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Star Trek: Picard Is Rescued By An Unlikely Familiar Face

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 4 of Star Trek: Picard, "Absolute Candor," now streaming on CBS All Access.

As Jean-Luc Picard emerges from his self-imposed retirement for one last desperate mission to save the soul of the Federation, several familiar faces have resurfaced. Interestingly, the latest returning character to appear on Star Trek: Picard has a long history with the franchise but had never, canonically, met the retired admiral face-to-face before: the reformed Borg drone and U.S.S. Voyager crew member Seven of Nine. And when they finally cross paths, Picard finds her in a drastically different role than when we last saw her.

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As Picard leads the crew of the starship La Sirena to locate the elusive Bruce Daystrom, the Federation's foremost scientist on artificial intelligence and synthetic life, he takes a detour to the Romulan refugee world of Vashti. As he approaches the planet, Picard learns that a mysterious figure has been known to patrol the space around the planet in a repurposed Romulan Bird of Prey, raiding those that venture into the territory outside of Starfleet jurisdiction. As news of Picard's arrival on Vashti spreads, the Bird of Prey is revealed to be on a direct course for the planet, presumably to intercept the admiral and La Sirena.

La Sirena's Captain Rios engages the Bird of Prey in a pitched battle, only for a smaller craft to suddenly appear and critically damage the aging Romulan vessel, at a great cost to itself. Moments before the new ship's destruction, its pilot is beamed aboard La Sirena, where she's revealed to be Seven of Nine. Before passing out from her injuries, Seven of Nine demands Picard give her a new ship as the stunned crew looks on.

The daughter of scientists investigating the arrival of the Borg years ago, the human Annika was discovered and assimilated by the Collective, where she was given the designation Seven of Nine. Selected by the Collective to communicate directly with Captain Janeway in order to gain help in developing a weapon against the devastating Species 8472, Seven's connection to the Collective was severed when she attempted to assimilate the Voyager crew. The Doctor subsequently removed 70 percent of her cybernetic implants, and, over the course of the series, Seven regained her humanity, and formed a close friendship with Janeway and a romantic relationship with Voyager's first officer, Chakotay.

Seven was last seen with the rest of the Voyager crew finally making returning to Earth after seven years in the Delta Quadrant. With a time-displaced Janeway having destroyed the Borg Queen and much of the Collective by infecting it with a neurolytic pathogen, Seven's connection to the Borg is seemingly severed for good.

It's not yet known what led Seven to become Vashti's de facto protector and abandon Starfleet. But perhaps, like Picard, she was embittered by the Federation's hard-line stance against artificial intelligence and synthetic life following a devastating attack on Mars. Similarly, it is currently unknown if the two Starfleet officers have a history between the end of Voyager and the start of Picard but the two characters apparently at least are familiar with one another. And with promotional materials for Picard revealing Seven embroiled in an apparent gunfight, the reformed Borg drone is sure to have more action-packed adventures ahead of her.

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway. New episodes of the series premiere every Thursday on CBS All Access.