We have a review of “Maps and Legends,” which gets Picard one step closer to space.

Given the story-arc heavy nature of this series, we will be posting discussions in future weeks, but likely only a few true reviews that will consider sections of the season.

Title: “Maps and Legends”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper
Written by Akiva Goldsman, Nick Zayas

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Isa Briones as Soji
Harry Treadaway as Narek
Orla Brady as Laris
Jamie McShane as Zhaban
David Paymer as Dr. Benayoun
Tamlyn Tomita as Commodore Oh
Peyton List as Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo
Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati
Wendy Davis as Dr. Kabath
Chelsea Harris as Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee
Ann Magnuson as Admiral Kirsten Clancy
Marti Matulis as Checkpoint Supervisor
Chaka Desilva as Burley Fuelie
Alex Diehl as F8
Kate Fuglei as Kvetchy Fuelie
Harrison Grant as Ensign
Anthony R. Jones as Pincus
Jason Liles as Noiro
Meghan Lewis as Voice of Computer
Paul Keeley as Philosophical Fuelie
Brit Manor as Tough Fuelie
Zachary James Rukavina as Nameless

Premise

We witness the history-changing events of fourteen years earlier, and then return to the show’s present, where Jean-Luc Picard encounters difficulties getting his mission off the ground.

Meanwhile, we learn more about Soji, working on the Borg artifact, and hear whispers of the Zhat Vash, a Romulan organization so secret that even those who have heard of it consider it a myth. Of course, we can assume they’re real, and that the terrifying secret they’re guarding concerns AI.

High Point

The depiction of the events on Mars are as strong (and tense) a set piece as Star Trek ever made. On Trek, it’s probably a good idea to avoid red planets.

Low Point

Even given the behind-the-scenes shenanigans and manipulations, Picard’s encounter with Commodore Oh felt stilted.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 Trek loves its previously unrevealed, unknown facts regarding something that has been a part of the show since its inception.

Effects: 6/6 The show continues to use impressive CGI where required, and conventional Trek location shooting and set-dressing where it works.

Acting: 5/6 Patrick Stewart remains a consummate actors, and Orla Brady as Laris keeps pace. The supporting cast, overall, seem surprisingly uneven, given the overall quality of the show.

Story: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Emotional Response: 4/6 It’s an interesting story, even if something of a slow burn. The fan service continues, with a mention of the Gorn and a visit to the Vasquez Rocks.

Overall: 5/6

In total, Picard “Maps and Legends,” receives 33/42

Additional Thoughts

Given how frequently Starfleet changed their uniform designs in the past, it seems remarkable that everyone has been outfitted to pass unnoticed the last time we had a Star Trek series with Jean-Luc and his contemporaries. We haven’t seen significant signs of technological change, either. Then again, maybe we’ve just stagnated in this problematic era.