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Each breaking in and killing the villains there And then so. She joins card and the crew to free cloud. Where they're looking for Bruce. Maddox of course Bruce. Maddox was the one who created the ANDROID TWINS. Marge Dodge Dodge and so Z. And a encounter a essentially a mob boss woman. Yes so the story that they found that Bruce. Maddox captured by this. This mob boss. Woman Jay Z. And they were gonNA trade him tell she are but they want to intercept that trade by offering seven of nine and then so they have a standoff and they are able to through force of manipulation and deceit. They're able to over overwhelm. The mob there on Free Cloud and get Bruce. Maddox back on the ship. And then Bruce Maddox is killed by the Doctor. Who Giradi. Yes who was revealed. I do have a relationship. He was in a relationship Williams. Maddox also revealed that seven of nine wants to kill the mob boss. Because she's the one that was leading the harvesting of drone parts that led to each and she does kill her at the end. Dole facial lesser. Goulding phasers Akimbo. But we may not be the last we see of her and then picard moves on. There's also a really horrible subplot involving roffe and her son being strange that strain and reconnect on cloud and her son being on free cloud trying to have a baby via space. That's right off on on on on a pleasure planet presumably on Gambling Planet. A FREE CLOUD. Okay General on the episode all right so four fan surveys fans service the episode. I did not feel service enough I've really glad you're Ryan very looking forward to Gerry Ryan's appearance on the show. Not just because it's a familiar character but because of the possible connections and I don't feel like we had that really explored we've heard through interviews that while seven of nine and for card no of each other. They didn't actually know each other. So the first time they met in person they had reputations. I wish is an interesting way to go about it. And so I was excited to see a relationship between them develop because they are both famously X. Org one child one simulated as an adult and we did get the most the smallest bit of that and probably the best moment of the show when she departs the ship and they have this moment where about where she asked him when he came back from the cutest did he ever games Mandy and he says No. But it's something they're working on and isn't that wonderful wonderful moment. You had this. The score actually play the voyager theme. That was moment basil show and there wasn't enough of that nor did it really feel that moment was even earned because her purpose on the show is really still a mystery like she was really just. It could have been any character. Any any guests Roy. It almost felt like stunt casting to bring her in to be the antagonist for this mob. Boss Lady who I will say as an aside looks just like Marina Certes circuit twenty years ago to a point. That confused me. Is this a clone? What what did they do the aging the bourgeoisie on this character? So I'm not saying that's bad casting but it definitely was a little bit confusing and I did appreciate for the Fan Service Parts. The opening with each APP I did miss edited in that. They ruined that as the as the connection which took away emotional. Payoff you had this whole monologue. Seven talks about each being the closest she had to family basically her adopted son and if it was revealed later on the episode that it was each dies. I landed better. They should've layered that. That story throughout open that as the opening thing they could have shown someone having their eye plucked out. I think that they they they. They need to really reveal that it was each have or the mercy killing in the opening scene. Although there was a nice flashback or a callback to an episode of voyager because when each of is being dissected essentially because the doctors goes. Where's your cortisol node? And and then they try to drill in his head and watched star Trek. Voyager knows each eb does not have a critical note because he donated his two seven nine as hers failed. And it's not a part that you can replicate and boarded need that to maintain the functions of work parts so this set up especially from the trailer as a classic Star Trek Away. Mission episode of Donncha costumes down to the characters and I thought they would have more fun with it. Yeah I didn't feel that they they. They started hitting the beats where they're like assembling everyone. Everyone has a role there. Some like concern about certain people having being able to do stuff like that doctor had to essentially stop calling a doctor like the scientists had to be in charge of transporting them off and she's like. I've never done that before. Like all that kind of typical beads and then it just all starts to crumble apart. It was close worthy there is. There's two competing stories. So first of all there's an open question we're five episodes. Did we still don't understand why everyone is trying to harvest Borg Technology. Just explain it because I don't think it central to the story. I am service. They need a throwaway line about artifacts and inland. Romulus need like a source of materials to rebuild their short whatever again throwaway line would one hundred percents. That just like do that too is. Is this whole idea of there being people with very differing sets of motivations embedded in the crew. That's fine that's also classic Star Trek that we have people different motivations and usually one turn they now change that dynamic by having everyone have separate motivations and it makes it really hard to stick with the story so this was the story of seven of nine having different motivation setting in up in an interesting storytelling way. And that was it and the anchor was that moment picard. In her had together that would have been a good episode but by confusing it by having the scientists and Bruce Matic's Yup layered on top of it. It just made this muddled and I didn't understand what was going on. And we had basically built a season so far to get to Bruce Matic's and then they kill them on and they kill him kill him off the and also episode where they didn't bring back either the original actress for each or Bruce Medics and that threw me off a little bit those looking for Jeb. No it wasn't I mean we only saw him in these kind of always shots and then it was going back to how they feel men Lori and it felt like an episode. That really could've taken advantage of some stagecraft work because the bar there in on Free Kyle just look through the empty sound stage with rafters in like generic lights that it was such an empty set of space. You had this opportunity for card to lean into one of the attributes. We Love His love of role playing when he went underway missions. The whole Dixon Hill stuff. None of that you had the flair but none of the cleverness of it. You Know Him like he looked bewildered. And you had no commanding presence. We had whatsoever one moment. So he's in this ridiculous French accent and it's over the top and it's mine and he has this moment when seven reveals like her motivation and he goes. He said something to the effect where all finally revealing ourselves to each other. It seems something like that right there. That's your moment like keep going keep going there. That's like an interesting place got muddled. He was just a bystander. Being money at the it didn't feel like huge. I hate the fact that he was just a bystander up. So I mean this is weird to say but my big problem is that his whole crew or a bunch of. It's like that. Have all these other motivations. There's only one person that has appeared pure quote unquote so far and that's Rios so the real thing also interesting because there are a lot of fan theories about who really is and one of the kids. What no no. No the the over the prevailing theories that he's a he's a Hologram as well he's a command hologram which is is the other holograms on. The ship aren't versions of our. He is just another one of them. And that's why you have him reading essential books about death and there are things about him like sing lines like I blocked that for my memory or something like legitimate. I love that because you have the idea of synthetics and that life in that being big theme of the show and then you also have the opportunity to bring back the information. Maybe if if seventy-nine air you know her the person she spent the most time with the character she spent the most time with in Voyager. Was the doctor at Hologram. Also trying to find its own purpose individuality and so she would be the one. What a great way or an opportunity for her to be the one to Ha- realized or recognized that immediately. This is just another like the doctor but keep that a secret way tied into themes of of Voyager and her character arc. Instead you have this whole kind of nothing about her. Felt like seven of nine right at that. We saw. It could have been a token guest guest role until the moment they talked about again. Both being export. That's part disappointed. Me a lot of opened up the script control f. Roffe delete delete Rafi characters such such derivative story of like the estranged mother who was on drugs and and deepening no earn back story for that kind of conversation. No Orrin backstory for her and be card no relationship like he shows so much trust and deference to her not earned not explained lake she is the jail business. Yeah I'm Outta jail. So all of these things like her entire character is unearned. Yeah and so she feels like a drag to every scene. She's in and it's not about the acting. It's just about the narrative around her rios fields earned like he's he's show about him. Yeah totally earn. Scientists like find a different motivation. Seven of nine totally earned the way it was set up hopeless. I think the ideas that she'll be in more episodes. That's the hope thirty. She gave Picard a calling card business card. The way back without coming back later on and I think she's supposed to have seen a huge on the show so everyone is mad at Picard am betraying him. And that's the thing that makes the show really hard. I'm fine with disillusion picard. I'm fine with a world. That's different than what it was before. I expect those things but I can't stomach that. He has changed so dramatically that people have lost faith in him. That's why I like those Romulo and characters under his Bob -solutely I think that the show if it's about the world changing you don't need to show how bad of a place the world and the galaxy is in every character star. Trek should be about optimism and at its core and you know if we would like to see one theme of this show about Picard. Finding that optimism optimism again and people fighting in him and looking at him for leadership because leadership is one of his defining characteristics. And we don't see it just yet I will say we have. We have a essentially an Elf on the show and we have a ranger now. So they're gonNA LOOK FOR DWARF NECKS. Maybe it is quite a fellowship. Also for Fan Service. The one shot. They had free cloud you spot. Quirks bar knows as well as Matz. Matz Barbara Shaw Russia. Yeah Oh we're a little Easter eggs there and for those of you who live in Los Angeles that was clearly shot on the universal city. Walk in that little shopping area and they just kind of puts them. Cg effects over to make a little blade runner but again it's one of those shows that could've used some stagecraft to bring more of the world building in talks back from the edge if you're having a good experience with it because I'm on a downslope right now with the show really hope it turns a corner. It's showing bits of possibility but we're at the point now where it really needs to ramp up in this in this back half. We're halfway through. Yeah Yeah I know. Wow all right that does it for our discussion of Picard..