This post contains spoilers from Star Trek: Picard, season three, episode 2 “Disengage.”
After all the speculation about Admiral Jean-Luc Picard and Dr. Beverly Crusher and whether or not a romance had taken place so many years ago, we finally learn the answer in “Disengage,” the second episode of the season. Ever since we saw Ed Speleers in the trailer for the series’ final season, fans have wondered how he was going to play into the picture, with some even suggesting he could be Sela’s son, but as it turns out, he has a lot bigger role than that.
As the seconds are ticking by, and Captain Shaw has to make a decision whether or not to turn Jack Crusher, Dr. Crusher’s son, over to Vadic, a wounded Dr. Crusher makes it onto the bridge of the Titan with some help from Captain Riker. And, in a perfectly executed moment, with just one look at her face, Admiral Picard know’s the truth. Jack isn’t just her son; he’s Picard’s as well, something Riker had been hinting at since they first had a conversation with Jack.
Star Trek: Picard answered a lot of questions about Picard and Dr. Crusher’s relationship but opened the door to even more.
It has been years since Picard has spoken with Dr. Crusher, and their reunion is tainted by their son’s criminal activities and how they jeopardize the lives of over 500 people aboard the Titan. Still, Picard doesn’t hesitate when he shuts down Captain Shaw and takes command using Admiral’s privilege. Whatever Jack might be, he’s still the son Picard never got to know, and now we know why there will be dissenssion between Dr. Crusher and Picard this season.
With Jack on the run from bounty hunters, and the Titan seeking a hiding place from Vadic, there will be plenty of time for those arguments we’ve been expecting based on some of Patrick Stewart’s comments in interviews. In the meantime, fans of this romantic pairing can at least be happy theirs didn’t remain a will they/won’t they relationship even though it clearly didn’t end on a perfect note.