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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