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Picard 2x10 - 'Farewell' ~~ { ** Spoilers Within ** }

  • 05-05-2022 7:59am
    Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Picard 2x10 - 'Farewell' ~~ { ** Spoilers Within ** } Warning: This thread will contain spoilers 



  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Well, that was a distinctly unsatisfying conclusion. Not only did they fridge the best new character of the live action Trek in Rios, they also brought back possiby the two least interesting in Wesley Crusher and Elnor. Jesus when I saw that stupid grin on Wil Wheatons face..Christ.

    No idea what was wrong with Q, except he was a bit sad and lonely? We'll just ignore the idea that something that can be killing a being like Q is fundamentally more interesting.

    Seven gets a field command, for very little reason I can see (since presumably Admiral Picard, who also was a borg, could have done the exact same, go here and raise shields). Also, (yet another) random thing going to destroy the universe introduced in the last 15 minutes? I'm not saying that I want more random end of the universe rubbish from new Trek, but a bit of explanation or background might be nice. Could have even spent an episode on it in all the faffing about the past few episodes.

    I think Picard summed it up well in his heart to heart with Q. What was the point of it all.

    Season one worked reasonably well as a binge. I'm not sure it will be the same here. Some nice parts to be sure, but too many hanging plot lines at the end, poor pacing, and a lack of focus ruined it. I was one of the ones initially who thought that ignoring Times Arrow was a deliberate choice, but by bringing back Guinan in this episode it is crystal clear that they never even considered that two parter, just straight up forgot about it. Whereas they remembered that Traveller episode with Crusher (presumably because Wheaton nagged them about it).

    Also Q's lesson (ignoring the 'aren't we all lonely' crap, was essentially the same lesson as Tapestry. You became who you are through the actions of your past. They did that episode thirty years ago, and far better. The emotional connection between Picard and Q makes no sense in the context of this season, They barely interacted and Q's input is minimal, and unclear at best. There were some interesting stories in the season to be fair, but it seems like the writers couldn't actually find them in all the extraneous rubbish. The ICE story, the FBI agent, what's happening with Q, the bloody universe ending thingymagig at the end. No development or point to them in the end bar pushing to a deeply unsatisfactory conclusion.

    A great start to the season, but the writers couldn't get past the writing and plot issues that surround all of the new live action shows so far.

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

    You know what that was not bad at all. I enjoyed that. Just a pity about all the filler episodes in between. I thought there was some nice twists in this too.

    I really thought they got the music spot on in this too.

    I will watch it again. I think I might watch episode 1, 2 maybe 3 and this again and that is all you need.

    No need for all the filler nonsense.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ ilovesmybrick

    Yeah actually, that's a decent point, first few episodes and the finale and you know everything you need to in the season. There was so much meandering and extra faffing about in the last five episodes that it ruined my good will for the season. The finale though was far too rushed, should have been split into two so we at least have some idea what's going on.

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

    Decent enough, but we should have reached this conclusion around episode 5 or 6. No need for it to be that long.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!

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

    I thought it was a decent finale. The Europa mission stuff was gotten out of the way promptly and effectively.

    The sudden swing into a major galactic threat of the giant transwarp conduit was fairly jarring. But presumably it's the setup for season 3 so it was inevitable to fill that need. Even a few lines from Jurati pointing out that this was their end objective before hand would've smoothed the way, rather than after it.

    A lot of plotlines were tied off nicely enough. Q and Picard's thread comes to end through some mutual respect. Wesley gets some continuation of his path. The appearance of him felt fairly forced though, but it's brief enough, and it confirms the suspicion that the watchers had time travel based assistance.

    It's just a shame the season was so flat throughout the middle of it's run. Trimming down by 25 to 30% would've really helped, particularly the FBI episode which served no purpose.

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

    I'd echo a lot of the above - decent enough as a standalone episode/finale, but the (almost) second half after Q sends them home just highlights how much time was wasted in between.

    Wesley's reappearance and the idea that the Travellers were Gary 7's mysterious benefactors.. I guess! Seemed forced in to give not-Soji an ending. Similarly Soong going on to be involved with the creation of Khan - more convenience and unnecessary constriction of the Trek universe

    Nice scenes between Q and Picard as well, but I'd also agree that it was largely just a retreading of Tapestry. Would have liked to find out more about what was actually going on with Q. Is he ascending to the next level of being or something (there was a vague hint of that in what he said), or actually dying?

    Seems a bit odd that with a super transwarp conduit and threat on a horizon that everyone just heads back to Earth for a pint with Guinan and so Jean Luc can make up with Laris. I would have expected a more direct cliff-hanger for season 3, but never mind!

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,537 ✭✭✭ corkie


    Similarly Soong going on to be involved with the creation of Khan - more convenience and unnecessary constriction of the Trek universe

    Raised my eyebrows at that point as well. Project Khan, 'for Pete's sake!'

    Does Wesley's appearance rule him out for next season, didn't hear him been mentioned appearing in that?

    Warning episode breakdown is already published, so spoilers in below link.

    "He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition's flames before I give him up!" - Khan quoting Moby Dick (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,208 ✭✭✭ pah

    I threw up in my mouth a few times.

  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ eadrom

    One of the better episodes of the season. Like there was stuff in here that they should have given time to throughout the season and it's too little too late for the series as a whole but I enjoyed this episode.

    Good to see Wesley Crusher. I'd hoped he'd show up and I thought it was just a nice little scene, cool to see that he's still traveling away. Still though, just crammed into a couple of minutes in the final episode and totally inconsequential. And why is he picking up not-Soji? That seemed entirely random or am I missing something.

    Soong was fine. "PROJECT KHAN" though. Jesus I am sick of that guy.

    Rios is staying behind, and even got killed off in backstory. That's a damn shame. Seven as captain of the Stargazer sounds fun, but still. Rios was the best character they had.

    Q is dying. Ugh. Why? Why is he dying? Think that might have been a good thing to set a few episodes around? No? Just monologue it in the last 20 minutes of the season and then hug it out and die? Ok cool, yeah. Absolute travesty of a waste. His scenes were golden, just not enough of them or to them.

    Borg alliance. I just don't care anymore.

    Guinan remembers Rios, who used to come in to "10 Forward, Ave" (:rolleyes:) whenever he was in town. And remembers Picard from 2024. In a different **** dimension/timeline/whatever. Still no Time's Arrow I bet.

    Dreadful stuff overall. Enjoyed the episode anyway.

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

    Liked the Trek bits as for the rest underwhelmed as I am with the whole season - off to look at SNW

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,291 ✭✭✭ sioda

    I liked it even the Crusher cameo but sceptical about season 3 tbh.

    Q Picard scenes were excellent as always

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,238 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    What episode was Wesley referring to when he said a joke changed history?

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

    I'm pretty sure it's just a throw away joke, and not an episode reference.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 8,370 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mewso

    Was actually ok (all be it a too quick resolution to the whole thing) up to Soong's Project Khan folder. Went downhill fast though:-

    Project Khan - enough already.

    Q actually loves Picard, time for a hug - good Lord the decimation of Q is complete.

    Rios stays behind - the timeline has been abused so much who cares.

    Elnor is back - Another inserted comment from a character (Picard - watch closely you only hear him say it "what did he say? a surpise, a gift") because the audience can't be trusted to get it.

    Aunt Renee - because everybody knows everybody in new trek.

  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ eadrom

    Which "timeline" did they go back to? Does anyone (on the Picard writers team) even care? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills just thinking about it.

    I know timey-wimey stuff can be messy at the best of times. But..

    1. Series started in the "timeline" we all know and love (timeline A)
    2. NuBorg came in from a another dimension/timeline (timeline B)
    3. Q sent Picard and friends to timeline B, same year as before
    4. Picard and crew went back to 2024 in timeline B. This is why (supposedly) Guinan has no knowledge of Time's Arrow, because it never happens in Timeline B
    5. Blah blah blah and everything is resolved
    6. Q sends them back to where they started. So, timeline A?
    7. At the end of the episode, Guinan clearly remembers the events from 2024 in timeline B and has a photo and stories to tell about Rios and family. Who apparently were instrumental in saving the planet (of course they were). Still no mention of Time's Arrow.

    So, where the feck are they now? Has timeline B just become the main timeline? Did they merge or something? If timeline B doesn't exist, or at least not the way it did, or if it actually now the "main" timeline, then where did NuBorg Queen come from?

    It's crazy. It's lazy. It's piss poor tbh.

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

    Yes I hated the Project Khan folder on Doctor soongs computer. First of all they are 3 decades too late. That happens or is supposed to have happened in the 90s.

    So that was a downer but yes seeing Wesley in it was good and he should have been in it sooner.

    I do agree the all of a sudden big Galaxy threat bit was a bit rushed and as another poster above said this episode could have been better if it was as two parts not so rushed.

    The Q and Picard scenes were good.

    I will watch season 3 of it hoping that Pucard gets a good send off and the rest of the crew too.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,238 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    Going by what they said, what happened is what already happened. Like a predestination paradox. So they're in the same timeline they were in at the beginning, minus Rios. And think this Borg is from this timeline.

    Picard said the bullet holes were there when he was a child and he wondered where they had come from and then Guinan said the photo of Rios and family had always been in her place and Picard had just never noticed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ eadrom

    I think that nearly works except for the Time's Arrow problem. That's just too big an event, and an episode (2 episodes!), to leave out by accident so it must be an indicator that the 2024 they went back to wasn't the 2024 from their own past.

    But the 2400 they return to at the end of the season is shown (by the photo and Guinan's own recollections) to be the continuation of the 2024 we saw throughout the season.

    I dunno. Clearly they decided to leave Time's Arrow behind and thought they could wave it away with "ohhh, time travel's weird". I don't think it worked.

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

    Better than the Season 1 ending, but only marginally.

    What an awful waste of an opportunity. Not terrible, not unwatchable, but a senseless waste of a chance to tell a good story. They could have trimmed away the Renee Picard stuff and made the future based around Soogn f***ing things up and maybe just maybe they could have filled a 10 episode season with a coherent plot instead of phoning in like they did with 5 episodes of ideas spread very thinly over double that amount.

    Also; Congrau-f***ing-lations Will Wheaton. All your years of shilling for Kurtzman has bought you a 3 minute cameo that didn’t need to be there, and will likely ensure that you can’t appear again. Hope you enjoyed it.

    Finally, why do the Borg Collective need help from Starfleet to make a shield with 20+ ships when they have 1000s of Cubes a transwarp trip away and assimilated that shield tech years ago?! Bloody hell that was badly thought through.

    On a plus side…the Q stuff was nicely done in the end. They didn’t use him enough, but at least they didn’t ruin him.

    I probably still will watch Season 3, but alas like all of Discovery and Season 1, I really doubt I’ll rewatch this…

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

    Paraphrasing - Q: "Why does it always have to be galaxy ending stakes?"

    Not 5 minutes later, a galactic anus opens up and is threatening the entire galaxy

    Why did any of us watch this ****?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,417 ✭✭✭ JayRoc

    The Picard/Q scene was good, to be fair, due entirely to the chemistry the pair have and the actors involved.

    But c'mon...Q had about 5 mins screen time in the whole season after most of the publicity stuff put John De Lancie and Pee Stew on every ad together.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,238 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    I suppose I should watch Time's Arrow to see what the fuss is about. 😀 Then I can join in with the complaining.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,537 ✭✭✭ corkie

    For anyone that doesn't have easy access to watching it?

    "He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition's flames before I give him up!" - Khan quoting Moby Dick (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

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

    Oh yeahhhh! That was the good stuff!

    Really enjoyed that.

    Everything was just so well thought out and done and the nostalgia and the feels an the defusing of tension!

    and plenty left on the table for a possible season three

    A transwarp corridor eh! Let's be having some of that!

  • Registered Users Posts: 506 ✭✭✭ Greyjoy

    A decent enough finale but every part of it felt rushed as the writers scrambled to tie up all the myriad plot threads they kept introducing throughout this season. If I had to sum up this season of Picard the word that comes to mind first is 'redundant'. So many different storylines, characters and even whole episodes could have been excised from the season without impacting the overall story in any significant way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,618 ✭✭✭ nothing

    I mostly enjoyed the whole season though it was a little slow for my liking.

    Is there a Travellers spin off being set up?

    My head canon is that the big explody thing at the end was Q dying, but that's probably nonsense.

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 34,672 Mod ✭✭✭✭ AlmightyCushion

    I think it is safe to say that the timeline they returned to was the one they left. Well, at least that is what the writer's were going for. It doesn't make any sense though. The Borg queen is a completely different person for a start. Was the original Borg queen there for the same reason and to do the same thing as Jurati? Plus, Jurati completely changed what the Borg would are and would become. How the hell does something like that not massively change the timeline? All the run ins Enterprise and Voyager had with the Borg would be completely different.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,864 ✭✭✭ AllForIt

    I thought Picard was going to snog Q there for a second before he departed.

    I'm very impressed with how advanced shield technology has become because in my day you'd need a few thousand ship shields to fend off an exploding 'galactic event' or whatever it was Rafi called it that would have otherwise destroyed half the galaxy.

    When Queen Durati revealed her face I though I saw a painted on cat face just minus the whiskers, but then again i was watching a low resolution version for some reason so that's prolly why.

    I would have preferred that Rafi died, Elnor stayed dead, and Rios lived, but then I never get what i want do I.

    Incidentally did anyone else notice how sh*t Spiner's acting was or is it just me?

    If I was asked if I could think of even only 1 thing I liked about the show I would say it was our very own Irish Romulan. That or the fact I've aged far better than Wesley. Reckon he's been on the meth.

    Can't wait for season 3 already.