Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Star Trek: Picard” Season 3, Episode 6
If, seeing the title of this week’s episode of “Star Trek: Picard” on Paramount More (opens in a new tab)called “The Bounty”, your first thought – given the large number of flashbacks we’ve seen so far – goes immediately to “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, then you would be absolutely 100% correct. In an episode filled with Easter eggs, flashbacks and cameo appearances, even the captured Klingon bird of prey that crash landed in San Francisco Bay at the end of the fourth and secondbest star trek movie makes an appearance.
During their third month of exile on Vulcan in this star trek movie, following the events surrounding Project Genesis, Doctor McCoy with a keen sense of historical irony paints “HMS Bounty” along the hull of this oh-so-beautiful Klingon scout-class ship. McCoy is referring to the mutiny on the Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty that took place in the South Pacific Ocean in April 1789. And like those mutineers from two hundred years ago, Kirk et al also have a stark choice to do.
With last week’s surprise entry and then equally surprising release from Ro Laren, guest stars come and go as “Happy Days.” Perhaps an opening disclaimer that this week’s episode of “Star Trek: Picard” is being filmed in front of a live studio audience is needed. If you’re behind Picard Season 3, you can catch up with our Star Trek Streaming Guide for all your Trek needs.
Anyone who plays “Picard” bingo during this third and final season going to score a lot of points with this week’s episode. And while it’s fun, sometimes too much of a good thing spoils the novelty. Yes indeed,
Jason Bourne Favorite ship of Jack Crusher’s (Ed Speleers) fleet is NCC-1701-A with “those perfectly clean retro lines” and while it’s absolutely correct in its assessment, this whole scene, added to everything else, starts to get too much.
Take for example the long-awaited return of the holodeck Professor Moriarty, embodied once again delightfully by Daniel Davis. We all knew he was coming, it was teased in the…er, teasers. But this particular character’s cameo return was well-written, very much aimed at the less is more approach and hit a target in the process. You may recall that he appeared in the TNG episodes “Elementary, Dear Data” (S02, E02) and “Ship in a Bottle” (S06, E12).
And it turns out that Data has more lives than Spot the cat. How much of his personality is Data, or B4, or Lore remains to be seen, but it’s still interesting to see how Brent Spine East either way shoehorn every season. So now the whole gang is here, just as we pass the halfway point of the season.
You have to ask yourself a few questions though, like why did Starfleet never adopt the cloaking technology used on the Bird of Prey? Well, the short version is that the Treaty of Algeron signed in 2311 considered relations with the Romulan Star Empire and reinforced the barrier that is the Romulan Neutral Zone, but it also had the side effect of prohibiting any search for the Federation on camouflage technology. He has has also been said (opens in a new tab) that Gene Roddenberry insisted the good guys didn’t sneak in, hiding inside surges of neutron radiation.
The standard isn’t quite as high as previous installments, but it’s still fun to watch and worth looking forward to. There is always a great danger that all of this could go in the direction of giant space orchids, but we have to give it a chance. In other interesting news, Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman spoke to the (opens in a new tab) MIT Media Lab this week and said that the premiere of “Strange New Worlds” Season 2 will be announced shortly and confirmed that Season 3 is about to begin filming.
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