Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 1 Recap ‘The Next Generation’

Finally, in the Trek spinoff’s exhilarating third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, we see the return of the legendary Next Generation crew and the return of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) makes a mysterious distress call from deep space, prompting Picard to call on his old ally, Capt. William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes). Within no time at all, they had hustled their way onto Titan, Riker’s old ship, where the current captain (Todd Stashwick) is less than delighted to see these crazy heroes of the past on board. First officer Annika “Seven of Nine” Hansen (Jeri Ryan) is, predictably, more enthusiastic. Continue reading at for an in-depth analysis of everything that took place in Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 1, to get all the information you need.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 1 Recap [The Next Generation]

The first episode of the new season has shown a lot of potentials. In the 25th century, humanity advanced to the point of having. In the opening scene, we hear a captain’s log from the time when Picard first confronted the Borg, and we see a plaque that refers to the planet Cor Caroli V, where an episode from the third season of “The Next Generation” is set. However, Dr. Beverly Crusher, not our old friend Jean-Luc, is featured in this scene.  Riker later notes that Beverly has improved her phaser skills, which runs counter to what we saw when she was younger. As we speak, she is obliterating her foes with a ray of pure energy.  She also uses Jean-old Luc’s comm badge to send a coded message to her former captain and possible crush. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc appears to have settled into retirement with relative contentment. They are deeply in love with each other. He may decide to put his thoughts into print. The time has come for him to retire on the Romulan planet of Chaltok IV, where he plans to drink Saurian brandy and enjoy the good life. Indeed, he merits it. In any case, he’s an android now and immortal.

However, Beverly must be rescued. Through a series of secret messages, she warns Jean-Luc that he can trust absolutely no one. According to Jean-account Luc’s to Laris, Beverly hasn’t communicated with any colleague of the Enterprise staff in over two decades. Laris, a Romulan intelligence operative, deserves credit for remaining calm when one of Jean-exes Luc’s reached out to her about setting up a discreet meeting. It’s real love. During the festivities of Frontier Day, Riker and Picard encounter at Guinan’s bar, where Picard reveals the secret message to Riker. After decades of collaboration, Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart have the kind of chemistry that can be felt instantly. Nonetheless, Riker tells Picard that he and Troi, his wife and a member of the original crew, have fallen out of favour. Just like Jake and Elroy, Riker immediately agrees on a plan to hit the road and head to the Ryton system. After all, that’s how bros roll. They plot to take over Riker’s former command, the sleek U.S.S. Titan. Exterior glamour shots are a nice nod to classic “Trek.”

Captain Shaw of the Titan is played by the affable Todd Stashwick. Shaw has a magnetic personality, but his previous assignment seems to have been on the U.S.S. Jerkface, as he is dismissive and rude to two legendary Starfleet officers without offering an explanation. When they arrive, he doesn’t even bother to greet them; instead, he sends Seven of Nine and Commander Annika Hansen. Shaw is also not present on the bridge when the ship departs spacedock or when visitors arrive for what appears to be an inspection. (Picard gives Seven the go-ahead to destroy the vessel.  Shaw’s condescending rudeness permeates nearly every sentence he speaks.

This peculiar dynamic leads to the following issue: Shaw is portrayed as a despicable antagonist. And Seven admits that Shaw’s actions have made her question whether or not she wants to join Starfleet. Shaw, however, has the right idea.  No one has warned him about this assignment. Although Jean-Luc has the title of admiral, he is no longer actively serving. Riker isn’t even higher up the ranks than Shaw. Why would he obey a questionable order that seems to have been given for no reason other than “bragging rights?” Even stranger is Picard’s prediction that they’ll eventually arrive at Deep Space 4, which, as Shaw points out, has been decommissioned. As far as Seven is concerned, another way of looking at it is that Shaw had faith in her enough to let her pilot the ship from our space station without him being present.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Episode 1: Ending!

After Shaw puts his trust in Seven, Seven quickly betrays him by directing the ship to the Ryton sector. It would have taken a long time, even at maximum warp, to get here from Earth, as this region of space is beyond the Federation’s jurisdiction and very far from the planet. Does Captain Shaw have his head in the sand to the point where he doesn’t notice when his ship suddenly reverses course? Even more so, considering how much he loves regulations? Whatever Shaw’s character flaws may be, his performance in this episode convinced me that he is a capable Starfleet captain who is able to see through obvious deception. The episode culminates with a tense encounter between Riker and Picard and Beverly’s son.

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