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Last week, I sent a tweet into tweet land (aka Twitter) that asked a specific question: since Q will be back in Star Trek: Picard Season 2, will he change Picard back to being human instead of letting him continue as a synth? Everyone knows what a rascal Q can be, and changing Picard back to being human would probably be for his own entertainment. You know what Q has always said: the trial is never over!

On the other hand, if you need a short recap of what has happened with Jean-Luc, here goes… In the last episode of Season 1, Picard died but was resurrected in a sophisticated synthetic body.

My tweet proved controversial. However, most people (by a slight margin) seem doubtful that our beloved Jean-Luc will be returned to human form.

Personally, I just can’t see Picard as a synth. It doesn’t sound right. I know in Discovery they have recently mentioned both the process in general and his case in particular, but maybe I just can’t see him as essentially an android.

Picard with some of his companions, in a scene from the forthcoming second season (CBS-Paramount)

Also, I’ve been asking myself how people, including his old crew, might react to the fact that Picard is a synth now. How will Riker and Troi feel? They saw him for the last time as a human. If I was an old friend and/or an old crewmember of his, it would be very strange for me. And then we have his new crew. Of course, Raffi and Elnor have known him for a long time. They were there when he died and became a synth. How weird would it be for them? They mourned his death, but then they see him alive again as a synth. I can’t imagine how that must feel!

What are your thoughts about it? I mean, would it be better for the storyline to keep Picard as a synth, or do you want him to change back to being human? And how big of a role will Q play in all of this? Will he send Picard and his crew on a new mission or perhaps subject them to a trial again? In the trailers released for the second season, Picard does sound pretty discouraged!

Synth or human, Picard’s story will continue. Let us know how you feel about it in the comments below. Star Trek: Picard Season 2 will debut in February 2022.

1 thought on “Picard a Synth?!

  1. Orinda, you made me want to watch the last episode once again and I did! It was as good as I remember it. If Picard the android is turned into a real person by Q happens, it will be fine with me. They gave his body the life expectancy Picard was to have so that makes him not immortal. And keeping his age as 94 is fine. Again normal life expectancy was what we wanted from him. It was the only way to have a season 2 or 3 or whatever if he was to die at the end of season 1 as he did. Unless they could have taken him to a Genesis planet, like Spock. Thanks for the article. Now bring on season #2…I want to see 7 of 9 drive a police car!

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