Picard Season 2 Episode 3 is the third chapter of the 2nd season of an American television series created by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman for the streaming service Paramount+. The series is a spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation (STTNG) with the titular character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as its central focal point.
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Entitled “Assimilation”, Picard Season 2 Episode 3 picks up quickly from the cliff-hanger of the previous episode where Picard and crew (with the Borg queen) were seemingly captured by the Confederation forces. Naturally, that obstacle is a mere blip in the scheme of things and Picard and crew are on their way back in time to 2024 to change history – essentially the quest that drives this second season.
However, there is a significant cost viz. the death of Elnor, which seemingly Picard was inadvertently responsible – according to Musiker – for diverting power to Medical Bay that could have saved the Romulan’s life in favour of the Borg queen. Picard seems rather non-plussed about Elnor’s death, to be honest. Perhaps the mission – to save the Federation from an authoritarian future – is more important.
Once in 2024, the cast of characters is spilt into three. Musiker and Seven of Nine, Rios and Picard and Dr. Jurati with the Borg queen. To be honest, the whole scenario – contemporary Los Angeles – is rather boring and becomes an excuse for the series to preach at its audience – y’know the usual schtick about how fucked up human beings are. Fact is – Star Trek is supposed to be about the far flung future and these time travel storylines can get tedious fast!
The other sub-plot involving Dr Jurati being connected to the Borg queen to extract vital information isn’t that interesting either. We all know how that will all turn out – with the Borg queen a key protagonist in the narrative as well. Picard Season 2 Episode 3 is proof that unless this second season is able to express greater imagination, audience engagement is going to remain low.
Now streaming on Paramount+.
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