Welcome to a special series of Trekking Through Compliance, the podcast series inspired by my review of Star Trek, the Original Series. In this special series I am joined by another uber Star Trek maven, Megan Dougherty. In this series we will review the new television show Picard which is currently streaming on CBS.

SPOILER ALERT-Although we will review each episode after it appears, we will discuss each episode in depth.

Episode 2, Maps and Legends. A flashback shows a normal day on Mars Utopia Planitia Shipyards followed by the deadly attack on Mars 14 years ago by the synthetics. Following Dahj’s death, Picard seeks to track her twin Soji down. With the help of Laris, he investigates Dahj’s apartment and finds the place completely scrubbed. Laris suggests that the assassins may have been part of the Zhat Vash, an organization even more secretive than the Tal Shiar that holds a deep-rooted hatred of synthetics. At the Romulan reclamation site, a relationship between Soji and Narek is flourishing. Picard appeals to Starfleet for a ship but is denied by Admiral Kirsten Clancy. Picard attempts to assemble his own crew, inviting Agnes Jurati and the estranged Raffi Musiker. Meanwhile, Clancy informs Commodore Oh of Picard’s request and asks her to look into it. Oh notifies the (secretly Romulan) Lt. Rizzo to have her undercover operative “stay on mission”. Via holo-communicator, Rizzo speaks to Narek, her operative and brother. Rizzo warns Narek that if he does not persuade Soji to reveal the location of other synthetics, she would be forced to take more extreme measures.

Highlights include: 

  1. Is Picard mentally fit to go into space?
  2. How did the Romulans infiltrate Star Fleet leadership?
  3. Does Picard think the Romulans have breached Star Fleet security?
  4. What about the tech?
  5. What are the ethics around the Borg reclamation project?
  6. What was the former relationship between Picard and Raffi?