From its announcement, Star Trek: Picard had many Trekkies, including myself, excited. For a large group of us, this is the Captain that introduced us to Star Trek. And for those that started with the original series, I still always felt that The Next Generation showed us what Starfleet was meant to be. Humanity at its best, always ready to help, always able to see justice and act accordingly. Captain Jean-Luc Picard showed me a future we should aspire to, where man boldly, and kindly goes. This first episode of the latest introduction to the Star Trek universe doubles down on that, and introduces us to some seriously solid sci-fi while doing so.
Episode Two of Star Trek: Picard, titled “Maps and Legends,” takes us a step deeper into the synthetic mysteries of the series. We discover more about the Romulan attackers, the androids on Mars and the current state of Starfleet. We get a bit more insight into Data’s daughters. “Maps and Legends” asks a lot of questions that leave us excited to see where this series is headed.
The third episode of Star Trek: Picard is perhaps the most aptly named one yet. “The End is the Beginning” gives us the first taste of what this series will be. We finally see the inside of a ship outside of Picard’s brain and this setting, to his own admission, suits Picard far better than the vineyards. This episode lays the groundwork for the adventure to come and gives us plenty to look forward to out in the stars.
Fans of classic Star Trek and especially The Next Generation will feel more than at home during the fourth episode of Picard, titled “Absolute Candor”. Of anything we’ve seen so far, it feels the most like a traditional episode and even brings back one of our first familiar faces.