Star Trek: Picard added Borg Queen to the hero party and it’s like Final Fantasy now but bad.
Star Trek: Picard is doing all sorts of weird time travel stuff this season, and if Star Trek is doing time travel stuff, obviously it has to involve the Borg. For some reason, they always seem to involve one another. While not exactly time travel, they debuted in an episode where Q threw them across the galaxy. It defied space and time, so we’ll count it. Star Trek: Voyager did a lot with the Borg and time travel but only once (or twice) were they involved at the same time. Plus there was Star Trek: First Contact.
The Borg and time travel just go hand in hand it feels like. So it’s a bit surprising that The Borg Queen is now joining Jean-Luc Picard’s pirate party (I’m coining it, let’s get it going) in an attempt to reset the timeline to how it was.
It’s not the first time the Borg have played hero, and it won’t be the last time. Yet, that whole “let’s get the obvious evil queen to help us, knowing full well that she’ll betray us” idea is like bad Final Fantasy fanfiction.
The Borg Queen is playing against type in Star Trek: Picard
There’s this obnoxious trope in Hollywood, where the villains are always given this heroic arc to show the audience that they’re not always bad. It usually ends with them either turning good or betraying the group. It’s obnoxious and it’s being done here.
This is a problem, as The Borg Queen is way too uber-evil to just roll with this. This is a “different” queen than we’re familiar with, so we’re told. So maybe this version doesn’t have the same scorpion bravado as other versions.
But it seems like such a knee-capping moment, to see a once-powerful creature need the help of a few fleshy meat-suits and whatever Picard is pretending to be. Is he a man? A machine? A muppet? A muppet of a man?
In the moment it seems forced and unnecessary, especially since the Borg Queen should be in theory, more powerful enough to do this on her own. So it seems like the character is being held back due to the writing of the show.
But maybe in time, this will all make more sense. We’ll find out.