PICARD Season 3 Episode 8 BREAKDOWN: Every Star Trek Easter Egg

PICARD Season 3 Episode 8 BREAKDOWN: Every Star Trek Easter Egg

Our Picard Season 3 Episode 8 breakdown is here! The TNG crew are finally reunited, setting us up for s Star Trek showdown of Changleings vs. OG Enterprise crew.

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Written by Ryan Britt (http://twitter.com/ryancbritt)
Hosted by Ryan Arey (http://twitter.com/ryanarey)
Edited by Harriet Lengel-Enright, Randolf Nombrado, and Brianna McLarty

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Star Trek: Picard Season 3, Episode 8 is getting serious as the mystery of Jack Crusher gets stranger. But, in addition to all the phaser fire and mayhem, the big news about this episode is that this is the first time since 2002, that all The Next Generation crew have been together in the same room.

That’s right, it’s been over 20 years since we’ve seen this beautiful sight…


Welcome back to ScreenCrush, I’m Ryan Arey, and this is all of the Easter eggs, references, and things you missed in Star Trek: Picard, Season 3, Episode 8, “Surrender.”

The episode opens with a first for Star Trek cinematography, as we pull back from a reflection in the window on top of the bridge. Vadic is lighting one of her cigarettes, even though, in The Wrath of Khan, we learned there was really, really no smoking on the bridge of a starship.


Early in the episode, Jack uses his body-jumping abilities, which is a relatively uncommon super-power in the Star Trek canon, though we did see some similar body surfing in the Voyager episode “Vis-a-Vis,” not to mention the evil Rejac alien spirit jumping people’s bodies in the TOS classic “Wolf in the Fold.”

That said, Jack’s ability to jump into other people’s bodies is a bit like what happens in every episode of Quantum Leap.


Doug: Hey, what would happen if Sam leaped into the body of Captain Archer in Enterprise?

Well, that can’t happen, just because they’re both Scott Bakula, that’s a different show.

Doug: Would that leap be like…a long way, getting from there to here…


Okay high-five.

As Vadic holds the Titan hostage, we get a good dose of classic TOS bridge sound effects, which is appropriate because Vadic’s threats to the crew are very reminiscent of Khan…

Doug: Oh great, more Wrath of Khan references

Nope! These Khan references feel much closer to Khan’s first appearance in the TOS episode “Space Seed.”

Here, Vadic threatens to deprive the crew of oxygen or gravity, with a tap of her finger. Which, is a lot like Khan threatening the crew of the Enterprise with the same kind of environmental manipulation when he took over the ship in “Space Seed,”


Vadic also threatens to make it snow in the crew mess. [clip] This kind of thing has happened before in Star Trek, specifically in the Animated Series episode “The Practical Joker,” in which the Enterprise computer went haywire and made it snow in the recreation room.

Over on the Shrike, Will and Deanna are talking about Betazoid words, and Will calls her [“Imzadi,”] which means “beloved” in the Betazoid language, which we learned about back in TNG.

Troi and Riker talk about the death of their son, Thad, which happened in the years before Picard Season 1, and was referenced earlier in the season in the episode “Seventeen Seconds.”

Troi says the Changelings came to the Riker home on Nepenthe, pretending to be Will and she jokes that the Changeling was [“good in bed, bad at pizza.” ]

The pizza remark references Riker making pizza for his family, and Picard and Soji in the Season 1 episode “Nepenthe.”

As Troi wonders if they should have really given the Changelings a “compromised code,”and Riker says, confidently: