Realtime Observations - Picard 2x08 - Mercy

  • E.T.: Picard
  • Don’t mind the bloody cuffs; maid doesn’t arrive until Tuesday.
  • Oh yeah, let him have that power by looking intimidated.
  • Opening credits letting us know Q is showing up this ep. About damned time. Or have they always done that and I just missed it because I skipped the opening the last couple eps?
  • Just how the hell long have they been hanging outside that “dive bar”?! Or is Jurati just breaking windows at bars all around town?
  • Go through all the operating systems, Rios. All of them.
  • Did Raffi call Seven ‘loose’?! RUDE.
  • Big, red beard?
  • So did Jurati do a half-assed job on the security system? FBI guy says Jean Luc is “one of six known trespassers” at the Europa Gala. But as far as the security system was concerned, they were legit.
  • Thanks for the exposition, JL.
  • Oh right, Kore’s subplot.
  • OH GOD, a fucking HOLOLENS? You picked one of the most recognizable, silly looking real world devices as a sci-fi prop?? 🤣 Like, I’ll admit I give Picard a harder time than other shows, but this is truly fucking silly looking. We live in a world of 3D printing that could create ANYTHING, and you trot out THIS as a prop? This is objectively worse than that time they used an undisguised 3D printer as a 24th century replicator back in S1.
  • Operating system: VR V3.1, for those keeping track. 97.6 FPS.
  • “Patience, mon petit.” – once again forgetting the whole French thing was more for Picard than just Q’s character. But I guess if you do it enough, it makes it come true by default. :P
  • Okay are those actual items in the world, or not? He’s a “simulacra” but he’s also picking up objects and those objects are ‘flickering’ to indicate they, too, are fake, but… jesus christ.
  • “That’s a human genome!”
  • Holy shit SHE’S JUST NOW GETTING THAT SHE WAS … what the fuck was she WATCHING all night? She’s not terribly bright, I guess.
  • Q droppin’ off some drugs.
  • Just a dead body layin’ around. Ugh, CLEAN UP THE STREETS, Los Angeles.
  • “Could you be a little less happy that I’m defective?” – Thank god someone finally smacked Raffi down. She’s been incredibly irritating all season (and Elnor getting slabbed has long stopped being a reasonable excuse).
  • Wait, can Seven can smell cell phone batteries? They didn’t explicitly say that, but…
  • HAHAHAH THE QUEEN’S EATING EVERYONE’S BATTERIES
  • Yeah! Take out Raffi! YEAH! GO AGNES! GO AGNES!
  • Bah.
  • That dress is awesome. I mean, it’s got that neat red metallic pattern.
  • Back to sitting around with Picard and Nu!Guinan.
  • “You know who else went to a clinic? Hitler.”
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA oh holy shit they paid off Rios’ use of the sarcastic “just reveal the plot” trope? But also: they took it seriously enough to record it??
  • “…a crusty old admiral…” – hahaha
  • AND THEY PAID OFF NOT PICKING UP HIS BADGE AT THE CLINIC. 😆 I mean, we just kind of assumed Seven and Raffi recovered it after tracking it and we just didn’t show it on-screen. So now Seven and Raffi look like fucking idiots. Again.
  • Rios, just take the ship and go find a nice 24th century planet to settle down with them on. Might as well.
  • “Four cakes!” – the computer generates four random cakes. Is that default behavior? Get vague: get something random? Eeh, alright. Also: “THERE ARE FOUR CAKES.”
  • She sniffed the cake. :)
  • I love them. 🥰
  • KISSY KISSY 🥰🥰
  • I love that we’re just dumping secrets by the gallon to the clinic doctor and her kid but the FBI guy is visibly losing his hair over being denied details. :D
  • FBI guy is full of shit, I bet.
  • “The summoning is a sacred ritual!”, bellows the fancy-dress Q in costume as (another) FBI agent.
  • Q’s dying. What a surprise. 🙄
  • Snap-fizzle-snap.
  • “Humans. They’re all trapped in the past.”
  • The Kore story line better go somewhere. We’re basically about 10 steps ahead of it while the characters catch up.
  • Incredibly surprised Soong didn’t chase her, considering he’s that unhinged.
  • Fuck off, Elnor.
  • Ahaha, Raffi you’re an asshole. But an asshole to Elnor, which takes some of the edge off the scene, but still.
  • Points for at least trying to explain why she’s been such a jerk. I mean, we kind of knew why, but the details are nice.
  • “Am I dreaming, or is this a nightmare?” - I keep asking that, myself, Adam.
  • GHOST GUINAN hahahahahahahahah what the fuck is THIS?!
  • Yeah yeah, kid saw some Carbon Creek shit in the woods and grew up paranoid of aliens. NEEEEXT.
  • Maybe beaming him out while mid-meld is what turned him into an idiot.
  • Yeah yeah, Picard is like the FBI guy, both haunted by imperfect memories. NEEEEXT.
  • Thought for sure Picard asking for help was going end in credits. Seemed like a natural break-point.
  • Quick flash over to Rios to let us know teleporters are down. And then back to Picard. Weird.
  • Guess Guinan’s free now.
  • Now the FBI guy is a good guy.
  • But… he’s the one that captured them in the first place, I mean… oh, whatever.
  • I really like makeup-free Agnes/Queen’s mixed sarcasm. Go ahead, assimilate everyone.
  • Sooo… gonna… do a fighty thing next week on the La Sirena. Wee.

So that’s how you turn what should have been a 10 minute “let’s summon Q and get some explanation about what’s going on” moment into a whole-ass episode.

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