'Star Trek: Picard' warps onto TV with an okay premiere episode

Space.com | 1/23/2020 | Scott Snowden
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Shaka, when the spoilers came.

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Here's your chance to beam out to avoid spoilers for episode 1 of "Star Trek: Picard."

Well, it’s finally here. With the exception of "The Mandalorian" on Disney Plus, "Star Trek: Picard" is probably the most talked about new TV sci-fi in the last few years, ever since it was announced by CBS All Access in August 2018. And in the last few weeks, the Promotion Engine has been running way past the red line.

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It's safe to say that every Trekkie (or simply "Star Trek" fan, if you prefer) the world over has been looking forward to this, which no doubt put a lot of pressure on the narrow shoulders of executive producer Alex Kurtzman. Expectations were certainly high, but recently "Trek" hasn't been held accountable to higher standards of writing and production. Take Season 2 of "Star Trek: Discovery" — that was mostly dreadful, yet the excessive exposition, over-emotional overload, contrived plot, convoluted time travel story line and poorly-written finale, is all too easily forgiven.

But what about "Picard?" The new series, which launches today (Jan. 23) on CBS All Access, h brings back Sir Patrick Stewart as the iconic Captain Jean-Luc Picard from seven seasons of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and four feature films. How does this new entry in to the Trek franchise hold up?

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Let's warp straight to the chase.

The old girl (that would be the Enterprise) looks as gorgeous as she ever did and we gently zoom into what looks like a deserted Ten Forward. Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) and Data (Brent Spiner) are enjoying a game of poker. The dialogue feels organic and the delivery feels authentic. Picard stalls for time and says he doesn’t want to wake from the dream, but he does nonetheless...
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