Galaxy class USS Enterprise-D model by David Metlesits thefirstfleet
"You've got it all wrong, It's never about possession, it's about power, the power to control your own life" "That kind of control is an illusion" "Is it now? I am here, right now, I should be dead"
If by "revived", you mean completely moving away from Roddenberry's vision of the future and the fundamental elements of what made Star Trek unique among its science fiction peers in portraying an optimistic view of that future without hammering its audience over the head with current political polemics and histrionics, and hiring writers/producers who are NOT remotely knowledgeable with science fiction literature and basic science. If by "stronger", you mean, gaslighting the fandom with the lie that STD, et. al will line up with canon, with radicalizing Kurtzman Trek supporters in going out of their way to attack non-supporters on social media, sure - Kurtzman has really made the franchise "stronger".
Patrick Stewart never wanted to come back to Trek - he's on record multiple times in saying as much. Until they waved a big fat paycheck in front of his face and suddenly, he got religion about reprising his role as Picard.
He liked what they proposed, it wasn't just the money.
Discovery and all the new shows line up fine with existing canon.
Star Trek has always beat people over the head with current politics since the 60s.
"He liked what they proposed, it wasn't just the money."
It was mostly the money that brought back Sir Patrick, though. And the complete deconstruction of Picard into this hollowed-out caricature was ALL Sir Pat's idea. And some of Michael Chabon's. But mostly Sir Patrick's.
"Discovery and all the new shows line up fine with existing canon."
No, they don't. There is literally no fealty to visual canon in any way, shape or form to what's come before. We KNOW how Starfleet looked in the 2250's. The "future history" of Star Trek was based on a Kennedy-era extrapolation of what they thought the future would be. That is the core aesthetic of Star Trek. Instead, STD has holograms, the Klingons now look like orcs from LotR and the ship has a magical mushroom spore drives. Everything is dark and brutal looking. There is none of the beauty and grace of Matt Jeffries design of the classic Enterprise in the Discovery or in any ship designed by John Eaves. The world presented in STD and the spinoffs is ugly and dystopic.
"Star Trek has always beat people over the head with current politics since the 60s."
No, it didn't. The stories about then-modern politics or cultural changes were always couched in allegory and presented neutrally. The stories didn't preach to viewers to think only one way like they do now but rather encouraged them HOW to think and to discuss with each other what their take-away from the episode was about. Star Trek now, sadly is about pushing whatever agenda the writers and producers think is relevant so they can virtue signal to their hearts content that they're all woke or whatever.
Yeah, and then in "Picard" apparently you have people living in trailers on drugs (Wheras before it was confrimed to be a utopia) everyone is angry and hates everyone else. saved Borg are tortured for... reasons?
Man, thinking about what Secret hideout did to Star Trek in Discovery and Picard really pisses me off.
I miss the days when this was stated and we believed it... because in that world it was real.
There is nothing in Picard that says the Federation isn't still a utopia, and remember most of season 1 took place outside of the Federation. None of non-utopian stuff took place inside Federation space (outside of the Mars attack)
Raffi was just going through a tough time and refused help. The way she lived was a choice, because of her anxiety and conspiracy theory (that turned out to be right). We also never saw the inside of her home. She probably still had a replicator and comfortable livings.
Yes she was upset Picard didn't check on her in the last 15 years.
"There is nothing in Picard that says the Federation isn't still a utopia..."
I think this is not right. We have seen a lot of things that have put the Federation on a dark path. The Federation has created a slave race out of androids. The Federation has refused to help the Romulans, some member worlds have even threatened to withdraw from the Federation if one should help the Romulans. The Federation is becoming increasingly isolistic and no longer cares what happens outside of its borders. That no longer corresponds to the utopian set of values of the federation that we got to know earlier.