Sunday, March 27, 2022

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 2, Episode 4 “Watcher” (B+)

One thing I was concerned about – that no one else would know that Rios had been taken by ICE – didn’t happen, but he did get moved around quickly enough that it’s become a big issue. I know that Star Trek series have always been critical in an allegorical way about societal problems, but this is definitely a very direct manner in which to showcase the destructive power of an organization that exists right now. Cristobal being misheard as “Crystal Ball” was another example of baseless discrimination that nearly got Rafi and Seven noticed because of their outrage, and Seven’s maniacal driving was enough to do that before Agnes managed to get them to stop long enough to be safely transported away. Now we’re waiting for a “Fast Five”-style bus heist, but one that somehow makes it so that Rios isn’t moving when they grab him and doesn’t leave any butterflies will be a challenge. The Borg Queen is trying her best to get under Agnes’ skin but it’s Agnes who seems to be having more of an effect on her. Picard meeting Guinan was a nice moment for him even if she wasn’t nearly as pleased. Having the Watcher transfer from host to host in the park was an intense experience that Picard dismissed as unnecessary, and, though he recognized the last face he saw, I’ll have to wait until the next episode to understand its significance. Q’s snap not working is surely more concerning because he can’t fix what he broke if he no longer has the same power.

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