Star Trek: Picard Explained, – Episode 5 Spoilers And Next Generation Connections

By Josh Tyler | 2 days ago

The first episodes of Star Trek: Picard have arrived and there’s a lot to explain. The show is deeply tied into the past of its lead, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard. Unless you’re intimately acquainted with Jean-Luc’s past, and that means seeing every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and every Next Gen movie (even the bad ones) you may be a little lost. We’re here to help with Star Trek: Picard Explained.

What follows is a spoiler-breakdown of everything important that happened in the course of Star Trek: Picard episodes. We’ve also filled in the context from the past, that each moment references and how it all ties in to the history of Star Trek and Jean-Luc Picard’s past.

Changing Gene Roddenberry’s Vision Of The Future

Since its inception Star Trek has always been rooted in the idea that humanity’s future will be a bright one. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the show created a set of rules that Star Trek was supposed to follow. Those rules set out a framework where in the future humanity was supposed to have solved all of its problems: poverty, racism, hatred, addiction, strife were all supposed to be a thing of the past. In their place was a human race going out into the cosmos to search out the unknown.

So far Star Trek: Picard has shown a wanton disregard for those ideals. Raffi is an impoverished drug addict who lives in a trailer, for instance. Fans have wondered whether that’s by accident or design, but now we have an answer.

Chief among Roddenberry’s rules for the Star Trek universe was that humans would never have any conflict with each other. All conflict had to be external, because the human race he envisioned had solved all those internal problems. But Jonathan Frakes, who directs several episodes of Star Trek: Picard season one, reveals that they’ve intentionally thrown Roddenberry’s utopian ideals out.

Talking about an emotionally tense meeting between Picard and Seven and comparing it to Star Trek: The Next Generation Frakes explains, “We never could have done [a scene like] this on our show… As we know, conflict is what creates drama, So, on Next Gen, it was a very challenging set of rules — primarily for the writers — to find ways to create drama. In this new version of Star Trek, which honors what Roddenberry laid out — in terms of the optimism and respect toward themes like racism — all of those elements are sort of strongly rooted in this show. But the notion of self-doubt, the vulnerability — especially for a [character] like Picard — the damage of past experiences, are so much more compelling to watch … It’s a denser show than Next Gen, I think that’s fair to say. Pushing Picard to these places, watching Patrick act that out — and he was in the writer’s room as they developed this story — it’s all so rewarding to see.”

So instead of depicting a future where humanity has solved racism, in its place Frakes believes they are honoring his vision by “respecting themes like racism”. At the same time, the show is throwing out the rules that defined the show and taking an easier path for their writers.

Seven Of Nine

Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) showed up in Star Trek: Picard episode 4 and then episode 5 revolved around her almost entirely. By the end of episode 5 she was gone and we don’t know if she’ll be back on the show this season or not.

We did however learn a lot about what Seven has been up to since her time on Star Trek: Voyager. Currently Seven of Nine is a Ranger, a group of vigilantes attempting to bring law and order to an area of space abandoned by the Federation. She’s also extremely angry and bitter about the whole thing, though she refuses to give up.

Episode 5 (titled Stardust City Rag) revealed that Seven of Nine continued her relationship with Icheb, the other Borg de-assimilated during her time on Voyager. She raised him as a son and Icheb eventually joined Starfleet and became a science officer.

Unfortunately, we also learned and even saw Icheb captured and tortured by a vicious woman who hunts Borg for parts. Seven beamed in at the last second to save her son, but was ultimately too late. Icheb was so badly hurt she killed him herself, to spare him suffering.

Icheb on Star Trek Picard

Seven feels Icheb’s death was at least partly her fault. The woman who captured him and ripped out his implants is named Bjayzl and she was also apparently Seven of Nine’s lover. Bjayzl infiltrated the Rangers and seduced Seven of Nine. They had a relationship and during that relationship it was Seven who told her about Icheb, and she used that information to capture him.

Icheb was played by Manu Intiraymi on Star Trek: Voyager. They recast the character for his brief appearance on Picard. Manu Intiraymi is however, still a working actor and continues to work elsewhere.

Though Seven still goes by the name Seven of Nine in public, apparently in private she goes by her original given name of Annika. Her former lover called her by that name during the course of Star Trek: Picard episode 5.

Jeri Ryan is glad to be back working on Star Trek, but apparently it wasn’t easy for her. She was “petrified” to come back and felt pretty lost when she showed up to film her first scene.

Jeri Ryan explains, “My first scene, the big scene, was the one you see in the trailer, when we’re in his [vinyard’s] office/ready room. That was my first day on set. It was daunting — not just because it was Patrick — but because I was still petrified —or ‘Patrick-fied’ — of if I could find the character again. I was still trying to figure out who she was. I was so fortunate because Jonathan Frakes was directing my first episode. So with that, I knew I was in good hands. [Frakes], more than anyone else, would get the importance of revisiting and being true to these characters. Because the challenge for me is: Where has she been for nearly 20 years? Finding her voice was the hardest thing for me; when I read the first script — I just couldn’t hear her voice anywhere.

Though we’ve never seen Jean-Luc Picard and Seven on screen together before, they clearly seemed to know each other at least a little. Still it was made clear they aren’t exactly close and probably never have been. They’re mostly acquaintances. .

When asked about playing Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Picard Ryan had this to say..

I like her struggle. I like her struggle to fit in and find out what humanity was and how to be a part of that again. What I like now, playing her on the new series, is that she’s still kind of trying to figure out where she fits in and make sense of what humanity, and other races, are still doing to each other. So, I like her struggles and her discoveries.

– -Jeri Ryan on what she likes about Playing Seven on Star Trek: Picard

Here’s hoping Jeri Ryan comes back in the future and ends up in the regular cast.

Bruce Maddox

Star Trek: Picard Explained
Data and Bruce Maddox

During the course of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, Data has a run-in with and eventually befriends an android researcher named Bruce Maddox.  Maddox was attempting to recreate the research of Doctor Noonian Soong, Data’s creator, and eventually create another android like Data. That never happened during the course of the show or the Next Generation movies, but according to Star Trek: Picard Maddox finally achieved his goal after Data’s death.

Bruce Maddox also created the androids that supposedly attacked Mars. After the attack he went into hiding and ended up on the planet called Freehold. Star Trek: Picard episode 5 revealed that he’d actually constructed a new lab on Freehold using money borrowed from local gangster. His lab was destroyed, probably by Romulan agents, and he ended up in the clutches of the gangsters he owed money to until after he was rescued by Jean-Luc and the crew of the La Sirena.

Unfortunately, after his rescue Maddox was secretly murdered by Agnus, who is some kind of agent hidden in Jean-Luc Picard’s crew. Agnus was his former lover, but before she kills him she says she’s been shown things, things so terrible she feels he has to die.

Bruce Maddox
Bruce Maddox in Star Trek: Picard Episode 5

Bruce Maddox, the only person ever to successfully create a Soong type android besides Dr. Soong himself, is now dead.

Maddox was play John Ales in Star Trek: Picard. On Star Trek: The Next Generation he was played by Brian Brophy. Brophy hasn’t appeared in anything since 2011 and has presumably quit acting.

The girl who shows up in Star Trek: Picard is an android created by Bruce Maddox, using Data’s positronic brain as a template as well as some tiny part of Data’s essence. She’s one of two androids created by Maddox, the other one is still out there somewhere and is basically her twin “sister”.  The girl android’s physical appearance was modeled after a painting Data once made of a girl. That painting was titled “daughter”.  

It’s worth noting that during the course of the Next Generation television show Data himself actually tried to create another android to function as his daughter.  That android was named Lal and she existed only briefly before tragically malfunctioning. Data’s own attempts to replicate the process which Soong used to create him, utterly failed. 

Star Trek: Discovery Connections

Star Trek's red angel

So far Star Trek: Picard hasn’t referenced CBS’s other Star Trek show Discovery, at least not overtly. But some fans think they’ve been dropping hints that certain parts of Star Trek: Discovery’s adventures exist as legends in Jean-Luc Picard’s time.

The possible connection was first spotted by Screen Rant where they note that during Picard episode 3 his friend Raffi compares her ability to see patterns in data to the way others might see “angels or ghosts”. This is noteworthy because religion and spirituality is supposed to have been completely done away with by the time of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek future. Angels shouldn’t be a thing anymore. Yet here Raffi is using them as a reference point.

The theory being thrown around is that this is a reference to Michael Burnham’s Red Angel, which went hopping through time in a seemingly supernatural like fashion in Star Trek: Discovery season 2. Some fans believe that’s what has renewed this interest in angels and ghosts in a previously non-religious civilization.

It’s a pretty thin explanation. It’s more likely that Star Trek: Picard’s writers simply don’t put that much thought into their writing and don’t really know all that much about Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the future.

We’ve already seen other evidence of that, centered around Raffi. Raffi spends a lot of time complaining about living in poverty… even though in Gene Roddenberry’s future poverty is supposed to have been explicitly eradicated and money is no longer supposed to be a thing. That money which doesn’t exist, by the way, is later used by Picard to “hire” a ship captained by a human who is not supposed to even know what money is. For a guy who doesn’t know what money is, he seems to be pretty happy to get some of it.

The truth here is that Star Trek: Picard’s writers don’t know that much or care that much about Star Trek and as a result they’re slowly morphing Trek into just another sci-fi show, instead of one with a specific utopian vision.

Captain Picard’s New Crew

In episode 3 Jean-Luc Picard finally put together a crew, got a ship, and set off for adventure. In episode 4 the crew added two new members. Currently his crew is comprised of five individuals, not including himself. They are…

Agnes spoilers

Dr. Agnes Jurati – Agnes (played by Alison Pill) is the cyberneticist from the Daystrom Institute, who we met in Star Trek Picard’s first episode. She insisted on going with Jean-Luc, offering her services as an expert on all things android and her former boss Bruce Maddox. Given that Picard’s on a mission to find an android, he let her come.

Picard explained

Raffi Musiker – Raffi (played by Michelle Hurd) was Amiral Picard’s first officer aboard a ship called the U.S.S. Verity (not mentioned in the show, but explained in the Countdown to Picard comics). It was from this ship that Jean-Luc had planned to lead his rescue fleet to save the Romulans. When Admiral Picard resigned from Starfleet, Starfleet fired Raffi as some kind of punitive measure for working with Picard. She’s since let herself go, become an angry, drug-addicted drunk who seems to be bitter that she’s poor… even though there isn’t supposed to be any money in the future. She hates Picard for not checking up on her until he needed something from her, but she’s on this mission because she wants to get to a place called “Free Cloud”. According to her sources that’s where Bruce Maddox is, so she’s hitching a ride on Star Trek: Picard’s plot.


Cristobal Rios – Rios (played by Santiago Cabrera) is the pilot and owner of the shp Picard and his crew are traveling on. He’s your basic Han Solo type, an ex-Starfleet officer with a chip on his shoulder. Once upon a time Rios was a first officer aboard a starship. While there his Captain was killed and Rios ended up with his brains “splattered all over” him. Picard says he can see that Rios, despite his protestions, is really Starfleet all the way through, though. Rios’s ship uses a number of emergency holograms to perform various functions. These work in much the same way The Doctor (an Emergency Medical Hologram) did on on Star Trek: Voyager. All of these holograms look exactly like Rios, but have totally different accents depending on their jobs. The holograms also have different personalities and Rios seems to resent them, even though he spends a lot of time talking to them.

Elnor – Raised by Romulan Assassin Nuns (yes that’s a thing) on a Romulan refugee planet, Elnor is a highly skilled killer who has sworn his sword to Picard’s cause. In order for someone of his order to swear to a cause, they must believe it is a lost cause, which tells you what he thinks of Jean-Luc’s mission. The assassin nuns who raised Elnor believe in absolute candor at all times. That means any time Elnor thinks or feels something he’s going to say it, no matter the cost. That should result in a fair amount of humor and tension in equal parts.

Star Trek Picard explained

La Sirena – Jean-Luc and his crew are traveling on a private, unregistered starship owned by pilot-for-hire Rios. The ship’s name is La Sirena and Jean-Luc observes that it’s meticulously maintained according to Starfleet regulations.

Mars Is Dead And So Is Romulus

Picard spoilers

In a surprise move, Star Trek: Picard actually sort of connects to the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie. In that movie, an elderly Spock attempts to save the Romulan homeworld from being destroyed by a supernova at the Hobus star, and fails.  That attempt eventually creates a parallel universe where Jim Kirk’s father is killed and he nearly doesn’t become Captain of the Enterprise.  That parallel universe is where the reboot movies exist.

In Star Trek: Picard the Romulan sun has gone nova and wiped out the Romulans. That’s slightly different than the 2009 reboot future where it’s the Hobus star… and it’s odd that they don’t just call it the Hobus star in Star Trek: Picard. But I guess for now we’ll call it close enough.

So the 2009 Star Trek movie still exists in a totally alternate universe, but the events of the Romulan supernova happened here, in the prime timeline where Star Trek: Picard exists. Apparently off screen while Spock was trying to stop the supernova, Picard was leading a rescue fleet to try and evacuate as many Romulans as possible. 

During Picard’s attempt to save Romulans with a rescue fleet, the planet Mars was attacked by a bunch of crazed androids (called synths). The androids totally succeeded in destroying Mars. As a result the Federation went into an isolationist panic and cancelled Picard’s rescue fleet.

Before Picard’s rescue fleet got shut down, they actually managed to evacuate millions of Romulans. 250,000 of them ended up living on a planet called Vashti. There were hundreds of millions of Romulans they weren’t allowed to save, though.

Mars is still in flames, decades later, in the time of Star Trek: Picard. We saw a little of Mars’ destruction in a Short Trek released on CBS. That Short Trek showed glimpses of it in flames, but from the perspective of school children on Earth.

Swearing In Star Trek: Picard

It started in Star Trek: Discovery and it has continued in Star Trek: Picard. Characters in the Star Trek universe now use curse words. That’s not something Star Trek ever did much in the past, outside of the occasional “Dammit Jim!’ from McCoy and Kirk saying “double dumbass on you” while trapped in the 1980s for Star Trek IV. But now, suddenly heavy curse words a regular part of Star Trek. Fans used to the show’s squeaky clean wholesomeness are wondering why.

Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon has an answer. He says, “Listen. No human society will be perfect, because no human will ever be perfect. The most we can do — and as Star Trek ever reminds us, must do — is aspire to perfection, and work to make it so. Norkon forden perfectunun, as a wise Yang once said. Until that impossible day, s–t is going to continue to happen. And when it does, humans are going to want to swear.”

What’s more he contends that the absence of curse words in Star Trek previously never had anything to do with some sort of principled ideal. Chabon continues, “The absence of swear words in Star Trek was never a matter of Federation principle, it was a matter of FCC rules. Writers of previous eras had no choice. They were censored. Searing is one of humanity’s most ancient, sensible, and reliable consolations. Personally I would consider any society that discouraged, banned or abandoned the use of curse words to be a f—ing dystopia.”

The Romulans And Artificial Intelligence

We learn in Star Trek: Picard that the Romulans hate synthetic life. They hate it so much they refuse to use any form of A.I. in any of their devices. Or at least that’s what they say now.

The idea of Romulans hating A.I. and refusing to use it is strange because in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Defector” a Romulan Admiral Jarok tells Data, “I know a host of Romulan cyberneticists who would love to be this close to you.”

Admiral Alidar Jarok in “The Defector”

When asked about this apparently mismatch between the continuity of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard, showrunner Michael Chabon offered this explanation: “Being a ‘Romulan cyberneticist’ is kind of like being a ‘Nazi doctor.” Chabon suggests that the events of Picard don’t conflict with that line, they merely change the subtext of that scene from “The Defector”.

It’s worth noting that Chabon seemed to just make this explanation on the spot, so odds are this isn’t really something the Picard team has actually thought about. But it’s a good enough explanation, for now.

Explaining Star Trek: Picard’s Missing Faces

Picard's old Riker

The trailers for Star Trek: Picard heavily teased the presence of characters we know from Star Trek’s past. In particular they showed off Data, Seven of Nine, Riker, and Troi. Of those four Data and Seven have showed up so far, and we only saw Data in dream sequences as part of the first episode.

It seems likely that we’re done with Data and he won’t be back, but where are Riker, and Troi? Star Trek: Picard hasn’t explained any of that yet.

Riker and Troi are likely only cameos and they’ll probably show up as Jean-Luc’s new crew starts visiting other planets. Maybe they’re living together on Betazed and Jean-Luc has to drop in for a Betazed Burrito or something. We’ll see them eventually.

The State Of Picard

Picard's career explained

Star Trek: Picard episodes 2 & 3 shed new light on the current state of Jean-Luc Picard. Let’s start with his career.

We know from episode one that Admiral Picard resigned Starfleet in protest decades ago.

In Star Trek: Picard episode two we learned that Starfleet is still mad at him and basically wants nothing to do with him. When he went to them for help, they told him to pound sand. So he did.

In episode three we learned that Jean-Luc’s resignation from Starfleet wasn’t so much a protest as a strategic ploy that blew up in his face. When Starfleet decided to suspend efforts to rescue the Romulans, then Admiral Picard demanded they resume the rescue and threatened resignation in order to push the Federation into seeing things his way. He never expected his resignation to be accepted, but it was, and Jean-Luc soon found himself setting outside Starfleet headquarters without a job.

What about Picard’s health? The now elderly Jean-Luc is paying for his career in Starfleet. Most specifically, the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Jean-Luc bounced around in time.

During the course of the Next Gen finale “All Good Things” we learn that Picard has something called “Irumodic Syndrome”. It’s a neurological disorder which leads to a lot of mental confusion and eventually death.

In the future Picard visits during the course of that episode, he has it and he has dementia as a result. But when the episode ends we learn Picard may have changed the future and that might hot happen to him. When the Enterprise’s doctor Beverly Crusher examines him, she tells him that he does have a small structural defect in his brain which could cause him to develop the disease, but that the odds of that ever happening are low.

Now here we are in Star Trek: Picard, where an old friend (the Doctor from his first ship the Stargazer apparently) tells Jean-Luc that the defect has turned into something deadly, and he’s on borrowed time.

We don’t know how much time Jean-Luc has left, and neither does he. But we do know he’s dying and we know that the future of dementia and confusion predicted by “All Good Things” will come to pass.

The Romulans And Their Borg Cube

In episode one Star Trek: Picard introduced a Borg cube in the care of the Romulans.

In episode 3 we learned that Hugh, the Borg once taught about humanity by Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise, is there on that cube. Hugh was first introduced in the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “I, Borg”. He has long since been freed from the collective, and now he heads up the efforts to free other Borg on the Romulan owned Borg Cube.

In episode 2 and 3 we learned the Romulans using the Borg cube to make money.

The cube is apparently a battle damaged remnant from a battle. It has been totally severed from the collective so the Borg are no longer interested in it. What’s mysterious is how the cube got severed from the collective. Apparently it happened shortly after the Cube assimilated a small Romulan scout ship. No one seems to know why the Cube was suddenly severed from the collective, but they’re taking full advantage of it.

The Romulans have taken over and are working to dismantle the cube and sell off the technology for profit. The Borg cube contains numerous living drones. Some of these are having their parts removed by Romulans in order sell their implants. Others are still wandering around the ship in areas known as “grey zones” which workers on the cube are instructed to exercise caution in while entering, though these drones are deemed to be lost and harmless.

Soji, sister of the character Daj was saw in the first episode, works on the cube removing implants from the Borg. Her motivations seem to be focused on helping to free the Borg from their collective enslavement, but the Romulans she’s working with are clearly just in it for the money.

Data And B4

Data and B4
Data and B4 in Star Trek: Nemesis

In the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis, Data attempts to backup his memories in the brain of B4, an inferior early-stage Soong android which looks identical to Data. He’s uncertain whether B4’s positronic brain has the computing power necessary to handle his backup, but when Data dies saving Picard’s life, the movie left us with the faint hope that Data might somehow live on inside B4. 

That hope it seems, was no hope at all. In Star Trek: Picard we learn that Data’s backup failed totally. Almost nothing of Data survived in B4.  As for B4, the Soong prototype was disassembled and currently sits gathering dust in a box at the Daystrom Institute in San Francisco, Earth. Data is really dead.

Data’s Daughter

Daj and Picard

So the girl in Star Trek: Picard was created by Bruce Maddox using some vaguely unexplained Data essence. That makes her sort of his daughter, or at least we’re supposed to believe the spirit of Data (if not his memories) somehow survives in her.  

When asked about his reaction to the episodes big twist that Daj is Data’s daughter, actor Brent Spiner had this to say to “Well, I didn’t really have a say. I’m happy just for the saga of Data to continue. If it’s through his progeny… then I’m pleased.”

Except the girl we meet in the first episode, Daj, is dead.  She’s killed by some sort of Romulan assault squad, after her for unknown purposes.  Don’t worry, there is another.

For whatever reason these androids are made in pairs and Daj has a twin sister. We learn at the end of Star Trek: Picard’s first episode that this sister is working with the Romulans on reclaiming a Borg cube.  Why the Romulans are trying to repair an old Borg cube is totally unknown, but the girl has gotten romantically involved with a Romulan who may be in league with the team of killers who murdered her sister.

Picard’s Mission

Jean-Luc's Mission

Picard learns Daj has a sister and at the end of Episode 1 sets himself the task of finding her and rescuing her from the clutches of the Romulans.  How he’ll find her and get to her remains to be seen, but it’s likely we’ll see him calling in a lot of old favors.

Is Geordi Dead?

Star Trek Picard comic

In the Star Trek: Picard Countdown comics released to build up to the premiere of the show, Picard’s former engineer Geordi La Forge is shown working on Mars to help build Jean-Luc’s rescue fleet. During the course of Picard we learn that Mars, and everyone on it, was killed in an attack that happened while the rescue fleet was built up.

So you have to wonder… hey is Geordi OK?

Luckily, Star Trek: Picard gave us an answer. During the course of Picard: Episode 2 Jean-Luc discusses putting together a crew. Among the possible candidates he mentions La Forge. So, presumably Geordi must have been alive after the attack on Mars and is currently alive and well in the present time of Star Trek: Picard.

How he survived is a total mystery at this point. The Countdown Comics are supposed to be cannon, which means he was on Mars right around the time of the attack. But since we know Geordi is still alive, then the door is open for a La Forge cameo on Star Trek: Picard.

About Those Killer Androids

Explaining Star Trek: Picard

The killer androids who wiped out the planet Mars were totally different from our space friend Data.  Data was designed by a rogue scientist named Doctor Noonian Soong. The killer robots were developed by a research team from the Daystrom Institute, a research team led by Bruce Maddox.  

After Maddox’s robots accidentally went rogue and killed everyone on Mars, the Federation government outlawed all synthetic lifeforms of any kind. Jean-Luc Picard resigned his commission as an Admiral in protest.  For his part, Maddox ran off into hiding and was never seen again.  

So if Data is Dead, Why Does Picard Keep Seeing Him?

Data explained

During the course of the Next Generation TV show, Picard and Data always had a special relationship. It was Picard who was Data’s real model for exploring his own humanity.  When Data sacrificed himself to save Picard in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis, apparently Jean-Luc was left with a profound sense of guilt.

That guilt seems to be manifesting in vivid dream, vivid dreams in which Picard imagines himself speaking with and interacting with Data.  Those dreams seemed only to intensify when he met Data’s daughter, but there’s no telling whether they’ll continue throughout the course of the show.  It could be that having seen Data in the dream sequences for the show’s first episode, we won’t see him again.

Where Will Star Trek: Picard Go Next?

Star Trek: Picard's future

What’s next for Picard? The show seems to be setting him up on a space adventure, a quest in search of Data’s lost daughter.

Watch this space, we’ll update with more Star Trek: Picard explanations, spoilers and more connections to Picard’s past, as each and every episode happens.

Other Star Trek Callbacks

Picard's Earl Grey

Star Trek: Picard is full of subtle nods to the past of The Next Generation, but one of them was written specifically by Patrick Stewart himself. Actually it’s probably more accurate to say he re-wrote it, to turn a callback into a joke.

It happens in the scene where elderly Picard orders tea from a replicator. Patrick Stewart tells TVLine, “I just thought the fans would really, really enjoy that. They expect ‘tea, Earl Grey, hot,’ but instead they get ‘tea, Earl Grey, decaf.’

Stewart says he added that into the script in the hopes that it might give fans a laugh. You have to give up a lot as you get older, apparently Jean-Luc Picard has given up caffeine.

Star Trek: Picard Ratings

The numbers are in and CBS’s gamble has paid off. The premiere of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All-Access was big. The network saw a record number of sign-ups for their streaming service, where Star Trek: Picard was available exclusively.

With Picard, the 62nd Grammys, and NFL Football in full swing this was the second best week of signups ever for CBS All-Access streaming. The current CBS All-Access record holder happened in February of 2019 when people signed up in droves for the Super Bowl. Star Trek: Picard nearly managed to match that.

Compared to Star Trek: Discovery the premiere for Star Trek: Picard recorded between 115% and 180% more viewers (depending on which metrics are used). That sounds great, but it’ll probably prompt CBS to simply retread recognizable names more frequently in future shows, rather than trying to come up with an original concept like Discovery. Name recognition sells and in this case that name was Jean-Luc Picard.

Reactions To Star Trek: Picard’s First Episode “Remembrance”

Star Trek: Picard Reactions

Critics are in love with Star Trek: Picard. The first episode currently has 93% positive reviews from critics. In Giant Freakin Robot’s 4/5 robots Picard review we said, “Against all odds Star Trek: Picard has started strong as both a heartfelt tribute to something we once loved, and an artful exploration of something completely new.”

Most viewers seem to agree with critics. Star Trek: Picard currently has a 78% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.7/10 rating amongst IMDB users.

Here’s a sampling of just some of the great things viewers are saying while explaining their love Star Trek: Picard

There are some naysayers, though. You’ve heard a lot of positive things, here’s a sampling of some of the complaints being offered up by the vocal minority of people explaining why they just don’t get how other people love Star Trek: Picard

“Same old story they use a great Iconic character only to focus on all the women in the show. The entertainment industry is so focused on equally it has started to blacklist men who are strong.” –ripperanewa

“Not the bright, hopeful tomorrow outlined in the original series. A darker future, one that I would have no interest in. Serialized television, rather slow-moving plot.” –kttboundary

“Visually it is a gorgeous show for the most part, but seeing Picard in retirement isn’t interesting in the least.” –primeadministrator

“So sad to see the flotsam of a career on the shores of cbs’ doomed streaming service. oh pay for more mediocre tv?” –jwjtn

“The show was standard Kurtzman awful writing.” –Higram

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