Star Trek: Picard takes place in 2399, decades after the events of Star Trek: the next generation, and when he opens, Picard is a retired hermit who essentially gave up on life and Starfleet. A desperate cry for help brings him back into the fold, and in the first season, Jean-Luc Picard discovered a secret Romulan conspiracy rooted in a warning of an ancient alien civilization. Along the way, he is forced to confront his inner demons and gain new life – symbolized by the transfer of his consciousness into a new clone / golem body.
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The global plot spans millennia, and is both cosmic and deeply personal. As a result, it has a profound impact on Star trekcontinuity. Here are the biggest changes made by Star Trek: Picard in season 1 in general Star trek cannon.
Star Trek’s most advanced synthetic run has been around for a long time
Star Trek: Picard reveals that over 200,000 years ago a technologically advanced race created a synthetic life, with some theories suggesting that they lived in the beta quadrant. Unfortunately, a conflict erupted between organic and synthetic beings, and the two locked themselves in a genocidal conflict. Synthetics have triumphed, and they have abandoned this plane of existence to exist on a sort of higher dimension. Demonstrating their power and technological power, synthetics have left a message for all future synths; they drew attention to this message by dragging eight suns in a stable orbit around each other and placing a single world at the center of this cluster. This sterile planet had only one object to note, a technological wonder called Admonition, a psychic message designed to be received by synthetic beings and containing instructions to reopen the portal and invoke cosmic judgment on organic matter .
the Star trek the franchise never claimed that space civilizations were new; according to Star Trek: the next generation, a proto-humanoid civilization developed 4 billion years ago, and Star Trek: the animated series revealed that the entire Milky Way galaxy had already been conquered by monstrous slavers. Yet this previously unknown synthetic race – which may be Quadrant Beta, as it is where the Romulans come from – is probably the most advanced race in history, and their synthetic creations clearly have technology beyond even the worst Starfleet nightmares.
Romulan Zhat Vash
Unfortunately, centuries ago, the Admonition was discovered by Romulan explorers. Although the message was intended for synthetics, the organic spirits were compatible enough to be driven mad by it; these Romulans feared the future development of synthetic life, and established a secret organization called Zhat Vash following the discovery of the message; they have spent years working tirelessly to suppress synthetic research. Each generation of Zhat Vash members has been exposed to Admonition; many committed suicide, but the others continued to shape the development of the Romulan civilization, believing that they were protecting their people and not destroying another.
The Zhat Vash infiltrated Starfleet, with one of their agents – a half-Romulan / half-Vulcan named Oh – successfully becoming the commander of Starfleet Security. She decided to manipulate Starfleet to end the synthetic experiment and took terrifying and drastic measures to reach her goal.
The Romulan supernova has been reinterpreted
Star trek continuity became much more complicated in 2009, when J.J. Abrams ‘ Star trek the film was released. This was intended to revive the entire franchise, with Abrams redesigning iconic characters like Kirk and Spock. This was accomplished through an accidental time travel, with travelers from the future history of rewriting and the creation of an alternative timeline. The key figure was Romulan Nero, originally from the main timeline, and sought revenge after his native world was destroyed in a supernova. He blamed Starfleet for the tragedy, which was frankly strange and inexplicable.
Star Trek: Picard explained that well. While the Romulan supernova appears to be a natural occurrence, Starfleet’s response to it was far from ideal. The United Federation of Planets initially agreed to launch the largest refugee initiative in history, aimed at saving as many Romulans as possible. Jean-Luc Picard left the Company to become the champion and spokesperson for the refugees, and he guaranteed them salvation and sanctuary. Unfortunately, he did not understand the political pressures that were building up inside the Federation, with several member planets viewing the Romulans only as old enemies.
And then the tragedy struck; a synthetic uprising at the Martian shipyard destroyed the fleet of refugee ships that Starfleet had built. Ironically, the uprising was orchestrated by the Zhat Vash, who had prioritized their mad mission over the survival of their very race; they saw the expansion of the synthetic workforce as too risky and therefore preferred to destroy the shipyards rather than save their people. Romulan infiltrators used synthetic uprising as an opportunity to lobby for a ban on synthetic work. Meanwhile, political pressure led Starfleet to abandon the Romulans to their fate. Jean-Luc Picard offered his resignation in protest, saying – in his pride – that this would force Starfleet to reconsider. They accepted his resignation and for 14 years, Picard hid from the world, mourning broken promises and lost lives.
Data is the first of a race of synthetic beings
The Zhat Vash believed he had achieved his goal, ending the threat of synthetic life. But they had reckoned without Doctor Bruce Maddox, a scientist who had studied with Commander Data Star Trek: the next generation, and who had discovered how to recreate Data’s positron consciousness from a single neuron. Maddox hid on a planet he called Coppelius, and he used Data’s neuron to establish an entire race of synthetic beings. These synthetics were unlike anything seen before, composed of organic matter rather than metal, although still capable of superhuman exploits. Their minds could experience life in a way that Data had dreamed of so much, and they were as emotional as all organic beings. There is a very real sense in which all of Coppelius’ synthetic civilization should be considered the children of Data.
Data had survived Star Trek: Nemesis – but died again
The data was sacrificed years ago, but Star Trek: Picard revealed that his consciousness was still alive – in a sense. Maddox had been able to use a single neuron to recreate Data’s consciousness, and had stored it in a virtual environment for all these long years. Jean-Luc Picard’s mind was briefly stored in this same virtual reality while Maddox built a new body for him, and he was delighted to have the opportunity to find his long-lost friend. To Picardy’s sadness, Data had come to believe that mortality is an intrinsic part of life, and he asked the admiral to shut down his systems and allow him to share one last life experience – by dying. It allowed Star Trek: Picard to give Data the emotional emotion that had previously been denied him by his unsatisfactory death scene Star Trek: Nemesis.
Seven Of Nine Is Gay
Star Trek: Picard saw Jean-Luc allied with an unusual team, including Seven of Nine by Jery Ryan from Star Trek: Voyager. In a surprising twist, the season 1 finale included a scene implying that Seven of Nine could actually be a lesbian, and she had started a relationship with teammate Raffi. Previous episodes had suggested this when Seven faced an old enemy, Bjayzl, a woman who had a strangely intimate acquaintance with Seven. The clear implication is that they were former lovers, and Bjayzl betrayed Seven of Nine in order to acquire Borg coins. Seven may be bisexual rather than lesbian, given Star Trek: Voyager included a glimpse of a future timeline where she had been related to Chakotay. I hope Star Trek: Picard season 2 will bring some light to it.
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