Jean-Luc Picard deserved better than the cards he got handed in the second season of Star Trek: Picard by both Q and the producers of the show.
What SHOULD you get when you mix the best of Next Generation series with the Queen of Borg and Seven-of-nine from Voyager? Anything except Season Two of Star Trek: Picard.
To be honest, at 81 years old, Sir Patrick Stewart is as commanding as ever as Jean-Luc, perfectly portraying the character’s frailty as well as his inner and outer strength. In addition, I loved seeing John de Lancie back as the infamous Q. A fitting farewell to his run on Trek.
However, bouncing between the past and present, this polished piece of science fiction drama delivers on all science fiction levels and none of the Star Trek ones. Throw in some time travel elements alongside adversarial mind games, and you get a season that ignored 50 years of world building and federation rules Star Trek strived to establish. It’s like the producers decided to invite a whole new timeline without announcing it to anyone.
In addition, after making a huge deal of getting Whoopi Goldberg back into the Star Trek universe as Guinan, you’d expect to see her in action, Next Generation style. Sadly, she’s barely there as an accessory to a season filled with pointless subplots that don’t rely on any logic or sense.
Heavily disappointed with this season.
Should you watch it?
Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. As a devote Star Trek fan, I am extremely disappointed with the direction and plot (if any) of this season. However, as a standalone sci-fi show, it’s actually decent. Up to you.