Monday, March 14, 2022

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 2, Episode 2 “Penance” (B+)

Like Picard, I don’t know what Q’s endgame is and it’s very possible that he is indeed unstable, but I’m all for mirror universes and seeing how people might behave differently in another environment. The case here, however, is that all of the characters we know are the same and are aware that they’re in the wrong place, but they have no choice but to play their parts and pretend to be who they are in this world in order to survive. Eradication Day is a far cry from the mission of the Federation, and the idea of a war with Vulcans seems particularly backwards since they’ve been allies long before a number of other species. Having Seven be the president is a fun twist, and it’s great to see Jon Jon Briones from “Ratched” as her husband, who seems to be even less forgiving than the imperialistic Picard’s reputation. I’m pretty sure I recognized Patton Oswalt’s voice as Agnes’ digital cat best friend, and I enjoyed her very detailed and technical improvised defense of what was happening with the Borg Queen. We did get a mention of Sisko, who could be an interesting guest star to have pop up on this show, but given that he would be just as militant and brutal as the rest of the Confederation, he’s probably not the ally they need right now. Agnes plugging the Borg Queen into the ship may be their last hope, but it might be too late for Elnor after he just got shot and everyone else on the bridge looks to be next.

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