WE’RE RUNNING WITH THE SPOILERS OF THE NIGHT…
The sixth episode of STAR TREK: PICARD‘s second season, “Two of One,” had the shortest runtime of the entire series so far. Not counting the recap and closing credits, there were only 35.5 minutes of actual episode (most episodes run in the high 40- to low 50-minute range).
On the other hand, this episode also the longest “Previously on…” recap (2 minutes and 15 seconds). Even DISCOVERY‘s recaps usually time out at 90 seconds—and by the end of their seasons, there’s typically a LOT to remind viewers of.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with a long recap, but it does hint that the show might be juggling a few two many plates at the same time. And it’s true that Picard has quite a bit going on right now…
- Q has sent then to an alternate authoritarian future, and they have traveled back in time to 2024 trying to prevent it.
- The watcher/supervisor Tallinn is tasked with protecting Picard’s ancestor, a famous astronaut.
- Agnes has killed the Borg Queen (their only way back to the future) in order to save a French cop.
- Dr. Adam Soong is a noted geneticist whose daughter has an incurable genetic disease and who has just lost his license and funding for running forbidden experiments.
- Q is offering to help Soong…but Q requires a favor in return.
- Renée Picard will launch with the Europa Mission in three days, but she’s having doubts about herself. If she doesn’t go, the future will be irrevocably changed for the xenophobic worst.
- The team needs to keep her from quitting the Europa program for the next 15 hours until pre-launch quarantine, but Renée will be at a gala that evening with very tight security.
- Agnes will sneak inside, get detained by security, and then hack into their systems to get the rest of the team inside.
- But Agnes has been compromised; the Borg Queen injected her with nanoprobes before dying.
Whew, that IS a lot to keep track of! And that doesn’t even touch on the Guinan encounter two episodes ago, Rios’ injury and infatuation with Dr. Teresa, his capture by I.C.E. agents, subsequent rescue, or the death of Elnor.
So the episode’s all a big mess, right? It’s cluttered with way too many story elements and characters and storylines?
Not at all!
Instead, this was a relatively “quiet” episode, simple, and quite elegant. In fact, many of the ongoing plot elements were barely touched upon—like Seven-of-Nine (almost none of her in this episode), Raffi’s being haunted by Elnor’s death (just a teensy bit of that), Q (almost nothing of him in the episode for the first time this season), and Tallinn’s uncanny resemblance to Laris (only a quick mention of that).
So with all that they DIDN’T do, what DID they do? Well, let me tellya…Continue reading “STAR TREK: PICARD gives us a “quiet” episode for a change…but did it work? (editorial review)”