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Star Trek: Picard S01E01

So far so good, I can’t wait to watch the next episode.

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PrinzEugen writes in a comment:

Needless to say it’s not Deep Space Nine, but I’m pleasantly surprised that it didn’t suck outright. I even found it quite enjoyable. So far it’s definitely not Discovery-level trash, and the left-wing commentary is not “in your face”, but more subdued like it was in TNG.

The Romulan Refugee Crisis, notably, is NOT equivalent to any current real-world refugee crisis, since the Romulans are a high-IQ, adaptable and resourceful race (although the leftist writers would probably never admit this).

Actually, the acting and production values are way better than Deep Space Nine. And as good as DS9 was compared to other Star Trek series, it still had a lot of dumb Klingon and Ferengi stuff.

Also, Picard being disgustingly sanctimonious is consistent with his character from TNG. Remember that Picard was pretty far down on my list of best starship captains.

This is what I previously wrote:

Patrick Stewart himself may be a better actor than William Shatner, but Stewart is miscast as a starship captain. Stewart is unable to play Picard without giving off the vibe that he thinks the role is beneath him. Shatner, on the other hand, never thought it was beneath him to play Captain Kirk.

In addition to the acting, the character of Picard created by the writers turns me off. Why does an allegedly French guy have a British accent? His constantly ordering “Tea! Earl Gray! Hot!” grates on me. I can’t stand his moral smugness and unquestioning adherence to the Prime Directive. That’s why The Inner Light is the best episode of TNG, because Stewart was great as a guy living out his life on a doomed planet, but he sucks as a starship captain.

However, in a nod to Stewart’s acting ability as well as an acknowledgement that Picard is the second Star Trek captain, I still place him ahead of many other starship captains, including Janeway and Archer. I liked the Enterprise series, but Bakula just didn’t have any gravitas as a starship captain. Putting Quark (the garbage scow captain, not the Ferengi) ahead of Janeway is my comic way of pointing out how much I can’t stand Janeway. (Regarding the other Quark: the episode where Quark assembles an all-Ferengi commando team to rescue his mother who’s being held captive by the dominion is the funniest of all Star Trek episodes.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 25, 2020 at 10:10 PM

Posted in Star Trek, Technology

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  1. Come on lion, coronavirus aka celestial wuflu

    driveallnight

    January 25, 2020 at 11:10 PM

    • I doubt wuflu will reach pandemic with high mortality like the spanish flu. But it definitely has the potential to reduce social security and medicare costs. Leon should write a post on how that could affect Bernie’s poll numbers in Florida.

      destructure

      January 26, 2020 at 11:23 AM

  2. Didn’t watch it so I only know from the internet.

    Picard has a pet pibble named “Number One”.

    Patrick Stewart Says ‘Star Trek: Picard’ will Tackle the World of Brexit and Trump

    First episode Picard resignes Starfleet because they won’t accept enough refugees.

    WTF?

    SlushFundPuppie

    January 25, 2020 at 11:37 PM

  3. I was hoping it would be a clip show, that would have been hilarious.

    Michael Chabon is one of the show’s creators, so expect some pozz.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 26, 2020 at 3:43 AM

  4. It was actually pretty good. One of the best episodes of any Star Trek series I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen them all. Preview of second episode is lit.

    I did shake my head at the Romulan Refugee Crisis and the fact that Star Fleet changed their mind about saving them. Only in the fever dreams of ardent Hollywood leftists would the fully automated gay space communists of Cuck Fleet turn away refugees.

    There should be some back story about Jean Luc and the old cast of TNG being age Vegans and going all natural on the effects of Father Time. Otherwise, they should have set it 180 years in the future because they all look extremely weather beaten. Jean Luc’s turkey wattle was a bit of a distraction for me. The fleshy flaps of skin on his neck would have won an Emmy for the TNG make up special effects crew in the 80’s.

    Ulick McGee

    January 26, 2020 at 8:04 AM

  5. I’m holding off on restarting my CBS: All Access account until they are a few episodes in. They are only dropping one a week so it seems a waste since that is the only show I would watch on that platform.

    Have you seen the new Short Treks?

    Mike Street Station

    January 26, 2020 at 9:04 AM

    • “Have you seen the new Short Treks?”

      No, I didn’t know.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    • The people who make star trek hate you. Why give them a red cent when everything is online for free?

      destructure

      January 26, 2020 at 10:20 AM

      • The people who make every single tv show or movie I watch hate me. In fact almost every entertainment type, from movies to music to stage plays to…you name it, hate me.

        Every entertainer that I like, if they knew me, would hate me.

        This is not new.

        Mike Street Station

        January 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM

      • “ The people who make every single tv show or movie I watch hate me.“

        Which is why the only thing I watch on cable (over the top) are old movies, typically from the sixties and seventies where the messaging is there but it is sixties era messaging which isn’t as bad to me now as present era messaging.

        For instance, I watched “No Way to Treat a Lady” (‘68) starring Rod Steiger and directed by Jack Schmick last night on Prime and “Catch-22” (‘70) directed by Mike Nicols. Catch-22 is anti-war but not in a bad way.

        Curle

        January 26, 2020 at 4:27 PM

      • I didn’t say it was new. I asked why you should pay people who hate you when you can watch it for free. I’ve already seen it. And no one made a penny off of me.

        destructure

        January 26, 2020 at 5:35 PM

      • “I didn’t say it was new. I asked why you should pay people who hate you when you can watch it for free. I’ve already seen it. And no one made a penny off of me.”

        I’m not going to steal content. It’s that simple.

        Mike Street Station

        January 26, 2020 at 8:01 PM

  6. Needless to say it’s not Deep Space Nine, but I’m pleasantly surprised that it didn’t suck outright. I even found it quite enjoyable. So far it’s definitely not Discovery-level trash, and the left-wing commentary is not “in your face”, but more subdued like it was in TNG.

    The Romulan Refugee Crisis, notably, is NOT equivalent to any current real-world refugee crisis, since the Romulans are a high-IQ, adaptable and resourceful race (although the leftist writers would probably never admit this).

    PrinzEugen

    January 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

  7. Yes, Patrick Stewart is smug, and he’s also talks shit about Trump. I know there’s nothing out of the ordinary about a Hollywood type hating Trump, but coupled with his English smugness he comes across as a complete dick. It helps that I’m not a fan of any of the Star Trek franchises.

    Roli

    January 26, 2020 at 1:55 PM

  8. I have seen every episode of Star Trek barring the CBS Access stuff. I know the Star Trek universe as well as any nerd.

    And I am embarrassed by it all…not to mention the very heavy association of Sci Fi and Star Trek with pedophilia. As the FBI notes, the one association that most pedophiles have is being massive Star Trek fans.

    Romulan Refugee Crisis? Really? Ok…they are following the timeline from the Trek movies where Romulus was destroyed. But….that was only the home planet. It’s called “The Romulan Empire”…why didn’t the Romulans just move to another planet or a series of planets within their own territory? How is moving into Federation space even an issue?

    Geez…this is the sort of bad writing I expect now from SciFi.

    Starship captains in the Next Generation series and beyond are remarkably arrogant, Picard included. Remember…it was Picard’s arrogance that led to the Federation’s first contact with the Borg.

    This was a famous episode with Q, where Picard argued that he and the Federation are truly prepared for everything, against Q’s opinion that humanity is merely an infant on the stage. To prove his point, Q sent the Enterprise millions of light years into Borg space. Data had calculated that the normal timeframe for the Federation’s encounter with Borg would be in 700 years. Picard’s arrogance is what accelerated that first contact, not to mention merely arguing with a Supreme Being.

    Or, the episode of Voyager where Janeway gives a Borg drone access to the 29th century technology that powers the Doctor’s holo-emitters and lets him move in real space.

    This new series sounds equally stupid.

    map

    January 27, 2020 at 11:07 PM

  9. Star Trek: Picard – re:View

    MEH 0910

    January 28, 2020 at 5:34 PM


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