Star Trek: Picard made Jean-Luc Picard into a robot, but no one can explain why it happened.
If you’re over the season one finale of Star Trek: Picard, more power to you but there’s a good majority of us that don’t understand how the series could have gone in the direction it did. For those unfamiliar with the ending, let’s talk about it. The ending of Picard saw Jean-Luc die due to his illness and then get downloaded into a “synthetic body” that will die of natural causes later on.
Yup, Picard got downloaded into an Apple iSynth, and doesn’t even get immortality out of it. Talk about a jiff. The whole “Picard is a robot” now the concept has all but ruined Picard the franchise for me and others. Some people really like it, that’s cool. I don’t. That’s cool too.
Making Picard a robot was just a dumb, stupid, and unnecessary move that was done for the sake of shock value and nothing more. A most un-Star Trek move. The worst part about doing something so major to an iconic character is that the writers never followed up with it. It didn’t change the status quo, it didn’t give us a new character. It didn’t do anything.
It just sucked.
Star Trek: Picard has seemingly abandoned the android body gimmick
Frankly, we’re surprised that the following season and the upcoming trailer for season three, have not done a better job of bringing up this major aspect of Picard. He’s a literal robot, with more in common with Data than he is anyone else. Yet, we hardly hear about it, outside of some throwaway dialogue from Cristobal Rios, which all but confirmed that the writers had no clue what to do with Jean-Robo Picard.
If they did something with Picard where he was no longer emotional, or that he was actually a completely different character; then that would’ve been cool. Heck, turn him into a superhero (no capes), and have him use his super-strength to beat up baddies.
Do something, anything with this character change outside of “yeah, he’s going to die of natural causes in a few years, even though he’s a robot.”
Dare I say, this is a dumber plot than Voyager’s “Threshold” and we only had to deal with that in one episode, not two entire seasons worth of stories.