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Picard 2x02 - 'Penance' ~~ { ** Spoilers Within ** }

  • 10-03-2022 10:17am
    Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Picard 2x02 - 'Penance' ~~ { ** Spoilers Within ** }

    Warning: This thread will contain spoilers for the episode. Spoiler tags will not be used, so if you don't want to be spoiled read no further.



  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Well that was enjoyable. Somewhat heavy handed on the references to previous Trek, but that wasn't too bad.

    I think some might be a bit put off by the turn of Q from trickster to aggressive, but I quite like it. I'm not sure about the Q being sick idea though, it could be interesting, but it doesn't really seem to fit with what we know of them.

    I did appreciate how quickly they set up where the characters were in this new timeline, and moved them back into place. It would have been quite frustrating if they spent episodes getting characters into contact with one another, which was an irritation last season. I found that the epsiode flew by, in a good way, and was a bit surprised when it was over at the end. I thought there was at least another ten minutes. Having the combadges as shuriken, while cheesy, was kinda cool!

    Also Patton Oswalt!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,271 ✭✭✭ liamtech

    Epic - listen theres loads of holes but MAN - that was epic!!!!!!

    Sic semper tyrannis - thus always to Tyrants

  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Yeah, really enjoyable so far, and a solid episode of Trek. I think the slight reframing of Elnors absolute candor and his interactions with Raffi could prove to be quite fun. I know some people have pointed to the travelling back in time part as a money saving measure, but based on these two episodes whatever cash they're saving doing that is being pumped into the others. I thought the effects of the tower blowing up in Okinawa were top notch, and the battle for Vulcan looked great. Those new Vulcan ships are a really nice design and call back to the older ring ships.

    Rios has been great fun this season too, though not really a fan of his relationship with Jurati.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,271 ✭✭✭ liamtech

    My Theory


    • Historically, the Federation's first REAL CONTACT with the Borg, was a result of Q - a warning, they are out there.
    • Picard assimilated by the Borg - knows more than anyone what they are
    • Present: Picard was seemingly about to Die fighting the Borg -
    • Given statements on the condition of the collective, seems apparent they are 'not doing well' - Picard decides to hesitates to take advantage
    • About to die, Q intervenes
    • Q is not well
    • Q shows Picard a Depraved reality where he, along with the (con)federation chose a different path. Horrendous crimes. Evil in all ways. 'The end of the road not taken'
    • BUT - One advantage - the Borg Collective have been vanquished (Picard is a broken clock in this Universe, but the clock is right twice a day - he did what NEEDED to be done, the line was drawn)


    • Is that the lesson? Was that always the lesson RE the Borg. No compromise, they must be defeated?
    • Have they 'interacted' with the Q Continuum? Remember they assimilated the El-Aurians - Who (at least in one case) have interacted with the Continuum?
    • Is there the possibility that the Q have been 'neutralized' as a threat to the Collective, and the Q are unwilling/unable to deal directly with the borg any longer (if the collective has told you once its told you a thousand times. DONT BOTHER THE BORG (Voyager episode)... WHY???? Why would god like beings of unlimited power 'not wish to antagonize the borg?) - are we missing something BIG?
    • Is it possible. Q, is now weakened, and needs Picard to take some action that can alter this current situation?

    All just speculation - love to hear what we think

    Sic semper tyrannis - thus always to Tyrants

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Help & Feedback Category Moderators Posts: 23,802 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Spear

    There's some larger context in the story for sure. The two references to Q not being well, and the exchange where Q accuses Picard of being guilty of something, but Picard simply looks away.

    On a lighter note, the magistrate is played by Jon Jon Briones, the father of Isa Briones. So just like we're getting one of the Soong dynasty each season, we're getting one of the Briones family too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,428 ✭✭✭✭ _Kaiser_

    That was another solid episode - two in a row!

    Will need to watch it again I think but this Terran Empire/Confederation works a lot better than the Mirror Universe stuff in the earlier Discovery seasons.

    Q was still Q but with a nasty edge that we haven't seen since those early TNG appearances.

    Lots of callbacks - Dukat, Martok and I'm assuming that the Ferengi was either Damon Bok or maybe Zek. Mention of Sisko too (guess he didn't make Emissary in this universe - yet!).

    Overall it was very enjoyable and it flew by. Looking forward to next week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ eadrom

    That was good!

    Not sure I liked Q working some episode titles into dialogue! Bit strange. I heard "Yesterday's Enterprise" and I think it was "In a Mirror, Darkly".

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,137 ✭✭✭ nudain

    The Confederation? Welcome to Space 'Murica.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,781 ✭✭✭✭ fritzelly

    Loved that - the skulls were the cherry on top

    More Trek in one episode of this than an entire season of Disco

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 15,159 Mod ✭✭✭✭ FutureGuy

    Two fantastically strong episodes of Trek this week.

    I cannot believe the turnaround in this show. I hated season 1. The characters are more likeable and better written. Good story. Q. The Confederate. All great.

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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 15,159 Mod ✭✭✭✭ FutureGuy

    Really like the fact that the Elimination Day celebration was VERY like the courthouse in TNG where Q put man king on trial. Lots of red colour and screaming people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,781 ✭✭✭✭ fritzelly

  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

  • Registered Users Posts: 595 ✭✭✭ a_squirrelman

    Amazing, loved it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,476 ✭✭✭ Doodah7

    The new episode is not showing up for me on Prime. Is this the same for anyone else?

  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ eadrom

    It on there for me now. I think it shows up at 10am on Fridays.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,086 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC

    That was not a great episode. Maybe if I watch it a 2nd time I will enjoy it better butvcertainly not as good as the first episode. To much Dark for me. I really do not like Jurati either and think she is the week link in the whole thing.

    Also I thought the part where they were just beamed onto Rios ship and then all of a sudden they are down on the planet again was very badly done and edited. It looks like they had a scene in between it but decided to leave it out for some reason. I mean all we see is the Queen going back into something on Rios ship then they are all back where they were before being on Rios ship which made mo sense.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,476 ✭✭✭ Doodah7

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Help & Feedback Category Moderators Posts: 23,802 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Spear

    I think you've misinterpreted part of that. They're only on the ship once, at the end. They performed a site to site transport down to the lab. The interstitial shot of the La Sirena approaching, may have been misleading.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,086 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC

    Maybe. I will watch it all again when I get a chance and maybe it will make more sense the 2nd time.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,186 ✭✭✭ Evade

    Decent enough episode, certainly a better Dark Federation than we've gotten before, especially lately.

    I wasn't a fan of Q dropping episode titles, especially Yesterday's Enterprise as the only knowledge Picard would have of that incident came from Sela.

    Since he was name dropped, and presuming it's Ben and not Jake, I would have liked to have seen the UCS Defiant class.

    Guinan's going to be the 2024 watcher at 10 Forward Street isn't she?

    You have to feel sorry for Orla Brady, forgotten about last season and killed off, temporarily, off-screen this season.

    The skulls were a nice grim touch but I think it would have been more impactful if the Klingon was Worf instead of Martok. Had he stayed in the Empire and his family not been disgraced he would have been very influential, possibly even Chancellor.

    One thing I didn't like that seems to have crept over from Discovery is the galaxy has shrunk, a lot. Earth to the Borg anomoly on the same morning, Vulcan to Earth in about an hour or two.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,808 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985

    Yesterday's Enterprise seemed a bit forced in but through a mirror darkly is a rework of a Bible quote so kinda made sense to the situation

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,781 ✭✭✭✭ fritzelly

    That's the one, were they not dying or something or was that just the fighting, so long ago since I've seen it

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,994 ✭✭✭ Rawr

    Agreed that the Confederation is by far a better done alternative reality than the Mirror universe has been. I guess the closest we got to this before was the War reality in Yesterday’s Enterprise.

    I kind of get the impression that the writers had done a marathon of DS9 before doing this one. A lot of very DS9 name drops there…but to their credit well-done name drops that made sense.

    I enjoyed that quite a lot. Roll on next week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,086 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC

    The Q and the Grey" I think it was called of the top of my head and the Qs were dying. Yep just checked there that's the episodes name and it's Season 3 episode 11. The only thing that can kill another Q is a Q. That's why there was supernovas going bang.

    Q needed to mate to stop there civil war.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Yeha, I get where you're coming from, but they weren't sick as far as I remember, it was due to allowing the other Q commit suicide that caused a civil war. I think this is somewhat different though, I got the impression that Picard was saying that Q was actually suffering from a disease or illness of some kind, rather than it being a comment on the Q's killing themselves.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,118 ✭✭✭✭ Slydice

    That guys about to get assimilated.

    I mean.. it's clear.. that guys soooo assimilated in the first seconds of the next episode.

    anyway.. probably a quest of will Elnor be healable.. or need to be assimilated too.. or die.

    Double anyway... Star Trekking... swinging round a star... boldly time travelling into twenty twenty ..far? 🙂

    yeah yeah.. but four doesn't ryhme as good! 😁

    Enjoyed that episode. Nearly jumped outta my seat at the mere thought of Avery Brooks turning up.

  • Holy crap, we may have an actual Star Trek

    I wonder if The Watcher is Gary7

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,885 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard

    I enjoyed it overall. Strong episode.

    Didnt like the way Q struck Picard. Just didnt seem....right.

    So, are the Q sick?

    Confed Earth was like a more grown up Terran Empire. Curious as to how they became so advanced without the help and contribution of other species. The Terran Empire had the Defiant which went back in time and huge tech advantage.

    Borg Queen is interesting. She's totally plotting something

    Only one episode of Orla Brady? That's a pity. She's a great edition.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!