Star Trek: Picard: Firewall

Two years after the USS Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, Seven of Nine finds herself rejected for a position in Starfleet…and instead finds a new home with the interstellar rogue law enforcement corps known as the Fenris Rangers. The Rangers seem like an ideal fit for Seven—but to embrace t

For all the Trek content we’ve had in the past, hundreds of hours of tv, dozens of hours of movies and literally thousands of Trek books, the amount of time spent outside of the Federation “safe space” is practically nil, with nearly every aspect of the previous works having a Federation point of view where they come swooping in, save the day, they swoop away onto another adventure, usually without much of a follow up. This isn’t a followup, but it’s nearly 95% all from the point of view of Seven of Nine, who after returning to the Alpha Quadrant is treated like a pariah and is refused Federation citizenship and is wandering from shady job to shady job, trying to find a purpose in life. This foundation for the story feels untrue to what we know of Federation behavior with ex-borg and flies in the face of common logic, because in my mind they would definitely have welcomed her as a participant or even a member, either to help her with her borg issues or more nefariously, to build on the knowledgebase of Borg for their eventual defeat.

Luckily though, even with this unstable foundation, the story really finds it’s wings when Seven hooks up with the Fenris Rangers, a formerly legitimate law enforcement organization that’s lost all it’s political support in the region it operates in and is acting under assumed authority. They didn’t lose their support due to anything they did, but instead because the Federation pulled out of the region to focus on saving the Romulans from supernova that’s scheduled next Tuesday. Without the direct support of the Federation, the region has fallen into chaos with slavers and pirates taking over entire planets and causing all sorts of mischief that only the Rangers can handle.

There’s a fair bit of character development that happens here for Seven, most of it good, but some of it’s somewhat confusing for me, the main point being her interest in ladies, something that i thought was a first for her in the Picard television series, but it’s clearly an element of her character here in this prequel. I realize there’s been endless keyboard chatter about her sexual and gender preferences, but I’ve mostly been blind to the discussion.

This is all quibbling though, because at the end of the day I found myself vastly enjoying the story and the way it was resolved was a fantastic example of how to do a prequel that opens itself up to many more sequels.

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