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Why I’m terrified about the new Jean-Luc Picard non-Star Trek series

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Why Im terrified about the new Jean-Luc Picard non-Star Trek series

When news broke last year that Patrick Stewart was coming back to play Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming television series on CBS All Access, I was thrilled. Captain Picard is the best character in the Star Trek universe (sorry Kirk and Spock fans) and has left without a real conclusion following Star Trek: Nemesis 17 years ago.

There’s more to Picard’s story, and why not take advantage of the seemingly ageless Stewart?

Then, I started reading more about it. That’s when I started getting worried. While there’s nothing wrong with this being a step in a different direction than the starship captain we’ve grown to love, there seems to be such an emphasis on the new direction for the character that it makes me wonder just how far off the reservation they’re going.

For one thing, they aren’t saying anything about the Star Trek universe itself. They aren’t talking about him as a captain, which makes sense since this takes place 20 years after the events of Nemesis, but one might expect him to be an admiral or possibly commandant of Starfleet Academy. That still may be the case, but I doubt it considering how much attention they’re giving to the character rather than the universe in which he resides.

It’s very possible I could be totally wrong. But when I read comments like the following from executive producer Alex Kurtzman, I start to wonder if the new Picard is less of a space trekker and more of a great character doing different things later in life that have nothing to do with saving the alpha quadrant.

“And so, the question becomes, ‘What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that forced him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life? How do you hold on to being the person everybody loved when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically?’ And those are the big questions that we’re asking.”

While nobody would expect the circumstances to pick up anywhere near where they left off, I’m very hopeful that he’s not a grape farmer (as he was projected to be at the end of the televisions series), a boring ambassador, or a poet of some sort. The thing that made Picard such an interesting character was his ability to lead in the strangest situations, to come up with solutions to problems like nobody else in the galaxy, and his commitment to doing the right thing no matter what the consequences would have been.

But the biggest reason I am concerned is that modern interpretations of older concepts tend to lean towards a very leftist perspective on society. The Star Trek universe has always had a left-leaning ideology, but it was acceptable because the future as described in the series is one that is conducive to leftist principles. Capitalism, for example, seems to be only available in remnants because technology has allowed a more socialistic ideal to happen. Nobody starves. Everybody has what they need to survive and thrive. In this fictional world, socialism is possible because it’s fictional. We may be very well aware of the untenable doctrines of socialism in our society, but fiction opens the door to sensibilities that are impossible in the modern world.

If the show wants to demonstrate these leftist concepts by bringing Picard to planets that are similar to our modern Earth, it’s possible they could turn the show into a calling for social justice warriors with Picard trying to demonstrate what’s possibly while evil industrialists battle him for the sake of greed. There’s nothing to indicate this is the case, but a scenario similar to this as the backdrop for the new series seems very much in line with the direction Hollywood has been heading since the last ST:TNG movie was made.

They may deliver an intriguing character study that deviates slightly from the series but maintains the core of Jean-Luc Picard. I hope so. As long as they don’t have him milking strange alien creatures, I guess something is better than nothing.

 


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Mashup video of Jussie Smollett and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells a sad story

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Mashup video of Jussie Smollett and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells a sad story

Mashup videos are usually intended to be funny. There’s nothing funny about the outrageous alleged actions taken by actor Jussie Smollett in his attempt to garner victim status and increase his pay for the show Empire.

According to police, Smollett first tried to gain sympathy by mailing a letter to the studio threatening himself with a “ransom” to keep him safe. When that didn’t get him the instant status of victimhood through which he could parlay higher pay from the studio, he allegedly paid $3500 to orchestrate a hate-crime stunt that drew so much sympathy from the gullible left that it’s hard to find anything that compares. The outpouring of support from Hollywood, leftist politicians, and mainstream media was immediate and unquestioning.

They were blinded by a desire for the hate they believe exists among supporters for President Trump to actually manifest in a tangible hate crime against a beloved gay black actor. This blinding prevented them from calling into question the inconsistencies and outrageous accusations made by Smollett. All they heard was “bigoted Trump supporters attacked a minority” and the latched onto it as their gospel truth.

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It’s very impressive to hear the words of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson who is clearly outraged by the hoax itself. He is proud of the progress he’s made in Chicago and to falsely attack the city over a desire for more money rightly disgusts the public servant.

This isn’t just a condemnation against Hollywood or the detachment so many actors have with reality. It’s a condemnation on the leftist ideology that has made victimhood a badge of honor to be sought at all costs.

 


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Jussie Smollett arrested, allegedly staged attack to prompt a pay increase

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Actor Jussie Smollett wasn’t happy with his $65,000 per episode, prompting him to send threatening letters about himself and engage in a hate-hoax to force the studio’s hand, according to Chicago police. The result: he has been arrested and faces multiple felony charges.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson held a press conference this morning to detail their version of events based on the ongoing investigation.

“As a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here,” Johnson said. “I know how hard it’s been for our city and our nation to come together … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?”

My Take

Obviously, this is a very disturbed man. His actions should be condemned, but let’s avoid trying to make him the face of progressivism in Hollywood, though the temptation may be very strong. His actions went way above the hatred and rhetoric normally directed at the President and his supporters.

What he did was shameful, but if there’s any lesson to be learned, it’s that the people who are so swift in jumping to conclusions, assuming the worst, and condemning anyone who may or may not have been wearing a MAGA hat must take a step back and examine their worldview. If a story is too juicy to be true, be cautious. There were oddities from the beginning with Smollett’s story, yet the hyper-leftists didn’t blink before condemning the “incident” as an example of what happens when you have a President like Trump.

Smollett is a symptom of a rapidly spreading illness taking over leftists in this nation. They only see what they want to see, which means truth is relative. If it fits their worldview, they go all in. Then, they double down. America needs to contend with this bias.

 


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Jussie Smollett charged

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Jussie Smollett is officially suspected by Chicago PD of committing a felony

Update: Charged.

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Chicago police had made official what many have anticipated for several days. Alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett is now suspected of filing a false police report, a class 4 felony. There may be other crimes being investigated as well.

My Take

Now is not the time for Trump supporters to gloat whether we want to or not. We need to be sober and take the high ground in our rebukes against leftist media, celebrities, and politicians who rushed to judgment in supporting Smollett’s claims but who are now suddenly more cautious about denouncing them as a hoax.

Smollett is a mess. It would be easy to feel at least a little pity for him if he were to come out and admit what he did. Instead, his lawyers are still claiming that he is the victim here despite mounting evidence that he was actually trying to fool the world.

His crimes may end up being filing a false police report and/or mail fraud, but his real crime was stoking the ongoing fires of false outrage directed at conservatives across the nation. There has been damage done and Smollett may be one of the causes.

 


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