To say Star Trek has not had a good run is an understatement. That became very evident when licensees opted to walk away from Star Trek rather than continue to make merchandise for the flailing Star Trek: Beyond.
Very soon the alternative timeline stewarded by Bad Robot and touched by J.J. Abrams will be coming to an end, but before it does it will launch one last show: Star Trek Picard.
Many fans hoped Picard would be Star Trek’s Mandalorian. Perhaps not the greatest show, but one that delivered Trek Lore set in a Trek World, but this does not appear to be the case according to the Daily Wire.
Both in tone and theme Picard will not be a Star Trek show. It will focus instead on a more pessimistic world where the Federation is wracked by corruption while an isolationist and nationalist sentiment pervades the Federations culture. Star Trek Picard according to its lead star Sir Patrick Steward is aimed to be a direct attack against Trump and Brexit.
“Star Trek: Picard” will have a message for anti-immigrant leaders and global isolationists.”
“Me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed? Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
Making matters worse is the core themes explored will be how humanity with nearly endless resources at its disposal, because that’s how logistics works, refuses to help the refugees from the collapsed Romulan Empire.
As an empire until it collapsed following a super nova destroying its capital planet, Romulus was known for its highly militaristic and xenophobic mentality. A mentality that its citizenry would likely carry on as they migrated into Federation Territory where they – like their analogues Islamic counterparts- would transplant their culture into Federation territory wherever they settled. Followed in short order by the establishment of no go policing zones stemming from their heavily xenophobic mentality.
Exploring the ramifications of incompatible cultures attempting to coexist in the same region and the long term consequences of this merger would make for an interesting and timely show with a message to tell. Sadly the show’s focus and message will be on anti-Trump and anti-Brexit, so expect the Romulans to go from being xenophobic warmongers to innocent victims of their own centralized nationalistic government when the show launches.
Followed by the Star Trek Alternative Universe making the master list.