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Picard season 2 episode 10 - season finale
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At Chateau Picard, the group are puzzled about what Queen/Jurati meant by needing two Renee Picard's (again I have to ask, how would the Borg Queen even know this? This whole season, they've made the Borg Queen out to be some omnipotent being, with access to outcomes across every timeline. It breaks the character. It makes sense she'd have a great deal of knowledge from everything the Borg have assimilated, but to know things the Borg should have no knowledge of, not to mention knowledge across timelines... It's ridiculous. Why have the Borg lost ever if they know everything like this?). Tallinn's expression indicates she knows exactly what it means, which Picard picks up on. Oddly, this episode portrays this like a pre-destination paradox. Picard notes the bullet holes in the walls, which his family believed came from WWII, but now realizes they actually came from the drones in the previous episode. How though? The change to the Confederation timeline were a result of Q's meddling and Picard's crew going back in time, the changes back to the 'normal' timeline shouldn't be a predestination paradox. Not to mention, doesn't work with what we see with some changes at the end of the episode. Anyway, using Tallinn's transporter, they head to her apartment, and split into teams... Seven, Raffi and Rios will go to Soong's lab while Tallinn goes to protect Renee, but Jean-Luc joins her. He tells her he knows what she's planning to do, and she explains it's her mission, and it isn't his job to save her. Meanwhile, the other team discover that Soong is not at his lab and has remotely activated his drones, figuring it is probably a backup plan to take down the launch if whatever his first plan is fails. Picard and Tallinn spot him at the launch site. How exactly did Soong get from France to Florida (correction, apparently the launch happened in southern California, which makes this even worst! Not to mention, completely ignores every reason why NASA launches from Florida) in such a short amount of time? Without the La Sirena/Borg Queen helping him, he doesn't have access to transporter technology anymore. I could maybe believe he has access to private jets, but any flight would take HOURS, when this should only be a few minutes after the La Sirena departed. He tells the NASA execs that he wants 5 minutes of face time with the astronauts. Initially they refuse, but apparently all his donations gives him access? No, just no. The whole point of the astronauts going into quarantine is so that they don't get sick during the mission. NASA would never allow someone from the outside anywhere near them at this point, regardless of how much money they gave them. They also just allow Soong to leave his escort behind, which would also never happen. Raffi manages to hack the drones and Rios flies them into each other, destroying them. Not sure why the writers couldn't have Seven do anything here, once again making it seem like they've forgotten she used to be good at this sort of thing. Tallinn goes and talks to Renee, explaining she is her guardian angel who has been watching her.

Renee leaves her suit up room complaining about a crazy woman and immediately runs into Soong. He promises to get her to safety, but when she starts feeling ill, he reveals he poisoned her with a neural toxin (when and how did he get that?). He leaves her to die, and she finds Jean-Luc. They watch as the Europa mission launches and "Renee" is revealed to be Tallinn, using her technology that disguises her as human to make her appear as Renee (would a neural toxin intended for humans work the same on a Romulan? I guess it could, but realistically, it probably shouldn't have). She dies, happy to have met the person she protected all this time. Soong returns to his lab where he trashes the place having realized he failed to achieve the outcome he wanted. Someone hacks into his system and erases all his data on his computer, which is revealed to be his daughter Kore (who apparently can do this with her VR goggles on a library Wi-Fi network), telling him it's for all her sisters. Soong pulls a file out of a drawer that says "Project Khan". Sigh... So I guess these writers are suggesting Soong created Khan, and now, rather than the Eugenics Wars taking place in 1996, it now takes place sometime after 2024? Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher shows up and explains to Kore he is a Traveler. Apparently the Travelers are also the Superior Beings that protects time and space that employs Supervisors like Tallinn and Gary Seven. He offers her a choice. Either she can live a normal life, or she can join him to become a Traveler, warning he cannot guarantee that'll be a safe path. Not having had a normal life, Kore chooses to become a Traveler, and they are beamed somewhere. Cool to see Wil Wheaton reprising his role, but this comes out of the blue and raises more questions than it answers. Doesn't really work with what the Traveler said his role was the first time we saw him in TNG. Not to mention, the last time we saw the Traveler, he'd told Wesley they don't interfere. Why is Kore even getting this invitation to join the Travelers? She hasn't displayed any special ability that we where ever shown. And what about Wesley's appearance in Nemesis, wearing a Starfleet uniform? Oh, and Wesley says that the last time he told a joke he changed a century of history... I'm not sure if this is meant to be a reference to something, but it doesn't make sense either way.

Seven, Raffi, Jean-Luc and Rios return to the Chateau, where they prepare to live out the remainder of their lives in the past. Picard returns a key to where he'll find it as a little boy and let his mother out of her room. Q congratulates him for choosing to maintain things as they were before when he could have destroyed that key. Picard asks "Why me?" and Q explains he wanted to help Picard know himself a little better and open himself to love, so that he wont die alone, like Q is about to... Um, what about Q's son? And why pretend to be Renee's psychiatrist trying to convince her to quit? Why did he get Adam Soong involved? What about "The trial never ends"? He did all of this simply as a "favor" to Jean-Luc so he could open himself up to love? You have got to be kidding me. Where is this idea that Jean-Luc couldn't open himself up to love even coming from? We've seen him have a few relationships during TNG. It was his duty to Starfleet or his rank that always got in the way, not some inability to love. Heck, he even had a wife and kids in "The Inner Light". Even if that wasn't real, it was still a real experience to Picard. At any rate, Q offers one last gift... Gathering everyone outside, Raffi threatens to kill Q, which he says in his weakened condition she might be able to do, but then he wouldn't be able to send them home. Rios asks not to be sent back, because he wants to stay in this time and Q explains that'll give him enough juice for one more surprise...

Back on the Stargazer, Picard aborts the autodestruct, having realized that this Borg Queen is actually the Jurati assimilated 400 years ago (why did she brute force her way onto the Stargazer? Isn't this supposed to be a kinder/gentler Borg Collective?). What happened to the Jurati and Rios that should still be on the Stargazer prior to Q's meddling? They've just disappeared. She explains she needs to commandeer their fleet so they can combine their shields to prevent a nearby anomaly from destroying the entire quadrant. And Starfleet didn't detected this until this exact moment.... why? At any rate, Picard gives Seven a field commission and she takes command of the Stargazer. Excelsior has some problems with their shields and when Raffi (I guess Q dropped her off on the Stargazer rather than Excelsior. tells them to reset, it's revealed Q's last surprise was to bring Elnor back alive and well (not sure why a Cadet would be responding though). The combine Borg and Starfleet shields successfully block a beam of energy the anomaly puts out (which they portray as only really threatening one planet that this collection of ships are easily able to block, it certainly did not threaten the entire quadrant like they'd claimed). The anomaly forms into a transwarp corridor unlike any Seven of Nine has ever seen before. Queen/Jurati asks for provisional Federation membership and that their collective of Borg will be gatekeepers for whatever is on the other side.

WHAT?! So, no let me get this straight... They suddenly introduce this "galactic event" capable of destroying an entire quadrant of the galaxy that this "friendly" Borg Collective, whom has stayed secret somewhere in the galaxy for 400 years, has suddenly shown up to ask the Federation for help to contain. This "galactic threat" then sends out a single beam, which is only about as big as the "friendly" Borg ship and is easily contained by the shields of about 30 ships. And then the "friendly" Borg ship is just going to sit there to watch over it? This is the laziest writing. It's literally only here for the sake of getting the Federation to work with the "friendly" Borg with no set up and then is wrapped up too quickly and easily. It doesn't feel satisfying or earned.

Back on Earth, Team Picard has a reunion with Guinan. She remembers all the events they just went through (wait... so the showrunner explained Guinan didn't remember the events of "Time's Arrow" because they came back in time from the Confederation timeline. But now that the timeline was restored and the Confederation timeline never happened, she still remembers that resulting time travel event? Which is it writers, you can't have it both ways). She tells Picard she's surprised he never noticed an old photo she has of Rios. Together they formed a clinic that helped a lot of people, and Rios was eventually killed in a bar fight, protecting medical supplies. The microbe Renee Picard discovered would be used by the Doctor's kid to clean the oceans and sky (well isn't that convenient?). Picard then returns to the Chateau, where he finds Laris has restored the solarium. She talks about leaving for her own adventures, but Picard tells her something about time not giving second changes but people can.
As I'd feared, this episode was badly rushed. The more I think about and look into things with this episode, the more problems it has. They tie everything up very quickly, but don't really make sense or rationalize much of it. As a result, it felt like a very sloppy story with poor pacing. Unfortunately, a disappointing end to an overall disappointing season. The first episode was good, and fixed so much of what they did wrong in season 1, but it was all downhill after that.


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Santiago Cabrera, Alison Pill, Evan Evagora and Isa Brones have all confirmed they will not be returning for season 3
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Strange New Worlds - series premier
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The USS Archer makes first contact with a new world that has suddenly developed warp technology, but Starfleet looses contact with them. Enterprise is undergoing scheduled maintenance and is supposed to still be a few weeks away from being complete, but Admiral Robert April (the first Captain of the Enterprise, prior to Pike. He appeared in the Animated series as a Commodore but it seems they're completely ignoring that version of the character) decides to have them launch early to investigate what happened to the Archer. Pike is uncertain about being in command. Having witnessed his "death" (the accident that leaves him scared and disabled), he's second guessing everything but because Una Chin-Riley (Number One) was in command of the Archer, Pike has all the motivation he needs. Meanwhile, Spock becomes engaged to T’Pring on Vulcan, and while she tries to convince him to stay on Vulcan, his duty to Starfleet forces him to leave her.

On route to at the planet Archer was making first contact with, Spock briefs Pike and Lt. La’an Noonien-Singh about the planet, noting that the planet is not ready for warp drive technology. Developmentally, they are about at 21st century Earth's level. He also points out the oddity if they are developing it as a weapon, comparing it to nuclear technology. Apparently every race develops the nuclear bomb before developing reactors, where as warp technology is always developed as a drive rather than as weapons. They debate if General Order 1 applies or not, since it would seem they may have been given Warp technology. Arriving, they find the Archer abandoned in orbit, and note the warp signature coming from the planet seems odd. Apparently the Archer only had three crew members (even though a starship in this era shouldn't be able to operate with only 3 crew members) that must have all beamed down to the planet. The Enterprise is attacked by plasma torpedoes, which are harmless against their shields. Pike notes these weapons are 21st century level technology (despite the Romulans used this type of torpedo in the 23rd and 24th centuries). What ever happened to First Contact being a long process of careful observation and study up until the species achieves warp flight? The Enterprise crew are completely confused by this planet's technological development, when they really shouldn't be if First Contact's guidelines were being met. Needing to investigate, Pike, Spock and Noonien-Singh (it feels so odd typing this name with out it being Khan) go to sick-bay where Nurse Chapel gives them an experimental gene treatment to alter their appearances in order to blend in with the natives. Although she's concerned about Spock's unique genetics, warning him it'll probably wear off quickly for him. After beaming down, they quickly locate the building the mission Starfleet officers are in, but they are deep underground, so they'll need them closer to the surface to get a transporter lock.

After some difficulties, the three are able to break out Una and her two crewmates. She explains to Pike that this planet is less than a lightyear from where Discovery jumped to the future and the battle with Control took place. This planet, was able to see everything with their telescopes and developed warp technology as a direct.... This is dumb. Even if they could see the space battle from this planet, how would they be able to figure out the ships were powered by a matter/antimatter reaction? They wouldn't have seen a warp core or any of the internal workings of the ships to have been able to figure anything out about how they work. At any rate, Pike decides to ignore General Order 1 and everyone except Spock (having his disguise wear off completely at this point) and himself beam up to the Enterprise. They're taken to this country's president where he warns her not to use warp technology as a weapon. She explains her position with their neighbor country as whoever has the bigger stick wins. Pike decides to show them he has the bigger stick by having the Enterprise drop down to hover above the city. The two leaders get together to discuss the arrival of the aliens, and Pike beams down again, showing them some of Earth's history. He explains that second Civil War developed into the Eugenics Wars which then became World War III (as I mentioned with the Picard finale, looks like these writers are retconning the Eugenics Wars to take place after 2024, and here they reveal it developed directly into World War III. But not only that, apparently the United States had a second Civil War that kicked all of these wars off? That's never been mentioned before...). He explains that after Earth nearly wiped itself out, they learned to work together. And so he asks them if they really want to wipe themselves out, or if they want to join the Federation.

Back at a starbase, Admiral April is not happy with how Pike handled the situation by completely ignoring General Order 1. However, because this world developed warp technology based on an event that has been classified, it has created a loophole. They can't acknowledge how this planet developed warp technology because it would mean exposing Discovery's time jump as well, so the whole thing is conveniently going to be ignored. They're also renaming General Order 1 to the Prime Directive, which Pike says wont catch on. I guess this is to explain why it was somewhat inconsistently named in TOS. As an aside, during a discussion with Lt. Noonien-Singh about surviving a Gorn hatchery planet, Pike asks if she knows the story of why this starbase has a forest, and explains Earth had sent seeds into space so that they could rebuild the ecosystem, only when Earth was ready to rebuild, the forest was too large to bring down to Earth... Why did they grow the seeds into a whole forest in the first place? Or at least regulate their growth? Anyway, Enterprise finishes its crew rotation (adding a chief engineer and Sam Kirk, James T. Kirk's brother) and maintenance. With this mission reinvigorating Pike, he's fully ready to return to duty as the Enterprise heads out o continue its mission of exploration.
I really liked the opening sequence. It reminded me of elements of TOS and Voyager's opening sequence. Other than a few lapses in the story, this was a pretty good premier. Actually one of the best Star Trek episodes these creators have managed to do thus far. Not a fan of Pike knowing his eventual fate. They do play up that he's obviously troubled by it, but he says he's second guessing himself and it's like... Why? He knows it'll happen roughly a decade away from now, so shouldn't he feel invisible until then? I'm cautiously optimistic about this series, but these creators do not have a great track record on Star Trek, so I'm not sure if it'll hold up....

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Strange New Worlds season 1 episode 2
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Pike is throwing dinner party in his cabin and has invited a number of new crewmembers to get to know them a bit better. It's supposed to be a casual thing, but Uhura was told by Ortegas she should wear her dress uniform, as a bit of hazing. At the party, Uhura mentions she's not sure Starfleet is for her. Her parents and brother died in a tragic shuttle accident, and she couldn't stand to be at the school they taught at anymore, so she ran off to join Starfleet. Why does EVERY character have a tragic backstory in modern Trek? On the way back to her quarters, she asks Spock if she was too honest, which Spock says he and the captain values, but if she doesn't feel she belongs in Starfleet, maybe she should make room from someone who does.

The Enterprise is studying a comet and have projected that it'll impact an M-class planet with a pre-warp civilization. The crew suggests attaching ion engines to change the course of the comet. I can't help but think of TNG episode "Pen Pals", where the crew debated over saving a pre-warp civilization from a natural disaster. But here, there isn't even any question. They just immediately jump to helping save this world. Anyway, an object inside the comet raises shields, preventing the ion engines from attaching. Enterprise sends an away team to investigate. Sam Kirk is injured (they immediately take off his helmet, despite not establishing this chamber has air, and apparently tricorders have a built-in defibrillator) when he touches a large egg shaped object in the center of the chamber and the object raises shields, preventing Enterprise from beaming them back. To make matters worst, an alien ship surprise attacks Enterprise because they consider the comet to be holy. Why didn't Enterprise detect their approach? Pike attempts to explain they're trying to save both the comet and the nearby planet, but the aliens claim whatever happens to the comet is pre-ordained and warn Enterprise not to take any further action.

Uhura and Spock figure out that the chamber responds to music, and eventually figures out how to bring down the shields, allowing Enterprise to beam them back. Still wanting to save the planet however, they come up with a plan... Provoking the aliens as a distraction, they drop Spock off in a shuttle who heats up the shields to melt part of the comet. Enterprise then surrenders to the aliens, asking for help and promising not to touch the comet, which the aliens agree to. Spock's efforts successfully alters the comet's course, and causes a large amount of water vapor to be deposited in the planet's atmosphere, which they say will make the planet less arid and promote plant growth and societal development... I have to question the science behind this. For all they know, life on this planet is adapted to having less water and more water would lead to an environmental disaster. Later, after further analysis of the music from the structure inside the comet, Uhura believes it somehow had foreknowledge of these events, as they uncover the course of the comet through the solar system (which shows it missing the M-class planet) and the ice chuck that broke off of it, identical to the piece that broke off when Spock corrected its course.

In his quarters, Number 1 and Pike marvel at the idea everything that happened today may have been pre-ordained after all, and Number 1 points out just because they'd gotten a message from the future, doesn't mean they understood it at first... Talking more about Pike's own message about his future. Pike points out the names of the cadets he will save, thinking it'll all be worth it. But Una refuses to believe his fate is written in stone.
Fairly good episode. It's good to see Star Trek finally getting back to what it should be about. Didn't like how the Enterprise had no clue about the alien ship when it showed up though, and they didn't bother to explain how/why their sensors didn't pick them up. And it's strange how they're portraying Sam Kirk. I saw someone mention he's like Guy from Galaxy Quest... and I think that's actually a fitting description. Oh, and Uhura has a tragic back story now... Because everyone in nu-Trek has to have a tragic back story it seems.
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The first episode of Strange New Worlds is available to watch for free for a limited time.

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Sparky Prime wrote:
Fri May 13, 2022 1:39 pm
The first episode of Strange New Worlds is available to watch for free for a limited time.
Nice, I will definitely watch it. I don't want Paramount+ on any long term basis, but I may sign up for a month when SNW finishes so I can watch it and Picard. All the reviews say Strange New Worlds is pretty good and feels a lot more like a classic Star Trek show than anything else they've produced. I'd like to see for myself.

Edit: Watched it. Good episode, feels more like the 90s-2000 era Trek in terms of storytelling than the original series, even though it's meant to be earlier in the timeline, but I expected that. The series works, I think, because Anson Mount has the presence that is required to play the captain. The one episode I've seen of Discovery was season two where he temporarily takes command, and I thought then that even though he's not a lot like Jeffrey Hunter's PIke, he was very good and I enjoyed watching him play the character. I have a better opinion of both Spock and Number One (and I see they've given her a name, Una) than I did at first from some of the Short Treks I've seen, even though Ethan Peck isn't really a lot like Leonard Nimoy. The lady playing Uhura is doing a great job and I can really see her as a younger Nichelle Nichols, the enthusiasm, the cheerful demeanor, even some of the body language at her station feel authentic. M'Benga is just nice to see in a more substantial role, and I enjoy his accent. I hope that's not the same Mr. Kyle that John Winston played though. I don't mind them casting a black actor to play Robert April since the character only appeared on one animated episode, so there's plenty of room to reinterpret the character, but that's different than replacing a character so firmly fixed in my memory as the blonde, British-accented Mr. Kyle. Not a fan of the change if it's supposed to be the same man. I prefer to think of the transporter operator as one of the men seen at the transporter in The Cage.

My only complaint with the plot is this: how in the world could the aliens on that planet figure out how to engineer a warp reactor from looking at a fleet of ships off in space? Seems like they would have to get a much closer look at the actual engineering of the ships. I can't say I really bought that idea, though the moral conflict it created that Pike had to solve is good enough that I went along with it.

The opening titles look great, very much like Voyager. The theme song is utterly forgettable though. Seriously, an hour later and I can't remember it. I know they can write good music, I thought the theme for Picard was very good, but SNW's theme is bland and quiet and did not stick in my memory at all.

The technology feels miles ahead of where it should be, but the ships and sets are aesthetically beautiful, and I enjoy seeing something close to the original series uniforms and bridge. I like it, good episode, feels very Star Trek, and the three primary leads (Pike, Spock and Number One) are well cast and likeable. It's a good start. I'll definitely want to see the rest of the season.

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The episode inspired me to go back and watch a couple of TOS episodes. Operation: Annihilate is the only time Sam Kirk appeared in the original series, and he's dead (and if you look close, the only time we see his face it's William Shatner with a moustache), with no indication that he was ever in Starfleet. He seems to be a civilian researcher, so maybe the idea is going to be that he left the service for civilian work at some point, possibly when his son was born. I also watched "A Private Little War" to see one of Dr. M'Benga's appearances, where he's said to have interned in a Vulcan medical ward, so he's more than qualified to treat Spock's gunshot injuries.

According to the same episode, Jim Kirk should be a lieutenant during the time period shown on Strange New Worlds, and I see they've cast someone for the role for SNW season 2. I think in The Menagerie Kirk says that he met Captain Pike when Pike was promoted to fleet Captain, so hopefully they'll keep that in mind and watch their continuity.

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andersonh1 wrote:
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My only complaint with the plot is this: how in the world could the aliens on that planet figure out how to engineer a warp reactor from looking at a fleet of ships off in space? Seems like they would have to get a much closer look at the actual engineering of the ships. I can't say I really bought that idea, though the moral conflict it created that Pike had to solve is good enough that I went along with it.
Yeah, this really bugged me about the episode too. There's just no way they'd be able to figure out warp technology simply by witnessing a space battle through a telescope. They'd absolutely have to see how the warp core works.

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Sparky Prime wrote:
Tue May 17, 2022 12:53 am
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Fri May 13, 2022 1:41 pm
My only complaint with the plot is this: how in the world could the aliens on that planet figure out how to engineer a warp reactor from looking at a fleet of ships off in space? Seems like they would have to get a much closer look at the actual engineering of the ships. I can't say I really bought that idea, though the moral conflict it created that Pike had to solve is good enough that I went along with it.
Yeah, this really bugged me about the episode too. There's just no way they'd be able to figure out warp technology simply by witnessing a space battle through a telescope. They'd absolutely have to see how the warp core works.
I think they could easily have solved this issue by having one of the ships crash on the planet, where the natives could genuinely disassemble and reverse-engineer it.

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I think they could easily have solved this issue by having one of the ships crash on the planet, where the natives could genuinely disassemble and reverse-engineer it.
Exactly. That would have been such a simple and easy way to explain this. Which makes me wonder why these writers wrote it the way they did. I mean, did nobody in that writers room think it was ridiculous for this race to invent warp technology simply by watching a space battle through a telescope, with out actually seeing how those ships work?

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Strange New Worlds season 1 episode 3
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The Enterprise is investigating an abandoned colony of Illyrians, a humanoid race that is known to genetically modify themselves and so are considered somewhat outcasts to the Federation due to genetic modification being illegal. I'd always gotten the impression that law was specifically in regards to attempts to make genetic 'supermen', and that some degree of genetic manipulation was allowed, but whatever... The away team quickly transport back to the ship as an Ion storm is approaching, but Pike and Spock end up having to take shelter on the planet as they miss the window. A disease quickly spreads among the crew on the Enterprise, causing the crew to become strongly attracted to light and injuring themselves to reach any light source, but Dr. M'Benga cannot find any known virus or bacteria causing it, nor does chief engineer Hemmer understand how the biofilters missed whatever is causing it. Very reminiscent of previous Star Trek series episodes where a contagion get on the ship, forcing the crew to quickly find the cause/cure.

Number One is somehow immune to this disease, but for some reason keeps this information secret. The virus, turns out, travels in light. So the solution is to sedate the infected crew and turn out the lights and just ride it out. As things get worst on the ship (such as Hemmer trying to beam up some of the planet's molten mantel), Number One reveals that she is Illyrian, and lied in order to get into Starfleet. Her immune system is capable of neutralizing the virus in her and offers her blood to find a cure, but Dr. M'Benga says her blood doesn't have any anti-bodies for him to synthesize a cure from, her body simply burnt out the virus. Meanwhile, Lt. Noonien-Singh wakes up and attempts to cause a warp core breach to be bathed in the light of it. Number One is able to stop her, but before she can restore the containment field, lethal radiation floods engineering. Number One's immune system to kicks in, and her proximity to Lt. Noonien-Singh creates anti-bodies to the virus in her that they're able to use to cure the crew.

This is dumb. First off, even if Number One has a super enhanced alien immune system, how would it fight off radiation? Radiation is not something that can be burned out of a body like a virus, which apparently is what is happening when her skin glows. Secondly, why would proximity to Una in this process create "chimeric antibodies" in Lt. Noonien-Sigh? If Una's body didn't produce anti-bodies to fight off this virus in the first place, why would it spontaneously create anti-bodies in someone else that happened to be near by?

Pike and Spock return to the ship now that the ion storm has passed and the ship is cured of the virus. Having taken shelter in the library, they've learned the colonies were trying to restore their genetic code to what it was before their race began modifications so that they could join the Federation, only to succumb to the virus as a result. And some of them somehow became energy creatures that live in the ion storm and protected the pair when the window broke. It's disappointing how they completely gloss over this. These energy-based Illyrians still seem to be cognizant given they went out of their way to protect Spock and Pike. Yet Spock and Pike dismiss them all as having died, when that really doesn't seem to be the case. Anyway, Number One offers her resignation to Pike for having lied to join Starfleet, but Pike refuses, because she's one of the best officers he's ever served with regardless of her manipulated genetics. How did she even keep this secret? I mean, wouldn't any medical checkup show that she wasn't human? Una also apologizes to Lt. Noonien-Sigh for lying about being genetically modified, because she'd been bullied as a child for being related to Khan, and hates Augments as a result. I get the feeling the writers will be revisiting this topic at some point.

And finally, Number One confronts Dr. M'Benga, having discovered that he refused to allow the medical transporter to be upgraded while Enterprise was in Spacedock. The light virus got through as a result. Not really sure how, wouldn't the medical transporter be isolated from the main transporter systems? M'Benga reveals his daughter has a terminal illness and he's keeping her alive in the transporter buffer, explaining there is no limit to how long something is kept in the buffer, so long as they are rematerialized regularly....

Sigh... I could probably name a half dozen episodes where they say they CANNOT keep something in the transporter buffer for more than a few minutes before the pattern begins to degrade. Scotty being the ONE exception to this, having jury-rigged a transporter in an unusual way that managed to preserve his pattern for 75 years, although it didn't work for his friend Franklin. And a Voyager episode established that repeated transporter suspension causes acute cellular degradation.

At any rate, M'Benga asks that he have a moment to say goodbye to his daughter now that he's been caught, but Number One surprises him saying she'll have a dedicated line of power from the warp core provided to this transporter so this doesn't happen again so that he can continue looking for a cure for his daughters illness.
This was an overall a good story, reminiscent of episodes like "The Naked Time"/"The Naked Now", albeit a bit rushed at the end. But then they go and screw up details with basic science, like what effect radiation has on organic tissue, and Star Trek continuity, like how the transporter buffer works. It's a big improvement over Discovery and Picard, but it's disappointing they keep getting stuff like this wrong. It just makes me wonder if the writers do any research when writing these episodes.

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