Science fiction author, TV series writer and producer Marc Scott Zicree, aka Mr. SciFi, has the answers:
22 hours ago
My problem with the season so far is that Star Trek has run out of ideas so now it’s ripping itself off. Too often they fall back on the Mirror universe and the Terran Empire when they get lazy and now they’ve essentially copied that with an alternate timeline and the Confederation of Earth. Putting things in a blender is an apt analogy. Also, Dr. Jurati is acting a lot like Tilly this season.
21 hours ago
I completely agree with you — in Star Trek Discovery, they are trying to please too many people by talking about empathy, kindness, meditation, racial and gender equality without going in-depth. It feels spray-on, as you’ve said — and it feels inauthentic.
16 hours ago
Aside from the dystopia they made Star Trek and the deconstruction of our favorite characters, they’ve thrown out the basic command structure, respect, and decorum that defines Star Fleet. If you want to speak candidly, you do so off duty or in the captain’s ready room unless given the green light by your commanding officer. It’s a workplace as well as a family. Disco likes to have girl power high-fives, constant affirmations and questions about each others’ feelings – like it’s a childish sorority. It’s a Lifetime Channel show draped in Star Trek clothing. There’s no pursuit of science and wonder with deep intellectual discourse. Picard is a Stewart vanity project intended to do something different – so different it’s not Star Trek and we get to bash everything we loved about Picard by making him a flawed character full of shame over his hubris. We’re supposed to recognize that the Picard of TNG was a terrible man, and he’s only gotten worse – along with the Federation which suddenly has devolved by centuries in only decades – using money, people with substance abuses and living in relative poverty… and ugly space ships. lol. (TOS made it a point that cursing was archaic, TNG made it clear that smoking was barbaric – unthinkable behavior from the distant past) Picard Season 2 took a hard course correction for the first couple seasons, but they nerfed The Borg, still found a way to berate Picard and question his command, and we’re all retreading old stories , but with the brand new flair of characters we don’t care a lot about, few technical explanations for things, and a lot of feelings. It’s better – mostly because it hand-waves away most of Season 1 as if it never existed or wasn’t terribly important. The first couple episodes had gorgeous ships, command structure, uniforms, and the respect Picard deserves – being asked to go on a mission, reinstatement as Admiral – and just after giving a speech at the Academy. There are jokes about half the budget being the CGI to remove Stewart’s walker. He has moments where he’s better than others, but he is so tired with his voice straining. I wish the director had done better to capture him at his best. Seriously… just take a day after you get all the other shots in and re-take a few of Stewart’s lines when he’s feeling up to it and get a better take to use where he sounds stronger and more confident than this.
19 hours ago (edited)
I just want new Star Trek to act as escapism once in a while, The constant beating me over head with the current issues is exhausting which is why I rewatch old trek all the time I miss tng Picard.