What to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

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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!

Bonus:

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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