Star Trek: Picard continues to strengthen in an episode that takes time to breathe and reconnect, inviting some old friends to join along the way. After a couple of episodes that have seen Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew make haste to save Soji (Isa Briones) from the grips of the Romulan Tal Shiar, this episode takes a moment to reflect, even if there is still danger on the fringes.
Having escaped from the Borg Cube, Picard and Soji seek refuge with old friends whilst they await Rios (Santiago Cabrera), Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Dr. Jurati (Alison Pill) to pick them up and journey onward to Soji’s suspected home planet. Those old friends just so happen to be William Riker (Johnathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), who have been living a quiet, peaceful existence on the planet Nepenthe with their young daughter, Kestra (Lulu Wilson).
Picard, despite the fact that it has featured characters from the franchise past before this point, has not really been a show that has delved that much into nostalgia. This is the first episode that really gives into it, but it is thankfully in service of an episode that has a great deal of heart to it. Seeing Riker and Deanna back feels more profoundly moving than you might expect it to be, particularly when you see how much grace remains in Sirtis’s performance, and how much of a charming glint remains in Frakes eyes and smile.
Full review at THN, originally published March 9th 2020.