Star Trek: Picard’s Problematic Foundations

Patric Stewart as Jean Luc Picard, sullen action hero. Brent Spiner as dream sequence Data. Isa Briones as the clone that dies, or maybe the clone that lives. Harry Treadaway as a double plus secret Romulan operative.

I’ve been dreading Star Trek: Picard since I first heard it was in the works. I feared it would be a vanity project for a less than gracious actor focusing exclusively on the least engaging member the ST:Next Generation command crew. After two episodes, a heavy reliance on a handful of potentially crippling tropes have not allayed my fears. Here are my biggest worries:
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Winona Nelson

A winged woman with long dark hair soars through the sky. A pale regal woman in dark robes, an elaborate headdress, and bloody hands floats A young man reaches into his reflection in the water, and the reflection reaches back. An enraged vampire -- surrounded by fire -- bares their fangs and raises their blade A slender woman hides her face behind a passive mask, with a wall full of other masks behind her. A slender woman in a flowery dress walks with a large hyena.

Post-Blade Runner Science Fiction Standouts

Angry Kaneda from Akira. An alien? from District 9. Carl Urban as Judge Dredd from Dredd. Rufus Sewell as John Murdoch in Dark City.

Alita’s Terrifying Transhumanism

Rosa Salazar as Alita. Ed Skrein as Zapan. Eiza Gonzalez as Nyssiana. Jackie Earle Haley as Ggrewishka. Rosa Salazar as Alita studies her new hand.

The Teen Titans’ Television Transformation

Brenton Thwaites as Robin / Dick Grayson. Teagan Croft as Raven / Rachel Roth. Anna Diop as Starfire / Kori Anders. Ryan Potter as Beast Boy / Gar Logan.

Anna Christenson

An intense woman in a short blue robe wields a large hooked flail. A woman in formal clothes waves an arm, trailing glowing blue webbing. Wonder Woman stands with sword and shield, large red cape billowing behind her. Buffy Summers lops off a vampires head with a large axe. A woman with long white hair casts a glowing spell. An tattooed archer relaxes with her enormous bow and small shield.

Colossal Tackles Issues Large and Small

Anne Hathaway as a very stressed out Gloria. Jason Sudeikis as a slightly manic Oscar. The Monster.

Stephanie Shimerdla

Newt from Aliens looks out in fear Bioshock's Elizabeth looks worried. A woman with a corset and a robotic arm stands close to a well dressed man.  woman with long dark hair and pointed ears ponders. A young woman summons a creature made of lava.

Marvel Netflix Universe’s Super Humans

Charlie Cox as Daredevil. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Elodie Yung as Electra. Jon Bernthal as The Punisher. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.

Nicole Cardiff

A woman with flaming hair and hands stands ready. An aviator watches blue and yellow dragons soar. A masked woman with elaborate tattoos stands. A cloaked woman with red hair climbs. A masked archer readies her bow.

Chris Seaman

A woman in an ornate dress dances with a large bestial man. A regal tiger stands in noble clothing and wearing an ornate sword. A large fairy with blue hair cradles a wooden boy in her lap. A green frog with an ornate white wig stands in a blue dress. A young woman in plate armor hods a green apple, with small men surrounding her.