Sunday, February 9, 2020

Take Three: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 1, Episode 3 “The End is the Beginning” (B-)

I’m still committed to getting into this show, but I’m finding the pacing to be fairly glacial. We got a peek at how Raffi’s perspective on her beloved “JL” changed drastically from the aftermath of the attack to the present day, and why she was so unwilling to help him when he showed up so many years later telling her he needed a pilot. One of my favorite characters from any Star Trek series is the Emergency Medical Hologram from “Star Trek: Voyager,” and the interaction of Picard’s latest recruit and the hologram version of him wasn’t nearly as compelling as most of his onscreen moments. If Picard wasn’t yet sure that he needed to pursue this, he should be now. I’m happiest that Alison Pill’s Dr. Agnes Jurati made such a strong case for her inclusion on the mission, partially because she’s one of the most interesting characters on this show and also because I’m a big fan of Pill’s from her past work on “The Newsroom” and “In Treatment.” Hearing that Raffi is on board just for a ride is far from convincing since that never works out as planned, and she’ll likely end up playing a more major role in this trip. There are a lot of people who seem to grasp that they don’t know as much about themselves or what they’ve been through as they should, and I think that watching all this play out will be considerably more gratifying once everyone realizes their true abilities and purpose.

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