Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Guinan and Picard?

G is for Guinan but who is she? In Star Trek's TNG Whoopi Goldberg plays Guinan who runs the USS Enterprise-D's ten forward lounge. Amazingly she belongs to a mysterious race of El Aurians that doesn't seem to age, Guinan is over 500 years old. Captain Picard and Guinan share a very strong bond, they have a trust and an unspoken understanding that surpasses normal friendship and hints in some TNG episodes at possible intimacy.

She is the only character apart from the omnipotent Q who can challenge Picard's orders and get him to change his mind. Data believes her perception goes beyond linear time, which explains why she knew the timeline was altered in 'Yesterdays Enterprise'A self confessed Star Trek fan and Golden Globe winner to boot, the actress told Gene Roddenberry she wanted a part to play on the show. Whoopi Goldberg has been a Star Trek fan since childhood (her hero was Nichelle Niichols) so her character took off when producers found out she wanted to be part of the series.

What do you think, did Captain Picard and Guinan have a secret love affair?

Live Long and Prosper, trekkers.

11 comments:

Mich said...

WAIT Whoopee was in Star Trek?? I did not know that

Tony Laplume said...

Such a great character.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I imagined him with Dr. Crusher...
They also both entered the Nexus in the Generations movie.

Lynda Dietz said...

I always imagined Guinan and Picard had a very close, longstanding friendship. One of my favorite episodes was the two-parter where they ended up meeting during Mark Twain's era.

Spacerguy said...

Yes Lynda, Picard had to go back in time to lookout for Guinan who if memory serves me correctly, was injured in the past.

Susan Kane said...

Heck, no. Lovers could not be such trusting good friends. there would always be an element of friction.

djinnia said...

maybe. they are intimate enough, but it must have been when he was really young. that way time had passed enough to get over the lover part and be friends.

Rusty Carl said...

I do think they were lovers at some point. Probably when Picard was young and Guinan could take advantage of his naiveté in such things. Not that he probably minded much, being a guy.

Spacerguy said...

Remember star treks Dixon Hill episode? 11.5 million fans tuned in to watch the Big Goodbye on Jan 11th 1988, all because Guinan dolled herself up real special, which you can be sure didn't go unnoticed by Picard.

Sharon Himsl said...

I liked Guinan's character...always the level-headed one.
Shells–Tales–Sails

Unknown said...

Picard has always been slightly uncomfortable with his ex-lovers. especially in public situations. His bond with Guinan seems much deeper than that. He trusts her implicitly and even relies on her judgement above his own because he knows her perspective is so much farther reaching than his own. I suspect that if Picard and Guinan were ever lovers they would be still. Her position for him is closer to mentor.

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