I’ve been very impressed with the two seasons of Star Trek Discovery and was a fan of next generation and original series.
A great thing about on demand TV is choice and being able to pick my way through the episodes of Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise that I hadn’t seen.
It’s also great for research and I liked watching Star Trek: TOS episodes that tied in with Discovery.
A 60 second trailer with a female voiceover had this as the words as far as I could tell..
15 years ago today, you led us out of the darkness.
You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history.
Then, the unimaginable.
What did that cost you? Your faith? Your faith in us? Your faith in yourself?
Tell us, why did you leave Starfleet Admiral?
Various sources have confirmed with the producers that it ties to the destruction of Romulus.
In Star Trek TNG, a two parter covers ‘Unification’ where Data and Picard are modified as Romulans to investigate Ambassador Spock.
Romulans appear elsewhere in the series with different stories involving Troi, Riker and a Romulan defector.
In Star Trek: Deep Space 9, ‘In the pale moonlight’, where Sisko and Garak engineer a incident to bring the Romulans into the Dominion War, I wonder if there’s an opportunity to have that tension created between Romulans and Cardassians in Deep Space Nine on play.
It leads to a number of episodes where Romulans are involved as an ally to the Federation on DS9 toward the conclusion of the show.
But apart from those episodes, where does that lead?
Firstly a twenty year time gap. In reality and the twenty-fourth century.
Picard is older. His fate was speculated upon at the end of The Next Generation with the two parter involving ‘Q’ and a past, present and future Picard working together to resolve an anomaly.
It was a retired Picard with a beard in that Vineyard in France as shown in the teaser clip. Elderly with a beard and a form of memory loss or dementia.
The new teaser shows an older Picard maybe not in uniform, not with a beard, but older.
The voiceover refers to an incident 15 years ago. 5 years after the events of TNG.
It calls Picard Admiral. Not Ambassador as had been speculated.
It suggests a retirement.
A rescue armada and Romulus.
A disaster and the speculation being that Picard commanded that mission.
And that’s the bones of it. Nothing in the 90’s series gives a clue.
We know about the Alpha Sector having the powers of the Federation, Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians.
We know the balance that there was between the various powers.
The appearance of the Dominion changed that balance and the Federation allied with the Klingons and later the Romulans.
Was the Romulan Star Empire on friendly terms with the other powers after the end of the dominion wars?
Or as suspected in DS9 that a new rivalry would arise?
Cardassia had to be rebuilt and all powers suffered from that war.
Add in Borg incursions in the film timelines.
Add in the Kelvin timeline of the rebooted movies and it’s plot about Romulus.
Do we assume losing Romulus shattered the Romulan empire?
Are there Romulan factions based on other planets grinding against each other?
Is there a tension between a rump state of what was the Romulan empire against the federation.
Is Picard some sort of arbiter who dealt with the aftermath of disaster and is called back in?
Presumably he’s not with the newest/current Enterprise and presumably he’s not with his TNG crew.
Where does that lead us?
1. Say a Berlin-Wall type event in the Romulan empire, where Picard is negotiating a settlement?
2. A treaty between numerous and fractious post empire factions?
3. The possible road map for shattered and numerous Romulan settlements joining the Federation.
4. A type of reunion with Vulcan and a push of a post-disaster Romulan empire toward the Vulcans and Federation.
I don’t know. I’m speculating as much as the Sci-Fi websites are.
Whatever the situation, it’s unique to Picard to resolve. It’s a sector where wars have happened, disasters have happened and there’s an opportunity to progress.
A suggestion that after the Dominion War that no Alpha Sector Power is greater than another.
Even the Federation would need time to recover its losses before thinking to administer what was the Romulan empire. Maybe the Neutral Zone couldn’t fall.
Maybe the Klingons are an issue, maybe a renewed Cardassia as a nuisance?
Unlikely that the Borg are in the picture, but as Star Trek’s scariest bad guys, why wouldn’t they get a piece of the action?
Lastly thinking ‘the unthinkable’ – is the Enterprise lost?
Was it destroyed in the catastrophe? Could it have been affected by the destruction of Romulus and perhaps Picard survived by being off the ship?
An off-screen destruction of the Enterprise would be a pretty big event to allude to through a series, but surviving your ship and crew would be a hugely traumatic experience and retiring to a vineyard would make sense.
Anyway, until the next trailer for Star Trek Picard, it’s all guesswork.