Warning: Spoilers follow for Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Episode 5
Though Paramount has poured millions into Star Trek, Halo appears to have been the latest attraction as the new sci-fi show’s premiere this week broke the streaming channel’s records on Paramount Plus. And while recent episodes of Picard have been some of the best Star Trek episodes we’ve seen since Discovery season 1 in September 2017, there are early signs that season 2 of Jean-Lucs ongoing adventures begins to slip. But more on that later.
The homage to Star Trek: The Voyage Home was obviously limited to just one episode, and we’ve gone way beyond that now with Episode 5, entitled Fly Me To The Moon. That said, there’s still plenty of exciting storylines we can continue with, and we’re more or less directly following last week’s episode in which Picard (Patrick Stewart) talks to him
laris Tallinn (Orla Brady). He concludes that she is a “supervisor” of sorts, similar in principle to a one-off character named Gary Seven who appeared in an episode of The Original Series entitled “Assignment: Earth” (S02, E26), which was actually an attempt to get a potential spin-off series off the ground.
According to Memory Alpha, Gary Seven (played by Robert Lansing) was a human-looking man whose ancestors lived around 4000 BC. abducted from Earth and taken to another planet. He was a Class 1 “Supervisor” who was sent to Earth in 1968 to investigate why his superiors had lost contact with Agent 201 and Agent 347. When he discovered that they died in a car accident, he took over their mission. Using advanced alien technology, he continued their mission to ensure humanity does not destroy itself with nuclear weapons.
There was subtle hints that that connection was coming, and even if you missed it, lest we forget how Discovery harked back to The Original Series in the Guardian of Forever Season 3 two-part episode Terra Firma. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, it would be nice if these throwbacks were developed further, rather than seeming like casual, ephemeral references used when new ideas seem few and far between. Maybe we’ll learn more about the backstory of
laris Tallinn later, but given the rapid turnaround of guest star characters on that show so far, it seems unlikely. And we’ll get to that a little later.
We see the same young girl that Q (John de Lancie) became obsessed with during his lunch break last week, only now she’s sitting in some kind of spacecraft cockpit simulator and not doing a good job with a practice run to dodge orbital. A French flag patch is featured on her arm before a head and shoulder seam reveals her name tag, Renée Picard (played by Penelope Mitchell).
Picard offers a helpful explanation: “The Europa mission was a landmark spaceflight in my history,” so you’d think he’d remember a Picard being on it. In Star Trek: Generations, he tells Deanna Troi, “I remember being told about the family line since I was a little kid. The Picard who fought at Trafalgar. The Picard who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Picards who settled the first colonies on Mars…” That confirmed the family’s importance to the story, but he would surely remember that. (On the other hand, it didn’t even do that happen him that a “21st century Los Angeles alien” could be Guinan.)
She turns out to be part of the first-class crew on Expedition Europa, an early interplanetary mission to Europa’s Jupiter’s moon. We even saw big billboards promoting this mission – for some reason – when Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Raffi Musik (Michelle Hurd) wreaked havoc in downtown Los Angeles.
All that is known about Renée is that she “discovered a microorganism on Io that she thought was sentient and convinced the mission commander to bring it back to Earth”. Given all the twisted-time Wimey nonsense that’s been going on lately, particularly regarding whether or not Guinan knew Picard, it’s probably best to just not think too much about it, a bit like the writers do have done. T
After the opening credits we are back on the crashed La Sirena and the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) is up to mischief. She taps into the nearby cell phone towers, calls the local police, and reports, “Screams coming from the Picard Vineyard!” This has the desired effect and a poor policeman from little La Barre comes to visit. Meanwhile, Raffi and Seven managed to save Cristóbal Rios (Santiago Cabrera). so you know phew.
When I was looking at some video footage of a therapy session with young Renée
laris Tallinn managed to reach them, they can see that Q, who has become full of joy, is the one who is secretly trying to dissuade the young astronaut from going on the mission, which takes a whole new level of intervention from Picard’s almighty adversary suggests . In the past, Q was content to just observe the various outcomes of his alternate history experiments, but that’s active interference. And then we get the biggest surprise of this episode, a cameo appearance by Soong (Brent Spiner) and Soji.
This is a brand new incarnation of Dr. Soong booking his appearance in the first season of “Picard” as that was the oldest Soong we’ve seen in the 24th century and now in the 21st century this marks the earliest. And since it’s this show’s modus operandi to include so many of The Next Generation’s beloved former cast members, it feels fitting. The problem is, as we mentioned earlier, the development of potentially interesting reinvented characters has been moving at a pretty fast pace so far.
And that’s a shame, because as we see, Q versus Dr. Soong – with two extraordinary, heavyweight classically trained actors playing the roles – could arguably be the best one-on-one match on Star Trek since… well, Captain Kirk took on Trelane in The Original Series episode The Squire of Gothos (S01, E18). at. Who knows, maybe he’ll show up next week.
This episode is not directed by Lea Thompson – although she does appear briefly as the chair of the board who manages Dr. Revokes Soong’s license to break the Shenzhen Convention and conduct genetic experiments on soldiers with a privatized military organization, Spearhead Operations. This episode is once again in the hands of Jonathan Frakes and the evidence of this will become apparent later in the episode.
Soong struggles to find a cure for his daughter Soji Kore’s (Isa Briones) rare and unusual condition, and Q introduces himself with a cryptic business card, which, incidentally, has an actual number to call to retrieve a recorded message annoying creature to hear from him. He gives Soong a test pattern for a short time that works. But now Q has his claws firmly in the shady doctor, so of course he’ll do anything for the promise of lasting security.
Meanwhile, the poor cop on La Sirena has neither Dr. Jurati (Alison Pill), fast asleep on the sofa, can’t smell the fire they lit earlier. Instead, he is drawn to the Borg Queen’s voice, which mimics the sound of someone in distress. Jurati eventually wakes up, grabs an antique shotgun, and goes back into the crashed ship himself to see what’s going on. She finds the Queen holding the policeman hostage and gives her both barrels. Go Agnes.
Not long after, everyone on the ship regroups and Jurati explains what’s happening. Our intrepid time travel team hatches a plan to overthrow a fancy gala that young Renée will be attending. This new story arc has a distinctive Stardust City Rag vibe from last season, along with an element of Mission: Impossible, as even the accompanying music helps set the tone in a typical Frakes set piece. Cleverly, Jurati lets security guards catch him on purpose, so she is held in the security surveillance room, where we see through the power of the flashback how the Borg Queen was able to get two assimilation tubes down her throat before “dying” from it. her gunshot wounds.
Roll the credits on an interesting episode that gets better the longer you watch it. The concern is where to go from here. Guinan has undoubtedly been underused, and let’s hope next week’s story isn’t just a format to introduce more cameo characters for just one episode’s span. The duel between Brent Spiner and John de Lancie alone is worth half the season, and it’s great that another ancestor of the legendary father of eugenics makes an appearance in Star Trek.
The first five episodes of Star Trek: Picard are available to watch now on Paramount Plus, and the premiere season of Strange New Worlds begins May 5th. Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 is available now on Paramount+ in the US and CTV Sci-Fi or Crave TV in Canada. Countries outside of North America can watch on the Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel.
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