Great review. I was interested but don’t have cbs all access so I passed and decided to wait. I had similar misgivings about where this was going give his age and the retrospective theme. The older retired guy looking to fix errors of the past especially where I never remember that many egregious errors from the next generation anyway. They always seemed guided by ethics.Trying this new Picard series with Patrick Stewart. it does not seem like Trek but more like Star Wars in its look. And the idealism of the original series and even Next Generation is gone. I'll admit that this is set some 100 (?) years after Kirk's time, and any human institution can degrade and become corrupt in less time than that; so the notion that Star Fleet is no longer the galaxy's shining exemplar of justice and right, and that Picard himself must atone for horrible mistakes in judgment, is not *impossible*. I'm just not sure this is the right entertainment for me. And it does seem to be taking a while to get really moving: Picard and his hired ship don't leave on their mission until the end of episode 3.
On the other hand, the performances are subtle and stellar from Alison Pill as a cyberneticist and from the "Mother Superior" of the Romulan warrior-nuns (!) (but remember, the Romulans were shown as having a female starship captain long before Star Fleet was). And though Stewart is now some 81 years old, he acquits himself well, and the scripts have not tried to sell him as an action hero still in his prime.
Her scientist here kind of reminds me of Philip Marlowe's narration in Chandler's novel The Lady in the Lake, telling us about a cute receptionist who looked uncertain, "like a new kitten in a house where they don't care about kittens."Nice to see Alison Pill get work and some love. I think she is a terrific actress.
It is very sanitized. Almost too much. It's actually sort of cheesy.The new "All Creatures Great and Small" on PBS.
Not as good as the original from the 70's and 80's, definitely has been "sanitized?" for the Millennial crowd, but superb acting.
It's a great serious if you haven't read the books several times like I have! Siegfried and James are every bit as good as the original series actors, James possibly better. Tristan was perfectly cast in the original, this guy does a good job, but he's trying to fill some huge shoes.
For ME, they just took way too much license from the books. But the scenery IS what I imagine "Darrowby" to look like. Gorgeous filming. Lol, the scenery is like an extra character here, much like the author did in the books.
No, but thanks for the suggestion! We are truly enjoying the Scandinavian noir we have seen recently, and I am sure will get right on this one.Did you watch Deadwind on Netflix. Scandinavian noir at its best.