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Gepard
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 2:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

Why wasn't it Soji who discovered the true nature of the Admonition?

I understand on a plotting level why she didn't, because her position in the story would have made it odd if she hadn't uncovered it sooner than the finale, but on a character level it's clumsy. Soji was supposedly undercover to find out the true reason for the synth ban, and it ended up being Soji who took the lead on calling the ancient synths. It would make sense for her arc for her to be proactive in finding out what Agnes knew.

I had assumed Sutra was added to the story because she would fill the role of the Destroyer and Soji would oppose her, but Sutra ended up being entirely redundant. She went down like a punk and Soji carried on without her.

So...why wasn't it Soji who found out the truth about the Admonition?

PIC has a real problem with the main characters being pushed around and maneuvered by secondary characters (who die as soon as they've served their purpose) and I don't understand it. Soji could have been active and making choices throughout all of this, but instead it played like she got sucked into some sort of cult for one episode before changing her mind based on the power of Yet Another Picard Speechâ„¢. It makes her look really inept, less like a fully-formed character and more like a plot contrivance who does whatever the writers need her to do that week.
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Gepard
Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 2:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

This episode finally crystalized my core problem with Picard as a whole: the main characters are all passive, incurious idiots. Time and again they take information at face value, only for later shocking reveals to undermine what they (and the audience) know, which they *also* take at face value until it happens again. They fail to ask obvious questions and don't follow up on leads or think through anything related to their goals. They're all dumbasses.

It makes for a very frustrating viewing experience because the only characters making decisions, pushing for answers, and driving the story forward are the secondary ones. (Secondary characters who, annoyingly, frequently get killed off after they've served their purpose.) And all so that the writers can drag out one or two basic sci-fi ideas to a 10 episode length. Because if even one character asked a single question about what the hell was going on, the whole premise would fall apart.
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