on December 13, 2008
There are four one hour episodes. Three episodes are good (the third, dealing with global warming, is weak). Cap'n Picard is, as always, a joy to watch, but I wish the show had done a bit more to develop a distinct character for him. He's a bit of a hapless nerd, but not really. The show would have been immeasurably better if it had a few little scenes to flesh out his character and his relationship with his body guard Rachel. Also, do they have an office somewhere? They seem to be forever driving around in a car as if they're on holiday or perhaps just trolling for scientific mysteries.
Ashley Jensen (who also plays the Scottish designer in Ugly Betty) is his Special Branch sidekick, and she is equally good - in some ways a more interesting character than Patrick Stewart's.
I tried watching the American remake of this miniseries and found it unwatchable, despite the star turn by the delightful Rufus Sewell. (If you haven't seen "Cold Comfort Farm" you are really missing something!)