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Star Trek is in a strange place. Despite being one of media’s most enduring franchises and very recently spawning a financially successful modern film series backed by J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot, the IP has struggled to re-find its place where it started, on television. This reality can be attributed to many factors that aided the initial, mixed reception of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery. However, a new contender has risen to try and move the franchise into the modern television era and, with confidence, it can be said it does the best job so far. And that contender is Star Trek: Picard.
In the years since the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has since retired from Star Fleet in an attempt to live a quiet life in France. However, when a strange visitor finds her way to his doorstep, he realizes he may have purpose in the galaxy once again.
When Discovery first hit the airwaves, the big thing everyone noticed was how different the show was to not only its historical predecessors but also its modern contemporaries (see: the Abrams films). It was a wholly unique beast meant to push the Trek franchise into the new age of streaming television. However, there’s an argument to be made the series was too much new too fast. It left nothing for life-long fans to grab onto and thus ended up with a lackluster response from both new and old audiences alike.
Picard doesn’t have this problem.
If nothing else, Star Trek: Picard is the best transitional show we could have asked for. It manages to give older viewers a chance to travel again with one of their most beloved characters (who hasn’t missed a step in the last two decades) while also managing to navigate the modern landscape’s storytelling style much better than Discovery ever has.
And, yes, the show manages to deliver some well crafted set pieces that one would expect from a show this high profile and expensive. But, that was always going to be a given.
Overall, Star Trek: Picard is the show fans are hoping for after not seeing their beloved captain on screen for so long. The show packs a solid punch across its first three episodes and while there are moments that could have been handled in quicker fashion, the things set-up so far paint a picture of a show that has a real chance at coming through.
Picard is available now on CBS All Access