Man, it was very intriguing that they started with an ufo experience, with a kid fleeing in the forest, obviously scared for his life. He trips, drops his flash light, and when he reaches it, the aliens appears. In the Star Trek the First Contact rules has been written deep into the lore, but when you think about it, they always go around them, but in this time, they showed it from an innocent boys perspective. Of how scary it can be to meet strange and intriguing lifeforms.
Enough of that or otherwise we'll have to start wrapping some foil.
This thing. I cannot believe how dark they are showing 2024 US of A being. Then again I couldn't believe that the interrogation room was in the bloody basement, next to the evidence boxes. As if the Feds had ran out of money and had to do with the emergency measures. But the way he started the interview was straight out from the First Interview.
"Don't worry. It's just an interview. I don't like the word 'interrogation,'" Wells said.
It is to break the ice, even though the whole process is an interrogation. When both are in the same head space, it's easier to ask though questions, like Well did, by asking, "Are you extra-terrestrial life-form?"
Again it reminded me about UFO/UAP topic and all of the government secrecy and it kind of put the admiral on backfoot, as he stated, "I can truly say... I am not."
I loved that Picard went to demand their release, as supposedly aliens would do. So Wells had to take out the big items as he stated, "You can leave as soon as you tell us how you are planning to sabotage the Europa mission."
Guinan couldn't hold it in and so Wells had to again use the stick as he stated, "You are right. This is super 'off the books.' In fact, no ones knows you're here. In this FBI field office basement. And things do tend to disappear down here. Hopes, dreams. As of today, aliens."
Man I loved it. And it is super short scene that encapsulate a lot of stuff from the First Interview. Thank you Paramount+ and Amazon Prime. I never thought I'd see a version of it in any screen.
But the thing is, they continued in a similar fashion as Wells pushed with the evidence on their appearances in the Europa gala. I loved that Guinan pushed back like Lady Jane McGriffin but Wells didn't take not sh*t. Top man and he continued pushing the evidence on their faces.
If only they would have opened their mouths and gone against the Prime Directives, Picard wouldn't had to deducted that the Authorities were going to cancel the mission, because of their silence by abiding to the rules.
A though situation. Do one thing and lose another. Carrot and stick, Admiral Picard.
He solved the problem so elegantly. So brilliantly. And I loved Well coming out with the haunted man explanation, by telling Picard his encounter with the Vulcan's in the forest. And Picard telling him the truth about being a Traveller.
The big twist in the prison drama was Q arrival to Quinan's call and the fact he admit of becoming a dying mortal. Not a god. Q hissed, "Another thing that I loath about your species. Empathy."
Quinan defend herself. "I knew you could kill each other, but otherwise, aren't you--"
"Immortal?" Q suggested. "So I believed. But now, first time I'm looking across temporal horizons, it darkens. You think I'm dying. I prefer to believe that I am on the threshold of the unknowable. When I first felt it, I thought: 'This is good. This is new. Infinite life, after all, has its drawbacks. And so I prepared myself to be enveloped in the warm glow of meaning. Well, that moment has yet to come. Not even a glimmer. Dying stars burn brighter as they spin towards extinction. I, on the other hand seem to be simply disappearing... into nothing. Why do you think it took me so long to get here?"
He is truly without his magic, but he still retains all the knowledge. And yet, he seems so mortal, with being unable to solve his own problems, that he has caused, because he doesn't know anything better.
Oh man, Raffi, that is a very big ask. And it's definitely not a favour. I always thought Seven as a perfect Queen material. But she never wanted it. Instead, she has been for a long time very upset on her Borg side, and now that she's out of implants, and most probably the nanites, it is a huge demand. In Seven shoes, I'd told Raffi to piss off.
But Raffi wasn't asking that. She wanted her to think like a Queen.
"I am not a Borg," Seven snapped. "No cranial implants means no Borg proximity transceiver. I can't track her."
"I meant analog... you are her. Loose with legs. What do you do?"
Seven squinted her eyes and leaned closer, "I don't know Raffi. I'm not her."
Raffi grinned. "But you are Seven, right?"
Seven crossed her arms. "And who is that exactly to you?"
I liked that Seven went back to the darkness, because they had no choice. And I felt for her, when she went through the memories from the assimilation. Wounds that never fully heal. And because of it they were able to find Queen Agnes chomping on the car bits.
In the same return, we got more evidence that the Queen is changing her more as she has gained super human strength from nibbling batteries and other alloys. Which makes me wonder what she would be eating if Borg Agnes would be pregnant? Pickled circuit boards and strawberry jammed chips?
Can you imagine what would happen, if she would be able to push out living biomechanoids? They would never need to go through the implantation process.
Thing is, by all counts, Raffi should've died in the confrontation. So because of the mercy of the Queen Agnes, they could figure out that Agnes human side was still trapped at the inside. A-ghost-in-the-shell in the flesh-and-blood variety.
Q, the programmer. Man, he truly is an omnipotent being. He called his program as a living code, going far beyond what an Ai could do. Even in the 24/25th century. More intriguing thing is that he sent also sent another gene fix therapy capsule for Soong's daughter to go out.
She didn't take it. Instead Kore waited for Dr Soong to wake up, before she confronted him about the lies of her past. Well done girl. His reason, "Everyone can procreate. I willed you into the Existence."
Oh man, the God complex. That is a serious mental illness.
It didn't stop Agnes from exploiting the monster.
In my book this episode is 9/10. In the next episode we'll have a big fight.