Like the first season of Discovery, entering Picard is a bit of a jolt.
We are quickly briefed by way of anniversary news interview with Jean Luc, who is retired in France and lives with his Romulan housekeepers and friends. Friends he helped get help when the Romulan Empire was nearly completely destroyed by a supernova, last seen in J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek that featured Chris Pine, et. al.
But if Battlestar Galactica had a profound influence over Discovery, especially in the first season, then Blade Runner looms large in Picard. But it masterfully inverts the cold lack of humanity towards the synths.
While still remains remarkably Picardian, if you’ll allow me.
The big reveal that Dahj is Data’s may be daughter is a complete curveball offering more questions than answers.
What I love about Picard is how, just in the way Discovery showed us we could play with the format, the spirit and DNA of the show and the reason it’s resonated for five decades is that it’s malleable enough and there’s the will and budget behind it as well as unstoppable and most talented show runners currently in Hollywood guiding these series: Akiva Goldman, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, and Bryan Fuller.