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Star Trek: Picard

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
Star Trek: Picard TV Poster Image
Return of beloved sci-fi captain has adventure, violence.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Setting aside past mistakes and working toward a brighter future for all is a major theme; being true to yourself and your ideals in the face of danger is a long-honored Star Trek message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Racially and gender diverse characters makes up the show's main cast. Picard isn't perfect, but always stands up for what he believes in, no matter the consequences. He and others show integrity, teamwork, and empathy for humans and other life forms. 

Violence

A character is burned alive; the audience sees her face as it burns. Another is stabbed in the chest and dies from the wound. Many faceless bad guys are shot and killed with futuristic guns. Extreme gore can be seen in some episodes, including a decapitation and a graphic removal of a character's eye. 

Sex

A couple talks in bed, heavy kissing and romance as well as sexy talk. A character is seen in her underwear, no nudity. Various characters have sexual relationships.

Language

Profanity is rare but can be strong: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell."

Consumerism

It's part of the larger Star Trek franchise which has lots of merchandise available. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Trek: Picard is a sci-fi series that follows the journey of iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation character Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he continues his adventures post-retirement. The series deals with similar issues as its predecessors and other Star Trek shows and movies, including justice, respect for alien cultures, and how to keep peace between warring factions. Families who are fans of TNG should know that this series is somewhat more mature, especially in terms of violence, which is much more intense than in previous Star Trek iterations. Characters are stabbed, maimed, decapitated, and burned to death onscreen, and a particularly gruesome scene features a character's eye being graphically removed. There is also more profanity; curses are rare but can be strong: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell." Sexual content includes characters are seen in bed after having had sex, and in their underwear after, no nudity. That said, the show maintains many of the franchise's positive messages of equality, teamwork, and empathy, and the cast is both racially and gender diverse. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynormgf1 January 31, 2020

Course Language

Star Trek was always a show we could watch as a family, but not anymore. The use of "F" bombs and bedroom scenes seem totally unnecessary and complet... Continue reading
Adult Written bymtnjak February 6, 2020

Star Trek Boldly Goes Where They Haven't Gone Before--and That's Too Bad.

I would say that after the first episode I thought this new Trek iteration looks promising. A little slow to build but that's to be expected to set up the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRepublicOfMars February 22, 2020

Overall Disappointing

This wasn’t what I was expecting when I heard Patrick Stewart was returning to Star Trek. I may only be 15 at the time of this review, but I think this is at le... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAusterzockt February 1, 2020

Real good story-centered series about Captain/Admiral Picard

Well there is some swearing in Ep.2 and a bedroomscene, but nothing a 13+ child hasn't ever seen/heard. There is violence but without real blood as every S... Continue reading

What's the story?

After disastrous events that caused many deaths, a ban on androids, and PICARD to resign his post at Starfleet, the former admiral now lives quietly at the family winery in France with his loyal pit bull Number One. A little older, a little wiser, and a little more relaxed, his only crew now are the couple who manage the property and keep the now elderly Picard's earl grey (now decaf!) hot. However, when a mysterious young woman shows up seeking his help, a chain of events pulls Picard into a mystery that involves his old friend and android Data (Brent Spiner), dark forces seeking power, and alarming new alliances between alien species. With the support of scientist Agnes Jurati (Allison Pill), the legendary captain once again steps back onto a starship helmed by a motley crew of renegades (Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera), ready to face danger and fight for the greater good.   

Is it any good?

Both fans and newcomers will be thrilled to see that this thoughtful series pays homage to a beloved character and world while seamlessly intertwining lots of fresh intrigue into the Star Trek canon. Introducing a slightly softer, gentler Picard, who is more open to trusting new people and ready to jump at the chance for a new adventure after many years of quiet vineyard life, it's a delight to see the 79-year-old Stewart inhabiting his most famous role again with ease and even more gravitas. Don't worry; he's still up to the challenge of fighting bad guys (though a sweet moment sees him pausing to catch his breath on the stairs). 

It's also a shift to see him and others living on Earth, where the technology is highly advanced but feels different from life on the Enterprise, but the action quickly bounces back into space, where the camera's slow, stunning unveiling of a massive Borg ship evokes past and future threats. With a similarly diverse and young cast as the concurrently running Star Trek: Discovery, this series has lots of potential to prove that the return of Star Trek stories to the small screen is a very good idea. Let's hope that Picard can continue to "make it so." 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science fiction. Why is it fun to imagine other worlds beyond the one we live in? Do you think Picard's future seems realistic? Why or why not? 

  • What do you think about the idea of robots or androids becoming more powerful than humans? Lots of shows and movies explore this idea. Do you think it would be possible? 

  • What do you think makes Picard a popular character? What other shows have older people as stars? Why do you think this is uncommon?

  • How do the characters on this show use teamwork to reach their goals? Why do you think this is an important character strength

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