Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Star Trek: Picard - Remembrance

It's hard not to think of Logan while watching the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. Set more than a decade after Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) left Starfleet, Picard is awoken from his slumber by a dream, an interview, and a visitor. Brent Spiner guest-stars in a couple of dream sequences as Picard does a fairly good job using make-up to hide the actor's age since the last time Data was seen on-camera. The shiny optimistic view of Star Trek: The Next Generation has been toned-down quite a bit. Playing more than a little to current events, the once wide-reaching Starfleet has turned inward. The interview, which takes place on a historic event of some consequences for our Captain, helps flesh out a bit of Picard's past and the reasons for his break with Starfleet over its policies towards ending assistance to Romulan refugees after the destruction of their homeworld and the termination of Starfleet's synthetic life program following an android uprising on Mars.

The episode also introduces us to a young scientist named Dahj (Isa Briones) who feels an inexplicable need to seek out Picard after an assassination attempt. Arriving at Ch√Ęteau Picard without warning, the young woman will lead Picard down a rabbit hole to a discovery he never thought possible. The first episode introduces several characters, while leaving others to be fleshed out over the course of the season. The idea of playing on Data's lineage offers an interesting way to reintroduce Picard to his old life (by honoring his old friend). Although we don't get to spend much time with Dahj, the revelation of a twin sister somewhere in the wide universe, along with Dahj's untimely end, offers the incentive for Picard to head back out in the unknown.

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