Cross-posted from Facebook.
So Iâ€™ve been a Trekker since The Original Series. When I make my fan movie (which will live in the Voyager era) Iâ€™m using the theme from “Star Trek: The Animated Series”. In 1988 I sent storyboards to Paramount describing how the transporter should look in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”. (Voyager ended up with a very close representation of what I suggested but I doubt I had anything to do with it). I love the theme of hope, the better future, and the moving beyond many human failings that were depicted in all incarnationsÂ of Star Trek through â€œEnterpriseâ€.Â
Weâ€™ve been watching â€œStar Trek: Picardâ€. We subscribed to CBS: All Access just to watch. I wanted to love it. I was excited about Picard, Seven, and all that is Star Trek in the 24th century coming back to television. But while some of it feels familiar, Iâ€™m struggling with the swearing, the constant strife, and the use of very 21st century language. Name one place where Kirk said â€œgroovyâ€ or Deanna Troi said â€œradâ€ or â€œgnarlyâ€.Â
Why so much darkness? And don’t get me started on the vaping.
Prior to the 2010s, Star Trek has represented what we should be moving to: humanity getting better, evolving into a more caring species with a thirst for knowledge, exploration, and the betterment of the universe. Poverty, homelessness, the need for money: humans had moved beyond that. The â€œpew pewâ€ was always a last resort. There were bad guys, there always will be, but Star Trek was classy and polished. I was hoping “Star Trek: Picard” would bring that back.Â
Iâ€™m starting to doubt it will do that.Â You can put a fancy label on a cheap wine but sometimes that wine really does belong in a box.
Iâ€™ll finish this season but I hope it takes a turn for a brighter future soon.