Star Trek: Picard brought back the Borg Queen in its final season.
It was meant to be a surprise, but even before Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) had a mind-to-mind meeting with Counselor Troi-Riker (Marina Sirtis), fans already had an idea of who was causing the troubles for Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Admiral Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) son. Those watching with closed-captioning just got the verified news a little earlier than those of us who were guessing.
When Crusher was hearing voices in the fourth episode of the season “No Win Scenario”, the closed captioning revealed the owner of the voice behind the door belonged to the Borg Queen. [via Whatculture] This was an obvious faux pas, and it was quickly replaced with “whispered voice,” but the cat was out of the bag so there wasn’t really a surprise.
But who was really surprised by the return of the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard’s final season?
No one could possibly be surprised that the Borg would return to torment Admiral Picard one more time, especially when it could be the final time. The Queen had already returned in season two, and even though she made nice with Dr. Jurati, did we actually believe things had wrapped up with the Borg?
Admiral Picard battled several enemies over the years, but two kept returning. One, Q, was more of a nuisance, though he had his moments, including introducing then Captain Picard to the one villain that would change his life forever—the Borg. The Collective made his life a living hell on numerous occasions so it stands to reason that this arch-nemesis would come back for one final battle. And that the Borg Queen would want to destroy yet another part of Picard’s world.