One Last Mission: Star Trek: Picard Wows NYCC With Extended S3 Trailer
Everyone is on deck for Jean-Luc Picard and his former Enterprise crew in a lengthy trailer for Star Trek: Picard which debuted during New York Comic Con this weekend. We also got a short first look teaser for Star Trek: Discovery’the fifth season, currently in production, as well as a mid-season trailer for the anime series, Star Trek: Prodigy.
(Some spoilers below.)
As fans well know by now, Discovery takes place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. Notable first-season guest stars included Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis, reprising their roles as William Riker and Deanna Troi, sparking rumors of the possible return of other Star Trek: The The next generation characters. Patrick Stewart personally invited Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan in S2, with John DeLancie also returning as Q, eager to set up one last trial with his old friend Jean-Luc. We even saw the Borg Queen (now played by Annie Wersching) and the briefest of Wesley Crusher’s (Wil Wheaton) cameos.
At the end of the season, we said goodbye to three main cast members: Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill), who became the new Borg Queen; Chris Rios (Santiago Cabrera), who chose to remain on Earth in an alternate past timeline with the woman he fell in love with; and the Romulan Elnor (Evan Evagora), who was shot and eventually died at the start of S2, but found himself alive in the final moments of the finale in a new timeline.
These farewells cleared the stage for the third and final season, as this time around the showrunners have gone all out in the name of fan service. In April, Paramount+ confirmed that LeVar Burton (Geordie LaForge), Michael Dorn (Worf) and Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher) would resume their GNT roles, with Frakes and Sirtis. Brent Spiner reprized his role as Data in S1 before transforming into Data’s creator, human cyberneticist Dr. Noonien Soong of S2. In season three, Spiner will reprise his role as Lore, a prototype android and Data’s “brother” first introduced in GNT. I guess disabling it in the GNT S7 Premier wasn’t “permanent” after all. Daniel Davis will also return to guest star as Holographic Professor Moriarty (“Elementary, My Dear Data”, “Ship in a Bottle”).
New cast members include Mica Burton (LeVar’s daughter) as Ensign Alandra La Forge and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut as USS Conn Officer Sidney La Forge. Titan-Geordie’s two children. We also get a brand new villain for S3: Vadic (Amanda Plummer), captain of an alien ship called the Shrike. Judging by the trailer, Vadic has a major grudge against Picard and his crew, and seems bent on getting revenge on not just him, but Starfleet as a whole.
The trailer opens with Picard just trying to enjoy a quiet dinner in peace, when he is interrupted by emissaries. We learn that he received a distress call from Beverly Crusher: “We are being hunted”. Enter Vadic, who wastes no time opening fire on Picard and his ship, chuckling in delight at the resulting damage. That’s reason enough to bring back the old crew, though a reluctant Worf informs everyone that he now prefers pacifism over combat. (“We’re all going to die,” Riker sighs.) Geordie also seems less than thrilled at the prospect. But Vedic is menacing enough to overcome that reluctance. “We will burn the ground under which he stands and the night will be lightened with the ashes of the Federation,” Vedic declares, tearing pieces of decor from his teeth. “But first we will have revenge.”
The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard will premiere on Paramount+ on February 16, 2023.
Star Trek: Discovery
The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery wrapped up a two-season arc set in the distant future. As I wrote previously, in S3 Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Discovery, and his crew arrived in the future and were relieved to find that life still existed. But the galaxy was very different thanks to something called The Burn, a catastrophic event that blew up all of the Milky Way’s dilithium and destroyed much of Starfleet in the process. In the aftermath, with no possible warp drive, all planets had disconnected and were no longer ruled by the Federation.
The Discovery The crew tracked down what was left of Starfleet, figured out what caused The Burn, and managed to defeat a rival syndicate known as the Emerald Chain. In the S3 season finale, the planets were beginning to join the Federation – though Earth remained reluctant – and Discovery set out to bring dilithium from a nebula to planets that had been severed by the burn, presumably resurrecting the warp engine and once again allowing travel between distant worlds. Burnham eventually became captain of Discovery.
In S4, Captain Burnham and his crew encountered a devastating “gravitational anomaly” five light-years in diameter moving across the galaxy, powerful enough to destroy Book’s (David Ajala) home planet, Kwejian, in the very first episode. Book’s devastation and grief caused him to make questionable choices and strained his relationship with Burnham. Eventually, we learned that the anomaly was created by a new alien species, 10-C, with connected minds and a method of communication beyond the reach of the crew’s universal translators. Burnham et al. eventually saved the day and Earth finally joined the Federation.
Judging by NYCC’s first look, the fifth season will kick off a rather different new storyline: a space treasure hunt that seems to have a bit of an Indiana Jones vibe, including a mysterious wooden puzzle box. “The greatest treasure in the known galaxy is out there,” David Cronenberg’s Kovich told Burnnham when the teaser opened. “What are you waiting for?” Of course, she responds with an enthusiastic “Let’s fly”. This treasure is an “ancient power” lost for centuries, and Burnham and his crew aren’t the only ones looking for it. Two of these rivals are two former couriers turned criminals: L’ak (Elias Toufexis) and Moll (Eve Harlow). Also joining the cast this season is Callum Keith Rennie as Starfleet Captain Rayner, described as being on the gruff side (if of course).
The fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery is scheduled for early 2023.
Star Trek: Prodigy
As we reported earlier, the computer-generated anime series, Star Trek: Prodigy, is aimed at younger audiences and focuses on a “ragtag crew of young aliens” living in the Tars Lamora penal colony in the Delta Quadrant. They fall on the USS Protostar, an abandoned Starfleet ship, and decide it’s the perfect ship to take them to the Alpha Quadrant. The series is set in the year 2383 and takes place after the events of Star Trek: Voyager. Kate Mulgrew voices Captain Kathryn Janeway, or rather the ship’s emergency training hologram, who teaches the crew how to navigate through the vastness of space.
Brett Gray voices teenage maverick Dal, who takes on the mantle of captain; Angus Imrie expresses a non-corporeal energy-based lifeform named Zero; Ella Purnell plays a Vaunt N’Akat named Gwyn; Jason Mantzoukas voices the Tellarite Jankom Pog; Rylee Alazraqui voices an eight-year-old animal-loving boy named Rok-Tahk; Dee Bradley Baker voices an indestructible blob named Murf; John Noble voices Gwyn’s tyrannical father, colony leader the Diviner; and Jimmi Simpson voices the diviner’s robotic enforcer, Drednok.
We haven’t had any new episodes since that cliffhanger mid-season finale on February 3 (airing later on Nickelodeon on August 5). The diviner sent a message to the Protostar and its ragtag crew, offering to free the remaining prisoners at Tars Lamora in return for the ship’s return. Dal and the rest of the crew tricked the Diviner, who turned out to be someone sent from the future to prevent the destruction of his people. Apparently Civil War broke out upon first contact with Starfleet, and the Diviner had a plan to destroy Starfleet with the Protostar. He was driven insane when Zero revealed his true form and found himself in exile on Tars Lamora. Meanwhile, Dal and his crew rescued the colony miners and headed to Federation space. And we learned they were followed by none other than the real Captain Janeway on the USS Intrepid.
As the trailer opens, we’re told that it’s been weeks since the Protostar and his crew left Tars Lamora for good, and it seems everyone’s dream to find a place where they truly are. accepted is about to happen (“We want to join Starfleet!”). But the Federation doesn’t seem very welcoming as Janeway insists whoever stole the Protostar must be stopped. “The real me is chasing us?” hologram that Janeway observes. “Good luck with that.” Obviously they can’t join Starfleet, but the crew decides they can still help others. And more wacky hijinks will undoubtedly follow.
Star Trek: Prodigy returns to Paramount+ for the second half of its first season on October 27, 2022. A second season is already in production.
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