The Star Trek franchise revealed a teaser trailer for the final season of Star Trek: Picard at Comic-Con.
In Picard season three, Jean-Luc and the old gang will be back together, as announced previously. The main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the much-loved series that relaunched the franchise and ran from 1987-1994, will be returning. That includes Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner.
It was revealed that Spiner would not be playing Data but a new character. Wil Wheaton appeared as a new character in season two and will likely return in season three.
Only Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden were in attendance at Comic-Con. The team showed off a first-look teaser of the actors back in character, with Michael Dorn’s Worf receiving the biggest applause.
Watch the trailer below.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said at the beginning of season three that the crew is at different places around the galaxy. “Slowly, we see them come together. We wanted to take the time to get to see where they are now”. He added that Wrath of Khan, the 1982 film hailed by many to be the greatest Trek movie, is a significant touchstone for this season, which will focus on the mental games between Picard and a singular villain.
“She is amazing,” said Kurtzman of the villain, not revealing more details.
Picard fans will remember that Khan was teased at the end of season two when it was revealed that Adam Soong (Spiner) was the creator of the superhuman project, code-named “Khan.”
McFadden noted it’d been 20-25 years since the Next Generation cast has played these characters. “Crusher has been all around the universe,” said the actor about her character. “It’s amazing to have a chance to return to a character … and plunge in again. We are different. We’ve evolved as characters. It was really a gift.”
She continued: “There are a lot of unresolved issues between Picard and Crusher. Even with the ensemble, there are some of us who haven’t seen each other for years and others who have been in contact all the time.”
Stewart noted that Picard was a risk. “We embraced it boldly, passionately, and with belief — and that is what made all the difference.”
He said, “We carve out new territory in Picard … that is the most essential thing to remember. We are breaking boundaries all the time and reflecting life as it might possibly be.”