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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Some Good Things Return: Initial thoughts on Star Trek: Picard series finale

Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher--Paramount+ publicity photo.

Re: Star Trek: Picard series finale--I am verklempt. While this third and final season wasn't perfect, in terms of overall story, scripting, characterization, and execution, it stands far above the show's first two seasons. Much of this final outing's success is, certainly, based in nostalgia; but given my love of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I fully admit my objectivity could be somewhat compromised. 

MVP for this season: Gates McFadden. She was underused in TNG and the TNG films, and I'm so glad she had a meatier part this season. Beverly was a badass in season three, and McFadden gave the character all she had. It was lovely to see. Honourable mention goes to Jonathan Frakes, for being so warm and genuine. 

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