Star Trek: Picard Review: Is the New Trek More Than Just a Nostalgia Trip?

TVLine | 1/23/2020 | Dave Nemetz
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When we catch up with Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard, nearly two decades after we last saw him at the helm of the Enterprise, the former starship captain is living an idyllic life, sipping wine on his French vineyard and enjoying the company of his loyal dog (delightfully named Number One). And for those of us who grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Patrick Stewart’s quietly commanding performance as Picard… we’d be happy just to watch that show, right? Jean-Luc could tour local vineyards with his pooch, trying out new vintages and quoting Shakespeare — like a sci-fi version of The Wine Show — and we’d gladly devour each and every episode, simply because we love this character, and this actor, so much.

But, as the producers of Star Trek: Picard know all too well, that kind of affection can be a double-edged sword. How do you give TNG fans what they want, but also give them something new? It’s a tricky needle to thread, balancing nostalgia with innovation, and Picard — debuting today on CBS All Access; I’ve seen the first three episodes — gets off to an admittedly bumpy start in its attempt to weave Jean-Luc into a fresh story with lots of twists and turns. It takes a while to fully gel, and some fans might start to get impatient, but I’m happy to report that Picard does eventually set up an intriguing mission that’s worthy of its lead character.

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Picard is a decidedly sedate affair as well: talky, meditative and barely sci-fi at times, with nary a space battle to be found in the first three episodes. (We spend...
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