I must say that following up on the episodes this adventure so far really does feel like a bit of a book that we read which is a good thing in my opinion. Each episodes are basically considered as one chapter in this first book and I do hope we gonna end up with a trilogy in this case. I love the show and how it presents the main character so far with all the returning guest as supportive cast. It's really just a joy to watch so far... definitely a Star Trek that I've been missing for a while.
So without diving into deeply the episode I must say I really liked it, but the pace certainly slowed down quite a bit. I really liked the ending - I know it's quite odd to start a "review" this way - as it felt like the episode is finished. I just kinda felt that "I want to see more, don't end now!" But it was beautiful, the way how the show ended and how wrapped up a chapter in this story was just beautiful.
Now, going through the story itself as I mentioned the first thing that came to mind that the pace of story certainly slowed down. It was equally spaced out, the different lines are slightly developing each moment, we even got to witness why Picard left Starfleet that basically tie's in with the first episode interview quite well. I love this way of discovering the details of the characters past. When that scene happened between Raffi and JL - gosh I could not see this coming... only Q or Beverly was "qualified" enough to call him Jean-Luc, but calling him "JL" does sounds like there's more to their relationship... or maybe Picard just loosened up quite a bit over the years, who knows, but certainly a great little detail that made me giggle in a good way. :) And I must admit seeing Vasquez Rocks written on the screen I was like "Whaaaat? That is insane!" - again, in a good way. The location has been used for many occasion over TOS and more in TNG, but seeing it written down how we know the place was quite interesting and the site will be officially part of Star Trek now as an earth location. I have had the fortune to visit the site and if want to know more about it, please check out this video I've made while I was there:
Continuing with the first impressions I was surprised to see an attack developing on Picards Vineyard with the Romulans, and well, he still got it, however he is not as young as he used to be. Lucky that he has his helpers and a also a big surprise Dr. Jurati who I start like more and more.
We also got introduced to the Captain of that ship who will escort Picard and Raffi towards Maddox who I'm really excited to see and also curious to see if they were able to get the same guy playing the part who played in TNG - Brian Brophy - but I will not look into this any further, I really want to be surprised by it. :) Ohh and we got an EMH who was very different than the ones we got to know from VOY of course. I was wishing if they would have had Robert Picardo playing the part, but the character was still adorable and a good addition to "captain" Rios.
The (re)introduction of Hugh was great, however I must say I was really looking to not to see him in any trailers... imagine the surprise on our face. :) Well, exactly, we can all just imagine now... never the less, the character has evolved since last seen him in the TNG episode Descent where he already developed some personal traits. Interesting to see where we gonna go with him further.
Of course we got the continuation of the story of Dr Asha and Narek that did not develop much in this episode, but hey, I'm sure they will get other episodes to shine. The one thing was interesting though that we got to see her capabilities and also her knowledge coming to the surface. I'm curious to see when she will regain conscience over her true self and also why is he will be the destroyer...
Soji's story is interesting and the whole mystery around her and her sister is certainly a focal point of the story so far. How the ex-drone Romulan recognised her was just freaky at some point as it kinda opened up some questions. Did they know about them before hand? Maybe they are part of a Borg/Maddox experiment that she got to know from the collective? Maybe she was aware of the synth program before she got assimilated? But if so, aren't her knowledge got "uploaded" to the collective hive? If that so, why Hugh did not know about it? Or other Borg drones? Something fishy is going on with the Borg/Romulan and the Soji/Dahj story here. Maybe a mythical origin of the new Borg Queen that a lot of people were guessing about? Well, ill see about that I suppose.
I really liked the episode and I cannot really nitpick or say anything bad about it as I love it. Every episode is great, feels quite like a longer book that you read chapter by chapter, but also the storytelling feels a little bit like Stranger Things that I really enjoy too. Overall a good episode that reveals more details and still make you feel that you want more of the show which is for me is a winner. :) _\\//