“See how they run” in Star Trek: Picard season 3 episode seven. “Dominion” was written by Deborah Kampmeier and directed by Jane Maggs.
Someone whistles “Three Blind Mice” over shots of nebula and space junk. The U.S.S. Titan-A is hiding in Chin’Toka Scrapyard. The starship debris there is likely from the two battles that took place in the Chin’Toka System during the Dominion War, as seen on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
On the bridge of the Titan, Commander Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) sits in the center seat. She is in communication with her fellow Star Trek: Voyager alum Tuvok (Tim Russ). Seven inquires about Captain William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), but Tuvok claims ignorance. As he speaks, Titan science officer Lt. T’Veen (Stephanie Czajkowski) and Captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick) perform a voice analysis. T’Veen nods to Seven, as do Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Commodore Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton).
Seven asks Tuvok about Vice Admiral Janeway. Tuvok states that she may be preoccupied with Frontier Day. He notes that it is a mere 36 hours away. Seven implores Tuvok to help them contact Janeway about the Changeling infiltration.
Tuvok notes that their status as fugitives will make the situation difficult. T’Veen’s voice analysis reads “inconclusive.” Seven mentions their games of Kal-toh on Voyager. Tuvok notes she has beaten him countless times. The Voyager theme plays and Seven looks relieved. Tuvok says if they can meet, he can find allies.
Seven suggests Alquion 7, where she claims she underwent a procedure to stabilize her neural implant. Tuvok assents. But Seven states a Vulcan would never go to Alquion after the anti-Kolinahr demonstrations. She notes her neural pattern was stabilized via mind-meld with Tuvok on Voyager.
Fake Tuvok smiles and activates a trace. FT says that when they’re done with Tuvok and all of them, death will be a relief. Picard demands to know Riker’s location. FT becomes an undead version of Riker and says he’s “as good as dead, just like you.” Geordi deactivates the transmission. They’re on their own.
Part Seven: “Dominion”
In the Titan’s observation lounge, Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) meets with Picard and Geordi. Worf (Michael Dorn) and Raffi (Michelle Hurd) confirmed there was no mention of Riker being taken into custody. They are currently on their way back to the Titan. Geordi laments that they’re running out of hiding spots. Picard observes that they’re running out of time to expose whatever’s happening at Frontier Day.
Beverly has a moral quandary. She floats the idea of exploiting the uniqueness of these Changelings against them. Either create a weapon that targets them or at least a tool for identifying them. However, this may be biology-based. This is similar to the biological weapons used during the Dominion War. Picard says they can weigh the morality if such a weapon can even be achieved.
Picard notes that his role in Frontier Day will require genetic confirmation of his identity. Geordi postulates that this may be the reason the Changelings stole Picard’s remains, and perhaps why they want Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers). Together, they might be able to create a perfect genetic replica of Picard. Beverly wonders if the DNA of a close relative could be used to complete an incomplete DNA sequence for Picard.
Only one person on board may have answers: Daystrom Android M-5-10 (Brent Spiner). Lieutenant Alandra La Forge (Mica Burton) activates the android, who appears to be Data. Data seems to think it’s still Star Trek: Nemesis. But his personality abruptly switches to that of Lore, Data’s brother.
Geordi explains that the unit is home to both Data and Lore. Further, the unit is home to four identity matrices. Soong and B-4 “operate as a memory file only.” A clear partition between the Lore and Data memory profiles means they’re both in there, fighting for dominance. Geordi says the partition suggests Soong may have feared Lore would subsume Data.
Picard asks Data why the Changelings stole his corpse. “Extraction,” answers Data. Daystrom’s research located an anomalous form inside the body. The previous cause-of-death diagnosis of “Irumodic Syndrome” has been called into question, pending further research. Further information is barred by Lore and Data’s interior battle.
Picard asks if they can erase Lore. Geordi says this positronic body is much more advanced than Data’s previous body. While he can lift the partition, he fears this risks losing Data to Lore forever. Neither Picard nor Geordi wants to take this risk.
Elsewhere, the Shrike travels through space. Captain Vadic (Amanda Plummer) is giving a report to the face formed from her disembodied hand. Vadic reports that Riker and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) have been unexpectedly firm in their resolve. She doubts they will break in the necessary time.
The face hand tells her she must make them break. It continues that her physiology is not as special or as complex as she believes. Her body begins to ripple. The face says they must have the boy, or “you and your kind will find your own existence meaningless.” Vadic’s hand reforms and she takes her seat.
On the Titan, Jack hears voices as he rides the turbolift with several crewmembers. Everyone but Jack and Sidney La Forge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut) disembark. They make small talk about their living arrangements. But Jack begins hearing Sidney’s thoughts. He follows her mental suggestion and touches her hand. As she exits the lift, she asks why he did that. Jack’s eyes turn red and the visions begin to appear again.
Jack arrives on the bridge. He approaches Picard, but they’re interrupted by Ensign Kova Rin Esmar (Jin Maley). They report that Starfleet is attempting to contact the Titan again. Shaw instructs them to ignore it, “like the rest.”
Seven interrupts. She reports it’s a “compromised prefix code.” As Shaw explains to Jack, this allows a captain in distress to give a code that “will ping as designated starship.” While this will let the enemy know their location, it also alerts the recipient that the captain has been compromised. Picard concludes it’s from Riker aboard the Shrike.
In the lounge, Jack laments that he’s the cause of their issues. He cites Riker being captured and floats the idea of trading himself for Riker’s release. Jack is upset that people are dying for him. He says he’s always felt like “there’s something wrong with” him. He says he hears voices in his head.
Picard asks what he’s hearing. He says Jack doesn’t deserve any of this. Jack says maybe he does. Picard urges him not to give up, and Jack says he loves a fair fight (or one where he’s the one cheating). But they don’t have the advantage. However, Picard posits that perhaps they do.
Open Space in the Alpha Quadrant. The Shrike arrives. One of Vadic’s bridge crew informs her that someone found the Titan first. A disabled Vulcan ship floats alongside. The Titan’s warp core is offline; emergency power only. There is difficulty scanning the Titan for life signs. At Vadic’s behest, subspace transmissions are scanned. A recording is found. It appears to be the Vulcan ship’s final message.
One of her crew members suggests it could be a trap. Vadic orders an away team to prepare a shuttle. No transporters. She says they’re out of time. They’re going. Vadic and several of her crew board the Titan. She finds their life signs “scattered like rats.” Jack appears. Vadic says she thought he’d be taller. She says he wants to take him to “a better place,” but won’t elaborate.
Jack runs and Vadic’s guards pursue. He and Sidney allow themselves to be chased. Using comms, they coordinate with Seven and Shaw on the bridge. Forcefields are activated, trapping some of the soldiers. A few others are disintegrated by Jack’s phaser. A forcefield is used to trap Vadic, but another soldier chases Jack and Sidney into a dead end.
Geordi attempts to beam Jack and Sidney out of their predicament. However, transporters are locked. Geordi asks who is doing this and approaches a computer. The door closes. Lore reveals he is responsible.
In her forcefield, Vadic whistles “Three Blind Mice.” Beverly notes she seems relaxed. She notes her cage is hermetically sealed, so she can’t escape. Beverly asks why Vadic wants Jack and threatens her with a phaser. She surmises that Picard will be the good cop to Beverly’s bad. Vadic says she’s bored already.
Picard recites the “duplicate Picard” plan. Beverly reveals she knows about Vadic’s “advanced physiology.” Vadic asks if they know about their son, Jack. They ask why she wants him. She says Jack isn’t for her. “We could bond over that, since he was never really for you, either,” Vadic says to Beverly.
Picard implores her to be forthcoming. He brings up the atrocities of the Dominion War and Vadic says not to compare their respective people’s actions. She points out that the Federation turned to genocide soon after the start of the war. Picard says they gave the Changelings a cure. Vadic counters that Starfleet voted not to give the Changelings the cure. Instead, one of their own had to steal it.
Vadic reveals that she got the ability to better mimic solids from Starfleet. She says the process involved tormenting her and her loved ones.
Meanwhile, Lore takes over more Titan systems. Alandra asks why. Geordi credits it to chaos. Elsewhere Vadic says she learned a great many things about solids during her captivity. She was held on Daystrom Station during the war, with 9 of her siblings, as part of Project Proteus. Vadic describes the sounds of her captivity and the experiments on her. The scientist in charge of the project whistled “Three Blind Mice” while carrying out the painful experimentation.
Vadic states that the goal was to make them weapons. “Perfect, undetectable spies able to drop into any species and spread chaos.” However, Vadic says the happy ending was that they created the perfect monsters: “us.” Vadic evolved through experiments and is able to pass the ability on.
She momentarily adopts the guise of Jack to ask Beverly if she’s ready to lose “another son.” Vadic says the Federation took her family, and now she will take Beverly’s.
Shield generators are failing as the warriors menace Jack and Sidney. Lore tells Geordi not to bother to appeal to Data, who he claims is gone. Beverly says Vadic is too confident, implying she has a plan. They can’t let her escape. Picard implies he’s going to phaser her.
Geordi attempts to speak to Data. He says Data made him a better person. “When you died, it broke me,” Geordi says. “But you put me back together. You repaired me. The memory of you.” Meanwhile Picard wonders if they’ve lost their moral compass. He reflects that for the moment, Vadic is their prisoner. Beverly says they invited death onto the ship when they allowed her to board.
Lore says that appealing to Data’s memory of friendship was powerful. Geordi asks what Lore wants. Lore says, the same as everyone: survival. He deactivates the force fields, citing “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Vadic goops and escapes. Meanwhile, Jack and Sidney are separated from each other but trapped by guards. Jack kills his soldier, but the other overpowers Sidney. Jack uses his telepathy so they can fight the soldier as one.
Data says he is present, and promises Geordi he will try. Sidney isn’t sure whether to trust Jack or not but doesn’t really have a choice. Both flee from Vadic. Using the information gained from Vadic, Beverly determines how to use an associated isotope to track Vadic and her cohort.
Shaw is able to temporarily incapacitate a soldier. However, the guard and Vadic overpower him. The three of them arrive at the bridge. Soon more soldiers arrive. Seven, T’Veen, Esmar, and the rest of the crew are captured.
Vadic addresses the crew of the Titan. She monologues and says all roads lead here. She says they will bring Jack where he most belongs. Then she takes the Captain’s chair of the Titan. She massages her hand. And she says to Jack that it’s time he learned who he really is.
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