Were you referring to Wesley Crusher as The Traveler? That was an awesome surprise!
I'll just repost my review from my forum and you can discuss whatever points you want to discuss from there :)
Original air date: 05/05/2022
What an interesting season finale. I didn't expect such a feel-good finale from Star Trek, especially since they had another season planned after this and the writers knew that at the onset of this season. It makes me wonder what they have in store for next year's series finale. This season of Picard dealt with deep down pain that people have to overcome - each character had it. We saw real sacrifice and growth.
Picard has long been shy about relationships and struggled to get close - we now know why this has been. Q had known it too. However what Q has done is larger than that. The Transwarp conduit would have formed regardless. Q's purpose was not merely to save Picard - it was to save all that Picard loved and fought for in the Alpha Quadrant. Q not only helped Picard discover himself - he also saved billions because what Picard would do in the past set the stage for saving the Quadrant and confronting a new threat that Q knew was coming.
While Q did say it didn't all have to be about galactic importance, that was still something. He ultimately did it BECAUSE of his affection for Picard. Ultimately Q learned something from his interactions with Picard and all of the Alpha Quadrant benefited.
As for characters, both Jurati and Rios did feel out of place in their own time so this was a nice ending for them. Jurati's loneliness is solved and Rios now has a place and we know the positives he creates.
It was mind-blowing that Jurati had triumphed over the Borg Queen and turned the Borg into a powerful force for good. Now, that was unexpected. I loved that speech Jurati gave to the Borg Queen in the previous episode. So, for me, a very satisfying final episode. And I loved the little sequence with Wesley Crusher coming back as "The Traveler." Wow, did not expect that!
I'm okay with the Borg joining the Federation, actually, because really at this point, where else could they go with that story? Left as it is, eventually the Borg would triumph over everybody. Eventually. Unless someone actually does commit genocide on them. And that doesn't seem very Trekkish either.
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