It is over. The last episode of Star Trek: Picard has been watched. Time to look back. Did it convince me? Was it fun? Is there a reason to look forward to the second season?
Before I start be warned: This review may contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk!
A journey into the own past…
…and to the own demons – this is what not only Picard but the whole crew of the La Sirena, the space ship retired Admiral Picard is hiring to accomplish one last mission.
Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has retired. Some time after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis the Romulan sun becomes a super nova. Picard leeds an armada of rescue ships to evacuate Romulus (and quite likely even Remus).
At the same time on Mars androids rebel and destroy the Marsian shipyard which results in a ban of artificial life forms. But scientists wouldn’t be scientists if they would stick to those rulse and so it happens that a “young” female android, not knowing she is one, is attacked by strangers during a rendevouz, kills the attackers and seeks help from Picard.
The old Admiral, not yet done with the dead of Commander Data, wouldn’t be Picard if he would not help. It becomes personal as the young android dies protecting Jean-Luc. Luckily the androids are always made as a pair and there is a twin sister for Picard to help. So the old man travels not only into his past with Data but also as a Borg.
A consistent story
Star Trek: Picard is different to the old series. As usual today it tells a story from first to the last episode. It’s following Star Trek: Discovery in it’s story telling but does it in a more consistant way.
The makers of the show don’t focus at one character only. Every crewmember of the La Sirena is a main character. Everybody has its own past and gets his own developement.
Still I cannot let it go without a bit criticism. There are details and guest stars which seem to have the purpose to just show some old and beloved characters. But it works and those figures still push the story forward.
Only at the end the makers mess the whole thing up. Be warned. Now comes a
Picard, aged 94 already, has some abnormity in his brain that can not be cured. The disease leads to death and exactly this happens in the end. The great captain dies. Everybody mourns. Picard meets Data one last time.
All this is fine. The meeting with Data could be one last vision of a dying man giving his soul peace at last. But it isn’t. Miraculously Picard is revived and this in a way I marvel, why nobody has witnessed what happened.
As much as I love Picard, maybe because I love Picard, this end feels wrong. Jean-Luc died a heroic, honorable death. And he was deceived for this death. It could have been the end of a journey. But of course that have made it difficult to explain season 2.
Star Trek: Picard by the way connects the timeline of the old TV shows and movies with the timeline of J. J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek. It was clever to use the events that lead to the alternative timeline to cause the events of Star Trek: Picard, too.
All in all…
Star Trek: Picard is the best that happend to the franchise in the last years.
The 2009 Star Trek movie had been great. Its sequal “Into Darkness” had one of the most iconic villains of all times. Sadly the third part of the reboots had been weak.
Discovery was great. I loved watching it but it had its plot holes.
Star Trek: Picard goes quite directly from the start to the finish line. There are moments to breathe and to meet old friends. There are new views at old enemies, the Romulans as well as the Borg. There is a pilot who seems to be part Wolverine and part Han Solo and there is a young Romulan with deadly blades and a childlike naivety.
Star Trek: Picard does everything right. Nearly. There is the end. On the other side I could not look forward to see Whoppie Goldberg again as Guinan in season 2.
|Story:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Acting:||(5.0 / 5)|
|Look:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.7 / 5)|