Picard Season 3 starts off as a nostalgia feast — and still didn’t understand what Star Trek was about

Picard Season 3 starts off as a nostalgia feast — and still didn't understand what Star Trek was about

Spoilers for the first episode of season three of Star Trek Picard!

Of course it starts with a shootout. How could it be otherwise in Star Trek? We don’t want any misunderstandings to arise, we don’t want people to think we’re going – boldly – ​​somewhere where nobody’s been before. No, we just shoot like everyone else. Let’s solo a mid-70’s Beverly against two badass alien mercenaries, missing the easy shots, hitting the hard ones, and using the old steam trick to rip them off the ice. Chain of Command or Measure of a Man started the same way, right?

You have to forgive me if I’m writing a bit of frustration off my chest here. Season one of Picard has given me a hard time. I’ve rarely seen such a bad show (and no, I won’t elaborate, I’m still traumatized). It’s hard to believe that perhaps the greatest hero of my childhood and youth was brought out of retirement again after a fabulous ending to the series. I could understand the temptation to do it anyway. The cinema films beyond the eighth part were also not worthy of this character’s twilight years (and let’s not kid ourselves, we only like him because he was incredibly entertaining), one could have said goodbye to this crew better, no question.

The Star Wars School of a Plan: Doing something and hoping everyone else is dumber than you.

But Picard Season One… Why this tale of universe-ending proportions that would not fit most video games today, with characters defined solely by their demons?! Who thought this was a good idea? I then sat through one episode of season two and then decided to drop it out of concern that this “new” Picard would forget the TNG Picard I loved so much. The reunion of the old crew in season three – which should have been the subject of the first season – I wanted to give it at least one more chance against my better knowledge. Which brings us back to the shootout…

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I think I can already see how this is falling apart as we go along. Like a car crash in slow motion, I know it’s over at the start of the icy corner. The only question now is how bad it will get. I don’t want to tear up everything that was shown here. Seeing Riker and Picard together… it just works. A few of Picard’s sayings didn’t come directly from the postcard printers and let a bit of wisdom shine through and with Captain Shaw, Sidney LaForge and the second Crusher offspring there are three characters that I prefer to see right away than the crack batch crew of the first season .

Instant Charisma: Sidney LaForge’s grin as Picard and Riker enter the bridge (unrecognizing them) was almost worth the price of admission alone. Hopefully the show doesn’t reduce her to an Easter egg.

But you can see that by and large the same people are responsible here who only seem to know Star Trek from the movies. It always has to be a matter of life and death, preferably involving as many people as possible, preferably with a Doomsday weapon or an enemy ship, which of course is many times bigger and better than anything the Federation has to offer (wherever that came from like. Even Star Wars proves more logic now). Season three got both at once.

So far the rest is TV action from the assembly line, which nobody would be interested in if real TV legends were not seen here together for the last time. Character fates and events are custom-positioned and series laws are broken to allow the plot to happen. Examples are already in episode one in series:

Beverly hasn’t contacted anyone on the crew in 20 years for mysterious reasons. Picard’s 20-year unused communicator is charged, powered on, and able to receive a coded subspace message from the bottom of the galaxy. Laris has better things to do than accompany her frail partner on an obviously dangerous journey. Deana needs a break from Will so he can go on the adventure with Picard, and Will and Jean-Luc are dumb enough to think the USS Titan plan would work. And that would only be the first 20 minutes. That goes on unabated.

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Dark Bev – We really have entered the darkest timeline. However, for the moment I am interested in the direction this is taking.

Because fortunately Captain Shaw is asshole enough that the Seven of Nine, who happened to be posted there as commander, is so unhappy at her post. This in turn can lead to them ignoring direct orders and converting a huge Starfleet vehicle into a pensioner taxi to the edge of Federation space. Good thing Shaw sleeps long enough not to notice his own ship embarking on an unauthorized light-year voyage (in fact, how many “unauthorized” things are happening to valuable Federation equipment, in this one episode). And of course, Raffi investigates the theft of the superweapon, no doubt putting her back on a collision course with Picard.

As I said, minus some inevitable TV follies (Riker lets himself be foolishly surprised during a risky boarding manoeuvre!), this was quite a sight to behold. The spaceships look good, the Rikers and Picard harmonize nicely and the rest of the actors seem to be in better shape this time than they were last. But once again there are indications of big, constructed world saver nonsense, which I am already looking forward to with suspicion and annoyance. In the past two seasons, that had nothing to do with why Star Trek (and TNG in particular) became cult classics. The idea of ​​adapting to a TV reality that has taken the camera deep into human abysses with The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, but also brought bombastic effects from Star Wars and Marvel to the telly is understandable. But I miss the idealized future that the Federation has always represented. Picard the Captain is too good for the grim timeline we’re in right now. I’m curious how long I can hold out.

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