Thursday, March 16, 2023

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3, Episode 4 “No Win Scenario” (B+)

There’s something appealing about the repetitive nature of things on this show and the general Star Trek universe, which made Jack’s appearance in the crowd of eager students cornering Picard in the bar five years feel all the more emphatic. That Riker had heard the story about the daring escape pulled off by Picard and Jake’s namesake only added to that, and he once again managed to pull off a near-impossible feat with the help of a carefully-calibrated Beverly and a creative Jack. Earlier on, Jack wasn’t taking things seriously and just wanted to know when Picard went bald (I believe that such things are inherited from a mother’s father, but no matter), but then he turned out to be much more attuned to what was really happening in the moment. It does appear, however, that he shares some less physical bond with whatever it is that’s pursuing him, which gave me flashbacks to the Red Forest from “12 Monkeys,” another show that featured the great Todd Stashwick. Shaw expressed a great deal of resentment about Picard’s past actions as Locutus but then seemed to appreciate Picard giving him a hard time and sprung into action to work with Seven on something only someone of his rank and age actually knew. Seven was smart to spot an Ensign La Forge impersonator who didn’t know to call her Commander Seven out of respect, and it seems that, the Jack mental flash aside, this crew is safe for the time being.

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