Subject: Picard is back
Posted on: 2020-01-10 17:04:25 UTC
In case anyone hasn't heard the news yet, Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek. As Picard. What I am aware of so far is that it will be about Picard after his retirement, and it deals with Data's death and a refugee crisis in the aftermath of the destruction of the Romulus, in a Federation that's taken a bit of an isolationist turn. It's not going to be like TNG.
I would like to take a moment to pre-emptively address the inevitable complaints about the politicization of Star Trek. And by address, I mean laugh at. Because that ship sailed in 1966, and Gene Roddenberry was on board. Star Trek has always been political, and it could only be more political if Ian M. Banks was in the writing room.
Having said that I am... cautiously optimistic for this new series. Optimistic because Patrick Stewart is very enthusiastic and actively involved in production, cautious because Star Trek. STD was getting a very mixed reception, and the added baggage of something being Star Trek and having that legacy can have negative effects on production in and of itself. But all we can do is wait and see.
People who are actually paying for CBS All Access, please let me know how it is.