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'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 Episode 1 Recap: Stargazer destroyed as Picard meets familiar face

The premiere of Season 2 took us through some of the most fascinating storylines of the 'Star Treak' universe and ended with a bang
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 (Paramount+)
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 (Paramount+)

Season 1 of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ was undoubtedly one of the best sci-fi shows in recent years and gave viewers a lot of extraordinary moments. The first edition ended with a bang and saw everyone, including Picard (Patrick Stewart) getting away from the danger. So, there was a lot of excitement in the minds of fans as to what is next for the crew.

The premiere of Season 2 certainly answers what’s next for the crew as it opens with an amazing action sequence. The group of Starfleet get into a firefight on the bridge of the new and improved USS Stargazer. When you thought that the scene will be getting more brutal, Picard activates the auto-destruct, and the ship vanishes. A few moments later, we see Picard and Laris enjoying the day with the bottle of wine and celebrating the day’s harvest. However, things turn awkward when they get really close to each other and Picard is not ready to take their relationship further. Laris says that she understands the situation and doesn’t want it to get too awkward.


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But the show’s finest moment comes when a flashback sequence reveals why Picard was so interested in stars. Picard’s parents’ marriage was not good and it seemed that she was being physically abused as well. His mother made sure that Picard didn’t get distracted from these instances and told him to look toward the stars as an escape from the pain.

Picard meets Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) and he is there for taking some advice. Guinan understands that he is not here to talk about the old days because the new ones are really troubling him. By looking at his face, she understands how serious he is and they drink hooch together. He discusses his love life with her and tells her that he has loved someone before and sometimes it has been quite deeply. Guinan listens to him and says that time has never been the problem, it’s him. Guinan tells him that the only place he has never explored is his heart and believes that his answers are not in the star and never have been.

Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) and Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) in 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 (Paramount+)

But the Borg is calling out for Picard and that manages to reunite the Picard Squad from the last season. They are on-board the stargazer when they receive an incoming transport signal. Rios decides to not fire as he believes it won’t be able to go through their shields. Meanwhile, others believe that he should attack because the queen is present and shouldn’t wait for things to get worse. Rios communicates with the Borg ship, but they answer back by attacking their shields.

The Borg queen manages to teleport herself to the ship and meets the crew. She said that she needs peace, but requires power and starts damaging the machines on the ship. The crew attacks the queen, but nothing happens to her. The Queen attacks the crew, who is firing at her, but she is stunning them and not killing them. Rios keeps on screaming “stop firing” to its crew, but no one is listening. Her real intentions are to gain control of the entire ship, including the weapons department and she is also getting the codes to control the entire fleet.

A still from 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 (Paramount+)

Seven of Nine tells Picard that they can’t give her an armada. After being silent for the entire situation, Picard activates the “auto-destruct”. The Borg Queen reaches closer to Picard and says “lookup”. She says it the same way that his mother used to say those words.

The episode ends with Picard opening his eyes in what looks like an abandoned house. He also sees a painting of himself, which was made when he was really young. A few moments later, he encounters a man named Harvey who asks him if he needs some help. Picard asks him about Laris and doesn’t understand what’s happening. He suddenly hears a familiar voice and as he turns, he sees Q standing there. Q opens up about the final words he said when they separated and they were “the trial never ends”.

John de Lancie as Q in 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 (Paramount+)

Where is Picard? And why has Q come back? The answers to these questions will be given as the season progresses.

'Star Trek: Picard' Season 2 returns to Paramount+ with a new episode every Thursday.