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Star Wars Just Stole a Move From Star Trek’s Picard

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In Star Wars: The High Republic #5, Padawan Keeve helps Master Sskeer send a destructive message to the Drengir like Star Trek’s Locutus of Borg.

Warning! Spoilers for Star Wars: The High Republic #5 ahead!

High Republic Padawan Keeve Trennis and Jedi Master Sskeer just defeated the Drengir using the same tactic that Captain Jean-Luc Picard employed in Star Trek: The Next Generation. This is rather appropriate as the Drengir are essentially Star Wars’ version of the Borg and Sskeer had just been “assimilated.”

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard is assimilated by the cybernetic equivalent to zombies known as the Borg and leads the Collective for a short time as Locutus of Borg. Picard eventually regains his humanity through a process known as deassimilation, but before his implants are removed, he is able to break free from the Borg and take advantage of his mental link to the Collective mind by commanding the Borg to enter sleep mode. This sets off a chain reaction that eventually leads to the destruction of the Borg vessel. Picard accomplishes all of this just by muttering one ostensibly innocuous word, “Sleep.

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In Star Wars: The High Republic, the one-armed Master Sskeer falls under the control of the sentient plant-like carnivores known as the Drengir to both learn of their secrets and to make up for the fact that he is losing control of the Force. Despite regaining control of his mind, the Drengir are able to launch a highly coordinated and effective attack against the Jedi in Star Wars: The High Republic #5 by Cavan Scott, Ario Anindito, Mark Morales, Annalisa Leoni, Ariana Maher, Carlos Lao and Phil Noto.

While still lucid, Sskeer reveals that the only way that the Jedi can defeat the Drengir is for him to relay a destructive message to the collective mind. Due to his weakened state, Sskeer has his Padawan Keeve perform a Mind Touch to help him communicate to the Drengir that the Jedi they’re fighting, referred to as the “harvest,” are rotten, indicating that controlling their minds would be akin to devouring spoiled food. This terrifies the Drengir, who mutter “Unclean” again and again as they quickly retreat.

Although this tactic doesn’t kill the Drengir as was the case in Star Trek: The Next Generation with the Borg, the High Republic‘s Drengir are still soundly defeated through this methodology. Both Sskeer and Picard are assimilated by their respective version of the Borg and later leverage their connection to each alien’s collective mind to communicate a destructive command that eventually leads to the aliens’ downfall. Even though they are still connected to the collective mind at the time of their attack, Sskeer and Picard manage to break free from their control long enough to fight back. Unfortunately, much like how Picard has continued to suffer the effects from his assimilation years after the fact, it appears as though Master Sskeer will also never be the same after his own traumatizing experience.

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