Definitely better than last week's episode. A lot more happened here in just the first few minutes than had happened in last week's entire hour!
I liked that scene a lot, too, Josh - the dramatic high point of the episode for me.I loved the exchange between Picard and Seven last night when she asked about recovering his humanity after the Borg, and he said he had. Then she asked if he had gotten it all back, and he very quietly said, no. I’ve never seen Picard admit that and it was almost shattering to hear. Here’s this character that’s been a paragon of decency and a beacon of hope and strength and to see that even he’s not immune is sobering. But it’s also hopeful in a way...it makes him like us, and if he can feel that way and still be a great person and challenge himself to do better, then so can we.
And I think that’s a feeling the current showrunners really want to convey to us.
And also, given all that the Federation went through with the Borg and the Dominion, it would be implausible if the UFP were unchanged from its TNG-era outlook. It makes perfect sense that the Dominion War left scars and undermined the UFP's optimism and idealism, that there would be an isolationist reaction in its wake, as well as perhaps conspiracies to take safeguarding-steps well beyond what would've been considered beforehand.I suspect/hope that Picard will bring all of the secrets and conspiracies to light, which will force those who so easily traded away their principles to face a reckoning of sorts.
I get why TNG and the idea of humanity evolving past conflict is such a winning formula. I understand why Roddenberry wanted to believe we’d reach a time that we could permanently set aside these battles, the war finally won for all of time. But I think there’s also something to be said for this iteration of Trek, which seems to be building toward a thesis of, “we can have a great world and achieve great things, but it’s not a problem to solve once and then move past, but rather, something that we must always be working to achieve and preserve.”
The show definitely feels like it's steadily ramping up the pace.Another winner for the show. Lots of good character development for Seven and Raffi, and plenty of action too.
I honestly don't know if I would have gotten around to it if it had dropped all at once like Netflix. I don't have 10 hours to devote to any show in a condensed amount of time. But one hour a week, I can manage.My biggest problem with the show remains the fact that it's weekly.
It's definitely way more serialized than TNG was, but I think it's less serialized than a lot of streaming shows. Each episode has had an A plot with a beginning middle and end:This show is in no way set up like a weekly show that has complete episodes. We're just seeing 45 minute snatches of a story. The "episodes" are essentially the acts of one long episode between commercials.
I agree. Based on the holo videos, her relationship with Bruce Maddox was genuine. I believe her initial conversation with Picard at the Daystrom Institute was genuine, even if she withheld the extent of her involvement in the twins' creation. The turning point was Commodore O's vision. Whatever Commander O showed her convinced her to switch sides.Jurati is up to no good. I've seen speculation that she is acting on her own, rather than from influence from Starfleet, but I don't believe that. This has to be tied to her visit from Starfleet Intelligence/ Tal Shiar/ whoever Commodore O is.
It especially shocking because I'm not used to that level of gore and violence from televised Trek. And the actor who played him looked like a plausible in-between when compared to the actor who played teenage Icheb and the actor who played adult Icheb from the alternate year 2394.Poor Icheb. Absolutely brutal.[/SPOILER]
One gets the sense that Picard brings out a different side of her, and she has an easier time staying on the straight and narrow when he's around. But her conversation with her son had all of the unwarranted confidence of a newly sober addict. Her son was right to be skeptical.Well, even though we didn't see her quit or hear her say she had quit, apparently she was on the wagon during their little jaunt if the scene in the Reproduction place is to be believed.
Picard's disguise as an eye patch-wearing Frenchman was hilariously bad, too.Speaking of that scene, I also quite liked Seven's suggestion that Rios literally wear "a feather" in his pimp-hat; evidently some of Tom Paris and Harry Kim's more-outlandish Voyager holodeck-escapades must've rubbed off on her at some point.
On the other hand, when Seven of Nine has her hand around the mob boss's throat, and Picard's talking her down and appealing to her morality and reason, that's classic Star Trek.Didn't really care for this episode, the weakest for me so far, by far. I hate to say this, as it is a tired fanboy cliche, but the show is feeling less and less like Star Trek to me. Very dark and bleak (which I know is the intention, but still...) I don't mind dark and bleak if it fits, lots of sci-fi is dark and bleak...but it just doesn't quite sit right in the Trek universe for me, somehow.
I need Picard to continue to be Jefferson Smith in Washington, holding steadfast to his ideals and morality even as the institutions that underpine those ideals and morality are revealed to be rotten and corrupted.I suspect/hope that Picard will bring all of the secrets and conspiracies to light, which will force those who so easily traded away their principles to face a reckoning of sorts.
I agree, and will add that storytelling is driven by conflict and struggle, and a flawless Federation removes a lot of storytelling opportunities.But I think there’s also something to be said for this iteration of Trek, which seems to be building toward a thesis of, “we can have a great world and achieve great things, but it’s not a problem to solve once and then move past, but rather, something that we must always be working to achieve and preserve.”
This, or at least the Troi part.I feel I should warn everyone now, I will never not call the villain of this episode "Vajazzle", unless I happen to reference her as "Season 1 Troi knock-off".
Yeah, that's crappy design. If an emergency is in progress then it should not be able to be shut down.You would think the EMH would have some sort of safeguard against being easily shut off if, say, someone was in distress, or being murdered in front of them.
Yeah, that's crappy design. If an emergency is in progress then it should not be able to be shut down.
Of all the ST, I am the least versed in Voyager. Where there ever discussions regarding the parameters of EMH is situations?
OTOH, more AI fear generated by the Synth attack might lead to absolute conditions where an AI could always be overridden.