The crew of the Enterprise discover a wounded Borg—people are referred to as “drones”—and regardless of their enmity, nurse him again to well being. Because the Borg begins to regain his individuality, taking the identify Hugh, Picard and his sensible bartender Guinan (Whoopie Goldberg; sure, I do know, and he or she’s nice) debate the ethics of utilizing Hugh to hold a genocidal pc virus again to the aliens. They don’t, and Hugh rejoins the Borg, finally (in later episodes) main a insurgent offshoot. As episodes go, this one is completely positive, however Hugh, performed by Jonathan Del Arco, additionally exhibits up in Picard, apparently. So that is him.
Star Trek: The Subsequent Era: ‘Inside Gentle’
A mysterious probe exhibits up and shoots Picard—pew pew! After which … it ain’t Trek anymore. Picard wakes up on a distant planet, his personal reminiscences intact, with everybody round him recognizing him as another person. In a typical episode that wasn’t nearly six years in with a Stewart in full flourish, Picard would discover a pc, work out he was caught in a simulation or a thoughts sport, and bust out. Right here, none of that occurs. And Picard finally simply lives his new life. For years. I’m not going to inform you anything about this besides it’ll make you cry.
Star Trek: The Subsequent Era: ‘Chain of Command Half II’
Partly I of this two-parter, Picard will get concerned in some covert army shenanigans preventing aliens referred to as the Cardassians. Doesn’t actually matter what’s what, besides that he will get taken captive. His vicious interrogator is one other British actor who’d been round endlessly, David Warner, and regardless of the requisite humorous brow Warner brings the identical courtly evil to the half that he did to Jack the Ripper in Time After Time, Sark in Tron, and, effectively, Evil in Time Bandits. Warner and Stewart lock their jaws onto the surroundings, and Picard’s will stays (nearly) indomitable.
Star Trek: The Subsequent Era: ‘Starship Mine’
Die Exhausting on the Enterprise. Picard goes into action-movie motion extra usually than you’d count on for a thespian on the mature facet of 50—I’ve nonetheless by no means actually purchased him having the ability to defeat a Klingon in hand-to-hand fight, truthfully. Right here, for science-fiction causes, Picard is alone on the ship whereas a crew of thieves attempt to steal a precious and harmful house MacGuffin, and he has to depend on his guts, stunts, and information of the ship to beat them.
Star Trek: The Subsequent Era: ‘All Good Issues’
Is it dishonest to advocate the sequence finale? Eh, most likely, but it surely’s an incredible Picard-centered two-parter that, because of time journey, hyperlinks the sequence’ debut with one potential future. It’s additionally a greater two hours of Trek than most Trek films, will get on the drive Picard has to unravel issues and the evolution of his relationship along with his crew. Additionally, because it’s the place the universe left off with Jean-Luc, it’s a satisfying bridge (sorry) to Picard.
Star Trek: First Contact
The Trek films have solely hardly ever had the spirit of the TV present—an attention-grabbing distinction between the narrative calls for of a whole bunch of hours of tv versus, again then, the self-contained two hours of a movie. First Contact comes as shut as any of the flicks have, although, recapitulating the entertaining relationship stuff however including scorching outer-space motion and turning the Borg into a reputable epic-movie risk. Picard’s PTSD and guilt from “Household” are his motivation right here, not fully to his credit score, and watching Stewart work all that character stuff out whereas hefting a phaser rifle is the enjoyable half.