As cheesy as it may sound, the one fictional character I’ve grown to idolize over the years is Jean Luc Picard, from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’s a character who is good and authentic and I guess in an ideal world, he’s the man I’d like to be. With that being said, the character means a lot to me and as much as I was excited about the announcement of Picard, the recent CBS All Access show, I was equally terrified. My main concern was: would they taint my image of this character that I admire?
This concern led me to not watch Picard when it began airing. In fact, I waited till it was completely done airing and I was in the right mood to give it a shot. It’s a bit ridiculous to put so much pressure on a fictional television show to perform, but what can I say, I’ve had some rough spots in my life and I feel like the character and his actions has inspired me more than a time or two.
Last week, I decided to give Picard a go, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t my favorite TV show ever, but I felt like they did the character justice and the performances all around were quite impressive. I was not excited about seeing Picard as a renegade with a new crew, but damn if they didn’t pull it off. The supporting cast was incredible, as was the story.
The themes I pulled away from the show were: -Just because you are broken, doesn’t mean you are useless. -The world is deeply flawed, but there is always a place to do the right and noble thing.
Both of those lessons are very much the type of lessons I’d expect to get from an episode of The Next Generation, and although the show feels nothing like an episode of The Next Gen, I’m happy that the heart of the show was still to be found underneath all the layers of storytelling.
Star Trek fans seem to be incredibly decisive over the series, as they seem to be over every series, but I really enjoy the new versions of Trek like Discovery and Picard. I look forward to seeing what CBS offers up next and I hope the quality continues to improve.