Just watched the first episode of Star Trek Picard. What follows has spoilers, but only from the early parts of the episode.
It takes place about 15 years after the events of the last Next Generation movie. Picard appears to be living in retirement in his family vineyard, apparently with a couple of Romulans, presumably refugees from the supernova that destroyed Romulus, an event referenced pretty heavily in the first Star Trek reboot movie.
Picard led an effort to evacuate Romulus, but it seems things went very badly, somehow involving synths (androids) setting fire to Mars and killing large numbers of people, and leading the Federation to enact a general ban on synths. And Starfleet’s overall response to the Romulus situation apparently was not a good one, leading Picard to resign.
The story gets going when a young woman finds herself on the run, with sudden and unique powers allowing her to escape from danger, and visions of Picard’s face leading her to his vineyard, and shaking him out of his retirement.
While things appear to be as utopian on Earth as always, there’s a sense that the Federation isn’t the idealistic setting it once was. Many long time Trek fans may dislike this, but I can’t blame the writers too much. Stories in utopias tend to be boring, which is why most classic Trek takes place outside or on the edges of the Federation. Making the universe edgier is probably inevitable, but it does deviate from Roddenberry’s optimistic vision.
My initial reaction is, not bad. Some of you know that I’m a long time Star Trek fan, but was disappointed by Star Trek Discovery. At first blush, Picard looks much more promising. They’ve definitely got me for at least one more episode.
If you’ve seen it, what did you think?