Fly me to the moon – Review of Star Trek Picard 2.05

August 28, 2022

Fly Me to the Moon is Star Trek : Picard Season 2’s halfway point. Jonathan Frakes was the perfect person to direct this episode. This episode featured many major changes in content and introduced new characters.

Tallinn is the mysterious guardian, who bears Laris’s face but is a mystery. If you’ve hoped for an explanation of the similarities between the characters, then you will be disappointed. Tallinn will reveal their jobs, but the authors draw another connection to Kirk’s Star Trek adventures. Unanswered is why she looks like Laris. It is now clear what Picard and his crew need to do in the past. It turns out that Picard’s mention of his ancestor was not accidental. Renee Picard will be the one whose actions or inactions will have major repercussions on this timeline.

It is not hard to overlook the fact that Picard’s ancestor is the focal point of the mystery. The structure around her seems unnecessarily complex or not fully comprehensible. Although Renee is often portrayed as a child prodigy it would be irresponsible for NASA to consider a person suffering from depression on a crucial space mission. There are a dozen ways Renee can be prevented from taking part in the mission, which is a lot easier than Q’s.

Relatives in new roles

Q and Renee are not the only scenes where Renee is confronted by the evil creature. Q is actually seen more than in previous episodes. This is a good thing because John de Lancie still makes an entertaining performance in his role. Both actors shine, especially when he meets Brent Spiner later.

Spiner is back in Star Trek: Picard Season 2 with a new role. He plays another of Noonien Soong’s ancestors Adam Soong. One could argue that another Soong appearing in the series doesn’t make it more creative. It also brings Brent Spiner back which is always a positive thing. It is a great decision, especially when you see Q and Soong together.

It is still to be seen how Soong’s genetic research will ultimately relate to Renee Picard’s trip to Europe. It is also possible to develop the role of Kore, Soong’s child. There is a reunion with Isa Briones, which suggests that Data was inspired by one of the Soong ancestors in creating Soji and Dahj.

The Borg Queen moves

Agnes and Borg Queen are the third major plot developments in this episode. They were entertaining in previous episodes, and it is obvious that viewers will be seeing more of them in future episodes. You have to admit that you can’t overlook the logic flaws in this storyline. It is not clear why Agnes doesn’t use her tentacle against the queen, but she can take over important ship components very quickly.

The episode’s cliffhanger is thrilling and ensures that Agnes, the Borg queen, does not disappear. It is also becoming increasingly clear that Agnes, a Borg envoy, is seeking peace with the Federation.

Pastime for Picard’s Crew

This episode was all about introducing new characters and moving the plot forward. Seven, Rios and Raffi didn’t have much to do. After Rios is released by the two women, the actors leave the stage and go to work with their colleagues. The entire adventure of the three crew members leaves an odd aftertaste. It seems that all this happened just to fill the time for the ten episodes. Since the time warp, Seven, Raffi and Rios have not contributed much to the plot. Picard was the one who got the answers. In hindsight, this makes the plotline seem a little rushed.

Conclusion

Fly me to the Moon is a double-edged sword. The story’s high pace and fantastic scenes (such as Q and Noonien soong’s encounter) provide entertainment. However, there are inconsistencies, and you shouldn’t think too much about them. The episode sets the tone for the second half and maintains tension.

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