Not really, it’s a different approach. Discovery is more modern in how it tells stories and what stories it tells, whereas Picard is kind of more traditional in format, but has some weirdly un-Star Trek trappings, which sort of appear out of nowhere. They’re infrequent but brow-furrowing. 90% of the first episodes could have simply been in DS9 though (I mean, if it had a wider setting).
Finished it, and yeah it’s good, not like 10/10 and I think a couple of the “OMG BIG TWIST!” moments will be seen coming by anyone who is following the plot closely (though the shock online suggests otherwise), but that’s fine, because they largely add up, though there is one big question-mark.
Haven’t seen it for years but I remember it being okay, if a bit overwrought, but I think later movies/TV attempting to emulate it and other '80s stuff continued to make their sibling drama more unmotivated and over-the-top to the point where most sibling relationships of '90s or '00s is either pure hatred (which often rings false with the ages/personalities of the kids involved), or pure sweetness (which equally seems false). There’s no complexity or nuance and I feel like '80s stuff was partly responsible for pushing in that direction - if largely accidentally, because the writers understood only the form, not the actual reasons behind it.
Thing is, I don’t think any normal parent would leave a kid who they had seen nearly die to stupidity and needless dangerous behaviour, alone in a massive mansion and gigantic grounds, in winter, letting him wander as he will, when they didn’t have to. And that’s what immediately happens here - the mom starts abandoning him and he goes around doing dangerous stuff. It rings false, and seems like that “fake '80s” thing.
It’s not a Stranger Things-type “Bullshit World” story, though, where people generally behave irrationally and according to the laws of drama, rather than what actual humans do (which made Stranger Things S3 basically unwatchable for me), which is why it sticks out. It is clear the mother just lets him do whatever he wants, but it’s really unclear why she does that. I’ve seen that happen with loud, slightly thuggish or difficult kids, especially bigger ones, but he’s a small, friendly youngest child, who are typically particularly protected (and his brother does behave that way). That no-one comments on this weird dynamic being weird despite it being illustrated repeatedly just highlights it further.
I kind of wonder if in the graphic novels it’s based on there was a reason but they just cut it for space.
(Edit - Aha I see that in the comics the mother is a drunk, like, all the time, so is probably what caused this.)
Yeah it’s fucking weird, and honestly it triggers the fuck out of me because it’s MY childhood and youth that is being erased/taped over by people who are a few years older, and who were teenagers in the late '80s. I mean, sure, 1990, 1991, say were pretty '80s-like, but equally 1988 and onwards were pretty '90s like, and we get stuff which, by the timing of the ages of the characters involved, has to be in mid or late '90s, or even, in this case, the '00s, but people want it to be the 1980s so it somehow still is. At one point (minor spoiler) they find a basement untouched since the early '00s, and there is not a SINGLE trapping of the '90s or '00s in there (but loads of the '70s and '80s), and it’s not a plot point, it’s clearly that they didn’t even consider the actual timeframe they’re working with.
Kind of reminds me how the Vietnam war seemingly ended “just recently” through the whole of the '80s and much of the '90s in US drama. You have stuff from like 2000 where a character is a Vietnam vet, and like, maybe 40 if that, and it’s like, that war ended in 1975, dudes, that was 25 years ago, did he somehow join up and fight for multiple tours of duty at 13 or something?
Yes I wasn’t a huge fan, but that was because Captain Marvel is fundamentally a pretty dull character, just one of an array of Superman-types Marvel (the comic-book company) has never really succeeded at making interesting (also they managed to pick a non-sexist costume, which is good, but they managed to pick a really terminally boring one, rather than synthesizing something cool).
But yes on-point I really appreciated that, because most movies and TV seem to be trying to pretend we basically snapped from 1989 to 9/11/2001 without anything at all happening in-between (despite loving to plaster characters and walls with Nirvana stuff to show they’re “cool”). This despite or perhaps because virtually everything on TV or in movies today has it’s roots in '90s trends.