Star Trek: Picard

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Yeah, Borg stories hopefully are put to bed now because this, like every story following "I, Borg," has made them such stock villains that have almost none of their original alienness -- how banal it was that Queenie (and Vadic) were simply motivated by revenge.

Health and Wellness Worf is still a treasure. Philip, I kind of wonder if Klingon redundant physiology explains why he was able to shake off the phaser blasts.

I did completely hate Will's decision to keep Picard company, dressed up as loyalty but really just a cheap way of amplifying the stakes, in a way that doesn't make sense. He and Troi still have a daughter, or did she get conveniently forgotten?!

Sid Bream My Baby (Leee), Saturday, 22 April 2023 20:29 (seven months ago) link

But I did like:

The shot of the nebula that's a straight homage to TNG's opening credits
Riker's "I miss that voice."
Poker game at the end -- stud, rotating aerial shot, etc.

Sid Bream My Baby (Leee), Saturday, 22 April 2023 20:46 (seven months ago) link

I enjoyed the last ep overall as a nicely final-feeling bit of action TV with lots of fanservice. But.

As others already said, wither Jurati? What was the point of her borgifying if they just dropped that story?

If Q is able to recombobulate or whatever explanation befits, he could have done the decent thing and stepped in and stopped the borg thing. Just rude.

Cannot get past Jack and Picard being able to just rip out their borg cabling. ESPECIALLY since the queen specifically said, several minutes earlier, that doing so would destroy their minds. What is the POINT of assimilation if you can fight it that casually. And yeah did Picard just jam the port into his skin? Huh?

On a related note Worf seemed to cope with being shot twice right in the arm/shoulder by a powerful weapon thats been shown to kill people instantly on many occasions. He didnt even seem hurt. OK whatever. I did like the sword/phaser joke though.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:17 (seven months ago) link

i saw someone suggest that worf could survive such things because of his redundant klingon organs . . . which is trying *really* hard

mookieproof, Tuesday, 25 April 2023 01:20 (seven months ago) link

the redlettermedia video pointed out that the last time elron was seen, he was serving on the excelsior. the ending that character deserved.

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 25 April 2023 01:43 (seven months ago) link

I suppose this is where I show my old age because the Treaty of Algernon is complete bullshit and should never have been signed with that provision intact. Section 31 sucks for not bothering to reverse-engineer cloaking tech anyway and Star Fleet sucks for not demanding that Section 31 does - even if it means installing an "in case of emergency, invoke Section 31" button on every NCC-* bridge (surprise, by doing so - you're now a Section 31 ship!) That alone would be a more interesting plot than - oh no, another page or two of script burned on the fucking cloaking device instead of something interesting.

I'm annoyed with how this all wrapped up because the first half was just good enough to encourage my own runaway imagination to expect something better than another Borg story (story made even lazier because now there's a kid). The fact that we're all talking about better spin-off fantasy shows whether it's Star Trek: Enterprise-G with Captain Seven or Star Trek: Kung Fu with Worf just magnifies how inert Picard is - even with all the end of the world stuff going on outside the viewscreen, the show (and him) seem strangely reactive. This isn't the first time this has happened with Star Trek or any other heritage IP bogged down by the weight of its own nostalgia. See also: the Obi-Wan series, most dalek episodes of nuWho.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 28 April 2023 05:41 (seven months ago) link

There’s a single line in the RLM vid where Mike inadvertently summaries a lot of the modern ST content as missing the point with the writers/showrunners wanting more grimdark as presumably more real/relevant/realistic: “here! Here’s a sweet to wade thru!” rather any sort of utopian idea

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 28 April 2023 16:17 (seven months ago) link

Dammit. “Here’s a SEWER to wade thru”

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 28 April 2023 16:18 (seven months ago) link

I gave up on this show but wife has been rewatching it and I'll say this much: great theme song.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 May 2023 17:52 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Captain Shaw memes are still the best:

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 9 July 2023 11:23 (four months ago) link

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 9 July 2023 11:27 (four months ago) link

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