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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Mr Robot’s Fantastic World of Science Fact

Rami Malek as Elliot. Portia Doubleday as Angela. Christian Slater as Mr. Robot. Portia Doubleday as Angela and Carly Chaikin as Darlene. Martin Wallström as Tyrell.

9’s Precocious Puppets Persevere in Post-Apocalyptic Purgatory

The sackcloth simulacrum superstar of the movie 9. 9 faces off against the many-armed red-eyed machine. Two of the stitchpunk heroes from the movie 9.

Investing in War, Inc.

John Cusack as the battle weary hit man. Marisa Tomei as the determined reporter.

Catching up to the Apocalypse and Southland Tales

Dwayne Johnson as Boxer Santaros / Jericho Cane. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Krysta Now / Krysta Lynn Kapowski. Seann William Scott as Private Roland Taverner / Officer Ronald Taverner. Justin Timberlake as Private Pilot Abilene.

Jericho Ends With a Bang… Again!

Terror and Triumph Beget Children of Men

Clive Owen as Theo and Claire-Hope Ashitey as Kee. Clive Owen as Theo. Julianne Moore as Julian. Claire-Hope Ashitey as Kee. Michael Caine as Jasper.

A Scanner Darkly’s Timeless Dystopia

Keanu Reeves as Bob Arctor discovers a field of blue flowers. Rory Cochrane as Charles Freck looking particularly disturbed.

Daryl Mandryk

V For Vendetta Voices Our Fears

Hugo Weaving as the enigmatic vigilante known only as V. Natalie Portman as an idealistic citizen in a burgeoning police state. John Hurt as the charismatic dictator.

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

A disassembled gynoid and a basset hound. Batou is surrounded by the images of flapping birds. A closeup of one pale gynoid -- a female robot -- with others in the distance. A robotic geisha with an open chest cavity.