"Et in Arcadia Ego Part 2" is the second and last part of the final episode of the series "Picard", license plate Amazon Prime, set in the Star Trek universe.

With this episode ends the first season of the television series that fans have been waiting for so long. A season of ups and downs, which left some doubtful, others even more in love. If you are interested in knowing what I think, I invite you to read the article and my final thoughts.

As always, I leave you here the list of episodes released so far and I advise you to take a look in case you have missed some easter eggs around: Brief introductory guideEpisode OneEpisode TwoEpisode ThreeEpisode FourEpisode fiveBet SixEpisode SevenEpisode Otto, Season finale, Part 1.

However, before I give you my personal opinions, here are the quotes and some explanations of what happened in the episode. I promise you that this time it will be less heavy than the others. Evidently they had run out of ideas to "plunder".

Nanites, nanites at work everywhere.

The second act of the season finale begins with Narek who, after a “daring” escape, infiltrates the Borg Cube still under repair. Here we see the nanites repairing the internal structure, with Elnor and Seven of Nine philosophizing about the essence of being an ex-Borg and how much this being can be hated by the galaxy. We notice more and more Elnor's teenage crush on Seven of Nine, which has never been hidden since the beginning of the relationship between the two.

The family curtain is enriched with the meeting between Narek and Narissa who, as always, throws jokes to his brother about his passion for synthetics. Seeing Narissa on the Cube gave me some thought. The last time we saw her she had activated a teleport to go to a Romulan Serpent Ship and now we find her here, I must have missed something ...

The action moves to Synthville where we find Jean-Luc Picard under house arrest who tirelessly tries to persuade Soji to abandon his destructive plan against the organic, with little conviction I must add. JL does not attack on this lap, forget it.

Before the opening credits, we see other nanites at work, as they are assembling a repeater to get in touch with other synthetic life forms, under the gaze of Dr. Jurati.

Stones, grenades and a night around the fire in "Et in Arcadia Ego"

After the initials, we find Narek intent on shopping. The Romulan collects some grenades to help him in gardening. Its purpose, in fact, is to put space orchids out of order, to simplify the work of the Serpent Ships and Romulan War Hawks en route to Coppelius, and what better way, if not to throw stones at the glass of the ship of Rios, to be open and collaborate with them?

While working with Soong's son in the Synthville research labs, Dr. Jurati takes the opportunity to steal the dead android's eye in order to open Picard's cage. Meanwhile on “La Sirena” our happy heroes chat amiably among themselves and, for no one knows what reason, after having reactivated the energy on the ship they feel the need to tell each other stories of ghosts in front of the fire. A rather useless thing, they look like a group of scouts who want to get scared by telling stories about Ganmadan: the end of everything.

What is Ganmadan? It is like "Ragnarök" or "Judgment Day", the end of everything. Here we are in front of the first real easter egg of the episode. Narek talks about a myth of "before our ancestors arrived on Vulcan". For the uninitiated, in fact, many races have evolved on the basis of the Proto-Vulcans and are: Vulcans, Romulans, Rigelians, Remani, Halanan and Minthakan. Each of these races traces its origin back to the Sargon species, first encountered in the episode of the classic series "Back to Tomorrow".

Is the story of Ganmadan the classic story of fear? Could it be that the Sargon survivors carried this story forward, with only three surviving? Many questions, but few answers.

Sabotage attempts and back on board

Here things get complicated. In the anxiety of wanting to do everything in a short time, in my opinion, we lose sight of the correct course of events, or perhaps it is just the editing of the episode.

The action is not very clear in this second part of Et in Arcadia Ego, as we see the botched sabotage team strive to put a molecular solvent grenade inside a soccer ball. Here Rios believes himself to be Captain James T. Kirk and eats an apple, exactly as the captain did in the second film of the series "Star Trek: Khan's Revenge".

In the village of the androids, Agnes Jurati not only makes Picard escape, but takes him back, in no time, to “The Siren”. Here Picard decides to sacrifice himself. He sits back in the captain's chair and with the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” theme playing in the background, he starts activating the ship's holographic controls to launch it into space against the incoming Romulans. And here Agnes Jurati steals the joke from Jean-Luc saying: “Proceed”.

In virtually every episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" at least once the captain said so. It was either that, or it was "Activate".

The ship then heads for the space outside Coppelius.

Accounts in "Et in Arcadia Ego"

Between the scenes on the ground and those in space, the showdown is inevitable. Soong confronts Sutra and, after revealing his evil plan to kill Saga to move the consciences of the synthetics, deactivates it with remote control. Better than having to press buttons behind your back!

The least useful sabotage team in the story, meanwhile, fails to destroy the signal repeater to retrieve synthetics from outside the galaxy.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, on the Borg Cube, the confrontation between Seven of Nine and Narissa ends in a fight to the death. Fortunately, no "catfight", even if Narissa, undeterred, tries to make Seven lose patience, but this, too focused on avenging Hugh / Thug, does not fall into the trap and, "probably", kills her, making her do a decent I fly down the tub… Cube. Personally I am hoping for a rescue of the Romulan, one of the most interesting characters in history.

In space the Space Orchids try to block and disable the Romulan ships, but with little success, so Picard, with the help of Doctor Jurati and an android amenicle, sees to multiply his ship, copying the old "Picard maneuver" already used, many years ago, when he was aboard the Stargazer. It's true that old ideas are always the best, but to me he knew so much about “we don't know what to do, so let's get this fanservice in the middle too”.
Fortunately, this ideon does not last long.

Active radio beacons and a game of space poker

Soji doesn't wait any longer, activates the beacon and, as the portal begins to open towards no one knows where, the Starfleet theme sounds triumphant. A few hundred ships come out of the bend and stand between the Romulan fleet and Coppelius. Open call frequencies and the heart of fans who jump.

Eventually we got to see Riker captain. And also aboard the flagship the "USS Zheng He". For the uninitiated, Zheng He was a Chinese admiral and navigator who, as some legends tell, was one of the discoverers of the American continent.
Why am I talking about a space poker game? Because Riker likes to play. Confronting former Commodore Oh, Riker says he is on the most heavily armed and powerful ship in the entire Federation, but Michael Chabon, the series' screenwriter, has claimed that Riker's ship is only Curiosity-class, the same as the Ibn. Mājid where Rios served.

If so, then the ship has a configuration that is at least twelve years older. I don't think Riker really has good cards, but as we all know he is good at bluffing.
In addition to this little easter egg there is another one. Riker mentions with heart the treaty of Algernon, which he himself broke when he stayed alongside his old captain while he was a lieutenant on the Pegasus ship. You can find the whole story in the episode "The Pegasus" of the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series.

The fact is that the Romulans fall there, it is not known how since the Commodore was in charge of the defense of the Starfleet for years, while on the planet the beacon is turned off. The robotic tentacles, very similar to those controlled by the nanites in Discovery, begin to go back so, for this time, the worst seems to have been averted, but at what price?

Death of an admiral?

In “Et in Arcadia Ego” death finally came.

Picard dies. Greetings to all, general farewells, nice words on roads that should no longer be taken, emotion of the young Elnor, of Raffi, in short, we are all sad. Too bad there is still a lot of time left and something had to happen.

After the cries of his traveling companions, we find Picard sitting in a study with Data's company. The studio resembles, in all respects, that of Data in the last episode of the series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Here the two discuss the meaning of life and death, sacrifice and the need for a life to end in order to find its fulfillment.

And so I ask myself: why did they pour Picard's mind into the golem Soong was preparing? Ah yes, there are other seasons to do !. Right, sorry, I didn't remember it.

With Jean-Luc Picard we are at least three characters who came back to life after we died. The first was Spock who sacrificed himself in the second film of the series "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and "resurrected" in the following film "Star Trek: The Search for Spock". Then there was the doctor Hugh Culber of the “Star Trek: Discovery” series and now Jean-Luc joins the team.

death in Et in Arcadia Ego

Farewell to Data

However, someone had to die for real and in this case it was Data's turn.
On the notes of the song "Blue Moon", to which Data has always been linked, as we have been able to see both in the first episode of the series, in the film "The Nemesis" and in the episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", his program is finally terminated.

His android life has always been a dream. Noonien Soong's dream is like a dream, what better farewell than a quote from Data's much loved master Shakespeare? Picard's epitaph is taken from "The Tempest":

We too are made of the stuff of which dreams are made; and in the space and time of a dream our short life is enclosed.

The Tempest, Prospero: act IV, scene I

It is not the first time that the words of William Shakespeare have been given to Data. It also happened in the episode "The measure of a man", which we have already talked about previously. Then the words were those of a sonnet:

Sometimes, hated by luck and men,
I cry lonely on my sad abandon,

Sonnet XXIX, William Shakespeare

Was the continuous dreaming for many years after his death a dream of guilt for Picard? The fault of those who remain alive when others die? I invite you once again to follow me in another future article in which I will speak extensively about this whole matter.

Let's go back to “La Sirena” for the great (?) Finale. Sette and Raffi play Kal-tho while holding hands affectionately, Doctor Jurati kisses Rios and the cheerful gang is ready to go on new amazing adventures under the order of Picard which closes this season with his trademark: "Activate".


Conclusions on "Et in Arcadia Ego"

Personally I was very disappointed by “Et in Arcadia Ego”, the season finale. I had perceived a descending parable from the sixth episode of the series and this closure has only completed the work.

After finishing "Star Trek: Picard", which did not actually see a real enemy, which was very much present in the "Star Trek: Discovery" series, the impression I got is that not only did he not want to dare enough , but above all that a line more similar to the search for a fanservice was chosen to consolidate the audience base.

The flavor it left me, in Data's words, is that this season is “an acquired taste”. Now that the pilot of the series has been shot, in ten episodes, I expect that the next adventures can give something more.

I invite you to follow us again, because in a future article, I will talk about the consequences of what happened in this season of the TV series “Star Trek: Picard”.

I leave you with a question that haunts me. But did Narek teleport away? Did he literally vanish in thin air too?