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Welcome to But Why Tho? the podcast, where we talk about the parts of popular culture that people say matter and ask the question but why tho?


Kate, Adrian, and Matt answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

Mar 25, 2020

In honor of the CBS All Access wrapping its first season of Star Trek: Picard, we decided to devote an entire episode to why Jean-Luc Picard matters. In this episode, Kate brings us through the creation of the character and all the red tape and stereotypes that went with it. We break down how the bald British classically trained actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, went from the person likely to play Data, to the man who defined a new kind of masculinity and leadership. To do this, we compare him to the rest of the Captains in the Star Trek pantheon and explain why no one, truly, leads like Picard. 

Walking down memory lane and getting in "best captain" debates along the way, we detail why Picard matters with the help of Aaron, host of the Nerd Social Club podcast and writer for our very own