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The line Et in Arcadia ego has been used in many works of art and literature. The first clear use, which established it as a set phrase/motif, is a painting by Guercino from c.1620, showing two shepherds against an idyllic pastoral background, looking at a skull and blowfly on a pedestal; this line is inscribed on the pedestal. The next well-known use is ...


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You can enjoy the show without having to watch anything in advance - as you mentioned yourself. That having said, Star Trek: Picard is dealing with a few themes that can be better understood by watching the movies and episodes listed below. TNG is a series of the 80s and 90s - since references between episodes are rare and most of the time everything is "...


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It is unlikely that Dahj is a copy of Lal. Lal, introduced as Data's daughter in TNG Season 3, Episode 16 ("The Offspring"), and Dahj Asha, introduced in Picard Season 1, Episode 1 ("Remembrance") are not likely to be the same individual, as I will argue below (but first with some background). Lal was a positronic android fashioned by Data himself, much to ...


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Manu Intiraymi / Icheb. Manu Intiraymi's recent behaviour (on twitter and elsewhere) in mocking Trek actor Anthony Rapp's allegations that he was assaulted by Kevin Spacey and then expressing vocal support for Spacey almost certainly cost him any chance of returning to play Icheb. Notably he's also been excluded from various 'official' Star Trek conferences ...


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The holodeck accidentally created a self-aware Moriarty when Geordi asked it to create an opponent that could beat Data. Data himself discovered a group of maintenance robots that had accidentally become self-aware on Tyrus VIIa . Even the Enterprise's main computer accidentally became self-aware while Data was still on-board. So, even ignoring the ...


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Why wouldn't Picard recognize Seven of Nine? Looking just at the canon of Star Trek: Voyager, we know that the Voyager crew is the only ship to make it to the Delta Quadrant and back. In addition, they had a rather extensive experience with the Borg in the process. The very fact that they went out to the Delta Quadrant and back means that as soon as they ...


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The Romulan Star Empire appears to be gone The supernova decimated the Romulans. While they may still have a government, they clearly are no longer the political power they were during the TNG era. We see humans and Romulans interacting freely in Whatever political forces existed that kept other races out appears to be gone. Picard's staff are likely ...


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You have asked three questions, I will go through them one by one. The Golden Gate Bridge is still there, there is no need to tear it down with no reason We have seen the Golden Gate Bridge several times in Star Trek. I can't remember if we saw it in the future during "The Voyage Home", but we can see it clearly in Discovery's episode "Such Sweet Sorrow": ...


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Picard is set in the original Prime timeline As Kurtzman told GamesRadar: "[Picard is] in the Prime timeline, we're not in the Kelvin timeline. But the thing that was interesting about that movie is it was the one element of the film that's still in the Prime timeline, because it was the supernova, the destruction of Romulus, and Spock's jump [back in ...


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Picard (according to the TNG Writer/Director's Guide) was in command of the Stargazer for 22 years. Since we know he lost command in 2355 (with the loss of the Stargazer), that places his taking command in 2333. DATA: Captain, he may refer to an incident which occurred nine years ago in the Maxia Zeta star system, in which an unidentified starship. Picard ...


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No. This anti-android stuff is new to the Picard show. See a comparison to TNG's the Defector.


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No. Soong created Lore first, then Data. This is confirmed by Soong himself in TNG: Brothers: DATA: Lore also told me the colonists petitioned you to replace him with a less perfect android. SOONG: The last thing you should think of yourself as, Data, is less perfect. The two of you are virtually identical, except for a bit of programming. DATA: It ...


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As you can see from VOY: Endgame, the Golden Gate Bridge of 2394 houses some manner of travel system, comprising individual small cars traveling at high speeds inside a series of transparent tubes, possibly some kind of mass-transit facility.


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The political landscape has changed dramatically. First of all, we learned in Star Trek (2009) that the destruction of the Hobus star in 2387 had obliterated the home solar system of the Romulan people (including the planets Romulus and Remus) and effectively removed the centre of power of the Romulan Star Empire. As we can see from even the first two ...


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I think, and I admit that this is just speculation, that it's a mix of Spiner wearing an improved version of the Data makeup and some digital de-aging but not an entirely CGI character. Data's face in the new pictures looks rounder and softer, closer to how Spiner's looks now, with a much less prominent chin. So if any de-aging is applied, they seem to ...


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Memory Alpha mentions that some people simply objected to replicators, either because they felt that they made people complacent or that they couldn't produce the best food. One of these objectors was Picard's brother, who most likely had an interest in the Picard estate shown on-screen or perhaps his own farm. Earth in the 24th century is post-scarcity, so ...


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Portability Most of the AIs seen in Star Trek are housed in starship Main Computers. The ship's computer AI is (obviously) housed in the Main Computer. The Holodeck characters that gained spontaneous emergent intelligence (Moriarity, Fairhaven etc) are all constructed by the ship's Main Computer. Though Moriarity is eventually transferred to a portable ...


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In addition to Philipp's list, there's some other contextual episodes worth noting. TNG S4E03 Brothers. This helps to explain There are several inside references and jokes in PIC S1E09 and E10 that play off of that episode. You'll also need this to make sense of TNG S6E26 and S7E01 Descent (mentioned in the other answer) TNG S7E10 Inheritance helps a great ...


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Aside from the answer above regarding Picard, the Borg, Seven, and androids, here are some other episodes dealing with the other big part of the show: the Romulans. The Original Series episode "Balance of Terror" introduces them. While the Romulans appeared previously in the Star Trek Enterprise, the fourth season episodes "Babel One", and "United" showed ...


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An additional thought stemming from lucasbachmann's answer is that while they are of comparable sentience the EMH requires (at least prior to the mobile emitter attained via time travel, and the federation probably has rules about trying to research items attained from the future) an entire ship's computer, while data is mobile in his own right.


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Nope. First...honestly, it doesn't sound like Burnham at all, at least to me. Second, from the dialogue is evident that she is speaking now. She tells to Picard "15 years ago, you [...]", so she must be living in Picard's same period of time, and we know now that Burnham has lived in Picard's past and in Picard's distant future. Third, a quick search on ...


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Michael Chabon (Picard showrunner) posted a video on Instagram answering some fan questions. Nothing about Oh's name origin in the video, but people asked many more questions in the comments section. One question was directly related to the origin of Oh's name and race. And this was Mr Chabon's response. So we can glean several things from this. The name ...


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Being a Starfleet Admiral doesn't appear to be a pre-requisite for being granted command of a fleet of ships. In DS9: Sacrifice of Angels, Captain Sisko is appointed to lead the fleet (comprising elements of the Second, Fifth and Ninth fleets) conducting "Operation Return", retaking Deep Space Nine and the Bajoran wormhole. This fleet is one of the ...


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Data is an engineering marvel in terms of his body and his brain being beyond state of the art nanotechnology that federation science can't duplicate. The EMH or Moriarty the original sentient hologram are just brute force consequences of computer power and programming with a mundane holographic interface. So basically the self awareness that should have ...


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If you recall from TNG 'Descent' episodes (parts I and II), the Enterprise-D encountered Transwarp conduits which were apparently set up by the Borg. Since those conduits were set up decades ago (and by renegade Borg separated from the Collective), its very possible those conduits operate on slightly different principles and as a result are slower than the ...


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It's unclear what really happened in the Neutral Zone, and if the Borg actually assimilated anyone It might be a plot hole, but there really is no sufficient information on what happened. This is what we know: The outposts weren't simply destroyed, they where "scooped off the planet", which is something we haven't seen on screen yet: DATA: Captain, ...


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It's a reference to a rather mysterious phrase used by several painters Many articles are written about the mysterious phrase. They try to explain the origin of the words or what the phrase is specifically meant to express. Written in Latin, the words ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ roughly translate to ‘even in Arcadia I’ or ‘And in Arcadia I go’. Because of the ...


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Not necessarily There are some considerations, originating from various aspects, that can be made about the possible efficiency of this kind of design. Engineering According to Roddeberry guidelines about starship design, warp nacelles should be visible to each other; this require them to be positioned outside the main hull, and having relatively small/...


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They rehash their old standpoints in that very scene: Clancy: The Romulans were our enemies, and we tried to help them for as long as we could, but even before the synthetics attacked Mars, fourteen species within the Federation said 'Cut the Romulans loose, or we'll pull out.' It was a choice between allowing the Federation to implode, or letting the ...


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