I prematurely reviewed Picard earlier in the week because I’d enjoyed it so much. There’s not much I can add to that beyond saying: I still enjoyed it. The last two episodes were not without faults, however…
I’d left it with the crew about to reach the planet where the synths were made and lived. We had a bit about giant space orchids which was so wonderfully over the top that I forgave the silliness. It was the kind of enemy that appeared in nearly every episode of The Original Series, plus the CGI was some of the best I’ve ever seen in a TV show. It was Star Wars level of CGI and I’m a total sucker for good CGI.
So, they crashed on the planet, along with the Romulan guy who always seemed a bit Welsh and the Borg cube. They met the synths and Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, which was a nice twist. It’s opened up the next series so we might get to see more of Brent Spiner. I’m all up for that, especially if he could join the crew. Each of them is so well drawn that there wasn’t a scene that bored me… Well, not involving them. I did find the Romulan stuff a bit on the tedious side (and probably the early part of the season set around the Artifact were the least fun). Least interesting of any of the characters, though the crew struggling to decide if they were on the Romulan or Synth side did feel like an interesting problem.
I liked the final sense that Picard now has a new crew, new regulars around which they can construct new adventures. Speaking of which: the hint of a lesbian romance felt totally within the universe. It was always one of the odder bits that the future would have so many of the hang-ups of the twentieth century.
Oh yes. The synths decide to defend themselves by building a transmitter so they can call help from the “tech gods”, with the crew splintering and attempting in different ways to thwart a plan which will decimate humanity, whilst also preventing the Romulans from destroying the planet.
I loved the arrival of Starfleet. It was sheer popcorn.
Loved the identity of the lead commander, the standoff, and the eventual capitulation. It was all well done.
Really enjoyed the tech throughout the series. There was some technobabble, early on around Episode 2, that was brilliant tech writing. I love mangled words and pseudo code talk.
Loved Data’s death, but in that way where I would never admit to sobbing a bit. Never!
What I didn’t like, however, was how Picard solved the problem of delaying the Romulan fleet. The device which only requires you to “use your imagination” is the worst example of deus ex machina I’ve seen in a long time. If it really was that easy to conjure up a fleet of ships, then why doesn’t every ship have one?
But I’m not going there. The more I think about it, the more annoyed I become. It did slightly stink up the last episode but I’m not so obsessive that I need my sci-fi to be entirely possible. They moved quickly on, so it was at least (almost) forgettable.
I’m far more ambiguous about how they got around Picard’s death. It was neatly handled – allowing him some screen time with Data – but the new body angle doesn’t sit quite right with me. How they aged the body to be exactly his right age, with no advantages… Okay, I get it. It allows them to move forward with a Season 2 with a totally revitalized Picard, with almost a clean slate as to what they do with him and where they take him. I’ll probably forget it within five minutes of the next series but it does niggle me that the new Picard isn’t the old Picard. I’m sure they did this before but perhaps I’m imagining it…