Synopsis: At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
Review: Earlier today ‘Star Trek: Picard’ blasted onto CBS All Access and got off to cracking start insofar as keeping with the complex nuances and continuity of the ‘Star Trek’ universe.
The episode opens up with Picard dreaming about playing cards with Commander Data while still serving with him on the Enterprise D. The card game comes to an abrupt end shortly after Picard says that he doesn’t want the game to end. At this point, we see him awake from the dream and be greeted warmly by his dog, which he has called Number One.
In Boston, we are introduced to Dahj who is enjoying an evening with her boyfriend while sharing the news that she has gotten into the legendary Daystom institute. Suddenly some soldiers beam into Dahj’s home. Kill her boyfriend and trie to abduct her. One of the assailants says that she has activated just prior to Dahj opening a substantial can of whoop-ass on the four aggressors. Having done away with the soldiers Dahj runs away, but just before that she has a brief flash of what appears to be an implanted memory of Picard, which suggests that she is not human.
Back at Chateau Picard. A retired Admiral Picard has been living with a couple of Romulans who he saved from the Solar Event that wiped out Romulus. They are the two people that he met in the last issue of the Picard comic book. Picard having left Starfleet has granted an interview with some journalist who is wanting to talk with him about his heroic efforts to evacuate as many Romulans as possible. This refers to events that we are reading about in the Picard comic book, which fills in some of the backstory. I have no doubt we’ll get more of the backstory as the series progresses. But it’s fair to say that the journalist takes an aggressive stance with Picard because she is digging for why Picard chose to leave his life of service in the United Federation of planets. In short, Picard says he left because they abandoned their duties as a humanitarian organization.
Shortly after this interview. Dahj turns up at Picard’s Chateau and presents him with a mystery that is so compelling that he begins to investigate and find out more. Picard thinks that Dahj is a synthetic being much like Commander Data was, which in and of itself is extraordinary because after a group of rogue synthetic beings created at the Daystrom institute laid wasted to the Utopia Planitia Shipyards. A Federation wide ban had been put into effect on anyone harboring or creating synthetic lifeforms. It is while investigating with some help from Dahj that Picard learns that her attackers are Romulan.
Isa Briones is fantastically cast as Dahj and Soji who are twin synthetic beings, which we learn were created by Bruce Maddox as in the very same Starfleet Officer that was keen to take Data away and study him in the season two ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ episode ‘Measure of a Man’.
Patrick Stewart is brilliant as ever as Picard who is changed from the vigorous Starfleet Officer that we knew. The scene where he is running away shows that Picard is beginning to struggle with the fact that his body is not as capable as it once was. I loved the fact that this opening episode gave us a chance to see Picard trying to enjoy retired life with his two Romulan friends helping him take care of the family business.
I really enjoyed this opening episode of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and will most likely rewatch it before we get episode two next week. The attention to continuity where it comes to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Picard’s past is bang on. This is refreshing to see given that Star Trek: Discovery took so many liberties and seemed for a large part to just simply ignore the continuity altogether until it course-corrected in the second season.
I loved the fact that Commander Bruce Maddox was brought in as a story element. Especially given that Data openly corresponded with Maddox after the events in ‘Measure of a Man.’
So far. It is heavily hinted that there is a fair bit of Romulan involvement in this storyline. Given that the attackers that tried to kidnap Dahj were Romulan and at the close of the episode we see a Romulan reclamation outpost, which appears to be using Borg technology.
I’m really looking forward to seeing where this show will take us in the weeks that lay ahead.
- CGI & Stunts9.5
- Incidental Music9.3