In Review: Star Trek: Picard (S3 -EP2) Disengage

Picard makes a shocking discovery that will alter his life forever - and puts him on a collision course with the most cunning enemy he's ever encountered.

Synopsis: In Disengage  Picard makes a shocking discovery that will alter his life forever – and puts him on a collision course with the most cunning enemy he’s ever encountered. Meanwhile, Raffi races to track a catastrophic weapon – and collides with a familiar ally.


The Story

Picking up from last week. Picard, Riker, and, Jack Crusher are cornered by the ship that has been hunting Jack and his mother Dr. Beverley Crusher. Outside the nebula, Captain Shaw and the Titan are shamed into a rescue attempt by their first officer Seven of Nine. After the Rescue. Shaw, Picard, and Riker learn that they are up against a bounty hunter by the name of Captain Vadic and she is seriously intent on taking custody of Jack Crusher who is wanted for various crimes, which include smuggling medical supplies among other things.

If that isn’t complicated enough. We also learn that Jack is Picard’s son from his past relationship with Beverley Crusher. Added to this is the fact that Beverley was also involved with Jack’s smuggling operation when it comes to medical supplies. In short, Dr. Crusher and her son Jack were doing wrong for the right moral reasons. Despite all of this Captain Shaw’s instinct is to Disengage and hand Jack over to Captain Vadic in order to safeguard his ship and crew. Whereas Picard and Riker’s instinct is to make a stand so that Jack gets a fair trial for his crimes. Outgunned and cornered Picard must make a choice. Save his son and do what is right or allow Captain Shaw to follow Starfleet’s procedures and hand his son over to Vadic in order to safeguard The Titan and her crew.

Elsewhere, Raffi has just witnessed a terrorist attack that has used a catastrophic weapon against the Federation. Although she is told to disengage by her handler. Raffi goes against orders and launches an investigation, which puts her in the path of a Ferengi Gangster called Sneed.


The Acting

We get some fantastic acting performances this week and a brilliant scene between Patrick Stewart and Ed Speleers in which Picard seeks to find out who Jack Crusher is and his reasons for having committed the crimes he did. We also get a really threatening and manipulative villain in Captain Vadic who is played by the brilliant Amanda Plummer.



A fantastic episode, which reveals the threat level that Picard and his friends are up against and also introduces the fact that Jack Crusher is Picard and Dr. Crusher’s son. We also get to see what another former Enterprise D crewmember has been up to when a certain Klingon comes to the rescue of Raffi at the end of the episode.


Star Trek: Picard (S3 -EP2) Disengage
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