'Star Trek: Picard' Season 1 Episode 9 Preview: Picard's arrival at Soji's home planet Coppelius signals danger
Just two episodes left for CBS-All Access's 'Star Trek: Picard' and it's getting more twisted and sinister. In the previous episode, we learned that the Romulans were behind the synthetic insurrection on Mars. The attack had innumerable repercussions for Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) professionally and personally. We also learned that Rios had encountered a different version of Soji (Isa Briones) during his tragic time at Ibn Majid. Things are heating up before the finale and we can expect a worrying cliffhanger in the coming episode.
The Tal-Shiar is plotting insidious things and so you can expect a showdown between Picard, who supports synthetic life, and the android-hating Romulans. The official synopsis of Episode 9 reads: "Following an unconventional and dangerous transit, Picard and the crew finally arrive at Soji's homeworld, Coppelius. However, with Romulan warbirds on their tail, their arrival brings only greater danger as the crew discovers more than expected about the planet’s inhabitants."
It has been a curious journey for Picard, since the beginning of Season 1. He had steered clear of Starfleet as they had refused to help the Romulans during the Supernova, after the insurrection. Picard offered them an ultimatum: Either they revise the evacuation plan or he hands in his resignation. Much to his shock, they accepted his resignation. And then, his First Officer Raffi Musiker was fired too.
For almost two decades Picard led an uneasy life in the vineyards of France, haunted by dreams of his best synthetic friend Data (Brent Spiner), who died after sacrificing himself during the events of 'Nemesis'. And then he encountered Data's daughter 'Dahj', who was prominently killed by Romulans. Turns out that she had a sister named Soji, who was living in a Borg cube. Unfortunately, Soji did not know that she was a synthetic, till recently. Picard came and rescued her in time and for a while they unwinded on the planet of Nepinthe, with his old friends Will Riker and Deanna Troi.
What's going to happen in the next two episodes? It remains to be seen. 'Star Trek: Picard' airs on Thursdays, CBS-All Access, 12 am.