Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ep 5 is the fifth chapter of the 3rd season of an American scifi space opera 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 “Imposters”, Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ep 5 continues Picard’s final season’s upward trajectory in terms of quality storytelling. After the previous episode’s high point, it would have been easy to take things down a notch but instead, the series opted to up the ante! Not only did nostalgic fan-service get its nod with the return of Ro Laren but the episode also managed to tie up a crucial STTNG loose end.
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ep 5 finds Commander Ro (via the Starship Intrepid) now leading a Starfleet intelligence investigation into the transgressions of Picard and Riker as seen in the events of this season thus far. Now, Trek fans will recall that the last time Picard and Riker saw Ro was when she betrayed Starfleet and defected to the Marquis terrorist group in STTNG Season 7 Ep 24 “Preemptive Strike”. It seems obvious that either much has changed for Ro in the intervening 30 years since then or in fact she is a changeling!
It is via re-connecting that Picard and Ro both realise that each are the real McCoy as Ro relays to Picard that Starfleet has been compromised by evolved changelings (better at avoiding detection) before ultimately making the ultimate sacrifice so that Picard and Titan can elude the compromised Intrepid. A powerfully emotional moment that provides the Picard-Ro relationship with proper closure.
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Ep 5 perfectly demonstrates that this series has redeemed itself after the risible second season and we are looking forward to more greatness in the remaining episodes! Highly recommended!
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