Picard: 5 Things To Takeaway From The Show Part 4
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 4 of 5 part detailed watch list with brief synopsis.
This should help any new Trek fans with questions they may have.
4 The effect the Romulans have on the stability of the Alpha Quadrant:
The Neutral Zone
While Picard attends an emergency conference, the Enterprise discovers a 20th Century Earth-craft with three humans aboard frozen in suspended animation. The humans are revived and have trouble acclimating to the changes in the 370 years they have been asleep. Meanwhile, Picard returns from his meeting to inform the crew that several outposts at the edge of the Neutral Zone have been destroyed and Romulans are suspected. The Enterprise has been sent to investigate.
The Enterprise investiages a distress call on a Federation planet with a particularly harsh surface and winds. The away team finds the remains of a Romulan ship and one Romulan, barely alive. The away team beams aboard the Enterprise with the Romulan, accidentally stranding Geordi on the planet where he, moments before beam-out time, stumbled into a pit. The crew of the Enterprise struggles to keep the Romulan alive and to locate Geordi on the surface. Meanwhile, on the surface, as Geordi moves closer to the beacon the Enterprise left to guide him, he is taken prisoner by a second Romulan, Bokra. Geordi attempts to convince Bokra that they must work together to stay alive and be rescued while a Romulan Warbird closes in on the Enterprise determined to retrieve their lost comrades from the grip of the Federation.
A Romulan scoutship, with a Romulan Warbird in pursuit, hails the Enterprise and requests asylum. After the Enterprise easily chases off the Warbird, they beam aboard the occupant of the scoutship, Setal, who has information about a new Romulan offensive. The Enterprise crew, skeptical about the defector’s claims and motives and attempting to get at the truth, travels to Nelvana 3 where there is supposed to be a Romulan base at which a large Romulan fleet will gather to launch an offensive against the Federation.
The Enterprise happens upon a time-rift in space and the world changes around them as the Enterprise-C comes out of the rift. In this new reality, the Enterprise is at war with the Klingons, a war that they cannot win. Also, Tasha Yar is still alive and serving as Tactical Officer aboard the Enterprise-D. The Enterprise-C is critically damaged and was apparently involved in a fight with Romulans while in defense of a Klingon base. The crews eventually realize that, had the Enterprise-C been successful, the current war with the Klingons might never have happened. Clearly, the Enterprise-C must return even though it is likely to never survive the battle. When the Captain of the Enterprise-C is killed during a Klingon attack, Lt. Castillo asks to take the ship back through the warp himself. Meanwhile, Guinan, whose peculiar senses have told her that things are not as they should be, tells Tasha that in the true timeline, Tasha died an empty death. This convinces Tasha that she should return with the Enterprise-C as their tactical officer so that her death can have some meaning, and so she can be with Castillo with whom she has fallen in love.
During a routine mapping mission, the Enterprise discovers unusual readings on Alpha Onias 3. Riker commands an away team to the planet but, the team succumbs to gas. Riker wakes in sickbay to discover that it is 16 years later and he is now the captain of the Enterprise in the middle of tricky negotiations with the Romulans. He also apparently has a son named Jean-Luc. Riker struggles to regain his memory and continue his mission but, something doesn’t seem right.
A mysterious explosion and a Klingon exchange officer caught sending Federation secrets to the Romulans lead to an investigation headed by Admiral Satie. The Admiral, well known for resolving difficult disputes and brilliantly leading investigations arrives on the Enterprise with her entourage and proceeds to investigate the alleged treason. In the course of her investigations she turns up the fact that a crewman, Simon Tarsis, lied on his Acadamey application form. He originally claimed he was a Human/Vulcan hybrid but is actually a Human/Romulan mix. Satie attempts to prove that Tarsis is the person mainly responsible for leaking secrets to the Romulans on a regular basis. Picard objects to her methods and deductions, she accuses Picard of being involved in the conspiracy and threatens to ruin his career in Starfleet.
En route to a conference on Risa, Commander La Forge is captured by a Romulan ship and brainwashed to perform some service for the Romulans. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is on its way to Krios with Ambassador Kell to investigate claims made by the Klingon governor that the Federation has been supplying weapons to rebels on the planet. The Enterprise determines that the weapons being supplied to the rebels, while appearing to be Federation issue are, in fact, manufactured by the Romulans.
While at Krios, La Forge returns to the Enterprise completely unaware that he has been with the Romulans and believing to have spent the time at Risa as planned. He assists Picard in investigating the source of the weapons supplied to the rebels and assists Data in investigating the mysterious E-band signals that the Enterprise has detected. La Forge, under the influence of the Romulans, beams a supply of weapons to the rebels that is intercepted by the governor, causing Vagh to accuse Picard of complicity in the rebellion. When Governor Vagh boards the Enterprise to watch the investigation into the incident, he is nearly assassinated by La Forge, again completely under the influence of the Romulan’s conditioning.
During the scenes on the Romulan cruiser when La Forge is being conditioned, a Romulan commander appears in the background hidden in shadows. There has been a lot of speculation as to the identity of the Commander however, the voice of the actress sounds a great deal like Denise Crosby who had left the show.
Continuing the events portrayed in REUNION, the Enterprise makes its way to the Klingon homeworld to see Gowron installed as the new emperor. Picard, as the chosen arbiter of succession must continue to fulfill his duty to see that Gowron becomes the emperor and that ties with the Federation continue. Meanwhile, Worf speaks to Gowron requesting that Worf’s family honor be restored since it was Duras’ family who betrayed the Kitomer outpost to the Klingons. Gowron refuses because of the influence that Duras’ family still has with the council.
Picard beams down to the planet to perform his final act as arbiter. However, before he can properly install Gowron as the new emperor, Duras’ sisters Lursa and B’Etor produce Toral, a bastard child of Gowron, who claims the right to succession. The ceremony is halted until Picard may decide if the child has a legitimate claim.
Worf, seeing the growing problems within the Klingon empire and the possibility of a civil war if Gowron becomes emperor, talks with his brother Kurn who is allied against Gowron. Worf convinces Kurn to lend his support to Gowron’s forces so that the support may be used as a bargaining edge to regain the family honor.
Picard decides that Toral is not eligible to become emperor and bestows that title on Gowron. This causes the council to split with some following Gowron and some following Toral who is not only backed by the council and those loyal to the family of Duras but by Romulans led by a mysterious commander.
The Klingon empire is now at war. Worf, his family honor restored, resigns his commission as a Starfleet Officer to aide Gowron and learn what it means to be a Klingon. Meanwhile, the Romulans and the family of Duras make plans that will drag the Federation into the war and to lure Picard to his death.
The premiere of the fifth season was the second part of the previous season’s cliffhanger episode. The war between Duras’ family and Gowron’s heats up and Duras appears to be winning. They have had the help of the Romulans commanded by Sela. The Federation wishes to stay out of the fight since it is an internal civil war but Picard convinces the Fleet Admiral that the Romulans may be involved and therefore the Federation should be as well. Picard sets up a blockade to prevent Romulan ships from sending supplies to Duras’ forces and eventually, Duras’ forces are defeated by Gowrons.
Sela, in one of the strangest (but predictable) twists on the show, claims to be Tasha Yar’s daughter. Since Tasha died childless in “Skin of Evil”, it seems impossible for her to have a grown up daughter much less one in a position of command in the Romulan Empire. For the answer, one needs to look at the events in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. In that episode, the Enterprise D encountered Enterprise C in an alternate history where Tasha was still alive on the D. At the end of the episode, she returns to the past on the Enterprise C. When the Enterprise D returns to its correct history line, all memories of the encounter vanish and Tasha’s existence on the C was forgotten. However, Tasha was captured by the Romulans when she returned to the past on the Enterprise C and eventually married a Romulan General and had a child by him. Tasha was eventually executed for trying to escape the Empire and Sela, Tasha’s daughter, now has a hatred for Picard since he sent Tasha back on the Enterprise C.
Admiral Shanti advises Captain Picard that a Vulcan ambassador has gone to Romulus on an unauthorized mission. Picard sees a video picture of the Vulcan, Spock, and his Romulan contact. Picard travels to Vulcan to visit Sarek to find out why Spock went to Romulan and what he hopes to accomplish there. Despite Sarek’s illness, Picard is able to see him and discovers that Spock has been in touch with a Romulan senator, Pardek. Sarek asks Picard to convey his love to Spock.
Meanwhile, Geordi and Riker inspect several metal fragments recovered from a Ferengi ship. The fragments are remains of a Vulcan Deflector system and the Federation wants to find out how the Ferengi got hold of them. The Vulcans claim to know nothing about the materials and Riker and Geordi conclude that the equipment was stolen.
When Picard returns to the Enterprise, he summons the help of the Klingons to get a cloaked ship for use to travel undetected to Romulus. After several days of unsuccessfully reaching Gowron, Picard finally gets through and convinces Gowron to provide a vessel. Meanwhile, intelligence reports confirm Spock’s meeting with Pardek whom Data identifies as an advocate for peace and reunification of the Vulcans and Romulans.
While Riker and Geordi work together to discover how the Vulcan deflector unit ended up in the hands of the Ferengi, Data and Picard disguise themselves as Romulans and travel to Romulus on the Klingon ship. Once they arrive, they transport down and stop at a cafe near Pardek’s office. When they spot Pardek and attempt to approach him, they are captured by Romulan guards. Later, however, they discover that Pardek had them arrested for their own protection. As Picard briefs the senator on their meeting, Spock suddenly appears before him.
This episode is the first episode of a two-part story which links the events in the series to the events in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country which opened at theaters about three weeks after this two-part episode first aired. Spock, Pardek and Sarek were key figures in the Khitomer Conference which is one of the events depicted in the movie.
This episode is the second part of the story which began in Unification 1.
Picard and Spock talk and Spock is initially uncooperative with Picard but soon accepts that Picard is representing the Federation. Picard informs Spock that his father, Sarek, has died and conveys his love to Spock. This helps Spock accept Picard as an ally and tells him that his mission to Romulus involves a plan to reunify its people with the Vulcans. Picard naturally does not trust the Romulans and Spock does not seem to fully trust either the Romulans or Picard. Picard sends Data back to the Klingon ship to attempt and access the Romulans’ computer network.
Meanwhile on the Enterprise, Riker continues to investigate the theft of the deflector unit. He contacts Amarie, the ex-wife of a smuggler who was killed when the Enterprise destroyed an unmarked enemy ship that tried to interfere with the investigation.
Back on Romulus, Senator Pardek brings Picard and Spock to meet with Neral, the Romulan Proconsul who claims to support reunification. However, unknown to Spock and Picard, Neral is in league with Selas who appears in Neral’s office after the Federation officers leave. Picard is very skeptical that Neral offered his support so readily without the support of the Romulan traditionalists among the council. Spock too is skeptical but is convinced that logic dictates that it is in the Federation’s best interest to proceed whether the Romulans have an ulterior motive or not.
Amarie meanwhile puts Riker in touch with a Ferengi trader who reveals that the Romulans are involved in the theft of Vulcan ships. Riker contacts Picard and informs him of what he has learned. The two agree to rendezvous and Riker heads towards Romulan territory. Data, with Spock’s help accesses the Romulan computer network and discovers that Neral and Pardek are out to double-cross them. Picard and Data transport back to Romulus to inform Spock and all are taken prisoner by Sela.
Sela informs them that they plan to use the stolen ships to conquer Vulcan. She plans to force Spock to deliver a speech announcing the approaching ships as a peace envoy but, in fact, they will be manned by soldiers with orders to seize control of the Vulcan government. When Spock refuses to cooperate, Sela shows them a holographic image of Spock, Picard and Data which she plans to use instead to complete her plan. When Sela leaves the room, Data and Spock set to work on the computer system to try and find an escape route. They manage to send an emergency signal to the Enterprise, which already suspects some sort of trick since they have been unable to reach Picard. Picard tells them of Sela’s plan and the Enterprise destroys the ships.
Sela returns to her office planning to kill Spock and Picard but instead is tricked by holographic images giving the Federation officers the opportunity to subdue her and escape. Picard and Data return to the Enterprise while Spock decides to remain on Romulus in the hope of truly establishing peace with the Romulans.
The Enterprise assists a damaged Romulan vessel but, when Geordi and Ro attempt to beam back to the Enterprise with some damaged equipment that needs replacing, they fail to rematerialize and cannot be found by the sensors.
Ro and Geordi are presumed dead, but they have not died. They discover they are in a cloaked, phased state where they can see and hear the crew but the crew cannot see or hear them. As they attempt to deal with their situation they uncover a plot by the Romulans to destroy the Enterprise and must find a way to return to normal, if possible, and warn their fellow crewmembers.
Deanna Troi wakes to find herself on board a Romulan ship and surgically altered to look like a Romulan. She has been kidnapped by N’Vek, a Romulan dissident, in order to help several high Romulan officials defect to the Federation while posing as a member of the Tal Shiar (a Romulan organization which promotes “loyalty” within the Empire). Meanwhile, a former Federation member named DeSeve, who had previously defected to the Romulan Empire returns to the Federation and is taken on board by the Enterprise. He brings with him information from Ambassador Spock about the scheme to bring the Romulan officials to the Federation aboard a freighter. The Enterprise heads to the location where they are to meet the freighter only to find it destroyed and a Romulan warship.
In the conclusion to this two-part episode, Worf attempts to discover the reason why a group of surviving Klingons from Kitomer are willingly living in peace with Romulans in a Romulan camp and what really happened to his father.
Picard’s old professor pays a visit to the Enterprise and attempts to convince the captain to leave his post and join him on an expedition to new worlds. The professor claims to be on the verge of a remarkable discovery, but will not share the details with the captain unless the captain joins him. Picard declines, and professor Galen leaves the ship but sends a distress call some time later when his ship is attacked by a strange vessel. Professor Galen is killed in the attack and captain Picard continues following Galen’s discovery — something that the Cardassians, the Klingons and the Romulans are all interested in.
When Picard, Geordi, Troi, and Data return from a conference, they find the Enterprise frozen in time apparently in the middle of combat with a Romulan War Bird.
The crew of the Enterprise search for their missing captain who was apparently killed in a bar on some remote planet. While investigating the captain’s disappearance, the Enterprise encounters mercenaries who are stealing artifacts from archaeological digs. The mercenaries capture Riker leaving Data in command of the Enterprise now in pursuit of their missing comrade.
In the conclusion to the story line started in the previous episode, Picard and Riker, having become members of the mercenary crew, attempt to find out what artifact the mercenaries are searching for and keep them from destroying the Enterprise in the process.
Riker’s first commander, now an admiral, joins the Enterprise for a search mission to find the Pegasus. The Pegasus was the ship commanded by Adm. Pressman on which the crew mutineed shortly before Pressman, aided by a young Ensign Riker and some others, escaped. Their mission now is to find the ship, and the secret it carries, before the Romulans find it or the secret that Adm. Pressman has hidden onboard.
In an attempt to communicate with Starfleet, The Doctor is transmitted thousands of light years to an experimental prototype Starfleet vessel overrun by Romulans.
Deep Space Nine:
This premiere sees an incredible turning point in the ST universe. With the information of The Dominion and the power they hold, the Federation, Romulans, and Cardassians ALL join forces to create a new space ship, the Defiant, originally designed to deal with the Borg menace.
With the aid of a cloaking device loaned by the Romulan Empire, Sisko and the crew set off to the gamma quadrant in the new ship to find the mysterious founders of The Dominion.
All too soon they encounter the Jem’Hadar and Dax and O’Brien are captured.
On the eve of a Romulan/Cardassian attack against the Dominion, Garak may have to prove his loyalty to his former mentor by eliminating Odo.
Sisko attempts to trick the Romulans into declaring war against the Dominion. How far will Sisko go to stop the war with the Dominion?
Three months after a possessed Gul Dukat killed Jadzia Dax and sealed the wormhole, life on Deep Space Nine has changed. Kira, the acting commander, is upset when Admiral Ross informs her that the Romulans will set up a station office, while Sisko has retreated to Earth to contemplate a way of contacting the Bajoran Prophets – the aliens who reside within the wormhole. When the vision of a woman’s face, buried in the sand, appears to Sisko, he sketches her, and Jake recognizes her from one of his grandfather’s photos.
Sisko meets Ezri, the new host of the Dax symbiont, before departing Earth for the planet Tyree with his father, Joseph, and son Jake. Ezri wished to accompany them on their search for Bajor’s mythical Orb of the Emissary, which Sisko has been led to believe exists. Back at the station, Kira prepares a blockade to stop the Romulans, who have placed weapons on a Bajoran moon. On a Klingon ship, Worf, O’Brien, Bashir, and Quark embark on a mission of their own: to destroy a Dominion shipyard, thus securing a place for the spirit of Worf’s dead wife Jadzia in the sacred Klingon afterlife of Sto-vo-kor.
On the eve of battle, Bashir and Ezri spend the night together. Later, with Sisko in command, the Defiant joins the Federation-Klingon-Romulan fleet as the invasion of Cardassia is launched. On Cardassia Prime, Kira, Damar and Garak discuss Resistance plans to sabotage the Dominion’s power and communication centers. On Bajor, Kai Winn asks Dukat to join her when she releases the Pah-wraiths from the Fire Caves, and Dukat vows to destroy Sisko.
A Klingon and Starfleet peace conference is interrupted by a saboteur aboard the Enterprise. Kirk and McCoy are tried in a Klingon court, sentenced to a work camp, rescued, and brought the offending Klingons and a Vulcan to justice.
With the help of long presumed dead Captain Kirk, Captain Picard must stop a deranged scientist willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix.
The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty. Captain Picard and his crew discover a serious threat to the Federation once Praetor Shinzon plans to attack Earth.
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
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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