Star Trek: Picard - S1E5 - 2/20/2020 - "Stardust City Rag" - (Spoilers)

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  1. Balzer

    Balzer Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Sioux Falls, SD


    Surprised I haven't seen a thread started yet. So here it is. What did you all think? :)

    Nice callback to TOS with the drink Tranya. There were one or two other "easter eggs" but can't recall them right now. Maybe have a more comments after I watch it again.
  2. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Hiring an actor who looked so remarkably like a young Marina Sirtis to play the villain was a bit startling...
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  3. cbrrider

    cbrrider Active Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Portland, OR
    ... and confusing. I thought we had a flash back episode with Deanna Troi for a second or so. Overall, a meh episode. JL (hate the nickname) going undercover with an eye patch is stupid. Murdering Maddox by turning off the EMH without setting off alerts to the rest of the ship was dumb.
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  4. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 26, 2017
    Elizabeth, CO
    That got to me too. Even if no alarms are set off the logs are still going to show what happened
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  5. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    San Antonio


    I was amazed at how much she looked like Marian Sirtis.

    Overall I liked this episode. It was a lot of fun. Some silliness like Picard taking on the outrageous French accent. Freecloud looked like a cross between Blade Runner and Tron Legacy to me. Some interesting things there.

    I think the discussion of Picard's and Seven's humanity was great.

    There were a lot of Easter eggs that I caught.
    2 references to Quark, 1st the Quark Bar in Freecloud, and 2nd Mr. Quark of Ferenginar.
    Mr. Mot the Bolian barber from TNG has either relocated to Freecloud or has a franchise there.
    The Breen being referenced
    Noonian Soong being referenced
  6. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it. TCF Club

    Jul 5, 2006
    Northeast US
    As soon as they said the word "Tranya", my husband and I turned to each other and said "I hope you relish it as much as I". :D
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  7. ThePennyDropped

    ThePennyDropped Now I get it. TCF Club

    Jul 5, 2006
    Northeast US
    Am I alone in thinking that the scene where the villain is carving up Icheb was awfully dark for Star Trek?
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  8. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Dark for network TV perhaps, but not a streaming service where pretty much anything goes.
  9. Family

    Family Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    I'm out. We're halfway thru the season and it's a yawner.
  10. pgogborn

    pgogborn Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2002

    The EMH diagnosed that she had a "psychiatric emergency", she said she had to "atone". At one level no surprise at what she did and it remains to be seen how quickly what she did is discovered.

    But I wonder to what extent an EMH treating a patient for a psychiatric emergency is bound by rules of patient confidentiality, if it will have a memory of what happened next time activated.

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  11. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    I really really liked the chemistry between Patrick Stewart and Jeri Ryan in this episode. It’s like they had been on the same show for years.

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  12. secondclaw

    secondclaw Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    I miss my utopian Trek ... This version is like dime a dozen on TV, and some of them (like The Expanse, Westworld) do it much better.

    Some thoughts ...
    Does Picard's disguise with eye patch and french accent have any meaning on another planet? This seems unnecessary silly.

    That the EMH didn't intervene when patient was dying is weird, even if it was dismissed. Of course the top artificial intelligence scientist of the federation can likely hack EMH and alter the logs after the fact.

    Raffi and her son. Maybe this would work if they developed something ... Like her constantly talking about her family. As it was shown there was really nothing worth emotional investment here.

    And what a waste, burning a stunning Marina Sirtis lookalike for this episode. I kept wondering if it wasn't someone related to Troi family.

    Killing Icheb ... How exactly did 7 of 9 diagnose that he's dying? And if he's in pain, I'm sure dystopian Trek has some good drugs to take care of that. This seemed a bit rash and out of character for ST in general.

    Scenes with 7 of 9 and Picard were fantastic thought. The only saving grace of this episode for me.
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  13. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    I keep forgetting that it shows up only on streaming services because I live in the one country where its on TV. Granted, it's on a cable channel and not network TV, but still.
  14. pgogborn

    pgogborn Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2002

    Picard was disguised as a flamboyant 'facer. They have flamboyance on lots of planets.
  15. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    The characters of Maddox and Icheb were both recast. I'd like to know more about that. Were the original actors unavailable? Were they never a consideration?
  16. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    Google is my friend. A search on Manu intiraymi shows why he was likely not asked back.
  17. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I guess I couldn't find it . . . .
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  18. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    What, other planets don't get the intergalactic Internet? ;)
  19. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    I was trying not to derail the thread (when has that ever happened at TCF? :D), but google "manu intiraymi kevin spacey".
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  20. OrangeCrush

    OrangeCrush Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    Brian Brophy, the actor who originally played Bruce Maddox is the Theatre Director at Caltech but hasn't otherwise done much credited acting in recent years. He might've just been unavailable with his other obligations or otherwise declined to reprise the role after so much time had passed.

    You saw the flap about what Manu Initrami said to Anthony Rapp abound the Kevin Spacey allegations, and while he eventually apologized the bridge may already have been burned. Or it could be legitimate scheduling issues.

    Even with smaller episode orders, TV has a tight production schedule. They have to film when all the people and pieces are in place and if any actors outside of major characters can't make it, they have to go with an alternate choice.

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