Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Picard

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

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

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 41 parent reviews

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.
age 18+

Incredibly Dissapointing for True Star Trek Fans

I'm a 56-year-old feature film producer and have been a huge fan of the entire Star Trek franchise. But regardless how the producers of Picard try to justify all the crap they put into this new series, it's still crap and completely turned me off as a fan and professional. The series is a disgrace to what fans loved about the Generations series and film spinoffs. I probably could have dealt with some of the other "edgy" garbage in Picard but when the F-bomb was dropped in the 2nd episode I knew the bad writing was on the wall. Being splattered with verbal feces in any film is unacceptable to me personally but putting it in a "Star Trek" series was just a deplorable move by writers and producers of Picard. This is not a series for past Star Trek fans. Honestly I don't know what it's for. If Gene Roddenberry was still alive I suspect he would be disgusted. And don't even get me started on Discovery. While I know that work is work for talent, I'm embarrassed for those actors from the Star Trek series who came back to work on Picard. They deserve much better. Filmmakers and studios have a right to produce whatever they want. But we as the world audience also have the right not to watch or support what we don't believe is good entertainment. Picard could and should have been much better than it is had the producers and writers not been swimming around in the scripting toilet. It doesn't matter what hype swirls around a project. In the end it's the audience who decides what's good and what isn't. Wishful thinking never trumps reality and a pig in a dress is still a pig. This one is squealing big time. Hollywood filmmakers seriously need to stop playing with themselves and produce what audiences actually want, not what they think their F-word spewing film buddies think would be cool. Picard is a disappointment in every aspect. In the infamous words of The Joker, "This town needs an enema."

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Both fans and newcomers will be thrilled to see that this thoughtful series pays homage to a beloved character and world while seamlessly intertwining lots of fresh intrigue into the Star Trek canon. Introducing a slightly softer, gentler Picard, who is more open to trusting new people and ready to jump at the chance for a new adventure after many years of quiet vineyard life, it's a delight to see the 79-year-old Stewart inhabiting his most famous role again with ease and even more gravitas. Don't worry: He's still up to the challenge of fighting bad guys (though a sweet moment sees him pausing to catch his breath on the stairs).

It's also a shift to see him and others living on Earth, where the technology is highly advanced but feels different from life on the Enterprise, but the action quickly bounces back into space, where the camera's slow, stunning unveiling of a massive Borg ship evokes past and future threats. With a similarly diverse and young cast as that of the concurrently running Star Trek: Discovery, this series has lots of potential to prove that the return of Star Trek stories to the small screen is a very good idea. Let's hope that Picard can continue to "make it so."

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