The boys are back in town.
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Note: While addressing some basic plot points of Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 1, we avoid discussing major spoilers here. The new season premieres Thursday, February 16th on Paramount Plus.
Jean-Luc Picard's return to the small screen was cause for celebration when the series debuted three years ago, but it's been a rocky road since then, with an inconsistent first season and a rocky second. But now, as Star Trek: Picard enters its third and final season, the Starfleet legend has made a promising start to what could finally be the send-off he deserves.
The best "finale" for the Star Trek Next Gen team was the first finale of the TV series "All Good Things..." which aired in 1994. It was a gripping, charming, and emotional climax to seven years of episodes. preceded. Eight years later, the team re-signed for the film Star Trek: Nemesis, which, while disappointing and disjointed, at least offered an emotional conclusion. And now, with Picard season 3, Jean-Luc, Riker, Beverly, Worf and the others have more opportunities to tie their adventures into an arc of hopefully galactic nostalgia and turn to new adventures and characters in the future. Complexity.
Aptly named The Next Generation, this first episode of Season 3 proves nostalgia is easy...Trekkie, Naturally). For the more casual observer, however, these moments can go unnoticed or even inspired.
But the real game lies in the season's potential for new adventures and the continuation of these characters' stories. After all, this is the first time we've seen this whole group together since Nemesis, and that could very well be the casereallast time. Certainly, Star Trek: Picard offers a chance to truly immerse yourself in the lives of Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and Worf (Michael Dorn), as they are joined by co-stars William Riker (Jonathan Frake). . . , Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and of course Patrick Stewart's own Jean-Luc, possibly in a way that's never been done before. Remember, when TNG first aired in the late '80s and early '90s, each character would get their own stories and episodes on a regular basis, but most of the good stuff went to Picard, Brent Spiner's Data, and often Worf. . And by the time the movies came out, the supporting cast was essentially relegated to the old "open hi-frequencies" ability.
Star Trek: Picard has taken us where we've always wanted to go: back to the original Next Generation team and what they've been up to since we last saw them.
So when the Picard series debuted, it seemed like a good opportunity to give the ex-Admiral's friends more time to shine. Is really,Riker and Troi had an outstanding episodein season 1, of course, the focus of the story was the late Data and his droid-type Soong; Even John de Lancie's Q and Wil Wheaton's Wesley Crusher had their brief rotations in season 2. The show mostly ignored D as part of a mandate to keep Jean-Luc out of uniform, off spaceships, and generally not going where he had gone before. Until now, that is.
But The Next Generation fires all the torpedoes from the start, with the return of one of the OG TNGers, McFadden's Dr. Crusher as he finds himself in space, single-handedly taking on some nasty alien dudes in a gun battle in deep space. Or that she makes the forums because she is hunted and that is precisely the mysterious figure she keeps behind a locked door, a mystery fully solved in the first installment but expensive to finally get her back in action see. She mercilessly busts said villains out in a clearly non-Bev way before sending her former half-half-but-not-really-boyfriend Jean-Luc Picard a distress signal: "Trust nobody."
And so, Star Trek: Picard got us where we always wanted it to be: back to the original next-generation team and what they've been up to since we last saw them. Beverly basically cut up her friends 20 years ago? geordiit is notanother engineer? Is there trouble in paradise Nepenthe for Riker and Troi!? DO THAT!
That's not to say Picard's previous two seasons haven't had their moments. One of the best outcomes of these intricate storylines was Orla Bradys Laris, Jean-Luc's Romulan housekeeper-turned-love-interest. Unfortunately, she seems to have been cut out of the process (again) in this episode, though she stays around long enough to remind Picard that it's okay to look to the past as well as to the future... for who topics of this season.
Also returning from previous seasons are two of the show's strongest characters, Michelle Hurd's Raffi Musician and, of course, Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine, although both are in very different places from where we last left them. How Raffi will fit into the larger story remains to be seen, although the show gets credit for acknowledging his history of substance abuse again in Season 1 here. Seven ended up joining Starfleet, and now he's questioning that very decision. Maybe she needs to look a bit into the past to discover her future.
Sonically, the show certainly escaped the more low-key and low-key first season, and now shows itself poised to have a little fun with things. Stewart and Frakes clash to great effect, while a subplot involving a Starfleet captain (Todd Stashwick from 12 Monkeys) who is, well, an idiot is enticing as to where this could lead. And for those hoping to see the entire TNG gang again immediately, lower your shields and your expectations: this will likely be slow before we reach full bridge crew status by the end of the season...
Q-Continuum Questions and Comments:
- The fan service starts immediately with the text "In the 25th century..." on screen, which is obviously a throwback to the beginning of The Wrath of Khan. I'm not going to list all of the Easter eggs that follow here, but suffice it to say there are many.
- Picard's opening title and Jeff Russo's theme song from the first two seasons are all but gone, replaced by a short title card.
- Riker: "Who wants to listen to an old fart who talks about how courageously he went through the last 250 years?" Picard: "I'll be giving a speech, too." Riker: "And that will be great!"
- The Neo-Constitution class USS Titan is a cool ship, but I'm still trying to figure out where the line is between an overhaul and building a whole new ship. Ship of Theseus, anyone?
- Goodbye Squadron Picard from seasons 1 and 2. As Captain Kirk once said, it was... fun. (Sometimes.)
After a bumpy second season, Star Trek: Picard right the ship again while fully embraced the titular character's next-gen story with the return of old favorites Riker and Beverly Crusher for starters. Sometimes this premiere episode spills too much into fan-service, but the potential of where this season could go and how it could serve to further the next-gen Team saga is undeniably exciting, and it's off to a solid start .
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Jean-Luc reunites with an old friend while he searches for another in an exciting and fun, but perhaps too difficult, format that reimagines Star Trek: Picard.