Latest ‘Picard’ trailer reveals familiar faces

Hey, look! Data and/or B-4! Seven of Nine! Something that looks like a Borg cube! Announcements of the return of Riker and Troi!

The latest Star Trek: Picard trailer has some familiar faces. I think that’s a welcome revelation. Picard in a completely new environment would be interesting, but the idea of also catching up with some familiar characters is a good idea. Hopefully this show will be able to find the sweet spot between fan service and being its own thing.

The trailer now says “Coming in 2020,” so I guess the idea of this landing before year’s end has been changed.

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Riker’s Beard
Monday, July 22, 2019, 2:28 am (UTC -5)

Yes! We are finally living in a world where we are getting a post-Nemesis Star Trek show! I would say this is the most excited that I’ve been for “new” Star Trek in ages.

If this can pull everything off and replace Nemesis as the final “chapter” for TNG, then I am all for it. Nemesis is still so… ugh.

Chrome
Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:02 pm (UTC -5)

I posted in the other section, but it looks pretty good. Seeing Spiner though, makes me wonder how much de-aging CGI is going to be used. Sirtis should be fine, but Frakes looks completely different now – maybe he can get in shape and they won’t need the CGI body double stuff.

I’m not really interested in what happened to Voyager, DS9, Post-Nemesis, etc. I hope they put it in a significantly different time period where we aren’t visited by callbacks from “Oh hey, the Hirogen, remember these guys? Yuk, Yuk”. The story so far looks promising in that respect.

MadManMUC
Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:24 pm (UTC -5)

Well, to be fair, the Hirogen were some of the more interesting aliens in VOY. Would have been fun to see them take on the Jem’Hadar.

But, hey, I digress!

Destructor
Monday, July 22, 2019, 9:23 pm (UTC -5)

Why would Frakes need a CGI body? Riker ages. Data does not.

Chrome
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 10:36 am (UTC -5)

@Destructor

You’re right, I just had the topic on my mind because it’s been used in a few things I saw. Unless they wanted to show an earlier time period like in “All Good Things”, Frakes could just play an old Riker whose put on some weight.

It’s interesting though, in Star Trek, characters are supposedly healthy enough that they live well over 130 (see McCoy), so I wonder if they consider that when doing make-up? I mean technically even Picard should have a good 60 years to go in his life.

Boooming
Friday, July 26, 2019, 6:50 am (UTC -5)

I know I post Redlettermedia often but this covers my feelings pretty accurately
(starts at min 4 to min 18)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70SSJLG72Q0

DataMat
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 3:05 pm (UTC -5)

The only worry is this series could end up like the X Files Revival series (Season 10 – 11) which apparently was pretty bad and from what little of it I’ve seen it was bad.

Picard judging from the trailer at the very least looks interesting and idea of seeing Seven and Data again is exciting. So I’m cautiously excited to see it.
Hopefully the series will sooth over the bitter taste of Nemesis which did feel like a somewhat disappointing end to TNG.

Mertov
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 8:14 pm (UTC -5)

I am really excited for this. Data, Seven, and apparently Riker and Troi all making appearances (brief ones from what I understand, thankfully) is great but I am more excited by the story and the return of Picard, my favorite captain of all Trek.

I am also glad that (at least what I can gather from the two-minute trailer) it looks different than TNG in terms of storytelling and structure. I loved TNG when it aired and I still enjoy the reruns but its style of episodic story-telling has been done too many times by other reincarnations and many episodes in VOY and ENT began to look and sound like remakes of TNG plots. I’m also ready for Picard’s problem-solving skills without being in the safe environment of the Enterprise and the captain’s uniform.

Bring it on!

MidshipmanNorris
Thursday, August 1, 2019, 11:30 pm (UTC -5)

@Chrome:

“Sirtis should be fine”

I was gonna make a joke about Marina Sirtis being beautiful, but I’m better than that. I really hope they do more things with RIker and Troi’s characters, to be honest. They were basically rewrites of Decker and Ilea from Motion Picture (shudder) that turned out to be marginally better characters in the end, but I feel like Frakes and Sirtis are better actors than the writing for TNG typically let them act.

The return of Data seems interesting no matter how you slice it. Data was the glue that held TNG together. Seven of Nine coming back is a fine choice, especially since, just based on the quick line we hear, nobody is gonna stop a take and tell her to “Do it more like a Borg” this time.

That bears some scrutiny, in a good way, actually. The fact that Seven of Nine has been written to have developed as a character in the nearly 20 year interim since we last saw her gives me some hope that this won’t be such a slapdash writing job as DISCO.

If anything, Star Trek needs to stop toying with its fans. We have seen enough ‘nods’ to older series and ‘Easter Eggs’ of series lore at this point to staff an entire agency of sleep-deprived Delivery Rabbits (ok that was the worlds most overcooked metaphor but gimme a break, I’m tired ok).

I feel like the parent whose kid has discovered a new thing in Minecraft and is desperately hoping this will finally get me interested in it, when in reality, I wonder why they haven’t beaten Super Mario Brothers yet.

Just write a good story. Forget about all the extras, add those in later if you feel like it. WRITE A GOOD STORY. I’m

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORED

Trent
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6:01 pm (UTC -5)

“Picard can’t kick people. So let’s have a young girl in there. And she’s half-borg. And she’s the chosen one. She’s the key to all this.”

lol@that RedLetterMedia link.

Snips
Friday, August 9, 2019, 10:15 pm (UTC -5)

Picard could be interesting. However, the Borg were overdone in Voyager, were shameless in Enterprise, and comical in First Contact. I’m glad they were kept out of DS9, and I’d hate to see them again in any capacity other than a total destruction or even a total saving of the individuals from the collective.

Anything else and they will make the show a failure.

Topics I’d love to see actually covered: the federation/Starfleet adjustment from dominion war. Gamma and Delta quadrant relations. Chancellor Martok? Instructor Miles O’Brien. Romulan and Federation policy after Nemesis. Further, did section 31 play a part in it?

..after looking at what I typed, I guess I just want DS9.

Sidney
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 11:56 am (UTC -5)

So many possibilities here. For now, I’m stoked. If we can get a continuation of DS9 out of this even better.

James White
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 9:21 am (UTC -5)

Second the desire to carry forward some of the DS9 themes and storylines. Wish we could have a post Nemesis show in that style again

Despina Moamis
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 10:49 pm (UTC -5)

Does anyone else think the mystery girl is Picard’s daughter with the Borg queen???

Desmond
Friday, August 16, 2019, 10:27 pm (UTC -5)

@Sidney, regrettably I doubt we’ll get any acknowledgement of DS9 whatsoever. Maybe a throwaway line here and there. I fear it’s destined to always be the black sheep of Trek.

Scott
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:39 am (UTC -5)

I don’t think I’ve seen anyone bring this up anywhere, but I’m pretty sure the person saying “Sometimes I worry you have forgotten who you are” is Troi.

DexterMorgan
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:09 pm (UTC -5)

Is anybody else amazed at how amazing Jeri Ryan still looks considering Voyager ended nearly 20 years ago???

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