Synopsis: In Fly Me To The Moon Picard discovers an important person from his past may be integral to the divergence in the timeline. Q continues his manipulation of the timeline, taking an interest in Dr. Adam Soong. Seven and Raffi attempt a daring rescue of Rios, while Jurati faces the consequences of her deal with the Borg Queen.
Following up on events from last week. Picard has finally met up with The Watcher who has a striking resemblance to his Romulan friend Laris. As the two exchange dialogue, Picard learns that the Earths Watcher is otherwise known as A Supervisor, who works for an alien organization called Aegis. Picard tells her of Kirk’s encounter with supervisor 194 aka Gary Seven. The supervisor reveals that the divergent timeline can be traced to Rene Picard who is an astronaut in the Europa Space program and is having doubts about her abilities. These doubts she is having are apparently being given a little bit of a nudge by Q who is posing as Rene’s therapist.
In order to try and fix the timeline. Picard gets the Supervisor to agree to an alliance in order to help get Rene out into space so that she can complete her mission, which will fix the divergent timeline. However, they can’t become directly involved with her. Whereas Q can.
Also, Q has a couple of other plans on the go. In short, Q has lost his powers. So he can only influence events by influencing people and events. To that end, he has set his sights on Dr. Adam Soong. A geneticist that is desperately trying to find a cure for his daughter who cannot go out in sunlight or be exposed to dust. Q who may or may not have figured out the cure dangles it in front of Song’s nose so that he will do Q’s bidding.
Meanwhile, Jurati’s dealings with the Borg Queen escalate as the Queen lures a police officer into her web and tries to assimilate him as a means of getting Jurati close enough to her so that she can inject her with her tubules. To make matters worse. Jurati who is unaware of what has happened is a vital part of Picard’s mission to influence Rene Picard’s future in the Europa Space Program.
Patrick Stewart and Orla Brady have some brilliant scenes together as we see Picard work hard to convince the Supervisor aka The Watcher to help him fix the timeline. Furthermore, Brady is really convincing as this new Aegis Supervisor and holds a strong presence of authority.
Adding more trouble to an already intriguing plot. John de Lancie gets to show us just how dangerous Q can be when he doesn’t have his powers to rely on. His scenes with Dr. Soong (Brent Spiner) show us a more edgy side to Q who is so backed into a corner that he has to bribe and exploit human nature instead of just changing stuff by clicking his fingers. This makes for a really interesting deep dive into Q’s character and makes up for the missed opportunity that got squandered in the TNG episode ‘Deja Q’. Also, Spiner gets to show us just how much a parent would do in order to protect their child.
Fly Me To The Moon was a really enjoyable episode in which the writers really went all out to make use of something that until now has only been seen in the books and comics. The return of Aegis and The Supervisor for Earth. Although a part of me would love to find out what happened to Gary Seven. Might he turn up as The Supervisor’s Supervisor maybe? Sure it would be a different actor in the role. But it would still be cool to see.
I also love that Fly Me To The Moon brought Aegis back into the Star Trek series as I have always felt that it was a missed opportunity as Assignment Earth, which was the final episode of the second season of Classic Trek was a favorite episode of mine.
As already said above. Seeing a Q devoid of power and having to exploit the darker inclinations of human nature is a masterstroke. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
- CGI & Stunts9.5
- Incidental Music9.7