Analyzing the presence of one of Star Trek’s most adored villains and their evil doppelgangers in the latest Picard trailer.
Fantastically designed characters, both villains and heroes abound in Star Trek.
They function as a dystopian depiction of contemporary difficulties at the time the series was produced, and they fit seamlessly into their intricate environment. One of the more memorable villains the franchise has to offer is Lore, who is frequently disregarded by writers.
The “villainous” cyborg twin brother of Data, a beloved character by fans, is this deceitful android. It appears his time in the spotlight is not done with his unexpected appearance in the brand-new Picard season 3 teaser. Who is he specifically, and what happened to him between his appearance in Picard and The Next Generation, for those who are unaware?
Every great story and character arc begins with a name. Particularly when compared to his brother’s given name, “Lore” is a rich name with greater significance. Data is a very distinct type of information from Lore, being far more accurate and scientific.
Lore turning into Villain
Lore, on the other hand, frequently refers to tales and myths that have been passed down through the ages. Data is real and logical by nature, making it more difficult to fake. As tales are passed from one person to another, they can be altered and perverted. It also has ties to religion and traditions. This explains why Roddenberry, a neutral humanist with strong views in favor of science over religion, would turn Lore into a villain. The persona would represent everything he detested about religion: seductive, intriguing, but perilous.
Dr. Soong’s creation of Lore
Lore was developed by Doctor Noonien Soong, just like Data. Like Data, he was somewhat egotistically created in Soong’s likeness. He was the doctor’s fourth try at a fully functional android and the first positronic brain-powered android he had ever created. At first, at least, Lore seemed to be the ideal creation.
He was completely sentient, advanced in both intelligence and strength. On paper, this latter characteristic was advantageous, but when his personality changed, it made him much more dangerous. Although Data wasn’t formed until later, his older brother was. Data was always trying to recreate Data’s sophisticated emotional programming, but he frequently failed or completely missed the mark.
It was a good idea to remove emotion from the Data. Over time, Lore developed an increasing emotional instability and began to act maliciously. Being aware of his superiority and growing weary of those he perceived to be beneath him, he began to think of himself as better than the humans in the colony where he and Soong dwelt.
The humans eventually started asking that Soong turns off Lore as he became more and more despicable toward them. Lore then declared that the reason was that they envied his perfection. But Soong finally realized his creation was flawed.
Dismantle and Destruction of Lore
In the end, he decided to silence Lore and destroy him, but not before Lore began to plot his course of action for retaliation. He made touch with the Crystalline Entity, a potent space-born being, as he was about to be deactivated. He offered the world and its inhabitants as a sacrifice to the Entity in return for his existence.
Soong put Lore in storage for so many years as he started working on Data. He had every intention of going back to address the problems with his emotional programming, and yet he never did. While Soong was able to complete the data, the Crystalline Entity soon followed, responding to Lore’s call. Only Data and the disassembled, inactive Lore remained on the planet after it wiped out all life.
Data was discovered by Starfleet and saved, but Lore was left in storage until the infamous TNG episode “Datalore.”
In the story, Beverly Crusher and the Enterprise-D crew discovered and revived Lore. There follow some genuinely iconic Lore pranks. He swiftly reverts to his evil ways, which results in a twinning exchange a la telenovela between him and Data.
He is finally discovered by the crew, and in a decidedly un-Star Trek finale, he is propelled into the icy embrace of space. In this location, Lore floats aimlessly for two years before being rescued by a passing trade ship and brought back to Doctor Soong, who is discovered to have survived the assault.
They dispute after Lore reacts to Soong. Lore is upset with his “father” for not once attempting to fix him and for switching him out for Data.
When he finds out that Soong is critically ill, his rage slightly subsides, but it flares up again when he discovers that Soong has also called for Data. He intends to install an updated emotion chip in Data.
This would avoid Lore’s issues, especially when coupled with a factual, dispassionate upbringing where he learned the distinction between right and wrong. When Data shows up, Lore plays the identical twin card once more. He stands in for Data in the hopes that Soong’s technology can “cure” him, but Soong implants the chip in his head. Despite his best efforts, the chip acts oppositely because it was not created for him. It leads his emotions to go into overdrive, which causes him to lose control of his wrath and kill Soong before.
There is more to Lore’s storyline, such as the time he collaborated with the unsettling Borg and converted Data to the evil side, but it has a disappointing conclusion. Data was able to stun and then deactivate his sibling after realizing that he was in too bad of a condition to be saved. Lore’s final words were “I love you brother” in a startlingly heartfelt moment from the resurrected villain.
Soong’s emotional chip is taken out of him and given back to Data, who will later put it in himself. He is disassembled. Lore has been “permanently deactivated,” according to Data, with irreparable damage to his positronic net. The Daystrom Institute likely has his body and its components in storage.
While he might have been irreparable during TNG, a lot of technological advancements and scientific advances had been made by the time the Picard series debuts. The apparent success of Maddox’s fractal neural cloning method would offer the ideal reactivation explanation for Lore’s appearance in the upcoming season.
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