Star Trek: Picard, S1.7: “Nepenthe” offers a welcome respite…

*****BORG CUBE-SIZED SPOILERS!!***** This week’s episode of “Star Trek: Picard” is titled “Nepenthe”… a title that is very telling.  Nepenthe, in Homer’s “The Odyssey,” was a drug that brought relief from pain and sorrow for one who takes it.  That’s exactly the reaction I had from this installment, scripted by producer/showrunner Michael Chabon, with a…

Star Trek: Picard, S1.4: “Absolute Candor” opens up…

*****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!***** Written by series’ showrunner Michael Choban and directed by former “Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) costar/veteran director Jonathan Frakes (“Commander William T. Riker”), the 4th episode of “Star Trek: Picard” takes a closer look at Romulan culture following the aftermath of their star system’s supernova (2009’s “Star Trek”) and in the wake…

Star Trek Discovery, Short Treks 2: “Calypso”…

CBS-All Access has just released the 2nd of four planned Star Trek: Discovery “Short Trek” vignettes; the first was the Ensign Tilly-as-diplomat offering “Runaway,” and now we have “Calypso”, another two-character piece which uses none of the regular Discovery cast.  “Calypso” runs only 18 minutes, but manages to raise a TON of questions about the future of…