so without Captain Shaw’s knowledge.

Although Captain Shaw may have appeared unlikable to Admiral Picard and Captain Riker during dinner, he correctly sensed that something was amiss, and his concerns were well-founded. Picard and Riker’s plan was to deceive Shaw and hijack the USS Titan and a shuttlecraft, deviating from their intended course into an area beyond Federation space. Despite Shaw’s objections, Picard and Riker went ahead with the plan, and it was revealed that their supposed “inspection” was a ruse to divert the Titan and commit mutiny. While Picard and Riker were motivated by their desire to save Beverly Crusher, they treated Captain Shaw poorly, and Seven’s betrayal of her Captain only fueled his anger. In truth, Shaw was justified in his fury, and it was Picard and Riker who were in the wrong, despite the audience’s sympathies being with them due to their efforts to rescue Beverly.

Captain Shaw is a complex character whose true nature is not immediately apparent in Star Trek: Picard season 3’s premiere. Despite his rudeness towards Jean-Luc Picard and Will Riker during dinner, it is evident that Shaw harbors deep resentment and animosity towards the two men, even before they commandeered the USS Titan. Although they had never met before, Shaw’s aversion to Picard and Riker is palpable. During the dinner, he mocked their past risky missions and the disasters they had caused. It is possible that Shaw’s hostility towards the TNG heroes stems from his fear that they would bring about the same fate that befell the USS Enterprise-D in Star Trek Generations. While Shaw’s behavior towards Riker and Picard was undoubtedly hostile, they were in the wrong for their actions. They came aboard the Titan under the guise of an “inspection” to divert the ship from its course and steal it, with Seven’s help. Captain Shaw objected to their plan, but they went ahead with it anyway, committing mutiny in the process. In conclusion, Captain Shaw’s suspicion towards Picard and Riker is justified, and their plan to hijack the Titan puts them in the wrong.

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KIMBERLY July 28, 2022 - 2:48 am

Captain Shaw’s insight into Riker and Picard’s relationship sheds light on how the two characters have grown and evolved over the years, making their dynamic even more intriguing.

CORELLA August 4, 2022 - 12:14 am

Through Captain Shaw’s analysis, we come to understand why Riker and Picard’s relationship is so important to the Star Trek canon, and how it has influenced other characters and storylines in the franchise.

ISAAC September 2, 2022 - 8:13 pm

By exploring the nuances of Riker and Picard’s relationship, this article adds another layer of complexity to the Star Trek universe, making it a richer and more rewarding experience for fans.

Angelica September 5, 2022 - 11:34 pm

Captain Shaw’s argument about Riker and Picard in this article is compelling and thought-provoking, providing a fresh perspective on these beloved characters.

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I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.

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FRANKIE October 18, 2022 - 12:18 am

This article highlights the importance of looking beyond the surface level of a character’s interactions and examining the underlying motivations and dynamics at play.

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I met an old friend, I feel good!

TERRANCE October 29, 2022 - 10:23 pm

This article presents a convincing case for why Captain Shaw’s interpretation of Riker and Picard is not only accurate but essential to understanding their dynamic.

Melissa November 1, 2022 - 6:59 am

Through Captain Shaw’s analysis, we see that Riker and Picard’s relationship is more complex and nuanced than we originally thought, and it adds a new layer of depth to the Star Trek universe.

johnny December 28, 2022 - 5:20 pm

Captain Shaw’s argument about Riker and Picard is a must-read for any Star Trek fan, offering a fresh take on these beloved characters and enriching our understanding of the franchise as a whole.

KRISTEN December 28, 2022 - 10:39 pm

By challenging the traditional view of Riker and Picard’s relationship, Captain Shaw opens up new avenues for exploration and discussion among Star Trek fans.

Nancy January 12, 2023 - 7:39 am

Captain Shaw’s argument about Riker and Picard challenges us to question our assumptions and consider new perspectives, making us appreciate these iconic characters even more.

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Saw that old lady walking slowly and felt like I should help her.


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