Picard: 5 Things To Takeaway From The Show Part 1
If you watched Picard, and this is your first foray into Trek, you may have questions. To be honest, if anyone were to tell you the answer to your questions, it would probably leave more questions.
Good news! We’re here to help.
Us geeks here at Outright Geekery believe in Nerds helping Nerds. In that, we have made a ultimate watchlist for the Trek uninitiated dealing with questions rising from watching Picard.
The way we see it, there are at least 5 angles to take into account. 1 Androids, and their place in alpha quadrant society, 2 The Borg, and there effect on how the technology can be used, and abused, 3 how many times we know of the Federation has been infiltrated, 4 The effect the Romulans have on the stability of the Alpha Quadrant, and 5 Issues with errant AI.
Below is part 1 of 5 part detailed watch list with brief synopsis.
This should help any new Trek fans with questions they may have.
1. Androids, and their place in alpha quadrant society
The Enterprise travels to the Omicron Theta star system, where Data was discovered years, ago in order to investigate the disappearance of a colony. In a hidden cave, they find another robot, Data’s twin brother Lore, and revive him. They discover, almost too late, that Lore is a megalomaniac and out to destroy the Enterprise.
The Enterprise travels to the home of a brilliant but terminally ill scientist. The scientist becomes fascinated by Data and begins to talk only to him and retreats into seclusion with him. He reveals that he has discovered a way to cheat death by transferring his mind into a computer. When the Enterprise beams the away team back, Data starts behaving in an extremely odd fashion.
A cybernetics expert wishes to dismantle Data for study so he can build more androids. When Picard declines, Maddox produces orders transferring Data to his command. Picard attempts to find a way to block the transfer but the only option is for Data to resign. However, it is discovered that, according to current laws, Data is considered property and cannot resign. In order to challenge this law, Picard is forced to defend Data in a hearing and Riker is forced to act as the prosecutor.
Data, after returning from a cybernetics conference, builds a robot child, Lal. While the crew attempts to deal with Data’s fatherhood, Data attempts to teach Lal about humanity. Starfleet Admiral Haftel, after hearing about the experiment, attempts to convince Picard that the new robot should be moved to the Daystrom Institute where she can be properly studied and taught.
Data is using the shuttles to transfer a large cargo of a special element that cannot be transported when, on the last trip, his shuttle mysteriously explodes. The Enterprise is forced to leave the area to deliver their cargo and are not able to investigate the accident. Meanwhile, Data has not been destroyed but captured by Kavis who is a collector of rare and unique things and Data would be a fine addition to his collection.
A young child is hurt during play with his brother as the result of a joke. After he runs off, he eats a poisonous fruit and the Enterprise must get him to a Starbase for treatment. Meanwhile, Data seemingly malfunctions and takes over the Enterprise, changing its heading to an unknown location. Once there Data beams down to the surface to be reunited with his creator, Dr. Nonnian Soong and with his brother, Lore.
The crew of a cargo ship lands on Turkana Four and sends a distress call received by the Enterprise who rush to their aid. On Turkana Four, the crew of the Enterprise has their mission hampered by two warring factions. Lashara Yar is Tasha Yar’s sister and attempts to help the Enterprise.
Data describes a day in his life aboard the Enterprise for Admiral Maddox of Starfleet. On this particular day, Data describes his role in the wedding of Kako to O’Brien and the duties involved in escorting the Vulcan Ambassador T’Pel. T’Pel is on a diplomatic mission to open ties with the Romulans and orders Picard to enter the Neutral Zone to rendezvous with a Romulan warbird commanded by Admiral Mendak.
While exploring an unknown region of space, the crew of the Enterprise, except Data is rendered unconscious. When they awake, Data tells them they were out for only a few moments but, several things just don’t seem right. Evidence begins to mount that they were out for hours and that Data is, inexplicably, lying about what happened while they were unconscious.
A crewman who recently broke up with her boyfriend starts making passes at Data and he tries to understand about love, dating and relationships. Even advice from his fellow shipmates in unhelpful in understanding the complexity his new-found relationship with DeSaura. Meanwhile, the Enterprise attempts to cope with mysterious “dark matter” which causes portions of the ship to desolidify at random.
The Federation loses communication with a science vessel sent to explore a strange star cluster and the Enterprise is sent to investigate. When they get there, they find the ship has been destroyed and the only survivor is a young boy who tells them that the ship was destroyed by an unknown enemy.
The boy suffers from the trauma of losing his parents and latches on to Data as his friend and hero. The boy begins emulating Data as a way of coping with the tragedy. Meanwhile, the Enterprise crew tries to discover the identity of the unknown assailants that destroyed the research ship.
During a brief rest while awaiting a rendezvous with another ship, several members of the crew take the time-off to enjoy themselves or work on special projects. Picard attempts to learn the recorder, Dr. Crusher, with Commander Riker work on rehearsals for a play, Geordi and Data work on an experiment to tie Data in to the computer system, and Worf, Alexander and Counselor Troi enjoy themselves in a holodeck adventure set in the “Ancient West” sic in which Worf and Alexander are the sheriff and deputy faced with the task of bringing Eli Hollander to justice. Troi takes the role of Durango, the “mysterious stranger just passing through town.”
Problems ensue however, when a power flux causes part of the Enterprise computer system to be replaced by part of Data’s programming. The part of the computer system that’s affected – the part that controls recreational activities. Dr. Crusher’s play is replaced by Data’s poetry, Picard’s music is replaced by music Data had been recently studying, Data starts behaving oddly, and the holodeck adventure takes an unplanned, and deadly turn.
The Enterprise makes a stop at Deep Space 9 to assist the station crew in rebuilding the Bajoran aquaduct system destroyed by the Cardassians when they left the station. Dr. Bashir is caught by Data using the Enterprise computer system to analyze medical equipment discovered in the Gamma quadrant. During their investigation, Data is struck by an energy beam from the equipment causing him to lose consciousness and experience a dormant program installed by his creator that was meant to be activated when Data achieved a certain level of development.
Meanwhile, Worf meets an alien, Shrek, in the promenade who convinces Worf that his father did not die at Kitomer but instead is living as a prisoner of the Romulans. Worf travels with Shrek to the prison planet in an attempt to find his father.
Data begins experiencing problems with his dream program which first leads to strange nightmares, then to hallucinations and finally to attacking Troi.
Data encounters a woman who claims to be Noonian Soong’s wife, and Data’s mother.
Data is sent to a technology poor planet to recover some radioactive material that fell onto the planet. Although he was not supposed to encounter any of the natives (and thereby not violate the Prime Directive) he wanders into the nearest village suffering from amnesia. Meanwhile, Deanna Troi decides she wants to take the necessary tests to achieve promotion to command level.
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