The newest two episodes of Star Trek: Picard, episode 6, “Two of One,” and episode 7, “Monsters,” supply one of many widest contrasts between good and unhealthy storytelling. The primary, “Two of One,” one other properly directed Jonathan Frakes episode, explores the present's characters on a deeper stage but does not sacrifice the urgency of the unfolding story. “Monsters” brings that urgency to an virtually lifeless cease.
The solid work in “Two of One” is outstanding. One superbly delicate scene is between Patrick Stewart (Picard) and Penelope Mitchell as his ancestor Renee Picard. Regardless of the insistence from Watcher Tallinn (Orla Brady) that he retains his distance, Picard feels it essential to step in and assist Renee in individual when her fears are getting the most effective of her, which might put everybody's missions in jeopardy. The stunning, quiet discuss Picard has with Renee (with out revealing his id) about household and going through worry is among the strongest work from Stewart up to now this season.
The second standout on this episode is Isa Briones in one of many episode's ultimate scenes. Watching Kore as she breaks into her father's information and struggles to recollect the reminiscences is heartbreaking. When the bombshell drops and the character discovers that she's not human, simply one in every of her father's extra profitable makes an attempt at making a clone/android, Briones shines. It is a important revelation with simply the proper response from Briones, establishing what is bound to be a superb confrontation scene between her and her father, Adam (Brent Spiner).
With out query, the celebrities of this episode are as soon as once more the dynamic duo that has develop into Queen Jurati (Allison Capsule and Annie Wersching). Watching these two characters battle for the supremacy of Agnes’ thoughts and physique has develop into the most effective causes to remain tuned on this season. Kudos additionally to the manufacturing group for preserving Wersching's Borg Queen seen by planting her reflection on objects that Agnes stands subsequent to. The Queen takes cost when Agnes must create a diversion to assist Picard's group. She faucets into all of Agnes’ fears and inhibitions and has the character reduce free, triggering the endorphins that give her extra energy. It is a toss-up to resolve which was the best, watching Jurati seize Rios (Santiago Cabrera) for an enthusiastic kiss or having Agnes steal the highlight with a killer rendition of the Pat Benatar hit, “Shadows of The Night time”! Capsule deserves particular recognition for utilizing appreciable vocal expertise to belt the tune out.
Whereas “Two of One” nails these characterizations with out shedding the context and integrity of their mission, “Monsters” veers to this point off beam from the primary storyline that it fully smothers the momentum of the earlier episode. The episode not solely disregards and postpones the significance of Kore's discovery and its implications but additionally Kore does not even seem within the episode. Additionally virtually fully ignored is Agnes (Allison Capsule) locked in a battle for supremacy with the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching).
Why was such a deep dive into Picard's psyche mandatory now? Was this actually the time we would have liked to study that Picard's mom was significantly mentally ailing? Revealing Watcher Tallinn as a Romulan did not require her journey into Picard's thoughts. Because it was, the story was not advised properly and ended up being a waste of the visitor star James Callis (of Battlestar: Galactica fame)'s abilities. The episode revisits Picard household historical past with the revelation of Yvette Picard's (Madeline Clever) sickness, but does not embrace Picard's older brother Robert within the story? If the purpose of this train lies within the “extra to the story” facet, then it ought to have been revealed instantly. Additionally, exhibiting Tallinn as a Romulan poses extra complicated questions, akin to why was there a Romulan as a Watcher on Earth throughout this time? Would not it have made extra sense for her to be a Vulcan?
With nearly all of the episode spent in Picard's psyche, that is to not say there have been no different issues within the episode. After beaming onto the ship and discovering that the Borg Queen was attempting to completely assimilate Jurati and had locked them out of the ship's working techniques, should not Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Seven (Jeri Ryan)'s first actions have been to warn the others? And if the Borg Queen had them locked out, how have been they so simply capable of beam again all the way down to seek for her, a lot much less ship Rios the gadget he wanted for Dr. Ramirez (Sol Rodriquez) to assist Picard.
Talking of Rios and the great Physician, all of the butterfly impact and timeline implications he was worrying about whereas determining how one can get the Physician what she wanted made his later actions perplexing. If making a medical gadget/process to assist Picard was going to trigger a timeline ripple, what sort of harm will likely be attributable to taking the Physician and her son Ricardo (Steve Gutierrez) onboard the La Siena?
Lastly, a shortly recovered Picard (let's not neglect he is now an android and heals shortly) turns to his previous good friend Guinan (Ito Aghayere) for assist with Q. It takes till the tip of the episode for some motion within the preliminary storyline. Aghayere continues to impress as younger Guinan in a scene the place we uncover her race is extra highly effective than the Q in that in the event that they summon a Q, he should come. Each Guinan and Picard are perplexed when Q fails to reply the summons and marvel if one thing is fallacious with him. Instantly, a mysterious stranger on the bar (Jay Karnes) exhibits up and divulges himself to be an FBI agent conducting a raid. He in the end arrests Picard and Guinan. Is that this one other ploy by Q or only a case of the world's worst timing?
Hopefully, the subsequent episode will appropriate the errors made in “Monsters” and get again on observe to revive the urgency of the mission that Picard and his crew launched into. What are your ideas on Star Trek: Picard episode 6 “Two of One” and episode 7 “Monsters”? Share them within the feedback under.