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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tidball

Picard: Make it so!


When I sat down to watch the final episode of Star Trek: Picard recently, I couldn't help but feel a wave of nostalgia wash over me. When Jean-Luc announced they'd come to the end of a 35 year journey, I couldn't believe it had been that long. It's hard to imagine it was in 1987 I first watched 'Encounter at Farpoint', when the characters looked so young and full of energy - a bit like me at the time! The impact that The Next Generation had on my love of science fiction cannot be overstated, and it's been a blast to see the story continue in Picard.

As Season 3 of Picard progressed, it felt like a walk down memory lane. I'm not going to lie, the return of familiar faces like Riker, Troi, Worf and Geordi had me a little emotional, and it was a thrill to see them back in action. Add in new 'legacy' characters like Jack Crusher (son of Beverley and Jean Luc) and Sidney La Forge (daughter of Geordi) and you've got the recipe for a much anticipated spin-off.

In my humble opinion, the whole series was a huge success - suspense, action, a smidge of sexual chemistry, a threat to the entire galaxy, and the Borg! I was expecting Jurati to come to the rescue, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Picard and crew take care of business themselves. This is how you do justice to the closing chapter of an epic adventure spanning over three decades.

And so to the final episode. What really struck me was the way the OG Enterprise D crew came together as a family for one final send-off. Watching them all reunited on screen was like catching up with old friends - it was heartwarming and bittersweet all at the same time. But, to be fair, who doesn't love a late night game of poker and several Romulan ales after saving the galaxy... again?!

The way the story wrapped up was perfect. All in all, watching the final episode of Picard was a moving experience. It made me feel old, but at the same time it also reminded me of why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place.

Will there be a 'Legacies' spin off? In the immortal words of Jean-Luc Picard... 'Make it so'!

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