August 18, 2022

With a Season 2 episode entitled “Monsters,” it’s protected to imagine that Star Trek: Picard goes to be a wild trip, particularly with Tallinn (Orla Brady) venturing into the neural pathways of Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) mind. Throughout the primary and second seasons of the collection, Picard has mirrored on his childhood—particularly in regard to his mom. Now, with the steerage of an surprising customer in a Starfleet uniform (James Callis) he’s being pressured to look at what occurred to his mom, by means of the lens of a fantastical and terrifying fairytale-inspired story.

Tallinn makes her approach into Picard’s thoughts and finds herself in a darkish, dank dungeon the place a scared little boy is hiding. However he’s not simply hiding, he’s ready for his mom to return and, regardless of the specter of monsters attacking, he doesn’t assume he can go away with out her. The boy identifies the monster as a “him” which supplies the primary clue that the monster could be somebody near dwelling.


Picard is but once more pressured to look at how “untethered” he’s to having deep, significant relationships with individuals. This has been a theme that has been explored fairly persistently all through Picard, each along with his hermit-like existence on the winery, and the way unsure he’s about making an attempt an intimate relationship with Laris. It looks like this collection has been designed to strip away Picard’s layers, lay all of them naked, and try and make sense of his previous and current. It’s all very cerebral stuff, and strikes proper on the coronary heart of what makes Star Trek’s strategy to the human situation so fascinating.

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As soon as Picard discovers Tallinn within the tunnels of his thoughts, he realizes that the “monster” he was afraid of was his father and that the person within the Starfleet uniform (Callis) is the person he feared as a baby, however by no means really understood. He had believed that his father was merciless for locking up his mom, however now he realizes that the true monster was no matter psychological sickness she had been with. With this revelation, Picard cuts quick his introspection, main audiences to imagine that this could be solely the start of a deeper take a look at Picard’s personal psyche and emotional baggage.

Again on the clinic, Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Seven (Jeri Ryan) resolve to return to La Sirena to attempt to monitor down Agnes who has gone lacking. Earlier than they depart, Rios (Santiago Cabrera) reveals that Agnes had kissed him on the occasion the evening earlier than and Raffi is decidedly towards that duo rekindling their Season 1 fling. I’ve to say, I utterly agree together with her. Particularly when Picard is establishing Rios for some candy, candy time traveler’s heartbreak.

When Teresa (Sol Rodriguez) arrives within the morning, Rios makes an attempt to maintain her out of Picard’s room. However she is undeterred and rapidly cuts him all the way down to measurement for making an attempt to lock her out of her personal clinic. Nothing may have ready her for strolling into the room and seeing Tallinn’s eyes rolled again as she wanders by means of the dungeons of Picard’s thoughts or having to make use of alien expertise to stabilize her affected person. It’s all very overwhelming, however she doesn’t let it shake her. Particularly not when she has to fret about who these strangers are that she’s let round her son.

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As soon as she will get Picard secure, Teresa turns her consideration to this new revelation about Rios. “Are you from outer area?” After all, Rios throws on the appeal, “No, I’m from Chile. I simply… work in outer area.” It’s an important distinction, in any case. Their dynamic has been a extremely surprising ingredient this season and Teresa is such a fantastic addition to the collection. Not simply due to her flirtation with Rios, however as a result of her banter with him brings a unique model of levity to this very disturbing state of affairs. She’s so involved about Rios being a “good man” and trusting her personal instincts. She has a number of the greatest traces within the episode from calling Rios out for being creepy to her flirty little second with him the place he claims he’d grow to be a “good man” only for her.

Rios, who isn’t any stranger to breaking guidelines, breaks some fairly critical time touring guidelines on this episode. Regardless of everybody speaking about not creating butterflies, he throws warning to the wind and brings Teresa and her son aboard La Sirena. Given the way more urgent state of affairs that Raffi and Seven have found, maybe his butterflies aren’t the worst factor that might occur in 2024. A brand new Borg Queen is much extra regarding.

When Picard lastly escapes the constructs of his personal thoughts, Tallinn reveals that she is the truth is a Romulan, which suggests she might be Laris’ ancestor or she might be Laris. I’m nonetheless not satisfied that there isn’t a bigger story at play with Picard and Laris. I don’t assume she’s dangerous, and I hope that she isn’t, particularly when a lot of this storyline is about Picard studying to let individuals in, however she’s positively not telling him every little thing.

Within the last scene of the episode, Picard goes to search out Guinan (Ito Aghayere) at 10 Ahead, in hopes that she will be able to summon Q—or any Q—to get extra solutions. Her try and summon a Q fails… or does it? As she and Picard focus on their predicament, a person enters the bar, insisting that he desires to get a drink though Guinan tells him they’re closed. There’s one thing about him, from his quippy interjections about science fiction to his all-too-knowing demeanor that ought to have raised the purple flag. Evidently, he isn’t a Q, however he’s an FBI agent who has come to arrest Picard.

“Monsters” presents a variety of fascinating themes, significantly about fathers—each with Picard exploring his personal paternal points and Rios discussing how he views Picard as a father determine. Moreover, belief is an ever-present element of this episode, with Picard studying to belief himself and Tallinn and Teresa determining if she desires to belief Rios. With three episodes left, Picard has quite a bit to deal with earlier than the finale, and it looks like they’ll be up towards not simply Q meddling with the longer term, however a Borg Queen vying for final energy.

Score: A+

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 is streaming now on Paramount+.


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