Previously on Star Trek: Picard, the timeline has been broken. The crew travels back in time with the Borg Queen’s (BQ) help and crash in 2024 near Picard’s vineyard. Jurati connects to BQ’s brain to get information on the Watcher and now BQ is beyond fascinated with her. Raffi’s grief is deep over the loss of Elnor, ICE detains Rios in Los Angeles and Picard finds a disillusioned Guinan. Picard meets the Watcher who looks like Laris. Finally, Q finds out his snap isn’t working anymore. 

In this week’s episode, “Fly Me to the Moon,” Seven and Raffi try to rescue Rios, Picard works with the Watcher, Q continues to cause mayhem, and BQ and Jurati’s dangerous dance comes to a head. Ready to travel the road not taken? Let’s engage. 

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A Single String

An astronaut (Penelope Mitchell) is in trouble. It’s the woman that Q tried to mess with at the cafe. She has a French flag badge on the sleeve of her suit. Her ship is destroyed. It was a training simulation for the Europa Mission.

Renee Picard sits in a flight simulator for the Europa Mission

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Laris (Orla Brady) and Picard (Patrick Stewart) transport to her apartment. She isn’t Laris, her name is Tallinn. Picard explains he’s from the future and his name is Jean-Luc Picard. That gives her pause. 

Tallinn explains her job. She’s devoted her “entire being to protecting one individual. A single string in a grand tapestry,” to which she’s not privy. He tells her about the upcoming divergence which will change the future and that it probably has something to do with the person she’s protecting. She finds that interesting because that person is Renee Picard, his ancestor. The astronaut in the simulator. 

Back on the crashed La Sirena, BQ (Annie Wersching) says to no one, “Alone but not lonely. Silence so loud. Voices carried everywhere on invisible strings.” Green creeps through the computers. She says, in possibly Seven’s voice, “Computer, intercept local cellular tower frequencies.” The computer replies, “Voice pattern not authorized.” She tries in Jurati’s voice. No luck. Then Picard’s voice. Nope. Then Rios’ voice. Bingo.  BQ calls the local police and reports a woman in distress at the Picard vineyard.

In Los Angeles, Seven (Jeri Ryan) and Raffi (Michelle Hurd) track the bus transporting Rios (Santiago Cabrera). Their bickering continues. Raffi wants to beam him out, exposing their tech while Seven wants to be more careful. Seven’s approach wins. She sends an EMP pulse which stops the bus.

Rios takes one guard down as Seven and Raffi get the others. They release the prisoners. Raffi thinks she sees Elnor (Evan Evagora) and grabs a young man, it’s not him. She’s shook. Seven tells a tearful Raffi that they have each other’s backs. 

Fear

Tallinn says she was chosen to be a supervisor. Picard mentions that Kirk’s Enterprise crossed paths with a human called Gary Seven who was recruited by superior beings to protect the “tapestry of history.” She says sometimes that means a single thread. He wants to know about Renee.

Tallinn says she has one rule – watch but never be seen so she’s never met Renee. She says Renee was a prodigy but struggles with anxiety and depression. She shows Picard Renee’s mandatory Europa Mission psych evaluation videos which show Renee saying she feels like nothing matters and that she goes numb and doesn’t know if it’s her gut or fear. The doctor replies “Fear does not have to be your enemy, Renee. Fear can be your friend. I’m telling you perhaps you are not ready.” Picard wants to see the doctor’s face who’s trying to talk Renee out of the mission. It’s Q. 

Dr. Adam Soong (Brent Spiner) gives a presentation on the human genome to a council on Star Trek: Picard's Fly Me to the Moon

Pictured: Brent Spiner as Soong of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Nicole Wilder/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Elsewhere in LA, Dr. Adam Soong (Brent Spiner) – yes from that line of Soongs, gives a presentation. He says, “To understand the human potential for the human genome is to envision a future free from disease. Imagine, if you will,  I am a God. And as I look down at humanity, I see them at a crossroads. Will they evolve towards enlightenment?” Yuck. These are some serious eugenics supporting words. This is a good time to point out that we saw a giant statue of Soong in the altered timeline broadcasting, “A safe galaxy is a human galaxy.”

A giant statue of Dr Adam Soong in the san francisco bay in the altered timeline of Star Trek Picard's second season

This scene cuts back and forth with one of Soong arriving at his LA mansion. He decontaminates before entering his germ-free house. His daughter Kore (Isa Briones), is there. She looks exactly like Soji. She asks about his presentation. He replies people are idiots and promises that someday soon she’ll be able to step outside. We see him run experiments on her blood but they fail. 

Kore (isa briones) gets her blood taken by her father, Dr. Adam Soong

Pictured: Isa Briones as Soji of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Back to the presentation, it isn’t going well. The council has found out he is running illegal genetic experiments on ex-soldiers with Spearhead Operations, a private military organization. He argues it’s for the greater good and brings up his daughter. He says the smallest speck of dust will kill her. UV light turns her blood to poison. The council doesn’t budge and takes away his license, funding and prohibits him from research.

Soong stands helpless in front of his computer at home. A message pops up, “I can help.” His 3D printer prints a business card. It says Q and has a phone number. (It’s 323.634.5667. Call it, it’s fun). 

In France, a police officer searches the chateau. He doesn’t see a sleeping Jurati. He sees shimmering outside. It’s the ship’s cloaking system on the fritz. He goes to the ship and can’t believe his eyes. He hears a woman in distress and takes BQ’s bait. She grabs him with one of her tentacle cables. 

Crackpots

Soong meets Q (John de Lancie) and says he deals with all kinds of crackpots and not to waste his time. Q replies,  “I wouldn’t think of it. Seems that I have taken time for granted of late and now she’s threatening to abandon me,” referring to the loss of his snap abilities. 

Soong says he will kill Q if he’s a threat. Q eerily says,  “I am the evolution of stardust. I’m the gentle flutter of a butterfly. I am death. Destroyer of worlds.” Then cheerily, “And I’m also a big fan of your work” and that it’s important to the future. He gives Soong a vial with blue liquid and tells him to analyze it and call him. 

Q holds a vial of blue liquid in a diner on Star Trek Picard's Fly me to the moon

Pictured: John de Lancie as Q of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Nicole Wilder/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Tallinn asks Picard why Q doesn’t just snap and make the Europa Mission disappear. Picard doesn’t know but Q is robbing Renee of the destiny she was sworn to protect. Tallinn says that prelaunch quarantine starts tomorrow and once Renee’s there, it will be hard for her to leave. There is a gala tonight and all astronauts must attend. Picard wants to keep her from quitting before she goes into quarantine so they should attend but need to go to his ship first. Tallinn lets him know that she doesn’t take orders from him to which Picard replies they’re stronger together. 

Jurati wakes to BQ’s voice saying she has a surprise for her so she grabs a rifle and heads to the ship. BQ has the officer hostage. She says she can take his body but it’s Jurati she wants. She taunts Jurati saying that Agnes is alone in every timeline. “That is your fate. Forever invisible… Imagine being loved completely… with our minds joined as one, we could be more.“ Then she goes full abuser and says that she’s the only one in the universe that’s ever truly seen her. Jurati fires the rifle. 

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Patience Implies Time

Soong runs a successful experiment using the Q’s vial. He takes Kore outside and uses drones to make a protective field – it eerily resembles the pollution shields we saw in the other timeline. Kore injects herself with the serum. Soong drops the protective drone field. She’s fine. She gets in the pool and wants to swim better. Her father tells her to be patient, she replies, “Patience implies time.” She gets out and her veins begin to bulge and turn black. She falls to the ground writhing in pain. He puts the protective field back up. 

On the ship, Jurati is covered in blood as she transports Raffi, Seven and Rios back. She says, “I think I just killed our way home.” She shot BQ.

They look at the officer who’s on a medical bed. Jurati says she’s “repaired” most of his internal organs. She says she shot the organic tissue at the base of BQ’s cerebellum and that the BQ was just as vulnerable as they are. Seven replies there are “a few billion souls who may disagree.” Jurati gave the officer something to erase his memory and now they need to return him.

Hostages

Kore sleeps. Q is there. Soong asks if he has the full cure and if he does, Soong will be a hostage to Q. Q replies, “We’re all hostages to what we love,” and the only way to truly be free is to love nothing. And then adds a very un-Q like, “How meaningless will that be?” What is up with him? 

Soong asks what Q wants in return. Q replies he recently discovered he has limitations and needs to remove an obstacle. “Does the name Picard mean anything to you?”

Raffi notices how much Tallinn looks like Laris. Tallinn shows the group the therapy session with Q and Renee. Picard explains that Renee backing out of the mission could be the change in the timeline. Rios, as usual, puts it best, “You’re saying this great aunt of yours is single-handedly responsible from preventing our future from becoming a xenophobic tyranny? How?”

The history from this time period is wildly incomplete and chaotic. All Picard knows is that Renee discovered a microorganism on Io that she believed was sentient and brought it back to Earth. They need to make sure Renee gets on that ship. Picard wants to monitor her at the gala. Tallinn says but with an “invisible hand.” We know how well that’s worked out so far with this group. 

Seven, Jurati, Rios and Raffi gather in Picard's chateau in 2024 and listen to Tallinn and Picard.

Pictured: Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Santiago Cabrera as Rios, Alison Pill as Jurati and Michelle Hurd as Raffi of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Clever Little Plan

The gala will have maximum security including radiofrequency invitations and facial recognition technology. Tallinn can only get one person through temporarily. The security is also isolated. Jurati says she can hack the database. Picard wants Jurati to go in and inject their IDs into the system. Rios, once again the voice of reason in this adventure, notes that they are sending the roboticist in and not the ex-spy or ranger. 

At the gala, a band plays Fly Me to the Moon, as Jurati makes it in. She downs champagne and says through a communicator that she sees Renee and is trying to jam the signal. Security spots her drinking and talking to herself. She’s apprehended. 

Jurati sits cuffed. She quietly tells the others that the plan worked and she’s in the surveillance room. But then, Jurati hears BQ’s voice, “Once I’m gone, you’re alone.” Then we see what really happened after she shot BQ.

Jurati immediately felt pain after shooting BQ. BQ says that together they could be so much more. Jurati balks but BQ notes she needs her to get home. She touches Jurati’s face and wires come out of her fingers and piece Jurati’s skin. She’s being assimilated. 

Back in the surveillance room, BQ sits next to Jurati, a new not-so-imaginary friend. She says, “Captured on purpose. Clever little plan.” Picard is calling for Jurati over the comms but she doesn’t answer. 

Earth is in so much trouble. 

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Audrey Kearns