Imagination Connoisseur, James Wallace, complains that the writing in STAR TREK: PICARD is so bad, the show is quickly becoming a “hate watch” for him. That can’t be good.

Hi Rob,

The third episode of STAR TREK: PICARD (ST:PICARD) made things worse.

In the tradition of this series, it seems the teasers are flashbacks to explain why things are the way they are. However, the teaser in the third episode screams of being an additional shoot.

The writing of this scene is very poor and it’s hard to understand why Raffi hates Picard or has issues with him. It’s not his fault. He did what he could. But, she blames him for her eventual dismissal from Starfleet.

Why is she getting fired? It doesn’t make sense.

Plus, all the strange character beats Michelle Hurd goes through makes her acting look pretty bad – it’s not her fault – it’s the writing.

In the latter scenes with Picard – again, it’s hard to understand why Raffi hates Picard so much – it’s so forced of conflict that isn’t needed and inorganic to the narrative. Same with the poor writing of Rios – just tepid. Why is he keeping his injury? Again, doesn’t make sense.

The acting by Santiago Cabrera is abysmal at times when he is acting as his hologram doppelgangers. Why did the director allow him to act the way he did? Are the producers just trying to make the supporting actors look bad to make Patrick Stewart look good?

I like Patrick Stewart and some aspects of the show. However, there are a lot of problems with this show already that make me believe the Midnight’s Edge sources.

Right now, I’m on the verge of hate watching – I’ve already paid for the month so … here’s hoping Jonathan Frakes directs better episodes in 4 and 5 or that Season 2 is better.

– James Wallace