Over seven seasons varied TNG episodes continued to discover what the holodeck might do. Deep Area 9 (DS9) even gave us a recurring holographic character, lounge singer Vic Fontaine. Nevertheless it was Voyager that made a sentient hologram a part of the principle solid and spent the following seven years exploring the idea of getting a hologram as a full-time crew member — from his mobility limitations (he was confined to the ship till he obtained a cell emitter in season three), his relations along with his fellow officers and ultimately, his authorized rights as an artificial being.
There have been loads of questions left to discover; loads of concepts that might be iterated on. What occurred to the Physician when he bought again to the Federation? Would he struggle for the rights of fellow holograms? Would holograms proceed for use on ships? Would the Physician’s mobile-emitter expertise develop into widespread? All of those questions wouldn’t, and couldn’t, be answered as a result of, after the discharge of Nemesis in 2003, the universe stopped shifting ahead. Star Trek: Enterprise was set 200 years earlier within the 22nd century, and Star Trek: Discovery put us again within the 23rd. The NX-01 Enterprise barely had transporters, a lot much less sentient holographic lifeforms. (And the three Abrams movies weren’t solely set prior to now, however in a unique actuality with its personal tech!)
The selection to put new collection prior to now not solely saved them from persevering with technological threads launched in different reveals, but it surely saved them from introducing new ones lest they break the logic of the shared timeline. Discovery‘s spore drive was a reasonably distinctive piece of expertise, permitting journey throughout huge distances in a matter of seconds — method past warp capabilities — however in the end it needed to be saved secret with all data of it erased, since such expertise did not line up with what we would seen in TOS, TNG and DS9. It might have made all the premise of Voyager, that of a ship stranded 70,000 light-years away from dwelling, fully moot.
Now, with Star Trek: Picard, we’re again within the 24th century. And we are able to now begin following up on these technological threads once more. If Voyager requested what occurs whenever you make a holographic being a full-time officer, Picard asks what occurs if all the crew of its ship, La Sirena, was made up of holograms. (Hilarity, apparently.) However Picard is extra a continuation of TNG than Voyager, and so its raison d’être is one in every of its mother or father collection’ persevering with plot threads: sentient android life.
Within the pilot of TNG we met Knowledge, the place we have been instantly advised he was a sentient android. In reality, he was the one sentient android, as his creator, Noonian Soong, by no means revealed the small print of his work. Lots of Knowledge’s plots revolved round his need to be extra human and his function as the only Soong-type android in existence. There have been minor factors of character improvement — Knowledge growing an curiosity in Sherlock Holmes tales or getting a cat that he wrote poems about — however there have been additionally enormous leaps ahead, like that point he constructed himself a daughter. Over the course of the present, Knowledge would construct sturdy friendships along with his fellow crew and ultimately develop the flexibility to really feel (because of a chip which was first revealed in season 4 however not implanted in Knowledge till the primary movie, Generations, 4 years later).
Knowledge was killed in Nemesis and that was the top of it. For the reason that subsequent two collection have been set prior to now, the place sentient androids did not even exist but, they could not tackle questions like, “Did anybody attempt to construct extra androids like Knowledge? What occurred to that scientist, Bruce Maddox, who was engaged on constructing one and wished to take Knowledge aside for analysis? What occurred to the opposite Soong-type androids we met, B-Four and Lore?” Your complete plotline was as lifeless as Knowledge.