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Old 03-27-2020, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Star Trek: Picard has been the perfect balm for coronavirus anxiety

https://www.salon.com/2020/03/26/sta...finale-review/

"Lately when people ask me what they should be watching, my first response is Star Trek: Picard," says Melanie McFarland. "This is true even and especially if said question is couched in a few qualifiers, as in: 'Give me something smart and optimistic, thoughtful, and not too heavy.' For my money, Picard ticks all of those boxes, an opinion that might seem odd to those watching its 10-episode first season. Understandable, given the context of Jean-Luc Picard's return to series television (and Sir Patrick Stewart's resumption of the role). Season 1's prime adventure is steeped in themes of corruption, xenophobia, conspiracy, and ethnic cleansing. How on Earth could a story like that be thought of as optimistic? My husband asked me this the other day, and had he posed that question a few weeks and episodes ago, I would have given him a different answer. But my response was, 'Because it's in the future. Because it posits that humanity has a future." To the housebound person witnessing the escalation of a pandemic, this should be comforting. Gene Roddenberry's vision is predicated on the notion that humanity will survive, and not only that, we'll evolve."

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