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    Ben Kirkham

    I loved the first episode! So far, everything I hoped it would be. It’s gorgeous, nostalgic yet very fresh and new. And Stewart is as stunning as ever.



    I have very mixed feelings about the first episode. But I’m not quite sure what they are.



    I watched episode one and quite enjoyed it, although I feel like some of the historical/backstory references were lost on me as someone who doesn’t know a huge amount about Star Trek.

    The basic story seems solid and it’s well-made and obviously wants to engage with some quite contemporary ideas. I’ll definitely keep watching for now.



    I have very mixed feelings about the first episode. But I’m not quite sure what they are. </

    I’m feeling the same. I really enjoyed it, it looks great, it feels like a really great story is unfolding, Stewart was brilliant and the themes it is touching on are really interesting.

    I’m just about able to keep up with the back story and references. But I’ve also come out of it feeling a little confused and I’m not sure why.

    They threw a lot at us in a short space of time there, perhaps maybe covering too much ground in just 45mins. Is this the first time a series premier of Trek has only been a single episode length? Discovery gave us episodes 1 and 2 at the same time didn’t they? All the TNG era first eps were double length.

    Really looking forward to more of this and seeing where it goes.



    Oh well that formatting is fucked


    Ben Saunders

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: an orphaned early-20s white girl with a tragic backstory and a mysterious secret who is some sort of chosen one beats up an entire room full of highly trained henchmen and then cries about something


    Ben Saunders

    Real talk, that was alright, not much more than serviceable, Patrick Stewart is a doddering old man, but he did have one very good scene, where he was talking to that boring girl about how special she is, a reminiscing about Data. The whole thing absolutely reeks of being made in 2020, though, from the very typical music, the high contrast lighting, the washed out colours, some of the tropes etc etc. TNG is very 80s, obviously, but the 80s were a lot nicer to look at.

    Pictured is the Starfleet archives from Picard, the Jedi archives from Attack of the Clones, and the library upon which the Jedi archives were based, in Trinity College, London. I don’t know if Picard is deliberately referencing Attack of the Clones or if they just ended up in the same place from the same idea.



    Yeah, I immediately thought of the Jedi archive too.


    Ben Saunders

    The Cage: 1h3min
    Where No Man Has Gone Before: 55m
    Encounter at Farpoint: 1h32m
    Emmisary: 1h30m
    The Caretaker: 1h30m
    Broken Bow: 1h30m

    Dunno if Discovery “aired” as a two-or-more-part pilot or if they dropped the whole series or what, but The Vulcan Hello is 44 minutes



    It being a library I’d imagine it’d see use mainly as a library for productions.



    I don’t know if Picard is deliberately referencing Attack of the Clones or if they just ended up in the same place from the same idea.

    Considering the amount of crossover talent, I’d be surprised if it was a coincidence.

    Someone write an essay about the ads using the TNG Star Trek logo but the episode using Discovery’s.



    I really enjoyed it, and am enthused to see the rest. Being a quisling turncoat I do rather wish they’d plopped all four online at once to enjoy as a big film but hey.

    I have no comments or criticisms really, I just was in a very happy place as a viewer. It was enough like Star Trek to feel like Star Trek, but didn’t feel like a tired pastiche either. This hasn’t been achieved in quite a while.



    Being a quisling turncoat I do rather wish they’d plopped all four online at once to enjoy as a big film but hey.

    It’s a ten-episode season isn’t it?




    I didn’t know it had been recommissioned either.

    Be still my ruined trousers.



    Yep, bodes well that it’s already been renewed.

    I think advance reviewers have seen four episodes as a preview, which may be where that number came from.



    TNG Star Trek logo

    Or do I mean TOS logo?



    As part of getting morr familiar with the backstory for watching Picard, some friends have recommended a few TNG episodes for me to dip into (I’ve only seen a handful over the years). I’ve started with The Measure Of A Man, which I really enjoyed.



    At a push you could do it on that one, The Best Of Both Worlds, Family, and the films First Contact and Nemesis. It’s difficult to know what might pop up in upcoming shows though.


    Ben Saunders

    I, Borg is important too. And Descent.



    Thanks both – those chime with recommendations I’ve had so I’ll try and work through them.

    (I’ve seen “The Offspring” suggested too. And do I need to go back to “Datalore”?)

    On the movie side I’ve seen First Contact and Insurrection but not Nemesis, so I’ll see if I can fit that in at some point.



    Forgot Hugh was a part of it. Just realised you’ll need some Voyagers as well to contextualise the Seven/Borg stuff. Scorpion, Drone and Dark Frontier at a bare minimum. Don’t think you’ll need further Romulan grounding as it’s fairly straightforward and Nemesis goes over it anyway.

    But it’s definitely a prep heavy show as it’s specifically aimed at avid fans from the 90s/early 2000s. Enterprise, the Abrams films and Discovery were all designed to swerve the immediate needs of the diehards (and all fractured, factioned and made very febrile the Trek fandom in turned), so the self-indulgent back referencing of Picard is earned three times over. This show is a peace mission for people who spent a lot of money on VHS releases in 1998 and have felt a bit fucked-without-a-kiss since Nemesis came out.



    Just seen your signoff – The Offspring wouldn’t hurt, but it’s a resonance/character thing rather than a continuity element. I would avoid Lore episodes unless you have to – they’re hugely enjoyable bits of Star Trek but they might overcomplicate things for you at this juncture.



    To be honest I thought the first episode did a decent job of catering for people like me (explaining enough along the way that I’m not completely lost) while obviously including a lot of deeper stuff and callbacks for the well-versed longtime fans. That’s not an easy balancing act but it did fine.

    (The only time I was really confused was initially thinking the Romulan attackers were Vulcans.)



    Just seen your signoff – The Offspring wouldn’t hurt, but it’s a resonance/character thing rather than a continuity element. I would avoid Lore episodes unless you have to – they’re hugely enjoyable bits of Star Trek but they might overcomplicate things for you at this juncture.

    Ok great, thanks.



    Happy to hear it all kind of makes sense at this stage. When you’re very deep in it all, it becomes impossible to tell.

    It does look though like it’s explicitly trying to tie several unconnected loose ends together from various Berman-era shows/films continuity, so if it does commit to going down that route the revision may become more essential as we go on (or it might not!). For example, the ‘B-4’ scene in episode 1 addresses and begins to resolve a story left open for 18 years (kind of Trek’s equivalent of the end of Only The Good).



    Yeah, it may be that I come back for more episode recommendations as the show goes on, depending on what happens with the story.



    The only time I was really confused was initially thinking the Romulan attackers were Vulcans

    Romulans are like distant cousins to Vulcans, but have spent several centuries apart. They don’t go in for all the logic and emotionless life Vulcans do, and have been Cold War enemies of the Federation for basically as long as the show has been running.



    Thanks. I’ve seen some stuff involving Romulans before but have never really grasped who they are in the grand scheme of things.


    Ben Saunders

    I feel like people are overplaying just how much you “need” to watch before seeing Picard – there are a couple visual references and I guess there’s the B4 thing, but most everything is explained in the episode itself anyway. I’m interested to hear what people were confused by or thought was unclear. Some of it is brand new backstory invented just for Picard. And stuff like “the Romulan sun blew up” is converted very plainly in the episode.

    It’s funny, I only watched all of TNG from January – July 2019, so I am completely unphased and unaffected by any and all of the nostalgia bait that litters Picard. Oh, the Enterprise D is back? I last saw that in Generations in November. Oh look, it’s Data, who was in Nemesis, which I watched last month. Oh CV a bat’leth, which was in DS9, which I finished in September. None of this is impressive to me, I haven’t been away from these things for any length of time, and thus it’s impossible for me to have the reactions to the episode that Darrel et al have had, and I just think it was a serviceable, if somewhat cliche first episode of yet another Star Trek series.



    I wouldn’t even call it nostalgia bait, it’s more just the reactivation of a machine that was rolling relentlessly from 1987-2002 and then – as near as damn it – was turned off ever since.

    To me it *is* very much assuming the viewer is a veteran of the Berman era and can carry on where it was left off. And however much they’re trying to bring newcomers in gently, it’s unashamedly fanwanky in ideology. Hugh hasn’t been seen for over 25 years, for instance, and Seven for nearly 20. Picard is the Five Doctors of Star Trek and should be embraced as such.



    And I think it’s fine to do that fan-service as long as it’s not absolutely impenetrable for more casual viewers. The first episode managed to serve both sides, so let’s hope it continues in that spirit.


    Ben Saunders

    The Five Doctors is shit outside of all the fanwank, though, is that what you’re saying? The ending is really really horrible as well, in a way that I kind of like.



    I love The Five Doctors, it is 90 minutes of solid joy and probably my most rewatched DW story of all time. I wasn’t aware there was much dissent tbh. What miserable sods are saying otherwise?



    I would also like to point out that the distance between Hugh’s last appearance in ‘Descent’, and the Picard show, is longer than the distance between An Unearthly Child and Survival.


    Ben Saunders

    Production values through the floor, plodding story, embarassing scenes include the one where The Master and the Cybermen have to stand on the correct bits of floor, the one where Sarah Jane falls off of the littlest hill anybody has ever seen and sprains her ankle, and most of anything involving Richard Hurdnall, especially him telling Tegan to make him tea. Special shoutouts to that scene where the Cybermen surround that TARDIS and Turlough just accepts death. The speech at the end is nice, but the whole Game of Rassilon thing, and the cameos where no one does anything, it’s all just very dull. Terrance Dicks (who I like) plugging shape A into slot B, or whatever the saying is.

    Also: no, not the m-mind… probe



    I think you might be too young to fully understand the old religion of Light Entertainment, so I don’t blame you, but it’s pretty much one of LE’s Sacred Texts.


    Ben Saunders

    I’ll take Caves of Androzani over Noel’s House Party any day



    If you want a crash course in the Star Trek episodes that are likely to be relevant in Picard then I’d recommend the following:
    The Measure of a Man
    Q Who
    The Best of Both Worlds
    I, Borg
    All Good Things…
    Star Trek VII: Generations
    Star Trek VIII: First Contact
    Star Trek IX: Insurrection
    Star Trek X: Nemesis

    The Gift
    The Raven
    Dark Frontier
    Author, Author

    Essentially a crash course in Seven of Nine, Picard, Hugh, Data and the Borg. Thrown in Author, Author too as it is relevant for the “synthetic rights”. Insurrection I added as it has similarities to Picard (synthetic losing control and Picard rebelling against Starfleet).


    Ben Saunders

    Why Generations and Insurrection?


    Ben Saunders

    They aren’t awful, but I wonder what relevance you think they have



    Cheers. Might be slightly too long a list for me but I’ll work through as much as I can. Halfway through Best Of Both Worlds at this very moment.



    Fucking hell. Dave watching Best of Both Worlds immediately after this weeks Doctor Who! That’s going to be too much excitement for one evening.



    It is turning into a pretty good evening of TV sci-fi, yes.


    Plastic Percy

    I loved it, and it was a perfect opening. Patrick Stewart steps effortlessly back into playing Jean-Luc Picard, but also does an admirable job of showing that he has changed in some respects in the twenty odd years since we last him. He still has the sharp intellect, compassion and morals he’s always had, but its nice that he’s a bit less rigid and informal. Arguing with his dog about him not understanding French was a particular highlight.

    Naturally, the ‘old school’ fans I know didn’t like it and have whinged the creators have ruined it by making it too “liberal” and making Picard an “SJW”. Griping that yet again they’ve “forced politics into Star Trek”.



    What were those “old school fans” even watching in the 90s because it certainly wasn’t Star Trek!



    >Why Generations and Insurrection?

    I explained Insurrection. To add to that, it is the story when Riker/Troi get back together. Generations is an important chapter in Picard’s story in terms of his family.


    Pete Part Three

    Picard’s family dies in a fire.

    Just saved 2 hours.



    Watched the RLM review; they pretty much hammered it, though I can’t say i had any particular interest in this myself. I don’t see the benefit of stretching this out over more than a series, Stewart’s 78 and there comes a point it’ll take a lot out of him. Though, I doubt the writers would be able to write a strong limited series one.



    You make it sound like he’s bedridden.

    Lots of low-level ageism around these parts lately. We’re not in Logan’s Run.



    Depending on the sort of show Picard turns out to be, it could be fairly easy for him.

    He is a very fit guy for his age, he has looked after himself, so I don’t think he’ll stuggle there. i.e. he is still capable of making several hours of TV. But also, films aside, Picard isn’t the running around action hero type. He’ll likely have mostly dialogue scenes and be able to continue for years yet.

    Though I did note that I’m sure when we saw him and the girl running away at one point, it was from behind and I couldn’t help but notice it might have been a double. Which is fine if that’s what they need to do. Anything more strenuous than that and they’d have a double anyway, even if he was 25!



    Yeah, I don’t see Stewart’s age being a problem for this show.

    (I did also notice the double for that scene though, a bit glaring.)


    Ben Saunders

    The RLM review did a great job of going into how modern Star Trek spits in the face of old Star Trek, turning the Federation into a bunch of anti-alien space xenophobes, despite being shown on multiple occasions to have a non-human president, etc. They have a lot of very valid points criticising the whole thing, even if their overall tone is a jokey one where they basically set out to make fun of it. They liked The Mandalorian, which at least goes to show that they don’t just hate everything new for being new, though. They also cover how Picard and Data were never really friends, until the end of First Contact and again at the end of Nemesis, and how Picard actually lost faith in Data several times. Also the old Picard from The Drumhead et al would have never cracked during that interview from that xenophobic lady.

    Also the general plot of a star suddenly going supernova and the Romulans not having already evacuated themselves by the point it eventually did is ridiculous, but that’s more of a critique of Star Trek 2009, and you can’t really blame Picard for having to follow on from that. But again, the idea that the Federation from the TOS/TNG era wouldn’t help relocate the Romulans after their fucking sun exploded is ridiculous, and it’s clearly supposed to be a commentary on modern American politics, etc.


    Ben Saunders

    I saw somebody comment the other day that Picard actually appears to be older than Patrick Stewart is in real life, you watch Stewart in interviews and stuff and he seems fine, but in Picard he genuinely seems like a frail geriatric who is one hip-breaking fall in his living room away from having to go to hospital and never leaving.



    I think it’s called ‘acting’.



    Anyway, watched ‘Datalore’ today and… well, it’s not great is it. It’s like Star Trek’s version of Beyond A Joke.


    Ben Saunders

    You can make him a frail geriatric or you can make him dodge laser blasts and get thrown 20 feet by an explosion



    Maybe it’s the higher definition cameras capturing his facial fatigue. That, and Stewart does have a beard in most interviews I’ve seen and beards legitimately age you down.



    Me with any facial hair and I look my age.

    Me clean shaven and honestly I have to hide from paedophiles



    It’s more so for older people such as those 40+, though I doubt you’re blending into Gen Z crowds with your This is England looks lol



    I feel like I’ve just watched 45mins of nothing happening.



    Cheeky fucker.



    The “__ days without an assimilation” sign made me laugh, and felt like something out of Red Dwarf.



    Lol what’s the context for that



    It’s a sign on board an old dead Borg cube that has been overtaken by non-Borg people who are experimenting on/performing autopsies on old dead Borgified people.


    Ben Saunders

    God this is so DULL.
    I don’t even want to complain about it because it bores me so much. Next.


    Ben Saunders


    >There’s an enemy within Starfleet
    Wow I’m sooooooooooo surprised


    Ben Saunders

    Gratuitous sex and swearing on TV hasn’t been edgy since Torchwood, it was embarrassing back then as well



    I thought the swearing usefully illustrated the outrage to Picard’s request tee bee haytch.



    The early swearing was a bit silly though.


    Ben Saunders

    That’s an extremely cheap way to illustrate that, there’s this thing called “acting” that some people can do which is typically used to convey emotion in a scene.

    For real though it does feel really cheap and a bit “ooh look at us, this ain’t your dad’s Trek, it’s serious!”



    I actually think the “fuck” we get from the admiral was warranted, she is actually seething with anger and it was used in the right context.

    The feck from the Romulan was a bit pointless.

    I don’t mind swearing in Trek, granted it is more gratuitous now and it does feel like its done deliberately to stand out … but its also got the benefit of not being on at 6pm on a weekday evening so it can be a bit more sweary.

    It also shows these people as being a bit more human and relatable, which is something that has gradually crept in as the different series have progressed. The TNG crew were all very prim and proper, almost austere. Only liking Shakespeare and opera and jazz and stuf. I liked that when we got to DS9 O’Brien and Bashir are show to go out on the piss and have fun in the holodecks and stuff, then with Voyager Paris is shown to have an interest in old black and white sci-fi shows.

    With this new round of Trek, it’s showing that, whilst humanity has progressed, they’re still fundamentally human and they swear when they’re angry or excited. They’re not so enlightened that they’re unrelatable. And besides, even Picard swore in French occasionally.



    I just finished watching I, Borg as part of my crash-course in TNG to help me better appreciate Picard.

    II quite enjoyed it – most of the TNG episodes recommended for this exercise have been pretty good, and I’m becoming a fan of the show, although I guess that’s the advantage of having other people pick out the highlights from seven seasons’ worth of episodes.

    One thing that did make me chuckle though is the name Hugh, which will only ever remind me of The Armando Iannucci Shows.



    As a non-viewer who only saw the clip of the “fuck”, I can safely say it’s laughably bad lol


    Ben Saunders

    It’s not great, is it. It’s acted so poorly as well, the way she stresses the word fuck so much. We get it, you’re swearing, you’re edgy. People are having sex, that’s edgy. It all feels a bit Torchwood trying to set itself apart as an “adult” show, and just making everybody cringe in the process.


    Ben Saunders



    Given we only have 10 episodes, this series has been really slow to start. We needed these 3 episodes to be condensed into 1 feature length pilot episode that had Picard getting into space by the end of it. A lot of nothing happened again this week and I was legit nodding off by the end of it.

    One thing I noticed I’ve been missing, and the show has been missing, is the side of Picard that is confident, in control and commanding. He’s spent the last couple of episodes flittering about earth practically begging people and not even coming up with good arguments for why they should help. He gave up on argument asking for a ship from Star Fleet way too easily and he has just generally not been himself.

    Hopefully that might change now they’ve got into space and he has a crew and such, but I’m starting to really not be all that bothered to find out.



    Just watched the third episode and, well, at least it’s getting going now. I was starting to get frustrated with the dragging pace too.

    This definitely seems to be one of those occasions where they’ve treated the series as the proverbial “ten hour movie”, which I think works better when you use the Netflix ‘dump’ model and make all the episodes available at once, but not so well for shows that are parcelled out weekly like this.



    And yes, the lawyers line made me laugh for Dwarf-related reasons too.



    I also watched Star Trek: Nemesis last night (as part of my ongoing ‘background reading’ for this show), and it fits right into that cliché description of just feeling like an extended episode of the TV show.

    It felt like it was all building to something bigger than you actually get with that slightly limp climax, although I guess for longtime viewers Data’s sacrifice probably had more resonance.

    (Plus, all that smug cosy stuff at the wedding at the beginning is a terrible way to open a movie.)

    At least TNG got one decent movie with First Contact.



    At least TNG got one decent movie with First Contact

    Generations isn’t that bad. Neither is Insurrection really, it just doesn’t do any more than the TV show would have done.



    I’ve seen bits of both and each time I’ve struggled to watch the whole thing.


    Ben Saunders

    First Contact > Generations > Insurrection > Nemesis imo. Nemesis is the only one that’s shit in my books. Insurrection feels like a really long episode of the TV show which suddenly turns into Die Hard at the end, but all the movies have nice little Trek moments in them at least. Nemesis, as I said before, is just deeply unpleasant and seedy and dark and not “Star Trek” to me in a lot of places.



    I really wish current Star Trek would stop doing these fucking arcs. There isn’t enough plot to patch up the episodes so the writers have to wank all over the place with action scenes and extended dialogue scenes which go on and on but really say nothing other than to show how basic and unwelcoming half the characters are once you start writing anything more than exposition for them.

    Why is Picard fannying about with those malcontents? Every plot element in the show is just too convienent, too neatly in step with the last to drive Picard from A to B to C. Why is he suddenly emotional to the point of nausea? It’s a load of nonsense.

    Look at the TNG two parters, most are blinders that really needed the whole 90 minutes, now look at Discovery and Picard, same amount of plot, stretched out like nobody’s business.

    God I miss episodic sci-fi. 45 minutes, get in, set it all up, drive the story along, wrap it all up, you’re done, lovely.



    Look at the TNG two parters, most are blinders that really needed the whole 90 minutes

    Best of Both Worlds had about 15mins of interesting story the rest is unnecessary. Granted that’s in hindsight. The Riker will he won’t he leave and the annoying possible replacement commander … throw all that out as it is mostly irrelevant to this story.

    Picard is capture, assimilated, Riker orders fire, Picard is rescued and unassimilated. That’s the episode in 4 scenes. The rest can go in the bin.

    God I miss episodic sci-fi. 45 minutes, get in, set it all up, drive the story along, wrap it all up, you’re done, lovely.

    I know what you mean though. But its something we’re unlike to see again. Most TV is, for better or worse, driven by season long story arcs now. And I think part of Stewart agreeing to return was that is was an epic story, and not just him being a great captain for 10 episodes.

    It’s been a long start, but I’m hopefully the rest of the series settles in and gets better now he is off into space.



    I thought the Riker subplot in Best Of Both Worlds was some of the best stuff in the story. Plus I think you need it to set him up as replacement captain (with a new Number One) and create a genuine sense of jeopardy that Picard might not come back.


    Pete Part Three

    What Dave said.

    That Riker subplot is character stuff, which is what always elevated TNG.



    I guess it works on first viewing, but in hindsight, when you know the outcome, it all feels rather unnecessary


    Ben Saunders

    That applies to literally all of fiction, though. Once you know what happens, you know what happens. That’s why spoilers are so annoying. I watched Best of Both Worlds last year though, fully aware that everything would be fine again by the end of the story, and still found it to be an amazingly gripping, tense piece of storytelling. Part one, at least. Part two is… perfunctory. It does its job, narratively, but it really feels like they’re just going through the motions of getting Picard back and getting rid of the Borg, etc.



    Yeah I know, I am being a little facetious. The stuff with the commander woman is interesting, and I like how it affects Riker, with her getting right on his tits.

    It is the second ep thats a bit of a bore, for a first episode of a series too, not a lot happens. As you say, it just functions to get Picard back. Then you get the next episode which is just him swanning around his vineyard. Its a slow start to the series which, at that point in the shows run, had just started to find its feet.



    Ironically it’s the second episode I enjoyed the most as there was a natural unfolding of the expositional elements as the scenes progressed but new Trek can’t seem to get the blend quite right. Episodes either stutter to a deathly stillness, or there’s a horrendous amount of exposition in amongst the action scenes which are far more prevalent now as compared to the ’87 to ’00 era. There’s no simmering of the pot, no unfolding, more here it is, have at it, this is what you wanted right? Discovery S2 is a war criminal when it comes to padding up action scenes with exposition to make them not look like brainless distractions. God I fucking hate Discovery. Love Pike and Saru, everyone else can fuck off.

    Anyway, it’s ok, I mean, I like it, it’s clearly got a story to tell, anyway, we always have about 6433 episodes of Trek on Netflix to watch.

    Although saying that, I’m only watching Discovery S3 to see what the bloody hell the ships and aliens look like in the 32nd century. I mean, if the Enterprise-J is from the 25th century, what the hell will they have by the 4th millenium?


    Ben Saunders

    >Then you get the next episode which is just him swanning around his vineyard
    I hope you’re being facetious here too



    I mean, if the Enterprise-J is from the 25th century, what the hell will they have by the 4th millenium

    They’ll have started to use emojis. Enterprise – Monkey See No Evil Emjoi. Enterprise – Girl Dancing in Red Frock Emoji.



    I bet ten dollarpounds that there will be a clunky bit of hand-waving about how some great temporal or dimensional war in the 26th century brought on by too much fannying about with forces that cannot be comprehended effectively took the galaxy back to the dark ages in terms of technological advancement because by the 32nd century, even the most basic of shuttlecraft should be able to take apart a starship from the 24th century with comparitive ease. Starships shouldn’t exist apart then from the extra-galactic expeditions that the 1701-J was enjoying. Time travel is heavily sanctioned and used only in official capacities by the Federation and restricted by the temporal prime directive. Dimensional travel is easy enough but doesn’t seem to affect dimensions on a macro level. The galaxy is able to be traversed in mere moments as seen by Braxton in his shuttle of all things.

    It’s like Batman v. Superman, when it first announced, my first question was how do you stunt Superman enough to be manhandled by ol’ Bruce Wayne? You can put the Batman in a mech-suit as he was but it only brings his overall strength up by 10x or so whereas if Superman was inclined, he could turn Batman into atoms in an instant. The correct route was to have Bruce bring Superman down to human level with a good whiff of kryptonite. So what will be the kryptonite of the 32nd century?

    Something has to give, a 23rd century starship in the 32nd century, knowing that the 1701-J is travelling to other galaxies in the 26th century, and timeships are able to go anywhere and anywhen by the 31st century. Either Discovery is quickly scrapped or for whatever reason it is on par with an extremely stunted galaxy.

    Or as with Discovery in terms of writing, they’ll ignore all that and Michael Burnham will give another horribly vacuous speech about emotion and pride and love and how our ability to bring the ideals of the Federation into the future will ensure their survival.

    God, I need a drink.



    Or episode one of the new season will start with them returning to their own time and saying “wow, the 32nd century was CRAZY wasn’t it?!” without giving further details.



    Discovery wasn’t very good. Series 1 and 2 are abit of a mess really.

    I am enjoying Picard though. its slower pace and sense of groundedness is a breath of fresh air in some ways.

    The only things that stand out as a negative is the swearing and maybe some modern lingo thats very of the time. other than that. i seen worse Star Trek in the original 1960s to 2004 run.



    Yes compared to the campness of TOS, a few swears and contemporary references isn’t so bad but they feel much more for us the audience than natural elements of late 24th century Earth. Star Trek revolved around a naval ship and staff in the midst of their mission but not even Riker took the odd puff of a vape? Geordi never cursed the engineering deck blind when the core wasn’t doing what he wanted it to do? I suppose when you have a holodeck and near a limitless ability to be wherever you want and whatever you want to be, our vices look utterly tame by comparison.

    I like Picard, I do, and I do hope now that we’re off on the main mission it’ll start to feel more comfortable with itself but I’m poisoned by Discovery. Discovery is the utter nadir of Star Trek, a testement to modern TV writing that when it even begins to take its eye off strong story, strong characterisations and strong motive, it crumbles into itself and shows how lazy the writers can be. Emotion, action and mysterious, vague nothings is not story. Story is story, everything else is decoration.

    Give us a Picard Marooned, go on, strong writing, character moments and plot driven by the surroundings, oh it’d be a real corker. All shows could do with a Marooned.

    We are spoilt, perhaps I shouldn’t complain, but Star Trek and Red Dwarf gave us such wonderful insights into the human condition through the use of setting and ensemble characters. I don’t like to see it all go to waste.

    And don’t get fucking started about Doctor Who.



    there’s a reviewer on youtube who hates First Contact because of the way it messes with the Borg mythos and makes them less faceless, giving them a queen etc. I can see his point, but it’s still 100X more entertaining than the other TNG films IMO. I love First Contact and I’ve never managed to even remember what happens in Insurrection despite seeing it 2 or 3 times over the years. I remember something about a baddie with peeling skin and the characters having to do some long walk over hills with a group of people. But thats it.



    First Contact is seen as one of the better Star Trek movies, and rightly so really. but If First Contact was released today, it would be seen as the creative team ruining Star Trek. alot of the decisions would stir the fanbase crazy. fans would hate that there was a Borg Queen and see it as bad writing. fans would hate Picards desire for revenge seeing it as out of character.

    But since it was released in 1996 among what was a fairly Star Trek busy era with Voyager and DS9. it was just seen as expanding. while today, after the long hiatus, it would be seen as replacing.



    A lot of fans do point to First Contact as the start of ruining the Borg, and really hate the idea of Borg Queen’s and such.

    Picard wanting revenge gets a pass because it’s addressed quite well. It shows he still haven’t fully processed what happened to him and he has some bloody big and well warranted to issues to work through. Which is part of what the film, for him, is about.

    It’s telling that no-one had posted about this week’s Picard yet … myself included.

    It was pretty shit wasn’t it?

    Yet another episode devoted to setting things up and putting a team together. Picard starts a bar crawl and a sword happy Romulan refugee saves him. Picard, the great diplomat specifically went looking for someone capable of slicing the head clean off a Romulan.

    And then finish on a space battle so that you can dangle Seven of Nine in front of us to tempt us back next week because you know the show hasn’t moved anywhere since it started.



    Bar brawl not bar crawl, ffs!!

    If he has started a bar crawl that might have been more interesting



    >A lot of fans do point to First Contact as the start of ruining the Borg, and really hate the idea of Borg Queen’s and such.

    It did not stop them continuing the idea in Voyager. except with First contact the Borg were sorta treated like zombies, once they are beaten they are better off dead. at least according to Picard… while Voyager showed that Borg could be recovered… oopsy Picard.



    Disappointed by this week’s episode. Just as it seemed like we were building some forward momentum at the end of last week, this episode killed all that.

    I really would rather it had been about a bar crawl. That might have at least been entertaining.

    Again, I think this wouldn’t be so bad if it had been released as a Netflix style ‘dump’ of all the episodes at once, as you could have raced through these first four episodes in an evening. But as a weekly show it’s really dragging.


    Ben Saunders

    There are plenty of people who dislike First Contact and how it handles the Borg and Picard, and there are even more people who dislike what Voyager did with the Borg, turning them into a relatively easily defeatable recurring enemy, whereas in their first appearance they were nigh unstoppable. Giving the Borg a queen is arguably necessary to do an entire movie about them, and I thought Picard’s rage was pretty well done, and is (relatively) true to how ptsd works.

    Fuck Picard (the show), I didn’t bother watching the latest episode. Let me know when literally anything happens.



    I’ve just remembered that the fantasy nexus or whatever it was in Generations seemed really similar to Better than Life to me. In fact on first viewing I was reaching for the phone to call Rob and Doug’s lawyers when something happened to make my cry, and it was certainty not something that would have happened on the classic 60s show. I think soon I had “got” what TNG films were and I was soon crying all the time.


    Ben Saunders

    An interesting note with Generations being canon – that means that Picard went back to the vineyard in which his family fucking burned to death horribly to live out his retirement. And he dreams about Data, instead of his brother dying horribly in the house he doubtless had to have repaired and the charred corpses of his family taken away.

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