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"Remembrance" engages with a complex mystery that blends the right balance of series lore and thought-provoking themes, marking it as a bold new chapter in the Star Trek canon.
Decades may have passed since Picard last saw action, but as proven by this new 10-episode affair from creator Alex Kurtzman, he's still ready for heroic duty - no matter that he's long since broken ties with Starfleet.
There are just enough nods to "Next Generation" lore to signal for die-hard fans that this is a show that understands why Picard's return is so important to them. But it doesn't lean so heavily into nostalgia to overwhelm a great story.
If there's a problem with this gripping first episode it's that it has to squeeze a lot of exposition into an hour in ways that sometimes threaten to crowd into space that could be devoted to exploring what the events it recounts mean to Picard.
Star Trek: Picard is a competent production with a stellar lead performer and enough reverence for the source material not to upset the applecart.
It makes sense to bring back Brent Spiner, one of the strongest performers in the Next Generation cast. Without actually resurrecting Data, Star Trek: Picard reframes his ignominious demise in Nemesis, the worst film in the franchise.
For all its twists and turns, for all its need to establish a new normal for Star Trek at large, Picard's opener makes one powerful thing very clear: Times have changed, but Jean-Luc Picard certainly hasn't.
Star Trek: Picard is packed to the brim with world-building...I couldn't have asked for a more faithful and epic return for Admiral Jean-Luc Picard.
I can fully say this show hooked me.
Star Trek: Picard breathes fresh life into a beloved story, expanding this universe with the heart we've come to expect from the series and a mission statement that stays true what Star Trek has always been.
Is it entirely clear what this show really is yet? Not exactly, but as table-setting first outings go, this one hits most of the right notes.
Although it at times feels like Jean-Luc Picard is playing second fiddle in a show that's named after him, "Remembrance" is a strong first entry that sets the stage for what could turn out to be one of the best shows in Trek history.
One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the year... is simultaneously exciting and calmly beautiful, tantalizing and satisfying.