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Star Trek: Picard season 2 episode 6 review: “Fast-paced, extremely quotable, and infectiously fun”ByRichard Edwardspublished 7 April 22Review

Warning: This Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 6 review contains major spoilers — most of them ready to stun. Boldly, go further at your own risk…

Borg Queen was a controversial addition to the Star Trek canon when she debuted on First Contact in 1996. The fan argument continued, why would a race of cyborgs who stripped away all sense of self place an individual being in itself as a figure?

However, writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore argue that while the Borg’s zombie-like drones are a TV show’s main enemies, a movie plot has a more tangible villain – a villain Alice Krige quickly identifies as one of the best in Trek. it should. unforgettable enemies

As the Queen (now played by the equally brilliant Annie Wersching) continues to misbehave more than a quarter of a century later, it’s getting harder and harder to argue that her ad is a bogus call. Yes, logically, it’s such a contradiction that his existence makes no sense – he spends all of “Two for One” looking for excuses, even though it has been claimed in the past to “put some order in chaos”. Before saying to Agnès Jurati: “I’m trying to make you understand that good things happen when you lose control.” But now that she’s part of Agnes’ consciousness, the queen has transformed into an incredibly playful demon on her shoulder, prone to disorder.

A more precise analogy would therefore be Venom, two distinct and competing consciousnesses vying for control of the same body. Jurati and the Queen – muttering wryly like a great comic duo – claim to be the best dog in the relationship, but it becomes increasingly clear that Jurati is only responsible when she allows herself to be his cybernetic guest. While Jurati’s mission to infiltrate the high-security Europa mission pre-launch party failed without the Queen’s influence – giving him superpower, confidence and a sudden desire to sing on stage – it’s unlikely that that helps. out of loyalty to the host.

(Image credit: Paramount Plus)

The Agnes/Queen hybrid doesn’t wink at the camera as they stroll through Los Angeles in the episode’s closing scene, but in a season as beautiful and lovingly crafted as this, they probably could have. Like the season as a whole, this latest episode is fast-paced, highly quotable, and infectiously entertaining. There’s a healthy dose of suspense too, thanks to the episode starting with Picard fighting for his life, before jumping back 34 minutes in the timeline. (Beginning in less than 40 minutes, ‘Two For One’ plays in near real time, time slowly ticking down to the accident that left Jean-Luc in need of urgent medical attention.)

While the main objective of the mission is to ensure that Picard’s ancestor, Renée Picard, does not give up on high-level spaceflight, the crew of La Sirena – even those unprovoked by the Borg Queen – can’t wait to enjoy day 21. the hospitality of the century. Especially Rios, Dr. She’s disproportionately excited and enjoying life for a box of matches, as her eyes twinkle at Ramirez. Even Raffi, who still dreams of Elnor, cannot rightly demoralize her by saying, “When you meet someone from another century, the relationship is somehow built on lies.”

Meanwhile, Picard meets Tallinn, who, as a gifted observer of human behavior, is unlikely to fall for the idea that her Romulan twin, Laris, isn’t “somebody important.” . After cutting off the “We all do it” messages to Renee’s therapist, Dr. Q, Picard realizes something is wrong when he observes Renee spending too much time staring at her mobile device. While it’s not enough for him to forego his non-intrusive policies, Picard spends little time turning his back on the core directive that has governed his entire career, diving straight into modifying it (or maintaining it, depending on your point). of sight). course of history.

Thankfully, Picard’s performance as P. Trotter — a “years ago” security guard with remarkable wisdom — is far more believable than his role as the French comedian in the Season 1 episode.Stardust City Cloth‘. Rewinding her years in Enterprise-D’s prep room, she gives the perfect pep talk for the moment and reminds Renee of the importance of “looking up” and not looking too deep into the main theme of the season. very natural fears he felt about his upcoming launch. This beautifully understated scene, where two Picards separated by centuries meet on a common denominator, is one of the highlights of the episode – Patrick Stewart plays Jean-Luc as the grandfather everyone wants to have .

Although Renée ultimately decides to stick with the mission, there’s an unavoidable key at work – and the switch in question is so similar to Data that it’s no surprise Jean-Luc pretended to see a ghost when he crash-landed in the episode’s Big Bad.

Now sitting in that department and possibly in league with Q, using the extra time to develop his next Machiavellian project, Adam Soong is busy clearing a Picard-shaped obstacle from his new partner’s path. After keeping Q’s target unidentified last week, it’s now becoming clear that removing Renée from history was the super-being’s goal – but Soong hasn’t always relied on the sacrificing noble Jean-Luc to sideline. Renée on her way. his speed sports car.

As the story catches up with this procession in the cold outside, Jean-Luc is rushed to the hospital to be questioned about the patient’s lack of identification – while also being led by Rios’ dream woman. is clearly a bonus.

Despite all his experience in emergency medicine, Dr. Ramirez had never dealt with a synthetic body before and was as surprised as anyone when he threatened to overload his patient’s defibrillator. While his heart is stable, Picard’s brain is acting in a particularly strange way, locked in a constant flashback to a traumatic event from his childhood involving his mother. As 21st century medicine cannot help, Tallinn’s only solution is to initiate a “didgy mind mix” using Overseer technology and solve the problem from within.

However, with Picard’s survival assured – after all, we already know he’ll be returning with the cast of Next Generation in the show’s third season – the episode’s more intriguing mysteries are reserved for Adam Soong. As her “daughter” digs through the Korean archives, it becomes clear that their relationship is more complex than we first thought. In fact, he’s the latest in a long line of experiments to genetically engineer a human, and her protective feelings towards him are more of a desire to have something to show for a lifetime of work than fatherly instinct. .

Besides adding a brutal extra dimension to the latest iteration of Soong and a tragic element to Korea’s locked existence, it opens up an intriguing wormhole for previous Treks. The most famous “Boost” in rambling news is Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered tyrant who played a key role in Earth’s oxygen wars in the late 20th century. Can the Picard writers connect Season 2 to the origins of the franchise’s biggest villain? Are the similarities between Data creator Noonian Soong and the avenger Khan more than a coincidence?

On the other hand, the fact that the timelines for this period of Trek’s “history” don’t quite coincide may give a hint that this vision for 2024 is not what it seems. With Soong’s daughter looking like Soji, the spitting image of Laris de Tallinn, and the most important person in the story being a Picard, it feels like everything in this world is built around Jean-Luc and of his experiences. Indeed, when Q said in episode 2 that Picard is “the board on which the game is played”, he may have given us a bigger clue about the nature of this season than we thought. ..


New episodes of Star Trek: Picard season 2, airing Thursdays on Paramount Plus (US) and Crave (Canada). Viewers elsewhere can watch the show on Amazon Prime Video on Fridays. For more Trek action, check out our Star Trek: Discovery season 4 reviews.


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Star Trek: Picard season 2 episode 6 review: “Fast-paced, extremely quotable, and infectiously fun”

By

Richard Edwards

published 7 April 22

Review

Warning: This Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 6 review contains major spoilers – many of them set to stun. Boldly go further at your own risk…
The Borg Queen was a controversial addition to Star Trek canon when she debuted in 1996’s First Contact. Why, the fan argument went, would a race of cyborgs who’d eliminated all sense of self install an individual being as their figurehead?
Writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore believed, however, that although the zombie-like drones of the Borg were great antagonists for a TV show, a movie plot required a more tangible villain – a villain that Alice Krige quickly established as one of Trek’s most memorable antagonists. 
As the Queen (now played by the similarly brilliant Annie Wersching) continues to make mischief more than a quarter of a century later, it’s increasingly difficult to argue that her introduction was the wrong call. Yes, from a logical point of view, she’s such a contradiction that her existence makes zero sense – although she’s claimed in the past that she “brings order to chaos”, she spends the entirety of ‘Two For One’ looking for an excuse to party, before telling Agnes Jurati that “I’m trying to get you to understand that good things happen when you lose control.” But now that she exists as part of Agnes’s consciousness, the Queen’s become an incredibly entertaining devil on her shoulder with a penchant for stirring things up.
A more accurate analogy, then, may be Venom, two separate, bickering consciousnesses vying for control of the same body. Both Jurati and the Queen – it trips off the tongue like a great comedy double-act – pretend that they’re top dog in the relationship, but it’s increasingly clear that Jurati is only in charge when her cybernetic guest allows her to be. Even though Jurati’s mission to infiltrate the high-security Europa Mission pre-launch party would have floundered without the Queen’s influence – giving her super-strength, confidence, and the sudden desire to perform a show-stopping song on stage – it’s unlikely she’s helping out of any loyalty to her host.

(Image credit: Paramount Plus)
The Agnes/Queen hybrid doesn’t quite wink at the camera when they wander into LA in the episode’s closing shot, but in a season as beautifully and lovingly crafted as this one, they could probably have carried it off if they had. Like the season as a whole, this latest installment is fast-paced, extremely quotable, and infectiously fun. There’s also a healthy dose of tension, thanks to the episode kicking off with Picard fighting for his life, before jumping back 34 minutes in the timeline. (Clocking in at under 40 minutes, ‘Two For One’ near-as-dammit plays out in real time, the clock gradually ticking down to the accident that leaves Jean-Luc in urgent need of medical attention.)
While the mission’s principal objective is ensuring Picard’s ancestor, Renée Picard, doesn’t quit her high-profile space flight, La Sirena’s crew – even those who aren’t being egged on by the Borg Queen – are keen to take advantage of 21st-century hospitality. Rios, in particular, is feeling high on life, getting disproportionately excited about a box of matches as he gets starry-eyed over Dr. Ramirez. Not even Raffi – who’s still seeing visions of Elnor – can put downer on his mood when she rightly points out that, “When you meet someone from a different century, the relationship is kind of built on lies.”
Picard, meanwhile, is getting to know Tallinn, who – as a skilled observer of human behavior – isn’t likely to fall for his line that her Romulan doppelganger, Laris, is “no one of importance”. After intercepting Renée’s messages to her therapist, Dr Q – “We all do that,” she points out, when Picard observes that Renée is spending a lot of time staring at her mobile device – she realizes something is wrong. While it’s not enough for her to abandon her non-interventionist policies, however, Picard wastes little time turning his back on the Prime Directive that has governed his entire career, diving straight in to alter (or preserve, depending on your point of view) the course of history.
Luckily Picard’s performance as P. Trotter – an “up in years” security guard who possesses remarkable wisdom – is rather more convincing than his turn as a comedy Frenchman in season one episode ‘Stardust City Rag’. Rolling back the years to his time in the Enterprise-D’s ready room, he delivers the perfect pep talk for the moment, reminding Renée of the importance of “looking up” – a key theme of the season – and not reading too much into the very natural fears she’s feeling about her impending launch. This beautifully underplayed scene is one of the highlights of the episode, as two Picards separated by centuries find common ground – Patrick Stewart plays Jean-Luc like the grandad everybody wishes they had.
Although Renée eventually decides to stick with the mission, there is an inevitable spanner in the works – and said spanner looks so much like Data that it’s no surprise Jean-Luc acts like he’s seen a ghost when he bumps into the episode’s Big Bad.
Now in league with Q – who sits out this episode, presumably using the extra time to work out his next Machiavellian project – Adam Soong is getting busy removing a Picard-shaped obstacle from his new associate’s path. Having kept the identity of Q’s target ambiguous last week, it now becomes clear that removing Renée from history is the superbeing’s objective – though Soong clearly didn’t count on the ever-noble Jean-Luc sacrificing himself to push Renée out of the way of his speeding sports car.
As the storyline catches up with that tease in the cold open, Jean-Luc is rushed to a hospital that won’t ask questions about the patient’s lack of ID – that it’s also run by the woman Rios fancies is clearly just a bonus. 
For all her experience in emergency medicine, Dr. Ramirez has never dealt with a synthetic body before, and is as surprised as anyone when her patient threatens to overload her defibrillator. Even though his heart is fixed, Picard’s brain is behaving particularly weirdly, locked in a perpetual flashback to a traumatic event from his childhood involving his mum. With 21st century medicine unable to help, the only solution is for Tallinn to use her Supervisor tech to initiate a “jerry-rigged mind-meld” and fix the problem from within. 
With Picard’s survival assured, however – after all, we already know he’ll be back with the Next Generation cast in the show’s third season – the episode’s most intriguing mysteries are reserved for Adam Soong. As his ‘daughter’, Kore, dives into his archives, it becomes clear that there’s more to their relationship than we initially assumed. She’s actually just the latest in a long line of experiments to genetically engineer a human being, and his protective feelings towards her are less about paternal instinct than his desire to have something to show for a life’s work.
As well as adding a ruthless extra dimension to the latest Soong iteration – and a tragic element to Kore’s locked-up existence – it opens up an intriguing wormhole to previous Treks. The most famous “Augment” in Trek lore is one Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered tyrant who played a major role in Earth’s late-20th century Eugenics Wars. Could Picard’s writers be tying season 2 into the origins of the franchise’s greatest villain? Are the similarities between the name of Data’s creator, Noonian Soong, and the vengeful Khan more than just a coincidence?
Then again, the fact that the timelines of this era in Trek ‘history’ don’t quite add up may provide a hint that this vision of 2024 isn’t everything it seems. With Soong’s ‘daughter’ looking identical to Soji, Tallinn being the spitting image of Laris, and the most important person in history being a Picard, everything in this world feels like it’s been built around Jean-Luc and his experiences. Indeed, when Q said that Picard was “the board on which the game is played” in episode 2, he may have been giving us a bigger clue about the nature of this season than we thought…
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard season 2 beam onto Paramount Plus (US) and Crave (Canada) on Thursdays. Viewers elsewhere can watch the show on Amazon Prime Video on Fridays. For more Trek action, check out our reviews of Star Trek: Discovery season 4.

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Star Trek: Picard season 2 episode 6 review: “Fast-paced, extremely quotable, and infectiously fun”

By

Richard Edwards

published 7 April 22

Review

Warning: This Star Trek: Picard season 2, episode 6 review contains major spoilers – many of them set to stun. Boldly go further at your own risk…
The Borg Queen was a controversial addition to Star Trek canon when she debuted in 1996’s First Contact. Why, the fan argument went, would a race of cyborgs who’d eliminated all sense of self install an individual being as their figurehead?
Writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore believed, however, that although the zombie-like drones of the Borg were great antagonists for a TV show, a movie plot required a more tangible villain – a villain that Alice Krige quickly established as one of Trek’s most memorable antagonists. 
As the Queen (now played by the similarly brilliant Annie Wersching) continues to make mischief more than a quarter of a century later, it’s increasingly difficult to argue that her introduction was the wrong call. Yes, from a logical point of view, she’s such a contradiction that her existence makes zero sense – although she’s claimed in the past that she “brings order to chaos”, she spends the entirety of ‘Two For One’ looking for an excuse to party, before telling Agnes Jurati that “I’m trying to get you to understand that good things happen when you lose control.” But now that she exists as part of Agnes’s consciousness, the Queen’s become an incredibly entertaining devil on her shoulder with a penchant for stirring things up.
A more accurate analogy, then, may be Venom, two separate, bickering consciousnesses vying for control of the same body. Both Jurati and the Queen – it trips off the tongue like a great comedy double-act – pretend that they’re top dog in the relationship, but it’s increasingly clear that Jurati is only in charge when her cybernetic guest allows her to be. Even though Jurati’s mission to infiltrate the high-security Europa Mission pre-launch party would have floundered without the Queen’s influence – giving her super-strength, confidence, and the sudden desire to perform a show-stopping song on stage – it’s unlikely she’s helping out of any loyalty to her host.

(Image credit: Paramount Plus)
The Agnes/Queen hybrid doesn’t quite wink at the camera when they wander into LA in the episode’s closing shot, but in a season as beautifully and lovingly crafted as this one, they could probably have carried it off if they had. Like the season as a whole, this latest installment is fast-paced, extremely quotable, and infectiously fun. There’s also a healthy dose of tension, thanks to the episode kicking off with Picard fighting for his life, before jumping back 34 minutes in the timeline. (Clocking in at under 40 minutes, ‘Two For One’ near-as-dammit plays out in real time, the clock gradually ticking down to the accident that leaves Jean-Luc in urgent need of medical attention.)
While the mission’s principal objective is ensuring Picard’s ancestor, Renée Picard, doesn’t quit her high-profile space flight, La Sirena’s crew – even those who aren’t being egged on by the Borg Queen – are keen to take advantage of 21st-century hospitality. Rios, in particular, is feeling high on life, getting disproportionately excited about a box of matches as he gets starry-eyed over Dr. Ramirez. Not even Raffi – who’s still seeing visions of Elnor – can put downer on his mood when she rightly points out that, “When you meet someone from a different century, the relationship is kind of built on lies.”
Picard, meanwhile, is getting to know Tallinn, who – as a skilled observer of human behavior – isn’t likely to fall for his line that her Romulan doppelganger, Laris, is “no one of importance”. After intercepting Renée’s messages to her therapist, Dr Q – “We all do that,” she points out, when Picard observes that Renée is spending a lot of time staring at her mobile device – she realizes something is wrong. While it’s not enough for her to abandon her non-interventionist policies, however, Picard wastes little time turning his back on the Prime Directive that has governed his entire career, diving straight in to alter (or preserve, depending on your point of view) the course of history.
Luckily Picard’s performance as P. Trotter – an “up in years” security guard who possesses remarkable wisdom – is rather more convincing than his turn as a comedy Frenchman in season one episode ‘Stardust City Rag’. Rolling back the years to his time in the Enterprise-D’s ready room, he delivers the perfect pep talk for the moment, reminding Renée of the importance of “looking up” – a key theme of the season – and not reading too much into the very natural fears she’s feeling about her impending launch. This beautifully underplayed scene is one of the highlights of the episode, as two Picards separated by centuries find common ground – Patrick Stewart plays Jean-Luc like the grandad everybody wishes they had.
Although Renée eventually decides to stick with the mission, there is an inevitable spanner in the works – and said spanner looks so much like Data that it’s no surprise Jean-Luc acts like he’s seen a ghost when he bumps into the episode’s Big Bad.
Now in league with Q – who sits out this episode, presumably using the extra time to work out his next Machiavellian project – Adam Soong is getting busy removing a Picard-shaped obstacle from his new associate’s path. Having kept the identity of Q’s target ambiguous last week, it now becomes clear that removing Renée from history is the superbeing’s objective – though Soong clearly didn’t count on the ever-noble Jean-Luc sacrificing himself to push Renée out of the way of his speeding sports car.
As the storyline catches up with that tease in the cold open, Jean-Luc is rushed to a hospital that won’t ask questions about the patient’s lack of ID – that it’s also run by the woman Rios fancies is clearly just a bonus. 
For all her experience in emergency medicine, Dr. Ramirez has never dealt with a synthetic body before, and is as surprised as anyone when her patient threatens to overload her defibrillator. Even though his heart is fixed, Picard’s brain is behaving particularly weirdly, locked in a perpetual flashback to a traumatic event from his childhood involving his mum. With 21st century medicine unable to help, the only solution is for Tallinn to use her Supervisor tech to initiate a “jerry-rigged mind-meld” and fix the problem from within. 
With Picard’s survival assured, however – after all, we already know he’ll be back with the Next Generation cast in the show’s third season – the episode’s most intriguing mysteries are reserved for Adam Soong. As his ‘daughter’, Kore, dives into his archives, it becomes clear that there’s more to their relationship than we initially assumed. She’s actually just the latest in a long line of experiments to genetically engineer a human being, and his protective feelings towards her are less about paternal instinct than his desire to have something to show for a life’s work.
As well as adding a ruthless extra dimension to the latest Soong iteration – and a tragic element to Kore’s locked-up existence – it opens up an intriguing wormhole to previous Treks. The most famous “Augment” in Trek lore is one Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered tyrant who played a major role in Earth’s late-20th century Eugenics Wars. Could Picard’s writers be tying season 2 into the origins of the franchise’s greatest villain? Are the similarities between the name of Data’s creator, Noonian Soong, and the vengeful Khan more than just a coincidence?
Then again, the fact that the timelines of this era in Trek ‘history’ don’t quite add up may provide a hint that this vision of 2024 isn’t everything it seems. With Soong’s ‘daughter’ looking identical to Soji, Tallinn being the spitting image of Laris, and the most important person in history being a Picard, everything in this world feels like it’s been built around Jean-Luc and his experiences. Indeed, when Q said that Picard was “the board on which the game is played” in episode 2, he may have been giving us a bigger clue about the nature of this season than we thought…
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard season 2 beam onto Paramount Plus (US) and Crave (Canada) on Thursdays. Viewers elsewhere can watch the show on Amazon Prime Video on Fridays. For more Trek action, check out our reviews of Star Trek: Discovery season 4.

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