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Star Trek: Picard Recap: Mom and Dad (and Daddy) Are Fighting!

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RED ALERT: There is fighting between our beloved main characters in this episode. One of Gene Roddenberry’s tenets for  Star Trek: The Next Generation  was that conflict needed to be external. Crews shouldn’t fight with each other; any source of tension needed to be coming from outside the ship. Of course, this is wildly unrealistic, given human nature (these people lived together on a tin can of a starship — they’re bound to fight!). “Seventeen Seconds” balances those two ideas in a genuine way. The conflict and tension in this episode are sometimes difficult, but it’s also cathartic.

Beverly and Jean-Luc’s conversation in the sick bay is the honest, emotional display we’ve been waiting to see for  decades . These two have been through a lot, mean so much to each other, and have hurt each other so profoundly. Beverly and Jean-Luc have rarely been honest with one another about their feelings, at least onscreen, so the palpable anger and frustration between them is a relief.

Bev’s past actions seem difficult to excuse at first glance. She found out she was pregnant and cut off all contact with Jean-Luc and the rest of the Enterprise crew, never telling Picard that he was a father. It seems unforgivable … but it’s understandable. There are two relevant things here. First, she  did  tell Jack who his father was when he became an adult, and he chose not to pursue a relationship with Jean-Luc, a fact that hits Jean-Luc hard. Second, Beverly was alone and felt that Jack was all she had — she did whatever she could to protect him. It doesn’t really excuse not telling Jean-Luc, but as a parent, I genuinely understand the instinctual need to protect one’s child. And it’s hard to blame her for feeling like being the son of Jean-Luc Picard would put Jack in danger. The acting from Gates McFadden and Patrick Stewart is incredible and devastating. Mom and Dad are fighting, and I DO NOT LIKE IT.

Moreover, our other parents, Jean-Luc and William Riker (or Dad and Daddy, to me), are also bickering. These two are having it out in a way we’ve never seen, and it all ties back to the death of Thad Riker, Will’s son. After Captain Shaw is incapacitated (that is a  lot  of blood), he hands over command of the Titan to Will, putting Riker in a position he hasn’t been in since before Thad’s death. According to the show’s first season, Will and Deanna left Starfleet and moved to Nepenthe before Thad died in a futile effort to save him. Will still hasn’t recovered from his child’s death.

It’s fitting that Thad’s death changed Will; I don’t think he’s entirely at fault here. I don’t know why I keep quoting  Star Trek: Generations  in these recaps, but here we go again: “Risk is part of the game if you want to sit in that chair,” Kirk once told Picard, and that applies here. To be an effective captain, you must be emotionally able to take risks, understand when you’re asking people to face death, and evaluate whether it’s worth it.

It doesn’t turn out well! Will is so mad that he orders Jean-Luc off the bridge. No Space Daddy, no! It’s hard to watch your parents fight, and they are ALL FIGHTING in this episode, which brings us to  Deep Space Nine  season eight.

Yep, the Changelings are back! This is entirely unexpected (I screamed during the the reveal), but it makes  so much  sense that I’m surprised I didn’t see it coming. Changelings are perfect villains, and given the way  Deep Space Nine  ended, it tracks that some of them wouldn’t happily accept surrender. In case you didn’t watch  Deep Space Nine , Worf conveniently recaps everything you need to know about the Dominion War. There are rogue Changelings on the move who have infiltrated Starfleet; they stole  something  big from Daystrom Institute (in addition to the portal tech, though that’s aboard Vadic’s ship, clearly), and now Worf and Raffi have to stop them. I cannot describe how much I love this. These two characters were due for a team-up, and the pace of this B-story line picks up as we finally understand how everything connects. The puzzle pieces are starting to fit together seamlessly.

Jack Crusher and Seven of Nine aren’t too shabby of a duo, either. It’s nice to watch Jack evolve from a rogue with a heart of gold into someone who can be a leader. And it’s fascinating to see Jean-Luc as a dad, worrying over his son. After the heated conversation with Beverly, he seemed ready to go his separate way from Jack. But after those 17 seconds in a turbo-lift, waiting to see whether Jack pulled through after the Changeling attack, our little Jean-Luc is growing up, too.

But growing up comes with pains, and the end of “Seventeen Seconds” is certainly painful. The ship is heavily damaged and adrift after Changeling sabotage, and the rift between Will and Jean-Luc seems insurmountable. Please make up and be best friends again!

Captain’s Log

• Legacy character count: Still at four!

• LOL at the explanation for Jack’s British accent.

• I could not stop chuckling at our new Worf. “Beheadings are on Wednesdays,” the chamomile tea, I was  cackling . But it’s also nice to see he’s still a member of the House of Martok.

• Worf isn’t Starfleet anymore! WHAT HAS HE BEEN UP TO?

• Every time I see Sydney LaForge onscreen, I like her more. Commander Seven, indeed. But I’m eager to see her father!

• When are we going to see Deanna? We saw about ten seconds of her in a flashback, but I hope this isn’t just Will’s ride. Deanna deserves her moment, too!

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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 3 Review: Star Trek Cinema, For Better And For Worse

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At the beginning of "Seventeen Seconds," the third episode of the third season of " Star Trek: Picard ," Riker (Jonathan Frakes) talks about the moment he saw his son born. He relates a moment when his wife, Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) ran into complications during childbirth, and there was a 17-second span where he wasn't sure if his son was going to survive. This conversation — seen in flashback — establishes that Riker has a lot more at stake than he did back in the days of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He is no longer a careerist, but a family man. It makes sense that the character, now older and wiser, would also be more cautious. It's a welcome evolution of the character, and one that an old Trekkie can appreciate. 

Curiously, Picard (Patrick Stewart) seems to have become conversely cavalier in his old age. During a tense battle between the U.S.S. Titan and the mysterious Vadic (Amanda Plummer) onboard a warship called the Shrike, Picard will be the one to suggest methods of combat and to shout lines like "We can't give in!" On "Next Generation," Picard was the cautious one and Riker the adventurer. The flip provides a wonderful new depiction of the relationship between the two men. They are behaving as peers. Picard is no longer Riker's boss. 

As such, when Picard mentions to Riker that his newfound propensity for caution may be inspired by a pat personal tragedy, Riker stares him in the face and tell him that Picard is out of line. Picard is also banished from the bridge so Riker can take command. Capt. Shaw (Todd Stashwick) was injured during a starship battle a while earlier. 

Picard's cavalier attitude is indicative of both what's strong ... and what's weak ... about this new season.

Behaving out of character

To reiterate, the third season of "Picard" is, overall, plenty strong, especially when compared to the horrendous first two seasons. The storytelling is clear, the pace is tolerable, and the characters are no longer all violent murderers. As stated in a previous review , this season of "Picard" feels like a really good "Next Generation" movie. 

It is worth noting, however, that none of the "Next Generation" movies were stellar. The films had their moments, of course, but they were largely replete with inappropriate "badass" movie moments with a cast that was never selected for their capabilities as action stars. Perhaps not content to tell cerebral, talky stories, the filmmakers behind the four NextGen films panicked and fled into the genre that "Star Trek" is least prepared to inhabit: action . In "Star Trek: First Contact," for instance, Picard is seen wearing a tank top, a gun strapped across his back, swinging on tubes to escape a room full of flesh-melting gas. In "Star Trek: Nemesis," Picard drives a dune buggy during a machine gun battle. The moments are dumb, and Picard is completely out of character. 

Picard's attitudes in "Seventeen Seconds" cement this season as deliberately cinematic and action-forward. Yes, the season still feels like proper "Star Trek" — characters are still in uniform, there is a chain of command, and most of the action takes place on a starship — but a Trekkie can lament the same things about this season as they could about the movies. "Seventeen Seconds" declares openly that audiences will not be getting a complex sci-fi story or an ethical dilemma. This will be about battles, mysteries, and resolving long-held personal issues left over from 1994.

Personal problems

The personal problems addressed in "Seventeen Seconds," fortunately, will be of great interest to Trekkies. In the episode, Picard finally has a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) after decades apart and, prior to that, decades of will-they-won't-they sexual tension. Picard makes several references to their many failed attempts at romance, while Crusher brings up a single date 20-something years prior when the two conceived Jack ( Ed Speelers ), the fugitive being hunted by Vadic. Although pregnant, Beverly never mentioned to Picard that he fathered a son, as she knew that he — being an in-demand Starfleet captain — would constantly be in danger. She says that she could protect her own son, but would have a less easy time protecting the son of the great Jean-Luc Picard. Understandably, Picard is angry, shooting back that he never had a chance to consider being a father, given that he didn't know. 

The fact that the characters have bad blood feels weirdly satisfying. They were co-workers decades before, are now older (it seems the characters are anywhere from 80 to 110), and no longer have the patience to rest on nostalgia. This may be said of the third season of "Picard" in general. There are a lot of nostalgic images and storylines — there will always be fan service — but the series now seems focused on how the characters have grown, not how they've stayed the same. There is a straight-up fan service episode coming later in the series, but the showrunners showed a great deal of restraint in waiting a while before getting to it. 

And speaking of nostalgic storylines, Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Worf (Michael Dorn) find that a classic villain from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is back: the Changelings. 

The Changelings are back

Back at the ranch, Worf and Raffi have been working together to track down who broke into a Federation artifact vault and stole a badass portal weapon that Vadic has been using to displace buildings and redirect the Titan's photon torpedoes back at them. In so doing, they track down a seedy villain who, upon interrogation, reveals that he is in fact a shape-shifting liquid being who is up to no good. Fans of "Deep Space Nine" will be able to say a great deal about the Changelings, as they served as the central antagonists during that show's Dominion War. DS9's security chief Odo (the late René Auberjonois) was a changeling, and his species never managed to get humanoid faces quite right, leaving his face smooth and featureless. Changelings also need to "sleep" occasionally, reverting briefly back into their liquid state every day or so. 

Worf and Raffi find that the Changelings experienced a political schism and that a group of them have become anti-Federation terrorists. They wanted more than the portal weapon. What could it be? Worf, in a little wink, mentions that he knew an honorable man among the Changelings, an express reference to Odo. The revelation comes when the Titan also discovers there is a Changeling on board, sabotaging the ship and helping Vadic for unknown reasons. Also, why is Jack suddenly having dark, violent visions? The mysteries that the audience is left with are tantalizing.

The pace of this season has been perfect, with revelations coming steadily and logically. The character moments, likewise, have been explored with tact and the showrunners have allowed conversations to play out in full. The only thing one may still feel some trepidation about is the fact that "Picard" features no cosmic mysteries, philosophy, or heady sci-fi ideas of "Star Trek" at its best. 

'Star Trek: Picard' season 3 episode 3 heats things up between Jean-Luc and Riker

The legendary Picard arrogance lives on in the 3rd installment entitled "Seventeen Seconds."

Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Star Trek: Picard" Season 3, episode 3

Has "Picard" set itself a high standard it can't maintain? Following last week's surprisingly high-quality installment, we now have a cautiously optimistic view for this third and final season … but, we've been hurt before. That said, this incarnation of "Nu-Trek" is borrowing more than little bit from the very best that the " Star Trek " universe has to offer, namely "The Wrath of Khan," which is a welcome change from lifting off of other intellectual property, like " Discovery " has done in the past. And when you think about how much in-universe history there is in "Trek," you have to wonder why there would ever be a need to look elsewhere. 

This week's installment is entitled "Seventeen Seconds" and successfully establishes the meaning and importance of that particularly specific amount of time and circles back to it just as successfully to create a nice bookended feel to this episode. Although quite why Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) didn't do a site-to-site transport between the bridge and the infirmary rather than mucking about in a turbolift for an eternity isn't adequately explained. Lest we forget, in the 32nd century at least, transporters have replaced stairs ... and while we're not quite at that stage just yet, site-to-site transport is a very real thing in the 25th century.

And that's what happens when you start going so far into the future that the capability of technology creates story writing minefields that cannot be avoided once established. You know, like the fact that Jean-Luc Picard is now an android ... which interestingly enough actually gets referenced this week. And then just as quickly brushed back under the carpet from whence it came, probably never to be mentioned ever again.

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That minor plot pickle aside, the writing is once again of a high quality this week, hopefully marking a breakthrough in terms of how Paramount, Kurtzman et al produce "Star Trek" going forward. And while some of the dialogue is fantastic, "I am Worf, son of Mogh, House of Martok, son of Sergey, House of Rozhenko, Bane to the Duras family, slayer of Gowron ... I have made some chamomile tea, do you take sugar?" it walks a very fine line between just enough and too much.

The reintroduction of Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) is also nicely handled and mercifully we're not given a "Happy Days"-style, live-in-front-of-a-studio-audience scene that has been known to happen from time to time. Plus we're given some additional backstory to Troi and Riker's son, Thad. If you recall in the episode " Nepenthe " (S01, E07) Troi speaks of her son, Thad, and how he was born and raised on starships and thus he felt like he had no homeworld of his own, but when he became sick, Troi and Riker came to Nepenthe and it became his homeworld. 

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According to Troi, Thad had "mendaxic neurosclerosis," (MN) a very rare silicon-based virus and in theory, completely curable (you just have to culture the infected cells in an active positronic matrix), but by the time Thad came down with MN, there were no active positronic matrices and no one was allowed to develop new ones, because of the synth ban. This was of course a small part of the synthetic storyline from the first season, but in this episode the focus is somewhere completely different. Thankfully.

So far, the story hasn't really gone anywhere particularly new or exciting and everything up until now seems to be serving the Son of Picard plot. Hopefully Vadic (Amanda Plummer) will turn out to be more than just a deus ex machina . It is fun, though, to see the end result of 65 years of unresolved sexual tension between Jean-Luc (Patrick Stewart) and Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), but is it enough to carry the next seven episodes? 

Picard's hubris could also get very tired very quickly and while he shuffles off the bridge of the Titan like a teenager who's just been scalded, you have to wonder why Riker listened to him in the first place. Social media has been quick to point out that Captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) was in fact 100 percent correct in his reluctance to bow to the whims of an eccentric old admiral and Riker fails in that respect. Though it could be suggested that his sense of loyalty to his old friend took precedence, but that's not the job of a starship captain and not a responsibility he would easily forget.

Other Trek references are also nicely placed, including Worf listening to the opera "Les Troyens" by Hector Berlioz, which of course is a nod to the movie "First Contact" — but again, runs the fine line between just enough and too much. All that excessive fan service does is show a lack of imagination. This week also sees a massive throwback to "Deep Space Nine" and the Dominian War, which might turn out to be interesting. Or it might not. 

This exchange between Jean-Luc and Beverly has been a long time in coming, but was it rushed?

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A lot unfolds this week and the episode is well paced, though perhaps not quite as effective as last week's installment. That said, this is among the best Nu-Trek that we've seen so far, but Frakes still has a tendency to over do it on the humor, clichés or theatrical set pieces and one suspects that he still had to dial it back a bit. The dialogue is good and the principle story writing is still far superior than anything we've seen so far in "Discovery." 

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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 3 Review: Seventeen Seconds

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Posted on Published: March 2, 2023

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A feel-good adventure, Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 3 is not.

It's always uncomfortable when Mom (Beverly) and Dad (JP) fight, but it may be even more painful when two icons like Riker and Picard clash as only long-time friends forced to work together again can.

As we watch our intrepid heroes hurtle towards the gravitational well at the heart of a bio-electric nebula anomaly, we can't help but empathize with Shaw's fate-baiting, "Anyone else want to throw more weird s–it at me?"

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We have been through A LOT with Admiral Jean-Luc Picard since he returned to our screens on Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 1 over three years ago.

If we've learned one thing, it is that very little of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D exists. Still, if anyone knows the heart and soul of Jean-Luc Picard — rank, be damned — it's Dr. Beverly Crusher.

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That being said, this Beverly Crusher — frontier doctor, badass courier of aid to forgotten planets and plague-infected populations, and a woman making a second go at motherhood with yet another quirkily unique son — bears only slight resemblance to the Enterprise's physician, dance instructor, and drama coach.

Beverly: When Jack was on his way, I was terrified. All I knew was that if you’re the son of Jean-Luc Picard, there’s a target on your back. I lost my parents, then a husband, then my son Wesley, all to the same stars that own you. As a mother, your whole being is about protecting your child. I thought I could protect mine. I didn’t know if I could protect yours. 🔗 permalink: When Jack was on his way, I was terrified. All I knew was that if you’re the son of Jean-Luc…

Their reunion on the bridge of the Titan on Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 2 — their silent communication, their heart-felt understanding — was a master class in emotive language.

But it was also a promise. A promise that there would be a difficult conversation that would attempt to span over twenty years of absence and willful secrets.

And there was no promise that it would go well.

Picard: You never thought if you had told me, it all might’ve been different? Beverly: Jean-Luc, when the galaxy comes calling for you, you are not put upon by it. You love it. Don’t tell me you would’ve walked away. 🔗 permalink: Jean-Luc, when the galaxy comes calling for you, you are not put upon by it. You love it….

I'm not sure I ever shipped Picard and Crusher back in the days before "shipping" was even a term. (If anything, I wanted Picard to go off with Vash.)

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Jean-Luc and Beverly have a rich and layered history between them. Almost too much to contemplate embroiling them in an intimate relationship.

And what is it with Jean-Luc and the wives of dead friends? He was tight with Jack Crusher (the first) and was close with Zhaban. One would almost suspect something nefarious if it weren't obvious he had no designs on either woman before their respective husbands' demises.

I do hope Jack brings it up if he ever meets Laris, though. He seems like the type to name the elephant in the room.

Jack: In my time in this universe, I’ve always found one thing to be true. The bigger the legend, the more disappointing the reality. Riker: We’re all faulty. Just human. Jack: I heard he’s positronic. Riker: He’s still the same man. 🔗 permalink: He’s still the same man.

What is there to say about Picard and Beverly's discussion beyond how committed Stewart and McFadden were to authentically portraying both characters' hurt, angst, and regret?

Did Beverly do the right thing? From her perspective, absolutely yes. Wesley's proximity to Picard attracted The Traveler's attention, and then he was gone.

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Beverly has always been a positive and reliable mother figure. She didn't have many obstacles with Wesley beyond keeping him with her on deployments and cautioning him from the usual star-faring escapades.

The situation with Jack has been an entirely new experience for her, especially now that they are being hunted.

Picard: I know nothing about this Vadic. Beverly: No, neither do we. But that’s no bounty hunter’s ship. That’s a warship. With Jean-Luc Picard-sized enemies behind it. 🔗 permalink: No, neither do we. But that’s no bounty hunter’s ship. That’s a warship. With Jean-Luc…

And she did it alone. Cutting the ties to the old gang had to have been hard. Raising the boy to a man without a social network or people she felt safe contacting immeasurably challenging.

Still, she owns the choices she made.

Beverly: You remember our shore leave on Casparia Prime? The waterfalls? A perfect day on borrowed time. They called you back early. That’s how it always was with us. There was always a clock. That day maybe more than any other because we both knew we were at the end. 🔗 permalink: You remember our shore leave on Casparia Prime? The waterfalls? A perfect day on borrowed…

Beverly is a calm presence amid world-ending chaos. Considering his frenetic pacing, I suspect Jack relies on his mother's composure as much as Picard ever did.

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Picard's thought process is fascinating. His belief that his relationship with Jack is irreparable is an absolute conclusion that the captain at Far Point wouldn't have come to, nor the captain who joked about hairlines on Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 7 Episode 22.

I don't think even think the admiral who sought to save Data's daughter or his own ancestor would've shut the door so quickly on the idea of fatherhood.

Riker: I thought I was losing him. My unborn son. His whole future flashed in front of my eyes. Picard: And, in that moment, you became a father. Riker: That’s right. And everything you’ve read in the books and the poems about fatherhood goes right out the window the moment you see your kid. He’s so, so small, and so fragile. You just know that you gotta take care of them at all costs. You’d burn the world to save them. 🔗 permalink: That’s right. And everything you’ve read in the books and the poems about fatherhood goes…

I'll admit that seeing him and Riker toasting Thaddeus's birth tugs many heartstrings, especially knowing the loss Riker and Deanna will suffer later.

The seventeen-second turbo lift parallel is a shade contrived, but I'll forgive the sweeping strokes of similarity in the name of narrative cohesion.

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However, that leads us to the falling out of the Captain and his Number One, a role reversal that is initially a lot of fun but is inevitably unsustainable.

As Picard told Seven, he's never been one for taking orders.

Riker: Remove yourself from the bridge. You’ve just killed us all. 🔗 permalink: Remove yourself from the bridge. You’ve just killed us all.

It's mystifying that no one predicts the Shrike using its portal device to redirect the Titan's weapons back on itself.

It's a tactical miscalculation I'm pretty sure Shaw would've been on immediately. It'll probably be the lead anecdote in his log if he survives traveling with the old men.

Lt. Mura: We’re losing visual on the stern. Shaw: Send somebody down to look out the goddamn back window! 🔗 permalink: Send somebody down to look out the goddamn back window!

Intellectually, we know Picard survives the nebula. It's his show, after all, but I'll give props to the writers for creating a believably catastrophic scenario.

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And all this just when we've drawn the two narratives together.

Changelings! Everywhere! On the Titan. On M'talas Prime. Raiding the Eleos. Probably watching Picard and Riker at Ten Forward. Basically, everyone who has given a soupçon of side-eye so far can be considered a Changeling.

Worf: In the past, the Changelings were a powerful enemy of the Federation, united in purpose. But when the Dominion War ended, there was a schism. A terrorist faction broke away, unwilling to accept defeat. I was contacted by a close friend within the Link, a man of honor. He informed me of this rogue group but if Starfleet were to acknowledge their existence… Raffi: … we would be reigniting the Dominion War. 🔗 permalink: … we would be reigniting the Dominion War.

With Worf and Raffi headed to Daystrom and the Titan on a seemingly one-way trip into the heart of a hull-crushing nebula, our focus is still somewhat split, but the core story is fleshing out.

Will the Shrike swoop in to save the Titan? Is Jack Crusher worth that much to Vadic?

Can Worf keep Raffi on a healthy path of redemption? Does she actually need redemption?

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Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 3 review: Seventeen Seconds is all about character conflict, but the conflict is meaningless.

In ‘Seventeen Seconds,’ Picard Offers Meaningless Conflict

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This review and discussion contains spoilers for Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 3, “Seventeen Seconds.”

“Seventeen Seconds” is full of conflict. The only problem is that none of it is especially interesting.

Conflict has always been a controversial subject within the larger Star Trek universe, whether at a character or galactic level. The original Star Trek was largely driven by conflict, particularly between Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the characters around him in classic episodes like “ Balance of Terror ” or “ The Galileo Seven .” However, in his later years, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry came to outlaw conflict within his fictional universe.

This was inherently absurd, leading to surreal moments like Jean-Luc Picard’s bizarre assertion in “ Peak Performance ” that “Starfleet is not a military organization.” Roddenberry would famously attempt to veto conflict between characters, opposing classic episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation like “ The Measure of a Man ” or “ Family ” because they required character conflict to function. Over the years, Roddenberry’s philosophy was internalized by fans and creators.

Many of the writers working on The Next Generation pushed back against this. “We railed against that on a daily basis, found ways to get around that, found ways to get through it with varying degrees of success,” recalled Ronald D. Moore . “It was a constant problem that we just sort of gnashed our teeth about. It never made any logical sense or any dramatic sense.” In Moore’s account, the writers tried to “ push against that as far as we possibly could ,” to limited success.

Naturally, many of the best Star Trek stories are built around conflict, because conflict — personal or ideological — is a great dramatic hook. Star Trek: First Contact is easily the best Next Generation movie and an obvious touchstone for the third season of Star Trek: Picard , which leans off Jerry Goldsmith’s score and is built around throwing Picard into conflict with the characters around him, to the point that he rather dramatically accuses Worf (Michael Dorn) of being a “ coward .”

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“Seventeen Seconds” leans hard into the idea of character conflict, throwing Picard into conflict with two of his oldest friends, William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden). There is certainly some interesting ground to explore there. Picard is obviously a pop culture icon, but many of the best explorations of his character understand that he is also a man with a tremendous ego and a lot of pride.

After all, Picard spent decades in relationships with Riker and Crusher that assumed their subordination to him. Picard was always their commanding officer, and so they always had to answer to him. They might voice disagreement with his decisions, but at the end of the day, he had final say. So there’s an interesting hook in the third season of Picard , in throwing the title character back into relationships where that authority has been stripped away, and the dynamics are different.

There are some potentially interesting ideas here, but the execution is frustratingly half-hearted. Picard’s argument with Crusher is rooted in events that happened off-screen decades earlier. As such, the audience has no understanding of their changed relationship outside of the exposition that takes place within the argument. There has been no chance to sit with these tensions, to watch them simmer. The events themselves remain largely abstracted, so the argument has no weight.

It recalls Raffi’s (Michelle Hurd) argument with her ex-husband Jae (Randy J. Goodwin) in “Disengage.” It is an outline of an interpersonal conflict, in a show that refuses to live in that conflict. Instead, it is just melodrama where Patrick Stewart delivers lines like, “You don’t get to condemn people before the fact.” There’s an interesting hook in Picard’s lament, “Didn’t I deserve a chance? Didn’t he deserve a chance to get to know me?” However, it has to be more than the line itself.

Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 3 review: Seventeen Seconds is all about character conflict, but the conflict is meaningless.

The same is true of the conflict between Picard and Riker. Riker is a character who has spent years in Picard’s shadow. A recurring plot thread on The Next Generation concerned whether Riker would ever actually leave the Enterprise to take his own command. “ The Best of Both Worlds ,” another touchstone for the third season of Picard , was built around the idea of Riker being forced to take command of the Enterprise in Picard’s absence, to take the big seat without a safety net.

There’s something clever in how “Seventeen Seconds” riffs on that classic character arc, creating a situation where Riker is in command of the Titan while Picard sits right next to him. What is it like for Picard’s former subordinate to be in command with Picard sitting next to him? How does Picard himself adapt to being placed in an advisory role? It’s a compelling angle, particularly with the early flashback scene of Riker having to sit awkwardly through his old mentor’s long-winded toast.

“Seventeen Seconds” falls into the Picard trap that the writers simply aren’t good at writing this sort of conflict. The tone of the scenes between Riker and Picard oscillates wildly. Riker lectures Jack (Ed Speleers) on how Picard is the finest man he has ever known, only to bicker with Picard over strategy. Picard jokes about how “it might be time (Riker) called (him) number one,” but before long he’s “out of line” by insinuating that the death of Riker’s son has left him with an “instinct to be fearful of loss.”

This is a problem all over “Seventeen Seconds.” The episode places a great deal of emphasis on the idea that Worf has embraced pacifism. “I have been, as humans say, working on myself,” he tells Raffi. When Raffi threatens to have Worf torture Titus Rikka (Thomas Dekker), Worf protests, “I do not do that anymore. I am wiser now.” He claims that he is no longer “irrational, violent.” It’s an interesting — if unconventional — character hook for Worf, particularly after Deep Space Nine .

Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 3 review: Seventeen Seconds is all about character conflict, but the conflict is meaningless.

It also doesn’t make any character sense within the context of “Seventeen Seconds.” The third season of Picard reintroduced Worf by having him decapitate Sneed (Aaron Stanford), an act as irrational and violent as anything he did on The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine . Indeed, right after he states his pacifism to Rikka, he reflexively vaporizes Rikka’s Changeling form. Maybe Changelings don’t “count,” but that choice dramatically undermines Worf’s rejection of violence.

This is the problem with so much of the conflict in “Seventeen Seconds.” None of it means anything. None of it has any weight. The episode’s closing line is, on paper, stunningly bold, as Riker instructs Picard to get off the bridge, “You’ve just killed us all.” However, the moment doesn’t work because there is simply no way that Picard will actually let that conflict stand. It is a shocking moment for the sake of a shocking moment, rather than a character choice that actually matters.

This is the hollowness of Star Trek: Picard season 3 in a nutshell, and it’s something that the series has inherited from a lot of modern pop culture. It is a simulacrum of storytelling, something that resembles drama but without any of the stakes or gravity. It is the busy moving of pieces around the board to create the illusion of meaning, but with no substance underneath it, perhaps rooted in the cynical calculation that creating empty content is the best way to avoid provoking online outrage .

What is the third season of Picard actually about ? What does it have to actually say , beyond providing an opportunity to take some familiar toys out of the chest? The first two seasons of Picard had their problems, but they were actually trying to say something about the world in which they existed. Stewart has talked about the show as a commentary on contemporary issues like Brexit, isolationism, and immigration , much like the original show engaged with issues like the Vietnam War .

Star Trek: Picard season 3, episode 3 review: Seventeen Seconds is all about character conflict, but the conflict is meaningless.

The third season of Picard retains the writing weaknesses of the first two seasons. Indeed, if the first season was accused of riffing on Mass Effect , the third leans into Portal . The big difference is that the third season has jettisoned anything resembling meaning to replace it with cheap nostalgia. This is obvious even in the context of the larger conflict driving the season, with the revelation that a renegade group of Changelings has enacted a plan to target the Federation following the Dominion War.

The Dominion War remains one of the most controversial conflicts in the Star Trek canon. The Deep Space Nine writers had to engage in “ horse trading ” to bring it to screen, and Gene Roddenberry’s widow, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, famously wrote a letter to the Star Trek Communicator protesting the story arc . After all, if Roddenberry opposed interpersonal conflict, how would he feel about actual galactic conflict between superpowers?

However, the Dominion War was one of the most compelling Star Trek stories ever told, in large part because it challenged the idealism of the Federation. It was a story less interested in the Dominion than it was with what happened to liberal democracy under existential threat, an approach that aged remarkably well during the War on Terror . It would be amazing to see Picard attempt something similarly pointed and ambitious.

Sadly, there’s little sense of that here. The Changelings are just generic bad guys doing generic bad guy things. They make generic threats like, “Your worlds are on the verge of destruction. Soon, your Federation will crumble.” Worf talks about the threat in vague terms, warning, “There is something coming, some kind of attack.” They ultimately feel like a plot point that was picked for nostalgia purposes, rather than because the writers had anything meaningful to say with them.

During the first season of Picard , the collapse of the Romulan Empire served as (an admittedly imperfect) metaphor for the immigration crisis , particularly following events in the Middle East . It had something earnest to say about the modern world , in the finest Star Trek tradition. In contrast, the third season of Picard doesn’t seem to have anything meaningful to say about anything beyond nostalgia. Its conflicts are hollow. “Seventeen Seconds” says nothing, but with raised voices.

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This week’s episode had plenty of action, but that action wasn’t half as meaningful as a single conversation between Jean-Luc and Beverly.

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Season 3, Episode 3: ‘Seventeen Seconds’

The best episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” often included very little action. They featured strong dialogue to develop relationships between crew members. (Guinan and Jean-Luc’s conversations in Ten Forward matched the best scenes any Trek franchise had to offer — and all the characters did was sit there and chat.)

So it’s no surprise that the meatiest moments of this season of “Picard” feature simple conversations between key characters. None is more meaningful — and devastating — that Jean-Luc and Beverly’s conversation about their past, with a close runner-up being the flashback at the bar with Jean-Luc and Riker that opened the episode. Both scenes matched up old friends, though it’s the relationship between Jean-Luc and Beverly we learn more about.

Gates McFadden and Patrick Stewart put together a wonderful performance in sick bay. We learn that Jack does indeed know his father is Jean-Luc, but chose not to reach out to him. That Beverly purposely kept knowledge of Jean-Luc’s son from him, choosing instead to isolate herself from all her close friends, and in fact, from Starfleet altogether. We learn that Beverly got pregnant while still on the Enterprise — which strikes me as a bit of a human resources violation, but let’s ignore that for the moment. Jean-Luc says their last breakup was their fifth one. (In a “Star Trek: Nemesis” deleted scene, Beverly is shown to be at Starfleet Medical at the end of the film, though it doesn’t count if it was deleted.)

Jean-Luc is justifiably angry at Beverly for choosing to keep Jack a secret — especially at a time when he seems ready to accept a life outside of Starfleet.

“We both knew we were at the end,” Beverly says.

“I didn’t,” Jean-Luc tartly replies.

Beverly makes — on its face — an uncompelling case that Jean-Luc was ill-equipped to be a father: He was too obsessed with saving the galaxy, she says, to be present. This seems harsh. He wasn’t given the chance to find out. As Jean-Luc notes, who’s to say he wouldn’t have shifted his priorities?

But if one looks at it from Beverly’s perspective, as we noted last week , Jean-Luc has spent a lifetime being grumpy around children and putting his career first, above everything. It’s understandable that Beverly wouldn’t want to rely on someone like that to be a co-parent, particularly with someone she had repeatedly broken up with. McFadden plays this with a mixture that is both unapologetic and regretful. Beverly is certain she did the right thing, but is sad it had to be this way. Jean-Luc, meanwhile, is clearly feeling betrayed.

Then there is the matter of whether Beverly did the right thing by Jack.

“As a mother, your whole being is about protecting your child,” she says.

It’s a little unclear when Beverly left Starfleet and began her new life as a rogue doctor helping out races the Federation had abandoned — and skirting the law to make it happen. So the very thing that Beverly was concerned about with Jean-Luc when she decided to keep Jack a secret — that he might care more about saving other people than about taking care of his own family — is exactly what she ends up doing. In a paradoxical twist, the life that the Crushers now lead — dangerous, skirting the law — puts Jack more at risk than Jean-Luc would have on his vineyard.

While scenes that focus quietly on relationships bring out the best in “Trek,” the action — particularly featuring “The Next Generation” cast — is often clumsy. The movies are serial offenders at making characters seem contradictory and unintentionally incompetent, and this week’s “Picard” falls right into that tradition.

It’s not that things need to be realistic in a television show. It’s that they need to make sense in the universe the show has created .

Shaw is established as a character who is deeply antagonistic toward Riker and Picard, and very concerned with the safety of his crew. He is furious at the legendary duo for luring his ship, the Titan, to a dangerous situation under false pretenses and is now facing a superior enemy ship. Why in the world would Shaw transfer command of the Titan over to Riker? That’s not how it works! That’s not how any of it works! Presumably, the Titan has a senior command. Why wouldn’t it go to Seven of Nine? Oh, right. She’s confined to quarters, because of rules she violated for Riker .

Not that she should be trusted either. I cringed when Jack sucker punched a Starfleet security guard in the face to get Seven out of her room. Seven goes along with it, and, hence, with seeing her own crew member rendered unconscious on the ground because of her support for someone she met only hours before. Multiple crew members show their disdain for Jack but accept Riker as their captain without a moment of hesitation.

A side note on Seven: The model of Voyager in her quarters emphasizes how fondly she thinks of her time there.

Then there’s the problem of Riker. You might remember that Riker literally drove the Enterprise D into a ditch in the first “Next Generation” movie, and then he was almost outmaneuvered by a Son’a battleship in “Insurrection.” (OK, he did also rescue Jean-Luc from the Borg.)

On the Titan, Riker is indecisive and incompetent, sitting in a captain’s chair he is not supposed to have on a ship he doesn’t know. He and Jean-Luc openly argue in front of the crew. And then — inexplicably — Riker takes Jean-Luc’s advice to take the fight to Vadic’s Shrike ship, even though the Shrike clearly is superior and the Titan is damaged. When that goes predicably terribly, Riker kicks Jean-Luc off the bridge, even though Riker is the one who agreed to give the order. (Picard’s insistence that the Titan fire back at the Shrike is reminiscent of his demand that the Enterprise E not self-destruct to destroy the Borg in “First Contact,” when he was clearly emotionally compromised .)

Riker and Picard are shown to have decades’ worth of mutual respect and friendship, and suddenly it disappears in a matter of minutes over their mutual poor decision making. They are decorated Starfleet officers who know how to operate under stress. Here, they are painted as impulsive, unprofessional children. The writing seemed to serve the action rather than the characters.

It doesn’t get any better in sick bay either, when Beverly starts inserting herself into treating injured officers, despite not being a member of Starfleet anymore and without the permission of the Titan’s chief medical officer. How would Beverly have reacted if a stranger had come on board the Enterprise and started using sick bay equipment and talking down to her about treatment?

None of the original “Next Generation” crew members come off well in this episode.

That is, except for Worf.

Worf, acting on a tip from Odo in the Great Link, has been — secretly, apparently — working for Starfleet to expose an incoming changeling attack. Changelings are a fun callback for “Trek,” a sleek way to bridge the universes of “Deep Space Nine” — where Michael Dorn did much of his best work as Worf — and “The Next Generation.” (Odo was played wonderfully on “Deep Space Nine” by René Auberjonois, who died in 2019. Worf and Odo were ideal friends on the station — both outsiders who preferred structure above all else. It’s no surprise they remained close even after Odo returned to the Great Link.)

“I have learned of late to access calm as much as fire,” Worf tells Raffi. (Later in the episode, Worf murders a captured changeling, and in a previous episode, he beheaded someone, so maybe he’s accessing the wrong internal channels.)

It’s unclear how Raffi got wrapped up in this, or why she is the right person to be an intelligence agent. She frequently shows herself to be hasty, much as Worf used to be. During the interrogation, Raffi repeatedly threatens violence — again, much as Worf used to do — and perhaps that’s the aim of the writers in pairing the two of them.

The reintroduction of the changelings and seeing Beverly and Picard reunite made the episode worth watching for me — but the Titan is now sinking in space, and I’m concerned the story line will sink with it.

Sopan Deb is a basketball writer and a contributor to the Culture section. Before joining The Times, he covered Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign for CBS News. More about Sopan Deb

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 3 Review: A Highly Satisfying Final Adventure

The end is nigh, and the “Next Generation” gang is back together

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Nic Cage, when asked if he would ever join the “Star Wars” franchise, emphatically responded: “I’m not in the ‘Star Wars’ family. I’m in the ‘Star Trek’ family.” This third and final season of the “Star Trek: Picard” is for the faithful, the sci-fi humanitarians who venture boldly from their couches, for folks like Cage.

The series once again rallies around Patrick Stewart’s Shakespearean now-retired Admiral Jean Luc Picard, reprising his role from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Loyal, egalitarian, lover of Earl Grey tea, and stuffed full of wisdom gleaned from his many travels on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Picard’s a born leader winding down. But the explorer isn’t quite ready to wrap himself in the robes of past accomplishments. There’s talk of relaxing with his books, brandy and penning a possible memoir beside the still thriving career of his Romulan love interest, Laris (Orla Brady).   

But wait…what’s that sound? That S.O.S. from a distant ship under attack beyond the borders of Federation territory in the 25th Century? Could it really be the siren call of one-time love Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) – reaching out to Picard over the universe as the last possible hero to rescue her from a dire situation? Um, yes.

With a fond good-bye to Laris, Picard, his voice no longer as strong as it once was, begins a final, and unsanctioned, mission to find out if it really is Crusher on the other end of the line. And, in the process, he gets the band back together in a highly satisfying, and clearly final, adventure.

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Enter Riker (Jonathan Frakes, who also directed two episodes), and Worf (Michael Dorn) and La Forge (LaVar Burton). Onward Lore, the android formerly known as Data (Brent Spiner), and Troi (Marina Sirtis), and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), and Raffi (Michelle Hurd).

Think of this as the reunion Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young would have had if their interpersonal squabbles hadn’t outlived the late David Crosby.

Picard gathers his team, starting with Riker (“old farts going boldly,” he wisecracks). The still-evolving plan is to go out and check the verisimilitude of the distress call. Untethered by Federation directives, Picard discovers that his kind of cowboy spontaneity in a vast untamed universal frontier has given way to bureaucracy and caution. But that never stopped him, no matter how properly he pronounced his vowels, and carefully he contained his anger.

Over 10 episodes, the Trek Expendables rescue Crusher and her first mate (“Downton Abbey’s” Ed Speleers), only to discover that there are much larger, more destructive forces at play with newly developed weapons of mass destruction that threaten the Federation down to its very shiny medals.

Stepping in as one of many antagonists is the ever-freaky Amanda Plummer as Vadic, captain of the superpowered starship Shrike. We won’t give away the scorched universe villain’s secret power, but she goes toe-to-toe with Picard on the Shakespearean asides. She’s a credit to her late father Christopher Plummer, a Trekkie who himself played villainous General Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

The ships, the sky battles, the views of space all dazzle in a visionary series that once used handheld communicators long before the birth of the cell phone. The adventures meld visceral danger with the intimacy of familiar characters, struggling with love, loss, addiction, power and father issues.

Despite addressing the inevitability of aging, there’s nothing creaky in the third and final season of ‘Star Trek: Picard.’ It comforts, and challenges, the audience’s knowledge of these characters that were drawn over decades, and are drawn together one last time. When this band gets back together, it really sings.

“Star Trek: Picard, Season 3” debuted on Paramount + on Feb. 16

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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 has launched at a breathlessly exciting pace and is loaded with fan-pleasing moments and massive plot twists in its first two episodes. The season's third episode, titled "Seventeen Seconds," maintains a steady sense of action but allows its characters the breathing room to unpack the big revelations from its preceding episodes. The episode keeps to the same high quality as its predecessors , though some cracks do begin to show as some of the character dynamics begin to feel slightly contrived.

After learning that Jack Crusher is his long-lost son , Jean-Luc Picard and Will Riker command the USS Titan deep into a nearby nebula, pursued by the villainous Vadic at the helm of her starship, the Shrike. With Riker at the helm, Picard finally gets the chance to speak with Beverly Crusher about their son and why she kept his existence a secret from him. With the situation growing more dire with every passing moment, Jack and Seven of Nine realize that more than just the Shrike and its crew are opposing them. There's also a threat on board the Titan.

"Seventeen Seconds" has some of the finest spacefaring battles in recent memory for Star Trek , depicting some creative use of physics and engaging pacing throughout the episode to keep the audience's riveted. This bombastic spectacle is underscored with a more intimate threat as Seven and Jack scour the Titan for signs of a mole in their midst without giving away that they're wise to the traitor's presence. The combination of the action and tension's scope serves the episode well, leaving the underlying feeling that no one is safe as the Shrike steadily catches up with the Titan.

Even beyond the regularly occurring action beats, the conversations throughout "Seventeen Seconds" are more than interesting enough that they don't feel like stopgaps between the high-octane scenes. In particular, the overdue reunion between Picard and Beverly Crusher is a highlight of the episode, with the two having a frank and charged discussion about everything that has transpired between them. And if the reveal of Jack's parentage in the preceding episode was a big enough bombshell, an even bigger plot twist in this episode establishes Picard Season 3's overarching conflict certainly will be.

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The biggest thing working against "Seventeen Seconds," indeed against Picard Season 3 so far, is some forced drama between its legacy characters. Picard has never visibly been aboard a starship under the command of his longtime first officer Will Riker before, and their differing strategies while under pursuit lead to a heated spat -- the most acrimonious they've ever been to each other. On some level, it extends the sense of peril, but the blow-up and Riker's unwillingness to heed Picard's advice leading up to their argument feel a bit hollow and out-of-character.

Concerns about interpersonal conflicts aside, "Seventeen Seconds" is a masterclass in setting stakes and pacing out constant action with important conversations. Picard Season 3 has expertly provided enough narrative hooks, plot twists, and cliffhanger endings to leave its audience eagerly awaiting each episode, with their appetite only growing across the interim week. Three episodes in, and Picard Season 3 still feels like it's only just getting started, promising a ride that will shake the Star Trek mythos to its core as it continues its love letter to the ‘80s and ‘90s era of the franchise.

Created by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman, and Terry Matalas, Star Trek: Picard releases new episodes Thursdays on Paramount+.

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In today’s streaming landscape, few shows are afforded the chance to deliver happily ever afters, and even fewer of those—who are given the chance to wrap up their stories—take it upon themselves to deliver finales that are satisfying from beginning to end. From the start, Star Trek: Picard has been one of the best series on television. It smartly paid homage to the past, while charting its own course through the stars, and with the final season it returned fully to its Star Trek: The Next Generation roots with legacy-making success.

Other franchises could learn from what Star Trek has delivered with Picard . Your beloved heroes can be flawed, and their offspring can be tormented by galactic baddies, and everyone can still make it home at the end of the day. Franchises like Star Trek are precious and generational and when you’re bringing something so monumental to a close, you don’t want to leave your audience in tears of sorrow, you want to leave them with tears of joy.

To perfectly bookend the Season 3 premiere, which was aptly entitled “The Next Generation,” Star Trek: Picard comes to a close with stunning visuals and a deep well of emotion with “The Last Generation. ” The episode opens with a dire message from President Anton Chekov (voiced by the original Pavel Chekov actor Walter Keonig ) who warns that Earth’s planetary defenses are falling to the Borg’s attack, and while he urges listeners to save themselves from the young who have been turned against them by the Borg, he remains hopeful that there is a way out of the situation.

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The crew of the Enterprise accesses the damage that Spacedock is sustaining and, while it is managing to hold its own against the fleet’s attack, Riker ( Jonathan Frakes ) questions where the cavalry is to save Earth. Unfortunately, as Data ( Brent Spiner ) reveals, the hails from the Federation and all other ships in the vicinity have gone completely silent. They are all that remains of the cavalry. With the realization that they are all that stands between Borg destroying Earth, they track down where the Borg Cube has been hiding within the gasses of Jupiter, and discover that they are using Jack ( Ed Speleers ) as a Command signal to broadcast their assimilation. With the solemness of a parent and the determination of a captain, Picard ( Patrick Stewart ) explains that in order to save Earth, and the galaxy, they will have to sever the beacon’s connection: no matter the cost.

From there, the episode is split into three distinct locations: the Enterprise , the Titan , and the Borg Cube. Each of which is gorgeously and impressively designed; lit and flawlessly designed to build on the intrigue and the anticipation of the unfolding story. Even the camerawork at times increases the sense of foreboding, creating a very off-kilter and uncertain sensation. While you may feel confident that Picard will deliver a well-crafted ending, you’re not entirely certain if everyone you care about will make it out alive.

Aboard the Titan , Seven ( Jeri Ryan ) and Raffi ( Michelle Hurd ) try to make the most of their reduced crew, even though the over twenty-five crowd isn’t exactly their best and brightest. They do manage to take back the bridge by setting their phasers to the portable beam-me-up, and transporting all of the Borg-infected crew to the locked-down transport room. While they do technically have the upperhand, Seven realizes that the Titan is still connected to the fleet formation and, in order to get out of the situation alive, they are going to have to figure out a way to disconnect from the fleet without the Borg realizing what their doing—which proves to be quite the challenge. Once they locate the Enterprise and piece together that Picard and the crew chose that ship because it wasn’t compatible with the fleet, Seven concocts a plan to cloak the Titan , scramble the fleet’s scanners, and hope like hell that they have enough firepower to shoot their way out of formation. Like a true Starfleet Captain, Seven delivers a short but rousing speech to the crew to instill them with hope that they can get through this situation and that the risk is worth it.

Back on the Enterprise , Deanna ( Marina Sirtis ) remarks that she’s never felt anything like this version of the Borg Cube before—all she feels is quiet suffering. Naturally, Beverly ( Gates McFadden ) asks if she can feel Jack, but all she can feel is that he has been completely consumed by the Collective. Worf ( Michael Dorn ), who is prone to practical nihilism, theorizes that Jack is likely past the point of no return, but Picard is confident that Jack is still in there. After all, Picard should know what it’s like to be used and abused by the Borg.

While the Borg Cube is doling out a lot of damage with their broadcast, Data reports that it’s only 36% operational and almost all of its resources are being used to send out their message. Rather than attacking the Enterprise , the Borg Cube lowers their shields and—as Picard recognizes—it’s an invitation. Their plan comes together quite quickly after that: in order to sever the connection between the Collective and the assimilated fleet, they’ll have to find the beacon on the Cube and destroy it. Unfortunately, Geordi ( LeVar Burton ) is certain that the only way they’ll be able to destroy that beacon is by beaming down onto the Cube and accessing the system directly. Beverly and Data manage to pull the life signs from the Borg Cube and isolate the one that is Jack’s, which will help them locate where he is too.

In another long-awaited moment for the season, Picard finally seems to fully accept what it means to be a parent. While he’s come a long way throughout the back half of the season, it’s the moment between him and Beverly on the Enterprise bridge, where he acknowledges that she has brought him this far, and now it’s his turn to bring home, which feels like a monumental shift for the character. We’ve seen Picard go through a lot across the three-season series, but this is truly his final frontier: fatherhood. The weight of the moment is alleviated soon after by an unintentionally hilarious line delivered by Worf. After Riker agrees to go down to the Borg Cube with Picard, Worf offers to go with them to make it a “threesome.” There are a lot of 'eyes, look your last' vibes as the trio departs the Enterprise , made all the more ominous by Picard’s parting words.

As one may expect after the crushing defeat the Borg faced decades ago, the Borg Cube is not the hive of activity it once was. It’s quiet—too quiet, as Riker points out grimly. It is, for all intents and purposes, a tomb filled with Borg who have died and been consumed by the remaining Borg. Once Beverly sends over Jack’s location, Picard recognizes exactly where he is because he’s still somewhat compatible with the Collective. With this realization hanging heavy between them, Picard explains that it’s time for them to part ways. He has to go be a father. The trio says farewell to each other and, if you didn’t know better, you may truly believe that we’re going to lose one or all of them. Before Picard goes headfirst into danger, he once again assures Beverly that she did everything right with Jack, which serves as their farewell too.

Picard descends further and further into the eerie depths of the Borg Cube, which is where he finds Jack in his full Borg glory being used to broadcast their message of assimilation. Where Jack failed to use his phaser on the Borg Queen (voiced by Alice Krige ), Picard has no qualms about firing upon her twisted, gaunt form. This season of Star Trek: Picard has focused heavily on the theme of “home,” particularly with the notion that crews become families and starships become home. It’s not lost on the audience that Picard is steadfast in his belief that he’s going to bring Jack home, and the Borg Queen makes a point of saying that Jack is already home.

The Borg Queen is so sickeningly pleased with herself when she calls herself Jack’s mother, taunting Picard with the fact that she and Jack share a common loneliness—one born out of Picard abandoning them both. Picard tries to bargain with her, offering himself up to her in return for freeing Jack. But these Borg aren’t looking to assimilate: they’re looking to evolve. Which happens to be another theme consistently used throughout Season 3. At last, we get the answer about why the Changelings and the Borg joined forces, and it’s extremely simple. Revenge. They both had their reasons to lash out against Starfleet, and together they saw a path forward toward evolution, using biology against Starfleet, and propagating their new future throughout the galaxy. They wanted to create a new generation of Borg who were designed to not only assimilate but to annihilate.

While this is unfolding, Worf and Riker manage to track down the location of the beacon and relay it back to the Enterprise . But their victory is short-lived, and a few of the remaining Borg awaken and attack them. They both take quite a few hits, with Worf sustaining the worst of them—enough to make the audience nervous about his fate. Things really start to reach a fever-pitch at the halfway point, as the Enterprise starts to take fire from the Borg Cube and the Titan starts to draw the attention from the fleet. Everything is going wrong, and hope feels fleeting.

One of the best moments in the episode comes about in the midst of the chaos. When Geordi points out that he didn’t have time to get the weapons systems fully up and running, Beverly jumps right into handling the weapons manually. Everyone aboard the Enterprise looks equally impressed and terrified that their beloved doctor didn’t even hesitate when unloading the full array of weapons. She makes a good point, however, a lot has happened in the last twenty years! And a lot is continuing to happen. And another incredible moment comes right on the heels of this one.

The path to the beacon at the heart of the Borg Cube is an impossible journey, according to Geordi. It’s essentially a maze, one filled with tight turns and impossible navigational requirements, and even the best of the best wouldn’t be able to safely traverse it. At least that’s what he thinks. The new and improved Data giddily assures Geordi that he has it. It may be statistically impossible, but he is confident in what his gut is telling him. Of course, Geordi is willing to put his faith and trust in Data—even when the outcome seems bleak. They manage to work their way through the Borg Cube, thanks to Data’s impressive navigation skills, but it feels like too little too late. Back on the Titan , they watch in horror as the Spacedock falls, leaving the Earth utterly defenseless to the Borg’s planned attacks, and every major city and every major populated area becomes their target.

As the Borg Queen warns Picard that he will kill Jack if he severs his connection to the collective, the crew of the Enterprise discovers that destroying the beacon will kill everyone on the Borg Cube. It’s do or die and, unfortunately, the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. While they’ve all played fast and loose with who they’re willing to risk to save Jack, reality starts to set in. Deanna solemnly points out that if they wait too long to make a decision, the Borg will kill everyone, and with the subtlest of nods Beverly acknowledges that they have to do this—no matter the cost. Geordi relays this information to Riker, offering to beam him and Worf back aboard the Enterprise , but they also know what must be done. Once they destroy the beacon, they’ll have less than a minute to escape, and Riker is willing to risk his life for the lifetime of friendship he’s shared with Picard.

Riker and Worf locate Picard right as he makes the decision to connect to the Collective again in order to save Jack. After decades of running from his history with the Borg, Picard acknowledges that he finally has something worth fighting for again: Jack. Inside that connection, Picard locates Jack, and he’s completely drunk on the euphoria of the Collective. He rhapsodizes about how he can feel all of them and the fact that he’s no longer lonely. He’s convinced that what he feels is perfection, but Picard tells him what he feels is death. The euphoria isn’t real.

Picard and Jack have had their fair share of father-son moments, though none of them have had the emotional resonance of Picard’s desperate plea to save Jack from the Borg. Jack is fully convinced that the Borg is where he belongs, something that was set into stone before he was born—his fate. They’ve preyed upon the loneliness he’s felt and Picard sees right through that. He tells Jack that he is the piece of him that he never knew was missing, and promises that he won’t leave him. As the Borg Cube starts to implode and the ground shakes beneath their feet, Picard tells him that Jack changed his life forever. The realization that his father is willing to die for him is enough to pull Jack free of the Borg, but it almost seems like it’s come too late. Still, the Borg Queen fights to keep her control of Jack, but he’s fully aware of the fact that he is no longer alone.

The Enterprise desperately tries to lock onto them, but it’s an impossible task. With the dark shadow of death descending upon them, Riker reaches out Deanna through their telepathic bond and tells her that he loves her and that he’ll be waiting for her with their boy on the other side. This heartbreaking farewell proves itself as an unexpected salvation. Now that Deanna can sense Riker, she is able to navigate the Enterprise through the Borg Cube so they can beam them up directly.

With the Borg once again—and hopefully permanently defeated—all is right in the world once more. Aboard the Titan , the younger crew breaks free of their assimilation before they can dole out any serious damage against Seven and her makeshift crew, prompting a sweet reunion between her and Sidney ( Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut ). On the Enterprise the relief is palpable as Picard and the rest of the crew reunited with their loved ones. Jack in his full Võx glory all but collapses into his mother's arms; Riker and Deanna share a much-needed kiss, Data and Geordi share a tender moment with an exhausted Worf who immediately falls asleep, and Picard welcomes Jack to the Enterprise, and it fully feels like welcoming him home.

As the series finale of Picard begins to draw to a close, Riker narrates his Captain’s Log, which starts at Stardate 1—the first of a new day. Through Riker’s narration, we learn that Beverly discovered a way to fully purge the Borg DNA from all the young officers, and developed technology to allow them to root out any of the remaining Changelings hiding out within Starfleet. This development leads straight into a long-awaited Star Trek: Voyager reunion.

In the aftermath of everything that went down on the Titan , Seven meets with Tuvok ( Tim Russ ), who luckily survived the Changeling attack, to tender her resignation. Instead of accepting her resignation, he shows her the officer review that Captain Shaw ( Todd Stashwick ) submitted long before Picard arrived on the Titan . While Shaw was tough on Seven, the report reveals just how deep his respect for her actually ran. Addressing her as Seven of Nine, rather than Hansen , he recommends her for a promotion to Captain—praising her for her ability to break rules and push the limits. He may be “by the books,” but he was looking forward to seeing how great the book she wrote would be. It’s a beautiful send-off for Shaw and the perfect closure to their embattled dynamic.

Raffi gets some satisfying emotional closure too, by way of her family embracing her again and her son happily agreeing to set up a time for her to reconnect with her granddaughter. When Worf comes in to say goodbye to her, they talk around the fact that someone—Worf—leaked information to her family about her classified valor commendations, which helped tip the scales of her relationship with them. Elsewhere, we learn that Data is still adjusting to his newfound emotions, which include seeing Deanna for therapy. After everything they’ve been through, one has to wonder just how many people are seeing her for counseling! The hilarious part of the therapy session is that she’s busily looking at vacation spots to get away with Riker instead of giving Data her full attention.

From there, the episode jumps a year into the future and a lot has changed. Despite being reluctant to the idea earlier in the season, Jack has finally joined Starfleet and landed himself on an expedited track. Jack is convinced it’s due to nepotism—he’s the son of Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard after all—but Picard is confident that he succeeded on his own merit, and assures him that names mean almost nothing. Jack is clearly nervous about getting his post, but not exactly for himself: he’s nervous about the big thing that he and his mother have been keeping a secret from Picard. He reveals that he has been assigned to the U.S.S. Titan , only the starship has been newly christened, in Picard’s honor, as the U.S.S. Enterprise G. This reveal allows Jack to echo his father’s words with a twist: “Names mean almost everything.”

Aboard the newly christened U.S.S. Enterprise , Jack is greeted by Captain Seven and her Number One, Raffi. But before he gets his official placement, Jack pulls out his typical Jack charm, jokingly ordering the crew to head to Matalas while commandeering the Captain’s chair. After cooling his jets, Jack questions Seven about what role he’s going to be assigned to, and advocates for why he fits practically every role, except maybe science. Instead of posting him somewhere far away from the bridge, Seven smartly decides to keep him right where she can see him, as Special Counselor to the Captain.

With that out of the way, Seven takes her seat in the Captain’s chair and Jack questions her about what her catchphrase is going to be. Connecting back to what Shaw said about the rule-breaking book that Seven will write as Captain, Jack refers to her catchphrase as her “writing the opening line of your legacy.” Rather than reveal what it will be, Star Trek: Picard leaves audiences anxiously waiting for Paramount+ to greenlight Star Trek: Legacy .

In a beautiful homage to the final chapter of The Next Generation and a fitting end to a series that started with Picard largely isolating himself from the world, Star Trek: Picard ends at 10 Forward, with Picard surrounded by friends and playing a captivating round of poker with not just his crew, but his family. So much of the season has centered around this idea of crew as family and starships as home and this final scene with the cast of The Next Generation truly exemplifies that theme. That idea extends even beyond the realms of fiction, bleeding into reality with this cast and, by extension, the audience that has found comfort and belonging within this corner of the universe.

The second season of Star Trek: Picard ended with the heartbreaking departure of one of the most constant fixtures of Picard’s life , Q ( John de Lancie ), and the series as a whole once again narrows in on the permanence of him in this universe. As Jack settles in aboard the Enterprise and begins unpacking his belongings (including a photo of his parents together) he quickly realizes he isn’t alone in his quarters. In the intervening time, Picard clued Jack in on Q’s existence (oh to be a fly on the wall for that conversation) and he quickly recognizes that he has now been caught in his web. While Q told Picard that humanity’s trial was over, it turns out that was just for Picard—not Jack. Star Trek: Legacy may not be greenlit at this time, but Picard ends on the perfect note to drive fans to demand more. Q tells Jack that his trials have only just begun, paving the way for so many exciting adventures for the thief, pirate, and spy that Starfleet gave a ship to.

As much as I fell in love with the new cast members from Seasons 1 and 2, in the end, all I needed was exactly what Picard needed: the crew of the Enterprise (new and old). Mix in the Borg and a Q after dinner delight and Star Trek: Picard became something that felt uniquely created for me. It’s difficult to put into words what Star Trek: Picard has meant to me, as a lifelong Star Trek fan and as someone who genuinely loves incredible storytelling that has the ability to reach out and leave echoes of itself within its viewers. From start to finish, the series has soared above and beyond expectations, but they left the best for last. How can you tell Picard’s story, especially one that pushes him into situations he has never faced before, without giving him the moral support of the people who know him better than anyone else in the world? It’s also a testament to what beloved franchises can do with their legacy: paying respect to the generation that ignited a passion in the hearts of fans while showing the next generation that they too can have adventures that resonate with audiences long after the credits come to a close. It’s not hyperbole to say that Season 3 of Star Trek: Picard is one of the best series finales to ever grace television screens, and hopefully, it’s the beginning of more stories that explore the final frontiers of characters we all love until the end of time.

Star Trek: Picard is streaming now on Paramount+.

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After two middling but slowly improving seasons of Star Trek: Picard , the show has returned for one last hurrah — and god damn, was it worth the rest. If you have ever considered yourself a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation (or even, to a lesser extent, Deep Space Nine or Voyager ), then get ready for the love letter coming your way on February 16th.

While this season puts its characters in terrible spots, and there are rumors a few will die by season’s end, this wild ride has a real genuine affection for all the players. It's the absolute most fun I’ve had watching Paramount Plus’ myriad of Star Trek shows. And part of my love of this final season comes from how excited the show is to take some of Star Trek ’s most flawless heroes and find the humanity in them. These characters are messy dumbasses, and it makes the adventure all the better.

Back in Deep Space Nine , Worf, new to the station and struggling with the many conflicting personalities of the crew, speaks fondly of the crew of the Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. “We were like warriors from the ancient sagas,” he says wistfully, “there was nothing we could not do.” Which was true. The crew of TNG fought gods, survived wars, discovered new species, traveled through time, got turned into monsters and back to people again, and occasionally got busy with alien ghosts inhabiting antique candles (you had to be there).

An older woman points a phase rifle at someone off-screen.

But the problem with TNG was the characters seemed to be without significant flaws. Sure, Picard liked Shakespeare a bit too much, Riker had his love of the trombone, and Troi’s fatal flaw was her love of chocolate. But when put up against other crews, like the Deep Space Nine one (it had a terrorist on the team!) and Voyager (it had multiple terrorists on the team!), the TNG crew felt more sanitized. For many fans, this was the boring crew.

Yet, if you squinted, you could see where the show glossed over what might be some significant character issues. Picard’s love of adventure got him killed multiple times, while Crusher was so sure of herself she’d regularly ignore commands and once even was convinced the universe was the broken one. Riker cracked jokes and put his career first to avoid intimacy, and Geordi LaForge was so obsessed with engineering he fell in love with a hologram. These characters have always had flaws, but they rarely, if ever, drove the action.

Until Star Trek: Picard .

Twenty years after Nemesis , this crew’s last big adventure together, they’ve all returned, and they finally feel like messy humans instead of warriors from the ancient sagas. Picard and Riker race to save Crusher, Worf deals with a new threat to the Federation, and Troi, Geordi and whoever Brent Spiner is playing this time around get caught up in the action too. They all still feel like the characters of TNG — only pried out of the 1990s syndicated space adventure mold and put into the 2020s prestige streaming show mold.

A young Black woman dressed in a Starfleet uniform stares at something off screen with concern.

Watching the first six episodes of this season, I kept thinking this was what it must have felt like to be a fan of the original series and finally get great movies like Wrath of Kahn and The Voyage Home . These are still the same characters, played by the same actors, but we’re seeing them in a way the original show never could have allowed. And I don’t just mean that it’s more violent, although Worf does dismember some people. Sometimes the characters make bad decisions in Picard . They mess up. They fight.

But when you worry Picard is starting to feel like a too-edgy sequel, there will be little moments of wonder you can only get in Star Trek . New discoveries. Clever puzzles that get solved. Old villains reappear and feel more menacing thanks to the bigger budget and better special effects of Picard .

Picard and Riker flank Seven of Nine on the bridge of the Titan. They are all seated, with Seven seated in the center.

Like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, this feels like a proper Star Trek show in a way a lot of live-action Star Trek has failed to. But because these are characters we’ve known since 1987, there’s real emotional weight to these adventures. And some shockingly good acting. Jeri Ryan is back as Seven of Nine, and she continues to steal every scene she’s in by virtue of just being that good, but she’s not carrying the whole show on her back like she sometimes did the last two seasons. Patrick Stewart seems to sometimes doze his way through Picard , but there’s a scene with him and Gates McFadden’s Crusher that will have you sitting up straight — eyes glued to the screen. Michael Dorn and Michelle Hurd both have their own scene-stealing moments as Worf and Raffi, respectively, and in one scene, Brent Spiner reminds us of why he and his characters Data and Lore had such fervent followings in the ’90s. There’s something a little electric as all these characters come together.

There are still four episodes of Star Trek: Picard I haven’t seen, and the show could drop the ball spectacularly. The wildness of this show (you should really make an effort to avoid all spoilers) could veer into absolutely absurd territory. But in these first six episodes, you have a very goofy, very thrilling, and very fun sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation .

Star Trek: Picard airs weekly on Paramount Plus beginning February 16 .

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Each Season of Star Trek: Picard Proved Captain Kirk Was Right

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  • Captain Kirk warned Admiral Picard about the limitations of rank in Star Trek: Generations.
  • Despite promotions and positions, Admiral Picard struggled to make a difference due to Starfleet politics.

When Patrick Stewart came back for Star Trek: Picard , some fans objected to how Starfleet treated the beloved former captain of the USS Enterprise-D. More specifically, fans were disappointed in Picard Season 1 because it wasn't more of a sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation . However, it is made clear throughout the three seasons of the sequel show, that Picard's relationship with Starfleet is prickly at best.

No matter what Jean-Luc Picard tries to do, he consistently experiences pushback from Starfleet brass. In fact, he quickly learns that, despite holding the rank of Admiral, Picard's inability to make a real difference calls back to a warning Captain James T. Kirk gave him in Star Trek: Generations . More specifically, the events depicted throughout Picard consistently prove that the famous captain of the original USS Enterprise was right all along.

Captain Kirk Warned Picard About Being Promoted by Starfleet

Don't [retire]! Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there, you can make a difference.

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Despite misgivings about Kirk's death , Star Trek: Generations was a good film that passed the torch from the Star Trek: The Original Series cast to The Next Generation crew. Perhaps the coolest part of the movie came before Kirk's untimely death, when Picard met the cowboy captain of the USS Enterprise. Desperate for help defeating Soren, Picard begged Kirk to leave the Nexus with him. This extra-dimensional space created a "heaven" of sorts for anyone who found themselves there. For Kirk, it was living at his uncle's farm on Earth and shared with a woman named Antonia.

Yet, Kirk quickly discovered the unreality of the Nexus made even minimal danger, such as jumping a ravine with his horse, all but meaningless. At first, he was content to stay in this imagined paradise, but eventually he decided to leave with Picard to face some real danger and, possibly, save some lives. Yet, before he agreed to go, he gave his successor a piece of hard-won advice from his own time on and off the bridge of his beloved starship. It's advice that Picard, ultimately, should have heeded .

Kirk wryly asks Picard if he's really the captain of the Enterprise , and then he asks if Picard is considering retirement. "Let me tell you something. Don't [retire]! Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there, you can make a difference." Having won and lost the rank of Admiral himself, Kirk clearly knew what he was talking about. The adventures audiences saw Picard take in his eponymous series only proved Kirk was correct about all of it.

Admiral Picard Was Powerless to Help the Romulans in Season 1

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The destruction of Romulus -- the capital of the Romulan Star Empire -- was a key detail in the rebooted Kelvin Timeline that began with Star Trek (2009) . Back in the Prime Timeline, the need to help rescue the Romulans was the crisis that caused Picard to accept promotion to Admiral , according to Picard Season 1 press materials. However, a secret order of Romulan agents in the Tal Shiar intelligence organization had other plans. The Zhat Vash were formed based on a prophecy that warned synthetic lifeforms would bring about the destruction of organic life in the galaxy. Even though Starfleet was planning to aid their people in relocation, they sabotaged that plan because the Federation used synths to build the rescue fleet.

The rescue fleet was being built on Mars at the Utopia Planitia Shipyards, and the Romulans orchestrated an attack by synths. They killed the human workers there, and the destruction destroyed the fleet built to rescue the Romulans . This left Starfleet stretched too thin after the decimation it suffered during the Dominion War. Still, Admiral Picard was adamant they gather what ships remained and head to Romulan space to rescue anyone they could. He was overruled and threatened to resign. To his surprise, Starfleet Command accepted his resignation.

Even though he was promoted from captain to full admiral, Picard had little power in the ranks of the admiralty to make a difference . Had he been the captain of the USS Enterprise , he could have, at least, defied orders and taken the ship to Romulan space. He wouldn't have been able to rescue everyone, but he could've rescued some of them. This act may have even inspired other captains to follow his lead. Yet, as an Admiral, he had almost no power to force Starfleet's hand. Thus, he left the organization he dedicated his life to in shame, not because of his actions but because of the fearful response by Starfleet Command.

The Borg Had to Ask for Picard Specifically to Get Him in Action in Season 2

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Jean-Luc Picard was reinstated as a Starfleet Admiral in Star Trek: Picard Season 2, and he served as the Chancellor for Starfleet Academy. While this role allowed him to have influence over training new Starfleet cadets, it didn't afford him that much responsibility. In the Season 2 premiere, Fleet Admiral Sally Whitley showed up to Chateau Picard in order to bring him into active service. An unknown species -- which turned out to be the Jurati Borg -- were appealing to join the Federation and would only talk to Picard .

The most authority Admiral Picard ever displayed on-screen was, not coincidentally, on the bridge of a starship, the refit USS Stargazer. He was able to activate the ship's self-destruct sequence using his own command code. In the alternate reality created by Q changing the past, Picard's rank was different in the almost Mirror Universe-like Earth Confederation . He was able to bluff his way around, showing he carried more authority as a "general" than he did as an admiral.

Season 2 of Picard didn't deal much with Starfleet higher-ups. But it's worth noting that Admiral Picard was only able to issue orders with no pushback because he was in command of a starship. Especially after the Stagazer's captain, Cristobal Rios, stayed in the 21st Century. Upon his return to his own timeline, it appears Picard didn't stay Starfleet Academy Chancellor for long. However, even if he had, he likely still would've encountered problems when he tried to help Beverly Crusher and the son he never knew he had.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Revealed Not Everyone Respected the Retired Admiral

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Star Trek: Picard: The Art & Making of the Series showcased the sequel series' creation, and the immeasurable talent that went into its making.

The final season of Star Trek: Picard opened by doing justice to Dr. Beverly Crusher unlike TNG . Desperate for help, she reached out secretly to Jean-Luc Picard, now a retired Admiral working on his memoirs. Again, if Picard had been in command of the USS Enterprise-F, he could've zipped over to her location without a second thought. As a retired admiral, however, he and Captain Riker (who had no ship of his own) had to try to con Captain Liam Shaw of the USS Titan-A to take them instead. As Shaw's infamous introduction proved, it was a con that didn't work.

Despite being beloved by fans and characters in series like Star Trek: Lower Decks , Shaw revealed Picard and company aren't heroes to everyone in Starfleet. As the season progresses, Picard has to go on-the-run to prevent the Changeling imposters from capturing him and his son, Jack. As the captain of the USS Enterprise, it's clear that Picard could've just run with his command. Relegated to retired admiral status, Picard was clearly on his backfoot. Whether he was talking to Shaw, Commander Ro Laren or other Starfleet officers, his rank and reputation carried almost no weight with his contemporaries .

Of course, Shaw's bias against Picard and Seven of Nine was born from his trauma at Wolf 359. Picard eventually earned his respect, and they all made a great team. Yet, throughout all three seasons of Picard, Captain Kirk's advice to him was proven correct again and again. As Admiral Picard, his ability to "make a difference" in the galaxy was severely limited by Starfleet politics. It was only from the bridge of a starship, be it the Stargazer, the Titan-A or the rebuilt USS Enterprise-D that he was ever able to have a real impact on galactic affairs.

Star Trek: Picard is available to own on DVD, Blu-ray, digital and streams on Paramount+, while Star Trek: Generation is available wherever movies are sold and streams on Max.

Star Trek: Picard

Retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard is drawn back into action when a mysterious young woman seeks his help, triggering a journey that leads him to confront the ghosts of his past. As he assembles a new crew to uncover the truth behind a dangerous conspiracy, Picard navigates a galaxy that has changed significantly since his days aboard the Enterprise.

Release Date January 23, 2020

Cast Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Main Genre Sci-Fi

Genres Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

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Franchise(s) Star Trek

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Star Trek: Prodigy Season 3 - Everything We Know

I'm mad star trek: prodigy made me like chakotay, i never thought my favorite star trek character would be a young vulcan.

  • Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 debuts with a perfect 100% Fresh score, surpassing even top-rated seasons of other Star Trek series.
  • Fans are raving online about the rich storytelling and well-developed characters featured in Star Trek: Prodigy season 2.
  • The high audience score of Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 has set a new standard in the franchise.

Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 debuts with a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, outpacing even recent and popular seasons of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , and Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek: Prodig y season 2 premiered on July 1st, with all 20 brand-new episodes releasing on Netflix that same day. Fan reaction online has been stellar, with viewers praising Star Trek: Prodigy season 2's sweeping story of universal stakes, richly-drawn characters, and ingenious connections to Star Trek lore.

Star Trek: Prodigy season 2's perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% Fresh exceeds Star Trek: Picard season 3's 97% Fresh rating, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2's 97% Fresh rating, and even Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 1's 99% Fresh rating. Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 easily beat out Star Trek: Discovery season 5's 80% Fresh rating for its final season. Interestingly, Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4 also garnered a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Star Trek: Prodigy season 2's 96% audience score blows away its fellow Star Trek series' audience scores . Check out Star Trek 's recent Rotten Tomatoes rankings below:

Star Trek: Prodigy season 2's 100% Fresh score is from only 6 critics' reviews so far, however.

Netflix has the option to order Star Trek: Prodigy season 3. Here's what we know about the young Starfleet crew of the USS Protostar's return.

Netflix Picking Up Star Trek: Prodigy Was A Smart Move

The next smart move by netflix would be greenlighting prodigy season 3.

Along with Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 achieving a 100% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the animated series landed in Netflix's top 10 around the world, in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. It certainly appears Netflix made a wise decision by picking up Star Trek: Prodigy following the beloved show's abrupt cancelation by Paramount+. The rabid fan campaign that helped save Star Trek: Prodigy is doing its part by binging season 2 all over the world.

It's clear from how Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 ends that there is much more story to tell.

Netflix would make another wise decision by greenlighting Star Trek: Prodigy season 3. Of course, Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 must meet the streamer's internal metrics of success in order to get a renewal, but Star Trek: Prodigy is getting some of the most positive reactions for a Star Trek series since the franchise relaunched in the streaming era with Star Trek: Discovery. It's clear from how Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 ends that there is much more story to tell, and hopefully Star Trek: Prodigy will fly on Netflix for more seasons to come.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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Prodigy’s Shocking Ending Connects (Nearly) All of Modern Star Trek Canon

Let’s dig into the memory banks.

The Loom attacks in 'Star Trek: Prodigy.'

The biggest Star Trek binge in franchise history has arrived. Netflix dropped all 20 episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 on July 1 , which led to a shocking and surprisingly open-ended finale. In addition to a time travel plot and a guest character who connects Prodigy to several other eras of Star Trek, the last episode, “Ouroboros Part II,” also syncs up with several major plot points from Star Trek: Picard . In fact, Prodigy’s finale helps make various aspects of Picard more explicable in the tapestry of modern Trek.

Here’s what the final moments of Prodigy mean for the Star Trek timeline, and how the show is set up for a hypothetical Season 3. Spoilers ahead.

Prodigy Season 2’s ending sets up Picard Season 1

The new crew of the USS Prodigy in the finale of 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2

The new crew of yet another new starship.

After defeating the Loom and Asencia, Gwyn, Rok, Dal, Jankom, Zero, Ma’jel, and Murf all find themselves back at Starfleet Academy. Finally, it looks like Star Trek’s Boxcar Children will get their happy ending, but no. It’s First Contact Day 2385, and as everyone in Starfleet celebrates, longtime fans know what’s coming. In Picard Season 1, April 5, 2385, is when Synths go rogue and attack the Utopia Planitia Shipyards on Mars. We saw this from a few different points of view in Picard , but the focus was on how it impacted Jean-Luc Picard. Here we see it from the perspective of the Protostar crew, various young people at Starfleet Academy, and the inner circle of Starfleet Command itself.

This leads to a few interesting and revealing references. Because of the Synth Attack, Admiral Jellico (Ronny Cox) makes it clear that “Starfleet Command has been asked to scale back and cease all exploration and focus on protecting our own planetary citizens.” This means the Romulan Evacuation has been canceled. As established in Picard , Jean-Luc was spearheading the Evacuation and resigned from Starfleet when it shut down. Now we know that the person who told Picard to quit was Jellico. In the Prodigy finale, Jellico says, “I have already informed Admiral Picard. He didn’t take it well, to say the least.”

This revelation is ironic. In The Next Generation's two-parter, “Chain of Command,” it was Jellico who took command of the Enterprise-D while Picard was on a secret mission. While Jellico isn’t technically a bad officer, the fact that he accepted Picard’s resignation in 2385 only adds to how furious Jean-Luc must have been.

Starfleet uniforms, combadges, and more

Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Picard (Patrick Stewart) in 'Picard' Season 1.

The uniform style seen in Picard Season 1 has been retroactively explained in the Prodigy Season 2 finale.

The impending Romulan Supernova doesn't originate with Picard Season 1 but the first J.J. Abrams reboot movie, where Spock was trying to help the Romulans avert the catastrophe and ultimately traveled back into an alternate timeline. In Prodigy, as Janeway, Jellico, and other Starfleet admirals discuss the future, there’s a mix of different uniform styles on display. Janeway is wearing the 2385-style uniform that Picard and Raffi wore in Picard Season 1’s flashbacks, while other characters wear a style closer to what we’ve seen throughout Prodigy . Jellico even lampshades the conflicting styles in this era, saying, “We don’t even have enough combadges to upgrade half the fleet.” These are small details, but this scene does a lot of work to tie Prodigy, Picard, and the Abrams films together.

The Crusher brothers meet

Jack Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard in 'Picard' Season 3.

Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) and his father, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), in Picard Season 3.

Before everything goes sideways on Mars, we see Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) visit his mom, Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), on Earth, where Beverly introduces Wesley to his then-new brother, Jack Crusher. There, in 2385, Jack is a toddler, but by 2401, he’ll be in his twenties and become an essential part of Picard Season 3.

“We wanted Wesley to meet Jack,” co-showrunner Kevin Hageman told Inverse before Prodigy Season 2’s launch. “At the time, the [ Picard producers] were curious what we were doing with Wesley.”

Will there be a Star Trek: Prodigy Season 3?

The USS Protostar (and also the USS Prodigy) in 'Star Trek: Prodigy.'

The USS Prodigy has arrived.

The final moments of Prodigy Season 2 reveal that the crew of the destroyed Protostar is being given another ship of the same class dubbed the USS Prodigy . This is notable because while the series is called Prodigy , the Season 2 finale is the first time the word references a starship.

Janeway gives everyone “field commissions,” making them all defacto Starfleet officers, and sends the crew on a mission of exploration despite Starfleet’s concerns. She explains: “As the Federation’s borders are receding, it's of the utmost importance that you are a beacon of light to those beyond our reach.”

There’s also an unexpected switch in commanding officer. Since Season 1, Dal (Brett Gray) has acted as captain, but he willingly hands command over to Gwyn (Ella Purnell). So as Prodigy Season 2 ends, it’s Gwyn who bodly leads the crew to where no one has gone before.

There are currently no concrete plans for Prodigy Season 3. In conversation with Inverse , the Hageman brothers emphasized that there’s “a lot of dreaming,” though it seems possible the Prodigy’s adventures could continue in another iteration of Trek beyond this series. But as of right now, the crew has been given a massive reset button and the chance to adventure across the Final Frontier.

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 is streaming on Netflix.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 8 Review – Surrender

An uneven episode of Star Trek: Picard works best when it's focused on the series' legacy characters.

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This Star Trek: Picard review contains spoilers.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 8

Star Trek: Picard giveth and Star Trek: Picard taketh away. Sometimes even within the same episode. Such is the case with “Surrender,” a wildly uneven hour that shines brightest when it focuses on the legacy crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation , but stumbles badly whenever it attempts to pivot back to the larger mystery of Jack Crusher’s true identity. The show’s repeated contortions to not answer this seemingly central question of its final season are rapidly becoming exhausting, and worse, are narrative momentum killers that take away from the much more interesting emotional character work happening elsewhere. 

Despite plenty of heavy-handed hints and Vadic’s ominous declaration at the end of last week’s episode that it was time for Jack to learn who he truly is, the explosive revelations we’re promised ultimately fizzle. In fact, Picard once again spends more time muddying the waters of the story than offering any real answers to the questions it keeps posing. Sure, Jack can apparently astral project into other people’s bodies now—a fact that one might expect his parents to be a little more concerned about?—but we still have no idea why he can do anything he’s doing, and the show doesn’t seem to view telling us as a particularly urgent priority. 

Though it does, at least, explain why Marina Sirtis has been essentially sidelined from the season up until this point, since it appears as though Deanna Troi may (at long last) hold the key to unlocking the truth of the strange visions he’s been experiencing and the recurring motif of the red door. (Since, you know, she can basically read his mind.)

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Thankfully, unlike “Dominion” last week, “Surrender” has enough other stuff going on that it’s a whole lot easier to overlook the clunky bits. A welcome reunion between Riker and Troi while imprisoned aboard Vadic’s Shrikeˆ brings the pair full circle emotionally, allowing them both a chance to finally work through some of the issues surrounding their son’s death. From Riker’s decision to lose himself in grief and push his wife away in the process to Deanna’s definitely less-than-ethical use of her Betazoid gifts to try and help him carry his sorrow, these are the sort of rich emotional moments that Picard has proven its best at. (Though it took far too long for the show to realize that fact.)

But, as someone who has been a Troi/Riker shipper since before I even understood the concept of shipping, the fact that Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes are still so note-perfect together is just wonderful to see. Troi’s exasperated enjoyment of Riker’s corny flirting is absolutely everything I love about their relationship and my only complaint is that just a handful of scenes are dedicated to the pair. (Though if they had to be interrupted and rescued by anyone, the newly self-actualized Worf is the correct choice.)

Particularly since the Rikers’ imprisonment by the Changelings is ultimately sort of pointless and does very little to advance the larger plot beyond telling us (in hindsight!) that Riker gave Vadic the information she wanted rather than allow his wife to be tortured–which, duh? But at least it leads to us getting the scene we’ve all been waiting for eight episodes to see, which is the entire The Next Generation crew finally sitting around a table together and trying to figure out how to save the day. I’ve talked before about how this vibe is really all most of us wanted from this show in the first place, a warm, big-hearted exploration of who these characters have become in the decades since we saw them last and how their individual connections have shifted and evolved over time. (Jean-Luc providing he’s not an imposter by telling Geordi his taste in wine is “pedestrian at best” is an all-time burn.)

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The episode’s showdown between Data and Lore is somewhat predictable—we all knew Data would triumph and most of us likely guessed it would be through the power of the love and genuine connection he’s experienced with his crewmates—it’s still incredibly fun to watch him name check the things that have given his existence a meaning that Lore cannot understand. ( Tasha Yar! Spot the cat! My heart! ). It’s another great example of what this season has done so well, using what is obvious nostalgia bait to also tell us something new about the characters we love.

Yet, despite Jack’s connection to two legacy characters, “Surrender” really struggles to make the mystery of his identity feel all that meaningful to the larger world of the show. Part of the problem is he’s still a character that none of us really know that well, a situation that’s exacerbated by the fact that it often feels as though Picard itself isn’t entirely sure what it’s meant to be doing with him. His core character traits seem to shift randomly depending on whatever a specific episode requires, and because the show refuses to tell us anything real about who he is, what he wants, or where he comes from,, we don’t necessarily know the truth of him any better than we do the Changelings that are hunting him. And that’s something that, at this late date in the season, is fairly concerning. Also, did poor Beverly get to do anything in this episode besides literally beg her son not to die? If Picard thought the fact that we cared about his parents’ relationship would be enough to make us, as viewers, care about Jack, the show might want to spend some more time on the two of them together, just saying. 

Weirdly, “Surrender” also marks the apparent end of Vadic as a villain, after a disappointing last hurrah in which she kills several barely there C-list Titan crew members, makes a lot of vague threats at the series’ core cast, and blusters dramatically about dark threats without actually telling anyone anything useful. That she’s ultimately sucked out of an airlock is a much cooler death than her character probably deserves, all things considered. This is no shade on Amanda Plummer, who is clearly having a blast being as over the top as possible at every given moment, but it’s difficult to feel anything but disappointed at the way this character has simply fizzled out over the back half of the season. 

With two episodes to go and a truly ridiculous amount of questions still to be answered, your guess is as good as ours about how the larger narrative threads of Jack’s secrets, Picard’s dead body, and the impending Changeling attack on Frontier Day will all come together. But we can only hope that Picard remembers the lessons that have already made this season so much stronger than the two that have preceded It: These characters, the legacy they share, and the future they’re forging together.

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It’s Time for a New Adventure

Six months after saving the Federation in the incredible season one finale , our young heroes are aiming to enroll in Starfleet Academy. They get their first taste of adventure when Admiral Janeway ( Kate Mulgrew ) calls upon them for a special mission. Welcoming them to the beautiful Voyager-A is the Doctor ( Robert Picardo , reprising his role from all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager ), but Dal ( Brett Gray ), Rok-Tahk ( Rylee Alazraqui ), Zero (Angus Imrie), and Jankom Pog ( Jason Mantzoukas ) quickly get the sense the admiral and her senior staff are hiding something. Whereas Janeway asserts their mission is to study the temporal wormhole formed after the destruction of the Protostar last season, there’s certainly more to it than that.

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If you don’t remember the season one finale that well, you may be wondering where Gwyn ( Ella Purnell ) is. As we expected, “Into the Breach, Part I” doesn’t shy away from reiterating for its audience the complex situation involving Gwyn’s species, the Vau N’Akat, inhabitants of the ill-fated planet Solum, which, 50 years in the future, will be subjected to a brutal civil war after first contact with the Federation. Gwyn is on a mission to prevent that war from happening, so she’s in a shuttle heading for Solum, which in the present day doesn’t even know extraterrestrials exist. There’s no way that mission can go wrong, right?

Aboard the Voyager-A , Dal and his friends discover Janeway’s true mission at the wormhole: Fly a temporally shielded, extra-chonky shuttle called Infinity through the wormhole to rescue Captain Chakotay ( Robert Beltran ). And if you don’t remember his situation from season one, “Into the Breach, Part II” has you covered. Basically, Janeway wants to get her first officer and friend back from the clutches of the Vau N’Akat 50 years in the future.

In the season’s second episode, Gwyn does indeed reach Solum and attempts first contact, but quickly finds a cold welcome. To our hero’s surprise, Asencia ( Jameela Jamil ), the person who was sent from future Solum to help search for the Protostar, has already reached Solum and prepared her people for Gwyn’s arrival; she asserts Gwyn is a spy and a traitor to the Vau N’Akat. (At this point, maybe just watch the last few episodes of season one to refamiliarize yourself properly with all the time-travel shenanigans.)

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Asencia, using her younger self as proof, shows Solum’s elders she is truly Vau N’Akat, whereas Gwyn is just a Federation lackey. Luckily (and we mean really luckily ), Gwyn escapes Asencia’s trap long enough to stumble upon the Vau N’Akat formerly known to us as The Diviner, Ilthuran ( John Noble ), who is simply a humble astronomer in this time. Oh, and he’s Gwyn’s dad, don’t forget – although for him, Gwyn hasn’t been born yet.

It’s pretty shocking for a person who doesn’t know aliens exist to find his extraterrestrial, not-born-yet daughter on his doorstep, but Ilthuran is joyed at the occasion and promises to help Gwyn prove to the Solum elders that she is telling the truth about her origin. This idealistic version of John Noble’s character is quite different from the villain we knew in season one, and to his credit, Noble makes the shift entirely convincingly. Similarly, Jimmi Simpson returns to Prodigy as Lorekeeper, a robot that helps Ilthuran keep track of Vau N’Akat’s knowledge. It’s the Lorekeeper who helps Gwyn realize there’s a way to convince Solum’s leadership of her origins.

As seen in “Who Saves the Saviors,” the disagreement between Gwyn and Asencia can be resolved (in quintessential Star Trek fashion) by a Vau N’Akat ritual, the Va’Lu’Rah, the victor of which will prove themselves as legitimately Vau N’Akat. After a few minutes of fancy fisticuffs in the depths of a treasured place in Vau N’Akat culture, Gwyn seems to be on the edge of victory until she starts to become displaced in time, no thanks to the adventures her friends are having after encountering the temporal wormhole.

“Jefferies Tubes only lead to trouble.” – Rok, who must have seen every Star Trek episode, as Dal tries to sneak near the bridge to ascertain Janeway’s secret plan.

And just how are Dal and his friends causing temporal shenanigans? After arriving in the Voyager-A at the temporal wormhole, our heroes accidentally find themselves and their new rival, Nova Squad’s resident Vulcan Maj’el ( Michaela Dietz ), on a one-way shuttle to post-Civil War Solum. And yes, it’s that Nova Squad of The Next Generation and Lower Decks fame

By going through the wormhole earlier than Janeway planned, Dal et al. are placing the entire timeline at risk. Why? If Chakotay doesn’t send the Protostar , which contains the destructive Construct, back through time to abandon the ship on Tars Lamora, Dal and his friends would never find the ship and have their first-season adventures. The Federation could succumb to the Construct, Gwyn would never have been born, the Protostar crew would never band together, and the timeline would unravel and doom everyone. Got it? Kudos to your kids if they can keep up with this intriguing and complex plot.

“His sacrifice changed our lives.” “He changed mine, too. And that’s why we have to save him.” – Zero and Janeway about Chakotay.

By crash-landing on the Solum of the future, our heroes first assume they must stay out of Chakotay’s way, lest the captain not escape Solum, but they soon realize their presence must be the factor that aids the escape of Chakotay and his first officer, Adree-Hu ( Tommie Earl Jenkins ) since all these people soon find themselves sharing the same prison cell. Just as it appears their prison break is going to plan, our young heroes realize their involvement has altered the timeline, as Chakotay and Adree-Hu end up being on the Protostar as it escapes back in time from Solum, which wasn’t supposed to happen.

“Who Saves the Saviors” ends with Dal, Jankom, Zero, and Maj’el trapped on the post-Civil War Solum, while the Protostar zips its way to a time it’s not supposed to be in. Gwyn, meanwhile, seems trapped in the dark depths of present-day Solum, her temporal nature in flux considering the actions of her friends, and Asencia is in a position to ensure no outsiders ever come to Solum. Oh, and Janeway and the crew of the Voyager-A are facing off against an unknown presence at the mouth of the wormhole, a presence that warned the admiral against going through the tunnel. Did we leave that out?

A Kids Show for Everyone

It’s a bit to swallow, isn’t it, and tracks with what we know of Prodigy ’s penchant for surprisingly complex science-fiction storytelling despite being aimed at kids. That’s the thing we like best about this show: It doesn’t talk down to its intended audience, and indeed adults will find Prodigy perfectly entertaining – perhaps even more so than Prodigy ’s sister shows.

This show’s reputation for being a feast for the eyes hasn’t diminished, either, as locations like the Voyager-A , current-day and future Solum, the pit where Gwyn and Asencia fight and the temporal wormhole look as gorgeous as we’d expect. Find a “kids” show that looks this good, we dare you.

On the character front, we expect to see some interesting developments based on what’s in the first three episodes. A conversation between Gwyn and Dal before everything goes to hell hints at furthering their young, awkward romance, but much will need to happen to have these characters reunite across space and time.

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“To touch, taste, smell, love… with your Medusan physiology, you may never experience these things the way humanoids do. In my experience, we all have an opportunity to grow beyond our programming.” – The Doctor, to Zero.

Zero, a non-corporeal entity trapped in an environmental suit, is as wanting of physical connection as ever, as shown in the Medusan’s observation of Starfleet Academy students. It’s appropriate, then, that Prodigy ’s writers were able to sneak in a small interaction between Zero and the Doctor, the latter of whom was able to relate about lacking physical intimacy (although really, Voyager was pretty spotty on that front… sometimes the Doctor could phase through objects, sometimes not. The show never picked a lane).

Rok-Tahk, lovable as ever, is thrilled to attend Starfleet Academy, and seemed to quickly make a name for herself before embarking on Janeway’s special mission; she created a method for stopping Tribble reproduction (Klingons would be ecstatic!) In the season premiere, it’s touching to see her finally find someplace she feels she belongs, after searching for her sense of self in season one. We don’t see much of her and security-officer-in-training Murf ( Dee Bradley Baker ), as they are left behind when Dal and company accidentally take the Infinity into the future, but we’re sure that pair will cross paths with their friends soon enough.

For his part, Jankom is trying to make some major self-improvement to his personality. Instead of being hot-tempered or rude to people, he is practicing being a nicer person, all the better to fit in with his academy training. To his credit, the Tellarite is more successful than not, but slips into good ole’ Jankom do appear, to some comedic effect.

The most prominent character spotlight comes via Gwyn, as we get the strongest look yet at Vau N’Akat culture both before and after its disastrous Civil War. Remember, Gwyn didn’t grow up on Solum, and indeed never saw the world before making first contact. Her culture presents strong ritualistic vibes, their remarkably detailed architecture and fashion sense strongly invoking the heirlooms Vau N’Akat holds so sacred. Good on Prodigy’s production team for crafting such a convincing presentation of Vau N’Akat culture. This show’s production values are spectacular.

We’re so happy to have Prodigy back. This show proves itself as something its recent live-action brethren generally aren’t: colorful, frequently chuckle-worthy (like Jankom with his bird puns), charming as hell, and liable to expose your inner child and pull at your heartstrings, especially if you’re a long-time Star Trek fan. We’ll never understand why CBS canceled this show, but thanks to Netflix for pulling through for fans. Now, let’s binge a few more episodes, shall we?

Stray Thoughts:

  • The first time we see Rok, she is lecturing about a certain Lt. Larkin and his experience with Tribbles, which is undoubtedly a reference to the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “The Trouble with Edward ” and its titular character, Edward Larkin, played by H. Jon Benjamin.
  • Gotta love the hit of French horns (reminiscent of Voyager ’s theme music) when we see the shuttle from the Voyager-A pick up the kids, and then when we see the ship itself.
  • The Doctor gets a stab at the classic “I’m a doctor, not a…” Star Trek line when he says, “I’m a doctor, but a butler” to the kids as they toss him their luggage.
  • The Lamarr -class Voyager-A is such a sleek, striking design. It has elements from the Protostar -class, the Sovereign -class, Intrepid- class, and perhaps even a tinge of Odyssey -class.
  • The Doctor mentions how the original Voyager is now a museum piece. The hectic journey of that ship to the museum is seen in Lower Decks ’ “ Twovix .”
  • The Doctor notes how Starfleet is currently preoccupied with the Romulan evacuation – the same one that is a catalyst for the events of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek (2009) .
  • It appears the Voyager-A allows turbolift entry directly into one of its holodecks, which isn’t something we’ve seen on a Federation starship. Voyager-A also contains Cetacean Ops, a department aboard many Federation starships but only seen in Lower Decks (and referenced in The Next Generation ).
  • What are the chances Murf and Rok stumble upon Dal, Jankom, and Zero as they are trying to enter the unrestricted and mysterious shuttle bay three?
  • Why was Gwyn’s shuttle and its resident Starfleet officer so close to Solum’s surface during Gwyn’s attempt at first contact? The shuttle was within eyesight when Gwyn saw it destroyed. Having an alien ship easily visible to a planet’s populace is not a good recipe for first contact.
  • Why exactly did the Protostar ’s black box contain footage of Chakotay’s escape not possibly captured by cameras on the ship?
  • Maj’el could have used Discovery ’s instant-transporters during her much-delayed walk to shuttle bay three, yeah?
  • What are the chances Dal pokes the cloaked Infinity in exactly the spot that opens its doors?
  • Maj’el places Dal and company under arrest under Starfleet Regulation 7, Paragraph 4, which was previously mentioned in TOS ’ “The Omega Glory” and specifies, “An officer must consider themselves under arrest unless in the presence of the most senior fellow officers presently available, the officers must give a satisfactory answer to those charges.” No, we don’t have that memorized… tip of the hat to Memory Alpha .
  • How would Maj’el know about Gwyn and her burgeoning romantic interest in Dal?
  • Maj’el notes of a couple time paradoxes in Starfleet history, including the Bell Riots (as seen in Deep Space Nine ’s two-parter “Past Tense”) and Zefram Cochrane’s warp tests, as seen in Star Trek: First Contact . Interestingly, the subtitles for “Who Saves the Saviors” leaves off the “e” in Cochrane’s name.

The Star Trek: Prodigy voice cast includes Kate Mulgrew (Hologram Kathryn Janeway), Brett Gray (Dal), Ella Purnell (Gwyn), Rylee Alazraqui (Rok-Tahk), Angus Imrie (Zero), Jason Mantzoukas (Jankom Pog), Dee Bradley Baker (Murf), John Noble (The Diviner) and Jimmi Simpson (Drednok) in addition to recurring voice cast members: Robert Beltran (Captain Chakotay), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Jason Alexander (Doctor Noum), Daveed Diggs (Commander Tysess), Jameela Jamil (Ensign Asencia), Ronny Cox (Admiral Jellico) and Michaela Dietz (Maj’el). 

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| July 7, 2024 | By: Anthony Pascale 37 comments so far

 “Observer’s Paradox”

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2, Episode 5 – Debuted Monday, July 1, 2024 Written by Jennifer Muro Directed by Ruolin Li & Andrew L. Schmidt

An entertaining, lore-filled episode focuses on the characters and their new season stories.

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Coffee… Janeway is in her happy place.

WARNING: Spoilers below!

“Guys, we can fix this.”

The temporal tinkering done by the gang that took the Infinity for a joy ride results in an official inquiry that only leaves Janeway flustered by the kids, leniently chocking it all up to an unfortunate accident. With the usual exception of Dal, they realize they got off easy by only being put on probation. But when Murf recreates the spiral from Gwyn’s vision with bits of their lunches, they realize their blobby friend has been talking with their mysterious benefactor, and start a new goal of figuring out how to communicate with the Mellanoid slime worm . This latest scheme requires the gang to figure out how to avoid The Doctor, who has been tasked with keeping an ever-present holographic eye on them, so Zero takes one for the team by engaging him in a discussion of his latest holo-novel. As Dal and Gwyn catch up in a nice moment, they also research that spiral and have the breakthrough revelation that it is a petroglyph tied to an ex Federation colony… one that used to be the home of Chakotay. After Pog’s humorous but failed attempt to program the universal translator to understand Murf, they turn to a very reluctant Rok, who wants nothing to do with their rule-breaking shenanigans. But after they tug on her heartstrings–and she gets a nice slimy hug–she agrees to put her big brain into it and gets a big assist from her even bigger new friend, a whale named Gillian, who’ll do “anything for Rok.” Aww.

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Murf shows off what he learned at improv classes.

 “The mission is over.”

The kids aren’t the only ones wondering if Chakotay is connected to the mysterious entity, as Janeway’s investigation leads her to the same possibility. But unfortunately Admiral Buzzkill Jellico doesn’t care; he orders her to close the wormhole and head back home. She acquiesces, but has to retreat to her ready room full of memories of her time on the original Voyager as the order is given and her possible only link to her former first officer is lost forever. “Am I a fool to hope that he is still out there?” she asks the consoling Doctor… heartbreaking. Maybe the kids will be that hope: It turns out Murf is aquatic, so after some convincing, he and Rok jump into Gillian’s tank and the little blob takes to it like a—well, like a fish, and he and the whale have a nice chat. She translates the message “find me” and coordinates for Gwyn’s new temporal armband. After she convinces Dal it’s worth the risk, Gwyn dials in to find herself flying through space, returning to that spiral and an ominous voice, “Find me before they do.” Returning to Voyager before she loses herself to the void of time, she exclaims, “Chakotay, I know where to find him!” Holy A-koo-chee-moy-a !

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These kids are Gillian’s favorite show.

Say hey, Chakotay!

This episode was deeply satisfying in many ways, but especially to longtime fans of this series and Star Trek: Voyager . Now that we’ve tied things together from the first four episodes, we start to deal with the consequences, which this show doesn’t shy away from. While Janeway is a bit lenient, the kids (for the most part) show how much they get what they have done has an impact, which is an important lesson. The one character fighting his own growth is Dal, but that appears to be by design, although he is able to have real conversations with Gwyn, which shows emotional growth. Speaking of characters having real conversations, Gillian is a delightful addition as a friend and perhaps new mentor for Rok. A standout character in this episode is Robert Picardo, who gets to have fun minding the kids and espousing his latest holo-novel, adding his unique humor but also being the perfect person to console Janeway when she loses the wormhole connection to Chakotay in that heart-wrenching movement, with the perfect (and very Star Trek) message that “hope is never a foolish thing.” However, the introduction of Picardo’s Doctor is coming at the expense of Dr. Noum and Commander Tysess, even though those characters introduced in season 1 are voiced by excellent actors, so hopefully they will be explored more in the rest of the season.

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Now this is how you improv!

The flashback scene of Janeway and Chakotay was also heartbreaking, with a nice performances from both actors that should keep J/C fans buzzing. But his character was also woven throughout the episode, as he has been throughout this series. Prodigy went out of its way to honor Chakotay by bringing back key parts of his story, including turning his iconic medicine bundle into a key plot point and a key emotional trigger. In addition to reminding us of aspects of Chakotay’s background, the episode also added some elements, like connecting his background to the Nicarao people . And in another deep cut from the extended universe, the episode officially canonized Chakotay’s homeworld as Trebus from the novel Pathways , written by Voyager co-creator Jeri Taylor. All the focus on Chakotay was a nice reminder of the stakes of the series, and it certainly looks like he is at least connected to the mysterious entity that has been communicating with Janeway and the kids all season long, which is exciting.

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That look says Janeway has been reading some J/C fanfic.

Final thoughts

As we make our way through the first episodes of season 2, it’s nice to see this show does not shy away from diving deeper into character stories and their franchise history. This show should still work for new fans, but it is also delivering on a new level for the old fans. The first five episodes have done a good job of resetting the story and setting up the stakes for a fantastic season of Star Trek, in any medium, and for any audience.

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What if we agreed to that four-shift rotation?

  • Stardate 61865.1
  • The Doctor’s latest novel is titled Love in the Time of Holograms .
  • Referring to the kids, the doctor says he hasn’t seen a crew that dysfunctional since the Cerritos, indicating he is visited the main ship from Star Trek: Lower Decks.
  • Gillian the whale is named for 20 th -century cetacean scientist Gillian Taylor  from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home .
  • Gillian is a descendant of George and Gracie, the humpback whales that were brought to the future with Dr. Taylor in that movie.
  • Gillian is voiced by Bonnie Gordon , who voices the ship’s computer as well as other characters.
  • The flashback scene with Chakotay and Janeway appears to pick up right after the flashback scene in the season 1 episode “Asylum.”
  • Captain Chakotay’s personnel file showed his birth year (2329), serial number (47-alpha-612), and affiliation to the Rubber Tree People, all previously established on Star Trek: Voyager . His status is listed as “Unknown” as of 2383.
  • Her Starfleet Academy diploma
  • A model of the original USS Voyager
  • Her old Voyager badge
  • Her old Voyager phaser
  • The hairpin from her time as Queen Arachnia .
  • A compact mirror connected to the short story “Isabo’s Shirt” by Kirsten Beyer  from the Distant Shores anthology.
  • An official seal of the city of her birth, Bloomington, Indiana .

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Janeway should keep all her memorabilia in the box to be considered mint condition.

TrekMovie’s  Prodigy July binge-watch

Since all 20 episodes were released on Netflix at once, we’re binging it in five-episode arcs; we can’t stick to watching just one a week! Each All Access Star Trek podcast (every Friday morning) will cover five episodes, while written reviews for all five will publish throughout the week, with two-parters paired up.

This will all wrap up just as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off at the end of the month. We also hope to have more Prodigy interviews and analysis in July and beyond.

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We welcome fans joining us through July covering 5 episodes each week. However, for those choosing to binge the show even faster, we ask readers to avoid spoilers for episodes beyond the latest recap/review in our comments section .

Season 2 of  Prodigy is available to stream on Netflix globally (excluding Canada, Nordics, CEE, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Belarus and Mainland China) and season one is currently available on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe with season two coming soon. Season two has launched in France on France Televisions channels and Okoo.

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Another episode which kept me engaged and entertained. Upon hearing the whale’s name is Gillian, I couldn’t help but smile. This show keeps hitting me in all the right places, and the story is compelling as well, with a tight plot and good placement of humor. I’m trying to pace my episode-watching with Anthony’s reviews to enhance the experience, but it’s a challenge not to binge them all. Successful so far!

I’ve binged the whole series now and am very impressed, this is as good as any of the new shows since Discovery started. It really has the “heart” of trek.

Wasn’t this review of episode 5 supposed to be posted last Thursday, before the podcast? I’ve been holding off listening to the latter until after I read the former. Just wondering… Love the pod!

Janeway, Chakotay, the Doctor, Jellico. Is this yet another show that trades on nostalgia and legacy characters to win fan affection?

Literally every show in the modern era has done that, with Picard and SNW being the worst culprits by far.

But what I like about Prodigy is that those appearances A. Feels more organic and B. Doesn’t go overboard with them.

Most of us know another big legacy character shows up soon but the way they used them was fantastic and really service the story. In fact I went on a diatribe on another board about the character and how lazily he was used on one show versus this one. It’s night and day.

(It’s a little odd to speak in code for a show whose entire season has been out a week now but I get it but I just want to talk about it too)

I’d say Picard did nostalgia right, especially in the final season. SNW though… yeesh. There is literally no need for repeated Kirk visits, Scotty turning up and just so happening to be Pelia’s former student, no need for La’an to be related to Khan etc etc.

Yeah for the most part Picard was OK. None of it felt very forced, especially because it was a sequel it’s easy to throw in whoever you want as long as they aren’t dead…but this being Star Trek…

But there were things like having Moriarty show up that just felt so unnecessary since it added nothing. Or having Kirk’s body being held by Section 31…like why?

But overall it was OK. But I agree with you on SNW. It feels like overkill at this point and I love the show. But season 1 alone added six legacy characters just as guest star roles ON TOP OF the main roles like Spock, Chapel, Uhura etc. And it wouldn’t be so bad if so much didn’t feel forced or completely out of canon like T’Pring and definitely Kirk. Again if you want to do a prequel, fine, but still have it make sense.

That’s another reason why I love Prodigy because none of it feel forced and they are much conservative in terms of adding legacy characters.

Again not trying to ”spoil’ anything but only 2 additional legacy characters shows up and only one of them has a major role.

But it’s not a revolving door of legacy characters like it is on Picard and SNW.

Oh please. You’ve got it backwards. Picard season 3… Random inexplicable cameos from the likes of Tuvok, Ro, Shelby, Moriarty, Lore, the Enterprise D, the Enterprise F, the Enterprise G… Picard S3 was an utter mess, and the only reason it was popular was because of nostalgia.

Stop acting like you are the arbiter of what is good and bad Star Trek. This kind of gate keeping is what gives this fandom a bad name. My opinion is my opinion and don’t get to tell me I’m wrong.

Surely not.

Another big winner. As a huge Voyager fan, I really appreciated all the nice Easter eggs in it and yes Chakotay’s backstory. That was a great reveal.

And I completely missed the name of the whale was Gillian. Not only that but that it’s a direct descendant from George and Gracie from TVH. Yeah I know, duh, but it didn’t hit me until someone said it on another site.

These are the things hard-core Trek fans love. Prodigy is just one big love letter to Star Trek just like LDS feels.

So basically you love these new shows because of nostalgia, references and legacy character back-stories?

What happened to boldly pushing the franchise forward?

Sometimes I really hate the internet.

Harry I was the BIGGEST proponent of Discovery going into the 32nd century because I wanted just that, something completely new and fresh that didn’t rely on legacy characters or storylines. I really loved seeing Pike and Spock in season 2, but I had zero qualms to leave them behind to see Discovery do something it should’ve done in the first season and just be its own show in a new setting. That’s what I wanted from the beginning. Many did in fact.

I am also one of the dozens and dozens of fans actually excited about SFA because it stays in the 32nd century and hopefully build more on this period than Discovery did and have said so more times than I can count.

That’s me happy they are pushing the franchise very forward and boldly, correct?

I can also enjoy seeing my favorite characters back, especially when done well on shows like this. But I don’t understand how hard is it for people to get you can simply enjoy both? Why is this simple concept to grasp that you can enjoy seeing Spock, Seven or Worf again but still JUST as excited to see the franchise boldly go somewhere new with new characters and concepts. It’s not a binary choice, seriously. I was the guy who was hoping Discovery ended up in a new galaxy at the end of season 4 and so then in season 5 we start anew again. Instead they attached the season to a 30 year old TNG episode and brought back the Breen. I wasn’t asking for either but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

I love this board but I get sick of all the whining over anything people disagree with or people making bizarre assumptions about you because you have the nerve to be excited about something you’re not.

Chill out. You can hardly blame my comment when your original post about the show/episode boiled down to three bullet points:

  • Voyager easter eggs and Chakotay backstory
  • The Voyage Home reference
  • The above two being “things hardcore fans love”, a “love letter to legacy Trek” and calling out Lower Decks, the ultimate nostalgia-bait show.

No I will not ‘chill out’. Dude you attacked me and made bizarre assumptions because I’m happy they gave gave backstory to a known character and filled in the universe a little more?

How does that mean I ONLY care about a show if it has legacy characters or nostalgia? Do you understand how logic works. Did those three lines imply I don’t want new things?? You do realize this is the second season of the show and I’m simply commenting on the things they were advancing from the first season?

This is the show Harry. You whining about having legacy characters in a show that already came out..wait for it now, 3 years ago is eye rolling at this point.

I don’t know if you are new here or not but this topic comes up every other week for years now. I have been accused of this myself about a dozen times now, half of that by one poster alone who spent all her time here telling people they only want more nostalgia. Thankfully she’s gone now because she had become a broken record that you managed to do in just two posts.

I can guarantee you Harry when this show was first announced not once did I say this show better have a lot of VOY and TNG characters or I won’t watch it. We didn’t make any of these shows, we’re simply watching them and praising them on the things they do well just as much when we think they got something wrong.

If you think there is too much of an alliance on legacy characters, nostalgia and constant call backs I’m not actually disagreeing with you, but this has been the case literally since 2009 when the first Kelvin movie premiered. It’s now 2024, it’s not going away.

Hopefully SFA will be a show that just does it’s own thing and not somehow tie into DS9. But trust me once it shows not enough fans care about it they will figure out a way to bring in Dax and put them on the show as a professor or something.

That’s supposed to be reliance. ;)

I “attacked” you? LOL, ok.

You don’t get to attack people on this forum and then get uppity when they call you out on it. That’s not how this works. You don’t like Prodigy? Fair enough. But how about showing a bit of respect for those of us that do.

It’s not a binary choice

That is the absolute truth, thank you for saying that.

Four episodes in and sadly am still not getting the praise. It seems to me that the secret to telling a story about young adults in a dramatic context is to let them be *fallible* young adults who must bear the responsibility for their decisions. Yet, having created a full-on crisis, they so far face no sanction at all. Even worse, forgetting what prompted a near fan-revolt over the character of Wesley Crusher in TNG’s first season, the writers seem content to have them be the key to solving every problem, at the expense of officers with far more knowledge and experience.

Even the show’s visual style, which I had highly praised last year, seems to be taking more of its direction from the final season of “Star Trek: Picard,” a live-action production where budgets were obviously a factor. Like the Titan-A the Voyager-A feels dark and severely underpopulated, and its bridge design is wholly unmemorable.

Will watch an additional episode tonight to be in synch with the reviews going forward, and sincerely hope that my feelings on this season, which I had quite looked forward to, ultimately turn around.

I was hoping you like this season more Michael but that’s life. There could be things coming up that could change your mind on some of it but having seen the entire season now you may hate it more lol.

I will agree with you about Voyager A though, it does feel a little underpopulated for a ship that holds 800 people

In retrospect, the first season was a near-perfect distillation of the childhood fantasy of being free of adult supervision while learning your place in the world and having a grand adventure doing it. The kids were entirely on their own, but had a holographic coach and a ship sophisticated enough to translate their speech and run itself while they learned the ropes. It was a stretch, but in Trek’s fantasy context I could buy into it. So far, to me this season feels a lot less sincere, and much more pandering towards its target audience, and that’s disappointing. The good news is that Steve Shives, a YouTuber whose opinions I generally respect, gave the second season a rave review after stipulating that he found it took about six episodes to achieve liftoff. So, I’m still hopeful.

Reading this, all I can say without spoiling anything these writers really get both the spirit of Star Trek and their show. I really hope you keep watching now.

And absolutely love Steve Shives; been watching his channel for years. Even though he hates Voyager (my third favorite show) I agree with pretty much most of his opinions and stances on Star Trek. Very insightful even when I disagree with him. I didn’t realize he reviewed season two of Prodigy yet. Will go have a look.

These kids are *traumatised* from their time on Tars Lamora. Janeway isn’t coming down on them because doing so will likely deepen the issue instead of solving it.

Then they should be in a rehab center, getting the help they need to become functional members of society. Not in Starfleet, playing with top secret equipment and making decisions that will impact the lives of millions? billions? trillions? of people.

Why can’t Starfleet act as rehab for these kids? It’s been that for many, many people over the years.

Really?! Citation needed, please. Organizations which operate spacecraft that have the firepower to level planetary surfaces shouldn’t serve to ‘rehab’ anyone, sorry.

…well respectfully, since this is the same organization that rather recently made a convicted mutineer the captain of a starship, I’d say their standards are loosely up for interpretation.

And I thought that was a real dramatic misfire as well. For my money Burnham’s redemption arc should have taken up the entire run of the series, and if the producers and Paramount had the courage of their convictions she would have never entirely achieved it.

That said, she made one really bad judgement call amidst a plethora of good ones. These kids are another matter — talented, but mostly untrained and undisciplined. So far they’ve spied on their superiors, inadvertently stolen and wrecked an experimental spacecraft, and placed the timeline in jeopardy, while Janeway hasn’t even sent them to bed without their supper. It makes her look pretty ineffectual, frankly.

I think what you want is (if you are in the USA and are older than 40, you will know this reference)… what you want is an After School Special that is a morality play with emo-stakes and which ends with a tile on-screen that says, “The More You Know.”

That is not this.

It never will be.

Rather it will be and will reflect the full intent, plan, and strategy of the paid writers and producers on staff, and not the that of the commentariat class on these websites.

Our job is to watch and enjoy… hate-watch and kvetch… or “Netflix and chill” with some other show.

My prayer for every Trek Fan: – God, grant Star Trek Fandom the serenity to accept the Star Trek shows they cannot change….  – the courage to enjoy specific attributes of any Star Trek shows that they can tolerate…  – and the wisdom to know the difference.

God knows I used that prayer a million times for DISCO and PICARD. I stopped moaning over them and stopped posting my moans some years ago. This is my first time back here in about 2-3 years.

See you all in 2-3 years… when we can see if Skydance-Paramount’s plan for Trek has been fruitful!

I’m not certain about much in these fraught times, but my hope is that we might have a productive discussion — even in the case where we have differing tastes — without one party making assumptions about what the other wants. Rest assured, fwiw, that in my case at least an “Afterschool Special” definitely ain’t it. As to the rest of it, I’m not exactly sure what point you were trying to make.

Hate watch and chill as you like.

I don’t hate watch anything —life’s too short — and in fact I made it pretty clear that I was fond of this show, at least in its first year. Again, not entirely sure of your point.

The Prodigy kids — except for Gwyn — spent most of their childhoods AS SLAVES. Expectations of them are different because their backgrounds are so very different. The fact that these kids still want to save people and be helpful is a testament to their characters; that they don’t really grasp chain of command or looking to adults to solve problems is completely understandable, given their background. Benevolent authority isn’t something they have much experience with…

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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Adds 3 to Cast, Including Wolf Pack Vet

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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy has cast three members of its student body.

Paramount+ on Tuesday announced that Bella Shepard ( Wolf Pack ), Kerrice Brooks ( My Old Ass ) and George Hawkins ( Tell Me Everything ) have boarded the forthcoming series, which will “follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets as they come of age in one of the most legendary places in the galaxy,” according to the official logline.

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Season 1 will begin production later this summer.

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Starfleet Academy  marks the fifth live-action  Star Trek  series (and seventh  Trek  series overall) to debut on the streamer, following Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Short Treks, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Prodigy and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds .

The YA offshoot will introduce viewers to the aforementioned cadets, “who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.”

TVLine will keep you posted as we learn more about Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Season 1, so be sure to bookmark this page for updates. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know if you’re looking forward to the show.

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Have they confirmed Mary Wisesman is returning? Hoping for more Cronenberg.

Frustratingly, Wiseman has not (yet?) been confirmed, even though she’s the most obvious choice for a continuing character. I’ll be very upset if she ends up not being in the show.

Did they confirm what era? Will it be in discovery’s or New Worlds’ or in its own?

31st century

Wouldn’t this be the fourth live action series? Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds. Did I miss one?

Never mind. Short Treks. Got it

They are counting Short Treks as a series. Even though it is just bonus material for Discovery and Picard.

I’ll check it out but really wish they would have made more episodes of prodigy.

Prodigy just dropped a 20 episode second season on Netflix on July 1st.

I just binge watched the first 10 episodes and it´s GOOD!!!

Prodigy season 2 is superb! Well worth the wait. I have watched every Star Trek show and movie. Prodigy season 2 is some of the best Star Trek I have seen. I am not kidding You just cannot watch 1 episode. It is well worth repeat viewings. I am hoping that there is a season 3.

Season 2 of Prodigy is fantastic, some of the best Trek of the new era. This Stafleet Academy show is going to have a lot of work to do in order to do that concept even half as good as Prodigy is.

I think its their best show. Great characters, compelling story – best of the modern era.

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