Last weeks episode was kind of middling, IMO Not terrible by any means but not amazing either. You are bound to have some 'glue' episodes.
|Posted: 13 February 2020 at 8:27am | IP Logged | 9
As one friend of mine remarked, "Ok, it's time to get out of the Shire and get moving", and he's got a point -- we're 3/10 episodes and we just got a ship and into space!! At the same time I do appreciate when a STAR TREK story is allowed to breathe a bit and not be constrained by the usual factors (one or two part TV episodes, or do-or-die feature films). I'm content to wait and see where they are going with things at the pace they want to tell it rather than conform to outside pressure. Seems obvious now we were always going to get at least 20 episodes.
I've been rewatching some select TNG episodes and films lately just to see how things fit in -- some of these I haven't seen in probably 20 years. Beyond the obvious "Best of Both Worlds", "I, Borg", and "Descent" there's a lot of interesting background info about Picard that takes on new meaning in light of the new series.
We've never seen Picard overtly use his clout and fame within Starfleet to influence Federation politics before. He threatened to walk away from Starfleet if he didn't get his way and the Federation council called his bluff. This is in sharp contrast to episodes like "Family" where he's reluctant to embrace the role of the returning hero with the requisite statues and parades. In "Tapestry" Q taunts the play-it-safe timeline version of Picard who "never got noticed by anyone, ever" and you can see just how much it pains Picard to be a nobody. Yet, when Picard quit Starfleet (and in the process ruined several careers, including his own) he retreated into a secluded and quiet life similar in many ways to the one Q showed him. Most notably, the alternate future Picard seen in "All Good Things" became an Ambassador and tried to effect change rather than join the ranks of the increasingly corrupt and idle-handed Admirality that seems to have plauged Starfleet for centuries.
In PICARD we see a man who now has regrets for the past 15 years of his life. "Tapestry" on the other hand showed us a Picard that didn't regret losing a vital organ if it meant standing up for his friends. Coming to terms with that dichotomy is the real meat of the new series, IMO.
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 13 February 2020 at 8:30am