One of the most surprising and exciting things to happen in the most recent season of Star Trek: Picard was the return of Data, the beloved android who was thought to be dead at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis.
Fans of the show were thrilled to see Data back in action, and many of them are still trying to figure out how this happened. In this article, we'll talk about how Data is still alive in Star Trek: Picard season 3 and what that means for the show's future.
Who is Data?
Before we can figure out how Data is still alive in Star Trek: Picard season 3, we have to look at his past. Data was made by Dr. Soong in the middle of the 24th century.
He was made to look and act like a human, and he had a lot of high-tech gadgets that let him process information and interact with the world in ways that humans could never do.
The Return of Data is a Surprise Turn!
Data's appearance in season 3 of Star Trek: Picard was not shown in any of the show's trailers or other advertising.
Instead, episode 6, “The Bounty,” had a surprise turn of events. In this episode, Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Worf (Michael Dorn), and Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd) go on a mission to the secret Daystrom Station, where they meet an old friend who is in charge of security: Data.
Data isn't really himself, though. He is really Lore, Data's evil twin brother who was last seen deactivated and broken up in the Star Trek: The Next Generation season 7 episode “Descent Part II.“
Lore is Pretending to Be Data!
Lore, who was made by Dr. Noonien Soong before Data and was also played by Brent Spiner, is Data's older brother. Lore was unstable and bad because, unlike Data, he had an emotional chip.
He had also been known to betray his brother and join forces with Federation enemies like the Borg and the Romulans. In “Descent, Part II,” Lore was finally stopped by Data and his friends.
Data shot Lore with a phaser and took out his emotion chip. Then, the Daystrom Institute kept Lore's body parts for research. But it looks like Lore was able to turn himself back on and get away from his prison.
Then he went to Daystrom Station and pretended to be Data, using his looks and memories to trick everyone. In Star Trek: Nemesis, he was also able to get Data's positronic neuron, which held his consciousness after he died.
Lore is Up to Something Bad!
Not much is known about why Lore is pretending to be Data, but it seems like he has a bad plan involving synthetic lifeforms.
In the first season of Star Trek: Picard, it was revealed that a secret group of Romulans called the Zhat Vash had been trying to get rid of all artificial life in the galaxy because they thought they would bring about the end of the world.
The Zhat Vash also set up an attack on Mars by rogue synthetics, which caused the Federation to stop doing research on synthetics. But Picard found out that another group of synths lived on a secret planet called Coppelius. They were made by Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, the son of the man who made Data.
Soji Asha (Isa Briones), who was made from one of Data's neurons and became Picard's student, was one of these synths. Picard also found out that the Coppelius synths had built a beacon that could call the Admonition, a higher form of synthetic life.
Picard stopped the Zhat Vash and the Admonition from wiping out all organic life, and he also got Starfleet to lift the ban on synthetics. But it looks like Lore has been working behind the scenes to change things and move his own plans forward.
He has been working with Professor James Moriarty (Daniel Davis), a holographic bad guy from Sherlock Holmes who escaped from the holodeck in the Star Trek: The Next Generation season 6 episode “Ship in a Bottle.” He has also talked to Vadic, a mysterious woman played by Amanda Plummer who seems to be behind attacks on Picard's family and friends.
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