Star Trek Picard: Et in Arcadia Ego Part II

The Romulans are mere minutes away from Coppelius. The synths are busy building a beacon to summon a force that could obliterate all organic life. Can Picard and his crew put together a plan to save everyone before it’s too late?

Well, here we are, at the end of the rollercoaster ride that has been Picard season one. We made it, but was the journey worth the effort? Unsurprisingly, I have a lot to say about that. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Et in Arcadia Ego Part I

Using a Borg transwarp conduit, La Sirena is able to make it to Soji’s home world of Coppelius – a sanctuary for synthetic life forms. Unfortunately, the Romulans are right behind them, but where Picard hopes humans and synthetics might be able to work together to defeat the enemy, the Coppelians have quite a different plan in mind.

Before we get stuck into the review, let’s take a moment to enjoy this music video from the video game Ratchet and Clank 3:

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Star Trek Picard: Broken Pieces

The Zhat Vash are guardians of a terrible secret about synthetics, one that informs their every action. It’s the reason why Rizzo is so committed to her cause, and it’s also why Commodore Oh got Agnes Jurati to kill Bruce Maddox. Now, Picard and Soji must uncover the truth that motivates the Zhat Vash, and try to return Soji to her home planet. Meanwhile, Raffi tries to find out why Rios seems so distracted, whilst Elnor finds a new ally in the fight against the Romulans on the Artifact. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Nepenthe

Having fled from the Romulans, Picard and Soji find themselves on Nepenthe, where Picard seeks temporary sanctuary with his old friends Deanna Troi and Will Riker. Meanwhile, La Sirena can’t seem to shake off their pursuit, leading Rios to suspect that there may be a traitor on board his ship.

Star Trek has never shied away from crossovers and cameo appearances, and we’ve already seen a fair few in Picard to date. Even before the series started airing, we knew that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis were going to show up at some point – and this is that point. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: The Impossible Box

Picard has finally tracked Soji down to the Artifact, but visiting a Borg Cube means confronting all the unpleasant memories of his time as Locutus. Meanwhile, Soji starts to realise that details of her personal life don’t add up, leading her to turn to Narek for guidance.

Before we get into specifics of how the plot is developing, let’s take some time to talk about one of themes that was touched upon in the last episode, and really brought to the fore here. That theme being, of course, what is life like after “de-assimilation”? Having been forced into a collective consciousness against your will, how do you reclaim your individuality? Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Stardust City Rag

Picard and crew arrive at Freecloud with an extra guest on board – Seven of Nine. Seven agrees to help them with an elaborate plan to rescue Bruce Maddox from the clutches of local crime boss Bjayzl, but it soon becomes clear she isn’t doing this out of the goodness of heart. Seven has a score to settle, and if left to her own devices there could well be a lot more bloodshed than Picard intended. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Absolute Candor

On the way to Freecloud, Picard insists on stopping off on Vashti, at the Romulan refugee camp he helped to settle fourteen years previously. His plan is to recruit one of the Qowat Milat, an order of Romulan warrior nuns whose fighting skills could prove invaluable on the journey. However, the people of Vashti haven’t forgotten that Starfleet reneged on its promise to help them fourteen years ago, and Picard is now far from welcome there. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: The End is the Beginning

Despite being rejected by Starfleet, Picard is still determined to launch a mission to find Soji. With that in mind, he attempts to enlist the help of former Starfleet colleague Raffi Musiker, but there’s some bad blood between them that won’t be easily healed. Meanwhile, Soji herself continues to study the liberated drones on the abandoned Borg vessel.

The first three episodes of Picard were meant to be a single bumper, pilot episode, and with that in mind, I tried to be a bit more forgiving of all the exposition and setup that was going on. Even so, I have to admit that while I’m optimistic for the series overall, this episode and the previous one were a bit of a disappointment. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Maps and Legends

With the help of his Romulan assistants, Picard begins to investigate the circumstances behind Dahj’s death, along with possible leads about her sister Soji. But even as he uncovers hints pointing towards the involvement of a secretive Romulan faction, he finds that Starfleet is unwilling to help him. Meanwhile, Soji continues her work aboard the abandoned Borg cube. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Remembrance

Well, here we are. Ever since it was first announced, Star Trek fans have been awaiting the arrival of the new Picard series, a TNG sequel that would catch up with everyone’s favourite captain long after his retirement from Starfleet. Being a cautious sort, my anticipation was tempered with a degree of trepidation. Would this be a cheap cash-in on a beloved franchise? Would the plot go off the rails into utter ridiculousness, like Discovery? Fortunately, one episode in, and although it’s not perfect, signs are looking good. Continue reading