Plot: At the end of the 24th century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard lives a quiet life in his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is wanted by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, who needs your help, he soon realizes that he can have personal connections with his own past.
Revision: I grew up being a Star Trek and Star Wars fan, but Trek always had a special place in my heart. I watch The Next Generation with my dad while he watches The Original Series with his. While I continued with Deep Space Nine, Voyager and all the movies, I never connected so much with Jean-Luc Picard and his team. While his films ended without ceremonies with the box office bomb that was STAR TREK: NEMESIS, the popularity of J.J. Abrams’ reboot films and the CBS All Access Discovery series have led to the continuing adventures of the iconic captain Patrick Stewart in a series that is absolutely excellent. I is very different from any other Trek property and is deeply rooted in the mythology of Gene Roddenberry’s creation, which makes it one of the most distinctive Star Trek stories ever told on the screen.
To better appreciate Star Trek: Picard, you should be familiar with both the Next Generation television program and the feature films. The creator of Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman, worked with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and novelist Michael Chabon to develop this series and the result is a ten-episode story that has the reach of a television show and the scale of a movie . Not as action-packed as Discovery, Picard really is a character-based drama that will unfold in the future. Production values make it feel much more tangible than any previous Star Trek, as it deepens several stories introduced in the three decades since The Next Generation was released. It also means that there is not much exposure to Picard and his original team, but much time is spent on what happened since the last movie and the beginning of this story.
Without revealing any spoilers, Star Trek: Picard is a natural successor to STAR TREK: NEMESIS and shows us how J.J. Abrams 2009 STAR TREK and the destruction of Romulus took us directly to where we found Jean-Luc Picard at the beginning of this story. If you think you have any idea where the plot is going based on the trailers, trust me not. Much of this series has been kept secret that several times during the first three episodes I was surprised and surprised by the narrative decisions made by the series. I could also clearly see what led Patrick Stewart to repeat his character, since this is firmly his story and one that will finally serve as a worthy conclusion to his story once this series finally ends (a second season has already been ordered by CBS All accesses). Where each Star Trek series or movie has focused on a crew of a Starfleet ship, Picard adopts a ROGUE ONE approach and shows us a different angle of the Starfleet and the state of the galaxy in this period of time fictional.
While the trailers make heavy use of the appearances of Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes and Jeri Ryan, they are not the main characters of the show, but their roles are vital to bring Picard’s story to life. Jonathan Frakes, who directed two episodes of the series, even receives Riker’s family nickname on the show, since Picard’s dog is called Number One. The new cast members, including Allison Pill, Michelle Hurd and Santiago Cabrera as the Picard’s new makeshift team, embarks to learn more about Dahj (the newcomer Isa Briones) that connects this story with the stories of The Next Generation that came before. By switching Picard to supervise a massive team on the Starfleet flagship to a group that is more reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, this series has a very different dynamic that prevents it from looking too familiar. The supporting roles of Spiner, Ryan, Frakes and Sirtis also fit the story and do not feel at all like a fan service, but they help you return to the important roles they played in stories that involve the past of Data, The Borg and Picard.
I was a little surprised to find the series labeled with a TV-MA rating, but there is a decent amount of violence on the show and an explosion of f bombs, something I never thought I’d see in a Trek series. But, the maturity of this show never makes blasphemy feel forced. In fact, Picard is the first new Star Trek series set in the future of the timeline since Star Trek Voyager ended in 2001 and STAR TREK: NEMESIS bombed in 2002. We have received as many prequels and alternative timelines as we saw Where is this universe going? It’s a breath of fresh air. While STAR TREK has always focused on hope and progress, Picard offers us a slightly darker and less positive vision of the future. I would say that this was a timely decision that reflects our current world, but in reality it is a wise decision to inject something new in the same Star Trek format that we have seen for years.
Star Trek: Picard does not shy away from the plot elements that are rarely seen in this fictional world, including substance abuse, criminal companies and terrorism directly. By putting Patrick Stewart in front of the cast, he imbues the familiarity series that will attract him as he throws him into a loop. I was not prepared for how much I was going to enjoy this show because it is so different from Star Trek and yet it remains true to Gene Roddenberry’s vision. I recommend you see STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT and STAR TREK: NEMESIS at least to be prepared for this show. Patrick Stewart is great and this can be the best start for any Trek series. If you don’t have CBS All Access yet, do it.
Picard opens today on CBS All Access. Debut of new episodes every Thursday in the transmission service.