The premiere episode of Star Trek: Picard makes it clear virtually instantly that the subsequent chapter of Jean-Luc Picard’s story can be a narrative about Knowledge, the android member of his Enterprise crew that additionally turned one among Jean-Luc’s closest mates.
A part of the rationale Knowledge is such a giant deal within the new streaming collection is that he stays principally one-of-a-kind within the universe. He was a sentient android created by the cyberneticist Noonien Soong and spent his life endeavoring to be extra human. Apart from the 2 androids Soong constructed earlier than Knowledge, B-Four and Lore, there are apparently no different synthetic lifeforms who’re fairly like him. That is not for lack of making an attempt, although; as we be taught within the first episode of Star Trek: Picard, the Federation created a lot of “synthetics,” or robots who look a bit just like Knowledge, however who apparently weren’t sentient (though there are those that stated the identical of Knowledge himself, as TNG followers know).
Knowledge’s relationship with Picard, and the Federation on the whole, was constructed up over the course of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology and its movies. However you do not have to observe your complete collection and 4 films to grasp the necessary info about Knowledge that come up in Star Trek: Picard. All of the related Knowledge backstory referenced in Picard’s premiere comes from simply 4 TNG episodes–episodes we’ll summarize right here to save lots of you a number of hours. And if these sound intriguing, try our record of the 10 important Knowledge episodes and you’ll be taught much more concerning the distinctive being.
Measure of a Man (Season 2, Episode 9)
Probably the greatest early Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology episodes has a giant bearing on what is going on on in Star Trek: Picard. In “Measure of a Man,” a cybernetics researcher, Bruce Maddox, needs to disassemble and research Knowledge in hopes of making extra androids like him. Knowledge is not into it–he would not suppose Maddox has the abilities essential to do the process with out Knowledge doubtlessly dropping the essence of who he’s. Maddox argues that Knowledge would not have a selection; as a machine, Knowledge is not an individual, however relatively the property of Starfleet. Due to this fact, Knowledge has no proper to refuse to participate in Maddox’s experiments.
The argument finally goes to courtroom, with Picard serving as Knowledge’s advocate in arguing that the android is alive and subsequently has rights, and Picard’s first officer, Commander Will Riker, compelled to argue towards Picard as Maddox’s advocate. Picard finally prevails after he means that creating extra androids like Knowledge in a world the place they haven’t any rights could be tantamount to making a slave caste. Picard at all times exhibits a profound respect for all times all through TNG, and in “Measure of a Man,” he positive factors much more respect for Knowledge and synthetic life in general–a feeling that is clearly nonetheless a significant a part of him in Star Trek: Picard. And the occasions within the trial trigger Maddox to achieve a brand new respect for Knowledge as properly. The pair continued corresponding over time (Knowledge narrates a prolonged letter to Maddox about his typical day in Season 4, Episode 11, “Knowledge’s Day”). That is the identical Maddox who Picard hears has disappeared when he visits the Daystrom Institute within the first episode of Star Trek: Picard.
The Offspring (Season 3, Episode 16)
After attending a cybernetics convention, Knowledge discovers a approach to replicate his positronic net–essentially, his brain–to create one other android. He makes use of that information to create Lal, who he considers his offspring. Lal selects her personal gender and look, selecting to current herself as a human lady, and thus turns into Knowledge’s daughter.
Knowledge tries to lift Lal and train her how to slot in aboard the Enterprise, an expertise he finds extremely rewarding. After all, Starfleet once more needs to review the androids, and makes an attempt to separate Lal from Knowledge to take her again to the Daystrom Institute. Earlier than that may occur, nonetheless, Lal’s positronic internet begins to interrupt down. She finally dies, though Knowledge downloads her reminiscences into himself so he can preserve part of Lal with him.
Like “Measure of a Man,” “The Offspring” additional establishes the thought of artificial life primarily based on Knowledge’s design and Picard’s respect for it. It additionally builds on the thought of Knowledge as a type of life and his skill to provide offspring, each of that are a giant a part of Star Trek: Picard’s first episode.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Knowledge spends most of Star Trek: First Contact as a captive of the Borg Queen after she and her drones handle to board and take management of a part of the Enterprise. The film establishes some adjustments to Borg lore by including the Queen, and means that she needs greater than to only assimilate extra drones–she needs a real equal. To that finish, she grafts actual pores and skin onto Knowledge to assist him change into extra human, making an attempt to persuade him to hitch her. Picard finally rescues Knowledge and collectively they defeat the Queen and the Borg on the Enterprise, whereas Riker and the remainder of the crew cease the Borg’s makes an attempt to disrupt humanity’s first contact with alien life (it is a time journey film, simply go together with it).
First Contact does lots of heavy lifting in reestablishing Picard’s lingering trauma over being assimilated by the Borg, and builds on his shut relationship with Knowledge–though he is planning to destroy the Enterprise to defeat the Borg, he goes again to rescue Knowledge relatively than leaving him behind. Knowledge performed a significant function in saving Picard from the Borg when he was assimilated in TNG, and the captain felt he could not depart his good friend behind, regardless that there was a very good probability Picard and Knowledge would each have been killed within the try
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
The ultimate of the TNG films brings Picard’s relationship with Knowledge to an finish. After the Romulan Star Empire makes overtures towards peace with the Federation following the installment of a brand new chief, Shinzon, Picard and the Enterprise head to Romulus for negotiations. They uncover that Shinzon is definitely a clone of Picard the Romulans created in hopes of putting in a spy in Starfleet, a plan they finally deserted. Shinzon finally gained energy as a wartime commander, and means to destroy the Federation with a weapon that makes use of a robust form of radiation.
The film is generally about Picard worrying about what sort of man he might have change into beneath totally different circumstances, however the half that issues is that Picard heads over to Shinzon’s ship to destroy it–with the assumption that he will die within the course of. On the final second, Knowledge arrives with an emergency transporter, just a little gizmo that may routinely beam a single particular person again to the Enterprise with the press of a button. Knowledge slaps the emergency transporter on Picard after which destroys Shinzon’s ship himself, dying within the course of.
Nemesis additionally introduces B-4, a prototypical brother of Knowledge that Shinzon found. Although Knowledge tried to obtain his personal reminiscences into the prototype, B-4’s look in Star Trek: Picard suggests the switch did not take. In order of Star Trek: Picard’s first episode, Knowledge is gone, and Picard continues to be feeling his loss even years later. Knowledge nonetheless resonates with the individuals who had been shut with him, and with the scientific neighborhood within the Federation that studied him. He could be gone, however Knowledge’s affect is a big a part of Star Trek: Picard, and it would not look like it’s going to be waning anytime quickly after Episode 1.
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