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Fans praise ‘Star Trek: Picard’

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
The first season of “Star Trek: Picard” proved to be a thrilling ride for USS Angeles members and their friends.

That was confirmed by “Let’s Talk Trek,” the USS Angeles’ new weekly live text-chat sessions on our club’s Facebook page.

Jeremy Kranz, one of the dozen or participants, praised the series for being thoughtful and fun. “Every episode made you want to view the next one. The people writing the series really knew what they were doing.”

Kat Campbell noted she really loved the first season, which featured a blend of new and familiar characters as Jean-Luc Picard helped synthetic people.

“As you know, for me it was never about the sci-fi or effects but the characters and the depth and the stories they tell,” she wrote. “I just feel this show does that better. It’s deeper.”

During the chat, we discussed outstanding episodes. Larry Barnes said his favorite was the season finale (“Et in Arcadia Ego, ” Part 2).

“The episode with the Riker family reunion was also great,” Larry posted, referring to “Nepenthe.”

That’s the story in which Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis return as Will Riker and Deanna Troi in a reunion with Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart).

The episode introduced Riker and Troi’s enthusiastic and compassionate daughter, played by the talented Lulu Wilson.

“Kestra is one of my new fave ‘Trek’ characters,” Larry said.

Jennifer Cole also enjoyed the episode.

“I loved their daughter!” she posted. “She was so refreshing, especially when talking with Soji, trying to ‘teach’ her about humanity … That’s how I looked at it.”

For more about the Facebook chats, see the June edition of Angels Flight, the USS Angeles newsletter. To get it, click on “Join the USS Angeles!” at the top of the page. To join the Facebook group, click on the Facebook logo.

Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) talks to synthetic people as Sutra (Isa Briones) and Dr. Altan Soong (Brent Spiner) listen on “Star Trek: Picard.” (Photo by Trae Patton/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.)

Dave Mason

Commanding officer of the USS-Angeles Rank Fleet Captain

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