Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard (2020)

8 mistakes in season 2

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Plot hole: Dr. Adam Soong is initially presented as a discredited scientist, banned from the scientific community; he gets debarred and his funding revoked. And it's not an internal matter; he is publicly exposed for it. His daughter in episode 6 even finds out this information on Google. Several news articles call him "mad scientist" and such. However, this same person at the same time throughout the rest of the season has every bit of pull and influence, not just through undercover channels, but is treated with the utmost honor and deference by the NASA PR people at public events.

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Hide and Seek - S2-E9

Character mistake: Seven of Nine asks Tallinn to lay down suppression fire, so they "split up." She explains "We have twice as many chances to get to the ship if we divide and conquer." 'Divide and conquer' (Divide et impera, for the Romans) means to keep the opposition weak by favouring the conflict between their different factions. It is not used to describe splitting up your own forces to have better chances to make it out of a trap alive.

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Watcher - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: At the detention center, the charming doctor approaches Rios. Cristobal makes a bit of a lame joke about his late mother. The hair in front of the doctor's shoulder changes abruptly in the reaction shot. (00:19:30)

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Watcher - S2-E4

Other mistake: The show is supposed to take place in the same timeline as Next Generation, but the presence of a young Guinan in 2024 who has never met Picard before contradicts the TNG Season 5 finale, Time's Arrow, where Picard met Guinan (looking like Whoopi Goldberg, who also appears here) in the XIX century. When asked about this contradiction, show writer Terry Matalas said that the Federation actually never happened since the 'future' was changed by Q's actions, so Picard never traveled back in TNG meeting her. However, that is never referenced in the actual episode or the season finale, and would create other paradoxes, especially since in the very same episode there is a reference to Star Trek IV. The same punk from back then rubs nervously his neck remembering Spock's nerve pinch; the TOS cast would have not visited XX century Earth in the way shown in the movie if the Federation never came into existence.

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Watcher - S2-E4

Plot hole: In this episode, the 'Watcher' displays the power to possess/mind control people at will, jumping from body to body to set up the meeting with Picard. Forgetting the fact that this usage of power for such a menial task is actually detrimental to what she wants to do (it leaves more evidence, by unnecessarily messing up with minds just to tell the guy to go from A to B), this would have been super-useful for the rest of the season, but she just never ever uses it again, not even a nerfed version of it.

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Hide and Seek - S2-E9

Plot hole: Adam Soong tosses the phaser before it explodes. The explosion is an underwhelming bang in the air that does not hurt anyone. Soong is a chubby old dude, with no access to teleport technology or any tech, no allies left in the area, inside Picard's home in France, and all he did was run out of the door, unarmed. All Rios (or anyone else, really, arguably even Picard-bot) has to do to catch him is comfortably jogged through the corridor, but somehow since he went out of the camera view and the plot doesn't want them to look for him, he ceased to exist, and he can stir trouble later after he gets (somehow) back to California.

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Farewell - S2-E10

Other mistake: When Tallinn dies, not only she is killed through a neurotoxin made in 2024 by a human, for humans, through a patch that the killer carelessly touches himself (we have to be generous and assume he developed some antidote to it) and somehow they can't cure with their advanced tech, but her eyes become bloodshot with visible red blood vessels. Romulan blood is green.

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Trivia: The ships that Riker arrives with are all identical, explained away with the line "I've got a fleet of them at my back." That line's delivered without seeing Riker's face, because it was recorded afterwards. The effects work was only completed shortly before the episode was released, and they didn't have time to create a variety of ships, leading to this "shortcut."

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Question: How do the "door transporters" outside Starfleet work? People just seem to walk straight into them and vanish, a) faster than normal transporters, and b) without any indication they're controlling where they're going. There's no sign saying where each door connects to, are people just hoping for the best?

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Answer: My guess is that they go to 1 place and they can't chose where to go. Like a highway without exits, you just end up where the highway stops.

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