Star Trek - Picard : 1x01 - Remembrance
Side note: That Short Treks episode “Children Of Mars” serves as a prequel to Picard, for those who might not have seen it.
This show looks stunning, from the opening nebula shot to those beautiful landscapes.
That said, the de-aging tech on Brent Spiner is only partially successful, but I wasn’t bothered that much by it. I did think the earlier era uniforms looked a little cheap in hi-definition given how good the rest of the costuming on this show is.
What else is there to say about Patrick Stewart’s performance other than it’s like comfort food to the world weary?
I’ve never seen Isa Briones in anything before, but I found her especially impressive. I wonder how differently she’ll play Soji from Dahj.
I had a theory a while back that Dahj would actually turn out to be a resurrected form of Lal, especially given that her reactivation was a major plot thread in the novelverse (R.I.P.), especially when she name checked the episode “The Offspring”. Glad to see I was wrong and that they didn’t draw out the reveal too long.
I didn’t know this until now, but apparently all I’ve ever wanted is to live on a vineyard with Orla Brady.
I thought the choice of painting journalists as unscrupulous and untrustworthy was an odd one for showrunners who’ve made a big deal about how the present-day climate toward media and politics is unnaceptable. Character wise, if Picard has been turning down interview requests for two decades, then of course she’s going to seize on the chance of getting her moneys worth out of him while she has the opportunity, but the “journalists will entrap you” trope still kinda bothered me.
Framing Picard in terms of his writing historical journals was nice. They’ve taken care to present him as the fully rounded character with other interests he always was on TNG, not just someone who used to be nothing but Starfleet and is now nothing without it.
He was right about INDEX - that humour did not land.
Romulans with and without brow ridges. Good.
I’m curious as to why exactly Picard woke up on his own couch after the explosion, rather than in a hospital bed facing questions from Federation Security about why there was an explosion in the first place and why the rooftop would have been littered with at least some not charred beyond recognition Romulan agents. (Tal Shiar, or some remnant of them?) The fight choreography made it clear that a few of them were dead at the opposite end of the rooftop from the staircase where the explosion happened.
On that note, no actual discussion of Lore. Nemesis did that as well, which I thought was strange at the time. You’d think that in the context of “Rogue Synths” somebody might mention that of the three Soong-type androids, only one was what you’d call an objectively good person, given that Lore was a psychopath and B4 was too child-like to be considered much more than something of a proof of concept.
Between Control in DISCO and Synthetics here, somebody in the Trek writers room is definitely an alarmist about AI research. It makes me wonder about how they might handle sentient holograms like Doc EMH, as far as artifical life form rights issues go. Maybe when Seven appears she might shed some light on this, given their friendship.
That music cue at 41 minutes in as Narek enters the scene was straight from TOS and I loved it. Actually, the sound design and music throughout this entire show was faultless.
According to IMDB, the guy who played Bruce Maddox in “The Measure Of A Man” hasn’t had an acting credit since 2014, but I’m fairly certain I saw a split-second shot of him in one of the trailers.
I have an idea now where a certain plot thread might be going, and if I’m right they won’t need de-aging tech any more.
So all in all, as still furious as I am that nearly twenty years of the novel-verse has been completely written off in favour of this, I still found it the most enjoyable thing I’ve watched in a long time, and I’m glad it seems to have at least some idea of what pacing is, by not cramming every character from the trailers in to the first episode. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to listen to “Blue Skies”.
Some edits for spelling.
Avenue 5 - Episode 1 - I Was Flying
Seriously disapointed by the first episode, given the writing pedigree of Iannucci, Martin, Blackwell et al. According to some reviewers who’ve seen a couple of episodes, the first is the worst and it does definitely pick up. They mentioned that one of the standout characters is a helm officer played by Daisy-May Cooper (Kerry from This Country), and she doesn’t get a single line in this pilot.
On paper, you’d think “The Poseidon Adventure - In SPAAAAAACE…” and it’s written by a a brilliant team of satirists would be a grand slam right out of the gate, but this first episode reeks of network interference.
It’s not all bad - the riff on Hugh Laurie’s accent had a decent payoff, and holy fuck you should never get acupuncture and a hot stone massage in space.
Fun playing “Spot the actor who was in The Thick Of It, or Veep” I suppose. Not sure what’s going on with Zach Woods’ character, but Rebecca Front seemed to have the best acted passenger character so far. Lenora Crichlow seems to be the most competent crew member on the ship, so I imagine she’ll be the one having the most shit thrown at her by the idiots on a weekly basis. Also - Neelix!
At the other end of the spectrum, I’m not sure which is worse, the casting of Josh Gad or the character he plays because Judd can’t go out an airlock fast enough as far as I’m concerned.