I do not think picard is good on balance. I do not see why this story needed to be told.
The main effect of the series, I think, is that it polluted the image of what we once knew as Starfleet and the Federation in TNG.
In TNG, the federation and starfleet were essentially utopian organizations. Without going into much detail, they were presented as not corrupt, and having solved all of the problems earth faces today.
It gave me hope.
Now with picard, there is money, vaping, corruption, and it overwrites all of the things that gave me hope in a different future.
And at the same time is trying to somehow rewrite what the borg are, to humanize or ethicize them.
It is like with Picard they knock out, in very non-obvious ways, a lot of what I loved about the previous series. And they were very selective about what they rewrote and "re-imagined." And if you look at who this is coming from, these are people with political allegiances that they are far from upfront about.
And it comes at a time when Luke Skywalker and Atticus Finch are also being rewritten...by the same people. If you look there are more rewrites of characters and reboots of stories than there are new stories coming out, and for english culture, this is a catastrophe. And for someone like me who writes new characters and stories that have been rejected for no real reason, this strikes me as.....inorganic...intentional. There is a real pattern to it.
So I am suspect of it and I did not like it and could not watch it. On top of this the set design was bonkers, spaceships had vast halls in them without any consideration for space usage. And the vaping, was like, wha? Forced, inorganic, it didnt fit.
Bad sci fi. I prefer the previous picard and I will preserve my image of him.
If you want to compare, really, rewatch the episode "Where Silence has Lease" and "Conspiracy", which age in my opinion very well, and are more entertaining than anything in the reboot.
Full disclosure, I think any writer or producer who is rebooting, remaking, rewriting anything, should be fired and real creative people should be found to replace them, such as myself. I find rebooting culturel offensive and a form of cultural imperialism and cultural programming, and a way of rewriting history.
Our stories and our heroes are not trivial, they are core part of culture, and we should protect them, not let anyone fiddle with them wily nily or because they have money and agenda, which is in my studied estimation, what is going on with the series of Picard, and if you look around you will see a lot of this going on.
And society degenerates and you wonder why.....Picard from TNG would be the first person to point these things out, but sadly he is fictional so it falls upon someone like me.
Someone forward this to patrick stewart plz thx.
(first posted in comment at soylent news here: