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Star Trek: Picard S01E05

My weekly review of Star Trek: Picard.

Still the best Star Trek series ever.

But I’m confused about the alleged lack of money in the future. People talk about getting paid and stuff like that.

Yes, the answer is that people writing the scripts really have no clue how a moneyless future would work, plus they’re not the same people who wrote the scripts from previous movies and TV episodes where they talked about there not being any money, so they just ignore the issue.

And a spoiler comment about the ending:

I liked how Seven tricked Picard into thinking she was not going to get her revenge, and then she went back and got it. That was great. Basically, it’s an admission that Picard is an idealistic old fool.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 22, 2020 at 6:51 PM

Posted in Star Trek

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  1. Again, this is not a review. It says absolutely nothing about the episode except for one vague spoiler.


    February 22, 2020 at 7:32 PM

  2. Regarding the money thing, I literally had a question in a college scholarship interview back in the early 00’s along these lines, i.e. will we ever have a society with no money, racism, etc. like in Star Trek TNG. I responded that they totally have racial conflict, it’s just shifted onto beings from other planets, and that the series never actually explains how trade occurs without money.

    I didn’t get the scholarship.

    Jokah Macpherson

    February 22, 2020 at 7:32 PM

  3. The first three episodes were great. It looked like the series was going to be about political intrigue in the ST universe. Then the 4th episode was silly. The 5th episode wasn’t bad. It had a good ending. But I was still wanting more political intrigue along the lines of John le Carré or something.


    February 22, 2020 at 8:06 PM

  4. As for money in the future. See, if someone’s family was rich when they did away with money then they get to live in a chateau with servants like Picard. But if they were poor then they live off guaranteed minimum income in a van down by the river like Raffi.


    February 22, 2020 at 8:11 PM

    • Raffi couldn’t even afford a river. But this episode reveals that she was estranged from her son because of an addiction. So whatever drug addiction Raffi had could partially explain why she was stuck in a mobile home in the desert.

      Mike Street Station

      February 23, 2020 at 9:09 AM

      • Why would addiction result in poverty in a society that doesn’t run on money? And why would people bother selling drugs, running casinos or chopping Borg up for their implants in a society that doesn’t run on money? Apparently, everyone hustling for money is engaged in some type of illegal activity while all the “good” people appear to be independently wealthy without trying. So even if there is money in this ST future, it appears to all be associate with drugs, gambling, smuggling, organized crime, etc. Even their roguish Han Solo type pilot apparently undertakes questionable jobs for money as well.

        Ironically, the show actually got that part right. When things are banned, people turn to the black market to get them with the obvious outcome being organized crime. I have relatives who grew up under communism and they said that prices were fixed and you had to have a coupon to get something. But even if you had the coupon you still couldn’t get it without bribing someone.

        “Living in a van down by the river” was a reference to an old Chris Farley skit on SNL.


        February 23, 2020 at 4:51 PM

      • I did get the “van by the river” reference.

        But why their society makes no sense is because the writers cannot conceptualize how a moneyless communism could actually work. So you get nothing but contradiction and nonsense when they tried portray it. It’s far easier to make up magic technology like FTL drive or transporters and replicators and show how they effect things than their money free utopia.

        Mike Street Station

        February 23, 2020 at 7:59 PM

  5. It seemed like they were about to set up a spin-off series for Seven to go after her ex. Vengeance Now was an enjoyable swerve.

    2nd best episode so far for the series.

    I wonder if the Admirals are privy to the intel about Control from season 2 of Discovery. Their anti-AI attitudes make little sense in the TNG era, but perfect sense if they remember how close the DISCO era came to disaster.

    Anonymous Bro

    February 22, 2020 at 8:28 PM

  6. You’re just trolling us with these posts, right? Picard (both the character and the show itself) is boring and depressing. Everyone tricks Picard, because dunking on him is how they’re trying to boost up the female characters in the show.


    February 22, 2020 at 10:32 PM

  7. I think all of the Lion’s posts on this series are trolls. If he actually liked any of the episodes he would write a real review.


    February 22, 2020 at 11:57 PM

  8. you have a gynocentric bias and that is why you like this blue pilled show that exalts women and presents men as ineffective, weak and stupid:

    critical drinker clearly would not agree with the lion. the show is stupid and a tool of the feminist elite.

    stop trumpeting up ‘liberal entertainment,’ like this crap.

    anonymouse 1

    February 23, 2020 at 1:09 AM

    • Yeah, I haven’t watched Star Trek: Picard yet, but given Lion’s appreciation of other contemporary TV shows, I wouldn’t trust his opinion on this. Every TV show these days, unless its creators make an explicit attempt for it to be otherwise, is dark, brooding, nihilistic, morally ambiguous, intentionally eschewing any sense of absolute right and wrong, and lacking any true “good guys.” Not to mention portraying white men as losers, and NAMs and women as winners. I wouldn’t expect Star Trek: Picard to be any different. Lion is like those people Lawrence Auster used to criticize, people who consider themselves “conservatives” but are so immersed in the decadent surround culture that they don’t realize it.


      February 23, 2020 at 9:21 AM

    • “Swap his French chataeu for craggy island, and delightfully full-bodied red win for green alien titty milk, and he’s basically Luke Skywalker from The Last Jedi: A broken old man who got knocked down once, and never tried to rise up again.”
      Exactly! It’s so depressing and infuriating to see people I like portrayed this way. They’ve already done it to all the historical figures I admired, like the founding fathers, and now they’re doing it to all my fictional heroes as well.


      February 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM

      • I, for one, never liked Picard, and the way he’s portrayed is pretty much exactly how I’d imagine Picard as an old man.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2020 at 1:58 PM

      • Star Trek Picard: The perfect series for people who hate Star Trek and especially hate Captain Picard.


        February 24, 2020 at 3:56 PM

  9. It’s all about the quatloos.


    February 23, 2020 at 8:32 AM

  10. As far as the money issue goes, it’s not made clear (or I missed it) that Freecloud is in the Federation or not. We know that the worlds outside the Federation have normal semi-capitalist economies. My guess is that it’s an independent neutral world outside the Federation. I’m not sure Outer Space Las Vegas where anything goes would be tolerated as a Federation world.

    Mike Street Station

    February 23, 2020 at 9:12 AM

  11. Spoilers:

    Romulans are Mexicans, henceforth called Mexilans. Picard is a farmer who owns a vinyard and employs illegal Mexilan laborers. Space Trump is elected president of the Federation and cracks down illegal Mexilan immigration. Picard resigns and becomes a Never Space Trumper.

    Data is reincarnated as a Ghola in an Axlotl tank from a positronic brain neuron. He is reincarnated as a woman of color, every liberal’s fantasy. Actually as twins, but one of the twins is killed (maybe an Occult thingy). The reincarnated as a woman of color Data, named Sister Soulji, then has sex with a male Mexilan, also every liberal’s fantasy.

    Picard’s illegal Mexilan maid is also a Bene Gesserit and tells him that the reincarnated Datas were being hunted because of the Mexilan Orange-Catholic Jihad ban on artificial intelligence.

    Androids, no, “synths” working at the Utopia Planitia shipyards at Mars freak out and blow it up on stardate 200191.1, resulting in a Federation travel ban on synths. Picard’s First Officer, woman of color Raffi Muskrat, is a Utopia Planitia truther who believes a Mexilan secret police cabal was involved.

    Picard then charters a space ship piloted by loner rogue Cristóbal Rios. His ship is a “Kaplan F17 Speed Freighter”, which can go .5 past warp 8. They then make a side trip to visit a Bene Gesserit monastary and meet Romulan Elf Elrond who beheads a guy with a sword (I thought Elfs were more into archery).

    They then arrive at Freecloud City…


    February 23, 2020 at 10:34 AM

  12. Ot/ feminist proclaims climate change and war ‘feminist’ issues. Just proves feminism was nothing more than a recruiting arm for Leftists all along.


    February 23, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    • Lots of ideologues think that way, though. They think their one pet issue is the root cause of all other problems. Bernie Sanders types think income inequality is the main problem and that if we just taxed the rich enough, other problems like climate change, war, and racism would go away. Black activist types think racism is the main problem and if we just got rid of racism, other problems like climate change, war, and income inequality would go away. Heck, anti-semites think Jews are the main problem and that if we just got rid of the Jews, all the world’s problems would go away.


      February 23, 2020 at 2:24 PM

      • “Black activist types think racism is the main problem”

        Maybe, but I once read a piece by a former white teacher in a black school who claimed the children described whites not as racists but as stingy suggesting that the word racism is little more than code for ‘from each according to his abilities (whites) to each according to his needs (blacks)’. Racists are whites who make them work to extract the tribute.


        February 23, 2020 at 4:03 PM

      • Of course, there will always be a certain amount of conflict and dysfunction. But it wouldn’t exist on this level if it wasn’t being promoted as a means to power. Anyone who doesn’t think it’s being promoted is clueless.


        February 23, 2020 at 5:11 PM

  13. The ship’s captain, Rios, is supposed to be cynical and mercenary and makes a big deal out of how he is only doing this mission as a job. Yet when they get to Freecloud he is suddenly willing to take part in a really dangerous plan to rescue Bruce Maddox, without any personal gain. There is no attempt to explain this change in his character. Some of the writing is very poor.

    prolier than thou

    February 23, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    • He’s like a Han Solo type of character!

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 23, 2020 at 2:05 PM

      • Han Solo had to be cajoled and guilted into helping his friends. It was not an easy sell. That is good writing.

        Not that I can contrast it with the purportedly bad writing in this latest Star Trek install, because there is no way I am watching that gay shit.


        February 23, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    • Rios’s first conversation with Picard implied that he’s Starfleet to the core, despite whatever trauma made him put up his roguish facade.

      Anonymous Bro

      February 23, 2020 at 3:18 PM

  14. Star Trek: Picard Episodes 4 and 5 – re:View

    MEH 0910

    February 27, 2020 at 9:09 PM

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