This put up comprise SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard episode 9, “Et in Arcadia Ego Half 1.”
Star Trek: Picard simply gave the android Sutra (Isa Briones) a Vulcan means – the legendary thoughts meld – within the season’s penultimate episode, “Et in Arcadia Ego, Half 1.” The thoughts meld, first launched in Star Trek: The Authentic Collection episode 9, “Dagger of the Thoughts,” is the method via which a Vulcan and one other participant can share ideas. Nevertheless it was all the time assumed to be an innate Vulcan means, not a talent that an android may be taught.
To set her plan in movement, the half-Vulcan, half-Romulan Commodore Oh (Tamlyn Tomita) confirmed Agnes P. Jurati (Alison Tablet) photographs from the admonition, a mysterious prophecy that claims artificial life will destroy natural life, via a Vulcan thoughts meld. The imaginative and prescient was intense sufficient to persuade Agnes to betray Picard (Patrick Stewart) and kill her mentor and former lover, the cyberneticist Bruce Maddox (John Ales). After assembly Soji, nonetheless, Agnes had change of coronary heart, and decides to now not assist Oh and the Zhat Vash. In an effort to assist the artificial inhabitants perceive why the Romulans need them destroyed, Sutra, who appears like a gold skinned, yellow eyed model of Soji, initiates a Vulcan thoughts meld herself. Dr. Alton Soong (Brent Spiner), Sutra’s creator, matter of factly states that Sutra has studied the works of Surak, the traditional Vulcan thinker, and has developed the thoughts meld means via research and observe.
This goes straight towards what followers have been led to consider, because the thoughts meld has lengthy been proven to be an solely Vulcan energy. When requested about this improvement, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon gave a usually considerate response on his Instagram: “As a physiological impact, it may be synthesized, or fairly the psycho-anatomical foundation may be synthetically reproduced.”
One the one hand, this can be a little bit of a retcon. The Vulcans’ mystical, borderline-magical skills, such because the thoughts meld and nerve pinch, have been unique to Vulcans all through Star Trek canon. Nevertheless, there’s nothing in Star Trek lore to counter Chabon’s speculation that the Vulcans have merely implied that the thoughts meld is one thing outsiders cannot be taught. Regardless of their logical ideology, the Vulcans may be susceptible to distrust and condescension to outsiders, and sharing their most treasured secrets and techniques wouldn’t come straightforward. The truth that it took a long time for Starfleet to be taught Vulcans and Romulans shared a typical ancestry is an effective instance.
What’s extra, Sutra and her brethren are far more subtle machines than Knowledge ever was. Although they lack Knowledge’s empathy, they categorical emotion with relative ease and are in a position to cross as absolutely human once they want to. After decoding the imaginative and prescient of the admonition as a name to arms towards humanity, Soong’s different creations, led by Sutra, vow to stand up towards natural life, a lot to Picard’s horror. Evident by her means to be taught the thoughts meld, Sutra and Star Trek: Picard’s different new androids have stronger minds than Knowledge’s, however the season finale will reveal if they’ll match the depths of his coronary heart.
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