The epic 63-minute finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, titled “All Good Things,” introduced new members to the family and ultimately concluded the amazing journey of the Nine of Seven. Now, almost 30 years later, Star Trek: Picard has pulled off a similar trick with its phenomenal conclusion to both the series and this season, framing the story at a level that is hard to contain.
Finally, now becoming the father to a son in a family he never knew he needed, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) concludes his three-season story arc by accepting the legacy of his choices and opening himself up to love through understanding trauma. The haunting past of Locutus, which had been square off for all, is also deftly concluded as Picard returns, doing what he had to do in Season 3 of Picard, propped up by his towering, defining performance as the lead star.
Starfleet’s surprising discovery in the arc story of Seven’s reunion with Data’s Lore, as well as Musiker of House and Raffi, is showcased satisfyingly in every thread of the show. It represents the theme of family and our inability to control what we pass on to our children. This milestone is a definitive part of Picard’s life, as he has portrayed a character who has been solitarily better for 40 years. Finally, we now have a beautiful merger of the “found family” and the “family” that has been a part of Star Trek from the start, completing the final piece of this puzzle.
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As the crew arrives at Jupiter and prepares to stop and try to prevent the Borg, Deanna Troi (Marina Sirits) lets them know that Jack has been completely consumed by the collective, leading to a beautiful scene on the bridge of the Enterprise-D, which is his final beloved team assignment.
Fantastic material. “No!” Beverly swiftly interrupts him when he speculates out loud about Jack’s potential irreparability, and the scene even incorporates a timeless Worf shutdown instance. The episode gives off the impression of being the first of numerous exceptional acknowledgments to the essence of The Next Generation in the “Away Team of a Generation,” and to offer assistance, Geordi La Forge and a frustrated Data stay on the ship, while Beverly Crusher must persist in her efforts to pinpoint Jack’s whereabouts. He must make his way to the cube that will unite the “trio” with Will Riker and Worf.
After a powerful exchange of silent thoughts between Troi and Riker, an emotional moment is left that legitimately leaves the audience wondering if it might just be the final goodbye. “It’s been an honor serving with you,” says Picard as he steps towards the turbolift.
“You are aware that I am aware. ‘I am aware that you are aware. Always,’ responds Riker. ‘It holds great significance for me,’ says Picard with deep emotion, as he now takes on the role of a father and can no longer be Riker’s commanding officer. The time has come for Picard to bid a heartfelt farewell once again, while Riker and Worf work on disabling the beacon that is transmitting the Borg’s plan to take over Starfleet, knowing that Picard must face this challenge alone. Despite being in a completely different body following his apparent “death” in Season 1, there is still a small part of him that remains connected to the Hive, which once again confirms that Picard feels an immediate bond with Jack upon boarding the cube.”
Everything was done right. The danger of shielding him. From the beginning, Jack turns his goodbyes to Beverly passionately, now it’s Picard’s turn when a few seconds later, the emotional level of perfection here is just surpassed by the farewell and… There are two turns of that Klingon phrase, admitting to never knowing defeat. There are two turns of that Klingon phrase, admitting to never knowing defeat… There are two turns of that Klingon phrase, admitting to never knowing defeat. There are two turns of that Klingon phrase, admitting to never knowing defeat… The danger of shielding him. From the beginning, Jack turns his goodbyes to Beverly passionately, now it’s Picard’s turn when a few seconds later, the emotional level of perfection here is just surpassed by everything done right.
The wonderful series finale of “Gambit” concludes with a brilliant move by showrunner Terry Matalas, who both directed and wrote the episode. It was truly a decision that needed to be made at the heart of the entire season, as it involved Beverly releasing her son from hiding for more than 20 years – a task that proves to be emotionally challenging, especially when we witness Beverly’s heartfelt reaction.
Stewart is at the heart of all these emotional goodbyes, hitting all the right notes again after portraying TNG post-Picard in 30 episodes, somehow bringing it back to a place where he felt like he never left the bridge of the Enterprise. His achievement is amazing and exquisitely paired up with Speleers’ performance when he finds himself face-to-face with his son, assimilated in the same appearance and style as Locutus.
Until now, the episode has sprinkled the poignant moments that have a sudden, yet fitting shift in rhythm from the revelation. The Fly of David Cronenberg’s artistic and thematic elements reminiscent of the frail Borg Queen floating above their reunion are truly horrifying as the episode boldly delves into the horror genre with the sequences featuring the “Son of Locutus”.
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The Borg could have worked together with a new faction to weaponize biology in order to propagate a goal of assimilation, rather than annihilation. We did not know at the time that the Changelings, who Beverly highlighted in an earlier season of “Imposters,” were analyzing this sentiment. It turns out that she was right.
Picard knows that there is no other option but to disconnect himself from the Collective and try to guide Jack back to himself, as we get a grand and epic moment in the scope of Star Trek where anything you could ever expect to see.
Throughout many years, we have collectively embarked on the journey of his life, leading Picard to associate himself with the Hive as Locutus in order to unite with Jack and assist him in achieving liberation — and he accomplishes this by concisely acknowledging that, despite evading it for over half of his life.
“I joined Starfleet to find a family I didn’t have. And I found it. I let them in. But there was always a barrier. I too thought there was something wrong with me. And I waited in that vineyard. Waiting to die. Alone. But now Jack I realize that you are the part of me that I never knew was missing.”
The Picard character and the series both help define it here; Wesley, chased by Picard for the first time off his bridge, goes all the way back to “Encounter at Farpoint” to date one beautiful sentiment, which is defining.
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When we see Picard on the Titan, we are treated to a thrilling moment, as the starship’s artistry in visual effects creates a scene where the fleet tries to distract Earth’s planetary defenses by maneuvering in a cat-and-mouse game with cloak-and-fire interference, making even the most valuable time more exciting.
“A great deal has occurred in the past two decades,” declares Beverly as she neutralizes the Borg assault and astonishes a speechless Data, Geordi, and Troi. Activating phasers and retaliating, Beverly promptly declares, “Launching torpedoes.” Without a moment to spare, Beverly informs Geordi that she must engage in manual combat as he has not finished installing the weaponry, as the Borg cube threatens the Enterprise-D. In a bid to match their aggression, the Enterprise-D is also facing an assault from the Borg cube.
Worf and Riker have successfully communicated the location of the beacon where the Enterprise is now positioned. They have a gut-feeling that the cube on the board will explode, killing everyone, so they are piloting the Enterprise deftly to another location on the cube.
I will stay with you until the end, forever changed by your announcement and Jack’s extraction. Borg’s tone in “Star Trek: Generations” helps set the scene, and the score during Stephen Barton’s mystical and beautiful score is oddly reminiscent of the Nexus. The montage of clips between father and son in Season 3 is a nice scene.
Hopefully, this will finally put an end to the insufferable jokes about the crashed Enterprise and Troi. Many years ago, when they thought about the child they lost, she jumped into action after connecting with her Imzadi. Well, of course, there is no one other than Deanna Troi. At the helm. In a perfect confluence of stories, Jack and Picard join Riker and Worf as the Enterprise-D collapses around them, just as they beam out, destroying the fresh beacon.
The show bids farewell to the episode and series in a calm manner, concluding with a 20-minute epilogue that is healing and gratifying. This final scene unfolds above Earth, featuring the merged fleet and a foreseeable reset mechanism that eradicates the Borg cube.
The moment is encapsulated eloquently by Spiner, saying simply with a resigned air of contentment and a shrug. Knowing that Data will neurotically analyze his ever-shifting emotional state, changing between melancholy and joy, is extremely satisfying. Then, Data continues with an actual therapy session with Deanna, who humorously discusses his excessive need to discuss his very human and ever-shifting emotional state. The therapy session begins with a reunion of the crew on the bridge, being welcomed onboard the Enterprise by his father, Jack.
It’s a respectful and intelligent coda to show the moment when they were estranged. She sacrificed and accomplished what they knew was sure, making her a “maverick” of honorable courtesy. After more than 20 years, it’s probably a healthy time to carve out a moment for Raffi to reconnect with her family, and get a cathartic moment between them.
It is fitting for him to have a moment of this character’s coronation, right alongside Janeway, Picard, Spock, Kirk, and the rest of the revered Star Trek royalty. Tuvok, played by Tim Russ, who now sits down with the real Tuvok, is instantly supportive, authoritative, and yet again, belonging to Seven of Nine, in the immediate aftermath of the most important resolution of the action.
Jack Crusher, a fast-tracked Starfleet ensign, together with Lieutenant Sidney LaForge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut) at the controls, along with Raffi as her First Officer, and Captain Seven of Nine assuming her rightful position in the central seat as Captain, we are treated to a satisfying one-year leap in time to witness the assistance provided by a prerecorded message from Captain Shaw (Todd Stashwick) endorsing her for advancement.
The decision to rename the Titan as Enterprise-G is a truly magnificent and monumental one, making it clear that Matalas and his team are truly brilliant and exceptional. It is evident that this choice is a final and masterful stroke, and it is obvious that you will never see anything like it before.
The Enterprise-G is a decision genius, satisfying beyond words. Now, we have all come to love and embrace the adventures of the starship Titan, which simultaneously looks back and forward in its lineage. But now, we suddenly realize that this exceptional season of the ship’s adventures would not have worked if it had not been satisfying enough. In the proper context of the final hour of the TNG cast, it would have never been enough to introduce a new design and a new ship as the next beloved iteration of the Enterprise.
Perfection. What a journey it is to escort her out in a way that closely resembles the opening line about the USS Enterprise-G’s Captain Seven of Nine’s legacy. Inside Spacedock, above the horizon, one can beautifully see the engraved name of the ship on which Captain Picard’s shuttle eases. It is choreographed in the most familiar ways, and truly, the introduction here is a surprising delight.
The proclamation of Senior’s Picard’s “death” at the end of Season 2, as well as Junior’s Picard, has just begun. Lancie de (John Q) himself says that there is no need to think linearly regarding his resurrection, but rather, we get another gift in this episode, which leaves us with a lot to consider. And, wow, well? It is certainly another gift in this bonanza of an episode. And, as for that post-credit scene…
It seems that for this “young mortal,” there is much ahead of him. I sure hope we get to see it someday.
Stashwick’s Memorable Moments
Each week, we will highlight one of the best moments (and actors) of this season — Liam Shaw’s portrayal of Captain Titan USS on Star Trek is destined to become an iconic status, and Todd Stashwick is the one we think of.
This entry log brilliantly adds layers to the internal healing of this character, but the anti-Shaw brigade will likely fail again to see what is right in front of them. Of course, we have to highlight Stashwick’s incredible performance and his Moment in this episode, and I couldn’t be happier to report that we have one last Nine of Seven evaluation.
Tuvok mentioned in this episode that Captain Shaw had come to a place of recognition for her abilities, recommending her, acknowledging her, and identifying her by name. However, before all of this action, there was a significant betrayal that required pardon, a betrayal of the Titan by her.
Unfortunately, he was followed hours later by Seven, who watched him betray his own ship and spiral back into his internal turmoil, knowing that eventually he would go through the way of death.
His complete log entry honoring Seven of Nine is the ideal conclusion for the character.
In the “teaser episode’s the,” Luc-Jean As stated that the matter is not about reminiscing and playing poker with seven friends, but rather about what started over 30 years ago tonight, not with a christening ship or a battle phaser.
Another heartrending farewell, yet another present to The Next Generation crew, and their multitude of enthusiasts, is the magnificent 10-episode series. It has been and continues to be an extraordinary gathering, which clearly evokes memories of that initial card game the team enjoyed together in the finale of “All Good Things.” It’s a truly exquisite moment.
I’ve always been inclined to believe in the stars favoring me: the story concludes with a much more optimistic outlook — I don’t want the game to come to an end,” opened Picard, uttering these words with him: “Star Trek and,” saying, “I should have done this long ago,” ended the series with Picard.
It’s a series and a season that truly provided us with everything — including a joyful conclusion.