Picard is what Generations could have been.
Instead of forcing the Next Gen cast into theaters prematurely, they should have learned that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But no, they thought it was simple as putting the TV cast in a film and everything would be super.
Any problems Star Trek: The Motion Picture had were forgiven at the time because it had been ten years since we'd seen these characters in live-action. It wasn't just the first Star Trek film, it was a reunion for fans and their favorite characters.
There's been even more pent-up demand for Picard & company since the dumpster fire that was Nemesis. Yes, a performer of Stewart's caliber has always been an asset, regardless of the material. But a significant part of the success of Picard has to do with fans simply missing seeing these characters on screen. I'm just glad it wasn't a feature film because I still strongly believe Trek's home is episodic television, not film.