Just like that, Star Trek: Picard's first season comes to a close and there's a lot to talk about.
Over the course of its first year, Star Trek: Picard has taken the things we loved about Star Trek: The Next Generation and grounded them in a reality that's sometimes hard.
Starfleet's still out there doing its thing, but it's a flawed organization as susceptible to the politics of fear as our own real world governments. Riker and Troi are happily married with a great daughter, but they lost their son and have removed themselves from the world and don't consider themselves brave anymore. Seven of Nine went from quadrant hopping with the crew of the USS Voyager to fighting for the little guy and losing the person closest to her. And Picard himself, once a pillar of intellectualism and heroism, has been reduced by a degenerative neurological disorder and struggles to find usefulness in a universe he literally saved countless times.
Star Trek: Picard was never advertised as a revival of Star Trek: The Next Generation and when it traded in nostalgia, it questioned that nostalgia. The show interrogated the audience for why the simple pleasures of seeing an old hypospray prop or hearing Patrick Stewart say "engage" matters so much. But OMG he said "engage". And Agnes said "make it so".
Star Trek: Picard season one comes to an end after questioning our nostalgia, but the nostalgia is real and the show went out with a bang and a beard.
Let's discuss all the easter eggs and references and nostalgic nods in "Et In Arcadia Ego, Part 2" that make us feel so warm and fuzzy deep down inside, even if the show isn't sure we should.