At Creation’s 55-Year Mission Las Vegas Star Trek convention, members of the Star Trek: Picard cast talked about their characters, season two, and more.
Vindication for Raffi
When we meet Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd) in season one of Star Trek: Picard, she is living in isolation, dismissed by Starfleet as a conspiracy theorist. But by the finale, it turns out she was right all along about the Romulans and the attack on Mars. During the panel, Hurd—appearing remotely—talked about how will affect her character as she moves into the new season:
It’s tricky, isn’t it? Because it’s the loss of lives that haunts her. So those lives of still are still lost, and it’s sort of going, “I told you, I told you, had you listened to me…” So she’s vindicated in that way. But she is sort of a walking heart and empathetic person… and she takes everything personally. And that loss of lives still resonates with her and haunts her. She was right, but she isn’t doing the happy dance. She feels a little more confident in believing in her own instincts.
This new confidence can tie into indications that Raffi rejoins Starfleet in season two.
Falling in love with Seven
One of the surprising elements in the last moments of the Picard season one finale was the indication of a romance between Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) and Raffi. Responding to a question about how excited she was to explore the relationship in season two, Hurd said:
Well, first of all, Seven of Nine. Do I really need to speak on that? But for Raffi, for her to witness this woman who is powerful and strong and confident and bold and brave, and just fearless. I mean, I don’t know how everybody doesn’t just sort of want to fall in love with Seven of Nine? And Jeri Ryan is such a phenomenal person and actress and intelligent being and we get along so well. So you know, to, to explore that is, is a really cool thing. That’s all I’m gonna say.
She was asked about the scene in particular and how she and Ryan chose to play it with that subtle touch of the hands:
That was me and Jeri, because we were trying to figure out how do we make that sort of connection… We wanted it to be sort of a suggestion that these two individuals find each other, literally, and physically find each other and find a common energy and a common respect and admiration. And that touch sort of stimulated and triggered both of us to look into furthering that relationship.
Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) told the crowd that he “would like to take credit” for the Seven/Raffi relationship, revealing he was the one who made the suggestion to the show’s producers after seeing the chemistry the two actors had together when they were promoting the show at Comic-Con 2019. He took “a really hot picture” of them together and showed it to the producers.
Hurd confirmed Del Arco’s story and said she was immediately on board:
So it was kind of organic. Once they saw that shot, there was not a discussion of like, “Do you guys feel comfortable?” We’re like, “Yes, let’s do this!”
He also posted the photo that launched Raffi/Seven on Instagram (below).
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Jeri beams in from Picard set
Jeri Ryan wasn’t able to attend the convention in person, but during a Sunday Star Trek: Voyager panel she did appear via a recorded message from the set of Picard, where she gave a little production update:
We are still very much in production on Star Trek: Picard. According to our COVID protocols, I had to skip. So sorry to miss you guys… Hopefully we can get back to normal next year and I can see all of you again and give you my love in person.
Briones talks musical Trek
The Picard panel also included Evan Evagora and Isa Briones, but neither offered up any clues regarding season two of Picard. However, Brione—who transitioned straight from appearing on Broadway in Hamilton to Picard—responded positively to a fan suggesting a Star Trek musical:
We’ve definitely talked about making a musical episode. We definitely need to make that happen. Let’s get Lin-Manuel Miranda on the phone. He’s a Star Trek fan, so I feel we can make this happen.
More from Vegas
The convention wrapped up on Sunday, but there is a lot left to cover, so stay tuned to TrekMovie for more news from the Star Trek convention, including updates on Star Trek: Picard, the Voyager documentary. And don’t forget to check out the coverage we have already posted.