Alison Pill Talks Jurati’s Excellent Borgventure on Star Trek: Picard

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On the second season of Star Trek: Picard, currently being released on Thursdays on Paramount+, the whole crew of the La Sirena (or is that the Star Gazer) are undergoing a totally excellent adventure to Los Angeles in the year 2024… However, perhaps no character has further to travel than Alison Pill’s Doctor Agnes Jurati. This article includes spoilers for the second season of Picard, up to and including the eighth episode, “Mercy,” released for streaming on Thursday, April 21st, 2022.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pill shared her thoughts about her character’s arc throughout the second season of Picard. The sophomore season has brought Admiral Jean Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) and his new crew face-to-face with a brand-new incarnation of the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching). That meeting has proven especially fateful for Agnes Jurati.

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In the third episode of the season, “Assimilation,” the Borg Queen’s computing power was used to calculate the ship’s slingshot around the sun, the La Sirena’s method of time travel. Later in the episode, Juarti was forced to mentally interface with the Borg Queen to find the Watcher’s location in 2024 Los Angeles. While Jurati seemed to escape that encounter unscathed, it caused her to capture the attention of the Borg Queen, which is always a dangerous proposition.

Then, in “Fly Me to the Moon,” it seemed as though Juarti was forced to kill the Borg Queen, but the show soon revealed that she instead invited her into her mind. In the interview with THR, Pill revealed that she learned about this subplot early in the creative process:

“[Executive producer] Akiva [Goldsman] spoke to me about it early on before I even saw scripts, and I was thrilled at the prospect!”

“Two in One” Features Alison Pill Singing Pat Benatar’s “Shadows of the Night”

In the fifth episode of the season, “Two of One,” directed by Jonathan Frakes, we saw the extent of the synthesis of the two characters as Juarti performed a scene-stealing rendition of “Shadows of the Night,” made popular by Pat Benatar. Pill told THR:

“I was very glad that Frakes was directed because he’s just a joy to have around generally and so funny. Any nerves that I had about it were quickly set aside by him and his demeanor and his just his comfort in the world.”

This is hardly the first musical scene Frakes has directed for Trek! Among the others are the rendition of “A British Tar” in Star Trek: Insurrection and the eponymous song in the Star Trek: Discovery episode “Stormy Weather.” Plus, according to the commentary for the Discovery season two episode “New Eden” with Frakes and Cowboy Captain Pike actor Anson Mount, a deleted scene saw Pike performing an Old Earth hymn to win the confidence of the citizens of the pre-Warp society they’ve encountered. Sadly, this scene is not included on the DVD, but hopefully, we’ll eventually get a director’s cut of the episode from Frakes.


New episodes of Star Trek: Picard are available for streaming on Paramount+ on Thursdays.


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