Star Trek Picard is an American web television series streaming in CBS All Access. The first episode came up on 23 January. The 4th and 5th episodes are scheduled to release on 13th and 20th February respectively.
Plot Holes In Star Trek?
The contemporary bunch of Star Trek TV shows have come under much scrutiny from fans for arguably creating plot holes when compared to the previous series.
Star Trek: Picard recently revealed something new about the Romulan Star Empire. Fans being fans, they noticed that one of Picard‘s revelations about Romulan society conflicts with a line from TNG episode “The Defector”.
In that instalment, Admiral Alydar Jarok encounters Data and tells him, “I know a host of Romulan cyberneticists who would love to be this close to you”. And yet in Picard, we’ve learned that Romulans widely despise all forms of synthetic and artificial life. So, they definitely wouldn’t become cyberneticists.
Michael Chabon Clears The Situation
The continuity error was pointed out to showrunner Michael Chabon recently. Chabon suggested that Picard doesn’t contradict this line and it merely changes the connotations and subtext of the scene.
Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon took answers this question through Instagram. About this apparent contradiction, Chabon says, “Being a ‘Romulan cyberneticist’ is kind of like being a ‘Nazi doctor.’ I do not find that concept particularly appealing,’ Data sagely replies to his Romulan companion. ‘Nor should you,’ is the telling reply.”
Chabon ends his explanation with a freestanding “Um…,”.This statement means that, maybe the dialogue was overlooked and that he’s massaging things a bit after the fact. Star Trek is a 50-year old franchise. Sometimes you have to make your wiggle room to tell new and exciting stories without tossing out all of the continuity that came before it.
What Chabon Might Have Meant Through The Dialogue
Chabon must be encouraging fans to look past the text of that line of dialogue into the subtext. In context to what we know about Romulans and artificial life; it seems that a Romulan cyberneticist is no true cyberneticist at all.
They could be similar to the Romulans working at the Artifact for the Romulan reclamation project, looking to tear Data down for his base tech to sell for a profit. It is more likely that they’d only be interested in making sure Data is destroyed. Also, the technology that made him was lost forever, which seems to be at least part of the reason why the Zhat Vash is after his daughters now.
Star Trek: Discovery, is set before The Original Series but made a lot of innovations to the Trek universe. Star Trek: Picard doesn’t have quite the same problem, as it’s set decades after The Next Generation. But, it’s still playing fast and loose with what’s established on that show.
But either way, the creation of plot holes is just the price we have to pay for new Trek content. In this case, I think we can say that this particular hole has been filled in.