Star Trek: Picard
Episode 1 of the highly anticipated Amazon Original series opens in the 24th Century, with retired Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) enjoying his quiet, Earth-bound life after the tragedy that led to his retirement 14 years ago. But one day, a troubled young woman called Dahj seeks him out and requests his help: she is being hunted, and he’s the only one who can save her.
Dahj’s plight resonates with Picard on a personal level, and saving her may even tie in with the iconic lesson the alien trickster Q wanted to teach Picard about “unknown possibilities” in the finale of Star Trek: Next Generation, which landed over 25 years ago.
“We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons,” Q said. “That is the exploration that awaits you. Not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.”
IGN says, based on episode 1 of Star Trek: Picard, “The show is setting up the philosophical argument that, if executed well as the season progresses, could do what Trek was ultimately designed for – to explore the here and now of our world in 2020 through the tropes of sci-fi.”
Stewart is on the record saying that he didn’t want Picard to become a “retread” of The Next Generation, and, as IGN says, it certainly isn’t – but, in true Trek fashion, it has something to say about our world as well as the world of the 2009 JJ Abrams film and the rest of the franchise. It’s a fresh new direction for Picard, concludes IGN.
IMDB rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%