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Reviewed in Canada on September 17, 2020
Star Trek is something very near and dear to me. I recently discovered Star Trek in the last 3 years, absolutely falling in love with the Deep Space 9, and The Next Generation, and even the original series. That being said, this series feels nothing like Star Trek.
First, the major problem this show runs into immediately is lack of information and poor presentation. Star Trek: Picard plays out on the assumption you have read the supplementary prologue book (I did; it was great!), but does nothing to fill viewers in on the connections. This is most prevalent when discussing Synths, and the Mars incident which hold no water and seem to have no relevance to the plot involving relief for the collapsing Romulan Star Empire.
Secondly, Romulans...Are now just humans with pointy ears. Their pointedly yellow skin is gone, now they're just asians, black guys, white people and every other demographic. They're not aliens anymore. They're human ethnic groups with pointy ears. Their cultural aspects, such as their paranoia and seeking privacy -- that's all gone. Now random romulans just TRUST the Federation media.
Acting....It's wooden. It's really bad. Certain characters are great; like Jean Luc Picard, but the supporting cast delivers their lines with no inflection to their voice and robotically. The first episode is basically an episode of Sir Patrick Stewart acting in a cast full of mannequins who deliver their lines like robots. It's pathetic.
Editting... Makes no sense. Episode 3 is the best example...
So envision this scene:
Guy bashes bottle over dudes head. Gets his ass kicked. Cut.
Woman kicks dude ass coming in through same door guy who got his head smashed in with bottle: gets rifle from guy, shoots him. Cut....
Next guy enters through the same door (3 guys entering from the same doorway; these are apparently special forces), KNOCKS WOMAN ONTO FLOOR WITH RIFLE. CUT.
Close up of special forces guy NO LONGER HOLDING RIFLE. DRAWS KNIFE. CUT.
Woman is standing upright and kicks guys ass. CUT.
What the holy hell am I watching