Star Trek: Picard – First Impressions (NO spoilers)

The first episode of Star Trek: Picard has touched down over at Amazon Prime. Reason enough for me to get up half an hour earlier so I could watch it before I once again attempted to forge younglings into decent people.

The time was well invested.

Since I do not want to spoil anything, I have to be vague.

We learn why Jean-Luc Picard left Star Fleet. It is a very good reason and there is also a bad reason which I found unnecessary but which is highly likely of significance for the story arch of the first season.

If you play Star Trek Online, you will recognize elements of the story line. Both concerning the years between the narrative present and the last time we saw Captain (now Admiral, retired) Picard in action and what may transpire in the future.

There is a young woman with a mysterious past and a possible connection to a member of Picard’s crew. There are Romulans. There is conspiracy and the final image of the first episode as dark foreboding written all over it. Again, if you play Star Trek Online, you will know what I am talking about.

I also got the impression that Star Trek: Picard is going to be a slow burn. There are the beginnings of multiple story lines already and the web of intrigue is tight, even after the first episode. Overall, it is likely going to be a very different experience from what Star Trek is expected to be like, a more mature show, so to speak, befitting an aged admiral. I really liked it and I am looking forward to episode two next week.