Picard’ Showrunner Reveals If The USS Enterprise-E Is In Season 3 [UPDATED] – TrekMovie.com

admin2021January 8, 2023

We are now less than two months away from the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, which will bring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation back together. Now the showrunner is weighing in again on their former ship.

Not the Enterprise-E, but…

When last seen together in the 2002 film Star Trek Nemesis, the TNG crew were together on the USS-Enterprise-E, the Sovereign-class ship introduced in the 1996 film First Contact and used again in 1998’s Insurrection. According to the lore established in Star Trek: Picard, Captain Jean-Luc Picard gave up his command of the Enterprise-E a few years after Nemesis, after being promoted to admiral.

USS Enterprise-E

Picard season 3 is set two decades later with most of the action set on board the USS Titan-A, and fans would like to know if the Enterprise will show up as well. Alas, it appears not to be. On Sunday, showrunner Terry Matalas confirmed that Enterprise-E will not be part of season 3.

Matalas did say we will see at least one Sovereign-class ship, indicating they are still in service in the 25th century. And we actually did see a couple of Sovereign-class ships show up in the season 2 premiere of Picard. At the time, production designer Dave Blass said, “It brings us joy to bring back the Sovereign Class.”

One of the Sovereign class ships featured in season two of Picard

The showrunner has teased that season 3 will feature at least one USS Enterprise. In an August interview with TrekMovie, Matalas said:

We spend the most time on one ship this season that is not the Enterprise. That does not mean you won’t get your Enterprise fixes that you’re looking for.

We did get a glimpse of one Enterprise in the NYCC trailer in October. There was a quick shot of the USS Enterprise-F, the successor to the Enterprise-E. The design is based on the Enterprise-F from Star Trek Online. Maybe season 3 will establish what happened to the Enterprise-E in the years between Nemesis and Picard.

USS Enterprise-F as seen in the NYCC trailer

UPDATE: The fate of the E

After this article was posted, Matalas took another fan question about the Enterprise-E on Twitter. While not getting into specifics on why the F replaced the E, he did note that the shorter lifespan of the ship came down to “the mileage,” adding that flagships “take a beating.”

Relax in the Titan holodeck

Today’s Picard clue from Matalas features a shot of a control pad for the holodeck (presumably from the Titan-A).

The list of programs includes some easter eggs including Cafe Des Artistes (a program available on Enterprise-D and E), Sandrine’s Place (from Voyager), and Low Note in New Orleans (presumably Riker’s favorite gin joint). It also includes 10 Forward from Los Angeles, Guinan’s bar featured in season two of Picard (both in the 21st and 25th century). Jean-Luc Picard can be seen sitting down for a meal at 10 Forward in the NYCC trailer (below); Matalas confirmed this is not the holodeck.

Jean-Luc tries to have a meal at the real 10 Forward

Coming on Feb 16

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. Here is the latest trailer from NYCC.

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.

Thanks to Robert Wilde for the render of the Enterprise-E used in the header image, based on a model by Paul Trenkler and Matt Christou). See the full-sized version HERE.

Keep up with news about the Star Trek Universe at TrekMovie.com.

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