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 Picardwhich is currently streaming on CBS.
SPOILER ALERT-Although we will review each episode after it appears, we will discuss each episode in depth.
Episode 6, The Impossible Box. Soji is experiencing a recurring dream of her childhood. Narek believes that exploring her dream will reveal the location of her homeworld. Aboard La Sirena, Jurati tells Picard Maddox died as a result of his injuries on Freecloud. Raffi persuades a Starfleet contact to issue Picard temporary diplomatic credentials, so the Romulans will let him visit the Artifact and meet with Hugh. Narek continues sowing seeds of doubt with Soji about her identity; she scans her belongings and is shaken to find that none of them are older than 37 months. Narek helps her meditate to explore her dream, while his sister is secretly monitoring the room. In the dream, Soji sees herself as a doll; when she looks up, she sees two red moons and a stormy sky. That is enough for Narek and his sister to start looking for her planet. Narek tries to kill Soji, but she escapes and meets Picard and Hugh. Hugh takes Picard and Soji to an emergency long-distance transportation device, allowing them to escape the Artifact. Romulan guards try to stop them, but Elnor appears and kills them, before staying behind with Hugh to hold off the pursuers.
Highlights, speculations and questions include:
- Have we been wrong about the Borg all along.
- Does Locutus of Borg still exist?
- What are some of the cookies in this show?
- Is it just a job for Narek?
- What are we to make of Hugh? Why did he tell Picard he would do anything for him?