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Star Trek: Picard Theory: Who The Golem Android Is

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard Season 1, Episode 9

The first half of the Star Trek: Picard two-part finale introduced a new variable: the golem, which is an unfinished android being built by Dr. Altan Inigo Soong (Brent Spiner) on the planet Coppelius. The question is who or what will the golem become because its completion could have a significant effect on the upcoming battle between the synthetics and the Romulans. This conflict, which has Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the ragtag crew of the starship La Sirena caught in the middle, could decide the fate of the galaxy.

Picard's perilous journey to rescue Soji (Isa Briones), the synthetic daughter of the late Commander Data, finally brought them to the synthetics' homeworld of Coppelius in Star Trek: Picard episode 9, "Et in Arcada Ego, Part 1." It turns out Dr. Bruce Maddox (John Ales) and Altan Soong, the son of Data's creator Dr. Noonien Soong, have built dozens of highly-advanced androids from Data's positronic neuron, all of whom are Soji's brothers and sisters. Soji herself was welcomed home by her brethren, which includes Sutra, the golden-skinned forerunner of Soji and her twin Dahj. With a Romulan invasion just days away, Sutra gleaned the details of the Admonition from Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) and decided that the best course of action is to summon the Synthetic Federation to deal with the attackers - even though it could mean the end of organic life in the galaxy.

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Meanwhile, Jurati discovered that Soong is building a golem. In Jewish folklore, a golem is a being created from inanimate matter i.e. an unfinished human being. Soong's golem is just that, merely a formless synthetic shape lacking sentience. Indeed, Altan hasn't perfected the process of mind transfer yet, which was Maddox's expertise, but it's also within Jurati's wheelhouse as the Daystrom Institute's foremost cyberneticist. For her part, Agnes is eager to repent for killing Maddox, who was her former lover, when she was working as a Romulan spy for the Zhat Vash's leader Commodore Oh (Tamlyn Tomita). Jurati began to help Soong complete the golem when Sutra successfully urged her fellow synthetics, including Soji, that the best course of action to save themselves is to call upon the Synthetic Federation from beyond the galaxy. Sutra had Picard placed under house arrest, but Jurati talked herself out of the same fate, agreeing to help the androids, which includes completing work on the golem.

The question becomes what form will the golem eventually take, and what role will it play in the decisive battle against the Romulans? Among the candidates are Jean-Luc Picard and Soji. The Starfleet legend finally admitted that he is dying from an untreatable "brain abnormality." A new synthetic body would allow Picard to carry on (although it would be strange for a new synthetic to take the form of the aged Patrick Stewart). Soji is also a strong possibility; she has to choose whether to become the Destroyer the Zhat Vash believe her to be, and if she dies in the battle, this means she could be resurrected into a third android identical to Soji and Dahj.

It's also possible that the golem could take the form of Data and that Star Trek: Picard's long game leads to the resurrection of the beloved android, as some Trekkers have theorized. After all, Brent Spiner is already part of the cast in these final episodes. However, there's a chance the golem eventually takes the shape of Agnes Jurati herself since Altan Soong invited Jurati to trade a life for the life she took. This could mean that Agnes dies in Star Trek: Picard's season 1 finale but gets resurrected as a synthetic version of herself after she uses mind transfer to place her personality into the golem. Perhaps, in the end, Dr. Agnes P. Jurati could become the Destroyer because it would be poetic justice if she brings about the demise of the Romulans who compelled her to kill the man she loved.

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