Star Trek: Picard (2020– )
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On the way to Freecloud, Picard requests a stop at a Romulan refugee planet where he reunites with Elnor, the young Romulan he befriended fourteen years ago; Narek continues to learn more about Soji.


Jonathan Frakes


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Jean-Luc Picard
Alison Pill ... Dr. Agnes Jurati
Isa Briones ... Soji
Evan Evagora ... Elnor
Michelle Hurd ... Raffi Musiker
Santiago Cabrera ... Cristóbal Rios
Harry Treadaway ... Narek
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Peyton List ... Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo
Amirah Vann ... Zani
Rebecca Wisocky ... Ramdha
Ian Nunney ... Young Elnor
Evan Parke ... Tenqem Adrev
Erik Armando Alvarez ... Bidran (as Erik Alvarez)
Jaime Barcelon ... Waiter (as Jamie Barcelon)


The crew's journey to Freecloud takes a detour when Picard orders a stop at the planet Vashti, where Picard and Raffi relocated Romulan refugees 14 years earlier. Upon arrival, Picard reunites with Elnor (Evan Evagora), a young Romulan he befriended during the relocation. Meanwhile, Narek continues his attempts to learn more about Soji while Narissa's impatience with his lack of progress grows.

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Zani: You're not too late to rescue Elnor. He does not belong here. Once the evacuation ended, we simply never found a better home for him.
Jean-Luc Picard: He completed his training?
Zani: Last spring.
Jean-Luc Picard: So he really is a Qowat Milat?
Zani: No, and as a man, he never can be. But he is open-hearted, and apart from this display of the reticence you always seemed to inspire in him, forthright. And his fighting skills are truly formidable.
Jean-Luc Picard: And you would send him away? He might find himself in serious danger. He might die.
Zani: He will. Before ...
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Absolute Candor
14 February 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

With Jonathan Frakes in the director's chair. The opening flashback scenes certainly had a feel of The Next Generation television series.

Before the events in Mars. Picard had saved some Romulans and took them to the planet Vashti. He was feted as a hero and he even acted as a father figure to a small Romulan boy called Elnor.

Now he returns to the planet 14 years later with failure in his eyes. Picard needs the help of the order of nuns who are feted as fighters. They give him the adult Elnor but they all look on him as a man with empty promises who lets them all down.

Patrick Stewart had no desire to reprise Picard for more The Next Generation adventures. The slow burn storytelling is plain to see here. However it is to the detriment in pace. So many times it feels stilted.

The Borg scenes is evident of this. It just repeats events from previous episodes. Narek has a weird relationship with his sister. He is working on Soji to trust him despite his sister telling him to hurry up.

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13 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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