Patrick Stewart returns to his most popular role in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard. Stewart reprises the character of Jean-Luc Picard, now retired from Starfleet. Stewart played Picard for seven season on Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films following the conclusion of the series. This new show take place 20 years after the events of the final Next Generation film, Star Trek: Nemesis.
My initial thoughts on Star Trek: Picard are how it feels different than prior series. For starters this does not take place on a starship and obviously from the name of the show, it’s going to be more character driven than idea driven like the other shows in the franchise. Yet despite these differences, it still feels in line with what we know Star Trek to be about. This first episode is slower paced because even though we know about Jean-Luc and his impact as captain of the Enterprise, we’ve been away from this character for 20 years and I appreciate the time to become accustomed again to him. There is some action in the first episode but it’s not crammed in and I felt the pace of the episode moved despite taking its time.
It says something about a piece of media when it makes you want to revisit another piece of media you don’t feel very positive about because it gives it a new sense of weight. The events in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard actually make want to revisit Nemesis so that certainly a sign of the show’s effectiveness. On that note, that same feeling for me may not work with others who are new to Star Trek as there is a bit of lore here that might be overwhelming for newcomers. Most of it due to the relationship between Picard and another character from The Next Generation.
I’m intrigued on where Star Trek: Picard goes on from this first episode. It’s a different kind of Star Trek, but still Star Trek at its core. I look forward to this new type of adventure Jean-Luc embarks on.