Star Trek: Picard is bringing back the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation for its third and final season, which kicks off in February. We have a few newly released photos featuring some of those stars.
Paramount+ has released the first three episodic images for season 3 of Star Trek: Picard. The first comes from episode one and it features Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher.
While there are some hints of the Starfleet jackets from the TOS-era movies in Dr. Crusher’s outfit, Beverly is no longer in Starfleet, at least at the beginning of season 3. It has previously been revealed that the season will start with Dr. Crusher in the very first scene, where she is working for an organization akin to Doctors Without Borders and her ship comes under attack (which can also be seen in the trailer below). Speaking about getting the first scene of the season in her interview with Den of Geek Magazine, McFadden says, “I loved the very first scene. I mean, to me, that was so much fun to get to do that. To be active and fighting. I loved it!” In the same interview, McFadden spoke about how she approached the role of Crusher in season 3:
As an actor, you can’t help but bring the changes in you into that performance. We have all become closer over the years, and so to have a chance to act again together in the same roles… it was extraordinary to me that it could even happen. It was really quite wonderful to be looking into Patrick’s eyes or Jonathan’s and know that there’s so much love, as well as laughter and bonding, between all of us.
The second image is also from episode one and it shows William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) meeting with Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) in a bar, both out of uniform.
This scene can also be glimpsed in the NYCC trailer where Riker tells Picard they need a ship. The image reveals some little details, like small Starfleet flags, indicating this bar is somewhere in the Federation, and they’re drinking Swaford Single Malt Whiskey, which is a fictional recurring Easter egg in various TV series that have been produced by season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas—including season 2 of Picard.
In the same Den of Geek feature, Jonathan Frakes talks up Terry Matalas’ approach to bringing back the TNG cast:
He really gets Next Gen. Without blowing too much smoke up Terry’s ass, he’s a wonderful writer. And the stuff he gave me to do was exciting. I know that Gates felt the same way, and I think LeVar [Burton] did, too. Terry wrote Riker in conflict with Picard, which I thought was quite exciting.
The final shot is from episode 2. It shows Riker and Picard back in uniform on board a ship, given the ship models behind them, this is on the USS Titan-A, the main ship for the season.
Both Riker and Picard are wearing new 25th-century Starfleet uniforms; Riker is still a captain and Picard an admiral. All three episodic photos first appeared in the latest Den of Geek Magazine, which also has a publicity photo of Stewart in a different, new uniform on the cover.
The third and 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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