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#201 MisterPL

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 01:08 PM

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.



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 02:21 PM

The ten episode count was too short for me. A lot of new characters and complex backstory had to be fleshed out (or not). Some things felt rushed and a lot felt unexplored.

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Posted 01 May 2020 - 03:52 PM

One of my predications was that even if there was plot holes or weaker writing... Sir Patick's talent and inclusion would have an elevating effect on the show... so just curious if folks that watched it found that to be true? 

 

I have to tell you that many times I found Picard to just be repeating himself over and over in each episode.  And not in a good way, as what he was repeating was basically "but just trust me we have to do what I'm saying because I'm right and everything will be OK."  There didn't seem to be as much thought put into the dialog as far as proving his point or debating philosophy, it was just relying on everyone to accept that what he was saying was correct and the right thing to do because he was saying it and the show is named after him.  So to answer your question, he did of course elevate it, but not as much as he could have due to poor writing.

 

The only scenes where he actually moved me were with Data.

 

I also really wasn't a fan of the episode with Riker & Troi.  It was slow and boring.  I watched Riker take all day to make a tiny pizza.  They could have spiced that whole reunion up a lot more.  It was much more fun to see him appear for a few seconds of screen time at the end, than in that entire episode.  Troi is pretty boring to begin with, not Marina's fault, just the character, but if they insisted on having her there they should have made her more integral to the plot than performing some brief pop-psychology on a "synth".  As it was it clearly felt like "welp, Riker's here, so Troi must be here too...I guess?"



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 05:41 AM

were they still married?



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 02:15 PM

Riker and Troi are married and seem to have a daughter.

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 08:20 AM

I can understand why there wasn't much in the way of Picard having to constantly explain and debate to every member of his new crew, episode after episode, why they should follow him. First off, it'd be redundant and critics would moan about that. But in the context of the show, most of these people already know Picard well enough to know better.

 

Then there are those who have their own agendas regardless of what he says. Agnes was on a covert mission. Raffi was hitching a ride to see her estranged son. Hell, Elnor was there specifically because he believed it was a lost cause.

 

I was glad to see Riker and Troi were still together and that they had children. Anyone looking for hope in contemporary Star Trek can find it right there. Seeing Troi greet Jean-Luc and then immediately sense his condition... well, let's just say I fully appreciated what Sirtis brought to that scene. I agree with Whirlygig; she could use more material.



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Posted 16 October 2020 - 07:08 AM

I see my local library has a couple copies of Picard S1 now... so I'll finally be able to watch it.






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