Make It So! The Legend of The Picard

Picard — CBS All Access

For over a decade now, I became a Trekker. My favorite series of the franchise is The Next Generation. Of course, my captain will forever be Picard, and my favorite character of all time, Data.

Picard Official Summary

Make it So! The Legend of The Picard continues!

*** WARNING: Minor Spoilers ***

Set at the end of the 24th century, 18 years after the events of `Star Trek: Nemesis,’ with Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role, `Star Trek: Picard.’ It revolves around retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard.

The Picard — Official Series’ Trailer

He is still profoundly affected by the loss of Lieutenant Commander Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner. And the destruction of Romulus. As such, Picard steps into the next chapter of his life.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

The Discovery Effect

First, three years ago, the Trekker world embraced with much anticipation the arrival of Star Trek Discovery. The series itself at first received a cold shoulder, but the audience warmed up.

Star Trek Discovery - CBS All Access
Star Trek Discovery – CBS All Access

The fantastic performance of Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, among other great known actors portraying Michael Burnham, Chief Engineer Stamets, Suru, among others, caught on.

When the second season hit the small screen, the performance of Anson Mount as Captain Pike overwhelmed the public so much, that recently, the Trekker universe received the confirmation of his own series!

Star Trek Discovery - CBS All Access
Star Trek Discovery – CBS All Access

Discovery started a new wave for Star Trek more as a tribute and less as a reboot.

The third, fourth, and fifth season locked with CBS All Access, Trekkers are waiting on the third season of Discovery despite teasers. In the meantime, we got Picard. Make it So! The Legend of The Picard must hit the screen!

The Aftermath of Discovery

We don’t know if the idea of Discovery revived the desire to bring back Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard or not. However, what we all knew was that we desperately wanted to see him in those colors again! Make it So! The Legend of The Picard lives on!

The teasers were quite subtle and kept the entire show a real mystery. Nobody could tell by what it showed what it could be about. Trekkers, such as myself, could only speculate. Especially when Mr. Data appeared.

Picard — All Access
Picard — All Access

Mr. Data is everything to me. He is MY Data. When seeing his face, I relived the entire timeline, the whole series, and movies and couldn’t figure out how logically he could be present. There was only one explanation: it had to be B-4.

Fans would get what they wanted: closure for Mr. Data? We would finally have this iconic moment where 7 of 9 would meet the great Captain Picard, Riker showed up.

Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS
Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS

We thought the entire crew would be back and some from other series under the same franchise.

Wrong, we were…Oops, wrong franchise.

The Movie That Shall Not Be Named

In my house, we are Trekkers, which means my husband, our dog, and me. So, when the first episode aired, we recorded it. Each week we watched, and my speculations before the show were wrong, but I f*cking know my Star Trek.

I called each shot coming from a mile away. Make it So! The Legend of The Picard is a bit predictable but quite enjoyable…somewhat.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

Calling shots before they happen doesn’t mean it makes it a bad show or even predictable. It can keep the show quite intriguing to see if one was right! I was quite proud of myself!

What broke my heart was that the Data we saw wasn’t B-4 but MY Data. The events of ‘The Movie That Shall Not Be Named…’ Nemesis, surfaced and, of course, needed addressing, and it had me cringe my teeth at the mention of his death.

Picard — CBS All Access
Star Trek Picard’s Brent Spiner on That ‘Gentler Exit’ and Why He’ll Never Play Data Again _ TV Guide

Data is basically a fragment of Picard’s imagination when going to sleep but also can have another interpretation, and that is a sort of, ‘telepathic link of Data’s residual.’

A little esoteric for Star Trek, I know! However, when the series unfolds, it starts making sense. The series took place after a catastrophic failure from Starfleet

Star Trek — Starfleet Emblem
Star Trek — Starfleet Emblem

They had Picard retire due to his convictions and his stubbornness when it comes to respecting the Starfleet’s values and what it stands for because that is what Data died for.

That f*cking movie…no, it NEVER existed. I said it. I reject your reality and substitute my own, how about that? Oops, wrong show.

Your Mission Shall You Choose To Accept It

So, in our reality, we have military intelligence and secret services like the IMF and James Bond, well those are fictional, but you get my point.

In the Star Trek universe, we have the Romulan secret service named Tal Shiar—which to me, sounds like Tasha Yar—and they play a great deal in the series.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

Romulans are quite like Vulcans in appearance and, of course, decided somehow to infiltrate the Federation and Starfleet. Why not?

Apparently, they are advanced enough to save planets from collapsing on itself but can’t figure out DNA differences between two alien species that went their separate ways centuries ago.

Romulans are paranoid and xenophobe alien species. While some fled their world and hid in the Federation territories like two helpers Picard sheltered, others remained the same.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

We learn much about the catastrophic event, the link between Romulans and AI paranoia as well.

Even though during the years that TNG and Voyager the AI such as Mr. Data accepted, as a being is part of the plot, somehow, we regress with Picard.

All androids are now, somehow, seen as a threat, and if you are working on androids, either Tal Shiar will show up and feed you your own ass, or you are under arrest by the Federation.

Picard — CBS All Access
Star Trek_ Picard Episode 1 – The Data Backstory You Need To Understand What’s Going On

Sounds interesting yet? I know.
Make it So! The Legend of The Picard must have a mission.

Resistance Is Futile

The Borg has a part to play in this series that is quite confusing to figure out if it’s essential or not. What is more baffling is figuring out how, despite their fear of advanced technology and AI, the Romulans want to take over the abandoned Borg Cube.

You would think it is now time for 7 of 9 to come in place, but it takes more time for her to show up. We meet old friends such as—spoiler alert!—Hugh.

Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS
Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS

The position where the Borg Cube play is slow to take place and its power should have been quite significant. You can’t help but feel awful for the Drones that are going under constant surgeries.

The Cube, as well as the Borg, are going under meticulous dissection. When 7 of 9 shows her true colors, you realize that 7 of 9 is dead. She’s not the one we loved from Voyager.

Star Trek — All Access
Star Trek — All Access

7 of 9 is an entirely new character. She’s human no more of that half robotic mind we treasured.

While I do understand her evolution and the desire to defend and avenge the Borg victims while protecting the “species,” it’s like looking at a new character. I was happy to see her but perplexed as to who she was.

Data’s Legacy

We all knew Brent Spiner couldn’t put back the “mantle” of Mr. Data. The series found a great way to bypass it with insanely well-done makeup. What came out as a surprise was the name of Bruce Maddox.

If you want more information without me losing my s*it look for the episode of Measure of a Man. It is a classic and iconic episode of the entire franchise.

Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS
Star Trek The Next Generation — CBS

In a nutshell, Dr. Maddox continued to recreate Dr. Noonian Soong’s AI to make more of Mr. Data. We can only take that Maddox’s plan to create a race of disposable people and slaves turned into a utopian dream of becoming Data into the “father” of a new species entirely.

The Androids and Gynoids are playing an essential role in the series. After all, it all starts with twins, Dahj and Soji. It occurs with Mr. Data showing Picard a painting of Lal.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

If you wish to know more about Lal, check out the other classic, iconic episode of the Star Trek franchise, The Offspring—watch it with a box of facial tissue.

Mr. Data has a great purpose in the show, but it had me cry so much having to see him back and gone again. When watching a series where you invest your emotions into it, when a character dies, you mourn them.

Picard — All Access
Picard — All Access

Mr. Data is my favorite of all time, and it was hard seeing his legacy turning out the way it did. Again, confusion settles in, and nothing is quite sure.

The Picard

Picard’s place in the entire show is, of course, crucial. He is the reason for setting everything in motion. If you think you will find yourself on the bridge of the Enterprise again, you’re wrong. You find yourselves surrounded by a new set of characters entirely.

What disturbed me about the series was how fragile Picard looked. The actor isn’t young anymore, and I understand it well. It is just so strange to see Picard appear so frail.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

I am not sure I wanted to see him that way instead of remembering him as he was in TNG. Make it So! The Legend of The Picard is immortal.

Picard is put back in his place a few times, but I was not sure why, because of that new cast, questioning if I should give it any importance. We receive information to fill in the gap between the time of ‘The Movie That Shall Not Be Named’ and the show. Comes in a new character, Elnor.

Picard — All Access
Picard — All Access

Elnor is a survivor of the Romulan supernova event. He grew up on a planet where he learned the Way of the Absolute Candor going under the training of a Qowat Milat.

Long story short, he chooses to assist Picard and be his “bodyguard.” Believe me, he needs him as you see Picard quite old in the series. However, despite accepting his service, Elnor never receives the green light to protect him.

Elnor A Not Killing Terminator

Why have Elnor as your bodyguard if you do not let him do his job? Make it So! The Legend of The Picard needs a hero!

The series was quite slow to start. Each episode was like pulling teeth. While the scenery and overall look of the show are beautiful and meticulously done, the story needs work.

Picard — Altan Soong — CBS All Access
Picard — Altan Soong — CBS All Access

There are already fan theories, such as Dr. Soong’s descendant being Lore. That could end up quite attractive, depending on how they play their cards.

However, the fact remains that the first season was slow and a little confusing when you know the franchise background. The entire new crew is adorable but needs an original character, I believe in giving it more stability for the fans.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

Sometimes too many secrets end up being too many secrets. Because Star Trek is a franchise, people know if you keep too much from the audience and let them know it can become an annoyance.

The Romulans are an excellent enemy to play with, but I can’t believe Starfleet to be dumb enough to not know about their presence in the HQ.

Engage!

There are decisions in the story that needs more precision in my personal opinion. Because Mr. Data’s name is a crucial involvement, I will watch the second season closely. The core of the story has much potential, but there is room for improvement.

Star Trek Discovery - CBS All Access
Star Trek Discovery – CBS All Access

There was potential for the welcoming of Data. He could have made an entrance in the show, a come back like no other! It worked with Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, and it could have worked for Data if an actor was chosen.

So far, it is only the first season, and so I give it the benefit of the doubt, hoping the second season brings stability. Maybe the anticipation was too high because of the pressure of the name, Picard.

Picard — CBS All Access
Picard — CBS All Access

Overall the series deserves a watch for any Trekker out there. You can decide if you enjoy it or not. As for me, the second Data’s name is present, I become overprotective of the character.

Make it So! The Legend of The Picard is a 7.5/10.

Alexa Wayne

Published by Alexa Wayne

I am a twisted creative who enjoys writing and drawing! I'm an Author | Blogger | Cryptozoologist | Vampireologist | Demonologist | Illustrator | Ufologist | Trekker to the bone! I'm the founder of Gothic Bite Magazine and author of The Lord Impaler Series.

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