Star Trek’s Borg Evolution Must Continue Despite Picard Season 3

The Borg received a serious upgrade in Star Trek: Picard season 3, and that evolution should continue despite the destruction of the Borg at Frontier Day. The Picard season 3, episode 9, entitled “Vox,” revealed that the lifelong visions Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) suffered from were the result of Borg DNA that had been passed down from his father, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). When Jack confronted the Borg Queen (Alice Krige), she used him to assimilate every Starfleet officer under the age of 25 as part of a plot with the Changelings to destroy the Federation.

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After the blow Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) dealt the Borg in the finale of Star Trek: Voyager, the weakened Borg Queen (Alice Krige) joined with the Changelings to concoct a new plan for mass assimilation. Because of his time spent as Locutus of Borg, Picard had residual Borg DNA in his brain, and the Changelings were able to extract this from his human body. They added this Borg DNA to the transporters on numerous Starfleet ships, which then implanted it into the minds of every young Starfleet officer who used the transporters. This new form of assimilation made it much easier for the Borg to assimilate large groups of people quickly and it still has the potential to lead to interesting new Borg stories.



Why The Borg’s Evolution In Star Trek: Picard Needs To Continue

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Star Trek: Picard season 3 gave the Borg the terrifying new ability to assimilate other lifeforms without the need for cybernetic implants. Though it remains unknown how exactly the Borg came to be, the more often they appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager, the less frightening they became. After the devastating Battle at Wolf 359, the Borg seemed to disappear for a while, and they were never quite as scary as they had been when Locutus led them. With the introduction of sympathetic and compelling characters like Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), the Borg lost some of their bite. But the Borg evolution in Picard season 3 definitely made the Borg scary again.

Everything changes, and it makes sense that the Borg would need to find new ways to assimilate unsuspecting lifeforms in order to survive. With the ability to assimilate large groups of people from a distance, the Borg would no longer need to board starships in order to assimilate people. They could hide their cube or Queen at a safely removed location and take any nearby ships by surprise. Picard only had two episodes to explore this Borg evolution, but the idea has the potential to lead to many new and different Borg stories. Although the finale of Picard saw the Borg finally defeated, seemingly for good, there are other ways Star Trek could continue to explore the story of the Borg’s evolution.

Star Trek: Legacy Can Continue Picard Season 3’s Borg Evolution

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Though the Borg Queen and her drones linked to her were destroyed in the finale of Star Trek: Picard, Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) still leads a different Borg Collective. In Picard season 2, Jurati merged with the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) and together, they built a benevolent Borg Collective. If these Borg become a part of the rumored Star Trek: Legacy, the show could continue to explore the evolution of the Borg. Jurati’s story as a new type of Borg Queen remains unfinished, and she and her collective could still prove to be an important ally to the Federation.

After the events of Frontier Day, the Federation will likely be reluctant to align themselves with any kind of Borg, no matter how benevolent they claim to be. Despite the fact that Admiral Picard granted Jurati and her Collective provisional membership to the Federation, it seems unlikely that will hold up after the devastating Borg attack in Picard season 3. Still, Borg Queen Agnes Jurati and her Collective remain out there, and the Borg’s new evolution would make an interesting next chapter in that story. Whether Star Trek: Legacy picks up the story or not, Star Trek: Picard season 3 introduced new elements to the Borg that deserve to be further explored.

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