Star Trek: Picard is saving the reveal for Captain Vadic’s boss, and the theories are getting more intense.
In a recent clip from The Ready Room hosted by Wil Wheaton [via Trekmovie], The Face that is obviously controlling Captain Vadic isn’t too pleased when she informs him she isn’t getting anywhere with Captain Riker and Deanna Troi. Suddenly, Vadic begins losing shape while she hears the ominous tones of her dominator saying “Your physiology is not as special or complex as you believe. You are by nature, malleable, made to bend.”
As Vadic begins to suffer the trauma being inflicted upon her, The Face reminds her that her existence, and that of her own kind is at stake if they cannot find Jack Crusher.
"“We must have the boy or you and your kind will find your own existence meaningless.”"
That indicates that The Face isn’t a Changeling. Otherwise, Vadic would not be referred to as “her kind.”
So is The Face a new villain or an old one that Star Trek: Picard has already seen?
Admiral Picard has already come face-to-face with the Borg Queen aboard the La Sirena as well as the Queen once she was combined with Agnes Jurati. So that villain has already made an appearance, and the consensus seems to be that The Face belongs to the collective, especially since it refers to itself as “we.”
In addition, if the Borg is back, we have a little more understanding as to why Admiral Picard’s body was stolen from Daystrom. If they’re looking to recreate Locutus, then perhaps they need DNA from Jack Crusher to reanimate the body. To my knowledge, the Borg has never assimiliated the dead so that corpse would have to be alive before it was assimiliated back into the collective.
Yes, this is all supposition, but the Changelings could be afraid of the Borg as that is one species that has yet to be fully defeated, whereas the Changelings were almost decimated by a virus. But then we have the question: who is the leading the charge if the Borg is the enemy yet again? Season two of Picard ended with the Borg Queen, because of her connection to Jurati, attempting to play nice. It’s possible that attempt failed or it was simply a ruse to get Admiral Picard to lower his guard. Either way, Picard and his colleagues appear to be facing an enemy that is much more dangerous than the Changelings.