Tons Of Star Trek Fans Are Hating Picard So Far
The first episode of Star Trek: Picard, the new CBS All Access series reviving several of the characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, has produced an outcry from the franchise’s hardcore fanbase.
The pilot episode, “Remembrance,” only released this Thursday but already, the show has gained a varying and controversial response among viewers. On Rotten Tomatoes, Picard has a remarkable 93% rating from critics and an admirable 81% score from the rest of its audience. But despite this, fans remain fans and some dislike the new tone and direction of the series, pointing to the significant differences from TNG.
That being said, Sir Patrick Stewart had spoken on this very matter prior to the show’s premiere. In approval of the feel of the new project, he stated that the world of TNG was one that felt too benevolent and safeguarded and the universe is not quite so sugarcoated as we might have believed.
Furthermore, one of the personal drives for Stewart in updating the story from its TNG cosmic-view was political. He says Star Trek: Picard was a response to “the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the Federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed?’ Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
So, as much of entertainment has done throughout history, Picard is an ode of social commentary. Even when we look back on Star Trek as a franchise in its entirety, countless plots are prompted by intergalactic politics and the intervention of the Federation. Regardless of Stewart’s caution in advance though, many viewers have already become disgruntled and a slew of fans have voiced their melancholy and distaste for the new series in concise reviews left smoldering at Rotten Tomatoes.
Of course, a further staple of the Star Trek saga has been its philosophical musings. We especially see this in conversations from characters such as Jean-Luc Picard or Mr. Spock. However, in this regard, too, some fans felt cheated.
Despite the mixed feelings from viewers, Star Trek: Picard continues to stream and the second episode will air on January 30th.
Source: Cosmic Book News
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