Monday, April 18, 2022

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 2, Episode 7 “Monsters” (B+)

I wasn’t so into the literal monster that haunted a young Picard’s nightmares, but fortunately that storyline is now over and Picard is back, and the rest of this episode was pretty terrific. I was absolutely thrilled to see James Callis cast as the Starfleet therapist working with Picard in his unconscious state who later revealed himself to be his abusive father. I’m a big fan of Callis’ from “Battlestar Galactica,” as I’m sure any science fiction fan is, and he also had a similarly key role at the end of “12 Monkeys” that made tremendous use of his talents. Tallinn managed to get him out of there, which was good, showing Picard her Romulan ears before they parted ways, and then he went straight to Guinan for help summoning Q. While that didn’t work, we did get to see another great actor, who also had a part like this in “12 Monkeys,” Jay Karnes from “The Shield,” as an overly chatty patron who turned out to be an FBI agent. I’m not sure what the charges are for this traveler from the future and his alien accomplice, but their arrests are not a productive development. While Raffi and Seven debate their approaches to this time period and race to stop the Borg Queen from her apparent mission to assimilate humanity before it can defend itself, Rios gave Teresa and her son the answers they thought they were seeking, astounding them by assuring that he was from Chile but he worked in outer space. Seven’s not going to like that.

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