Star Trek: The Rise of Picard
The first film I ever saw was Halloween 2, I must have been about 7 years old. I can still remember my mum and sister absolutely crapping themselves, whilst I just laughed my arse off at them, reminding them it was only a film. A friend of the family owned a video store and from that day on, 18s, horrors and even the banned video nasties found their way to our home. I lapped up ALL of it.
So, by the time Aliens came out in the summer of 1997, there was no way an 18 certificate was going to stop me watching it. And watch it I did, again and again and again. As far as I’m concerned it’s mostly the best movie ever made, mostly.
I’m also a massive Star Wars fan, it’s definitely my favourite franchise, but as I sit here in a mancave covered wall to wall in action figures, I can comfortably admit that the Disney trilogy is monumental failure in the hearts and minds of those who grew up watching the originals.
Ok, so what the hell does any of this have to with Picard?
Episode 1 isn’t ground breaking, amazing, nor revolutionary. It’s not going to win any accolades and it’s certainly not the best Episode of Star Trek ever (Captain Janeway’s ‘Voyager: Endgame’ takes that prize), but it sets the tone nicely for an upcoming adventure and has reeled me in enough to be excited for Episode 2.
If it continues on its current trajectory, Star Trek is going to win over everyone sick to the back teeth of whatever the hell Disney and the BBC’s Doctor Who are trying (failing) to achieve with their agenda laden, politically correct bollocks aimed at (conditioning) children.
Much like Aliens, Picard will be enjoyed by both adults and children and could be loved forever. No sonic-based gimmicks, no forced attempts to win over minorities, no shoe horning in fashionable ideologies that have nothing to with the story to impress, err, whoever the hell it is that is impressed by that crap and most importantly, no complaints from me.
Strong female lead? Check. The hero we know and love returning? Check. A modernised version of a format we already adore? Check.
You don’t have to dumb down good sci-fi for children to love it. You can create characters young girls can look up to without killing off or replacing the male leads. Prime have just proved it and I can’t wait for Isa Briones’ Soji Asher to join the ranks of Ripley and Janeway in Sci-Fi’s hall of fame.
Picard’s back baby, engage.