Picard: 5 Things To Takeaway From The Show Part 5
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.
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 5 of 5 part detailed watch list with brief synopsis.
This should help any new Trek fans with questions they may have.
5. The Borg, and there effect on how the technology can be used, and abused:
The mysterious Q returns claiming that he has been asked to leave the Q-continuum and that he wishes to join the Enterprise crew. He tells Picard that they need him as a guide because humanity is unprepared for what awaits them. When Picard insists they are, Q hurls the Enterprise several thousand light-years away where they encounter the Borg, a race of cyborgs.
One of the outermost colonies of the Federation has been recently lost and the Enterprise is sent to investigate. They discover that the entire town has been removed and only a crater remains. Fearing that this might be the first step in the invasion by the Borg, the Enterprise takes on board Lt. Commander Shelby who has become the Federation’s tactical expert on the Borg. She makes it plain to many that she is highly interested in replacing Riker, who has, again, been offered his own command. Admiral Hanson attempts to convince Picard that Riker should take the new command for the good of his career. After investigating the evidence, they come to the conclusion that it was the Borg that destroyed the colony. Now, the Federation has to develop weapons and defenses against the cyborg aliens. While Shelby and the Enterprise crew struggle with the problem, they learn that a Federation ship sent out a distress call describing an encounter with the Borg. The Enterprise, being the nearest ship, travels to the scene and meet the Borg. The Borg hail Picard specifically and demand that Picard beam aboard their ship immediately, threatening the destruction of the Enterprise if he refuses. Picard, naturally, refuses. After a brief, but losing battle with the Borg, the Enterprise, to escape, enters a nebula with the Borg ship in pursuit. Once in the nebula, they drop to impulse and begin repairs to the ship. They also analyze the recent battle and discover that the Borg are vulnerable to phasers in one particular frequency band. The Borg ship starts mining the nebula and forces the Enterprise out. Once out of the nebula, several Borg beam over to the Enterprise and grab Picard. The Borg then head for Earth. The Enterprise crew must devise a plan to cripple the Borg ship and retrieve Picard.
The Borg are heading for Earth with Captain Picard on board and the Federation is arming for a final battle. The Enterprise, now commanded by Riker pursues the Borg toward Earth.
In this episode, several of the crew are faced with family related matters and relatives. Picard, having been rescued from the Borg returns to his home town to visit with his brother and his family. Worf is visited on the Enterprise by his adoptive parents – the Roszhenkos. And Wesley must decide whether to view a hologram tape made by his late father.
The Enterprise encounters a crashed Borg scout ship and rescues a Borg from the wreckage. Picard plans to use the Borg to destroy the rest of his race by infecting the Borg with a computer virus and returning him to the Borg. However, as the crew works with the Borg to discover his programming so they can write the virus, they begin to have doubts about using him to destroy the rest of his race.
This cliffhanger finale to the sixth season finds the Enterprise in combat once more with the Borg but, this time, the Borg are different. They have become individuals and have changed their tactics confusing the crew of the Enterprise. When one of the Borg is captured, they discover that the Borg are now lead by someone who has taught them new ideas.
Meanwhile, Data is confronted with the emergence of a new experience – emotion. While fighting the Borg, Data gets “angry” and kills one of the Borg and later admits that he felt “pleasure” in it. He is very confused by the new experiences and seeks to understand them better. When the captured Borg offers him an explanation, Data helps him escape the ship in a shuttlecraft. When the Enterprise follows, they discover the Borg on a remote planet and discover who is behind the new and deadlier Borg.
In this conclusion to the cliffhanger finale of the sixth season, Troi, Picard, and Geordi are captured by the Borg and Data’s brother Lore who is the leader of this group of renegade Borg. Lore plans, with Data’s help to create a new race of beings to become masters of the universe. Meanwhile, Riker, Worf and most of the crew of the Enterprise follow Picard down to the planet to try and locate the missing members of the away team leaving Dr. Crusher in command of the Enterprise.
The crew of Voyager encounters alien beings known as the Sikarians – a race renowned for their incredible hospitality. When it becomes known that the Sikarians have the technology to “fold” space and travel more than 40,000 lights years in an instant, the Voyager crew think they’ve found their way home. But the hospitality of the Sikarians is not all it seems on the surface, and both races’ code of ethics is put to the test.
In response to a distress signal, Commander Chakotay lands his shuttlecraft on a planet’s surface but is viciously attacked. He’s swiftly rescued by a colony of formerly assimilated Borg and goes to extreme measures when he allows their resident physician, Dr. Riley Frazier, to heal his neural injuries by linking him to a remnant of the Borg Collective consciousness.
Meanwhile, after Janeway and her crew find a suspicious Borg ship disabled and adrift in space with a thousand members of the powerful Borg race lying dead aboard it, they transport one of the corpses to Sickbay so the Doctor and Kes can perform an autopsy and learn what killed them.
As they approach the heart of dangerous Borg territory, the Voyager crew witnesses the near decimation of a Borg armada by a mysterious alien lifeform which is impervious to both Borg and Starfleet technology. When Kim and Chakotay lead an Away Team inside the heavily damaged Borg cube, they are able to investigate the alien lifeform’s bio-ship. Moments before they are transported out, Kim is viciously attacked by the mysterious organic-looking alien. As he lies in Sickbay, contaminated with alien cells and transforming into an alien being, Kes has terrorizing premonitions about the new enemy and Janeway realizes it’s no longer the Borg they must be worried about.
While Ensign Kim fights for his life, a conflicted Janeway grapples with the decision of either guiding her crew through the dangerous Borg territory which is lined with a new mortal enemy or turning around and ending all hope of ever getting home. She seeks solace on the Holodeck, in a program set in a 15th century artist’s workshop, and takes advice on overcoming her dilemma from the late great Leonardo Da Vinci.
Although Chakotay strongly objects to the unpredictable collaboration, Janeway and Tuvok transport, with great caution, to the Borg Cube. When a drone attempts to temporarily assimilate Janeway by connecting a neuro-transreceiver to her, the alarmed Captain convinces them to instead choose a representative to communicate verbally with her. Soon, a vaguely human Borg emerges to speak for the Collective; designated Seven of Nine, she helps them prepare to engage the enemy – but when she boards Voyager, the entire crew is on edge. Meanwhile, the Doctor determines that the mysterious alien species is accessing Kes’ memory.
Kes knows it’s time to leave the U.S.S. Voyager when her body goes into a state of cellular flux and she experiences uncontrollable psychokinetic abilities which endanger the ship. Meanwhile, Seven of Nine’s human physiology begins to reassert itself and threaten her life. When Janeway instructs The Doctor to completely remove her Borg technology, a fierce yet alluring young female begins to emerge.
Neelix is preparing a shipboard feast on the eve of Prixin, the Talaxian celebration of family, when he is asked by Chakotay to join him and Paris on a shuttle mission. Neelix is all too glad to help, but the assignment proves to be fatal for him. Upon the shuttle’s return to the U.S.S. Voyager, Seven of Nine, citing Neelix’s diverse functions within the crew, applies Borg technology to reactivate him. Alive and shaken by his death, Neelix questions his assumptions about life — and the promised afterlife — as the Prixin festivities commence.
The crew is mystified when Captain Janeway begins an important, though highly secretive, operation in response to a strange subspace disturbance. Chakotay finally compels her to tell the crew so that they may help. Janeway explains that Voyager has detected a dangerous, unstable substance called the Omega. The molecule has the power to destroy space and Starfleet’s highly classified operating order is to destroy the Omega whenever it is encountered. Seven of Nine speaks out to say that the Borg believe the Omega can be captured and neutralized for study, which puts her in conflict with Janeway’s Starfleet mission.
Encountering a deadly radioactive nebula, Captain Janeway decides to save time by going through rather than around it and orders the crew into protective stasis chambers with Seven of Nine to take lonely command.
With the entire crew now in cryogenic sleep, and only the Doctor for company, Seven of Nine is the only living being walking the ship’s hallways. The long and lonely journey through the nebula begins to play tricks on the former Borg’s mind as she experiences what humans call “hallucinations”. An alien, Trajis Lo-Tarik, also making his way through the nebula, asks to trade some vital supplies, but his presence unleashes a series of events that Seven can’t decipher as to whether they are real threats – or even if Trajis himself is real.
There’s a sudden emergence of a dangerous new lifeform aboard the USS Voyager – a Superborg – after The Doctor’s 29th century mobile emitter technology mysteriously fuses with Seven of Nine’s Borg nanoprobes.
Fifteen years after the Starship U.S.S. Voyager crashes into a desolate ice planet, Commander Chakotay and former Ensign Harry Kim, sole survivors of the tragedy, steal the Delta Flyer from a Federation shipyard and return to the U.S.S. Voyager’s frozen hull. Aided by Chakotay’s striking love interest, Lieutenant Tessa Omond, Chakotay and Kim are hotly pursued fugitives with hope that somewhere embedded beneath the ice, they’ll retrieve the only tools they believe can change the fate of their long-dead fellow crew members.
Mysteriously, the U.S.S. Voyager comes upon a floating Borg Vinculum – a device that interconnects Drone’s minds aboard a Borg vessel – which swiftly causes Seven of Nine to manifest personalities other than her own including that of a Klingon warrior, a Ferengi, and a six-year-old human girl. Janeway is crushed to learn that before Tuvok, The Doctor and she can intervene, Seven may be completely lost.
Dark Frontier 1&2
The story follows the epic struggle between Captain Janeway and the Borg Queen for control of Seven of Nine. The story begins with a 24th century heist, as the crew of Voyager attempts to infiltrate a Borg vessel to steal their advanced technology. The plan goes awry and Seven of Nine is reassimilated by the Borg. After defeating a Borg vessel, Janeway launches an ambitious plan to steal a piece of Borg technology that could get the U.S.S. Voyager home. When the Borg detect her plan, they swiftly access Seven of Nine’s neural transceiver and make her an “offer” she can’t refuse – rejoin the Borg collective or the U.S.S. Voyager and it’s crew will be assimilated. Janeway must confront the Borg in their own vessel in order to rescue Seven, risking a possibly devastating confrontation with the Borg Queen. \npar The episode will also take us back 20 years to meet Seven of Nine’s family and see how they were assimilated.
To broaden her knowledge of human behavior, Seven of Nine gets lessons from The Doctor on socializing and dating rituals. When they enter a holodeck simulation in Sandrine’s nightclub, Seven not only learns the art of small talk, but how to slow dance and sing a song. Eventually, she makes a date with Lieutenant Lansing but it’s The Doctor who falls in love with Seven. Meanwhile, during a tour to help facilitate a trade agreement with the monastic Kadi colony, Neelix unwittingly provides their ambassador, Tomin, with forbidden food and drink.
In an episode that revisits Janeway’s first day aboard the U.S.S. Voyager and then fast forwards 500 years beyond it when her ship is destroyed, Captain Braxton of the 29th century Federation Timeship Relativity contacts Seven of Nine to go back in time to solve the mystery of who planted the “temporal disrupter” which ultimately destroyed the U.S.S. Voyager. But when the new starship captain, Janeway, catches the mysterious Seven aboard the brand new U.S.S. Voyager, she detains her, an interference that could contaminate the time-line.
The U.S.S. Voyager finds another Federation starship lost in the Delta Quadrant, the science vessel U.S.S. Equinox, and helps it stave off an attack by creatures from another spatial realm. Captain Janeway now has a kindred spirit in its commander, Captain John Ransom, and helps him salvage his war-torn vessel so they can journey home together. But when The Doctor retrieves data from the U.S.S. Equinox research lab, Janeway learns the hard truth that Captain Ransom has seriously violated the Starfleet oath by commiting mass murder in the Delta Quadrant. When she strips him of his command and confines him to quarters, he and his crew manage to escape with the U.S.S. Voyager’s advanced technology – and The Doctor and Seven of Nine as hostages aboard their ship.
The Equinox is on the run from the aliens who are appearing on the ship through fissures. The USS Equinox has also encountered the Kazon. Max Burke, the First Officer, used to be B’Elanna’s boyfriend at the academy and gave her the nickname BLT – Tom becomes jealous of Burke.
In the sixth-season opener, the Voyager is attacked by the aliens, and as Janeway plots to recapture Ransom and his crew, the Equinox is equally determined to escape with the Doctor and Seven of Nine as hostages.
A visit to a space station brings Seven of Nine into contact with her former Borg crewmates, Two, Three and Four of Nine, who wish to access her memories in order to recall their break from the collective.
When Voyager encounters an alien whose space “catapult” can speed them back home, a data-overloaded Seven of Nine causes chaos when she incites a civil war then divides the crew with secret allegations of treachery and insurrection.
While Janeway debates accepting the use of an alien’s technology that can cut their trip back to the Alpha Quadrant by years, an earnest Seven of Nine processes accompanying information and convinces Chakotay that the captain is sabotaging the true mission of Voyager. Likewise, she privately informs Janeway of a budding rebellion, mysteriously fanning flames that threaten to tear the ship apart.
Chakotay, Kim, Paris and Neelix are taken hostage when the Delta Flyer is captured by a Borg Cube. The Borg will return the crewmembers in exchange for Voyager’s navigational deflector. However, Voyager will be unable to go to warp without it. Seven of Nine tells Captain Janeway that the Borg most likely want Voyager’s deflector in order to contact the Collective because their own is damaged.
While stalling the Borg, Janeway tells them that she is sending Seven over to make sure that her crewmembers are unharmed. Aboard the Borg Cube, Seven discovers that it is manned by neonatal Drones, or children. The children insist that the Borg will come for them once their link is re-established.
Because Voyager cannot give up its deflector, Janeway offers Seven’s services in repairing the Cube’s technology. One of the Borg children tells Janeway that she has exactly two hours before one of the hostages dies. While speaking with the Borg children, Seven tries to jostle their memories in hopes that they will turn away from the Collective and come aboard Voyager.
The oldest of the Borg children is reunited with his parents — to Seven of Nine’s dismay, since she has grown fond of him. As it turns out, the child is a living time bomb infected with the pathogen that killed the adult drones. Voyager must decide whether to interfere by returning for him.
Janeway shepherds three troubled crew members on a short mission away from Voyager to help them adjust to the demands of their jobs and recognize the constraints of their personalities. But an unexpected attack threatens their lives, demanding that all four work in full interaction and complete unity in order to survive.
When the Borg Queen discovers that some of the Drones have a recessive mutation that allows them to travel to a place where they become almost “human”, she is determined to stop them.
Unimatrix Zero is a secluded place within the Borg collective where drones can be themselves while they regenerate, but only certain Borg have the ability to visit. The Borg Queen considers Unimatrix Zero a threat because she does not want her Borg to ever have traces of individuality, but Captain Janeway thinks it could give the Federation allies within the Collective. Janeway, Tuvok and B’Elanna Torres put Borg implants in their bodies and infiltrate the Borg Cube to try and free the select few that are able to go to Unimatrix Zero, giving them the ability to maintain their individuality outside of Unimatrix Zero. The away team has been injected with a neural suppressant to keep their Borg implants from really connecting them to the Collective.
Seven of Nine watches as Rebi and Azan, two of the Borg children she had been taking care of since they were separated from the Collective, are reunited with their people, who agree to also give Mezoti a home. The only one of the Borg children staying aboard the U.S.S. Voyager with Seven is Icheb, the eldest of the four. After the children leave, Icheb notices that Seven is crying. Seven claims that her ocular implant is simply malfunctioning.
The Doctor, Seven of Nine and Harry Kim are on a mission in the Delta Flyer to study preanimate biomatter from a comet. The ship jolts a few times and they realize they are under attack. The captain of the attacking vessel, Ranek, claims the Delta Flyer is transporting a “photonic insurgent” through Lokirrim space, which is forbidden. Kim explains that the “photonic,” or hologram, is their Doctor. The patrol vessel grabs the Delta Flyer in a tractor beam and fires a disruption field that begins to decompile the Doctor’s matrix. Kim then tells Seven that she must somehow hide the Doctor’s program. The Lokirrim beam aboard with weapons demanding the photonic, but Seven announces that they “murdered” him. The boarding party inspects the vessel, and Ranek finds the Doctor’s mobile emitter, which Seven claims is her “portable regeneration unit.” Ranek confiscates the device regardless. He then orders the Delta Flyer to be secured in the Lokirrim docking bay, and locks Kim and Seven in a holding cell. It is here that Kim finds out that Seven downloaded the Doctor’s program into her cybernetic implants, and the Doctor is now in control of her body. For the first time, the Doctor is able to have sensory experiences, including touch and smell.
Seven of Nine programs Holodeck 2 to be a rustic cabin where she practices the piano to the steady beat of a metronome, with her hair down and her Borg implants gone. Later, she attends a simulation of B’Elanna Torres’ baby shower, where she again appears fully human and interacts with holo-crewmembers more freely than usual. She even makes a toast to the new baby. Just then the real crew on the Bridge detects mysterious energy discharges ahead, and Seven gets called to Astrometrics. Captain Janeway, Tuvok and Tom Paris meet her there, but Seven cannot find the source of the discharges. Opting not to alter course, Janeway turns her attention to the actual baby shower the crew will surprise Torres with later that day. Janeway asks Seven to be there, but she makes an excuse not to.
While travelling in a shuttle to the planet Ledos for a conference on Warp Field Dynamics, Chakotay and Seven of Nine take a detour to admire the natural landscape of one of the planet’s subcontinents, and in doing so they scrape a mysterious energy barrier that starts to break the shuttle apart. Seven uses phasers to open a rift in the barrier, and they beam to the surface before the shuttle explodes. They find themselves stranded in a lush jungle, and in spite of Chakotay’s leg injury, set out to find the shuttle debris in hopes of constructing a beacon to send a distress signal.
It is the 10th anniversary of the U.S.S. Voyager’s triumphant return to Earth after 23 years in the Delta Quadrant. Kathryn Janeway is an admiral, Harry Kim is a starship captain, Tom Paris is a full-time holonovelist, and the Doctor is married to a human woman and has named himself “Joe.” At a reunion party, Admiral Janeway talks with B’Elanna Torres, who is now Federation Liaison to the Klingon High Council, about arranging a political favor for a Klingon named Korath. Later, the admiral serves as guest lecturer in Commander Reginald Barclay’s Starfleet Academy class about the Borg, but when a cadet asks a question about Seven of Nine, Janeway evades the subject. She’s pulled away from class to receive a message from Ensign Miral Paris, the daughter of Torres and Paris, who is on a secret mission to arrange some sort of exchange between the admiral and Korath.
The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth’s first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.
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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