I guess that would happen pretty fast once they learnt the attack on Mars had been engineered by a Starfleet Admiral who was actual secetly a Romulan secret police commander out to frame the synths. Given which, it's kind of surprising Riker & co. let her go so easily. Though I suppose they may not have known it all at that point. And it would have meant a really big battle.
I am only halfway through. But in 3 episodes Picard has done more to develope the romulans than the last 50 years combined. I also really like the visual approach of using all three romulan make-up styles at once.
But these! These are the romulans I always imagined, and always wanted to see! I also love The Artifact. I love the culture that's (supposedly) grown around the XBs, even if we haven't seen it.
Caught up and finished! Overall I loved it! I suspect the pacing is probably a bigger issue if you watch it once a week. I loved the romulans. I loved the romulans being actual people. i loved El being so skilled, but still obviously a very sheltered child, and obviously having social issues and issues dealing with what's going on and just so grateful when an adult enters the room. I loved him obviously scared while he's fighting the Tal Shi'ar. You just genuinely want to protect him! I really liked the new look for the Borg. This is the first time I've liked the Borg aesthetics since they switched to rubber suits and CG Cubes in First Contact and carried over into Voyager. These looked more like TNG Borg (the little we saw here) only updated with modern techniques, and the cube was both familiar while fresh.
It's more of a tone issue for me. Picard has not had a happy time since we last saw him prior to this series but it comes across in a non-depressing way. Seven's return just felt unrelentingly grim and horrible. It did not go down well with me.
Well, every single episode of Voyager that she's in establishes that when left to her own devices, Seven will make herself miserable. Without Janeway or the Doctor perminantly in her life, she's inclined to go with the situation that will make her most miserable.
Yes, watchable and well-produced, but at times feels like the dystopian alternate future that should be solved with some time travel. Maybe Picard can send Soji back in time to before Nemesis and retcon it away
I had thought that there would be some Romulan prejudice against synthetic life due to something that happened a long time back in their history - like they made some big breakthrough and used it a lot and then some threshold was crossed that changed society in ways they, or at least the Romulan elite, didn't like and they pulled back violently, putting structures in place to prevent it happening again. That would be a nice, TNG-style, take.
The idea that when you cross that threshold SOMETHING IS COMING sounds like portentous nonsense in comparison. But maybe it's a feint and I should wait until the show is finished before judging too harshly.
Tentatively happy to see Q again, but with the qualifier that I found s1 to be too much of a downer and a bit of a mess at times. I _hope_ he will basically be the same old Q and bring some mischief with him. Chances are though he'll be miserable, and dead by the end of the season.
I think I'd be more excited if he were slated to turn up in Discovery, I could see him being fun there.
Ohhhh... I found a bit of cleverness. Not sure if it's coincidental or purpose. But watching through Voyager, and at the episode Timeless, which is the one where Chakotay and Harry make it back while Voyager crashes, and 15 years later, they send a message back in time. Well, it all revolves around a borg tech maguffin that was salvaged from a wrecked cube found in the beta quadrant. Which ties very much in with the wrecked cube found in the beta quadrant, featured in Picard.
If it isn't coincidental, then that is one hell of an obscure detail to remember about a possible alternate timeline, to turn into a major plot point in a series 20+ years later.
It could be...fun this time? I don't want more torture, incest and the trope of 'every returning older character has had a terrible life since we lost saw them and/or something terrible happens to them on the show'.
There was stuff I enjoyed in s1, but I hope s2 isn't so bleak and bloodthirsty (and violent). Irritatingly, one of the things I enjoyed was the Romulans, and this teaser hints that the broken timeline means we _won't_ see Picard's Irish Romulan friends? Maybe it's too early to assume that...