"Star Trek: Picard" S01E03 "The End is the Beginning": Borg Research Expands, Fan Fav Returns [PREVIEW]

Following the events of "Maps and Legends" in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, we find Jean-Luc (Patrick Stewart) dealing with some harsh realities and adversity he looks to face. Both Picard and the Federation are right in their feelings and actions following the events of the Romulan supernova.

Before we take a look at the promo and overview for this week's "The End is the Beginning", let's take a look back at the road that lead to here:

Jonatha Del Arco as Hugh in Star Trek
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"Star Trek": Picard and Federation Clash

Picard tried to abide by Starfleet's humanitarian principles leading a mission to save the remaining survivors with Romulus gone. The Federation through Admiral Kristen Clancy (Ann Magnuson) is also right not risking civil war or implosion when contested internally. The rescue operation went to a halt when synthetics on Mars malfunctioned, killing their biological coworkers. The subsequent synthetics ban prevented the building of the fleet.

"Star Trek: Picard" S01E03 "The End is the Beginning": Borg Research Expands, Fan Fav Returns [PREVIEW]
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Unwilling to commit any further additional resources, the anti-Romulan contingent remained steadfast in their conviction. The Federation acquiesced and Picard tenured his resignation in disgust. Following Picard's airing of grievances with Federation media, his former employer naturally refused his request for a ship and crew to investigate a Romulan-synthetic conspiracy.

The Romulans in conjunction with the Federation scientific community researched and experimented with the remnants of a Borg cube. Severed from the Collective, researchers extract tech from drones and repurposed them to post-Borg lives should the subject survive. The former drones who survive the procedure join the Nameless. In the preview shown of the upcoming episode in the recap show "Ready Room", a major former Borg figure re-emerges in Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco). Looking far more human than his last appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generations, Hugh appears to be a prominent figure in the Borg-Romulan research given his interaction with Soji (Isa Briones).

New Investigation Developments

Meanwhile on earth, Picard and the good Dr. Jurati (Alison Pill)  discover any physical trace of Soji's twin sister of Dahj (Briones) scrubbed from local databases during their investigation. Sensing Soji's in danger imminent danger, Picard discovers from Moritz Benayoun (David Paymer), his doctor from his days on the U.S.S. Stargazer, of his looming terminal illness. Whatever forces at work in the Federation-Romulan co-conspiracy, Jean-Luc turns to plan B in former colleague and Starfleet officer Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd) for help with a warp-capable ship.

Not wanting to drag his old crew from the Enterprise on his new adventure, Picard seeks to recruit those who can help with the whereabouts of Soji and cyberneticist Bruce Maddox. Will he find the rest of his crew before they take off? What do you think Hugh's role is in the research among the free Borg? Will Picard and company get to Soji before it's too late? Will we finally see Seven (Jeri Ryan)?

"Star Trek: Picard" season 1, episode 3 "The End is the Beginning": Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and captures the attention of the Borg cube research project's executive director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios (Santiago Cabrera).

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangora. As a professional writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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