Mediocre. That about sums it up.
The finale was let's just say about the worst ending possible for such a hyped-up show, obviously not the worst but for this level of expectation, it was bad. So no Lore no Data really. And that transfer body plant in part 1, yep, predictable it was for Picard. Lame. No transfer body for Data? Lol. So they write that he's dying and he gets to live while Data must die, again. Which was so unnecessary. We already saw him die in Nemesis, fans wanted him to return not see him die again. They had a way to do that. But no.
Lore would have been the perfect mastermind behind it all. Instead, the Soong character was in fact just made up out of convenience like he was there all along. And the tentacles, I actually laughed when that happened. Yep, quick just close the hatch. And the Romulan commander when she keeps repeating, stand by to fire. Very cringe-worthy. Could have done that about 4 times already. And more Orchids which don't seem to do anything but make targets for the Romulan ships.
Finally we get to see some Federation ships. Uh, wait. They're just copy/pasted over and over, same with the Romulan ships. No close up panning shots revealing lots of detail. They couldn't be bothered.
So getting back to the Data scene. We actually see Data growing wrinkles and withering away, that was what they thought TNG fans wanted? To see him die in the flesh so to speak. And confusingly, Data told Picard he didn't want to die, he wanted to live but knowing there was no immortality or something along those lines. OK, perfect. We have a solution for you. Use the synth transfer body. Picard gets to live while Data does not. Why can't Picard just die then? He's lived a lot longer than Data.
Along the lines of convenient plot devices like the Soong character and the transfer body, that repair device with imagination, they've just gone way overboard here. And the synth mind meld, all to say that in Trek universe pretty much anything can happen, not to argue that any of these are not possible, but it's just overdone in the extreme. They've taken the hands on feeling out of Trek, the "science" and replaced it with "fantasy".
The show runners wanted this to be about Picard so it wasn't going to be a return to TNG in form or style. This was a big mistake. I'd say most TNG fans would rather have a bigger cast and a return to episodic format. These were long drawn out episodes with nothing ever much happening leading up to an uninspiring conclusion.
Nemesis, at the end of the movie, left us with hope and promise. It was very uplifting as Picard leaves his ready room or quarters and the music keys up the familiar melody. The B4 is remembering. There's potential there that Data might live on in the B4. And also Picard is eager to get on with the next assignment as Captain of the Enterprise.
And that seems to sum up what's missing with Picard. No Enterprise, no uniform, no Captain. All of that is in the past. Picard is somehow 94 years old now, i don't know how, why couldn't he just be 79 or whatever. So that's my review, just mediocre at best. But overall, a wasted opportunity. Rewatch value? Not sure. That's the problem with these long season long revealing story archs. Long-time Trek fans will probably agree, episodic stories have more rewatch value because there's more variation in each episode. I'd probably watch it at least once more. Now Discovery, I've seen once and I think that is enough. I'll probably never watch it again. I rank Picard above Discovery. But they're both at the bottom of my list.
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