Synopsis: Picard begins investigating the mystery of Dahj as well as what her very existence means to the Federation. Hidden enemies are interested in where Picard’s search for the truth about Dahj will lead.
Review: This episode builds on the events of last week while giving us a little backstory with regard to the synthetics attack on Mars.
The episode begins with a flashback to the android takeover of the Mars-based shipyards and shows us the destruction that ensued after the synthetics lowered the security shields thus enabling the Romulan attack.
Back in the present. Picard with some help from Zhaban and Laris continues his investigation into the murder of Dahj and learns of a secret Romulan organization that dates back 100s of years before the Tal Shiah. Armed with this information Picard goes to Admiral Clancy at Starfleet to try and get himself reinstated for the one mission. Only he is flatly turned down, which forces him to use alternate channels in order to get himself a ship and a capable crew. To that end, he goes to his former first officer Raffi who served on board his last command. The U.S.S. Verity.
Meanwhile, it’s business as usual at the Romulan Reclamation Center where Dahj’s sister Soji is working to free former Borg of their implants, which are being studied. Soji has fallen for Narak, the Romulan that started work at the center in last week’s episode. We learn that Narak working with the Romulans that killed Dahj.
Patrick Stewart is absolutely great as he always is and I particularly enjoyed his scenes with Orla Brady where her character of Laris tells him about the Romulan organization that predates the Tal Shiah and is thought of as a myth. The scenes where she and Picard were trying to get information from Dahj’s computer only to find that the contextual links to most the information had been removed was a lot of fun.
We also get some great scenes from Harry Treadaway and Isa Briones as Narak pursues his mission of trying to find out how much Soji knows about herself insofar as she is a synthetic life form. Treadaway also gets a great scene toward the end with Peyton List who plays Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo who is a Romulan posing undercover as a human Starfleet Officer.
This episode was light on the action and rather heavy on the drama and espionage components as Picard begins to build a picture of who Dahj was and why she’d be targeted by the Romulans. We also learn that Picard may be afflicted by the early stages of Irumodic Syndrome, which is a call back to the ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ series finale ‘All Good Things’, but Picard’s Doctor does not name the syndrome outright, but it is implied.
Overall. A pretty solid episode, which builds upon what we saw last week and introduces us to some of the regular characters that we’ll be seeing in the weeks ahead.
- CGI & Stunts9.2
- Incidental Music9.5