Friday, April 7, 2023

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3, Episode 7 “Dominion” (B+)

Given that I did grow up watching “Voyager” much more than “The Next Generation,” I was pleased to see Tim Russ back as Tuvok, who Seven warmly reached out to as a friend before revealing that she knew he was actually a changeling who had gained crucial information from Tuvok in order to maintain his deception. All this talk of Janeway makes me excited for the possibility of seeing Kate Mulgrew back in the role, though it’s unclear whether she would be her real self or if she’s been replaced as well. A character from one of the original shows I didn’t know much about was Lore, whose appearance came at a terribly unproductive time as he took over the ship just to cause chaos and was only subdued by Geordi successfully appealing to the humanity still present within Data. Vadic’s origin story was quite harrowing, and Beverly and Picard had to determine whether or not they should remain moral in their treatment of their prisoner. Jack communicating telepathically with Sidney was quite convenient but did freak her out quite a bit, and now it might be up to them to save the day given Vadic’s grandstanding and terrifying takeover of the ship. With just three episodes to go in this show’s run, things are not looking good for Starfleet and all the Federation’s allies. I don’t think there can be too many reinforcements still on the way, but I presume there’s still a way out of this that won’t end on such a bleak note for our beloved characters.

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