‘Star Trek: Picard – Episode Eight: Broken Pieces’ TV Review – THN

A review of the eighth episode of ‘Star Trek: Picard’.

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As Star Trek: Picard builds up to its two-part finale, mysteries are solved and others deepen with the search for Soji’s homeworld nearing its end.

The last few weeks of Star Trek: Picard have continued to improve the once fairly stagnant plotting that seemed to grip the first few episodes. Part of that stagnation came from the show’s desire to keep ladling on mysteries that weren’t that tangibly exciting anyway. The most intriguing factor of it all is what does the Synthetic ban and Soji’s origins all have to do  with an ancient Romulan prophecy. Most of those answers do arrive in this episode, one which puts the pieces into place for a finale that is genuinely hard to predict where it may go.

Many of the revelations that come within this episode come courtesy of Captain Rios. Once Soji and Picard beam back aboard the La Sirena, he is shaken by her appearance and shuts himself away in his quarters to brood. This leads to Raffi to try and figure out what has shaken him through talking with each of his holograms, all of which sport a different accent. It gives Santiago Cabrera the chance to have a lot of fun as different aspects of Rio’s personality, all the while deepening the character as more is revealed about his past Captain’s fate. It would seem he has encountered a sibling of Soji before during his time at Starfleet, which his Captain was ordered to kill by Starfleet, before killing himself. It may seem a little overkill to have everybody in Picard’s new crew have some kind of link with the greater conspiracy at play, but Cabrera’s performance and chemistry with Michelle Hurd’s Raffi.

Full review at THN, originally published March 16th 2020.

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