Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 4- Absolute Candor Recap

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A Lost Cause

OMG, JERI RYAN IS IN THE OPENING CREDITS!!!!

Picard insists on a side trip to a Romulan refugee planet on the way to Freecloud to pick up Bruce Maddox, but the neighborhood has gone downhill since the last time he was there 14 years ago, on the day the synths attack Mars. The Romulans are still a little bitter and in a stabby, slicey mood. The crew get to know each other better and get used to the ship. Picard picks up yet another Romulan assassin, a Borg pilot and we meet two more emergency holograms.

Recap

As always, we begin with a flashback/nightmare having to do with the synth attack on Mars. This time, we find out what Picard was up to on the day of the attack 14 years ago. He was visiting the Romulan resettlement planet Vashti, in the Beta Quadrant, where he was working with a group of warrior nuns, the Qowat Milat, who were in charge of the resettlement effort.

Picard is a hero on Vashti, seen as the man who is saving the Romulan people, and everyone greets him accordingly when he arrives. The leader of the Qowat Milat, Zani, greets Picard and encourages Legolas Elnor, a young elfin orphan boy who is staying with her until a suitable home can be found, to stop hiding and say hello to their guest.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 3: The End is the Beginning Recap

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And we’re off! The action picks up in episode 3 of Star Trek: Picard, with Jean Luc acquiring a ship and skeleton crew, then setting off into space. Before that happens, the Romulan assassins find him and Agnes, he and Raffi negotiate a delicate peace, and we’re introduced to the eccentric captain of the new ship, Cristobal Rios, and his look-alike EMH.

Over on the Borg cube, Narek’s sister, Rizzo, arrives in person, Narek and Soji continue to grow closer, and Soji is allowed to interview an important ex drone.

Recap

Every episode so far, including this one, has begun with a PTSD vision of the destruction of Mars in 2385, an event which, 14 years later, collectively haunts the Federation the way 9/11/01 haunts the US and WW2 haunts the entire world. Once the worst of the nightmare recedes, the scene changes to Starfleet Headquarters, not long after the attack on Mars. Picard’s personal nightmare isn’t over yet.

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Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 2- Maps and Legends Recap

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Admiral Picard stays earthbound again this week, as he continues his search for clues into Dahj’s origin, sister and killers. The show, however, does not, as the audience is treated to an extended visit to the decommissioned Borg cube known as the Artifact. The cold open shows the synth rebellion on Mars from the perspective of one synth, giving viewers a glimpse into how Picard’s Starfleet career ended.

The CBS All Access companion series Star Trek: Short Treks season 2 released a companion episode about the day of the Mars attacks, titled Children of Mars, that’s worth checking out. Besides showing the day of the attack from a different perspective, the episode shows a slice of modern day life in the Federation and contains hints of conspiracy similar to those in ST:Picard. All of the Short Treks season 2 episodes are delightful and worth watching for long time Trek fans. (More in the commentary section.)

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Star Trek: Picard Season 1 Episode 1- Remembrance Recap

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There was tons of excitement in my household when Star Trek: Picard was announced, and, as fans of The Next Generation, there was no doubt that we’d be watching when our favorite captain returned to the screen. Captain Picard is like the father I wish I’d had, and right now we all need his wisdom and patience.

The first episode, Remembrance, doesn’t disappoint. Like all of us, Patrick Stewart and his alter ego, Jean Luc Picard, have aged a few years. Like many of us, Jean Luc has had a few experiences that have changed the way he thinks about the world. Captain Picard was always a bit of a rebel, from that time he ended up with an artificial heart after a reckless bar fight, to those other times that he went rogue and saved the galaxy with Q. But several years before the pilot of Star Trek: Picard, he finally went too far, in the estimation of Starfleet Command. Starfleet itself finally went too far in the wrong direction in his estimation, as well, so they parted ways.

The beginning of the pilot finds Jean Luc just where you’d expect, tending his family’s vineyard in France, with a few aliens hanging around, attempting to keep him out of trouble. He manages to think about making wine, his lost friend Data, philosophy, fomenting rebellion and his dog, Number One, all at once, while his two Romulan caretakers almost visibly want to tear their hair out trying to keep up with the shenanigans of their elderly charge.

It’s good to have you back again, Jean Luc. You’ve been missed.

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