PICARD is certainly shaping up to be interesting now that Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) has been confirmed to appear.
|Posted: 09 August 2019 at 7:49pm | IP Logged | 11
The show seems to be coming together well and the producers seem to know where they want to focus and what they want to accomplish, in contrast to other series where two seasons in they still seem to be throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks.
In short, it feels like PICARD is the show they always wanted to make and the show that people wanted to be watching.
Some intriguing possible story threads preset themselves:
*Borg survivors and deactivated/quarrantined Borg themselves may be treated as second class citizens or as refugees, even within the 'everyone's equal' Federation.
*It looks from the trailer that Borg were possibly being experimented upon or exploited as living weapons. I think there's a high probability the young woman protagonist who seeks out Picard is one such weapon who is on the run. Shades of the ethical debates in TNG ("I, Borg") about using Hugh in the same manner.
*It seems the majority of the regular cast are Romulan or of mixed Romulan heritage. PICARD stands to do for the Romulans what TNG did for our perception of the Klingons. Almost all of the Romulans we've seen to this point have been officials and military and we've never seen the 'average Romulan on the street' point of view. It doesn't look like any of Picard's crew are fond of high-elbow-pad uniforms...
*I think it'll be hard to avoid touching on the rather obvious parallels between North/South Korea and Romulus/Vulcan, perhaps moreso in 2020 than when the concept of the split worlds was thought up in the 1960's.
*There's also the possibility of Romulan refugees fleeing to the Federation after the events described in STAR TREK (2009), which puts them in a plight similar to that of the Borg.
*I think it's inevitable that Starfleet and the Federation will take on a more paranoid and militaristic stance in the subsequent decades. It was only due to the threat of the Borg that Starfleet began development of advanced ships and weaponry in time to coincidentally go toe-to-toe with the Dominion. They got lucky, and I'm sure that fact is not lost on the higher-ups. The potential threat of something worse than the Borg and Dominion will always be looming and will dictate Starfleet policy towards more offensive technologies.
*Ironically, I think the Federation will begin to act and react in ways that the Romulans of the past were accused of by the Federation themselves. Romulans (or at least their leaders) tended to think of the worst things their enemies (or percieved enemies) could do to them, and then go ahead do those things to their enemies covertly first. Expect a very secretive Federation that relies on shady operatives like Section 31 to "keep the world safe from the nameless Boogeymen".
*In TNG they were actively trying to prevent Data being legally deactivated and disassembled for study, presumably to figure out how to make more positronic androids. Well, 'Data' has technically been disassembled for nearly 20 years and I bet that someone has already figured out ways to replicate positronic brains en masse. We've dealt with the implications of slavery and second-class citizenship of holograms in VOYAGER and I'm sure this will be even more of an issue with Data. Interestingly, Robert Picardo says he has been approcahed to appear in PICARD at some point (likely second season).
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 09 August 2019 at 10:01pm