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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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.

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.

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.

Arne aka Ratscape

A lovely blue woman's face with white white markings, aka Zhaan. Batman holds Catwoman's arm as Catwoman holds a string of pearls. Circa 1967 Rosario Dawson as a Vulcan wearing a blue Starfleet uniform. Jemma Simmons smiles, carrying six blue test tubes with a shield logo visible within the tubes. Spider woman standing tall, with hands on hips.

Futures Past and Beyond the Black Rainbow

Dr. Barry Nyle as portrayed by Michael Rogers. Eva Allan as the young prisoner/patient Elena. A sentionaut stands dormant in a room full of mirrors.

Jean-Paul Mavinga

A small cyborg child sits in a red rock landscape. A shapely woman crawls out of a very small tank. Two children fly though a desolate urban region. A woman with blond hair and a white cowboy hat casually stands. A young woman with a puzzle-cut head stares serenely.

Six Answers from Chris Pritchard

Chris Pritchard

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Dredd

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson Lena Headly as MaMa

Chuck Lukacs

A woman in gauzy white robes floats. A man screams in agony as the background shatters around him. A winged woman with a paper fan prepares to land. A hairless cat woman in a floral hat holds a delicate cup, playing cards at a table. A woman with long black hair and a long black dress hides her face behind a small fan. A woman in an elegant pink dress and pink flowers in her hair sits.