According to Chabon, Stewart showed up for a few weeks to brainstorm with the writers to get ideas flowing.
Stewart has a "just send me a picture of the check!" threshold when it comes to signing on to stuff, just like the rest of us.
Stewart is also responsible for Dune Buggy Picard. I'm not convinced he has a good feel for what made the character great. Or perhaps he does, and doesn't give a shit.
And Michael Chabon wrote the best episode of Star Trek in 15 years.
I subscribe to the theory of Trek (which someone else developed, I forget who but I read it here) that TNG is an aberration in its own universe. Like, all the values we believe are Federation values-peaceful exploration, evolved sensibilities, ethical obligations, etc.--were only ever true on Picard's ship. The entire rest of the Federation were rotten hypocrites, and the episodes read that way convincingly.
Think of every conflict Picard & crew has with other humans: remember the time when the Federation put Data on trial to prove he was property? I've lost count of how many times an admiral was secretly supplying rebels somewhere with arms. Everyone else is violating the prime directive like it's going out of style, and Picard is the only one wringing his hands. I seem to recall an episode of Voyager where they encounter another Federation vessel trying to get home, and they were like, "oh yeah we committed a bunch of genocide on some aliens because it made our engine faster, nbd."
DS9 is less "Trek" but in my reading more true to the actual Federation. The Enterprise is the USS Lollipop. Meanwhile everyone else in the universe gets their hands dirty.
That voice sounds really familiar; who is it?
The point of Star Trek - and frankly most sci-fi - is to explore what happens after we get our current, known, unbelievably shitty problems as a species squared away.
SCANDALE !!!! Dans le trailer de Star Trek : Picard, le vin "Chateau Picard" indiqué "Bourgogne" est dans une bouteille de Bordeaux.
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