I’m just not super into Picard

So I’ve been watching the new Star Trek: Picard show. It’s fun, I’ll keep watching but I’m not really invested. We’re only 5 episodes in and there’s a lot of “Oh, really?” type of plot elements and McGuffins.

Visual Effects

While it doesn’t bother me a ton as I don’t watch Star Trek: Discovery, using the CGI assets from that show (set some 150 years prior) is funny, and lazy. Surely they could have used some of their holographic interface budget to render more era ‘correct’ shuttles. Heck render up TNG era shuttles, they’d look more reasonable.

Repurposed ST: Discovery Shuttle

I know CGI effects are super cheap to use now relative to even a decade, let alone two or three ago, but I think Picard suffers from the “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should” problem in the effects area.

TNG was flat panels, touch interfaces, holograms that weren’t ubiquitous within a ship. Picard, set a few decades later jumps right to holographic control interfaces everywhere, even things like throttles and flight controls are now hands held out in front of you (Clearly these folks never owned a Nintendo Powerglove) tactile feedback. Holograms like the EMH (and several other E*H) are everywhere in the ship. They’re still crew controllable (Even though Voyager did away with that and it makes sense to not have your doctor be turn-off-able in an emergency, or a murder)

Ship Design

Obviously design aesthetics would change as things evolve. Even the TNG movies featured ships that abandoned the 2 nacelles, saucer, secondary hull design. But now we’re looking at ships like the La Sirena, with no clear nacelles and like a dozen impulse engine exhausts?

Now there’s rampant capitalism?

TNG made a point of being “past the acquisition of things” and “the need for money” etc. Now decades later it’s all C.R.E.A.M. all over. The future of Picard is a dystopian hellscape.


Really? You brought back so many actors, you couldn’t bring back Manu Intiraymi?

I’ll keep watching…

Because it’s fun and moderately funny sci-fi which I love. But much like Discovery, it’s not really ‘my’ kind of Star Trek. That’s ok, it doesn’t have to be, I’m an adult and realize that not everything will be to my liking, and rekindling the love that started when I was in middle school is a tall order.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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