For a few days, the city of San Diego was where the world’s biggest geek franchises gathered to share what’s next. Thanks to the annual SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), fans from around the world can find out what’s in store for their favorite shows, comic series, movie franchises, toy companies and more.
SDCC featured creators and celebrities from Marvel, DC, Amazon, HBO and Star Trek. In fact, this may have been one of the biggest shows from the folks behind Star Trek, who have shared multiple announcements about the shows, crossovers, and surprises that fans can expect.
Apart from the Bomb dropped by William Shatnermost of that news delighted fans — as evidenced by the thousands of social media posts that followed Trek SDCC Announcements.
One of the things revealed at SDCC was a new teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard Season 3. While the trailer is only a minute long, each of the season 3 stars says just a line or two and fades out. These stars include the legacy characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Picard. While these characters only appear once and for a few seconds, fans know a lot more about what happened to them since we last saw them. While Heavy covered her whereabouts in a previous storyViewers now know even more.
“You’re only as good as the people around you,” says Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in his brief moment in the trailer. This statement is somewhat obvious as it signals that Picard had to reassemble his Enterprise-era crew to solve an upcoming problem. In this clip, Picard appears to be wearing a Starfleet jacket with a delta on the left chest. That would indicate that Picard is back in the role he started in season 2, who served as Chancellor of Starfleet Academy.
Fan favorite LeVar Burton next stars in the trailer as his character Geordi La Forge. During his serving, La Forge says, “Those days on the Enterprise have made me a better man, a better father, a better friend.” Viewers also got a close-up of Geordi’s cybernetic eyes, reminding them that he was his iconic VISOR no longer wears.
This segment is important for several reasons. First, it shows that showrunner Terry Matalas is listening to his cast. One of Burton’s major complaints about Geordi’s journey through The Next Generation and the four films that followed was his relationship with women.
In a 2021 interview with Rolling Stone, Burton shared his frustration:
“Her blind spot is revealed in the fact that a black man will never be successful at one of the most basic and important… My wife says, ‘There’s a lid for every pot.’ It’s true. The idea that Geordi never found a lid for his pot is ridiculous. It’s absurd and it’s insulting.”
Heavy detailing of Geordi’s strange relationships on Next Generation, which always ended in failure. Matalas apparently fixed that and gave Geordi the family Burton always thought he deserved. And if Geordi has a family, that means a woman for the engineer.
Another interesting clue is the rank insignia on Geordi’s jacket, which appear to be Rear Admiral lower half. That begs the question – how does Geordi’s high rank fit into Season 3?
By the end of Picard Season 2, it looked like Seven (Jeri Ryan) would be returning to Starfleet. Thanks to her appearance in the trailer, fans now know she did it. seven said:
“I thought I could inspire people. Bring justice to an unjust universe.”
Seven wears a Starfleet uniform and carries a sidearm. Her hair covers the prongs on her collar, so it is unclear if she is a captain (four prongs) or commander (three prongs). Anyhow, her words speak to the fact that she won’t be a passive player in the drama of season three, but will be right in the middle of the action.
Michelle Hurd’s Raffi makes a brief and mysterious appearance. She said just a few words, “You have no idea how hard it is to be in this world.” Raffi is one of Picard’s closest friends and comrades. Despite this, she is not wearing a Starfleet uniform in her section of the video. Is she no longer “on duty”? Hurd is the only original member of the “Picard” Season 1 cast to remain on the show (other than Stewart).
Perhaps the most anticipated character appearance was Worf (Michael Dorn). The Klingon warrior is back, and although his beard is white, he looks ready for action. Thanks to a Twitter post by Matalas, fans know the weapon Worf is wielding is a “kur’leth.” This sword was designed by the creator of the greatest Klingon weapon (the Bat’leth), Dan Curry. Matalas said in the tweet that Worf doesn’t just carry the gun — he will use it.
Worf said, “Don’t worry about knowing what I have and haven’t sacrificed for.”
The Klingon also wears a Starfleet uniform and has four pips on his collar, making him a Captain. This aligns with the mentions of Worf in the IDW comics “Star Trek: Picard Countdown.” In conversations between Geordi and Picard, readers learn that Worf is the new captain of the Enterprise-D and not an ambassador as many believe. This comic book is considered canon because it was co-written by the co-creator of Picard Kirsten Beyer.
Fans caught up with Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) on Picard Season 1 when she appeared in the episode “nepenthe.” How involved will Troi be in this adventure? In “Nepenthe,” Troi told Picard that she wasn’t “as brave” as she used to be.
“We have to be ready to walk through that door to what’s next,” Troi said in her part of the trailer. She is not wearing Starfleet robes.
Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is back too. He also appeared in “Nepenthe” and in the season one finale of “Picard.”And in Arcadia I, Part 2where he saved the day with his ship, the USS Zheng He. Riker was “acting captain” of the Zheng He, but in this teaser trailer he’s also sporting four pips with his Starfleet uniform. It remains to be seen whether Riker will return to the bridge of the Zheng He or take on a different role.
“Wherever you go, we go,” Riker said in the teaser.
dr Beverly Crusher is back – this time she’s not an animated character. Crusher (Gates McFadden) was part of the Star Trek holodeck dream crew featured in Prodigy. This episode featured only McFadden’s voice. She’s back in front of the camera for Season 3 of Picard.
“Here, in this moment, let’s do what we’ve learned all our lives to be great at,” Crusher said in the teaser. She also appears to be wearing a Starfleet uniform. Unfortunately, her hair obscures a clear view of the cores on her collar. Her rank is a mystery.
The final segment of the video features Stewart as Picard again, saying, “You’re never without hope.” The video ends with the news that Season 3 will be streaming on Paramount+ in 2023.
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