Picard Season 2 – final episodes

I want to say that I liked the big ending of Picard with the conclusion to the events on the Stargazer that frames this season. I can’t really do that because it didn’t make a lot of sense but I like the idea of the story that this was an ending to. Put another way, if I’d tuned in halfway into the final episode, I’d have been eager to catch up with what had happened. I would have been disappointed though because the story we got has very little to do with the ending.

In the end, it was just a bunch of stuff that happened. None of it really mattered other than Picard got some therapy thanks to Q and in the process changed the timeline. The substantial change was the creation of a benign version of the Borg courtesy of the Jurati-Borg. That’s a brilliant idea but it was just random stuff.

The major irony here is that Season 1 was so much better for most episodes but did not know how to end. Season 2 has an ending and also an idea that would have been a brilliant conclusion to the themes in Season 1: the redemption of the Borg.

Season 1 was full of these questions about sentience and artificiality that juxtaposed an apparent Romulan hatred of androids with Picard/humanity’s fear of the Borg. The “obvious” answer to the Borg is genocide and, to its credit, Star Trek side-stepped that answer. The idea that the Borg could reach a benign state and even be a member of the Federation wasn’t entertained — partly for dramatic reasons, they are handy villains to have around.

That the Romulans (or rather a Romulan cult) saw androids in the same way the Federation (and viewers) see the Borg was a clever idea…that went nowhere. After the tentacled climax of season 1, season 2 went elsewhere but then brought back the Borg Queen for time-travel shenanigans. So we end up in an interesting place but took a dull journey to get there, like catching a long-haul flight.

Anyway, the Wil Wheaton cameo was cute and everybody had a nice time.

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8 responses to “Picard Season 2 – final episodes”

  1. The post-TNG Star Trek TV has had me puzzled. When I look at it, there’s usually something that makes me pause (space tardigrades?) and decide not to jump in. Sometimes I wonder if I am making a mistake here.

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    • @rlewiston777,

      I rolled my eyes at the “Space Tardigrades” but kept watching. The “Mycelial Network” resulted in further eye-rolling but I kept watching. I now consider Discovery to be the best Trek. It’s become really good!

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  2. I feel like you’re correct, that the two seasons had opposite problems, though on some level, I feel the first season had a 13-episode story plan that was crammed into 10, and here, it felt like a 6-episode story drawn out to 10. I also feel there was a problem of characters in search of a purpose. In the first season, it feels like they came up with the idea for crew of La Sirena without quite figuring out what story function they would have, and then in the end they didn’t do much of anything. Here, it seemed they had the actors contracted for the season, but, again, didn’t have anything for them to do in the season. So you had a fair amount of Seven & Raffi marking time, Elnor literally being dead for most of the season, and a subplot that largely felt tacked on to give Isa Briones something to do.

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  3. This season was just a mess. The plot was incoherent, the characterization was muddled, and characters I really liked from the first season (Elnor!) were wasted. (So was John De Lancie, for that matter, despite the hype.) Maybe you didn’t like how Season 1 ended, but Michael Chabon had a helluva better grasp on his characters and plot than the new guy.

    Watch Strange New Worlds: it’ll serve as a palate cleanser, if you need one.

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  4. I guess an explanation of what the giant space swirly thing was, and how come the Borg were the only ones who noticed an event of that magnitude building up was too much to expect.

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