It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility Star Trek programs for mutual reference. After all, they take place in the same universe, tightly coupled and coordinated. And so far has rebooted Walk TV shows have mostly evolved from Star Trek: Discovery. However, the exception is Star Trek: Picard – until now.
Actually, it’s not total real. There has been a lot of speculation about whether the AI apocalypse has been teased in Star Trek: Picard season one is tied in some way to the AI apocalypse that has taken over Star Trek: Discovery Season two. And Qowat Milat, a group of religious warriors leading in Discover Michael Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) mother’s timeline was first introduced on Picard.
But both of those things run from speculation to the general color of the universe; not directly related to plot. That changes in Star Trek: DiscoveryThe latest episode, titled “Anomaly”, finds Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) developing a new body to house Gray’s (Ian Alexander) spirit.
In case you didn’t catch up on what was going on there, last season we were introduced to Gray and Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio). Gray dies, transfers a symbiote into Adira, and then appears as a mind/spirit specter in their body, something only Adira can see. When the rest of the members around realized that Gray really existed, they promised to create a new body for him.
That happens to get through this episode, and it’s all thanks to – very specifically – to the technology that came out at the end Picardfinal episodes. Developed by Dr. Altan Inigo Soong (Brent Spiner), the man who also created and convincingly looks exactly like Android Data, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is actually dead and has his consciousness transferred. himself into an android body.
That’s exactly what happens to Gray at the end of the episode, but Culber fills in some useful information first. For example, since Discover now set about 800 years before the events of Picard, this is “ancient technology,” as Gray notes. But more importantly, when Adira quips that they might want to use this after death to “live forever”, Culber sighs and says that’s not likely.
“This process was attempted several times after Dr. Soong first used it on an Admiral Starfleet. Picard is his name? ” Culber continued. “But the success rate is so low, people just stop trying.”
Obviously, Gray and Adira are worried about that news (spoiler, it works), but the intriguing question here is why did it work for Picard, and not anyone else? Gray, as Culber explains, has the advantage of already having a consciousness transferred from his own body to Adira’s, so another consciousness would be fine. But Picard, aside from being extremely fond of tea and quoting Shakespeare, seems to be an ordinary human being. Well, now he’s a normal human in an android body that will age and die at a normal human rate; but still, perhaps what allowed Picard to make the transfer – and what has stopped others from doing so – is an intriguing question for the franchise to explore in the future.
It also raises the question of how much more, beyond easter eggs and references, the relationship between rapidly expanding Star Trek the universe will go. As mentioned above, it’s not unheard of for crossovers before. But Discover and Picard it feels like they’re on their own separate Starships, running in separate quadrants – until this week. So what’s next? To be Star Trek: Endgame coming down the street???
Maybe it was a little before us. Now, it’s understandable to see the universe getting so much smaller.
Star Trek: Discovery airs new episodes every Thursday on Paramount+.
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