Star Trek: Picard Episode 2 Review (Season 1)

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The Plot Thickens in Star Trek: Picard Episode 2 — Maps & Legends

Episode 1 Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched the first episode of Star Trek: Picard, don’t read any further until you do. You’ve been warned.

At the end of Star Trek: Picard Episode 1, we find out that a man named Bruce Maddox has been making synthetics. Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) explains that Dr. Maddox used Data’s information to make a copy based on a picture that Data painted called “Daughter.” Agnes reveals at the end that the synthetics are created in pairs—twins, essentially. Knowing that the now dead Dahj, whom Picard thought was Data’s daughter, has a clone, Jean Luc, of course, must find her. That’s where we start things in Picard Episode 2.

The final scene reveals Dahj’s twin (whose name is Soji, btw) working for the Romulans on the Borg cube.

Now we can start the episode…

The opening recounts the events on Mars that led to the ban on synthetics. A synthetic named F8 is working with a human crew. They try to joke with him to no avail. He definitely doesn’t have Data’s finesse, though. He and the other synthetics work with humans, but they function more as tools than people. Right before he goes rogue, we see F8’s eyes change—like he just downloaded a command. Then he goes to a control panel, starts messing with dials and buttons frantically. The next thing everyone on Mars knows, all of the synthetics turn on them, as well as the planetary defense satellites. It’s a bad day. Then we get the title sequence. 

Investigation

After the opening, we see Jean Luc and his two Romulan housemates, Laris and Zhaban, looking at footage of Dahj’s murder. The three of them visit Dahj’s apartment, where the hit squad murdered her boyfriend. However, they find it completely clean. No evidence whatsoever. Laris isn’t done, though. She pulls out a piece of Romulan tech and begins to scan. Jean Luc protests that such scans are illegal and unreliable, but Laris counters, “That’s what we wanted you to think.” That’s an important bit of setup because it feels very much like the Romulans and how they are treated is going to be a big part of this show. 

After reviewing all of the evidence, they find that someone has actually erased the data they’re looking for. There seems to be no explanation, but Laris and Zhaban explain a Romulan legend that gives them a suspect. According to Laris, only a Romulan death squad known as the Zhat Vash could do such a thorough job. 

Now Jean Luc has a target and a mission.

There are some hurtles though—he’s been out of Star Fleet for nearly two decades and he just insulted them on a Federation-wide broadcast. Also, after a visit from his doctor, Picard learns that he has an abnormality in his parietal lobe. Nevertheless, the doc gives him the okay to fly. As such, Jean Luc Picard is back in Star Fleet!

Or so we think.

When he asks for a commission and a ship from Admiral Clancy, she tells him in no uncertain terms that he’s delusional. So much for Star Fleet. It’s a really tense scene and I had to watch it a couple of times because the acting is brilliant. Also because I never heard anyone use the F&*k word on Star Trek before. Yeah. That happened. 

This is where we’re going to leave Picard for this review. He ends up making a call to his old frienemy Raffi Musiker and asks for her help and a ship. The rest of Picard Episode 1 is about the Romulans. And what’s going on there doesn’t bode well…

Meanwhile, Back at the Borg Cube…

We get to see a lot of Soji, Dahj’s twin in this episode. Literally and figuratively. (There’s a sex scene between she and Narek, a Romulan working with her at the Borg cube, but no full nudity.) While the she and Narek are talking post coitus, she reveals that they call the cube “The Artifact” and that the Romulans are working to restore it. The cube, now severed from the collective, is a shell of its former self, and both Romulans and other workers they hire work tirelessly to rebuild the artifact and study the bodies of the collective that were left behind. 

Final Verdict: 4/5 Comets

One of the things that critics of this show pointed out was the pace. Now, there were a couple of pretty bitchin’ Jason Bourne style scenes in the first episode, so I thought Star Trek: Picard might have some potential as an action show. After watching Picard episode 2, however, I’m starting to see what they might have been on about. Apart from the opening sequence, there was no action at all, so by the time you finish the episode, you’ve been watching a drama/mystery rather than a sci-fi action show. So far, however, I’m still compelled. We’ll see how episode 3 goes.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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