Picard nears the bottom, at last

“wtf Patrick, no money is worth this!”

I don’t really want to waste my time writing this or your time reading it, but suffice to say the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Picard, having somehow crawled to its ninth interminable instalment, has somehow outdone itself in its gradual plunge into the very depths of diabolical badness. At this point, recalling its first episode, its almost become some other show entirely, with character actions that defy continuity or logic, plotholes so wide you could fly a Borg Cube through them, and so many wtf face-palm moments that its positively unhealthy from a Covid-19 standpoint. This isn’t Star Trek. I’m not sure what it is, but it sure as hell ain’t Star Trek.

Its really horrible and only morbid curiosity (and my own stubbornness) has kept me watching. Its a sad turn of affairs for Trek and I really struggle to imagine a way out of this really, other than putting the whole franchise into cold-storage for a decade or two. Mind, if I had my way, that’s what they’d also do with Dr Who; it seems everything is going to hell in a genre hand-basket of late and its thoroughly depressing, as if Real-World events weren’t depressing enough.

Regards those Real-World events, I hope all my readers are safe and healthy and we all get out to the other side of this relatively unscathed. Blogs such as this really seem quite inconsequential compared to whats going on but maybe what we love and enjoy is all the more important at times like this. Issues quite unrelated to Covid-19 has enforced a hiatus for me over the past week or so, and none of us know whats ahead of us particularly in times such as these, but hopefully I can get back to writing and posting for whatever that’s worth. Just hope I’m writing about better stuff than this Picard rubbish…

7 thoughts on “Picard nears the bottom, at last

  1. Matthew McKinnon

    I have, thankfully, managed to stay away for the past three weeks so I think the habit is broken. Good thing too, the last couple of episodes were really soul-destroying your bad.

    I was watching an new episode of Better Call Saul this evening and beginning, for the very first time, to detect the wheels spinning a bit. Hank turning up to no great effect, and the general familiarity of it all is getting a little bit… stale? Maybe it shouldn’t still be going, doggedly joining up all the dots that don’t need to be joined? Five seasons is… too much?

    And with that in mind (and perhaps the fact that I was tired and numb last night and wanted to watch something crap so I finally succumbed and watched Terminator: Dark Fate*) maybe genre stuff is going to hell in a hand basket because we shouldn’t be making it?

    I mean, Dr Who and Star Trek are almost 60.
    TNG is over 30 years old.
    Star Wars is more than 40.
    Why are we still making this stuff, much less watching it? And when we do, why do we expect it to live up to decades-old standards?
    It’s literally insane. We should not be doing this!

    I can understand ringfencing old things we like and doting on them, but expecting them also to continue generating fresh product over and over and over can’t be realistic.
    It’s just setting ourselves up for a fall over and over again.

    *That said… T5: not entirely worthless!
    Pointless set-up and no real reason to exist, but it has mild positives: at least it gets the tone right; early ‘smaller’ action scenes OK; Mackenzie Davies actually really good; couple of very funny lines. And Schwarzenegger has possibly his two funniest bits of dialogue in the whole series.

  2. It looks good but leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Jean-Luc Picard despite his great experience is very naive in this Series. Why would he or anyone (with the exception of Spock,) want to help the Romulans of all Races. They have done nothing but create tension, wars and mayhem. And despite what happened to them, they have learned no lessons from their predicament..

    I have remained with Picard because it’s supposed to be Star Trek. Trouble is it isn’t.

    1. Thanks Daniel, I agree completely. Funnily enough, the cynic in me just thinks they are trying to copy the old Kirk/Klingon thing from The Undiscovered Country, its as if they don’t have any original ideas and just grab at anything whether it makes any sense or not. Such a shame, because Patrick Stewart is a great actor and a quieter, more reflective series would have been much more satisfying. Even if it was just a dying Picard revisiting old freinds and colleagues from his past to say goodbye, and us through him rediscovering the old TNG characters decades later. Perhaps it would have kickstarted an adventure mid-season and maybe even a cure for his malady, but we didn’t need all this Romulan/Synth politics nonsense. As you say, its hardly Star Trek.

      1. I think in the later Star Trek myth is, there was a sense something along the lines of artificial intelligent life forms, notably holographic that would have made more sense, given what we had seen with the holographic doctor and how he evolved over seven years in ST: Voyger. Beyond Data, the Federation nor Starfleet hadn’t developed anything close to Data. Lore was the dangerous older Brother. And B4 was either the autistic middle sibling or the younger sibling that was never fully developed but the end of ST: Nemesis showed hope Data would live in B4. So how disappointing to see in pieces stuck in a big drawer. Makes no sense, nor how they were able to develop synthetic life models on such a scale when they couldn’t even replicate Data.

        It would have made sense if the AI life forms were holographic as we had seen how far this technology had developed.

  3. Felt cheated in the end because the Romulans were right all along and that made them the good guys. Picard instead was driven by emotion and his past relationship with Data. There was only 50-50 chance that Soji would have listened to Picard and switch off the transmitter. And the end face-off was simply a bad CGI without any real tactics that Captain Picard in the past would have deployed.

    1. You raise a very good point regards for that space battle/face-off, or whatever it was, it was very lazily written. It was as if the makers thought “we have to have a space battle” or lots of space ships, ticking some box somewhere, even though really in execution the sequence made no sense at all. Picard never really felt like Picard from the tv series, or films. Would have made more sense if there was a revelation at the end that it was never Picard at all, but instead a cyborg doppelganger, and the real Picard was discovered/freed at the end while the cyborg Picard really ‘died’ with his best buddy Data. At least then we could rewatch the show gasping “so THATS why he behaves like an idiot all the time!” Thanks for the comment.

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