The good folks at Paramount+ shared some gorgeous profile shots from Star Trek: Picard season 3. We knew we were getting back our Star Trek: The Next Generation cast for season 3. What wasn’t clear was who from our season two Picard cast would be returning. Watch the trailer one more time, take a look at our profile shots, and my breakdown of what each character has to say.
Geordi La Forge
“Those days on the Enterprise made me a better man, a better father, a better friend.”
I mentioned this in my SDCC rundown, but apparently, Geordi has a family. Will we get to meet them? I’ve heard unconfirmed reports that LeVar Burton’s real-life daughter, Mica Burton will play Geordi’s daughter, but nothing official. Going to keep my eyes peeled for this one. You should too. As LeVar would say, you don’t have to take my word for it.
Seven of Nine
“I thought I could inspire people…bring justice to an unjust universe.”
Seven’s words back me a little sad. She sounds defeated. She thought she could inspire people. At the end of season 2, she’s the Captain apparent to the Stargazer, but was she accepted among the crew? Did the prejudice against Ex-Borgs persist, even in the equitable society of The Federation? I’m interested to find out.
“You have no idea how hard it is to be in this world.”
Again, I’ve got questions about just how equitable The Federation is if life is that hard for Raffi. Are she and Seven still together? Is she dealing with the emotional loss of her son? We also know that Evan Evagora isn’t returning for season 3, so there’s no surrogate son in Elnor either. No real clues to what she’s dealing with yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
“Do not presume to know what I have or have not sacrificed for this.”
Worf! Worf is who I’ve been waiting to return to the Star Trek universe. I love his delightful surliness and Michael Dorn’s deadpan delivery. Worf’s lost much in previous iterations of Trek. I can’t imagine what else he might have sacrificed. And like he says, I should not presume to know either.
Counselor Deanna Troi
“You have to be willing to go through that door to what’s next.”
What’s next for Deanna Troi? She and Will Riker were settled on Nepenthe and have Kestra, but it looks like they’re both about to go galavanting through space with Picard. Is Kestra coming too? It’s not like they’re leaving her with Grandma Lwaxana. Riker’s mother is deceased and his relationship with his father isn’t great. After the passing of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, I’m not sure that they would bring in someone else to play Lwaxana. And honestly? I don’t even know who could do the part justice. All that aside, we’re really not sure what she’s been up to post-Starfleet. Does anyone have any speculation?
Captain William Riker
“There’s a whole universe out there. Wherever you go, we go.”
Riker may hold the rank of Captain now, but he’s always going to be Picard’s number one. At his heart, he’s an explorer, and he’s not going to let Picard face whatever he’s about to do alone. I also have similar questions for Riker that I do for Troi. Who’s got Kestra? Is she going too? We do know that Riker got back in the Captain’s chair at the end of Picard season one. Did he stay there? We’ll have to find out!
Dr. Beverly Crusher
“Here, in this moment, let’s do what we spent our lives learning to be great at.”
There’s something to be said for learning a craft and doing it well. Dr. Crusher is no exception. We’ve not seen her since Star Trek: Nemesis. According to Memory Alpha, there are some deleted scenes in Star Trek: Nemesis showing her resuming her post as head of Starfleet Medical, but as those were cut from the film, it’s hard to say whether or not they’re canon. Will Picard include that information? Either way, I’m excited to see her get back on a ship and go on an adventure with the whole gang.
Admiral Jean-Luc Picard
“You’re only as good as those around you. As long as you and your crew remain steadfast, you are never without hope.”
I combined both the statements Picard said in this section because I think they sum up well his experience with the crew of the Enterprise-D. Picard has always been a captain that leads his crew well but also leans into their strengths. That kind of leadership and faith he’s placed in his crew has served him well but also is the reason they are willing to go with him now. Whatever mission they’re about to tackle is one of epic proportions and should be one worthy of a send-off of one of Star Trek’s most iconic and beloved characters.
What are your thoughts on the Picard teaser and these profile shots? Leave me a comment and let’s talk Trek.
All seasons of Star Trek: Picard are available on Paramount+.