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April 30, 2022

Thoughts on Star Trek: Picard’s Time Travel inconsistencies

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 10:33 AM

The season 2 of Star Trek Picard is going on and while I like the season and enjoy looking at the characters in a different setting, the whole time travel thing and how they are ignoring the impact of what they are doing in the past is getting annoying.

There are going to be spoilers in this post about the latest episodes of the series. So if you haven’t seen the episode I suggest you stop reading now to avoid spoilers.

In the series, Picard and team are stuck back in the past and the Borg Queen has taken over Jurati and wants to get a 400 year jump on assimilating the galaxy. One point they ignore is why the queen doesn’t start with Assimilating Earth and then move to the other planets because that would give her a base of operations and allow them to expand into the Alpha quadrant without any competition, but lets put that aside for now. In the latest episode Seven is injured and apparently the only way to save her is for Jurati to strike a deal with the queen. Which is that the queen would fix Seven by giving her Borg implants back and Jurati will work with the queen.

She pitches the idea that they should assimilate the people who need help or are lonely instead of forcefully assimilating whole cultures and species, basically giving them a second chance. Instead of the famous “Resistance is Futile. We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.” . The queen agrees so they both take the ship and fly off to the delta quadrant to assimilate people in a more compassionate way. But guess what, if Borg start doing compassionate assimilation 400 years in the past then it changes the whole history and the future would be drastically different. It literally changes the entire future of the delta quadrant as the Borg are not assimilating and killing off species, which means they do things differently. You can’t tell me that this will not create a whole new future because without the borg, there is no Seven of Nine (which means Voyager would probably not make it back), there is no Locutus, no Borg war and so many other changes.

The whole premise of ST Picard is that if Picard’s ancestor doesn’t go for the Europa mission the federation no longer exists and there is a Confederation of Earth that has destroyed / killed most of the species in the galaxy. This minor change causes such alteration of the future so it is hard to accept that letting the Borg Queen loose in the past will not have an impact.

There are so many other things that they do which should impact the future but apparently won’t because they are needed to further the plot. This is why I don’t like this kind of time travel series because they break their own rules about what is allowed and what is not.

I wonder how they will address the whole new timeline and all the impact they have caused. I just hope it wont be something silly like Q resetting the timeline to the original at the end of the season.

– Suramya

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