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Review: Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #6

In this final review of Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #6, the finale of the series, Picard takes the captain’s chair as Romulans storm the cadet’s ship. Will he succeed in getting himself and his fellow cadets to safety?

 

Star Trek Picard’s Academy #6
Writer: Sam Maggs
Artist:  Greco Ornella
Color Artist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Sweeney Boo
Release Date:  February 28, 2024

 

This review contains spoilers.

 

picard's academy #6 main coverPicard’s Academy #6 – The Story

Picard’s Academy #6 begins with a Romulan AI is out of control as Picard’s plan fails and Resh’s plan fails. The best option is a combination of the plans but the entire crew of cadets must be in sync for this to work. Picard cannot do this alone, he needs his crew: Doq on Engineering, K on comms, Nir on weapons, Marty at the helm and Resh as XO. We get this from the mysterious voice over. Picard takes his chair and puts the plan into action. The ship arrives on earth and the crew runs out to save Starfleet. The simulation ends with the cadets face to face with Spock and the other professor.

There was no malfunction and the cadets were never in space. Instead they were all in a holodeck simulation. The nature of the test was not to test maneuvers but to see how well the crew operates in an emergency as a team. There was improvement in the end but the test was a failure. No one gets a free pass out of the Academy.

The cadets dejected return to their dorms. Picard has somewhere else to go so he will catch up later. Picard sits down with Boothby for some tea. The groundskeeper tells Picard that they really did not fail. He got what he needed and that is not a fast track through the Academy but to follow the process and grow as a person and a commander. Picard leaves and finds that the others are waiting for him. Marty tells Picard that they are having a party and this time Picard joins them, his crew.

It is here that the voice over is revealed to the readers as Q and that is not all/ Doq is actually a member of the Q continuum. He was there to observe the humans. What he observed was the formation of a team.

 

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Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #6 preview page courtesy of IDW Publishing

 

Analysis

There are not any differences in the art and colors with this final issue. It follows the designs and feeling of the previous issues. It is good and enjoyable as was the usual case but story wise this was flat.

It proved to be another no win scenario. It is true that there are no win scenarios but this test in particular is misleading and frankly the reveal was a meh moment. The whole think happens in a holodeck and it is designed to test how well the crew works together in a crisis? This crew was at each other’s throats most of the series especially with Picard and Resh. All it really showed was the immaturity of Jean-Luc Picard in his early years in the academy.

The reveal that it was all a holodeck scenario had no climax and just turned into a lecture. The kind of thing a comic should not be. Show the reader, do not tell the reader. As a result this ending was all exposition even the most interesting reveal. The revelation that the narrator was Q and that Doq, one of the characters we followed was in actuality a Q. No explanation is given to the other characters and it begs the question, how did Doq leave the Academy without being noticed later? 

 

Final Thoughts

Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #6 is an okay issue with a disappointing ending. The art maintained its level with the addition of different characters, mainly K and Nir. Just another story that could have been told better and maybe could have had deeper ramifications to the Star Trek universe but instead is a lackluster prequel story.

 

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picard's academy #6 main cover
Star trek: Picard's Academy #6
Final Thoughts
Star Trek: Picard's Academy #6 is an okay issue with a disappointing ending. The art maintained its level with the addition of different characters, mainly K and Nir. Just another story that could have been told better and maybe could have had deeper ramifications to the Star Trek universe but instead is a lackluster prequel story.
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