Lennox and I were invited to a friend’s house to binge through all of the currently available episodes of “Picard” on Sunday. My first impression is that I love it. My second impression is that it’s likely to be my second favorite Star Trek of all time if it continues with this sort of quality.
This series is filled with revelations about the Romulans, and I have always been heavy-duty into the Romulans. They look like Vulcans but they like to kick ass. I mean, come on. How could that not be my jam? A lot of what I know about the Romulan race comes from Star Trek tie-in novels I read in the late 1980s and early 1990s, so a good deal of it is probably not strictly canon — or at least not supported in the TV shows and movies. But this is fun! The gradual peeling back of all of the mysteries of the Romulan race is precisely the kind of thing I wanted and didn’t know I wanted. ALL THE SECRETS OF THE ROMULAN RACE, PLEASE. (That’s a big pile of secrets, too!)
I’m particularly intrigued by the Qowat Milat, an order of warrior nuns who practice the Way of Absolute Candor and are exactly as tactful as you may imagine. I definitely want to know more about them.
I mean, the Romulan aspect is my favorite thing about the show, but it’s not all that I like about it. Do I love seeing Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard again? Yes! Of course! The idea of a Starfleet that has fallen from its lofty idealism particularly resonates, too.
I’ve only seen five episodes, so I know anything could happen. But so far, this is the Star Trek I’ve been waiting for for a long time.