Not being quite high enough in the echelon of ‘media’ yet, other reviews of ‘Star Trek: Picard – Remembrance’ will have an advantage over this one. Members of the press had access to the first three episodes and, as such, have a bit more to review. As a member of the lowly ‘public,’ I only have the first episode. But boy, is there a lot to discuss! If you haven’t had a chance to watch yet, I’ll warn that spoilers follow and let you make your own decisions about reading on.
Where We Were
‘Picard’ picks up eighteen years since we last saw the good captain in ‘Nemesis.’ The history we’ve seen in the intervening years still holds in this new show, or at least for now. The Romulan supernova that happened in 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ is still in place, and it has affected Picard’s career. Data still gave his life to save Picard’s during ‘Nemesis.’ At least for now, the producers seem to be avoiding the problems that plagued ‘Discovery’ during its first season. The canon we know seems to be mostly untouched.
What We Missed
So there are a few uncovered years to contend with at some point. The Romulan supernova remains untouched mainly in ‘Trek’ canon, mostly because it was just a background event in the 2009 film. It appears to be a defining moment in Picard’s history, though, so it does look we’ll be spending some time here. He was to lead a rescue mission that was destroyed by a group of ‘rogue synths.’ You can see the attack in ‘Star Trek: Short Treks – Children of Mars.’
What isn’t clear here is where Picard stood concerning the synths before the attack. He fought the notion that Data was the property of Starfleet in ‘The Measure of a Man.’ It’s hard to imagine that he would endorse the use of synth labor now. The reasoning behind the attack remains unknown, but research on synths has ground to a halt at the Daystrom Institute. Picard eventually resigns from Starfleet due to the effects of the attack. Starfleet turning it’s back on the Romulans and the ban on synthetic lifeforms proves too much for him. That holds with the Picard we know, so there is a bit of a disconnect here.
All of this begs the question, who created Dahj and Soji? Evidence would seem to point to the missing Bruce Maddox. Picard’s conversation with Dr. Jurati indicates Maddox was working on something like Dahj and Soji before his disappearance, but not much more is revealed.
What Is Yet To Come
Most of the questions of the episode come in the final moments. We meet Soji and find her working on a Borg cube for the Romulans. It would appear that there is some reclamation project going on, but the direction is unclear. Are the Romulans working with the Borg or against them? And to what end? Ah, if only the other two episodes were available, but that will have to wait until next week.