TL;DR – Picard comes home
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Today we look at an episode that I think everyone has been excited for since that first trailer dropped last year. The moment that Picard (Patrick Stewart) meets back up with Will (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna (Marina Sirtis) is something that has real power to it. However, if the show keeps looking back, can it move forward? Well, that is what we look at today.
So to set the scene, after last week when Narek (Harry Treadaway) activated Soji (Isa Briones) by trying to kill her, Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) took Picard and Soji deep into the Borg Cube to the Queencell. Here they used a failsafe transporter to take them off the cube at to Nepenthe. This week we open on when they arrive but waiting for them is not a friend, but a hunter with a bow and the arrow is ready to be loosed. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so you better believe that there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
This was a wonderful reunion episode because it brought us memories of the past but also the realisation that years have passed. The instant warmth in Deanna’s expression brought tears to my eyes, that look of a long lost friend coming home. But there is also a lot of pain in this episode, there is a loss under the surface that once it is revealed hurts you to the core. A parent should never outlive their child, especially in the 24th century. Deanna’s “I’m not as brave as I use to be” really cut me to the core. While it was good to see Will and Deanna again, they were not there for just nostalgia’s sake, they are there to give guidance to Picard. As well as this, Kestra (Lulu Wilson) also was the one who finally got through to Soji when she needed her the most.
While this is going on we have those on the La Sirena trying to escape a Romulan tractor beam. However, at the heart of this was Agnes (Alison Pill) finally coming to terms with what she did, or more what she was made to do. This is where we got to see a different side to Raffi (Michelle Hurd) that was both caring and also enabling. Also, if it has not been said by me yet, I love Santiago Cabrera’s work playing both Cristóbal but also all the different Hologram programs all with their different personalities.
On the Cube, we get our second death of the season that hurt me in my soul. They had kind of foreshadowed it, but oh my precious Hugh. It is here where I think we got the groundwork for one of the big conflicts this season with Elnor (Evan Evagora) and Rizzo (Peyton List) having at it. Also, if that foreshadowing comes to fruition, next week is going to be a moment you won’t forget.
In the end, do we recommend Nepenthe? Absolutely. This season continues to power forward with both style and power and I can’t wait to see where they go next. Also shout out for doing the most Star Trek thing possible and just sticking a horn onto an animal.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek: Picard
Directed by – Douglas Aarniokoski
Written by – Samantha Humphrey and Michael Chabon
Created by – Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer & Alex Kurtzman
Based on – Star Trek: The Next Generation created by Gene Roddenberry
Production/Distribution Companies – CBS Studios & Amazon Prime
Starring – Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera & Harry Treadaway with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Del Arco, Peyton List, Tamlyn Tomita, Lulu Wilson & Kay Bess