Star Trek: Picard

TV review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Return of beloved sci-fi captain has adventure, violence.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 16+

Grisly Violence and Loathsome "Hero" Characters

Nope, nope, nope. I grew up watching Star Trek with my family, and I watch the classic shows with my kids. This show is absolutely inappropriate for kids under, say 16, in my opinion. If it were in a movie theater, it would probably land somewhere between PG-13 and R. First, the violence. Every single episode features someone getting murdered. Sometimes it's a good guy (as in the pilot), some times it's a bad guy (as in practically every other episode). The "hero" characters are loathsome. We have Elnor, a psychopathic murderer who decapitates people and slits their throats, and is never shown suffering any consequences or even displaying emotional responses to this. We have Seven of Nine, whose beautiful journey to reclaim her humanity has ended in her being a violent revenge killer who guns down defenseless people. Agnes Jurati murders her lover after seeing a montage video of stock footage depicting a future dystopia. Cristobal Rios is a drunk who covered up the murders of and death by suicide of his former captain. Raffi Musiker is a drunk and drug addict who abandoned her child. Soji is an android who becomes a genocidal maniac willing to kill every humanoid in the galaxy because.... well I don't really know why. And these are the *heroes.* For villains we have incestuous Romulans who murder with abandon, and foul-mouthed Starfleet admirals who enable them. The violence is gory, with one beloved franchise character having his eye visibly pulled out of its socket on screen while screaming in agony. This in addition to the aforementioned decapitations and throat cuttings. The swearing is omnipresent, up to and including the F-bomb, which is uttered by Starfleet personnel. The story is incoherent, with themes mentioned and then dropped in favor of a big dumb action arc that ultimately goes nowhere. So not only is it inappropriate for children, but it's bad TV to boot. The second season has started to some improvement, with about 50% fewer murders and no f-words yet, though the hero characters have ramped up their 2nd tier profanity. The story is somewhat more coherent, with fewer blind alleys in the plot. Let me put it this way: if you don't let your kids watch something like "Total Recall" or "Terminator 2" yet, then Picard isn't for you. And those are vastly better-told stories.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
8 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Sucks. Not true Star Trek flavor.

Sadistic, nihilistic, dystopian, and violent. Not Roddenberry’s vision.
4 people found this helpful.

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