If I can make one little suggestion though? Don't let your future viewings of DS9 be tainted by the sad fact that they are no longer with us. Look at it another way - by watching and rewatching Odo and Mog's journey through the series you are very much keeping the memory of Rene and Aron's performances alive. And that is probably the best tribute any of us could pay.
"I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams."
Hmmm a somewhat vague response...if you are avoiding spoilers then fair enough, but if you're avoiding the show altogether I'll just politely scream HERESY!!!! and UNBELIEVER!!!! and...and....NON TREKKIE!!! whilst pointing in your general direction and glaring wild eyed at my tablet screen....😂😋😉
Oh nooooo am an AVID FAN all of its various incarnations....most definitely avoiding spoilers . Live Long.....
Post by Audio Watchdog on Jan 24, 2020 1:18:29 GMT
Picard/episode 1....looks gorgeous. Patrick Stewart seems completely engaged playing the same Jean-Luc Picard we know & remember, if older, slower and more than a little bitter towards Starfleet. The first episode is largely exposition. The next two episodes are also supposed to be largely exposition. That said, I liked it well enough. We can talk again in a month or so.
"A good writer is not someone who knows how to write - but how to rewrite."- William Goldman
I generally liked it. I still have reservations about a 2nd Trek show using "she's the key to all of this.." as it's premise but this does it better than Discovery. I wasn't expecting this to be a show that's quite so reference heavy. I wonder how a newbie would take to it? I mean in this one ep a lot of the continuity comes from A Measure Of A Man from TNG and the Nemesis film as well as the 2009 Abrams film.
I thought Patrick Stewart was just fantastic though. He really seemed like the TV Picard but with all the idealism knocked out of him. He didn't feel like the out of character action hero the movies tried to make him at all which I worried about. This felt like a natural evolution without being a simple continuation. He's like Picard gone King Lear.
The Romulans as refugees metaphor works for me. It works in the context of continuity and gives us something interesting to do with Starfleet (often as dull as Gallifrey) who are now an almost benign presence floating over the show more than the idealistic United Nations of Roddenberry. It'll be interesting to see how the Federation act here as what Picard is seemingly on course to do is going to be against their laws.
Harry Treadaway's flirty handsome Romulan at the end is clearly the bad guy waiting to happen - that was telegraphed - but I can forgive it for that lovely revelation that Romulans are using a kitted out Borg Cube to rebuild things. I'd imagine their feelings about the Federation not saving their people, and Picard being in the middle of that, are going to be a big part of the drama over the season. I'm not sure yet how 7 of 9 or Hugh fit into things unless things do get a lot more Borg-y later on.
So a strong enough start and more importantly a quiet, measured start. It's been a long time since Trek didn't feel the need to have space battles and explosions each step of the way on screen. It kinda felt like - and it's early days - the pace and thoughtfulness of Trek were back for the first time since Ds9 left screens.