Watching Picard, I thought up a concept for a non-essential episode one edit. This would not be an ‘go-to version’ that replaces the original episode, but an alternative viewing experience.
-Use Short Trek’s ‘Children of Mars’ as the pre-titles
-Remove the attack that kills Djaq, keep her alive
-Imply Picard has no problem with getting a mission approved by Starfleet
-Use footage of episode seven to have Picard visit Riker and Troy at the end of the episode, where they see him off.
That’s what I’ve got so far.