You know, I’m not sure I’d care to be referred to as a “so-called” whatever it is I am, especially in the second person while I’m, you know, right THERE.
For those who’d like a little more background:
I’ve always been a fan of the weird concepts that’d show up in the 80s novelizations, esp before TNG hit the scene and established so much canon that I found way less compelling.
“New Humans were more intelligent than normal Humans that did not have the same advantages, but they also proved to be incapable of deep space exploration because they weren’t able to cope with authority structures and the inevitable encounters with advanced alien lifeforms, especially those with advanced intellects or those who came into conflict with the views of the new Human culture.”
On one hand, I’m glad to see that this was only deutrocanon, on the other hand it certainly explains all the early weirdness in TNG.
Being in the midst of rewatching season 1 TNG, I have to ask…was Riker originally intended to be such a human? It would definitely explain the telepathic link with Troi in Farpoint, and that he practically admitted that he couldn’t seem to wrap his head around the concept of two civilizations harboring resentment towards each other in Lonely Among Us. And in Peak Performance where he seems genuinely irritated at the notion of Starfleet captians being required to train in starship combat. And I think I’ve officially watched too much SFdebris.
There’s no such thing as too much SFDebris.
Picard being a new human would explain his willingness to run off with the cloud alien in “Lonely Among Us”.
The Memory Beta definition is a little off from the TMP explanation, and I wonder if it comes from other non-canon sources. Kirk describes the New Human inability to explore space as them falling so in love with the advanced cultures they meet that they went AWOL to join them. Nothing about authority or conflicts between aliens and their beliefs.
The authority aspect is interesting though, it fits with how Picard is rather hands off and listens to everyone before pronouncing a decision, as apposed to Jellico who knows everything before hand and wants things done as exactly ordered.
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