In Review: Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land (Simon & Schuster)

Discover what happens to Raffi and Seven of Nine following the stunning conclusion to season one of Star Trek: Picard.
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Synopsis: No Man’s Land reveals what happens to Raffi and Seven of Nine following the stunning conclusion to season one of Star Trek: Picard. This fully dramatized audio Star Trek adventure features the stars of the TV series Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan.

Review

With Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land, writers Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson crafted an excellent character-driven story. Additionally, they found a tonal balance between classic and modern Star Trek.

Story

The modern Star Trek tale is the relationship between Raffi and Seven. Beyer and Johnson gave us top-notch writing here. Raffi and Seven are an organic, layered couple. Neither shies away from her past or her present issues. 

I also really appreciated how they don’t become sledgehammer obvious bisexual allegory. Indeed, listeners are left with the welcome understanding that sexual orientation isn’t even a ticked box anymore.

The classic Star Trek love story served as the perfect counterpoint to the leading ladies. I was reminded of the original series episode “Requiem for Methuselah.” Additionally, there were echoes of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “The Survivors.”

The two love stories are intertwined with an action-adventure plot strand. Consequently, listeners get a new ship’s crew. Moreover, listeners meet a would-be Romulan Emperor trying to translate “Chaos is a ladder” into his native tongue.

By the end, Beyer and Johnson have done some marvelous place setting for the second season. I now have two questions. First, how will all of these elements be deconstructed within Q’s alternate timeline? Second, how will all of these elements reclaim the original timeline?

Acting

The excellent supporting cast all play new characters. It’ll be interesting to see how many of them feature in the show going forward.

Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land belonged to Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan throughout, though. Listeners would be forgiven for thinking they’d been playing off each other for seven seasons.

Overall

Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land isn’t quite Big Finish caliber. That said, the team Simon & Schuster put together isn’t far off.

In a couple of years, these Star Trek audios will be pitch-perfect. I’m looking forward to more.

 

You can purchase Star Trek: Picard: No Man’s Land here

9.3
Star Trek: Picard: No Man's Land (Simon & Schuster)
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    9.5

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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