Season 2 Episode 9: ‘Hide and Seek’
The most interesting revelation in this week’s “Picard” comes in a line from Seven telling Raffi that he tried to join Starfleet after Voyager returned from the Delta Quadrant. Captain Janeway – or possibly the Admiral, depending on the timing of his promotion we saw in “Star Trek: Nemesis” – went to fight for him. Starfleet said no because of her Borg background.
This is the first tangible clue to Seven’s post-Voyager ambitions. It was a remarkable decision by Starfleet, considering that Seven had accomplished more on Voyager than many Starfleet officers had ever accomplished. Saved life – starfleet alive, but not good enough to be seen as nothing more than an old Borg plane. It shows that bigotry is still alive and well within the Federation. He also determined why Seven became the Fenris Ranger. (This is what Picard and crew Hugh’s use of ex-Borg droneThe person we met again in the last season of “Picard”.)
It was also against previous Starfleet policy: Picard’s he was once a Borg plane. The Enterprise crew rescued him, and Picard regained command the next day. (And why was there Icheb, who was also part of the Voyager crew? then allowed to join Starfleet?)
Other than that, this episode was – charitably put – disconnected.
If there’s a consistent trend in how the “Trek” universe treats the Borg, it’s that their pursuit of excellence is constantly undermined by rank inadequacies – something Jurati reveals at the episode’s awkward climax. The Episode begins with an army of Borg planes led by the Borg Queen trying to take over La Sirena. It should be easy: After all, the Borg Queen can single-handedly take over the entire computer system.
But that’s not easy, because apparently the Queen assimilated stormtroopers who couldn’t shoot properly, instead of professional mercenaries. And the Scout supplies very futuristic weapons to aid the crew in their battle.
With each deus ex machina, an angel grows its wings, and there are many wings emerging from “Picard”. How did The Watcher get these weapons? From where? Why did they never come before? Also, his everything wasn’t to stay out events? Suddenly, the Sentinel can teleport Rios after being hit? And then, can Rios teleport back because he has a screwdriver? And then when Soong tries to use Rios’ weapon, it has a DNA lock on it? And does it explode if held for too long?
Probably best not to think too much about any of the above and just keep moving.
When the Borg Queen finally gets close to taking over the ship’s computer – which shouldn’t be too hard for her to do – Jurati tries to cheer her up.
“Why didn’t you kill me?” Jurati asks the Queen a question that every audience member has ever asked. Meanwhile, Jurati puts something called a “fractal lock” on the computer. How? When? Without the Queen noticing? Oh never mind. And wait, didn’t Jurati remember the key? And left him with a holographic Elnor?
Like the Queen, we’re all confused about what’s going on. (I enjoyed the Queen having several drones try to shoot a hologram, because THAT’S A HOLOGRAM.) Later, when Raffi reunites with Hologram Elnor, she says she shares the Real Elnor’s final thoughts.
“I share the memory of Elnor’s last breath – enough to know that his last thoughts about you were love, not blame,” the hologram says. Why would hologram Elnor know that? It was probably created before the True Elnor died.
Seven’s comes up with a brilliant plan to beam their drone onto a wall at Chateau Picard. Given the Watcher’s teleporting ability, how could this not be the first thing they thought of? I feel like I’m asking too many questions.
The climax of the episode comes when the Queen stabs the Seven, and then her life is saved because Jurati flirts with the Queen, saying that the Borg are constantly stinking to achieve their goals across several timelines. Good point. In one of the most puzzling plots in “Trek” history – and I’m pretty sure I wrote this about previous “Picard” plots – Jurati says the best way to do things is to ask for permissions of the species. to be assimilated.
“What if we take this ship and make a better Borg? A true collective based on salvation, not assimilation?” Jurati says to the Queen.
Is liberation different from assimilation? and there no The reason why the Queen accepted this offer. It has all the power! Borg’s brand is that resistance is futile. and they cannot be negotiated. Are they changing everything now because of a conversation they had with Jurati?
Rios decides to give Teresa and Ricardo a glimpse into the future – when there’s no need – and then leaves them behind in the 21st century. Of course, having the two of them know so much about futuristic technology will have some impact on the timeline in the future.
The action scenes in this episode were very entertaining. They were made less effective by the distracting plot.
The revelation about Picard’s mother was notable, but cheapened as it was mostly used as a tool to help Picard and The Watcher escape a homicidal Soong.