Wow This Looks Cheap

Wow This Looks Cheap

The trailer for the new season of Picard has dropped…





I don’t watch Kurtzman Trek. A few YouTube masochists do so, but I don’t see the point myself.

It’s not meant to be entertainment at all.  It’s certainly not meant to be a Star Trek and it is absolutely not for Star Trek fans. The purpose of Kurtzman Trek is to raise Alex Kurtzman’s status within The Club and enrich himself personally while providing a content farm for Viacom.  Forget storytelling, forget entertainment.

Content is all that Kurtzman Trek is.  

You know it’s not being watched.

I know It’s not being watched.

And Alex Kurtzman knows it’s not being watched.  

Being watched, let alone enjoyed, is not the objective here.  The objective is simply to produce anything, and I mean anything at all, on someone else’s dime and then stuffing it into the Paramount + streaming library. 

What little narrative thought that goes into Kurtzman Trek is geared towards pleasing The Club. That is where the Woke storylines come from. That is why they are there. He makes certain that what little plot his shows have, are all saying the things The Club wants said.

The Club (in case you are wondering) are the great-grandchildren of the men who started Hollywood at the start of the 20th century. Red blood has long since run thin, but this cabal has managed to stay in power in Tinseltown by looking after each other’s interests. And keeping everyone else out of The Club, except for the chosen few who rise to the very top.  

Alex Kurtzman is not a member of The Club but he enjoys their protection.  He knows his place and serves their interests.  

Paramount is in terrible shape.  Most of the other studios have alternative means of income or are owned by MegaHuge Corp Int.  Paramount, however, is owned by ViacomCBS.  While they have decent revenue, their capital outflow is slightly larger, so they are bleeding to death.  Their stock price was inflated after the Biden bailout checks went out, but then it crashed again.  Except for Star Trek and Transformers, the only franchises Paramount owns are things like The Bad News Bears, Crocodile Dundee and Paranormal Activity.   There are a few individual films that look promising but Top Gun for instance, is NOT a franchise.

But that doesn’t matter so long as content can be provided on the super-cheap, and super cheap means someone besides Paramount is paying for it.

At first it was Netflix, and boy did their lawyers screwup.  Kurtzman’s lawyers had some kind of trap in waiting with regards to early cancelation.  The Big Red N went to the cleaners in arbitration when they told Kurtzman STD was canceled and they weren’t paying for any more of it.  Netflix has however, given Star Trek in all its forms the final finger of farewell.  Although, it says a lot about what Kurtzman Trek has done for the franchise’s popularity that at the end of September Netflix is done streaming Star Trek in all of its iterations after ten years of consistent renewel.

Then it was Amazon’s turn to pay for Star Trek’s production in exchange for foreign rights. And Bezos clearly had better lawyers because when Secret Hideout slunk away from the negotiating table that was the end of it.

Now it’s Playmates Toys that are footing the bill and it doesn’t look like they are paying much for their Trek. The costuming is what had me laughing the hardest.  I have never (outside of George Lucas film) seen costuming so blatantly designed with the toy market in mind.  Most of this season of Picard appears to take place in the early 21st century, a period of time when you don’t have to spend a lot of money on sets and costuming.  These costumes look so much the Mego Star Trek toys from the Seventies that I’m honestly of the opinion that the show’s costumes were designed by Playmates and they just told Kurtzman, “this is what you WILL use.”

And Alex Kurtzman had no objection whatsoever so long as the check cleared.  He’s not trying make anything good, he’s just producing content and calling it Star Trek.

Okay, I’m done here.

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Comments (17)

  • Chris Lopes Reply

    “Most of this season of Picard appears to take place in the early 21st century”

    Wait a minute! Are you saying they are FINALLY going to do a time travel story?! Holy new frontier batman! This is probably the most innovative thing they’ve ever done! It can’t lose!

    September 14, 2021 at 12:40 am
  • Cloudbuster Reply

    Patrick Steward/Picard are starting to look more and more like Biden — lost, confused, frightened, unable to keep up with what’s going on around him.

    September 14, 2021 at 1:39 am
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    It’s certainly not meant to be a Star Trek and it is absolutely not for Star Trek fans.
    of course not, they have far more “important” things to do with STP.
    but, as i’ve pointed out before to Doomcock, at a fundamental level the “pop culture wars” are near pointless and are certainly infantile ( because of the Leftists smearing poop all over everything if for no other reason ). PCWs are the quintessential 1st world problem, a frivolous problem for a frivolous people.
    IF the primary ties which “bind” you to a society are your emotional attachments to Star Wars ( released 1977 ) or Star Trek ( 1st episode from 1966 ) or Doctor Who ( 1963 )
    THEN you have no fundamental attachment to the US / UK or their history or the relevant Laws or Constitution or any other REAL aspect of culture or society or nation to which those labels are applied. your foundation is no more solid than the Marxist buffoons running around trying to change the world. but at least they are trying to change the world.
    so bob, i hear you ask, why aren’t you doing something about this foolishness and fooforaw instead of just criticizing the people who are actually trying to do something?
    well enough. allow me to make a recommendation about which i have NO RESERVATIONS WHATSOEVER. the only caveat being, that it’s not “pop culture” in any way:
    Free Burma Rangers
    notice the bandage on his left arm? Dave Eubank had just been shot earlier that week. he’s charging into an open field with his only cover being the tank and smoke being dropped by CAS. in this op his translator will die and his driver will be shot 8 times because they followed him, trying to save wounded men, women and children trapped behind a low wall in Mosul, Iraq.
    and they succeed. and that’s the smallest tip of the iceberg here.
    this is a “story” worth observing, worth considering and worth showing to those you know. this is about people doing their best to change the world for Christ.

    September 14, 2021 at 2:21 am
  • Wazdaka Reply

    Star trek – exploring the final frontier

    Picard – let’s go home

    September 14, 2021 at 3:06 am
  • Dave W. Reply

    Ye Gods. That trailer has “dumpster fire” written all over it.

    September 14, 2021 at 5:44 am
    • WOPR Reply

      Let’s not go disrespecting dumpster fires now. A dumpster fire knows what its purpose is.

      September 14, 2021 at 3:39 pm
  • Bryce Reply

    Yes Picard…you ARE too old for this Bullsh…

    September 14, 2021 at 6:50 am
  • Pete Reply

    Let me guess: The black woman will be racially profiled by 21st century police, and the person in charge of the rising totalitarian state will be a Trumpist-type?

    September 14, 2021 at 12:31 pm
  • Herman Sheeple Reply

    My question is why have Picard & STD (Ain’t that the truth) have been renewed in the first place. STD was the lowest rated show on CBS last year yet the most expensive show to produce (correct me if I am wrong). Playmates Toys are going to lose their shirts if they think anyone is going to buy plastic crap based on these to failed franchises. Kurtzman and Secret Hideout have all but destroyed Star Trek as a franchise yet they keep cashing in. Patrick Stewart has destroyed his own legacy and will now be remembered as a greedy old sniveling fool… why ? Does Patrick Stewart believe his Globalist buddies will make him a hero in their warped sick delusional utopia that will never be ? Man these fools are stupid ! 🤣 Love watching them lose their money. 🤣

    September 14, 2021 at 3:26 pm
    • Vizzini Reply

      Same reason Batwoman is getting a third season despite being one of the most unpopular series ever. It’s not about the money, it’s about the propaganda.

      September 14, 2021 at 5:58 pm
      • Taignobias Reply

        Batwoman continues because they have a dedicated fanbase.

        That fanbase being jLongbone and the longmen at EFAP. That’s, like, 5 whole people who eagerly await the absurdity that is Batwoman.

        September 15, 2021 at 12:39 am
  • Fractal Rabbit Reply

    Is Picard going to bring humpback whales back to the future, too?

    September 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm
    • Star Tripper Reply

      Yeah, that was my thought also. They won’t even have a fricking whale in the hold.

      September 14, 2021 at 10:18 pm
  • Ty Ping Reply

    I see that 7 of 9….er, Jeri Ryan is picking up a check for being on the show. Gotta pay bills, I suppose. I never really got into Voyager. I was just never FanBoi enough, I suspect.
    And it appears that John Delancey was talked into being Q…again… Enough with the Q. Those are not good episodes.
    I hate the fan service things like future people being able to IMMEDIATELY being able to drive a manual transmission automobile at dangerous speeds simply because they can fly star ships, too. It makes me want to throw bricks at the screen. Give me a break.

    September 14, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    • Moonglum Reply

      Archer and T’Pol had this situation in the ‘Carpenter Street’ episode of Enterprise having traveled to 2004 Detroit the captain broke into a pick-up truck on the street at night and started figuring out the controls. T’Pol asked if he knew how to operate it – his response was ‘I pilot a starship’!

      At least Tom Parris in Voyager was an amateur student of 20th century internal combustion so when he had to drive a truck in 1996 Santa Monica he really knew how.

      September 15, 2021 at 12:04 pm
  • jorgen Reply

    In black he looks more like Professor X after he retires.

    September 15, 2021 at 2:45 am
  • Codex Reply

    @Hernan Sheeple:

    Money laundering?

    September 16, 2021 at 7:39 am

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