Warning! The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Picard's Season 1 finale. Read at your own risk!
Star Trek: Picard had a pretty wild finale that made massive changes that will impact the franchise's future, but it also closed the door on stories that hadn't truly reached satisfying conclusions. Specifically, the CBS All Access spinoff set the stage for a true reunion between Jean-Luc Picard and Data, who had not spoken since Data sacrificed his life in Star Trek: Nemesis.
The two beloved characters had a chance to share all their unresolved feelings with one another, and Data was able to ask Picard for one final favor. He wished for the last remaining bit of his consciousness to be removed from existence, so that he could experience one thing that's truly human, a finite life. Patrick Stewart spoke to THR about the scene, and what it meant to shoot such an emotional wrap-up with longtime co-star Brent Spiner.
Filming the scene meant so much to Patrick Stewart that he requested to go home with the chair Jean-Luc Picard sat in during his goodbye to Data. Stewart said he wanted the chair because of the moment's significance, but also joked that it was pretty comfortable, too. The chair is indeed now sitting in Stewart's home in Oxfordshire, provided he brings it back to set should Star Trek: Picard need it in the future.
Shooting Data's scene was about more than the emotional payout however, it was about concluding an arc for Data that was open-ended. Akiva Goldsman told THR the purpose of the scene was a sequel to the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, and gave the character of Data a conclusive arc.
Data "died," and in a stranger twist, Jean-Luc Picard's mind was transferred into a Synth golem. Picard won't have all the augments that a usual Synth would, but he also won't have to worry about that debilitating brain illness, and will presumably live out the rest of his days in good health. There's built-in tech that will ensure he dies around the same time he would without any major illness, so Picard is feasibly guaranteed not doomed to repeat Data's troubled existence in the years after Star Trek: Nemesis.
Star Trek: Picard is already green-lit for Season 2, and audiences can now stream the entire season on CBS All Access for free for the foreseeable future. Stick with CinemaBlend in the meantime for updates on the franchise, and for the latest news happening in television and movies.
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