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In these darkest of times "Star Trek: Picard" is a humane light from a distant, possible future


Both demises contribute to the central question of the season, which is the definition of what it means to be alive – and for Picard, his adoptive ward Soji (Isa Briones), and mercenary Annika Hansen (Jeri Ryan) , better known as Seven of Nine, the inherent value and sanctity of all life.


Here on Earth 2020 we are wrestling with a version of the same question as overwhelmed intensive care units and medical staffs around the country find themselves weighing the value of one person's life over another due to shortages of life-saving equipment.


But here's something of a summary: Previous to being rescued by Picard, Soji worked on the decommissioned Borg cube known as the Artifact, where she forged a romantic relationship with a Romulan spy named Narek (Harry Treadaway).


Narek then tries to kill her, but Picard finds her in the nick of time, and they beam themselves off to the planet where William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) fill their days being happily married, growing organic tomatoes and making woodfired pizza.


In standard Picard fashion, as he unplugs Data's consciousness for one last time, he recites a famous line from William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," uttered by the magician Prospero: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep."


The final shot of "Picard" shows the revived Admiral with his crew, including a few key additions: Elnor remains, along with Annica (who, honestly, should get her own spin-off; Ryan is just that good) and Soji, who decides to tag along now that her home world is safe.






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