• Jon Matthews

Star Trek: Picard / Jeremy Corbyn: A review.

I’ve been wanting to write a review of Star Trek: Picard since the season one finale was released the other week. I also have the desire to pass comment on Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader, now that it has come to a close. Sure, I could probably write two separate blogs but thought it would be far more fun to combine them.

If you would like a review of Star Trek: Picard please read the black and blue text.

If you would like a comment on Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader please red the black and red text.

A kindly old man whose idealism is often at odds with the universe around him and even the organisation he works for, despite all that he has achieved for them, Jean-Luc Picard/Jeremy Corbyn is largely considered amongst the finest and most successful Starfleet captains/leaders of Her Majesty’s opposition. Star Trek: Picard/Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour movement was intended to be a return to the glory days of the series/party but never quite managed to fulfil its potential.

ST: Picard is concerned with the aftermath of two major events: the death of Data (Star Trek: Nemesis, 2002) and the destruction of Romulus (Star Trek, 2009)/election defeats (2010, 20015), the Labour party sought new leadership. After years as a periphery figure Jean-Luc Picard/Jeremy Corbyn is thrown into the thick of the action, despite his age, in order to deal with a major new threat to the Federation/people of Britain in the shape of a shady cabal of Romulans/Conservative politicians intent on the destruction of all artificial life/the NHS. Unable to rely on Starfleet/most Labour MPs for help, Picard/Corbyn is forced to assemble a rag-tag crew/shadow cabinet – although some familiar old faces do emerge. The building of this new team is time consuming and arguably became too much of a focal point in the early stages of the season/leadership, leaving viewers/voters wanting more attention on other areas. After a slow start, however, things begin to pick up pace with the show/party offering some excellent plot twists/manifesto promises at crucial moments, yet when it comes to a satisfying pay off/election result it doesn’t quite manage it. The cast/shadow cabinet is transient, with some interesting characters failing to stick around for very long, whilst other more annoying individuals seem to become ever-present. Questions are persistently asked about Picard/Corbyn’s stance on artificial life/war and the rescuing of Romulans after the supernova/process of leaving the EU and he faces unceasing accusations of failing to see the bigger picture/appropriately respond to accusations of anti-Semitism.

After a slow and shaky start, with many questions asked about Picard/Corbyn’s capacity to lead; struggles to create a unified team and faced with the difficult task of infiltrating a Romulan occupied Borg cube/a snap election, Picard/Corbyn is successful in rescuing his target/removing a Conservative majority, thanks to a little help from some old allies/new party members. From there things move quickly and Picard/Corbyn is able to inflict a series of significant defeats on his opponents, despite overwhelming odds, in a very captivating period of the series/leadership, up until the last few episodes/months of 2019, where things get tough. The last-minute emergence of a surprise new enemy/Prime Minister, who wants to destroy all life/call a snap election puts Picard/Corbyn in a difficult dilemma. Picard/Corbyn attempts to talk reason, while his crew/election team unsuccessfully spring into action and with the intervention of an old hero/the general public, everything turns out alright/the Conservatives are handed a huge majority, in a rather drawn out and bland conclusion. In short, the show/leadership had a shaky start, an exciting middle and a disappointing end.

Star Trek: Picard/Jeremy Corybn’s leadership has enjoyed a mixed reaction from both the media and fans/the electorate. Some are captivated by the idealism and optimism in the face of adversity that characterises Jean-Luc Picard/Corbyn, whilst others have criticised the inconsistent writing/leadership and the general direction of the show/party. The writing/Labour party has at times been formulaic/unclear and lacking in conviction, often feeling more intent on fan service/appeasing voters and remembering past glories than pushing Star Trek and Picard/the nation forward and answering the big questions. Some references to the past/policies have been captivating and engaging, such as the return of Seven of Nine/a living minimum wage; whilst others have bordered on cheesy, such as Will and Troi’s annoying daughter/abolishing private schools. It is a fine line between remembering the origins and creating something new. A huge cast of characters has passed through the show/shadow cabinet in 10 episodes/5 years. Some have been rich and interesting, whilst others have been dull and treacherous. Some, thankfully, will not return, whilst other departures will be sorely missed. The series/party will move forward with a brand new and deeply varied crew/shadow cabinet, ready for their next mission – most likely concerning the newly emerged Romulan threat/nation’s recovery from coronavirus. How successful will the show/party be going forward? Only time will tell. Either way the future is an exciting/a strange place in a universe/party that has been massively reshaped by Jean-Luc Picard/Jeremy Corbyn.

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