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Star Trek: Picard

A sequel series starring Jean-Luc Picard from The Next Generation and picking up twenty years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, the last installment to feature him. Much has happened in the intervening decades and the galaxy is not quite the same place it used to be. Notably, Picard is no longer with Starfleet.

As of this writing, two seasons have aired and a third is expected.

Episodic or serial?

Serial. While individual episodes may focus on specific characters or events, each season is a single continuous story.

Idealistic or cynical?

Mixed. The core of the series is an exploration of how (and whether) Picard’s idealism works in a universe that’s become more cynical since the era of The Next Generation.

Worth watching?

Not particularly. The first season is oddly-paced and a bit underwritten but overall passable if you like the idea of seeing more Jean-Luc Picard and are okay with the show very much not being a direct continuation or reprise of The Next Generation. The second season is an incoherent mess that tries halfheartedly to be about too many things and ends up being about nothing at all, while throwing away basically everything the first season managed to accomplish.

Anything else that should be watched first?

A lot, actually. This series has many callbacks to characters and events from previous installments.

The first season draws on specific episodes of both The Next Generation and Voyager as well as Star Trek Nemesis and Star Trek (2009). At a bare minimum, you should have a good sense of who Picard is, who Data is, who the Romulans are, and who the Borg are. Various websites have put together more complete lists, with this one being my favorite. Maybe eventually I’ll make my own list as well.

The second season also makes a number of references to The Original Series and Deep Space Nine but anything plot-important gets explained. It would, however, be good to have a sense of who Guinan and Q are.

What should be watched after this?

This series has no direct follow-up, but if you’re going in order, Lower Decks came out next.