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  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Guinan will be returning in Season 2.
  • Anvilicious: As Patrick Stewart himself said on more than one occasion, the Federation's attitudes in the first part of the series are based on Donald Trump's America, with the attack on Mars being a 9/11 analogue, along with post-Brexit Britain. Regardless of one's opinion on those subjects, some, even those who agree with Stewart's viewpoint, feel that it's a bit too on the nose.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the Grand Finale of Star Trek: Voyager implied that the Borg Collective had been destroyed, this show establishes that they're still very much active.
    • Relating to the 2009 film:
      • Nero got something of an Unintentionally Unsympathetic treatment given his desire for revenge on an organization that, based on all available evidence, genuinely tried their best to save Romulus from the supernova and it was the Romulans' own arrogance that did them in. The opener reveals that Starfleet did abandon Romulus.
      • Spock's dramatic claim in the film that the supernova was going to destroy the whole galaxy was, to put it mildly, a big source of Snark Bait.[1] Picard dials it down to merely the Romulans' own sun and their core systems being in danger.
    • After Discovery reimagined the TOS aesthetics, Picard is much closer to TNG's designs.
    • In the Season 1 finale, Data and Picard say a proper goodbye.
  • Awesome Music: "Blue Skies" by Isa Briones.
  • Contested Sequel: Like Discovery before it, is Picard a worthy addition to Trek canon or should be it discarded on account of "They Changed It, Now It Sucks"?
  • Continuity Lock Out: Averted. Per Word of God, references to the Dominion War had to be cut precisely to avoid this.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Narek and Narissa are worse than the standard Romulan but quite easy on the eyes.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Joins the intra-fandom rivalry over what the best post-2387 timeline was between Star Trek Online and the Star Trek Novel Verse.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Hugh and Elnor are awfully close, considering that they just met. Hugh's actor, a gay man himself, even played the scene as Hugh crushing on Elnor.
    • Overlapping with Foe Yay, Seven and Bjayzl are very familiar with one another. It was outright said that Bjayzl got close to Seven to harvest Borg tech.
      • Seven and Raffi also hold hands as the first season closes.
    • Picard never got to tell Data that he loved him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: When Picard and Seven of Nine showed up in the trailers, some fans tuned in solely for them.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: That Picard would die from the Irumodic Syndrome. One quick bout of Brain Uploading later and the old man is fine.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Sheer. Fucking. Hubris."
    • Seven the Terminator.
    • USS Copy Pasta.[2]
  • Older Than They Think: The implicit corruption of the Federation. Ever since the Borg showed up in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Federation has been becoming more militant.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some rather vocal parts of the fandom made this complaint known in short time. It was actually at Patrick Stewart's request that this be done as he didn't want the show to be a TNG reunion special.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: A lot of people have seen similarities between the first season and Mass Effect such as the Apocalyptic Log concerning a Robot War and La Sirena's physical resemblance to the SSV Normandy. That mass of Reaper-esque tentacles, belonging to an entity that wants to kill all organic life, emerging from the portal doesn't do much to deter this viewpoint.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Icheb, Bruce Maddox, and Hugh are all Back for the Dead.
    • Data was still alive, his mind preserved within a simulation only for it to soon be turned off after Picard discovers it. Though this have the justification of how much it costs to make Brent Spiner look like he did in 2002. Of all the characters that are present for this, Geordi La Forge is notably absent.
    • The Borg. While it's confirmed that they're still alive, and many aboard the Artifact fear that the Collective will show up any day, they ultimately don't a play a role in the story.
  • Uncanny Valley: Brent Spiner's Data makeup. Though one could argue that is an Intended Audience Reaction given Data's android nature.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • As a Sequel Series to Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seven of Nine was on no one's short list.
    • Bruce Maddox appeared in one episode of TNG and was mentioned in one more. Safe to say, not many called him being part of this series' backstory.
    • The season 1 finale shocked everyone by showing that Data was still alive.
  1. Attempts were made in the EU to explain this, ranging from the star having unusual subspace properties to Iconian intervention.
  2. Riker's fleet in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2" is clearly made up of a copy/pasted model. The ships don't even have registry codes.
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