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.
Picard's dog, Number One, is played by a rescue pit bull named Dinero. Patrick Stewart insisted that Picard have a dog of that breed, as he and his wife volunteer with a pit bull rescue organization.
Writer and producer Michael Chabon commented that while Dinero is a very friendly and affectionate dog, he's not much of an actor. Several planned scenes with Number One had to be reworked because Dinero wouldn't take direction. See more »
The opening credits feature a piece of the sky cracking off and floating through various locations from Picard's life (his family vineyard, a Borg cube and the planet Romulus) before finally used to reform Picard's profile. See more »
Yes, there's Picard and yes, there's guest appearances of old crew members here and there but that's about it. No Enterprise, no trek across the stars of significant scale and Jean-Luc Picard shoved to the sidelines without carrying any meaningful responsibility nor excercising leadership.
Instead, we have a ragtag crew of drunkards, a biologist suffering from borderline personality disorder, a female pinocchio and a kid with a sword. The convoluted story of the whole first season revolves around a topic that would maybe span two episodes of "normal" Star Trek episode. Meanwhile, they throw in so many flashback scenes, further slowing the pace and dragging out the story to a point you really wish they'd finally get it over with already.
The writing of the whole series is so unexciting, you don't even feel the need to watch the next episode after the previous one ended. And thus, the writers rely on unfunny one-liners and throwing the viewers small bones in form of guest appearances.
And what does the inclined Star Trek fan do? He's hanging on from episode to episode, hoping for the "Star Trek" to begin - but it never does. Which is a shame, considering the production value and overall quality of the cast.
So, whatever Kurtzman's and Stewart's vision for the second season of the show is - I hope it takes us back to the universe we all love so much, because right now it's neither Star Trek, nor Picard.
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