Friday, April 14, 2023

What I’m Watching: Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard: Season 3, Episode 8 “Surrender” (B+)

Vadic really did terrorize everyone when she had control of the ship, and it’s hard to work with that whole shoot-one-random-prisoner-every-ten-minutes thing. Jack’s ability to see and act through other people came in quite handy, but of course they needed to use that carefully since Vadic was all too aware of what Jack might be able to do. Jack threatening to take his own life was a smart move, and Seven showed that she was willing to sacrifice herself too rather than leave members of her crew to fend for themselves. Data executed the perfect victory over Lore by tricking him into thinking that his memories held no significance when that wasn’t the case at all. Sucking the changelings out into space was a reassuring end to a rather grim storyline, though Deanna saying that she senses an all-consuming darkness didn’t exactly scream positivity. There’s also the matter of Picard’s body, which was on display when two long-apart friends were reunited, but which presents a threat that must still be overcome in the course of the final two episodes of this show, which are sure to be quite memorable. On a lighter note, I did enjoy that Data realized that he was apparently capable of using contractions now, something that equally surprised and delighted Geordi, and that Worf critiqued Raffi’s fighting, feedback she was not happy to receive. I’m ready to buckle up for the last two episodes, and I’m just hoping for a few more fun appearances like a certain Admiral Janeway.

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