Synopsis: Picard becomes the last of the eleventy crew who unexpectedly meets a family member in season seven.
Memory Alpha Summary: Darth Vader, eat your heart out
Review: This episode is a bit better than Suddenly Human (mostly because there’s no screaming), but it could have been so much more. I’m not sure bringing back Bok was the best idea for the fourth to last episode, as his character was and is still is one-dimensional. At least this time around, the chief engineer and the android get to solve the crime without wonder boy Wesley around to glance at some readouts.
Troi is appropriate with a client who comes on to her, but I’m half-surprised she didn’t go to Beverly to gush over him and ask permission to go spelunking.
For the final time, we have a situation where we’re told that we can transport someone over to somewhere, but “I don’t see how we’ll get you back.” No exposition. No technobabble. Maybe transporting is like tight jeans.
Stewart, as usual, gives an excellent performance, showing himself to be quite vulnerable with his son. There’s a couple of touching moments. I just wish the writers hadn’t copped out with “Guess he’s not his son!” at the end. Granted, they weren’t exactly going to need to discuss Picard’s fatherhood in future seasons, but I think it would have made for a nice bookend with the first episode where Picard confides in Riker that he’s terrible with kids and needs guidance.