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Star Trek Theory: One Of Picard's New Crew Is A Romulan Spy

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard Season 2, Episode 3.

One of the Jean-Luc Picard's (Patrick Stewart) new crew in Star Trek: Picard could be a Romulan spy. However, it's also possible the Starfleet legend is already aware of it. After two episodes of set up, Picard and his ragtag allies finally warped off into their new adventure at the conclusion of Star Trek: Picard's third episode, "The End of the Beginning". Jean-Luc even uttered his signature command, "Engage!", for old times' sake. But even as they fly headlong into the unknown, Picard's Romulan enemies, the Zhat Vash, could have planted a spy right in their midst: Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill).

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Picard met Dr. Jurati in Star Trek: Picard's premiere episode, "Remembrance"; the retired Starfleet Admiral consulted her at the Daystrom Institute about the true origin of Dahj Asha (Isa Briones), a highly advanced synthetic who was murdered by a Zhat Vash death squad. Agnes explained that Dahj (and her twin sister Soji) were built by Dr. Bruce Maddox through a miraculous process called neuronic fractal cloning and they were 'grown' from one of the neurons of the late Commander Data (Brent Spiner), which was most likely harvested from B-4, Data's imperfect copy. Maddox vanished soon after all artificial lifeforms were banned by the United Federation of Planets as a result of the Mars attack by rogue androids in 2385. Maddox's disappearance left Dr. Jurati as Earth's foremost expert in cybernetics but without any real way to apply her science thanks to the synthetics ban. Picard befriended Agnes, who further researched Dahj's past and how she qualified to be a research fellow at the Daystrom Institute before she was assassinated.

However, while Picard was assembling his new crew in "The End is the Beginning", Jean-Luc's adversaries got to Dr. Jurati: the cyberneticist was visited by Commodore Oh (Tamlyn Tomita) at the Daystrom Institute. The Vulcan Chief of Starfleet Security, Commodore Oh is clandestinely behind the attack on Dahj - although her original orders to her operative, Lieutenant Rizzo (Peyton List), were to capture the synthetic woman, not kill her. Oh and Rizzo, who is secretly a Romulan named Narissa, control the activities of the Zhat Vash on Earth and it would be logical to assume both Oh and Narissa themselves are Zhat Vash members who bear an unassuageable hatred of artificial lifeforms. With the vast interstellar network of Starfleet Security at her disposal, Commodore Oh has been keeping tabs on Picard's mission to find Bruce Maddox and Dahj's sister Soji, so it makes sense she approached Dr. Jurati, whom Picard has been confiding in.

Everything involving Dr. Jurati after she met with Commodore Oh is suspicious. The audience wasn't privy to their conversation but immediately afterward, Zhat Vash shock troops attacked Picard at his Chateau in France. Thanks to his Romulan caretakers Laris (Orla Brady) and Zhaban (Jamie McShane), Jean-Luc survived the attack - only for Jurati to suddenly appear to kill the final Zhat Vash soldier with a disruptor. Agnes then talked herself onto the ship Picard hired, which belongs to ex-Starfleet Officer-turned-renegade Cristobal Rios (Santiago Cabrera). Although Zhaban and Laris exchanged wary looks, Dr. Jurati beamed aboard with Picard, despite the protests of Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd), Jean-Luc's former Starfleet colleague who correctly pointed out that Dr. Jurati never passed any kind of security test before Picard brought her into his top-secret mission.

It would be highly logical that the intimidating Commodore Oh forced Dr. Jurati to work for her and report on Picard's activities to the Zhat Vash. Thankfully, despite the questionable judgment calls he's made recently, Jean-Luc Picard is not a stupid man. It's reasonable to believe that Picard does suspect that Agnes Jurati is hiding the truth of why she joined the mission, despite her claim that she's "a terrible liar", but he's letting her play her hand. When Agnes met Raffi, she asked her, "Who are you, lady?" but that question could be pointed right back at Dr. Jurati, who may well be working for the Romulan enemy in Star Trek: Picard.

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