In Review: Star Trek: Picard (S3 – EP9) Vox

A devastating revelation about Jack alters the course of Picard's life

Synopsis: In Vox a devastating revelation about Jack alters the course of Picard’s life – and uncovers a truth that threatens every soul in the Federation. Picard and his crew race to save the galaxy from annihilation – at a gut-wrenching cost.


The Story

Picking the story up from last week. Counsellor Troi has been working with Jack Crusher to try and find out what lies behind the Red Door. Having gotten Jack to a point where he consents for the door to be opened. Troi is horrified by what she finds. So much so that she runs from Jack to immediately inform Picard and the rest of the crew that Jack is somehow connected to the Borg.

Upon further investigation, Dr. Crusher and Geordie figure out that the seeds for this were sewn 35 years ago when Picard was assimilated by the Borg. In short, the Borg Queen altered elements of Picard’s DNA so that any of his offspring would be of use to her. Unfortunately, these alterations would not have been picked up by Starfleet medical facilities of the 24th century and would be picked up as Irumodic Syndrome instead. However, in Jack, Picard’s altered DNA  makes him a transmitter for the Borg. Upon learning about this Jack runs away and goes looking for the Borg. Meanwhile, Picard and the others have to try and stop whatever the Borg and Changelings are planning for Federation Day and it’s not good.


The Acting

Patrick Stewart and Ed Speleers get a brilliant scene in this episode where they are both trying to deal with the revelation that Jack is somehow linked to the Borg. It’s a wonderfully written and very well-acted scene, which is the first among many scenes throughout the episode, which explains the many mysteries that we’ve been teased with throughout the series.

We also get solid performances from LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, and Michael Dorn who reveal how the Changelings have made use of Picard’s altered DNA and used it as a means of assimilation for the Borg via the Federation transporters.

As far as guest stars are concerned we get a nice surprise appearance from Elizabeth Dennehy who reprises her role of Elizabeth Shelby, who is now the Starfleet Admiral in charge of the Federation Day celebrations. This is part of a fantastic scene in which Shelby is talking about the new technology that allows the entire fleet to act as one unit. Much like the Borg. This does not go unnoticed by Riker and Picard who immediately comment on the irony of it.





Vox reveals all the mysteries that we have been getting teased with during the whole series and many of the scenes that reveal what has been happening are extremely well-written and brilliantly acted. I really appreciated how well-considered the dialogue was during the scene where Geordie and Worf explain how the Changelings have made use of Picard’s DNA to alter the Fleets transporters so that the Borg can easily assimilate Starfleet.

The episode has a lot of scenes that explain what is happening, but they are very cleverly written scenes that managed to hold your interest.

The final ten minutes of Vox are absolutely wonderful and will have many Star Trek fans welling up at the nostalgia of seeing the TNG Crew back on the Bridge of the Enterprise – D. Hell it even seemed like Picard had more power in his voice when he uttered his trademark Engage command. But for me, it was hearing the voice of the late Majel Barrett Roddenberry that really sold this for me. It’s a wonderful love letter to all that is good about Star Trek.

Star Trek: Picard (S3 - EP9) Vox
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