Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, is willing to give Star Trek a little slack for inconsistencies over 40 years and 700+ episodes. But he’s having some problems with the wild inconsistencies from the writers of PICARD and DISCOVERY.
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Hi Rob and the PGS,
No doubt, you have been getting a lot of letters about STAR TREK: PICARD (ST:PICARD), I am sure that is not going to end once the season over. I just want to get my 2 cents in on this show so far.
I enjoyed the first episode, but to me it still was not true Star Trek – even if it was better than anything that has officially come out in the last 15 years. Then we got the second episode and any hope of this show being good went out the windows for me.
I can get past the CW storytelling style, the producers are trying to get the “Normie” watching. Maybe not being on CBS AllAccess would help with that.
Hell, I can even get past seeing the “Disco-prise” in Starfleet HQ.
Star Trek has done retcons before. Look at the Klingons for example. When we first saw them in Star Trek, they were flat-headed with sashes and goatees. Then we got STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (ST:TMP) and the look was changed due to the production now having the budget for the Klingons to look like aliens. This looked carried on through the other films and TV shows until 2005.
For me, when I first saw the new look of the Klingons in ST:TMP, I just thought: “Okay, the Klingons have always looked this way even in STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (ST:TOS).” (I knew the real reason why they didn’t on screen as I have already stated.)
Then we got the great STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (ST:DS9) episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”, in which the DS9 crew goes back in time to Station K-7 and the crew are looking for Lucsly before they can return to their own time.
While in the bar, Worf has his forehead covered to hide that he is a Klingon, and he is having a drink with Odo, Bashir & O’Brien. A bunch of Klingons walk in, the following conversation take place:
Doctor Bashir: [about the appearance of early Klingons] Those are Klingons?
Odo: Mister Worf?
Worf: They are Klingons, and it is a long story.
O’Brien: What happened? Some kind genetic engineering?
Doctor Bashir: A viral mutation?
Worf: We do not discuss it with outsiders.
So now Klingons where flatheaded in Kirk day and we won’t get an explanation why they changed. I could live with that, until prequel show ENTERPRISE (ST:ENT) came along and Klingons had the bumpy heads again.
No doubt I was not the only one who went “WTF”, that made no sense.
But thankfully, Manny Coto or someone else was thinking the same thing and they gave us a three-part story that explained why the Klingons went from bumpy heads to flat heads and back to bumpy again.
As for the look of the Klingons in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (ST:DISC), I don’t think that we will ever get an explanation that will fit with canon and like many retcons coming out of ST:DISC I hate.
Sorry, that was bit of a long-winded way to explain why I can get past seeing the Disco-prise. (I like you still think it should have been Matt Jeffries Original design.) But the one thing I can’t get past is the science in this show.
What’s with taking a non-biological neuron and cloning it to make a human-android hybrid. No-one except for Data’s creator has been able to make a positronic brain work properly – and that includes Data, himself. This just does not make any sense, but for augment’s sake, let’s say Maddox has been able to create one that works.
That still does not explain this human-android hybrid. And where did the biological material come from to make both girls look like a painting Data painted at some point of Season 7 of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (ST:TNG)?
Then you got an Irish, Romulan lady using some sort of device that can use particles in the room to view a past event, with sound. I sorry how does that work?
First of all, the room is not in a vacuum, so the air and particles inside it will move, I doubt the windows and door are airtight. Open any window or door and vent the room out will blow away these so-called particles very quickly.
She also mentioned that this super-secret Romulan agency used something that can be very toxic if not used correctly to get rid of these so-called particles. So, what if something had gone wrong when they were erasing these particles?
What would have happened to the other residents that lived in the apartment building? Would they not become very suspicious if something toxic was leaking in their building (assuming it did not kill them first)?
Anyway, they used this toxic substance and erased the particles. Should it not have gotten rid of all of them? Not just the ones when the Kill Squad beamed in?
So how was she able to see Dahji and her boyfriend just before the Kill Squad entered?
Once again not making any sense and visuals contradicting the dialogue. This science is not based on anything real. And that is my biggest issue.
At least from ST:TOS right up to ST:ENT, the science had a foundation of realism to it, weather it was based on real science fact or theory. Yes, there was some made up science like the transporter and warp drive … but how they worked was thought out – and the shows had science advisors on hand to give them verisimilitude.
Even the technobabble had verisimilitude.
But with ST:PICARD, none of it seem real and it come across as magic. Even the technobabble comes across as gibberish.
Why aren’t the writers asking these questions? How many re-writes have the scripts had? I know Ira Steven Behr has stated that scripts written for ST:TNG and ST:DS9 went through three to six rewrites before becoming shooting scripts.
But what we are seeing on ST:PICARD looks like the first draft.
Do the producers of ST:DISC and ST:PICARD think the audience won’t ask these question and are a bunch of idiots? Right now, that seems to be the case. And if it is, then they sure don’t known their core audience.
– Dean M.