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, co-founder of One Stone Creative. In this series we will review the new television show Picard which is currently streaming on CBS.In this episode we consider Episode 4-Absolute Candor.

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

Episode 4, Absolute Candor. Picard asked Rios to make a detour to the planet Vashti, where he helped relocate Romulan refugees before the attack on Mars. He calls on the Qowat Milat, Romulan warrior nuns who took in a boy named Elnor, whom Picard grew close to. Picard asks Elnor, now an adult, to join him on his quest; Elnor initially refuses but changes his mind when Picard is attacked by Romulans who resent Starfleet abandoning the evacuation effort. Picard and Elnor beam up to La Sirena, where Rios and Raffi are fighting a battle with a local warlord. A strange ship helps La Sirena win the battle but is damaged in the process, forcing the pilot, former Borg drone Seven of Nine, to be beamed over to La Sirena. Meanwhile, aboard the Borg cube, Soji is trying to find out more about the Romulan ship that was assimilated by that cube and about “the Destroyer”. Narek offers to get her information on the ship, but they have a falling out when he expresses doubt about her past. Rizzo tells Narek that he has a week to get the location of other synthetics from Soji before she switches to her own methods. 

Highlights, speculations and questions include:

  1. Where did Rios garner his piloting skills?
  2. Why did Picard drop his distaste of children for Elnor?
  3. Should Picard still be apologizing for Star Fleet’s betrayal of the Romulans?
  4. Did Picard basically challenge all Romulans by going into the Bar for ‘Romulans Only’?
  5. Is Soji finally seeing through Narek?
  6. How cool is it to see 7/9?