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Star Trek: Picard episode 2 recap: another great episode with a shocking twist

About this episode

- Episode 2 (of 10), 'Maps and Legends'
- Written by Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman
- Directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper

Spoilers follow

We begin with a flashback, 14 years ago, to the Utopia Planitia shipyards on Mars. It's First Contact Day, a celebration of the day humanity first made contact with the Vulcans. In the shipyards, humans work alongside primitive androids: so-called Synthetic Labour Units. One of these androids, F8, seems to have a playful relationship with his fleshy colleagues—although some are more mocking than friendly. But then his eyes suddenly begin to flicker and he uses a computer console to lower the facility's deflector shields. As alien ships attack, F8 brutally kills his co-workers, then turns the phaser on himself.

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