Imagine yourself in Hall H earlier in July at San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of Star Trek: Picard’s new series is about to be announced. A new adventure with familiar faces? Is the Star Trek: The Next Generation gang getting back together? Make it so! Please! We all would love to see Brent Spinner, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis reunited with Sir Patrick Stewart.
Luckily for us, we’ll see some legacy Trek stars back in action with Sir Patrick Stewart. However, the return of some old favorites hasn’t stopped Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman from seeking out ‘New Life’ to fill in the principal cast of the new Trek show!
Star Trek: Picard launches January 23rd on CBS All Access and January 24th on Amazon Prime Video.
We, of course, know that Sir Patrick Stewart is back as retired Starfleet Admiral, Jean Luc Picard. From trailers and interviews, we know that Picard left Starfleet after an incident that shattered his faith in Starfleet and the Federation.
Thanks to the IDW Publishing’s ‘Countdown’ comic series, we have some idea what Jean-Luc has been up to since his last appearance in the 2002 film, Star Trek: Nemesis. Picard, now a Starfleet Admiral in command of the USS Verity, has been busy attempting to save the Romulan people from the Hobus Supernova, by relocating millions of refugees to different planets in the Beta Quadrant. After one mission changed his life forever, Picard left Starfleet and retired to his family vineyard in France.
The New Crew
In the Star Trek universe, your Crew is your family. And from what we can tell so far, Jean-Luc’s family is about to get a whole lot bigger. Let’s meet the brave and intrepid team behind the starship: La Sirena.
Santiago Cabrera is “Cristobal ‘Chris’ Ríos”
An Ex-Starfleet officer, Chris Rios is initially untrusting of Picard, due to his affiliation with Starfleet. Even though Jean-Luc is retired and no longer apart of Starfleet, his name is still associated with it by legend.
Rios pilots the ship Picard’s new crew will use, the “La Sirena”. We also know that he is an apparently skilled thief, most likely learning that when he left Starfleet. Perhaps that’s what made him leave the organization?
Michelle Hurd is “Raffi Musiker”
Thanks to the Star Trek: Picard Countdown comics by IDW Publishing, we’ve learned more about her past. During 2385, Raffi served as Admiral Picard’s First Officer, abord the USS Verity. She assisted him in his efforts of relocating the Romulan civilization before the Hobus Star went supernova. Issue #3, due out January 29th, will most likely give more background to her character.
Based on interviews with Michelle Hurd, we know that Raffi has struggled with substance abuse. What happened between 2385 and when Picard seeks her out in 2399, must have been distressing. Watch our interview with Michelle Hurd here.
Evan Evagora is “Elnor”
A young Romulan of seventeen who is an expert in hand to hand combat and is fiercely loyal to Jean-Luc Picard. Evan spoke with us at the London Premiere of Star Tek: Picard and shared more details on his character.
Elnor wasn’t raised in the traditional way that Romulans normally were. Instead, he was raised by a sect of all-female warrior nuns. Evan informed us exclusively that his sword, seen with the character, is of importance. His weapon has a name and is called a “tunkalunk” (spelling to be correct when the name is confirmed).
Alison Pill is Doctor Agnes Jurati
She’s a researcher and someone who’s somewhat confused with her place in the world. Along with being a researcher, she’s also a Doctor, which leads her to assisting Picard in his mission.
Isa Briones plays “Dahj“
In a recent new trailer, we learn that the Romulans are trying to seduce her into helping them. If Romulans are trying to get information from Dahj is it because she a Borg? Or might she be Riker’s daughter as some rumors say? We’ll soon know for sure.
Harry Treadaway is “Narek”
A Romulan who is involved in some sort of secret operation. It’s not clear who he is working for, or what his plan is, but we’re sure to find out very soon. While Narek may not look like he is apart of Picard’s new crew, he may well end up onboard with Jean-Luc and the others.
We asked Harry at the London Premiere whether “Narek,” is the secretive type and has an agenda. He revealed that his character is not one to give away his plan so quickly.
Let’s hope that La Sirena and its crew will grow deep in Picard’s heart and bring some warmth to his life. We’ve certainly got an interesting set of people on our hands, but how will they be introduced in the series? We’ll have to wait and see.
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Star Trek: Picard is set to air on January 23rd via CBS All Access and then January 24th via Amazon Prime Video for International viewers. According to CBS, the episode will air at 12:01 am PST on Thursday morning.