About this episode
– Episode 4 (of 10), ‘ Absolute Candor’
– Written by Michael Chabon
– Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Spoilers comply with.
On a desert planet known as Vashti, Picard visits a number of the Romulan refugees he is been serving to to resettle. This was 14 years in the past, when he was nonetheless an admiral with Starfleet. He meets with Zani, the chief of a bunch referred to as the Qowat Milat – Romulan warrior nuns and, as we be taught later, enemies of the Tal Shiar. They’re taking care of a boy, Elnor, whom Picard appears to have a passion for. He reads to him from The Three Musketeers and so they get pleasure from a spot of play-fencing. Then Picard receives a name from Raffi: synths have attacked Mars.
Again within the current day, Picard explores a holodeck recreation of his winery on the La Sirena. Raffi is livid to find that Picard has requested Rios to take a detour to Vashti. The planet could be very completely different now, she says, dominated by warlords and guarded by an impenetrable internet of killer drones. Raffi softens when she realises that dropping Dahj has made Picard take into consideration his relationship with Elnor.
On the Borg dice, Soji watches a holo-recording of Ramdha speaking about Ganmadan, the Day of Annihilation. She and different Romulans consider that “shackled demons” will sooner or later break their chains and “reply the decision of the Destroyer”, which Soji has been known as a number of occasions—together with as soon as to her face by Ramdha.
Troubled by this discovery, Soji meets with Narek and asks him what occurred to Ramdha’s ship, the Shaenor. He says that data is classed, saved on the Borg dice’s computer systems, however that he may know somebody who can entry it. Soji additionally reveals to Narek that she is aware of he is spying on her. In flip, he says there are particulars about her previous that do not add up. However earlier than they will delve any deeper into their respective secrets and techniques, they goof round in an air vent collectively, sliding up and down it of their naked ft. Narek appears to be falling for Soji.
Picard beams right down to Vashti and as an alternative of the hero’s welcome he obtained within the flashback, he is met with sneers and suspicious appears. An indication on a restaurant studying ROMULANS ONLY is one other clue that issues have taken a flip for the more serious right here. He receives a hotter welcome from Zani, who’s happy to see him. She asks Picard to take Elnor, now a Qalankhkan, a mercenary, on his mission with him. She says he is grown right into a formidable fighter. Elnor initially refuses, saying Picard deserted him. However when Picard is nearly killed by some offended Romulans, Elnor steps in and saves him, and agrees to “bind his blade” with him.
Again on the dice, Zhat Vash agent Rizzo is as soon as once more hassling Narek about his lack of progress in his mission. The objective, she says, is to kill “all of them”, and to search out out the place “the others” are. That is our first clue that there could also be different Maddox-brand natural synths on the market, not simply Dahj and Soji. Narek is advised he has another week left.
Above Vashti, the La Sirena flees from a pursuing Romulan Chicken of Prey, flown by a neighborhood warlord known as Kar Kantar. Issues are trying hopeless, however an unknown ship flies in and provides them a window to flee. Simply earlier than this thriller craft is destroyed by the Romulans, the pilot is beamed aboard the La Sirena and is revealed to be none aside from Star Trek: Voyager’s former Borg, Seven of 9.
Verdict: That is probably the most Picard has felt like traditional Star Trek, which can be a results of it being directed by sequence veteran Jonathan Frakes. We’re no nearer to Bruce Maddox, however this detour is price it for the addition of each Seven of 9 and Elnor to the crew. Elnor is the star of the present right here, being basically a sci-fi Legolas from Lord of the Rings, and I can not wait to see extra of him in future episodes.
- You possibly can be taught extra about Picard’s new allies, the Qowat Milat, in spin-off novel The Final Finest Hope, written by Una McCormack. This group of warrior nuns believes in absolute fact, which makes them pure enemies of the shady, secretive Tal Shiar.
- That is the primary episode of Picard directed by Jonathan Frakes, who performed William Riker in The Subsequent Era. Frakes has a protracted historical past of directing Star Trek, together with episodes of TNG, Voyager, Deep Area 9, and Discovery. He additionally directed the films First Contact and Rebel, and PC recreation Star Trek: Klingon.
- Elnor briefly mentions Spot, Information’s cat. In line with the TNG brief story anthology The Sky is the Restrict, Worf took possession of her following Information’s loss of life. After serving to Worf sniff out an alien infestation on the Enterprise, he got here to respect her as a warrior.
Star Trek: Picard is obtainable to look at on CBS All Entry each Thursday within the US, and each Friday on Amazon Prime Video internationally.