Episode 5 of Star Trek: Picard, titled “Stardust City Rag,” is the midpoint of the first season of the CBS All-Access show, Last week’s episode marks the second episode produced under the supervision of veteran Jonathan Flakes, who directed the veteran of the series.
But unlike last week, the elder (Evan Evagola) gave the return of Seven of The Nine (Geri Ryan) and this week’s episode vibrates to the other end and is actively filled with traffic jams. In fact, there are probably too many things going on and finally, a surprise twist could have been easily taken next week. But we’ll talk more about it later.
In fact, this week’s episode included some of the best scenes in the series so far. We saw some new, really interesting places in the “Star Trek” universe, plus some well-placed humor, quality action, and great dialogue. The only complaint we have is that it was happening a bit, especially when following episodes like last week directly, exacerbating the uneven flow of the story.
At this point, Picard saw a mermaid crew heading to the free cloud to extract Jean-Luc and Bruce Maddox, and great information is that nine Sevens (Geri Ryan) are on the side of the journey. But the factor we can keep looking for is that this is: is a free cloud in an unhealthy place?
I’m not sure what to make of the Picard we’re seeing in Picard I can’t help thinking there’s a gap between the way Picard is now, and the way he once was, which I’m struggling to reconcile. To an extent, Much of what we’ve seen in these first four episodes have been a commentary on the way Picard looms in the popular consciousness (a figure of compassionate, benevolent authority) and the way such an impression can fail to live up to its own standard. And yet, I can’t shake the feeling that we’re missing some piece of the puzzle to explain how then became now, something more complicated than simply “time.”