I was not sure what to make when I heard they were coming out with a Picard series. My first thought was, “Why?” Was this just a cash grab for all those nostalgic for The Next Generation?
I figured I would give it a try, as I have been working my way through all of the Star Trek series.
I was blown away. It was one of the most enjoyable shows I have watched, and not just for Star Trek or science fiction.
One of the things that I liked was the mature portrayal of Picard. He was always larger than life. But in this series we have a Picard who has made mistakes and hass burned some of his bridges.
This Picard is both respected and despised, he is strong and yet broken.
The jumping off point for this series come from two movies. One is Nemesis, in which Data gave his life for Picard. The other is the Star Trek reboot, in which we discover that Romulus was destroyed.
This season is about conspiracy theories, theories that happen to be true. It is about Romulan espionage and fear of artificial life.
It does include nostalgia. The episode with Riker and Troi was great joy for all the old fans of TNG. The use of Seven of Nine and Hugh was not just a nod to the old days, but integral to the story.
Picard is an intelligent show that forces us to think. It is also reminds us that there are not always clear answers to the hard problems.
Having said that, there is also plenty of action and fight scenes. The new characters are interesting and worthy of place in the Star Trek universe.
I can’t wait for the second season.