I cannot help, but with Star Trek Picard all I hear is the Romulan theme song. :) Don't ask me why and to be all fairness I have no idea why I start my review for this episode with this remark, but I feel that it is important to get it out from my head. I love what Jeff Russo did with the soundtrack with this series. I'm not the fan of the Discovery OST myself as I am a fan of the "classic scores" and when I say classic I mean from TOS till Enterprise and first ten movies...
Despite the fact that a lot of things happened here that I was surprised by I really liked this episode. It has some brutality in it, with some surprising facts and great charm... ans that music for the Romulans... OK, I'll stop it. :)
What I love about Star Trek Picard really is that every week we get closer to the final conclusion of the story while we get to know our characters in a personal level. At least that's how I feel about the show. It gives us a great and beautiful story about each individual, getting to know them from their strongest and their weakest side which is, in my opinion very much Star Trek. This week we got to deep dive into the several mind of Rios which was indeed an interesting journey. Finally we got to see all the hologram in one place - still don't really understand why he created them into his image, but I guess that will remain a mystery. That scene and how Raffi is really looking to get the information to help with Chris getting through his problem with Soji is just hilarious. The representation is amazing too with the Portuguese, Irish, Scottish sides and they all have their little personality which is fantastic. A little bit reminds me of the episode Chase when prof Galen talks about the Kurlain Naiskos, with multiple personality within one individual. Not saying that this is the case, but certainly makes a good reference to the episode in my opinion.
So finding out more about Rios and he got laid down from Starfleet finally has been revealed and we got to see a much vulnerable side of him. The fact that he have had an encounter wit a Soji-like synth was a total surprise for me and indeed a very interesting twist that kinda made me think how many of these advances human-like android walks among the stars... and for the record, french fries and strawberry ice-creams are indeed a weird combo. :S
The moment I did not suspect to happen the Jurati and Soji interaction. I though that they will never meet and that once Soji finds out what did Agnes did to her creator she will kill her - based on the death toll so far in the series this wold not have been surprising at all to me - but happily she is still alive which is a good thing, more story to tell. Never the less I have enjoyed seeing her asking Soji questions about how she "works" which was a great call back to a scene from Birthright when Dr Bashir was fascinated by Data's "human-like" features. Nicely done.
PICARD IS BACK
There was quite a few moments when I felt that Picard is back for real. I'm not gonna lie - and I probably stated that in my previous reviews - but in the first few episode I had to get used to Sir Patrick's presence. He played his character a long time ago and it was amazing, but somehow in this show I feel that he had to find himself again. There was a few moments before when he was getting there, but he was mainly Patrick Stewart, but in this episode he was Jean-Luc Picard for me. :) When he was talking to Admiral Clancy or talking about Data over food with Soji that just made my heart full with joy, he was back and I loved it very much.
The big crack in my face that resulted a smile occurred when he finally took the captains chair and started acting like he did back in the Enterprise. Taking the centre seat and acting like he knows... and he did not. I found that utterly charming and also a great reminder of he episode Relics when we have Scotty trying to solve issues and he cannot as technology changed a lot ever since he was hiding in the transporter buffer. Technology as we know it changes a lot in the 21ts century. It's still hard to believe that about 10-15 years ago we still been using old school mobiles with midi style ringtones - I guess that how it feels when you don't keep up with technology and you try to operate a smart iPad. :D Regardless, it was a charming scene that made me giggle, laugh and realise that he is indeed an Icon In Space. :)
WE ARE (THE) BORG
Big surprise that Seven returned to this episode and do have a feeling that we going to see some more action with her... also knowing that she can control the cube who knows what they gonna come up with now. One thing for sure, there's nothing to fear about getting assimilated anymore... but let's talk about that a bit later.
Obviously the big thing a lot of people was talking about that Seven becomes the new Borg Queen. While it was an interesting theory and briefly she did become a somewhat of a leader, in my head she will never be he queen. She has to say Seven.
There was some oddities with the whole process as indeed how can one person become a "local Queen" simply connecting herself to the hive of the cube, but I guess it can be explained with intention! And I mean "intention" as she decided to wake up the cube with the drones. I take that a Borg ship as an individual unit can work as as a network computer. If you have a 100 PC connected to a network, a hub, but one of them lose connection it still works and can be operated and the original network keeps going as before. I have a feeling that something similar happens with the Artifact as well. So in a sense she can connect herself with he cube just as a USB WiFi can provide internet to a PC without the big hub.
Ohh, and Elnor asking childishly "you will assimilate me" was a great sentence that lightened up the mood. ;)
One thing that the new era of Star Trek brought us is the brutality and the very figurative approach to display death. We seen it with Icheb, Maddox and the Romulan agents at the beginning of the episode which still quite disturbing if I think about it. Brrrr, goosebumps. I must say the biggest massacre in a sense happened in this episode so far killing thousands of Borg drones. That scream that came with the opening of the cube and seeing that massive number of drones flying out of the hatch was terrifying... however I know in reality they did not die. In First Contact many of them were out there just assembling the radio dish, so I guess they now just floating without a grasp of a solid round.
Star Trek has always been a warm blanket for me. I have stated that many times and my friends know me very well when I talk about it I have a certain feeling toward the show. Now I must say that swearing was not the [art of Star Trek before ad I completely understand why people have issue with it. I do not like hearing swear words in Trek either, I think it is an unnecessary thing that defeats that great idea of the show where humans overcome of he poor 20th/21st century self that frankly is a hopeful thing to see in the show... I mean it was.
When I was a teenager and got introduced to Star Trek I have been fascinated by how people treated teach other with respect and dignity. How people talked in a language that was not offensive or vulgar, but polite and decent. I don't swear. I think the worst I've ever used is "dammit" or "moron," but definitely not the "f-word" for sure. The show tough me to speak in a decent fashion that i'll be forever grateful for... as a lot of us out there, I myself feel that swearing should not be part of this journey, Star Trek is better than that, it is a way of life... it used to be.
Overall a fantastic episode with lot of character development from everyone, great to see Seven back; seeing Soji's history revealing; experiencing how Rios is opening up to Raffi; seeing the holograms being hilarious at one place and of course seeing Stewart becoming Picard again. Oh, and that gorgeous Romulan music... :) _\\//