8/10, much better start to the season than the Season 1 premiere. Zhaban died off screen...are you kidding me? Picard effed it up with Laris in like 5 seconds...a new record! El-Auriens don't age unless they want to. What are El-Auriens exactly, and why do they seem more powerful than a species made refugees by the Borg would be? Soji is working as an Federation emissary/ambassador along with Dr. Agnes "I'm still looking for my boyfriend's murderer" Jurati. Jurati is now hitting the sauce pretty hard. Raffi and Seven's relationship seems to be going nowhere. On brand for most Voyager characters besides Tom and B'Elanna. Well, if you can drink and have meals on the bridge, I guess you can smoke too. Rios might be a shit captain though. He told his crew to stand down and they kept firing like if he hadn't said anything at all. Nice to see an Akira class. But what ultimately happened to the Avalon? Was it destroyed by the anomaly? Nice to see a fleet with a more diverse range of ship classes. The "Sovereign class for movies only" rule is finally dead. We also see refits of the Nebula and Galaxy class, what I think is the Obena class, the Luna class, and some other First Contact ships. Any screenies to see what I missed? We see the most dreaded Borg ship of all...the Borg Snowflake! Picard's early life shares the same problem as Kelvinverse Kirk. It's like they were always destined to be great figures, contrary to Star Trek's push-back against the concept of predestination (well outside of Sisko anyways). So now Picard is just like Luke Skywalker. Unfortunately, the episodes ends just as things were getting good. Q appears and it's over. They should have made the second episode available. Wildly misinformed speculations: The "Queen" who beamed aboard is Seven of Nine. She was there to save the fleet from some Borg malware that is present in the Borg technology installed in this new generation of starships. Picard will get a second chance to not detonate the Stargazer and de-escalate the situation. He'll also get a second chance to avoid being sent into the Romulan Friend Zone.