The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard brings in the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation for what showrunner Terry Matalas has dubbed a “proper sendoff” for the TNG crew. But he is promising there is more to season 3 beyond just TNG.
In an interview for the new Den of Geek Magazine, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas talks about how much the show changes for the third season:
In my mind, I would’ve called it ‘Star Trek Legacy,’ I mean, it is truly a Picard story. He is the focus. But the spirit of it is different than seasons one and two, just because of what it is.
He also makes it clear that there is more going on than just bringing back the TNG crew:
I think that it’s important to Deep Space Nine fans to feel seen. It’s a continuation of Voyager too, of course, with Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in our show. If you’re going to be in this time period, there’s such a rich opportunity to honor what came before.
Regarding the time period, the executive producer confirmed season 3 picks up “a year and a half to two years” after season 2, which puts it into the first decade of the 25th century.
Matalas has previously hinted that season 3 will include some legacy characters from both Deep Space Nine and Voyager, in addition to Worf and Seven. Matalas has previously said Worf’s path since Nemesis has a connection to the Dominion War. In his summer 2022 interview with TrekMovie, Matalas also confirmed “the fallout of the Dominion War is important in the plot.”
In the new interview with Den of Geek, the showrunner spoke about how important it was for the show to connect to the broader Trek universe:
I just felt like Picard season three needed to feel like it fit into this universe. It was very important to me, first and foremost, that it treads new ground, but [also feel] like a continuation of the stories and arcs set up 30 years ago. There’s a fine line between fan service and just honoring the universe that you’re in. So, I just went full tilt at the things that mattered to me.
The final season premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly on Thursdays.
Picard streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S.A. It is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories, and in Canada it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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