Tuesday, April 5, 2022

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 2, Episode 5 “Fly Me to the Moon” (B+)

As someone who didn’t watch “The Next Generation” all that much and doesn’t remember a good deal of season one of this show, it’s often hard to know if characters are supposed to be familiar and if they are significant in the grand scheme of things, but fortunately this show is interesting enough even without those Easter egg/fan service elements to enhance it. I do know that Brent Spiner played Data and that this is a character who is a meant to be a relative of his inventor, one who is apparently so dedicated to the survival of his daughter, who shares the face of Dahj and Soji from season one, that he doesn’t care what laws he has to break and who he has to kill to achieve it. That makes him a particularly dangerous partner for Q, who posed as a therapist to talk Picard’s ancestor Renée out of going on her mission, something that the Watcher, who also wears a familiar face, needs to make sure happens. While the rescue of Rios went off more smoothly and less consequentially than it could have, there were hijinks back on the ship, with the Borg Queen left unsupervised and free to imitate the voices of every crew member until she found the one that led her make an outgoing call to bring a pawn to use in her latest scheme. Agnes appeared to have acted decisively to stop her, but now that she’s been captured as a party crasher, it looks like she’s housing more than one consciousness, which may put their plans in serious jeopardy.

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