Jean-Luc returns as an aging admiral who turned his back on a Starfleet that he believes betrayed its principals. A mysterious woman, somehow linked to both Commander Data and the Romulans, draws him away from the vineyard and into her conflict.

Title: Remembrance

Cast and Crew

Directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper
Written by Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Isa Briones as Dahj / Soji
Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati
Harry Treadaway as Narek
Brent Spiner as Data
Orla Brady as Laris
Merrin Dungey as Interviewer
David Carzell as Dahj’s Boyfriend
Sumalee Montano as Dahj’s Mother
Jamie McShane as Zhaban
Maya Eshet as Index
Dinero as Number One

Premise

After an aborted rescue mission to Romulus and an attack by synthetic intelligences on Mars, Jean-Luc Picard left Starfleet and retired to his vineyard. When a woman survives a bizarre attack, Picard finds himself drawn into a mystery.

High Point

This story draws on a number of elements from past movies and episodes. While the exposition may prove awkward in places, I didn’t feel that a viewer would have to know all of the relevant past details in order to follow the story. Fans will recognize and appreciate the weight of franchise history, but casual viewers can watch as well. That balance can be a challenge to achieve.

Low Point

You have to accept the fictional world as presented, but it’s difficult to believe the entire galaxy, in which we’ve seen numerous artificial life-forms, would ban all “synthetics,” successfully, and would, in any case, not be able to reverse-engineer Data decades after he was first created. And the Romulan Star Empire surely consisted of multiple planets, even if their warp-drive ships could not get them off their homeworld in time to dodge a supernova.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 The plot draws heavily from past stories, and thus far, does not really do anything especially new.

Effects: 6/6 The effects work quite well, blending impressive CGI and sets with traditional Star Trek shooting in futuristic-seeming locations.

Acting: 5/6 Patrick Steward has aged, but he remains in fine form as an actor. The rest of the cast varies as much as in any better-quality Trek enterprise.

Story: 5/6 The story has an interesting first chapter, despite an excess of infodump. The plot cannot be fairly assessed until we see more of it.

Production: 6/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 I enjoyed seeing Stewart and Spiner again…

Overall: 5/6 ….”Remembrance” intrigues me. I have some reservations, but I suspect I’ll stay with the series to the end.

Resistance may well be futile.

In total, Picard “Remembrance” receives 35/42