6 Star Trek Voyager References in Star Trek Picard

6 Star Trek Voyager References in Star Trek Picard


Posted 2024-01-28 by Marisa Quinn-Haisufollow
Goldsman, A & Chabon, M & Kurtzman, A. Star Trek Picard (2020 – 2023). Paramount Plus. Link to Image.

Goldsman, A & Chabon, M & Kurtzman, A. Star Trek Picard (2020 – 2023). Paramount Plus (video).
Link to YouTube.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most critically acclaimed fictional characters in Star Trek. Played by Patrick Stewart, Picard is one of the most popular captains in the franchise, often compared to James. T Kirk. Jean-Luc was the Captain of the U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from 2364 to 2385 and was the main character of Star Trek the Next Generation from 1987 to 1994. In July 2018 a new Star Trek series was announced that would see Patrick Stewart reprise his iconic role as Picard. Star Trek Picard was released on 23 January 2020. It is set 20 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis and the end of Star Trek Voyager. The series has been met with praise from fans and critics and contains quite a few references to Star Trek Voyager which have delighted many. This article will contain spoilers for Star Trek Picard and Star Trek Voyager.

1. Seven of Nine

Goldsman, A & Chabon, M & Kurtzman, A. Star Trek Picard (2020 – 2023). “Stardust City Rag” Paramount Plus (video).
Link to YouTube.

Seven of Nine was one of the major characters on Star Trek Voyager from season four to season seven. She was a former Borg drone who was rescued and disconnected from the Collective by the U.S.S Voyager in 2374. Seven's full Borg designation was Seven of Nine Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01. Her human name was Annika Hansen. Seven was assimilated by the Borg when she was six. After her link to the Collective was severed by Captain Janeway, Voyager's Doctor was able to remove most of Seven's implants and restore her human appearance. Seven was displeased to be disconnected from the Borg at first, refusing to use her name Annika, and insisting that people call her Seven of Nine, or Seven for short.

Seven of Nine's transition from a Borg drone back to an individual was a difficult one for her. She struggled to understand how social settings or how romantic relationships worked, she had trouble fitting in among the Voyager crew, making friends, didn't understand the point of recreational activities or how to express herself creatively, she couldn't express a full range of human emotions, and struggled with post-traumatic stress from being assimilated. Seven's journey to reclaiming her humanity was fascinating to watch, which is why when I heard she was going to be returning in Star Trek Picard, I was extremely excited. Star Trek Picard is set in 2399 which is over 20 years after the U.S.S Voyager returned to Earth in 2378.

When we see Seven again, she is very different. Gone are the tight-fitting cat suits and perfectly styled hair, now she wears her hair loose, and sports sensible shoes and comfortable clothing with pockets. She still walks and talks like Seven, but she is older, and has managed to reclaim more of her humanity. There is more human expression on her face and emotion in her voice. She laughs, smiles, swears, and is even using her given name Annika.Her journey to reclaiming her humanity is not complete though and her trauma of being assimilated is still something that she struggles with every day of her life. Her character growth in Star Trek Picard has been fascinating to watch. I hope we get to see more of her in future episodes.

2. Ichep

Ichep was discovered by the U.S.S Voyager as a partially assimilated Borg drone onboard an abandoned Borg vessel in the Delta Quadrant when he was a child in 2376. Ichep was born Brunali, which was a humanoid alien race native to the Delta Quadrant. The Brunali homeworld lay close to a Borg transwarp, which meant that the Brunali were always victims of Borg attacks. The Brunali were once a technologically advanced race, but due to frequent Borg attacks, most of their population has been victims of Borg assimilation, their planet was largely in ruins and the survivors had reverted to using old fashioned technology so they would not attract the Borg. The Brunali were skilled in genetics, so in an effort to save their race, they genetically engineered a child with anti-Borg pathogens, Ichep, and then deliberately let him get assimilated in an effort to infect the Borg. After Voyager rescued Ichep and disconnected him from the Collective, they made contact with his home world and his parents, but when they discovered what they had done to Ichep, they took him back and left the planet behind. Ichep was taken in by Seven of Nine who became a surrogate mother to him. Ichep remained with the Voyager crew and returned with them to the Alpha Quadrant. In Star Trek Picard we learn in the episode "Stardust City Rag" that Ichep fulfilled his dream of going to Starfleet Academy and became a Science Officer onboard the U.S.S Coleman. His brief appearance in the episode delivered a hard emotional punch that will not be forgotten by fans anytime soon.

3. The Sikarians

The Sikarians were a humanoid race of aliens from the Delta Quadrant that encountered the U.S.S Voyager in 2371 in the episode "Prime Factors". The Sikarians were a pleasure orientated people who got great pleasure from being hospitable to guests. The Sikarians invited the Voyager crew to visit their home world Sikaris for a cultural exchange. It was during this visit that the Voyager crew discovered the Sikarians were a technologically advanced people that possessed a device called a spatial trajector, which had the power to transport a person up to forty thousand light years. The Voyager crew attempted to purchase this technology, but the Sikarians refused, because they feared how the technology could be used if it ever fell into the wrong hands. In the Star Trek Picard episode "The Impossible Box" we learn that sometime between the 2370s and the 2380s the Borg assimilated the Sikarians and incorporated their spatial trajector technology into their Borg cubes' queen cells.

4. Soji has an 'Adventures of Flotter' lunch box

The Adventures of Flotter was a series of holodeck programs for children set in the Forest of Forever that followed the adventures of Flotter, Trevis, Stinger, and the Ogre of Fire. The holodeck program and its characters was introduced in the Star Trek Voyager episode "Once Upon a Time". In the episode, we learn that the program has been around for some time, and that several members of the Voyager crew enjoyed the program as children. In Star Trek Picard there is an Adventures of Flotter Easter Egg in the episode "The Impossible Box". Soji Asha has some questions about her past and is beginning to peace together the truth of her origins. In an emotional scene, she begins sorting through her personal possessions and scanning them to determine their age. She examines pictures, diaries, drawings, and an Adventures of Flotter lunch box. It is a nice blink and you'll miss it nod to Star Trek Voyager.

5. Hirogen ex-Borg

The Hirogen were a large, intimidating species from the Delta Quadrant whose entire society, culture, philosophy and rituals revolved around hunting prey. Hirogen were so obsessed with "the hunt" and the pursuit of prey it pushed them into becoming a nomadic species with no home world. The Hirogen had frequent violent interactions with the Voyager crew during the late 24th century. They even seized Voyager and imprisoned the crew on the holodeck in "The Killing Game" part one and part two. The Borg knew the Hirogen as species 478. In 2374 at the time of "The Killing Game" Seven of Nine remarks that the Borg have not assimilated the Hirogen yet, but when that happens, to remember her. In Star Trek Picard we flash forward to the year 2399 and see in the episode "Nepenthe" a quick glimpse of a Hirogen ex-Borg in a line-up of former drones (called xBs) who are rounded up on an abandoned Borg vessel and killed by Romulans. It appears that sometime after the 2374 the Borg encountered the Hirogen and made them their prey.

6. Thaddius Riker

In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Death Wish" Q transports Commander William T. Riker to the U.S.S Voyager in the Delta Quadrant to settle a dispute over another Q (nicknamed Quinn) who wishes to seek asylum onboard Voyager so that he can end his life. Quinn is tired of immortality because he feels he has done everything so there is nothing left for him to experience or talk about. Q argues otherwise and tries to convince the Voyager crew that Quinn's existence has had a powerful impact on Earth. To prove his point, Q transports William T. Riker onboard Voyager and shows him a picture of a pair of old Civil War soldiers. Riker recognizes one of the men in the picture as Colonel Thaddius "Old Iron Boots" Riker who served during the American Civil War. The other man in the picture is Quinn. He saved his ancestor's life during the war which led to the existence of Will Riker who would go on to help save the Federation from the Borg. In Star Trek Picard we learn in the episode "Nepenthe" that Riker and his wife Deanna Troi had a son after getting married and named him Thaddeus "Thad" Troi-Riker which was a nice little nod to Riker's ancestor and the episode "Death Wish."

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