I’m trying to watch Star Trek: Picard season 3 but it’s a struggle. Star Trek: Picard Can’t Even Get Nostalgia Right.
I love Star Trek, especially The Next Generation, so when it was announced a few years ago that we were going to get a spin-off, I was excited. One episode into season 1 of Picard and I was sorely disappointed.
Now, after 2 seasons, we are in the middle of the third and final season, and nothing has improved. Okay, not nothing. The show is leaning heavily on nostalgia for The Next Generation, which is nice, sure, but that still doesn’t make it good.
The cold open for Season 3, episode 1 is Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden). The fans are excited – we’re getting more OG characters! I learnt from season 1 not to get excited too quickly and here is why: despite seeing our old favourites on the screen one more time, the writers of this show just don’t know how to stick the landing.
Season 1 looked like it was going to be interesting. We were set up with strange visions of Data (Brent Spiner) which were intriguing, and a conflict between two opposing philosophical ideas about artificial intelligence. It was not a bad premise – but that’s all it was, an idea, and it never got explored in a way that anyone could follow.
Sure, we got to see Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) travelling the stars once again, with a few other familiar faces, and that was a cool experience, but it was all soured by the fact that the show was dull. The pacing was off, the characters were flat, and even Patrick Stewart couldn’t make his lines sound good!
Three seasons into this show and all we’re seeing is the same mistakes again: cool premise, bringing back old characters we all want to see in new stories, but a dull and overly-complex plot.
I want to like this show, I want to love this show! But no matter how much I try to sit back and let the narrative sweep me away, I’m just painfully bored.