Another great episode of Star Trek: Picard in the books, and there is just so much to cover. Let’s start at the ending, as Jack and Deanna move to open the door and release whatever is in the mind of Picard’s son.
Let’s recap what we know and don’t know. Starting with the former.
We know its an unfamiliar female voice.
We know its trapped behind that door and needs Jack’s permission to leave.
We know that Deanna doesn’t know what it is.
We know that the force tied to it allows Jack to control the bodies of others.
We know its a force that is the color red, and illustrates itself with branches or similar kinds of vegetation.
And that’s really about it. I know. Not very impressive. But its what I got in my notes.
Now what we don’t know…
We don’t know what it wants.
We don’t know if its good or evil.
We don’t know how its tied to the changelings.
I suppose we’ll find out next week.
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Some other notes.
Let’s give a shoutout to Amanda Plummer, who did such an excellent job playing Vadic. A fine villain down to the very last line, “effing solids”. Well played.
We also have to give a nod to Brent Spiner and showrunners for giving us that excellent Lore vs. Data sequence. They had me for a second there. I thought we might have to move forward with something of a reformed Lore. But Data’s Trojan Horse of memories worked out nicely.
And we’ll end with Worf’s warm sentiment of wanting to send the severed heads of his enemies to his beloved friends on the Enterprise. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
See you next week!
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