Picard e Star Trek are finally back on the small big screen.
Anyone who knows me at least knows that I am something of a franchise fanatic, so much so that I have spent a short period of time exploring the universe of Star Trek Online as a Starfleet captain.
I have seen all the series, several times, from the original one (aka COUGH) until ad Enterprise. Unfortunately I had to see as well Discovery! I have read some books, especially those dealing with the history after the return of the spaceship Travel from the Gamma Quadrant and those immediately after the Enterprise series which did not have the luck of the other series, but which still gave a lot to continuity.
So without any delay let's start talking about the events of the past until the beginning of the series and, if you want to fully enjoy this episode, follow a couple of tips from this board advisor and prepare yourself a steaming cup of Earl Gray!
The story so far
Thirty years have passed since the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation with the rendezvous at Far Point and about twenty from the last film with the full crew. And now… Picard.
The first season of the series Picard takes place between the 2399 and 2400, if my accounts are correct, then about twelve years after the supernova explosion in the Hobus System, which spread to the Romulus system destroying its two inhabited planets Romulus and Remus. At this juncture takes place the famous Spock experiment, the effects of which we know well thanks to the first film by JJ Abrams.
Four billion people lose their lives, but at least nine hundred million are saved.
But is this the only event useful to understand the current situation of the Beta Quadrant?
Here I venture a hypothesis that can explain certain facts that you will become aware of in the first episode of the series. Six years before the supernova explosion in 2381, and four years after Voyager's return from its Delta quadrant odyssey, a devastating event occurred for all star systems in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants:
The Borg invasion.
For those unfamiliar with the Star Trek universe, i Deposit they are a race of aggressive and expansionist cyborgs who assimilate other cultures and societies. Or so we are used to knowing them. Unfortunately after the events that happened during “ST: Voyager”, the Borg have changed a bit. Their interest is no longer to assimilate the various races, but to eradicate them from the universe.
We are used to getting to know them with their famous motto:
We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.Words of any respectable Borg drone
As I said before, things change after the events that occurred because of
Grandma Duck, uh sorry, Kathryn Janeway. Following the destruction of many trans-warp nodes, due to a virus injected into the community via a human vehicle (I avoid spoiling even though we are now beyond the spoiler period, a bit like who is Kaiser Soze), the Borg they decide to carry out the largest full-scale attack on “our” Quadrant.
The Borg Invasion of 2381 begins with this motto:
We are the Borg. You will be annihilated. Your biological and technological peculiarities have become irrelevant. Resistance is futile, but welcome.
Disturbing right? I am not going to tell you about the whole war, but know that the Federation, and all allies of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, manage to repel the invasion with an unimaginable loss of life: 63 billion dead. The United Federation of Planets loses about 40% of all its effective naval power.
That this is the reason why the Federation starts a process that aims to increase staff synthetic?
How to fully enjoy the first episode of Picard
After this little historical analysis, I would like to advise you all trekkie and non, to review at least two of the films that completed the cycle of the television series of "The Next Generation": "First contact"and "The Nemesis"Both available on Prime Video, just like the Picard series, registered by Amazon Original.
Why should you watch these two films before facing Picard? You will need them to better understand the spirit of the character, played by Sir Patrick Stewart, and also to understand the character of Data, the android who "mon capitainHe has always considered almost like his son, a sort of Pinocchio who tries to rise beyond the limits of his programming.
We speak in the coming days for an analysis of the first episode, in which I will include some explanation for some passages that may seem obscure.