The trailer for the 2nd season of “Star Trek: Picard” already anticipated it, but it’s only in episode 5 that the time has come: Data actor Brent Spiner returns in the new role of geneticist Adam Soong – and clarifies an open question season 1
After once playing one of the most popular characters in “Starship Enterprise: The Next Century” (aka “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Data actor Brent Spiner and his former star role also played in the first season of the quasi-revival “Star Trek: Picard” is a very important part. As is well known, it was Data (whom Spiner portrayed again in dream sequences) on whose technical basis the android twins Dahj and Soji (Isa Briones) were created, around which a large part of the plot revolved.
Spiner was then also known as Dr. Altan Soong, who started his father’s robotic research, data builder Dr. Noonian Soong, keep pushing. and Brent Spiner returns for Season 2 in a new yet familiar role. In episode 5 he appears in the 21st century as Dr. Adam Soong an ancestor of the aforementioned Songs, who looks amazingly similar to his descendants and thus also to Data, who is modeled on the Noonian Soong.
Adam Soong is a geneticist desperate to find a cure for his daughter Kore’s rare immune disease that kills air and sunlight. And the fact that Soji/Dahj actress Isa Briones slips into the skin of that same Kore solves a mystery from the first “Picard” season in passing.
Soji role model Kore
Looking at the trailer for the second season of “Star Trek: Picard”, in which Isa Briones was already seen in the 21st century, we speculated that she could play Adam Soong’s daughter here. The new episode now confirms this and thus also provides the suspected explanation for the appearance of Dahj and Soji.
Kore’s countenance is closely linked to the history of the Songs, the knowledge of which may have been passed on through generations until it was also anchored in Noonian Soong and probably also in his son Altan. Altan Soong, together with cybernetics expert Bruce Maddox (John Ales), ultimately built Dahj and Soji based on the optical model of Kore (or maybe one of her descendants). It is possible that even Kore’s female descendants looked confusingly like her – just as all-male Soong descendants apparently look like Brent Spiner.
And that’s not all: Noonian Soong passed on all his knowledge and memories to his android “son” Data in the 24th century, so ultimately the information about Kore’s face was also stored somewhere in him. And that in turn explains why even the woman in a painting painted by Data years before the “birth” of Dahj and Soji while he was aboard the Enterprise bore the twins’ face. Appropriately, he named this picture “daughter”. And Dahj and Soji were later referred to as his daughters, which – as we now know – reflects the relationship between Adam and Kore Soong.
In the coming weeks, we will find out what revelations await us in the second season of “Star Trek: Picard”. Episode 6 will be released on April 8, 2022, at around 11 a.m. on Amazon Prime Video.