With last week’s episode finally getting into space, there was hope that it would continue into this week, and so it was proved.
Whilst continuing to hunt down the elusive Maddox, the team take a detour to a place Picard knows only too well, the place where a lot of the Romulans where placed during the evacuation, Vashti.
Far from being the idyll Picard left it as, it has turned into an old western style free for all. Picard is there to ask a favour from the only people who might stand a chance in a fight with the Romulan secret service; some nuns known as the Qowat Milat.
Who he finds himself is Elnor, Casey King (“NCIS: Los Angeles (TV)”, “Awkward (TV)”), a young boy he had to leave with the Milat but had hoped to find a ‘more appropriate’ home. Elnor is older now and has just completed his training, as a fighter, and so he, eventually, joins Picard’s merry gang.
When beamed back aboard the ship they are attacked by the man who now runs the area, in a Bird of Prey he’s managed to pick up. Just as things start getting sketchy another ship moves in and helps them out.
This ship gets itself into trouble and the pilot requests to be beamed on board, which they do, and, well, oh my god, I won’t spoil it, but you’ll be thrilled at who it is!
Meanwhile our looks-like-he’s-in-an-emo-boy-band-bad-guy Narek continues to work on getting information out of Soji, which we now know is a location of where more androids might be, whilst his sister becomes frustrated at the slow progress.
Not only do we have an amazing new addition to the crew, albeit briefly, and right at the end in time for next weeks episode, this episode was also directed by non-other than number one himself.
I don’t mean the dog number one, I mean the old number one, Jonathan Frakes. He does a really good job, giving the episode an almost JJ Abrams Star Trek style feel.
Absolute Candor, a nod to the Milat who speak with, you guessed it, absolute candor, is an edge of the seat thrill ride compared with what’s gone before. It’s an excellent episode and it looks like things are only going to get better if the teaser for next week is anything to go by.
Picard might finally be taking off.