Let me star with that one of the best part of Picard is that it explains itself. I know starting off a brief episode review on this note is a bit unusual, but hear me out. With Discovery we got a lot of moaning from a lot of people - myself included - about the aesthetics of the show and how everything looks compare to TOS in about 1 years in the future... and the show dare not to explain it why. I love that in Picard we have subtle references for changes and also explanations that I'm super happy about.
I usually have a better understanding how to write down my thoughts about an episode, but this one took a while. My apologies to you if you were expecting this earlier last week, but as it happened I've had many things to take care of offline... and also this episode was a bit of a mouthful to write about in many reasons. It's different in ways that I've never expected.
Ageing is a funny thing. You have certain views in your 20's that you think will stick forever, then in your 30's you change them, adapt them just as you change as a person. It's life after all, you always evolve... even when you get to your 70's just as Picard. When we got to know him 30+ years ago he said it Will Riker that "I'm not comfortable around children..." Obviously that has changed a bit over the years with many experiences interacting with various kids from the Enterprise and beyond...
I must say that following up on the episodes this adventure so far really does feel like a bit of a book that we read which is a good thing in my opinion. Each episodes are basically considered as one chapter in this first book and I do hope we gonna end up with a trilogy in this case. I love the show and how it presents the main character so far with all the returning guest as supportive cast. It's really just a joy to watch so far... definitely a Star Trek that I've been missing for a while.
With new Star Trek in the air and in development, I must say that there's a lot of excitement in every level. While that is all good and fresh there's certain things that I miss from this brand new era... episode titles. Somehow with Discovery we lost them and they seems to be missing from Picard as well. I mean it does not devalue the episode in any way, but it would be nice to see that episode title just like we got to know from TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT over the past 50+ years. I had to bring this up before we go any further as the second episode is titled Maps & Legends and the Legends are clearly missing from the show...
"Blue sky, smiling at me... nothing but blue sky, you remember me..." I know technically the lyrics is not correct, but watching the first episode of Star Trek Picard that is where we really left off. Star Trek Nemesis ended with Picard leaving his cabin knowing that B4 still holds some of Data's memory at some form and that his friend is still alive it is just a beautiful ending in my opinion. But we are here to talk about Star Trek Picard and not Nemesis, and there's a lot to unpack here, so let's see what we are at in the very first episode of this amazing series. Engage!
Ever since I'm a Star Trek fan, I think this is the first time I really feel frustrated with being a Star Trek fan. No, not the fact that there's a few active Star Trek series in development, it is great and that being sad having multiple shows in development is amazing. It feels really that we living in a new era of Trek that is being talked about publicly, not just in conventions and such. There's announcements for new shows, international attention and also a lot of material that is simply amazing. So, why I feel frustrated you might ask? Why am I not happy?
Social media can be brutal sometimes. Personally I've never really had massive fights with people who I did not agree with, or got accused of things. The shear presence on being in social media, following people and following news, keeping up with the news and all this excitement can be really overwhelming sometimes. I have been active on social media since 2016, so about 4 years now and it's been a very interesting journey. YouTube alone made me realise how much I enjoy creating meaningful content that I enjoy talking about - that is something that I am focusing on right now for the return for the 4th season of my show. Twitter has been an interesting journey as well, but the platform these days has become very aggressive... I don't necessarily mean people - however the taste of who am I following has been changed quite a lot in the few months/year - but the atmosphere is very busy that almost gives me a certain level of anxiety. That anxiety comes from the constant tweets and of course the newsflash and shenanigans about everything new that happens in Star Trek these days, which is good, but it is overwhelming. I remember "back in the days" I was eager to get to know more, but the information was not as easily reachable than it is in 2020. That initial excitement now sadly turned into a bit of an "online social media anxiety" of some sort.
As far as my hiatus, I'll be away at least till Star Trek Picard is out as I've heard that a few people already started spreading rumours and things they've seen in the early premiere. Not cool peeps, not cool. I was lucky enough not to experience anything in regards of the details also stopped watching trailers for a while, so I'm fine, but I have a feeling that this will not be the case all the time. So the officially declared hiatus is on and I will take it very seriously.
I know that a very few people really reads my blog in a weekly basis and I'm just getting back to publish more and more. I'm not even considered for being one of those people who's presence really matter online and I mean this with respect. If some reason any one of you want to reach out to me, I'm always happy to receive an email or you can even contact me through the "contact me" page. :)
I'm excited for what things to come both from what comes from Star Trek, also what I'm planning for this year with the channel and the yet not really discussed podcast... So in short, I'll be hiding here for a while and I'm looking forward to get surprised by what the future holds. :) _\\//
A bit late to the game, but I still wanted to share a few of my thought of the recent Short Treks titled Children of Mars which serves as a prelude to Star Trek Picard. No I must say that it was refreshing to see that the "Discovery branding" was not included to this one. I know I might get a few harsh word thrown to to my head for saying this, but if you think about it, it has "nothing" to do with Discovery. It does not happen in the same time period, so getting away from that visual intro was a great choice and very welcoming to see. Now that being said the episode was interesting. I was watching this short with my wife who has seen a little bit of Trek before, not a fan in any level, but joined for this few minute long little adventure.
To get this out of the blue it was short, about 7-9 minutes, not much time to tell a story, but they managed to show us two rivals in a school environment with different attachments to their parents. One has been missing her Mom and seemingly enjoying her calls whilst the other has a not so much positive attitude towards her father who will not be able to come home any time soon. Not cool dad, not cool. Their story collides in a fight in the school and while they were punished they were informed that Mars and Utopia Planitia has been attacked. Realising that both of their parents are probably now deceased, they come together under the probably darkest moment in their life so far. End of story.
The story itself was interesting, little tension and emotion put together in 9 minutes with not so much monologue that was new to Trek. It was almost like watching a "silent movie" but with better music and visuals. It was a nice setup for Picard in a sense that we probably gonna have a better understanding of why Picard will find himself in a darker place in the future. There's still a lot to be answered of course, but at least we got a nice tie in to the show that I suspect will come up at some point.
I mean, really?
Now here's the thing, and I do have to address the elephant in the room as seems like a lot of people in twitter addressed this "issue" that I personally find very exhausting... the shipyard scene. Now I understand that people were looking to see more of a 24th century design, and that the Discovery era technology should not have been represented... I must say I am sick of this constant fight about starships. I now this will surprise a few of you, but to be fair that 5 seconds we seen from the show was totally irrelevant for the episode. I see people fighting and arguing about the ships being wrong while we have had older TOS style technology present in later shows like TNG or DS9, but somehow no one gave a damn. And we should not give a damn either about this. The ships are a big part of Star Trek, but essentially they add very little to the story.
Overall this Short Trek episode was OK. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Mudd episode which is a big thing coming from me, not liking the character from the TOS era onwards. The episode didn't make me feel as a lot of people said it earlier, but hey, everyone is different and I'm happy if you found some value in it. For me and even for my wife it felt nothing like the Star Trek I know/she seen...
So here you have it, a little late, but it's better late than never. ;) I'm interested to see what did you think about the Short Trek and what are your hopes for Picard that just has been renewed for 2nd season? Let me know in a comments below.
Life is simply not fair... specially this year when we all had our fair share of troubles and difficulties and on top of everything we have lost a few very good people in the Star Trek community. Lately the passing of Aron Eisenberg shook us all, and now our beloved Rene Auberjonois has gone. This is just a news that I cannot simply process. It's a very strange feeling as personally I've never had the chance to meet him, but watching him playing that fantastic character on screen and having a little bit of interaction through social media gave me that extra touch of his presence. He was a great person who let us in to his life through his art, his pictures and never the less the performances that we were fortunate to witness, specially the one as Odo from Deep Space Nine.
I cannot help, but think of his character and all those wonderful episodes that was full of heart, soul, mystery and even laughter. We've seen Odo falling in love with Kira, getting childishly harassed by Lwaxana Troi, playing baseball in the holodeck and having all of those wonderful moments that we tearfully laughed at when he was on screen with Quark. Soo many good memories of his character and of course for many soo many great memories of him as a person, an artist, father and a granddad. Words cannot comprehend his loss and life will be difficult without him for a while. :'(
Being a Star Trek fan isn't just about loving the show, it's about having an extended family. For some of us long time Trekkies, a loss of an actor is more than only the loss of an actor... for us it's losing a member of our own family we deeply care about. My condolences with Rene's family, close friends and of course his extended family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace good Sir, in the Great Link. _\\//