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Why The Borg Are Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy


Since the introduction of season 3, Captain Vadic (Amanda Plummer) has been touted as the big bad. However, Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy might be closer to home. It’s already been established that Vadic answers to someone else. Therefore, Star Trek: Picard Season 3 might be dealing with a familiar enemy. We already have Changelings, which connect with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. However, we think The Borg has something to do with the plot of the third and final season.

The second season of Star Trek: Picard dealt with the Borg. However, it also established another “faction” of Borg, led by Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) as their Queen. Additionally, hints have been that “The Real Borg” are still kicking in the Star Trek Universe. Therefore, we’ve got a theory on how the Borg are involved in the third and final season. It would also connect with a clue that has been accidentally dropped by the third season. SPOILER WARNING. You’ve been warned that we’re going into theory and speculation.

Borg Drones in Star Trek: Enterprise (Via Paramount+)

Are The Borg Picard’s Real Enemy?

When we first heard about Season 3, Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy was unclear. However, now that “The Face” has been introduced and it seems they employ Captain Vadic, it makes us question who is really pulling the strings here. Therefore, we strongly believe The Borg is Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy. The first major hint to this is Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers). An immediate giveaway is “The voices in his head”. Jack has these voices and mysterious visions. An accidental subtitle in an earlier episode listed this voice as “The Borg Queen”.

Another theory concerns Jean-Luc Picard’s (Sir Patrick Stewart) original body. It’s been revealed in Star Trek: Picard that someone has stolen the body from Daystrom Station. Vadic had a hand in this. Therefore, if she delivered this to her actual employer, who The Face seems to represent or is. We then return to Jack and the villains needing him or his body to complete their plan. A running theory that wraps these two points together is that there is something in Jack’s blood.

Jack Crusher is the son of Jean-Luc Picard. As Captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) put it during Episode 5, “Imposters”, Picard was once such a powerful Borg that they gave him a name. Locutus of Borg. Therefore, you’ve got to wonder if Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy is trying to do something Borg related to Picard’s original body. They would need Jack due to his close genetic connection to his biological father. It’s worth noting that Vadic made a comment that Jack was not meant for Beverly Crusher. Perhaps another Queen?

This comment by Vadic would also mean why the villains may want Jack is not connected to Beverly Crusher. So definitely has nothing to do with Crusher’s connection with ghosts or their son being a Traveler.

Ed Speleers as Jack Crusher in “No Win Scenario” Episode 304, Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+. ©2021 Viacom, International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Borg Invasion of 2381

Before the Star Trek: Picard series, post-Star Trek: Nemesis stories were told via books. Notably, one book series, the “Destiny Trilogy” regrouped our hero characters via crossovers and ships to deal with a devastating Borg Invasion. The malevolent species launched attacks at various worlds that crippled Starfleet and many species. This became known as a historical attempt by the Borg Collective to completely exterminate the Federation and other factions like the Klingon Empire.

Ultimately, it did not go to plan. The Borg Collective was dismantled and subsequently absorbed by another species. We won’t get into that right now. It’s a little complicated. However, I highly recommend reading the original books about this. The story is very interesting to read. Much like The Battle of Wolf 359, this caused major damage to the Federation Starfleet. Leaving them with over 40% of the fleet lost in the battles.

USS Enterprise-E engages a Borg Cube in Star Trek: First Contact (Via Paramount+)

Locutus Of Borg

Jean-Luc Picard’s past as Locutus of Borg has never really been forgotten. How could you, though? Captain Shaw brought it up, being a survivor of The Battle of Wolf 359. Previous seasons of Star Trek: Picard have also touched on it. So when we look at a possible return for Locutus, could it actually happen? If you need someone powerful to crush The Federation, call up one of the hardest villains anyone ever encountered. But is this possible? Well, somewhat.

Ultimately it depends on who Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy is. If they are The Borg, it would make sense from one angle. As Showrunner Terry Matalas revealed, he thinks the OG Borg are still licking their wounds in the Delta Quadrant. Likely brute force via assimilation might not work in their favour. When has that ever really worked in Star Trek? So the Borg might have to employ alternative methods to seek the destruction of the Federation. This could involve working with another species—the Changelings.

We could actually see a final battle between Jean-Luc Picard and Locutus of Borg. This would be a fantastic way to bind the stories of Star Trek: The Next Generation together with Star Trek: Picard. An enemy which Picard has never faced off against but has haunted his entire life. Part of me wonders if we’ll see Locutus taking control of Starfleet ships, forcing Jean-Luc and crew to return to the classics. You know what I am hinting at happening here. It’s already been hinted at in the sixth episode of Season 3.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Locutus of Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation (Via Paramount+)

The Real Enemy Is A Hybrid Species

An idea that has been floated around is a hybrid species. We’re already seeing bits of this with Vadic’s Changelings. Due to their experiments at the hands of the “Project Proteus” operation, her sect of Changelings differed from those within The Great Link, such as Odo. However, what if we’re seeing a merge between a Changeling and a Borg? Basically a hybrid species. Think about it, who would actually win if The Dominion encountered The Borg? This question has been on Trekkies’ minds for decades.

The Face, who appears to be Vadic’s master, has made reference to her physiology before. Noting that it’s not as special or complex as she thought it was. Now, if you listen to how The Face speaks, it somewhat reminds you of the way The Borg views other species. Additionally, stating that if Vadic fails, she and her force’s existence would become meaningless. What if The Face is some Borg Hybrid with Changeling physiology? It could make sense and further connect the dots here.

Unfortunately, we could also have the effect where The Face works for someone else, such as The Borg. Vadic’s boss wants Jack Crusher and likely who Picard’s original body was delivered. Therefore this is Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy or someone else serving another. Complicated right? As of Episode Seven, we know hardly anything about Vadic’s master and their relation to a possible Borg threat. Yet the parts are added together slowly.

Concept Artwork of a Changeling Fonder assimilated by The Borg (Via Starfleet Sohail)


So are The Borg Star Trek: Picard’s Real Enemy? Who knows! Hopefully, the upcoming episode eight will shed some light on the mystery. We only have two episodes left of Star Trek: Picard Season 3 after this week, so there is not much to work with in theory crafting. Naturally, if The Borg is to return, sadly, we will not have Annie Wersching as The Borg Queen. The actress sadly passed away in January.

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 airs on Thursdays via Paramount+ for those in the United States. Additionally, on Crave and the CTV Sci-Fi channel for viewers in Canada. However, new episodes air Fridays via Amazon Prime Video in international regions like the United Kingdom. Paramount+ also streams the episodes in select locations, such as Italy, Germany and France.

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The Captain of the ship! Jack leads Trek Central as the Director and Editor in Chief. When not seeking ways to insert “Faith of The Heart” into everything and anything, you’ll find him enjoying a cup of Earl Grey, just like Jean-Luc himself!

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