Picard season 2 revives the Borg Queen to right the Star Trek timeline

Instead of avoiding or completely indulging in nostalgia, the creator’s Star Trek often channels it using references and reboots to recreate characters that audiences know and love. Picard Season 2 has its own fun, calling characters aboard the USS Sulu or (in the next episode) paying homage to one of Trek’s lighter films. This season also marks the return of the Borg Queen.

[Ed. note: This piece contains some light spoilers for the end of Picard season 2 episode 1.]

Among the most controversial figures in Trek lore, the Borg Queen first appeared as an antagonist in Star Trek: First Contact, commander of the Borg that took over Earth. Many fans objected to her role because, well, she’s never been mentioned by the well-established Borg race before, and the idea of ​​a single queen kind of undermined the horror of the hive mind that made the Borg so unstoppable. However, the Borg Queen assimilated for another day, returning for episodes Voyager as well as lower decks.

In season 2 of Picard, she’s back again. In the closing moments of the Stargazer season opener, the Queen boards the ship Picard and his crew are on. “We want… peace,” she says in her usual mechanical tone, “but first… we demand […] power.” She then unleashes her tendrils, engulfing about 90% of Starfleet’s ships and stunning the crew members. No one is less pleased with this than Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), whose traumatic history with the Borg has largely defined her storyline. Picard, as well as deep space, nine and left her forever with Borg technology in her skull.

“I think that’s the stunned, furious disbelief that, you know, she hears from Picard, who shared some of his experience [being assimilated, …] hear him say Oh you know what, maybe it’s not so bad Ryan says to Polygon. “It’s just unbelievable that she’s got it into your head that this is actually what they’re thinking.”

Since Q also shows up to play a prank on Picard (and throw him through some serious time loops), it’s safe to say that the Borg Queen isn’t wreaking havoc among our Starfleet heroes.

And yet, when co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman sat down and found storylines that fit together, he found that Seven wasn’t with the Borg Queen at all. In a season focused on connection and intimacy (or lack thereof), Goldsman found inspiration in how the Borg Queen existed as “pretty binary; it is either connected to all or completely disconnected. To answer this question, the writers found Agnes Jurati the most logical and interesting companion for her.

In the three episodes shown to critics, Seven had little to no interaction with the Borg Queen.

“Seven is working on his relationship with Raffi,” says Goldsman. “While there are clearly feelings and encounters that are caused by feelings with the Seventh and the Borg Queen, and Picard in the Borg Queen — we know those stories. We told these stories. We could retell them with darker and more graphic grammar because we are broadcasting. But the rest is the same story.

“So the hope here is to let Seven sort out some relationship issues in real-time.”

Star Trek: Picard The second season is currently streaming on Paramount Plus. New episodes come out every Thursday.

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