With Star Trek: Picard‘s first season done, and Discovery‘s third likely postponed for COVID-19 reasons, it’s back to the ’90s for me! Specifically, 1996, which excuses the special effects but not the writing.
Good news! The finale is better than last week’s episode!
Season 1 of Star Trek: Picard has come to an end! What a strange, messy show it’s been.
Special guest Sam (@retconning) joins us for the first thirty minutes to discuss Seven of Nine, queer representation throughout Trek‘s history, the heteronormativity of this particular series, and THE HANDHOLDING SCENE (the caps are necessary) in the final thirty seconds of the episode.
Then Liz and Anika talk about…
- golems, squicks and spoilers
- did they … forget … Narek?
- it’s okay, they also forgot that Soji is the female lead
- was the ending too pat? Or do we simply love space politics too much?
- the TNG characters as desserts
- Liz shares her philosophy of parenting with Anika, an Actual Parent
- but seriously, Maddox and Soong are/were THE WORST
- Agnes has come SO FAR and we LOVE HER
In conclusion, Worf is definitely a caramel drizzle and we will not be taking questions at this moment.
It’s the tribute to season 1 TNG that no one wanted or needed!
This week on Star Trek: The Next Generation, the crew beam down to an idyllic paradise whose scantily clad residents harbour a terrible secret.
No, wait! It’s Star Trek: Picard, and any resemblance to season one of TNG is entirely … unfortunate. This week on Antimatter Pod…
- Anika has a shocking confession
- apparently we are meant to consider Bruce Maddox a great loss to humanity? Really?
- how Picard and Batman are quite different
- why is Sutra … like that?
- we have so many questions about the depiction of women’s sexuality in this show, and none of them reflect well on the writers
- this week, in Anika Ships It: Sutra/Narissa!
Soji can have a little genocide, as a treat.
We’re going the full Mass Effect here, guys.
Is it low expectations, Stockholm syndrome, or a genuine upswing in quality? With one glaring, significant exception, “Nepenthe” was an almost perfect episode of Picard, balancing plot and character development with just a smidge of fan service.
Just when I come to terms with the mediocrity of this series, it goes and throws out a good episode!
However, I’m feeling a bit unwell this week, so this post is a bit more cursory than usual.
I’ve started to think that Picard is the new Voyager: the characters are great; the writing is a complete mess; Jeri Ryan turns up halfway through and steals the show.
Which is to say, Star Trek: Picard is terrible, but I kind of love it anyway.
The cracks are beginning to show.