Episode 1: Remembrance At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
Review: The pilot episode opens to a dream sequence with Picard and Data playing cards on the Enterprise D. It’s poignant and special to those of us Next Generation fans who loved this version of the Enterprise. Picard is now living on his family vinyard in France, along with a couple Romulans – who we later learn are refugees.
I appreciate that we don’t get a data-dump of what happened between Star Trek: Nemesis and today. Instead, Picard gives an emotional interview about what happened to the Romulans and how he has lost faith in the Federation. It turns out that Synths (androids) attacked the Mars colony (and we still don’t know why) at the same time the Federation was offering aid to the Romulans after their sun went supernova. There is mention of this in the JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot (aka Kelvin timeline). However, after the Synth attack, the Federation abandoned the millions of Romulans now without a home.
This is the set-up for the season. What happened to make the androids attack? And what has happened to the Romulans? Meanwhile, a young woman named Dahj comes to Picard for help. It’s soon obvious that she is a synth as well, and Picard learns has ties to Data, his deceased friend.
This pilot episode is full of nostalgia, drama, action, mystery, and intrigue. A lot is packed in to this first episode, yet it’s over all too soon. Patrick Stewart is just as amazing as ever. While it’s been 18 years since he last played Picard, he makes it look effortless. Despite getting on in years, he still has the same commanding presence – yet obviously a lot has happened to harden him.
I’m really excited about this new cast and that we finally have a new Star Trek set post previous series. And I hope this will usher in a whole new generation of Star Trek fans.
What to Watch (or Re-Watch) Before Star Trek: Picard
Only 2 weeks until the premiere of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access!
I have been rewatching TNG and Voyager episodes in preparation and excitement. The buzz has been surrounding Data, the Borg, and Romulan-centered episodes, as well as Picard’s background.
I’ve compiled my own Must-Rewatch List among key episodes and movies, and why:
Star Trek: TNG Epsiodes:
“Datalore” (Season 1, Ep 12) -- When we meet Data’s brother Lore.
“The Measure of a Man (Season 2, Ep 9) -- When Picard defends Data in a trial to prove his sentience.
“Q Who” (Season 2, Ep 16) -- When Q shows Picard the Borg for the first time.
“The Offspring” (Season 3, Ep 16) -- When Data creates his own child.
“The Best of Both Worlds” Parts 1 & 2 (Season 3, Ep 26 and Season 4, Ep 1) -- When Picard has his experience as Locutus of Borg.
“Family” (Season 4, Ep 2) -- We learn about Picard’s family and also the vineyard where the new show will be starting off.
“Brothers” (Season 4, Ep 3) -- When Lore takes the emotion chip meant for Data.
“I, Borg” (Season 5, Ep 23) -- When we’re introduced to Hugh, a Borg who experiences his individuality.
“Tapestry” (Season 6, Ep 15) -- When we learn more of Picard’s backstory and how he lost heart (literally, not figuratively).
“Descent Part 1 & 2 ” (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7, Ep 1) -- Data feels his first emotion after a confrontation with the Borg.
“All Good Things…” (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of TNG, when Picard finds himself shifting through time.
Episodes focusing on the Romulans: “The Enemy” -- (Season 3, Ep 7) “The Defector” -- (Season 3, Ep 10) “Unification I and II” -- (Season 5, Ep 7 & 8) “Face of the Enemy” -- (Season 6, Ep 14)
Must-Watch Movies: Star Trek: First Contact Star Trek: Insurrection Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek: Voyager episodes focusing on Seven of Nine and the Borg: “The Gift” -- (Season 4, Ep 2) “The Raven” -- (Season 4, Ep 6) “One” -- (Season 4, Ep 25) “Drone” -- (Season 5, Ep 2) “Infinite Regress” (Season 5, Ep 7) “Dark Frontier, Parts 1 & 2” -- (Season 5, Ep 15 & 16) “Collective” -- (Season 6, Ep 16) “Unimatrix Zero Part 1 & 2” -- (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7 Ep 1) “Endgame” -- (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of Voyager -- finally getting home!
Star Trek: TNG “The Inner Light” (Season 5, Ep 25) -- It probably won’t have any reference in the new show, but it’s a fantastic and dramatic episode focusing solely on Picard and a lost civilization.
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I’ve compiled a list of upcoming new scifi/fantasy shows beginning this Fall 2019 and beyond, sorted by channel and release date. This year is a bit disappointing save for a couple shows that look promising on ABC and a bit of a wait for Disney’s new streaming shows. Mark your calendars and/or DVRs and enjoy!
Emergence – Tuesday, September 24 at 10pm After Jo, a police chief, takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident, she soon discovers the girl has no memory of what has happened or who she is. The investigation into the history that led up to the accident — and questions as to how and why it happened — draws the woman into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, with the child’s identity at the center of it.
Stumptown (not scifi, but based off a graphic novel, so I’ve included it) – Wednesday, September 25 at 10pm Based on the series of graphic novels by the same name, “Stumptown” follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive and sharp-witted Army veteran who has a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Ore. Her military intelligence skills make her a great private investigator, but her brash, unapologetic style puts her in a league of her own, landing her in the firing line of hardcore criminals while not quite in alliance with the rules and objectives of the local police.
Evil – Thursday, September 26 at 10/9c Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Batwoman – Sunday, October 6 at 8pm (encore on Monday, Oct 7)
Nancy Drew – Wednesday, October 9 at 9pm (encore on Monday, Oct. 14)
Katy Keene – 2020 In a timeless New York City, as enchanting as Riverdale is moody, aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene meets Josie McCoy, fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger. While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights. Based on the Archie Comics characters.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – 2020 In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
neXT – 2020? A brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO (John Slattery) joins a Homeland cybersecurity agent and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself. neXT examines how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand and also presents a villain like we’ve never seen before — one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.
The I-Land – Thursday, September 12 Ten people wake up on a strange island with no memory of how they got there, and soon discover the world is not as it seems.
Disney+: (Launches November 12)
The Mandalorian – Available at launch First ever live-action Star Wars series, written and executive-produced by Jon Favreau. Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, the series follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) directs the premiere episode.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – To be available in first year after launch Anthony Mackie will return as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Winter Soldier in the new Marvel Studios series.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Available at launch Series told through the prism of Goldblum’s inquisitive and entertaining mind, with each episode centered around something we all love – like sneakers or ice cream – as he pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels surprising connections, science and history.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – To be available in first year after launch Animated series returns with 12 episodes marking the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
Marvel’s What If…? – To be available in first year after launch Marvel Studios’ first animated series, inspired by the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head.
Marvel’s 616 – To be available in first year after launch Anthological docu-series from Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club explores the intersection between Marvel’s legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Each episode will dive into the historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.
Stargirl – To be available in first year after launch Based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name, this teen coming-of-age story is about Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an average 16-year-old content to fly under the radar until an offbeat new student named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) shows up at his high school, turning his and everyone else’s world upside down, forever changing the way they see themselves and each other.
Official Trailer | Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin | American Masters | PBS
PBS’ American Masters is airing a documentary of SciFi/Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin this Friday, August 2nd at 9/8c! The film is called the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and will be available to watch live on PBS and available to stream live on pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS app. You will also be able to stream it for 28 days after for free as well.