The first teaser and posters for Star Trek: Picard’s third and final season have been revealed and they feature many of the returning crew members from Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Geordi La Forge, Worf, Dr. Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi, and Commander William Riker.
The teaser and poster were shown during the Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con and Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine and Michelle Hurd’s Raffi Musiker also received the character portrait treatment. The one notable crew member missing from these portraits is Brent Spiner’s Data despite the confirmation that he will be returning.
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The return of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s crew was first announced during this year’s First Contact Day celebrations, and Picard showrunner Terry Matalas shared a few words as to why Jean-Luc having his friends by his side for this final mission was the only way to go.
“I remember watching the premiere of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ almost 34 years ago with my father like it was yesterday. It was the spark that ignited my love for science fiction,” said Picard Season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas. “So, it’s most fitting that the story of Jean-Luc Picard ends honoring the beginning, with his dearest and most loyal friends from the U.S.S. Enterprise. It would be an understatement to say that giving these characters a proper send-off is an honor. The entire STAR TREK: PICARD team and I can’t wait for fans to experience this final, high-stakes, starship-bound adventure in season three!”
At the Star Trek Universe panel, executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed why the team had to fight against the idea of brining the whole crew back right away.
“When we first started, the first instinct is the bring back the entire crew of the Next Generation,” Kurtzman said. “Patrick [Stewart] said if we’re going to do the old crew we need to earn it. We didn’t want to have the crew come in and do cameos. We wanted to have everyone have significant roles and then also whet the appetites for fans. We wanted them all in different parts of the galaxy and then have them come in and unite together.”
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Character Portraits Tease the Return of The Next Generation Crew
Star Trek: Picard will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023, and it looks to feature a “singular villain” that takes inspiration from the “mind games between Kirk and Khan” in Wrath of Khan. This final season will also deal with Picard facing trauma he underwent as a child that he’s been trying to run away from his entire life.
In our review of the second season of Star Trek: Picard, we said that it is a “disappointing entry in the legendary captain’s journey, and possibly the worst season of Star Trek ever.”
The Picard news was accompanied by a teaser and posters for the announcement of a live-action and animated crossover of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks and a trailer for Lower Decks’ third season that teases a visit to Deep Space 9.