One of the biggest trailers to come out of San Diego Comic-Con was the first look at Star Trek: Picard. There was a lot to unpack and today the TrekMovie team put it under the microscope. Below you will find the moment by moment screenshots with detailed captions based on what has been reported, along with some educated speculation.
Retirement at Chateau Picard
The vineyard at Chateau Picard, the Picard family winery in La Barre, France on Earth, first visited in the TNG episode “Family” (although that was shot at a different location)
The main house at Chateau Picard with voice-over from character Dahj (Isa Briones) asking Picard, “Have you ever been a stranger to yourself?”
A retired Jean-Luc Picard looks out at his estate in 2399. In voice-over, he answers, “Many, many times.”
A box containing Picard’s old Starfleet combadge
Picard looks down at his badge
Analysis: According to the “First Duty” exhibition, Picard retired from Starfleet in 2386. Star Trek: Picard finds him having retired to his family’s vineyard over a decade ago. We also saw an elderly Picard retired and on his vineyard in a Q-created possible future in the Next Generation series finale “All Good Things.”
Visiting stored memories
A drawer at a Starfleet facility. In voice-over Picard says, “Nearly two decades ago, Commander Data sacrificed his life for me.”
Drawer contains a disassembled Soong-type android
Picard and Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) look down on B-4, the early prototype Soong Android from Star Trek Nemesis. B-4 was functional at the end of the film, set 20 years before.
Analysis: Picard is referencing the events of Star Trek Nemesis when Data sacrificed himself by remaining on board the Romulan flagship Scimitar in order to destroy it. The Soong-type android here is B-4 (confirmed by Spiner), who was introduced in that film. B-4 was a simpler prototype, who is seemingly non-functional and has suffered some damage.
It’s also noteworthy that this facility shows how the Starfleet aesthetic has evolved in the last two decades. It’s modern yet recognizable as part of TNG look.
A restless Picard
A drone waters the vines at Chateau Picard, with futuristic buildings in the background
Picard walks among the vines
Picard with his dog, Number One
Picard – now with his combadge on – looks to the stars, with his voice-over. “These past years I really tried to belong here, but it never truly felt like home.”
The sky, presumably above Chateau Picard
Analysis: Chateau Picard was always the domain of Picard’s late brother Robert. It is no surprise that Jean-Luc’s heart is still in space.
A mysterious visitor
A hooded Dahj (Isa Briones) with some kind of wound on her head walks the streets on a Federation planet
Dahj walks towards a couple looking at monitors showing images of Picard
Dahj on the Picard estate; she pulls back her hood, and in voice-over we hear her say: “Do you know who I am?”
Dahj (who appears human) says to Picard: “Everything inside of me says I am safe with you.”
Analysis: Dahj seems to be a central character for the arc of the first season and while she appears human, it is very likely there is more to her story. All indications are she has some connection to the Romulans and/or the Borg, and Picard has a connection to both as well. This may be why she is drawn to him.
A meeting at Starfleet
Picard outside Starfleet HQ, 2399
Picard speaks to an admiral
Picard: “Admiral, I have encountered a woman. She came to me for help.”
Analysis: Since he is retired, Picard seeks the help of the organization he was part of for decades. He may be a former admiral, but in 2399 he is just a visitor (indicated by his badge) at Starfleet HQ.
This section also gives us another glimpse of Starfleet uniforms in 2399, which we went over in more detail back in May.
Dahj is in trouble
An unknown soldier aims a weapon at Dahj
Dahj runs while being fired at with an energy weapon
Picard watches as Dahj is attacked
Dahj fights off three soldiers
Dahj kicks a soldier while Picard looks on from below
One of the soldiers is beamed away after being kicked over the side
Picard (likely speaking about Dahj) says: “If she is who I think she is, she is in SERIOUS danger.” It is unclear who is speaking to, but possibly it’s Seven of Nine (see below)
Title card lets us know when the show is coming
Analysis: It’s unclear who or why, but someone wants Dahj dead or captured. She obviously has some impressive defensive skills.
Romulans are up to something
A fleet of (likely) Romulan ships approaches an unknown red planet
A Borg corpse in a Romulan lab
Picard enters an unknown location, possibly the same as the location of the lab and detention facility (more below)
Picard sees the banner for “Captain Picard Day” (from the TNG episode “Pegasus”)
A Romulan detention facility
The Romulan facility has some connection to the Borg, with what may be Borg alcoves
ZOOM IN: Sign says (in English): “This facility has gone 5843 days without an assimilation” and is repeated in Romulan. That would be around 16 years
Dahj is one of those being held at the facility
A Romulan (Rebecca Wisocky) speaking to Picard says: “Sometimes I worry you have forgotten who you are. We do not.”
Analysis: It has been stated that the destruction of Romulus (from 2009’s Star Trek) has had a major impact on Picard. Both the non-canonical Countdown prequel comic and other recent publicity have all indicated that Picard led the effort of the Federation to save the Romulans, and he clearly made some friends amongst them, even though the mission to save the planet failed. All of this flows well following Star Trek Nemesis where he worked with the Romulans to stop the Reman Shinzon, who had taken over the Empire and tried to start a war with the Federation.
The Countdown comic also revealed that Nero’s ship the Narada was based partly on Borg technology. The Romulans had been researching the Borg before the destruction of the planet and from what we can see in the trailer, they never stopped. And Dahj seems to be somehow connected to this.
Getting help from a new crew
Picard on an alien planet. Shooting location Vasquez Rocks has been used to depict a number of planets in Star Trek, including Vulcan and Cestus III
Picard visiting Starfleet HQ, walking away from beam-in platforms
A close-up of Cristobal “Chris” Rios (Santiago Cabrera), who is the captain of the main ship used in Star Trek: Picard.
Researcher Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) on Rios’ ship
Picard raises his hands in surrender (likely to Raffi)
Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd), who has a loose connection to Picard’s past, lowers her weapon
Elnor (Evan Evagora) a Romulan who is “fiercely loyal” to Picard
Elnor and Picard on Rios’ ship
Elnor, Dr. Jurati, and Picard on Rios’ ship
An unknown Romulan says to Picard: “You can’t do it alone, you need protection, you need a crew. Be the captain they remember.”
Picard smiles in response.
Rios in the command chair of his ship with Picard in the background on the left with Elnor at his side, Raffi at the front console and Jurati in the background on the right
Picard on Rios’ ship, looking concerned
Title card: “The Journey”
Assuming Starfleet was dragging their feet or flat out refused to help, Picard goes out on his own to help Dahj, but eventually finds he needs assistance (as he is reminded by some friendly Romulans). He meets up with Rios, Raffi and Jurati and solicits their help.
Dahj the destroyer?
Picard (now with a backpack) visits a village, possibly on Vulcan
Picard walks in the village
Picard (in a different outfit) enters some kind of high tech facility, possibly the Romulan one seen above as he is wearing same outfit
Picard in the facility is joined by an unknown person (played by Maya Eshet) who appears human
Narek (Harry Treadaway), a Romulan who does not know Picard at the start of the show, is scanned entering a room, likely for security purposes.
Narek enters Dahj’s room.
Dahj sits on her bed; her few possessions include a plush toy.
Narek speaking to an unknown Romulan says: “She has no idea who she truly is.”
Title card: “Is far from over”
Picard stands alone on Rios’ ship on what appears to be a transporter platform, possibly having beamed back from the Romulan facility (as he’s wearing the same outfit as seen in other shots at the facility)
Picard on Rios’ ship
A Romulan being held down (possibly by Elnor) says: “She is is the end of all…she is the destroyer”
A close-up of Dahj
A Borg cube with large gaps protected by blue shields
Analysis: There is obviously something unique about Dahj, and it makes her dangerous to at least some of the Romulans. Also, the Borg cube seen may not actually be part of the collective and could be associated with Hugh’s free Borg or possibly the Romulans, who have been researching the Borg.
A visit from a Borg
Picard pours a drink
At Chateau Picard, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) says to him as if they are old friends: “What the hell are you doing out here Picard? Saving the galaxy?”
Analysis: Within Star Trek canon, Seven of Nine and Jean-Luc Picard were never seen interacting with each other. She speaks to him as an old friend, indicating they became familiar in the years between Nemesis and Picard. Seven also appears to have become much more relaxed and casual—perhaps more Annika Hansen-ish—in her demeanor.
Romulan ships fly around within the Borg cube
Rios’ ship and crew in action
Picard gets manhandled by some Romulans
A Borg drone is dissected, likely inside the same Romulan facility seen previously
Seven, now on Rios’ ship
Dahj and possibly Rios running away
Picard in his home in France aims a disruptor
While running, Dahj turns around
On Rios’ ship, Picard gives his iconic order to “engage”
Analysis: There is a lot going on quickly in this section, but there is more indication that the Romulans are in control of the previously seen Borg cube. This section also indicates Dahj escapes her confinement at the Romulan facility and that at some point Seven visits with Picard and the crew of Rios’ ship. Picard giving orders on the ship may be when Rios is off helping Dahj.
A visit with another old friend
Close-up on playing cards and a cup of tea
Picard says: “I don’t want the game to end”
Data (Brent Spiner) says “I could see that, Captain”
Analysis: As stated earlier in the trailer, Data died in Star Trek Nemesis. And the trailer also appears to show a non-functional B-4. It is also noteworthy that Data refers to Picard as “Captain” when it has been stated that Picard’s final rank before leaving Starfleet was Admiral. Brent Spiner has confirmed that he appears as Data but in a “different way,” so it is likely this is not a fully resurrected version of Data. It could be a flashback, or more likely, a holodeck simulation. It is possible that Picard visits with Data and they play cards, hearkening back to the final scene of Next Generation when he joined the crew for a game of cards, noting he should have done it earlier.
What’s your analysis?
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