As a recovering overthinker, I have to admit that few shows take their own details seriously enough to justify US taking them seriously. Further, Star Trek is not generally known for its "mysteries to solve" outside of a few comparatively short arcs.
However, ST:Picard does seem to be presenting a mystery -- or at least until it dissolves entirely into an "action packed commando mission".
A number of details that have been nagging at me. I think some will have meaning, while others are probably just oversights.
I'm posting this as a separate thread because it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea.
ReWatch notes -- ST: Picard S01E02 "Remembrance"
[01:18] DREAM: The opening dialogue about tells, bluffs and meta-strategies may be a set-up for the series--a cute "writer's touch". I wish I could believe it was more. But I am making a note: five Queens
[04:08] Dahj's apartment: Dahj's boyfriend is Xahean, a race discussed in ST:Discovery (Short Treks #1 "The Runaway"; tangentially revisited in S02E13 "Such Sweet Sorrow") with "famous instincts" -- a trait not particularly seen in Xaheans before--or even in this episode: frankly he didn't strike me as having any better than "good boyfriend" insight into Dahj, and he certainly didn't sense the attack. Maybe this was a throwaway, but I find it an oddly constructed one.
[05:03] When Dahj's boyfriend rises to get more wine (or maybe a fastfood frozen beverage, based on the replicator image), the camera cuts to the view from the dinner table, with flowers withdrawing their their fused stamens as the petals fold around them, immediately before the attack. This was a deliberately constructed special effect, not a throwaway. How could a plant have such instincts? If it *is* a plant, and not, say, a Romulan monitoring device that signaled for the attack. Or a "friendly" device that is sensing that someone has locked a beam-in, and trying to hide/shield its mechanism.
I'm no botanist, but the flowers seem consistent with orchids (e.g. three petals surrounded by three petal-colored [vs. green] sepals). They may even be the "Orchidaceae Dahj oncidium" [sic] that Dahj mentions later.
[05:28] Tactical team: "We were afraid she'd activated. Since she hadn't, let's just slap her around a while vs. immediately taking her back for questioning."
"Where are the rest of you? Where are you from?" Doesn't sound like they're just looking for a twin.
[13:43] 10,000 warp-capable ferries. 900,000,000 Romulan citizens -- seem like numbers worth remembering.
[19:36] "That's an unusual necklace." It's one of the simplest, most boring, designs imaginable. They should have tried harder.
[26:50] Dahj's mom knows what's going on. Indeed, she seems to have an active plan. Is her dad involved? Did he send her the orchid recently or has she always had it? Is this maybe a Terminator 2 'foster parents' scenario or a holo-simulation? I did notice a video shudder when Dahj confronted her.
[30:36] Orchidaceae Dahj oncidium, is of course a misnomer. The proper species name would be Oncidium dahj. I find this amusing because the real orchid genus Oncidium interbreeds readily with a number of other genera, collectively known by botanists as "The Oncidium Association" -- which sounds like a secret Cardassian group buried inside the Obsidian Order.
[34:05] Okay, there's a huge unexplained explosion on a StarFleet roof. They find a famous admiral unconscious. He wakes up at home in France. Because of course that's what Star Fleet would do. Even if we assume he woke up earlier, was examined and questioned, but simply didn't recall that [plausible, after a head trauma], this is still a nonsensical cherry on top of the whole ludicrous rooftop attack. No part of that made sense. I feel obligated to note that IF she did indeed have an auto-cloaking device, she may still be alive. The explosion of the overloaded disruptor blocked our view if her in the last second.
[39:09] Dr. Jurati, Daystrom Institute, on seeing the necklace (acts like she's been punched in the gut "Where did you get that?"
Where indeed? Dahj never gave it to him. Presumably she was wearing it in the explosion. Even if it were left behind, how did Picard get it? Isn't it evidence in the explosion investigation?
[40:39] OF COURSE, there's a nebula of two overlapping rings near the Borg Artifact. Why not? No, the necklace has nothing to do with that. Move along.
[41:15] Dr. Soji Asha knows she has a twin. Dahj gave no indication that she did. I don't believe we've actually been told Dahj's last name, and IMDB cagily doesn't list one either. Who says there is only one pair of Data-daughter twins out there? It would certainly give meaning to the questions Dahj's attackers asked in her apartment.