The new Borg Queen (Annie Wersching) in Star Trek: Picard season 2 also possessed new powers and abilities she hasn’t displayed in Star Trek before. The Borg Queen was one of the highlights of Star Trek: Picard season 2; the Queen’s assimilation and unification with Dr. Agnes Jurati (Allison Pill) was one of Picard season 2’s best and most unexpected developments. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Borg Queen who fans dubbed “Agnes Borgrati” joined forces with Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who granted the Borg provisional membership in the United Federation of Planets.
Star Trek: Picard season 2’s Borg Queen is not the same being who debuted in Star Trek: First Contact and was played by both Alice Krige and Susanna Thompson in Star Trek: Voyager. The Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard season 2 is from an alternate reality created by Q (John de Lancie) where the evil Confederation of Planets rose instead of the Prime Universe’s Federation. The Confederation did what the Federation never could and wiped out the Borg, with the Queen as the lone survivor who was meant to be executed by General Picard. Instead, the Borg Queen helped Picard and his motley crew. Shockingly, the Borg Queen evolved throughout Star Trek: Picard season 2 thanks to her relationship with Jurati, and together they wield heretofore unseen powers and abilities as the Borg Queen.
The Borg Queen didn’t appear in Star Trek: Picard season 1, but her presence was felt via the Queencell. A chamber within every Borg Cube, the Queencell houses a spatial trajector, which is transportation technology with a theoretical range of 40,000 light years that the Borg had assimilated from the Sikarians. The spacial trajector allows the Borg Queen to escape a Cube in the event of an emergency. The Queencell helps explain how the Borg Queen manages to survive and re-emerge elsewhere after a Cube is destroyed.
In Star Trek: Picard season 1, Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco) used the Queencell’s spatial trajector so that Jean-Luc Picard and Soji (Isa Briones) could escape the Romulans aboard the Borg Cube Artifact and transport to Nepenthe, where Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) lived. Later in Star Trek: Picard season 1, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) allowed herself to be reassimilated by the Borg so that she could take control of the Artifact to defeat the Romulans and later travel to Coppelius to help Picard.
The Borg Queen was broken physically and mentally when she was reintroduced in Star Trek: Picard season 2’s Confederation reality. Yet the Queen detected that reality had been altered and that Jean-Luc Picard and his friends were from the prior Prime Universe timeline that the Confederation timeline replaced. In this way, the Borg Queen displayed a multi-dimensional temporal awareness beyond her usual scope.
Due to her connection to the Borg Collective, the Borg Queen knew what was happening across space and even time. But Star Trek: Picard season 2 is the first time the Borg Queen showed she could also sense parallel realities in the Multiverse. This is an intriguing ability that could have major ramifications as Star Trek makes gradual strides toward its Multiverse, as confirmed by Star Trek: Discovery season 4. Agnes Borgrati being an ally of the Federation could also factor into Star Trek’s eventual Temporal Wars.
When Picard decided he and his crew must time travel to 2024 Los Angeles to find the Watcher and repair the timeline Q changed, the Admiral decided the best course of action would be time travel via the slingshot effect used many times by Captain James T. Kirk’s (William Shatner) Starship Enterprise. However, Kirk had Spock (Leonard Nimoy), a higher intelligence to “isolate the divergence and micro-shift for any chronitonic radiation” during the slingshot around the sun.
It’s logical that the Borg Queen, another being of higher intelligence, also has the same ability to calculate and adjust the complex variances of time travel. It’s highly probable, in fact, that the first time the Borg Queen displayed this ability was during Star Trek: First Contact when the Borg time traveled to Earth in April 2063. The Borg Queen indeed masterminded Picard’s time travel to 2024 Los Angeles.
The Borg Queen got her hands dirty in Star Trek: Picard season 2, and she proved that when pressed, the Queen is a fighting (half) machine. The Borg Queen didn’t engage in much hand-to-hand combat in Star Trek: First Contact or Star Trek: Voyager, but after she assimilated Dr. Agnes Jurati, the Queen fought and easily defeated Seven of Nine and Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd). Unsurprisingly, the Borg Queen’s assimilation and recreation of Agnes’ physical form granted Jurati superhuman strength and reflexes.
At the start of Star Trek: Picard season 2, the armored and shielded Borg Queen beamed onto the bridge of the USS Stargazer and easily handled the Starfleet Officers counterattacking. Seven was the first to notice that the Queen was only stunning the Starfleet heroes, not killing them, which hinted at the Agnes Borgrati swerve to come. Fighting in a non-lethal style where the goal wasn’t assimilation is also new to the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard season 2.
Perhaps the most notable and groundbreaking change Star Trek: Picard season 2 made to the Borg Queen is giving her humanity, including compassion and the ability to show mercy, which is thanks to the influence of Dr. Agnes Jurati. The Borg Queen at the end of Star Trek: Picard season 2 is a shared consciousness, and Jurati seems to have gained a measure of control over the Queen’s new duality. The Borg Queen became more human than ever before in Star Trek: Picard season 2, and time will tell what this will mean for the future of the Borg and the Borg Queen in Star Trek.
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 premieres February 16, 2023, on Paramount+.