Monday, February 27, 2023

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3, Episode 2 “Disengage” (B+)

Well, nothing is going particularly to plan, but at least none of the main characters have died yet. Jack may be Picard’s son, as Riker suspected and Beverly confirmed, but he also does appear to be exactly the intergalactic criminal that his pursuers claim. Leaving two high-ranking Starfleet officials to die wouldn’t have been a great look, but now Shaw has no choice but to engage entirely with a mission that will, as he said, put five hundred people aboard his ship very much at risk. Their enemy seems to relish the chase, and Amanda Plummer is giving quite the scenery-chewing performance. Throwing a ship at them was an intense show of power, and it’s about time the remaining members of Picard’s original crew catch up to them and help them take on this latest nemesis. Raffi made the difficult choice to go after information rather than reconnect with her son, but at least Worf was there to save her and ensure that she didn’t end up like the man she claimed to know whose head was no longer attached to his body. She knows a good deal, and it will be worthwhile to see her and Seven reunite at some point in the near future, provided both of them survive that long. The present moment isn’t exactly the best time for tender reunions or for processing decades-old relationships that led to undisclosed and now fully-grown children, but multitasking is an important part of being a competent officer aboard a Federation starship beyond the reaches of Federation space.

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