Star Trek: Picard‘s “Mercy”

Jay Karnes is wasted as an FBI agent who is actually less than he seems, Jeri Ryan beautifully plays Seven’s PTSD, we get a wholly gratuitous Elnor flashback to justify Evan Evagora’s being in the opening credits, and Jurati’s becoming more Borg by the minute. Plus Q gets two great scenes. My review of Star Trek: Picard‘s “Mercy.”

An excerpt:

Q—in a portentious bit of speechifying that John deLancie does better than almost anyone—is, in fact, dying. Q is disappointed, as he was hoping for something spectacular and new. Life as an immortal can get tedious, after all. But instead of going out in a blaze of glory, as he was hoping, he’s just fading away. It’s still not clear what his endgame is. While deLancie beautifully plays Q’s bitter disappointment in how his long life is stumbling to an end, we’re no closer to understanding why he’s doing all this.

We have no idea why he shoved Picard and the other people who happened to be in the opening credits of Star Trek: Picard into an alternate timeline where humans are fascists. We have no idea why he’s given Kore a vial of blue liquid that cures her of her genetic dysfunction (it has a tag on it that reads “FREEDOM,” and I’m hugely disappointed that it didn’t say “DRINK ME”). We have no idea why he’s pretending to be Renee Picard’s shrink. And we have no idea why he gives Guinan a clue as to how to get out of being in federal custody—though his comment that humans are trapped in the past could just as easily be about Picard as it is Wells.

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