Star Trek’s terrible Picard show masquerades as a direct sequel to Star Trek The Next Generation; but the character simply doesn’t line up. Picard is badly written and was refused by Netflix. Washing this garbage story through Patrick Stewart doesn’t magically make it good. either. The show is an incoherent mashup of contrivances, bad continuity and the most inept of self contradictions.
Overcomplicated, unaware and dumb, Picard is just a bad show. Its almost like the writers are completely unaware of the characters rich past.
Part I- THE PICARD WE KNEW
When Star Trek The Next Generation debuted we were introduced to a new captain that would soon become one of the greatest characters in all Sci-Fi history- Jean-Luc Picard. He was brave but also resourceful in a cerebral manner that was still exciting. An intrepid explorer he would use force as a last resort but then was a formidable combat commander.
For 7 seasons Picard was the leader fans aspire to be. Smart, competent, compassionate and modest. His word was as genuine as his ferocity in battle. Not respecting the effectiveness of Jean Luc-Picard proved many a formidable foe’s undoing.
The just and peaceful had no greater friend and the wicked had no greater enemy than Captain Jean-luc Picard and the crew of Enterprise-D (and much later E). Even the Borg were stymied again and again by Picard. The only success the enemies of StarFleet have during his time is by accounting for Picard specifically, as he’s their greatest asset. Even the have to Borg kidnap and Assimilate Picard as a prelude to their first true attack on the Federation.
The captains leadership style was to be rigid but fair while developing personal relationships with his officers, developing their skills and teamwork abilities. As the seasons went by we saw a complex man who had sharpened his crew to fine edge. Uncompromising, honest and fierce in defense of the weak and oppressed, Jean-Luc Picard was a hero to his very core.
Picard was presented as a good leader from the start, but one who who was open to growing and improving at his job. He evolved over the course of the show, from a man who disliked children to developing a great capacity for warmth and the ability to be avuncular.
Though the movies for this crew were a mixed bag Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Picard along with a beloved supporting cast mostly entertained. We left off with some characters lost but the dignity of all more or less intact. Now we have a new Picard show and it shows a very different, unheroic Jean-Luc Picard.
Part II – NuTrek Presents PICARD THE COWARDLY ROBOT
The Next Generation story had been deeply explored and the time to move on finally came. Then creatively bankrupt Alex Kurtzman and his crew of hack writers were given the keys to Star Trek and run it into the ground. As fans turn away in horror from awful new characters in terrible stories the writers went with what could have been a sure thing- bring back Picard. Using Patrick Stewart to resurrect and cannibalize the Picard character was all they had to bait the fans.
The new Picard series falls apart as soon as the appeal of seeing Patrick Stewart again wears off. While the cast in general is mostly capable we got a subversive Last Jedi type story where Picard quickly lost his charm.
Rebooted Picard was passionless despite his words. He is now an enormous failure hated by all. The matrix hes judged by is simply unfair but Picard is the first one to say its his fault. He loves to be blamed and derided, seeking it out.
His diplomatic skills were insufficient for rescuing enough of the adversarial Romulans from their dying Solar system to be seen as a nice guy. The fact the Romulans had a really long time to flee is overlooked. The enormous power the Romulan Star Empire had to rescue itself is also just overlooked, even though we see in this show that they still have a fleet.
The fact the Romulans were a formidable rival to Starfleet shown as being invested in many solar systems is forgotten by writers in the rush to heap blame on the least involved person – Picard, who only tried to help. The Romulans are downgraded from being representive of China to a stand in for North Korea at best. Disrespecting canon is just JJ Abrams and Alex Kurtzman’s style.
Picard is repeatedly unfairly blamed for the Romulan Apocalypse… and he’s just fine with that. Our Jean-Luc Picard was deeply humane, but he was nobody’s fool like this bumbling character! Forgetting for a moment no one would ever blame anyone for not rescuing their treacherous enemies well enough – the Picard we knew would have simply balked at this stupidity and moved on, probably pretty defiantly. This is a whole new guy though and he couldn’t be more guilt-ridden. He’s now actually just a drag to be around as a viewer.
We hear, in angry fashion from Starfleet Commander Clancy, that the Romulan Rescue has also broken the Federation. It’s not only had some planets sheer off in protest, but it’s now badly strapped financially- even though we see a HUGE fleet later! So this new Picard showing up anywhere is just the kiss of death. He’s devoid of competence.
Rather than take any accountability (or use the massive resources they’re shown to have later) the Romulans have opted for a terrible life as refugees on the shittiest planet they could find. They have the tech and skill to improve it, but instead they just create a squalorish camp. This is also played like its Picard’s fault and the character buys it wholesale.
I’m not exactly a Star Trek Bootstrap Republican here, but wow! Is anyone responsible for their own fate in this galaxy or has EVERYONE been screwed out of a better life by Picard? Even friends like Riker and Troi have lost their child because the technology that would have saved his life suddenly became illegal (because of the actions of Picard).
Picard’s ineptitude has destroyed most of what he stood for. He is a complete failure with a reputation on par with someone like Oliver North or a former Nixon official who was dirty but never convicted. He’s less admirable than someone like William Barr.
Picard is newly backward, immoral and inhumane. He’s a confirmed serial failure and an unrealistic dreamer. In other words- he’s simply NOT Jean-Luc Picard in any way outside the same actor is cast in this badly rewritten role.
Starfleet Command simply detest Picard. They’re still reeling from a whole different Picard Mercy Mission that failed- Robot Rights (this is how he got the Rikers kid killed). Soong-Type androids such as Data are now banned due to a violent robot uprising that destroys the Federation shipyards on Mars. Picard is also considered to be the person most responsible for this despite not even being there.
Incredibly, the technology for android creation has taken massive backward steps despite working prototypes that have been studied for decades. The robots, once called Androids- are now called synths. They are now child-like and can become homicidal at any moment. They also commit suicide. At some point a few years back they became completely illegal due to the loss of life in the Martian robot uprising- which has made the planet uninhabitable despite future-tech.
By the time we’re caught up on whats happened we can only call this new Picard a huge failure. He’s botched his Romulan Rescue and set back Robot Rights a hundred years. Everything he’s ever touched, including the Federation- has turned to garbage due to his influence. Romulans and Robots have a useless and embarrassing friend in Picard. He’s also no friend of justice for Federation Citizens either.
When Agnes murderers her lover Bruce Maddox its no big deal to immoral Picard, who is still ‘human’ at this point. Despicable Picard never shows any interest in seeing Agnes facing any consequences for murder. It’s still unaddressed in season 2. Picard’s failure to report this murder makes him an accomplice.
Picard’s no longer a good person even before transforming to a weak neurotic robot. Allowing someone to simply murder another person when there are authorities and a justice system- one Picard swore to uphold- is profoundly wrong. The show doesn’t know this, though. We just move on.
This new deeply incompetent and insecure Picard is simpy not the same character. The traits we admired were turned into flaws. His confidence has become vain arrogance. His humanity is now useless sentimentality. His decisiveness is now impulsive stupidity and all his charm is gone.
Reduced and rebooted Picard is a shadow of the man we knew. He’s uninteresting and has no charisma. He speaks in unclear riddles when he wonders all thoughts out loud. In space he’s terrified and useless. C3P0 henpicking Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back comes to mind.
There is no Picard at all at the end of season 1. The character dies, partly of embarrassment after Data explains to him that theres simply no point in being alive. Data speaks on behalf of the audience and begs to be killed. Who could blame him. The Character of Picard has been warped and destroyed into an immoral and incompetent robot that no one likes.
There’s also a fair argument to be made – originated by youtuber Doomcock, that the writers actually didn’t write a logical or convincing enoug end to the Apocalypse and the Universe has ended. The idea oversold, All Powerful Interdimensional Robot Aliens needed permission to just continue their genocide seems hard to believe. Then we see some kind of tech Purgatory anyway. The very idea the villains of the finale are Starfleet defending the right of robots to initiate a genocide is a ridiculous mistake. The preposterous aforementioned All Powerful Interdimensional Robot Aliens being an enemy is just idiotic as well. They seem to have been ape-ing some kind of Matrix-y V’ger here, but it was even dumber and needlessly byzantine in its nebulous origin tale.
The final episode is a plot hole that’s so gaping there’s no real answer in the show. Season 2 is going on in spite of this unaddressed problem- even though they could have used the Q to snap things back into existence! They either don’t realize or are too embarrassed to deal with their mistakes. They also show over and over they have absolutely no feel for Star Trek.
Well, I don’t like this cowardly robot Picard at all. I regard this as a Kelvin Timeline story and any decent writer can make it just go away.
There’s no need to watch this show. In fact, boycotting this show would be a much better plan. Enabling the further destruction of Star Trek is simply masochistic. Star Trek Fans should Abandon Ship until these current creators are fired.
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