I mentioned in a previous post how disappointed I was with Star Trek Discovery (STD).
In spit of that, I managed to get a little excited about the prospect of Star Trek Picard. I guess the excitement came from Patrick Stewart and the character of Picard.
So how that season one is over, I can list (in no particular order) six things I hated about STP.
Disclaimer: because the show was so poor, I wasn’t paying the closest attention. So please forgive me if I overlook something or if I get something wrong here.
1) The swearing, the gore, and the violence
This is mindless and gratuitous. It was unnecessary and has no place in the work of Star Trek. I will come back to this again in another post.
2) Major things that make no sense to me
The Romulans (specifically the “Zhat Vash”) have been working for generations to prevent devastation from synthetics. So when they finally bring their fleet to the Android planet, they are unable to kill the androids firstly because of some trickery, and then because Riker arrives with his fleet. These are supposed to be fanatics which have had visions about the devastation which synthetics will bring. They don’t seem to behave like true believers when the chips are down and all of their fears are coming to life right in front of their eyes
3) Minor things are make no sense to me
What the hell was that all about when those flowers (?) came up and brought down our heroes’ ship and the Borg ship?
What the hell was that mysterious device all about and how were the Romulans tricked by projections of non-existent ships?!
What was that about when our heroes went to that planet in stupid disguises (hats and eyepatches!) and, in Picard’s case, with a stupid accents?
4) Picard becomes an android
In the final episode, Picard dies and his consciousness is transferred into an Android body. But:
- That body has been designed to look like him and to have his physical characteristics (strength, age, etc.)
- We are asked to accept that the transfer was complete and that the Picard we know and love is in that new mechanical body and all set for season two
5) The story arc of Dr. Agnes Jurati
Agnes is given the vision of the devastation which synthetics will bring to the galaxy. She is so affected by that that she kills her mentor and lover. But:
- She is never held to account for that murder. I don’t know if anyone even rebukes her about it! She should have to stand trial for that murder
- The effects wear off so completely that she is able to tolerate and even help the actual synthetics a few episodes later!
I am trying to imagine the writers room when they came up with this character:
- We should have someone who looks like an elf from Lord of the Rings
- Oh yeah. And he should fight with a sword and throwing weapons like a ninja
- Yeah and he will somehow be able to hold his own in fights with people who have phasers and the like
- Yeah but he should be sort of naive and innocent and not really know what is going on most of the time
There are more things I could talk about but I think I’ll leave it there for now. It was nice to see Riker, Troi and Seven appearing but tbh I didn’t really like what had been done with their stories in the intervening years.
One final note: I don’t know why Picard had two Romulans working for him at the start of the season, but I liked that Irish actress Orla Brady played the part of Loris and that she did not hide her own accent. It was fun to see a Romulan with an Irish accent