Picard: 5 Things To Takeaway From The Show Part 2
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 2 of 5 part detailed watch list with brief synopsis.
This should help any new Trek fans with questions they may have.
2. How many times we know of the Federation has been infiltrated:
The Enterprise travels to Relva 7 where Wesley takes his entrance exams to enter Starfleet Academy. Meanwhile, an old friend of Picard’s, now an admiral, arrives with an aide from the Inspector General’s office to investigate the ship and its crew on the pretext that something is wrong on the Enterprise.
The Enterprise is diverted from a mission by a special transmission for Picard’s eyes only. The message is from Keel, an old friend of Picard’s who asks to meet him on a nearby mining planet. Picard beams down to find the captains of several ships waiting there. Keel and the other captains, after ascertaining Picard is who they think he is, tells him about a suspected conspiracy within Starfleet citing a strange pattern of orders from Command as evidence. They urge him to be careful. After leaving the planet, the Enterprise comes upon the debris of Keel’s ship. Picard asks Data to review the last few months of orders issued by Starfleet. Data reports that there has been an unusual amount of changing of people within the command areas of Starfleet. Picard orders the ship back to Earth where they discover several admirals, including Picard’s friend Quinn have been infected by parasitic creatures.
Riker brings a highly addictive game back from vacation and everyone on board the Enterprise becomes hooked by it, except for Data who suffers from a mysterious malfunction. The game apparently stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain while also attacking the reasoning centers. Only Wesley, on leave from the Academy, and his new friend, Robin Lefler remain unaddicted and it is up to them to save the crew.
Riker undergoes severe mental anxiety while rehearsing and performing a play about a man jailed for a murder he didn’t commit and believed insane. Riker begins to see a strange alien figure on the Enterprise, imagines himself captured by aliens, and begins to lose track of what is real and what isn’t.
The USS Voyager discovers that Species 8472 has created a habitat simulation of Starfleet’s San Fransisco yards, and are training their own to pose as humans to eventually invade Earth.
Deep Space Nine:
Odo and Kira are in the Gamma quadrant when find themselves on a planet with other shapeshifters (who, BTW, do not like Kira as she is a “solid”.)
One of Odo’s people tricks Sisko and the crew into actions that could start a war in the Alpha Quadrant. How can the crew stop a deadly alien who looks exactly like one of them? Which crew member is a deadly alien in disguise?
Since the destruction of the Obsidian Order, Cardassia is in trouble and has closed her borders. A fleet of Klingon ships arrives at DS9. Their commander, general Martok, tels Sisko that his fleet was sent by Gowron to help the Federation in her struggle with the Dominion. The Klingons cause trouble on the station and beat up the cardassian taylor Garak.
When on earth a conference between the federation and the Romulans is disrupted by an attack it becomes clear that Changelings are targeting Earth. Sisko and Odo are being transfered to Earth where Sisko is put in charge of Starfleet Security. Once on Earth he visits together with Jake his father in a restaurant and they met Nog who has a hard time on Starfleet academy.
The power on the whole planet is dropped and the Dominion is the main suspect. While Starfleet Security prepares for the confrontation it becomes clear that some troops cannot be used, and Sisko thinks Starfleet Command is behind this. Sisko reports to the president of the Federation. He is unwilling to believe this untill Odo suddenly appears from an object he changes his mind. Sisko calls in the Defiant, but the USS Lakota gets the order to stop the defiant. Now Sisko has to convince the crew of the Lakota that their orders are given by a changeling, and solve the conspiracy.
Captain Sisko, Odo, O’Brien and Worf embark on a dangerous mission to expose the Klingon leader Gowron as a Changeling who has provoked a war between the Federation and the Klingon empire. By disguising themselves as Klingons, Captain Sisko and the Defiant crew infiltrate the Klingon homeworld amidst a hotbed of political intrigue and suspense.
While Worf and Garak are imprisoned in the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko learns of a Dominion invasion.
Led by Gul Dukat, Cardassia joins the Dominion and prepares to take over the Alpha Quadrant.
An internal investigation indicates Doctor Bashir may be a Dominion spy.
Of course there is a probability that we may have missed something, and if that is the case, we suggest watching all Trek from beginning to end. It’s the only way to be sure.
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