Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 Reviews

February 7, 2020
Star Trek: Picard is Star Trek, so there's a rulebook on the table; but it's wonderfully unpredictable, turning what historically risked looking like a packaged theme park ride into a properly thrilling narrative rollercoaster.
January 27, 2020
Overall, it felt eerily successful, a bit like when McDonald's started selling salads and decent coffee.
January 24, 2020
In its opening episodes, Picard is anything but dour and pessimistic. On the contrary, the 79-year-old actor is as vital and determined as ever, returning our beloved Jean-Luc into the fray with a renewed purpose.
January 24, 2020
Picard is Trek through and through, full of thorny ethical quandaries, social allegories, sinister admirals, and an undercurrent of optimism in spite of it all.
January 24, 2020
It's oddly reassuring to find a Shakespearian with Rada diction in an allegorical future.
January 23, 2020
Rather than boldly go into the depths of space, Picard is far more interested in exploring the depths of its famous leader. In doing so, the series more than justifies its existence in today's nostalgia-driven era.
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January 23, 2020
Smart, well-crafted, layered - verging on over-layered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2020
It's pretty shallow as a dramatic and thematic construct, but it is recognizably contemporary in its reoccupation with diversity and the mistake of excluding those whose traits and faiths are not fully understood.
January 23, 2020
The sluggish pace thus begins to drain interest, at least for those who didn't hang on "Next Generation's" every wrinkle. That leaves the prospect of upcoming "Next Generation" cameos as perhaps the best incentive to stay aboard.
January 23, 2020
But it moves within three hours to a place that promises as much excitement and movement as there already has been insight into its beaten-down protagonist, a show that suggests it'll be worth sticking around for.
January 23, 2020
"Picard..." is off to a fine start based on the three episodes made available for advance review.
January 23, 2020
It gives me no joy to say this, but: Stewart gave a more interesting performance in 2019's Charlie's Angels.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 23, 2020
Stewart is as charming and naturally charismatic as ever, but the general level of the performances around him is significantly higher.
January 23, 2020
Despite the cameos and Easter eggs, Picard never feels like nostalgia for its own sake. The creative team... have clearly given a lot of thought to the idea of an elderly Picard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2020
Thankfully for "Trek" devotees, casual fans and curious subscribers alike, "Picard" is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 23, 2020
[Stewart] has a unique ability to dial into his roles without completely disappearing, carrying the audience's earned investment from role to role, whether he's suffering through an awkward trip to the toilet or sipping tea among the stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 23, 2020
Regret is a powerful motivator, and Jean-Luc's list of regrets is nearly as long as his list of accomplishments, but Picard is more opening salvo than it is a requiem for a starship captain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 23, 2020
Of course, the viewers most likely to get impatient are also those most likely to be so happy simply to have Jean-Luc back on their screen that they're willing to allow the show some indulgence.
January 23, 2020
Anyone with an ounce of romance in them should feel that thrill.