A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.
The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.
The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty. Captain Picard and his crew discover a serious threat to the Federation once Praetor Shinzon plans to attack Earth.
A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter, and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.
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.
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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