[08:48] "Vast quantities of stuff"
We're talking the Whole Universe here. Is that all there is? YES! Unless you grew up in sub/hyper space. She sounds like she's starring in "For White Girls who considered Suicide/When the Universe is Enuf" (Ntozake Shange's less-known play).
Also, something about the way she bounced up the stairs and this conversation makes me think she has a liitle crush on Rios
"over three billion stars in our galaxy alone, and ours is one of two trillion... a septillion known planets"
Does Google only reach the Alpha quadrant? How about Paul Woodmansee?
Even if I give Agnes a break and strike the "known" from "planets", don't let her numbers infiltrate your head. There are (gravitationally estimated) 100-400 billion stars in the Milky Way and 100-200 billion galaxies. Planets? Well, there's that break I promised you. Maybe.
[10:15] A holodeck on a one-man ship? From the few external shots we've seen, taking the bridge windows for scale, the main hull is barely large enough to contain the two-level main deck. That's a big Chekovian gun to hang on the wall. It better become essential later.
OTOH, a holodeck [in a storage room) might be a cheap upgrade when you have a full suite of holograms roaming in (and over) a ship.
[11:44] "Did I say I was eager?... Do I seem eager to you?" -- comically transparent
[13:17] "Romulan warrior nuns"
What next? Vulcan attack clowns? Horta sex workers? Klingon butlers? No... Klingon tribble-barbers!
[15:50] That lingering shot through the holoscreen superposing Ramdha's features onto Soji was clearly intentional/significant, but I have no idea what it means.
[18:00] "Jolan Tru... Jolan Tru.... Jolan Tru..." (to the tune of "Be our guest" or other ditty)
We see Picard beam down via unseen eyes through a grated window, hinting at an oppressive regime. We see people with (Romulan Rebirth?) armbands, carrying swords. The "Romulans Only" sign is distasteful--but exclusion is common (if often veiled) on modern Earth. I can't say if some on the street (not just the cafe) recognized him, and were pointedly ignoring him, or if the public was just generally wary and somber.
[22:28] I was glad to see Narek confront Soji. Their mutual distrust was tiresome. Indeed, their whole impetuous affair made little sense to me, despite the seemingly unconquerable pretzel logic of youthful hormones (which, I suppose, was the point of the Bollywood-like sock-slide).
The paranoid Romulans would have thoroughly investigated (and monitored) ANYONE allowed on the Artifact. Dr. Kunamadestifee had her residency cancelled (and reinstated 6mos later) with no reason given. (Was she written just to say that? Or will the "fruit" of her research appear?)
It's striking that the Twins penetrated the two most secured spaces we've seen: Daystrom (recall the biometric doors) and The Artifact. If Dahj was sent after info (or physical bits) of Data, B4 or even possibly Lore, what was Soji sent after? The truth about the Shaenor? Species 8472 (and many others, including the Borg themselves) might be interested in that
I had mentally dismissed Lore, assuming I had simply forgotten his destruction, but I learned that the disposition of his body is unknown. He was disassembled to be sent to the Federation (likely Daystrom) for study, but some say Data kept him (I don't know the basis for this)
[31:15] For some reason, on first viewing, I assumed Picard provoked the Romulan cafe to force Elnor to come to his aid. Though he mentioned ethnic strife to Zani, it didn't seem a rational fight to pick when he already had a mission. Maybe his parietal lesion was acting up.
"Parietal lesion" reminded me about the Bynar, who have parietal brain implants -- and come in pairs. Stewart and Frakes have both said they wanted to bring them back someday.
[36:21] "Fight a Qowat Malat, and the outcome is not in doubt"
Ah, but he's not a Qowat Malat, and never can be. I'll cut him some slack, and assume everyone in town knew of his training.
[37:50] "You been studying her kind your entire adult life"
At first I was impressed: Studying her kind his whole adult life? How? She's only existed 3 years. Were there earlier android incidents?
Then I remembered his youth:his whole adult life might have been 3 years--or less. I don't know the Romulan age of majority or how they adolesce/age.