Monday, May 9, 2022

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard (Season Finale)

Star Trek: Picard: Season 2, Episode 10 “Farewell” (B+)

I didn’t know while watching this episode that this show had already been renewed for a third and final season, which feels appropriate given that this one was well worth it and I’m glad to know that more is on the way. It’s also great when the creative forces behind a series know that the end is in sight and are able to calibrate just for that so that audiences are given a proper and satisfying ending. This episode had its share of goodbyes, starting with Tallinn doing her part to ensure that there were too Renées, one who lived and one who died, deceiving Dr. Soong into thinking that he had successfully killed her when she was in fact aboard the ship as planned. Wesley Crusher returning to recruit Kore was an interesting development, though the news that Isa Briones isn’t returning for season three suggests that was a sendoff for her rather than the start of something new and intriguing. Rios staying in the past with Teresa was a great way for him to get to find something he’s always wanted – with some humorous updates on how he lived and how he died from Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan when Picard returned to the future – and Agnes becoming the Borg Queen for 400 years who was then an ally and even part of the Federation was a cool way to say farewell to her and to the fabulous actress Alison Pill. For the characters that are sticking around, it’s fun to see Raffi and Seven as a potential item, while Q’s departure was surprisingly emotional, with him expressing that even gods have favorites before Picard gave him a hug. This season has been very good, and I eagerly await the third and final installment.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Alison Pill as Agnes

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