Considering Star Trek: Picard is a continuation of the story of Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek the next generation (TNG), most people, Genz, in particular, should know that this TV series has nothing to do with Star Trek Discovery. Star Trek has a penchant for timelines and Picard happens in the “Prime” timeline, the same as “ the Original Series” (TOS) which featured William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Kirk and Spock, TNG with Sir Patrick Stewart as Picard, Brent Spiner as Data and Jonathan Frakes as William Riker and Star Trek Voyager whose Seven of Nine played by Jerry Ryan makes a comeback in Picard. More so it is interesting to look at key Star Trek episodes from the various TV shows in the 90s and 80s, alongside some of the Star Trek movies which featured the TNG cast and as well as JJ Abrams reboot of the original series movies which featured Leonard Nimoy in a cameo and created another timeline which Trekkies know as the kelvin timeline.
The trailers from Star Trek Picard hint towards themes from previous Star Trek shows, like Picard’s link with the Borg, the cybernetic form of life which is known to be the deadliest foe of the Federation and even classic Star Trek species like the Romulans and Vulcans. It also links up with older characters like Data who sacrificed himself to save Captain Picard in Star Trek Nemesis, the last movie to feature the TNG crew. It is an amalgamation of many Star Trek tapestries which is why it is important to see some of these episodes to fully understand the context behind the show.
Star Trek TNG episodes
1. The Measure of a man
2. The Offspring
3. Best of Both worlds
8. I, Borg
10. All good things
Star Trek Voyager episodes
3. Dark Frontier
4. End Game
Star Trek Deep Space 9 episodes
Star Trek movies
1. Star Trek: Generations (1994)
2. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
3. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
4. Star Trek (JJ Abrams reboot 2009)
When you go through these shows you will understand the background context behind the show, especially if you are a late bloomer, you will realise that Star Trek Discovery is now in an alternate timeline as this show.