Star Trek: Picard: Admiral Jean-Luc bonds with secret son Jack Crusher while escaping gravity well
Admiral Jean-Luc Picard bonded with his secret son Jack Crusher while rescuing the USS Titan and its crew from a gravity well on Thursday’s episode of Star Trek: Picard.
Picard [Sir Patrick Stewart] took the helm to manually navigate the Titan through a deadly asteroid field while Jack [Ed Speelers] called out coordinates.
They acted in unison with Picard barking out directions to helmsman Sidney La Forge [Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut], the daughter of his former USS Enterprise chief engineer Geordi La Forge.
‘La Forge, gun it’ Picard yelled when an explosion hit and simultaneously charged the ship and brought its life support systems back online.
Suddenly ,the nebula and gravity well they were trapped in opened up and Picard saw that the Titan was on a collision course now with the Shrike.
Bonding session: Admiral Jean-Luc Picard bonded with his secret son Jack Crusher while rescuing the USS Titan on Thursday’s episode of Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+
Captain William Riker [Jonathan Frakes] used the ship’s tractor to pull in an asteroid and was able to slingshot it to smash into the Shrike.
‘Will, did you just throw an asteroid?,’ asked Dr. Beverly Crusher [Gates McFadden].
‘Goddamn right I did, Riker said.
The nebula then broke up giving birth to thousands of jellyfish-like baby aliens that floated away.
‘To seek out new life, Beverly said.
‘I think we should boldly get the hell out of here,’ Riker said.
The season three episode titled No Win Scenario opened with a flashback of Picard five years prior telling young cadets at a bar a story about how he once got away from the Hirogen.
‘There will be a time when you need to remember that no matter how bleak or unwinnable the situation, as long as you and your crew remain steadfast in your dedication, one to another, you are never ever without hope,’ Picard said.
Strong move: Captain William Riker [Jonathan Frakes] was on the bridge with Picard [Patrick Stewart], Dr. Beverly Crusher [Gates McFadden] and Jack [Ed Speleers]
Working together: Picard took the helm to manually navigate the Titan through a deadly asteroid field while Jack called out coordinates
Legendary father: Sidney La Forge [Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut] was at the helm of the USS Titan
The show then flashed back to the present day with the Titan extensively damaged after trying to outrun the Shrike commanded by a vengeful Vadic [Amanda Plummer].
Riker attempted to maneuver the ship, which was stuck in a gravity well and losing power.
‘Divert as much power as you can to life support,’ Riker ordered.
Riker then went to see Picard in his room.
‘The Titan’s dead in the water,’ Riker said. ‘We estimate about four hours until the ship is crushed by the gravity well. But we’ll probably have run out of life support by then.’
Riker told Picard he should take the next few hours to get to know his son Jack.
Commander Seven of Nine [Jeri Ryan] meanwhile was searching rooms looking for the Changeling that had sneaked on board and discovered that the Changeling killed the transporter officer. She told Riker what she discovered.
Changeling search: Commander Seven of Nine [Jeri Ryan] meanwhile was searching rooms looking for the Changeling that had sneaked on board and discovered that the Changeling killed the transporter office
‘There is a saboteur on this ship!’ Seven said.
Riker said there was no advantage to everyone knowing about it and ordered her to investigate.
‘Go get the bastard,’ Riker said.
Picard went to see Jack and Beverly and asked to speak alone with his son.
Seven went to see Captain Liam Shaw [ Todd Stashwick].
‘Hey, Hansen, bang-up job you’re heroes are doing with my ship,’ Shaw said using her birth name of Annika Hansen instead of her preferred Borg name.
‘We have a problem,’ Seven said. ‘There’s a Changeling on board. That’s what kept us from warping away. And judging by the state of the corpse in sickbay, it’s been on the ship since before we picked up Dr. Crusher and her son. Something bigger is happening here.’
Seven asked for his help.
Private conversation: Picard went to see Jack and Beverly and asked to speak alone with his son
Picard took Jack to a bar on the holodeck and poured him a drink.
‘I think we need to talk about the elephant in the room,’ Jack said.
Picard said of course.
‘The hair,’ Jack said. ‘When did it go?’
‘Enjoy it while you can,’ Picard joked.
Shaw told Seven how to recognize a Changeling.
‘They can replicate a person on sight alone,’ Shaw said. ‘Voice, mannerisms, speech but that’s it. Most of the time you can tell. Ask him a question that they should know the answer to. Simple question, wrong answer – boom, Changeling.’
Shaw told Seven it would be tough to find.
Holodeck drink: Picard took Jack to a bar on the holodeck and poured him a drink
Great question: ‘The hair,’ Jack said. ‘When did it go?’
‘Five hundred people it is going to be tough to snuff out this a**hole alone,’ Shaw said.
Shaw said Changelings must rest in a container and leave behind a residue goo. Shaw told her to find a container and then upload a sample to the computer .
‘You have that ship scan for that son of a b****,’ Todd said.
On the Shrike, Vadic cut off her hand with a knife and it morphed into a face that demanded her to ‘report.’
‘Unfortunately, the ship ferrying Jack Crusher couldn’t escape the center of the gravity well,’ Vadic said.
‘Pursue!’, the threatening face demanded.
‘That’s not possible with my ship’s payload,’ Vadic said.
She was ordered to pursue the Titan anyway.
Pattern recognition: Beverly noticed a pattern to the power surges
‘It is suicide,’ Vadic said.
‘It is suicide to refuse,’ her commander said. ‘Obtain and deliver the asset. All else is expendable. Your ship. Your people. You.’
Vadic said she would pursue the ship and then the face morphed back into her hand.
Seven located the Changelings receptacle, but as she tried to take it to the biochemical lab, she was shot at by a Starfleet member. She shot back at the man who morphed into a liquid goo that escaped into the air vent.
Picard told Jack about his late friend Jack Crusher and how they maneuvered a shuttle after being hit by meteors. Picard said they made it home with no visuals.
Shaw walked in and asked if Picard had shared the story of the first time they met.
‘You must have heard about the Battle of Wolf 359,’ Shaw said. ‘Forty federation starships against one Borg cube.’
He said they had to evacuate and only a few people were able to escape and that 11,000 people died. Shaw said Picard was on the Borg cube ‘setting the world on fire!’
Changeling bucket: Seven located the Changelings receptacle, but as she tried to take it to the biochemical lab, she was shot at by a Starfleet member
Fired back: The Changeling was struck by Seven who quickly fired back
Liquid form: The Changeling morphed into a liquid goo that escaped into the air vent
Later, Beverly told them the nebula was contradicting and Jack suggested using the waves to get energy to revive the ship. They brought the idea to Riker who shut it down.
‘We wait and we die here of suffocation,’ Picard said.
Riker said there was a way to channel the energy of the wave right to the warp core by opening the ship’s nacelle housing.
‘Now that could work,’ Riker said.
He ordered everyone to get to work. Picard and Seven went to see Shaw and asked him for his help in hot wiring the nacelles.
‘We need an old grease monkey like yourself,’ Picard said.
Shaw went to work with Seven and told her if the Changeling really wanted to screw them it would be right now.
The crew took shelter in emergency stations and Riker took the ship’s life support system off line. Riker asked Picard to fly the ship.
Pilot controls: Riker asked Picard to fly the ship
‘Ensign La Forge let’s go home,’ Picard said. ‘Good luck everyone. Engage.’
Shaw was working as fast as he could when Sidney walked in and offered to help.
‘Sir, I heard you could use a hand,’ Sidney said. ‘My father is Geordi La Forge. Decorated Star Fleet engineer. Legend.’
Seven pulled a phaser on her and Sidney revealed she was actually a Changeling when she addressed her as ‘Commander Hansen’.
She immediately fired and killed the Changeling and Shaw asked how she knew it wasn’t Sidney.
‘Ensign La Forge always calls me Commander Seven,’ she said. ‘Out of respect.’
At the end of the show, Riker called his wife Deanna Troi [Marina Sirtis] and said he was reminded that the whole universe was beautiful.
Back in his room, Jack had a weird vision and a voice called for him to ‘find me.’
Star Trek: Picard will return next Thursday on the Paramount+ streaming service.
Wrong name: Seven pulled a phaser on her and Sidney revealed she was actually a Changeling when she addressed her as ‘Commander Hansen’
Changeling killed: ‘Ensign La Forge always calls me Commander Seven,’ Seven said after killing the Changeling. ‘Out of respect’