This weekend, at New York Comic Con, the Trek news came thick and fast. An announcement provided the premiere date for Star Trek: Picard, and fans in attendance at the convention panel featuring the cast of the show got to see a new trailer. Plus: Six preview pictures from Star Trek: Picard.
The panel on Saturday featured Sir Patrick Stewart, Isa Briones (Dahj), Santiago Cabrera (Chris Rios), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Harry Treadaway (Narek) and Evan Evagora (Elnor). Also in attendance were Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldman, Heather Kadin, Hanelle Culpepper, Kirsten Beyer, and moderator Vladimir Duthiers from CBS.
During the panel, Kadin talked about including other The Next Generation characters on the new show. “A big concern was that we didn’t want it to be – and especially Patrick didn’t want it to be – a TNG reunion show,” she said. “We only brought people back if their story really mattered to the story we were telling.
“I don’t think the fans would have appreciated that. If we’re going to go to them, and they join a show that’s called Picard we give them something significant to do. And I think you’ll see that each one of them has a pivotal, emotional story to tell in those ten episodes.”
Several of the new actors spoke about their characters on the show. “Due to some traumatic events in his past in relation to Starfleet, [Rios has] stepped away [from the service],” said Cabrera. “So he’s very reticent to take on Picard when it’s proposed to him by his friend Raffi [Musiker, played by Michelle Hurd]. What’s really fun about my character – and I think I can speak for everyone – is that we’re sort of a band of misfits, a motley crew as we like to call ourselves. It’s a great group dynamic.”
“We’re kind of like an odd couple,” said Evagora, who plays Elnor, one of two Romulans on the show. “They’re both very different. We’re both Romulans raised entirely differently. [Narek] was raised more typically as a Romulan – [Elnor] was raised very differently. He’s more secretive, lying… my character was raised to tell the truth. I don’t think he’s capable of telling a lie.”
Star Trek: Picard will make its debut on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The rest of the nine episodes of the first season will follow every Thursday on CBS All Access (US), Bell Media‘s CTV Sci-Fi Channel (Canada) and Amazon Prime (everyone else).
The trailer is below. After that, there are six pictures from the show. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.