Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas may be over-hyping the series’ last villain.
You run the risk of ruining something by raising expectations too high. That’s what showrunner Terry Matalas, Star Trek: Picard’s showrunner seems to be doing by hyping up the franchise’s newest villain. The hype has begun when Matalas started talking up who was playing the villain.
Telling fans that the character is going to be played by an actor or actress that we’ve seen a lot of before, just not in Star Trek. That’s pretty big and big enough to get people talking. For some reason, I’m thinking Bryan Cranston. Cranston was in line to be the villain for Star Trek: Beyond for some time, before it became Beyond.
Cranston to Trek is merely speculation on my part, nothing more. Yet, Matalas isn’t just hyping the actor but the portrayal and this is where Matalas may have stepped too far when hyping up the season’s new villain.
Matalas told TrekMovie that this performance is among the all-time greats in franchise history;
"It’s incredibly different from the two seasons before it and features quite possibly, one of the all-time great Star Trek villain performances we’ve seen to-date."
Terry Matalas is over-hyping Star Trek: Picard’s villain and that worries me
There’s something to be said about over-hyping a product, especially one that hasn’t exactly done a great job making fans universally happy. Picard is a divisive show, no amount of crying is going to change the fact that many fans, maybe not a majority, but a lot, don’t like it. Since the third season is trying to cater to the old, lapsed fans more than ever, one has to wonder if the villain is going to be an actor that is around the same age range as those on the crew.
This then makes me wonder if Matalas is over-hyping this because he knows it’s truly great, or if he knows he can sell more people to tune in if they think they’re getting a character portrayal of a lifetime.
Only time will tell, but I for one, am skeptical.