‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Episode 7 Delves into the Dungeons of the Thoughts | Evaluate

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With a Season 2 episode entitled “Monsters,” it’s protected to imagine that Star Trek: Picard goes to be a wild experience, particularly with Tallinn (Orla Brady) venturing into the neural pathways of Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) mind. Throughout the primary and second seasons of the sequence, Picard has mirrored on his childhood—particularly in regard to his mom. Now, with the steering of an surprising customer in a Starfleet uniform (James Callis) he’s being pressured to look at what occurred to his mom, by means of the lens of a fantastical and terrifying fairytale-inspired story.

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Tallinn makes her means into Picard’s thoughts and finds herself in a darkish, dank dungeon the place a scared little boy is hiding. However he’s not simply hiding, he’s ready for his mom to return and, regardless of the specter of monsters attacking, he doesn’t assume he can go away with out her. The boy identifies the monster as a “him” which supplies the primary clue that the monster could be somebody near house.

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Picard is but once more pressured to look at how “untethered” he’s to having deep, significant relationships with individuals. This has been a theme that has been explored fairly persistently all through Picard, each along with his hermit-like existence on the winery, and the way unsure he’s about trying an intimate relationship with Laris. It looks as if this sequence has been designed to strip away Picard’s layers, lay all of them naked, and try and make sense of his previous and current. It’s all very cerebral stuff, and strikes proper on the coronary heart of what makes Star Trek’s strategy to the human situation so fascinating.

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As soon as Picard discovers Tallinn within the tunnels of his thoughts, he realizes that the “monster” he was afraid of was his father and that the person within the Starfleet uniform (Callis) is the person he feared as a baby, however by no means really understood. He had believed that his father was merciless for locking up his mom, however now he realizes that the true monster was no matter psychological sickness she had been bothered with. With this revelation, Picard cuts quick his introspection, main audiences to consider that this could be solely the start of a deeper take a look at Picard’s personal psyche and emotional baggage.

Again on the clinic, Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Seven (Jeri Ryan) resolve to return to La Sirena to attempt to monitor down Agnes who has gone lacking. Earlier than they depart, Rios (Santiago Cabrera) reveals that Agnes had kissed him on the occasion the evening earlier than and Raffi is decidedly in opposition to that duo rekindling their Season 1 fling. I’ve to say, I fully agree along with her. Particularly when Picard is organising Rios for some candy, candy time traveler’s heartbreak.


When Teresa (Sol Rodriguez) arrives within the morning, Rios makes an attempt to maintain her out of Picard’s room. However she is undeterred and rapidly cuts him right down to dimension for attempting to lock her out of her personal clinic. Nothing might have ready her for strolling into the room and seeing Tallinn’s eyes rolled again as she wanders by means of the dungeons of Picard’s thoughts or having to make use of alien expertise to stabilize her affected person. It’s all very overwhelming, however she doesn’t let it shake her. Particularly not when she has to fret about who these strangers are that she’s let round her son.

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As soon as she will get Picard secure, Teresa turns her consideration to this new revelation about Rios. “Are you from outer area?” In fact, Rios throws on the appeal, “No, I’m from Chile. I simply… work in outer area.” It’s an important distinction, in any case. Their dynamic has been a very surprising component this season and Teresa is such an ideal addition to the sequence. Not simply due to her flirtation with Rios, however as a result of her banter with him brings a special model of levity to this very hectic state of affairs. She’s so involved about Rios being a “good man” and trusting her personal instincts. She has among the greatest traces within the episode from calling Rios out for being creepy to her flirty little second with him the place he claims he’d develop into a “good man” only for her.


Rios, who is not any stranger to breaking guidelines, breaks some fairly severe time touring guidelines on this episode. Regardless of everybody speaking about not creating butterflies, he throws warning to the wind and brings Teresa and her son aboard La Sirena. Given the much more urgent state of affairs that Raffi and Seven have found, maybe his butterflies aren’t the worst factor that would occur in 2024. A brand new Borg Queen is much extra regarding.

When Picard lastly escapes the constructs of his personal thoughts, Tallinn reveals that she is in truth a Romulan, which implies she might be Laris’ ancestor or she might be Laris. I’m nonetheless not satisfied that there isn’t a bigger story at play with Picard and Laris. I don’t assume she’s unhealthy, and I hope that she isn’t, particularly when a lot of this storyline is about Picard studying to let individuals in, however she’s positively not telling him all the pieces.


Within the closing scene of the episode, Picard goes to seek out Guinan (Ito Aghayere) at 10 Ahead, in hopes that she will summon Q—or any Q—to get extra solutions. Her try and summon a Q fails… or does it? As she and Picard focus on their predicament, a person enters the bar, insisting that he needs to get a drink regardless that Guinan tells him they’re closed. There’s one thing about him, from his quippy interjections about science fiction to his all-too-knowing demeanor that ought to have raised the crimson flag. Evidently, he isn’t a Q, however he’s an FBI agent who has come to arrest Picard.

“Monsters” presents a whole lot of fascinating themes, significantly about fathers—each with Picard exploring his personal paternal points and Rios discussing how he views Picard as a father determine. Moreover, belief is an ever-present part of this episode, with Picard studying to belief himself and Tallinn and Teresa determining if she needs to belief Rios. With three episodes left, Picard has quite a bit to deal with earlier than the finale, and it looks as if they’ll be up in opposition to not simply Q meddling with the long run, however a Borg Queen vying for final energy.

Score: A+

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 is streaming now on Paramount+.


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