Star Trek confirms the long-awaited return of its most iconic ship

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By Vic Medina | Posted

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 will finally give us the reunion fans have been wanting since day one, and it looks like the Enterprise-E (seen in Star Trek VII-X) will also be there. The Trek Universe panel on San Diego Comic-Con this weekend not only showed how much the universe created by Gene Roddenberry has expanded (thanks to two new shows on Paramount+), it confirmed that fans are eager to revisit the franchise’s past. Perhaps the most discussed segment the panel tackled picardduring which Patrick Stewart, Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry appeared and gave a glimpse of what was to come, according to TrekMovie.com. The full panel, hosted by Lea Thompson (who directed two season two episodes), is included below.

The panel not only dropped a new trailer, but it revealed many new facts about the show’s final season. One of the most intriguing aspects is the confirmation that not only will the Enterprise E NCC-1701-E be seen in the new season, but there will be more than one. “There’s more than one Enterprise and that makes things a little confusing,” Stewart said when asked if he would sit in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise again. “But we’re going back to the original Enterprise for a while.” Although we assume that means the Enterprise-E (last seen in Star Trek: Nemesis) will appear, it could mean that an older, possibly decommissioned Enterprise will also appear. picard Season 2 confirmed that the Enterprise-D saucer (which crashed in Star Trek: Generations) was brought back to Earth for display in a museum, so that it could also be seen. Stewart mentioned walking again on a rug on deck, a feature of older ships.

It has also been confirmed that the series has finished filming and will debut in 2023, although no premiere date has been announced. 2022 marks the twentieth anniversary of the last adventure of the The next generation crew in Star Trek: Nemesis, and the characters have notably changed. Worf in particular sports a very different look than the last time we saw him. Kurtzman also indicated that the season will feature a female villain who dominates the entire season and will have a similar impact to Ricardo Montalban’s Khan in the original series and Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.

Stewart and McFadden also had a mini-panel of sorts with Entertainment Weekly, in which they discussed the impact of star trek and Picard and Crusher’s relationship. Stewart also pointed out to Entertainment Weekly that what we’ll see isn’t just a The next generation reunion for nostalgia, but season three is an all-new story that will reunite the entire crew of the Enterprise. In a surprise statement, Stewart seemed to indicate that we might not see all of the characters together until later in the season.

picard angered longtime fans who felt the series had strayed from the optimistic vision of the future Roddenberry crafted with the original star trek series and The next generation, and had become too cynical and dark. According rotten tomatoes, although 86% of critics approved Picard, only 40% of fans voted their approval. They were also upset that the only constant of the GNT was Stewart himself, who was also a more cynical, almost depressing Picard, a far cry from the character they once knew. They missed the dynamic of the original cast, and season three seems to attempt to rectify that. Thankfully, Kurtzman promises these won’t be mere cameos from the GNT cast, as we saw earlier, but rather “meaningful roles” in which they are essential to the story. “We wanted to whet the appetite a bit to see them back together. So at the start of the season the crew are in different places in the galaxy…and slowly we see them coming together,” he said. The panel also revealed that Brent Spiner (who is not in the trailer) would indeed be returning in a new role, although it was not specified who he would play. Altan Inigo Soong, Adam Soong during the first two seasons.

As we have seen in previous seasons, picard Season 3 will explore the psychology and inner workings of from Star Trek the greatest captain (apologies to William Shatner). “We have carved out a new territory for ourselves in picard“, Stewart said during the panel. “We break boundaries all the time and reflect life as it could be,” he said. Stewart, as you may know, is an executive producer of the series and has a say in the narrative direction it took.He also indicated that he could still play Picard after this season, if a movie with the right story comes together he would play him at looking forward to it again.

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