After we determined to evaluation Star Trek: Picard on the Sci Fi Constancy podcast, it introduced again all the sentiments of watching Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology and different 90’s spinoffs of the unique Star Trek TV present. In actual fact, the brand new present builds off of many acquainted components from its predecessor and different sci-fi properties, together with bits of plot from Star Trek: Nemesis, the 2009 movie reboot, and even a little bit of Star Wars sprinkled in.
We start our dialogue touting the brilliance of the primary premise of Star Trek: Picard and instantly present our appreciation for the solid of characters that we’re launched to. The physique of our podcast is devoted to speaking in regards to the first two episodes, together with the character of Dahj and Soji and the historical past that has introduced Jean-Luc Picard, Starfleet, and the Federation to the current state. We pay explicit consideration to the Romulan supernova and the demise of Information to catch ourselves up.
There’s a sure allure to starting Star Trek: Picard planetside, nevertheless it additionally creates a way of restriction that matches with Jean-Luc’s disillusionment with life in retirement. We take into account it a very efficient technique to incorporate the Roman characters of Laris and Zhaban, two former Tal Shiar brokers, as his companions in order that the previous Admiral doesn’t immediately shift his ability set from what we’re used to from his days as Captain of the usEnterprise.
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There’s additionally loads to like about centering the thriller round synthetic intelligence and the Borg, each of which had been all the time an enormous a part of the thematic richness of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology. Lots of the characters on Earth and on “The Artifact,” because it’s referred to as, have loads of chemistry proper from the beginning, and there’s even room for a little bit of humor in each settings as properly. Though the hosts of the podcast have completely different opinions of Star Trek: TNG, there may be settlement that this collection updates the system fairly properly.
The spoiler zone then digs a bit into the ragtag crew Picard assembles in episode three and speculates in regards to the nature of what is going on on with the Romulan operatives and the way Picard will have the ability to keep away from operating afoul of these inside Starfleet who want him in poor health will. We additionally observe that the promotional materials for Star Trek: Picard included many different faces from Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology, and we spend a little bit of time speculating on how these characters may return.
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Michael Ahr is a author, reviewer, and podcaster right here at Den of Geek; you possibly can try his work right here or observe him on Twitter (@mikescifi). Dave Vitagliano has been writing and podcasting about science fiction tv since 2012. You’ll be able to learn extra of his work right here.