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When I heard it was about the Borg my expectations dropped massively, because that's the enemy that gives the writers and producers the biggest licence to make it about explosions and brainless action. Then I watched the trailer which appears to have some kind of blue tinged Borg cube in it, and lots of silly karate kicks; none of this changed my initial impressions for the better. I'm predicting lots of overacting and melodrama, just like Discovery, and some kind of "nano-Borg" or Borg evolution type plot. Borg 2.0! And much like Web 2.0, it will probably be really popular, but ultimately quite vapid and completely miss the point of the original thing. Checking the comments on the trailer was uniquely depressing, as most people still haven't wised up to the fact that Star Trek's been MIA for some time now, and the only dissenting opinions were coming from anti-SJW types whose only exposure to Star Trek seems to have been Picard Tommy Gunning a Borg that one time. But maybe not even that because there was a black lady stood right next to him. Maybe they just saw the .gif version, I think she's cropped out in that.
My favourite episode in all of TNG would probably be "I, Borg", because there's a lot of soul-searching, contrasting opinions and ambiguity. This new series looks like it could be borrowing elements from that, what with the girl who's both Hanna and the last pregnant woman from Children of Men, and maybe she's a kind of super-Borg or something, but I don't expect to be as thoughtful, exciting or dramatic as any of those things I mentioned. Picard himself looks like he could be a bit tacked on, relegated to saying "engage" and highlighting other TNG references, and I'm not especially looking forward to seeing Patrick Stewart act alongside a cast of LA yahoos whose characters are written with the emotional maturity of twelve year olds. People don't act like grown-ups with genuine personalities in too many TV shows right now, something that's going to stick out all the more in a world where humanity is supposed to be far closer to its apex than it is today. There ain't no Judge Rinder in the 24th century.
I know this post has more negativity than a suicide note, but I will watch the show with an open mind and hope for the best. I'm just so tired of seeing the same things in films and shows, and I don't just mean Star Trek media. Same spaceships, same sound design, same superheroes, same constumes; it's all so familiar to begin with and then some dafty exec decides test audiences will like it more if it's more like x and y. The cinematic universes are colliding and forming a cinematic stew! Someone call Jean-Luc out of retirement! Oh, wait.