Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 1, Episode 8 “Broken Pieces” (B+)

This was another strong episode, one that connected the many plotlines on this show to create a unified greater narrative going forward. I’d like to think that I’m keeping up, but it’s still helpful to have characters explain it all to each other just in case I missed something. Opening with Rizzo and Oh witnessing the terrifying proclamation was just as intense as when Oh showed it to Agnes in the last episode, although it’s scarier to think that they wanted to use it for nefarious purposes. Understanding that the Romulans were responsible for the attack on Mars and that Oh had been planted in Starfleet to rise through the ranks gives our ragtag team a new sense of purpose, especially since Agnes nearly killed herself so that she could deactivate the tracker and is now determined not to kill Soji despite what Oh tried to compel her to do. Rios was not in good shape, and Raffi trying to get to the bottom if it was more comical than expected due to the multiple holograms with different accents who filled in part of the story. Seven of Nine was formidable in her ability to connect to the cube, activate the Borg, and then disconnect to return to her human self, taking Rizzo down and giving Picard and company a fighting chance to win this fight. I hope that she’ll continue to be part of the show, aiding them in taking down the Romulans in the two-part finale that’s still to come in this season.

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