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js82
Thu, Mar 26, 2020, 4:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: PIC S1: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

What happened to the compelling human drama of Star Trek? Stories like "Duet" from Ds9, that made you understand the horror and meaning behind genocide. Or like "Darmok," that have unspeakably beautiful moments about the wonder and awe of encountering new species, like when Picard recounts mythology to the alien in an attempt to use his language and metaphor. Science fiction, at its best, about the sublimity of discovery. I wanted this series to exemplify these principles, because Picard, at his core, values curiosity, patience, and exploration. For so many people, Picard has been a role model in these virtues - something our society needs - especially when we fail to find these same values in our leaders. This series has done none of that. Where it should be quiet, it is brash; where it should have been patient, it rushes through stories pointlessly; where it should have demonstrated sincerity, it is silly. The writers are not treating the characters with any sense of grace or respect. I had heard an alternate story had been Picard in his vineyard. How much more relevant drama would we have had if we had seen Beverly come over for dinner with - say - her husband and seen the regret in Picard's eyes? Or if we watched Picard struggling about whether to go off into space and leaving his caretakers behind? There is so much lost potential, so much power in Picard's story that is squandered here. What a disappointment. I hope the writers are more thoughtful in the following season. Look to current dramas like Better Call Saul who show great respect and humanity in their characters. Look back to DS9 or TNG - not to recycle those plots - but to see how much love the writers had for the characters they created.
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