So on the Twitters, my internet buddy (??) Eddie posted this image, above, and it makes me want to rant about Star Trek and the directions the new shows are taking.
Star Trek has historically been a family show that’s suitable for all members of the family. Little kids, moms, dads, grandparents, weird Uncle Joey. Suitable for everyone. It was always a little cheesy but it was also always beautifully optimistic. Sometimes bad things happened, but overall the show was honestly pretty uplifting.
And then Discovery came out and the people were torn between loving it and hating it. I’m a hater. I think that while it’s great they’ve included gay people, they’ve gone out of their way to make the show flashier and more intense in just about every way possible. Dazzling special effects, and crude language are shoved into your face so hard you choke on them.
People who loved the JJ Abrams interpretation of the more recent Star Trek movies are on board with these new limit-pushing episodes. But for people like me, this isn’t real Star Trek. It’s some flashy, brash imposter who is tarnishing the friendly and welcoming face Star Trek used to have.
Discovery has featured the word “fuck” and the above snippet in the image implies the newest offering, Picard, will also be less family friendly by way of language and possibly other things. I have nothing against the word “fuck.” I say it all the time. I sometimes curse very colorfully… But Star Trek is not the appropriate place to do this. And I refuse to believe that a man as classy and wonderful as Sir Patrick Stewart believes that this is appropriate for the character a lot of us grew up watching with our families.