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Star Trek: Discovery Restores a Lost Technology from Picard

While Star Trek: Discovery explores the advanced technology of the 32nd century, Discovery turns to the technology last seen in Star Trek: Picard.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery Season 4, episode 2, “Anomaly”, now streaming Parent +.

With the arrival of the USS Discovery in 32nd century since the Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Finale, the crew is now at a point on the timeline where none Star Trek Series is already over. This contains discovery‘s sister series Star Trek: Picardwhich although happened over a century since the time when discovery began just before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, is now about eight centuries in the relative past. However, as the crew begins to take full advantage of the new technology available to them, they take advantage of the technology introduced at the end of the year Picard Season 1, which has remained largely unused by Starfleet in the intervening centuries.


After bonding with the Tal Trill symbiote Adira has since seen the consciousness of her late friend Gray, the symbiote’s previous host. With Gray’s blessing, Adira collaborates Doctor Hugh Culber develop the means to translate Gray’s consciousness into a synthetic body so that the rest of the Discovery crew can interact directly with Gray. In search of inspiration, Culber turns to the advanced robotic technology that was emerging in the 24th Picard. And in Soong’s inventions, Culber finds the perfect way to create Gray a body, despite the fact that the technology in question has been discarded for centuries.

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When Jean-Luc Picard discovered he was dying of a fatal neurological disease, Soong turned Picard’s mind into a synthetic body when his organic body succumbed to the rare disease. When Picard awoke in this new body, he learned that this synthetic form not only freed him from the effects of the neurological disorder, but gave him a new life and how his organic body would physically age with him before collapsing with him. effectively ensuring that Picard dies forever. Grateful for this chance to continue doing good throughout the galaxy and to appreciate his twilight years, Picard takes advantage of the opportunities his synthetic body offers.

Centuries later, Culber reveals that this robotic technology was abandoned after Picard’s successful rebirth due to a high rate of error in the intended hosts. While Gray is understandably concerned upon hearing this, Culber assures him that the likelihood that Gray will successfully transfer his consciousness into the prepared body is due to Gray’s previous experience of connecting with the Valley symbiote and his consciousness external in the symbiote the bigger is likely, while Gray makes some cosmetic suggestions about what his new body should look like.

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The introduced robotics technology Star Trek: The Next Generation was one of those the most advanced Starfleet it has ever seen, with synthetic life introduced decades later by the Federation, nowhere near as unique as Data and its positronic counterparts. While Starfleet of the 32nd Picardthat transmits humanoid consciousness to new hosts. But thanks to Gray’s Trill connection, the discarded technology was revived, effectively making Gray part of the crew that existed as connections beyond existence in the Valley Symbiote between discovery and Picard become clearer.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 was developed for television by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman and releases new episodes on Paramount + on Thursdays.

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