Jean-Luc Picard is becoming acquainted with the Enterprise AND her crew AND some new additions to that crew (in addition to him) AND an advanced species capable of reading thoughts well enough to produce historically-accurate illusions but not well enough to determine whether humanity has yet reached the designation of “civilized.”
PLUS we are privy to history between Troi and Ryker AND between Picard and Dr. Crusher AND there’s a Klingon on the bridge so at some point between Kirk’s missions and Picard’s we must extrapolate that the Federation’s relationship with the Klingons which at best was described as strenuous is now at least tenuous.
Did I mention the android? Did I mention the short-short skirts that got grandfathered in? Did I mention the glossed over “dude” in the short-short skirt hinting at the LGBTQ issues Roddenberry would never get to explore in-depth for fear of being silenced on all points?
There’s so much in this episode I wouldn’t even know where to begin to write a sonnet. Though the giant-space-jellyfish do give me pause and I’m sure I’ll be mulling them over for some time.
Still, I must say, the best part of the whole thing was seeing Bones’ cameo giving Data a hard time for being similar to a Vulcan (just lacking the pointy ears and green copper-based blood). Not sure why they had him lean into that accent so heavily, but somehow I’m just even more charmed by it and wish he had been more involved in the story.