Patrick Stewart attends the “Picard” Season 3 premiere on February 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Has Too Many Easter Eggs For Its Own Good
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 6 of "Star Trek: Picard."
Despite having sold itself as essentially a reunion special, with most of the main cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" returning, Season 3 of "Picard" had managed to relegate the nostalgia to a mere steady drip. However, Episode 6 goes full-bore nostalgia, throwing in dozens of Easter eggs and cameos for no other reason than for Trekkies to point in recognition.
In the episode, an investigation sees Worf, Riker, and Raffi break into the Daystrom station, while Jack Crusher and Seven of Nine look out over the ships in a nearby Starfleet museum. A painful amount of time is dedicated to Seven scrolling through the old ships' database while she and Jack comment on the U.S.S. Defiant, Voyager, Enterprise-A, and H.M.S. Bounty.
Each ship comes with its own musical quotation from the series or movie in which it appeared, which elicits nostalgia as well as bitter resentment — and feels self-indulgent. Trekkies may even question why old Starfleet vessels aren't being recycled and are kept powered up and ready to go even after centuries, making the entire sequence come off as gross pandering.
On the Daystrom station, Worf and Riker trigger a security hologram that resurrects Sherlock Holmes villain Moriarty, referring to two "Next Generation" episodes. Along with Raffi, they creep past the remains of Capt. Kirk, and other Easter eggs and references, including a tribble, whose presence in a space station feels dangerous and completely unjustifiable.