It must take a special kind of stupid brilliance to take a potentially huge success like a Picard series and then destroy any of it's chances by having Picard long since quitting Starfleet - and not being the great man we knew. Plus no guest appearances from any of his former crewmates. Perhaps they should just call this STAR TREK: DISASTER. I think Patrick might ultimately have to take his share of the blame if this thing is D.O.A. Rather than using his position to protect TNG, it - incredibly - doesn't sound to me like he gets what Star Trek and it's optimistic view of humanity was all about. At the end of the day, on the old show, he was just a hired hand. And sometimes hired hands think they know better than the creatives who have been in charge of them for many years previously. Witness Shatner's STAR TREK V as proof of giving actor's story input!