Wednesday, March 8, 2023

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3, Episode 3 “Seventeen Seconds” (B+)

At the start of this episode, Shaw didn’t think very highly of Picard and Riker and their generally mutinous ways, but by the end, it was Riker who was extremely disappointed in and angry at Picard. Declaring that he had killed them all was rather grave and likely untrue given that this show still has seven episodes to go before it signs off, but that may end up creating a sharp division in their friendship. Beverly expressed just how many reasons there were for her not to have been able to tell him about his son at any point, and she’s probably correct that it’s Picard and not Jack who is the true target of whoever’s hunting them. Realizing that it was a saboteur would have been helpful earlier on, but at least Seven is free now and hopefully able to help right the course with Shaw pretty much out of commission. Reinforcements are surely on their way, starting with the new team of Worf and Raffi, which is providing some serious entertainment in the meantime as Raffi rolls her eyes continuously at Worf’s apparent pacifist enlightenment and his desire to process emotions and chamomile tea rather than crack skulls, which weren’t so helpful when dealing with an enemy who can turn himself into liquid. We saw more of Ensign La Forge in this episode, and now the question is just how soon we’ll get a chance to have other members of the original crew join this team on their latest fight to survive annihilation.

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