The Biggest Star Trek Easter Eggs in Picard Season 2 Episode 7
This episode was chock-full of Trekkie allusions, from famous characters to obscure TNG quotations to a classic Kirk one-liner.
‘Picard’, the Season Two Episode Six
This is the last season of Star Trek: Picard, which feels like a cross between 12 Monkeys and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
We have a lot going on in the show right now, from Brent Spiner’s renegade Soong to Alison Pill and Annie Wersching’s new hybrid Borg Queen to the still unsolved riddle of Q’s mysterious disappearance.
However, in the seventh episode, “Monsters,” the show slows down a great deal.. We spend nearly a third of the episode inside Jean-head, Luc’s which could have set off a clip-show episode like “Shades of Gray” on TNG.
Instead, Picard brought along a slew of hidden references and Easter eggs from across the Star Trek universe, as well as a few other sci-fi properties.
Picard’s Ready Room on the Enterprise-E?
At this point, we’re in Picard’s “preparation room,” where he’s conversing with the mystery faux-Starfleet psychologist, subsequently revealed to be his father Maurice Picard (James Callis).
It’s clear that Picard’s father was never present in “my ready room,” as he describes afterwards. What is the name of this room? After the events of Nemesis, the USS Enterprise-E can be found.
While Jean-Luc and Raffi were on the USS Veritas during the escape of the Romulan Empire, it’s also plausible that this is Jean-ready Luc’s room, as depicted in Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson’s comic book series, Star Trek Picard: Countdown.
Tolkien’s “Tapestry,” “Locutus,” and Other Quotes
We hear several remarks from Tallinn (Orla Brady), many of which seem to be from The Next Generation era, but some seem to be composites, when she enters Picard’s consciousness in the episode.
In TNG’s “The Best of Both Worlds,” Jean-Luc clearly says, “I am Locutus of Borg…” But some of the other phrases are more difficult to decipher because they appear to be interspersed with others.
As an easy example, in the TNG episode “Tapestry,” where he tells Q, “I’d rather die the man I was than live the life I just saw,” he says, “I’d rather die the guy I was…”
The mishmash of Picard-isms in there makes it difficult to decipher exactly what we’re hearing.
Picard’s Mind: Eternal Sunshine of the Mind…
It’s unlikely that this is an easter egg or even a reference that was made consciously. Even if Tallinn’s childhood memory is being rewritten to make Jean-Luc less lonely, the entire concept is reminiscent of a classic scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
There, Clementine, played by Kate Winslet, goes into Joel’s traumatic childhood memory and tries to protect him, too.
I’m Only a Spaceman…
Sol Rodriquez and Santiago Cabrera’s characters Theresa and Rios have an on-again, off-again romance that is reminiscent of Kirk and Gillian’s in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Rios even directly steals a joke from Kirk in this episode. The question “Are you from outer space?” is posed to him by Theresa. “No, I’m from Chile,” Rios says. …I work in outer space,” he says.
When Gillian asks Kirk, “Don’t tell me, you’re from outer space,” he responds: “No, I’m from Iowa and I only work in outer space.”
Sunny Ozell, The Wife Of Patrick Stewart
We see a fleeting glimpse of a band as Jurati enters the bar. Sunny Ozell, the real-life wife of Patrick Stewart, is the vocalist.
It was announced on his Instagram account by Stewart that “a song from her great album ‘Overnight Lows, a song that she performs,” Mark Stepro, Philip Krohnengold, Mason Stoops, and Jonathan Flaugher are among the musicians who will be joining her on stage. It’s the penultimate song on Overnight Lows called “Take You Down.”
Guinan Uses Her Hands to Do the Job!
There’s no response from Guinan (Ito Aghayere) after he makes an attempt to summon Q. When she hears footsteps coming down the stairs into her bar, she raises her fists in a protective posture, as if she’s preparing to engage in a magical fight.
After “Q Who,” where it was revealed that Q and Guinan knew each other, we haven’t seen Guinan do anything like this since TNG. Q and El-Aurians were in a “long cold war” before entering into a truce, according to Star Trek canon for the first time.
Jay Karnes! That’s the name of the FBI agent on the case! (And James Callis, too!)
Guinan and Picard are brought in by the FBI and interrogated by an agent played by Jay Karnes at the very end of the episode. No stranger to time travel or Star Trek, Karnes has also starred in The Shield as Dutch.
Ducane, a 29th-century temporal agent, was played by Karnes in the 1999 Voyager episode “Relativity.” He was a member of a future Starfleet that briefly hired Seven of Nine as a time travel agent. Seven could recognize this new FBI agent in Picard if she sees him! (Wikipedia has him listed as “Ducane” in Picard, but that’s most likely an error.)
The fact that Jay Karnes appears in an episode of Picard with James Callis is a big deal for 12 Monkeys fans. If you’re familiar with Battlestar Galactica, you know that James Callis is most known for his role as Gaius Baltar, but he also played Athan Cole in the Syfy Channel 12 Monkeys revival.
In addition, Jay Karnes portrayed FBI Agent Robert Gale, who served from the 1940s to the 1960s, in the same show. That FBI Agent in 12 Monkeys was concerned with finding any evidence of time travel.
Is this the case with Picard’s new agent, Karnes? Who is his lineal ancestor? Is it Gale from the 12 Monkeys or Ducane from Voyager? When it comes to Picard’s second season secrets, this one could be the most difficult to answer.