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Why no... Star Trek: Picard thread?
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Doc HM
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Mar 28, 2020, 08:28 AM
 
So all 10 episodes over now. Trying to stay spoiler free.

I must say I absolutely loved it. (well until the last 15 mins of e10 anyway). It's been a proper update to Trek and also a lovely paen (yes spellcheck that IS a word) to the TNG and other characters. Adult without being "adult". Stewart was really allowed to flesh out his portrayal of Picard (well he was an exec producer).

A whole raft of TNG characters got to round out their stories, especially Troy/Riker although Word didn't seem to do so well, and Seven.

Will happy sit down and rewatch in order to soak up any bits I missed.

Shame the ending really didn't live up to the originality of the rest of the series.
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Mar 28, 2020, 09:15 AM
 
I’ll try to be vague to keep spoilers to a minimum.
I really liked the premise, but it did not live up to its potential. The old characters were great, they slipped right back in.

My main criticisms are two-fold: the story unfolded too quickly and some characters were just way too short-lived. The pace accelerated over the last few episodes, and was so quick at the end that I didn’t even get parts of the story. The last two episodes in particular felt so rushed that I couldn’t keep up. I really like the story involving a retired Riker family. Right now, the universe feels completely unexplored. Why are the XBs where they are? What happened to them? Why don’t some of them go back to their home worlds? How did the Rangers come about? How are they organized? I would have liked if they took twice as many episodes to tell this story.

The second point is just the ending: either you are serious about making this bold move, but then you should do it. Or don’t touch it.

Oh, and what is up with pseudo-tech? Discovery had its stupid spore drive, what’s up with space orchids. That’s just dumb, Star Trek is supposed to be a scifi show where technology plays a major role.

If they had asked me to make a story here that starts with the same idea, I would have made bits less extreme (not every character needs to have had a severely traumatizing event) and explored the universe more. It would have helped to get one’s bearing, and understand how the Federation evolved from where it was when DS9 and Voyager ended to where it is now. I would have dialed back the super drama a bit, and added more nuance.
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Mar 28, 2020, 09:59 AM
 
I’d love to see it, but I’m not real keen on subscribing to yet another damned streaming service. It’s getting kind of ridiculous.
(Picard was only available in the US via CBS' own streaming service. Outside the US, it was on Prime.)
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Mar 28, 2020, 11:04 AM
 
CBS is the killer.
     
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Mar 28, 2020, 11:06 AM
 
Here in Japan it is on Amazon Prime. Weirdly enough, Discovery is on Netflix.
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Mar 28, 2020, 11:24 AM
 
Oh, you mean on services people actually want.
     
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Mar 29, 2020, 02:27 AM
 
This will spoil the whole thing.

 
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Apr 1, 2020, 07:49 PM
 
I am hoping to watch soon; there is the free preview but I wanted the kids to see TNG first. They are more star wars kids and aren't that keen. Perhaps TOS was a mistake... we never even got as far as The Trouble with Tribbles.
     
   
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