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Back in 2020, the first season of Star Trek: Picard was a highly anticipated return for the beloved character of Jean-Luc Picard and for the Star Trek franchise as a whole. I was excited to see what the team behind the show’s creation would do with such an iconic character. The season turned out to be a captivating, emotional return to the Star Trek universe, albeit with a few downsides.

The writing is sharp and the storylines are engaging, with a mix of action and character-driven drama. The plot started off strong, with a clear direction and purpose, but quickly became muddled and confusing. I also felt that the plot was a bit uneven and inconsistent at times. It seemed to jump from one unrelated idea to another without any cohesiveness. The disjointed quality to the storytelling made the plot feel like a series of unrelated events rather than a cohesive story. Some episodes dragged on for far too long, while others felt too hurried and incomplete. Some of the storylines worked really well and kept me engaged, while others felt a bit too convoluted or rushed. This made it difficult to get invested in the show and left me feeling frustrated and confused.

The first season reintroduced Picard and united him with a crew of new characters

The introduction of so many new characters and subplots only served to further complicate matters, and by the end of the season I was left with more questions than answers. I understand that the writers were trying to build a complex and layered narrative, but they failed to do so in a way that was entirely satisfying. These issues aside, it’s a generally thrilling season, with a poignant (if overly complex) ending.

The characters are compelling, and their interactions and relationships with each other drive much of the drama and action of the show. Sir Patrick Stewart‘s commanding performance is nothing short of masterful, and he brings a depth and humanity to the character of Picard that is truly brilliant. Alison Pill‘s depiction as Jurati is nuanced and convincing, and it’s great to see her character arc as she comes into her own. Also complex and well-acted are the portrayals of Raffi and Rios (played by Michelle Hurd and Santiago Cabrera, respectively). Their interactions with Picard and the rest of the team are a highlight of the show.

The La Sirena‘s exterior

The starship La Sirena is another integral part of Star Trek: Picard’s first season. Its design — a unique blend of futuristic and vintage aesthetics — is impressive, and I love the sleek appearance of the vessel. It’s not only a visually stunning ship but also looks like it would be a joy to pilot. However, I do have some concerns about the vessel’s functionality. Although it’s portrayed as a powerful and reliable spacecraft with formidable capabilities, it does experience some mechanical issues and is not invulnerable to attack. There were even a few instances where it struggled to keep up with other ships in terms of speed and agility.

Another standout aspect of the first season is its exploration of themes related to artificial intelligence, the moral implications of technology, the enduring power of friendship, the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs, and the consequences of past actions. The season also deals with issues of identity and loss. The exploration of complex themes added depth and substance to the season. On the other hand, there were also some elements that felt a bit too “on the nose” or heavy-handed in their messaging. The show lacked the sense of wonder and exploration that has traditionally been a hallmark of the Star Trek franchise, which was a major disappointment for me as a fan.

The direction in Star Trek: Picard‘s first season is excellent, with each episode delivering a cinematic experience. The show features impressive production values, with stunning visual effects and elaborate sets.

Some of the spacecraft in this first season

The design of the various spacecraft is particularly amazing. These vehicles are incredibly detailed and feel like they could be real, functional vehicles that exist in the Star Trek universe. The use of CGI is seamless, and the ships behave in a way that feels natural and believable.

Another aspect of the visual effects that I really enjoyed was the use of holograms. The holographic displays that appear throughout the season are astoundingly realistic, adding a level of immersion and believability to the world of the show.

Picard in an extremely realistic holographic replica of his château

The space battles in this season are also noteworthy, with phaser blasts and explosions that feel like they have real weight and impact. Thus, the action sequences are both visually impressive and believable.

Additionally, the music of Star Trek: Picard Season 1 is nothing short of breathtaking and serves as an essential part of what makes the show such a thrilling and emotional experience. From the soaring themes that capture the spirit of exploration and adventure, to the intimate and emotional character pieces, the music is a triumph that perfectly complements the action on screen and helps to elevate the storytelling. Composer Jeff Russo has done a fantastic job of creating a score that is both modern and timeless, drawing on the rich history of Star Trek while also bringing something new and fresh to the table. The use of a live orchestra adds scale and richness to the music, and there are some truly epic and grandiose moments.

One thing that many viewers complained about was the season finale’s so-called “cut-and-paste” fleet, in which all the ships looked identical

The first season of Star Trek: Picard was a welcome return to the franchise for many fans and received generally positive reviews from critics. The season was widely praised for its performances, particularly from Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard. Some reviewers had mixed feelings about the pacing and plot of the season, but these were minor issues for many viewers and did not detract from their enjoyment of the season. Overall, it was well received by audiences. The show’s mix of action, drama, and character development kept viewers engaged and invested in the story.

To sum up, the first season of Star Trek: Picard was a strong return for the franchise, with engaging storytelling and strong performances from the cast. Its exploration of complex themes added depth and substance to the season. However, I can understand why someone might be disappointed with the show. The first season was not without its flaws. Ultimately, it’s a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful season that is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers.

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