Preview ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Episode 203 With New Photos And Trailer From “Assimilation”

The second season of Star Trek: Picard returns this week with episode three and we have details, new photos, a trailer, and a clip to get you started.


The third episode of Picard’s new season is titled “Assimilation,” which could be something to do with the return of Annie Wersching as The Borg Queen. The previews indicate this is the episode where the team will attempt to go back in time, so it’s only fitting it is directed by Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson. The episode debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, March 17, along with the season four finale of Discovery.


Picard and the crew travel back to 2024 Los Angeles in search of the “Watcher,” who can help them identify the point at which time diverged. Seven, Raffi and Rios venture out into an unfamiliar world 400 years in their past, while Picard and Jurati attempt to gather information from an unlikely, and dangerous, ally.

New photos:

Santiago Cabrera as Rios, Michelle Hurd as Raffi and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Santiago Cabrera as Rios and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Santiago Cabrera as Rios

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Alison Pill as Jurati

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Alison Pill as Jurati

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Alison Pill as Jurati

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Alison Pill as Jurati

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

JSantiago Cabrera as Rios

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Santiago Cabrera as Rios

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Santiago Cabrera as Rios and Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard


A trailer was released on social media and


A clip of Q and Picard was shown at the end of The Ready Room (starting at 31:12).

All photos by Trae Patton/Paramount+ 

New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Fridays where Paramount+ is available around the world. In Canada, it airs on CTV Sci-Fi Channel on streams on Crave on Thursdays. Picard is also available on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video around the world.

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So, does this mean that Picard will meat a distant female relative due to a traffic accident, have to fend off her romantic advances and convince her to marry the guy she was intended too so that he still exists at seasons end? Is that what this is all about? (Come on, someone had to go there. :) )

As long as he responds to the traffic accident by shouting “double dumb-ass on you” at the driver.

Or he will pull a Phillip j fry in the past and we all know what happened there

Mr ‘I’m my own grandpa’

Past nastification?

As long a Picard dresses up like Darth Vader from Vulcan in a yellow Devo suit.

I assume Picard will play a wild flute piece on their prom and say “It’s ahead of this time. Your kids will like it”.

Lea Thompson was one of my first childhood celeb crushes for her role as Caroline Duffy in the largely-forgotten 1990s sitcom “Caroline in the City.” When I saw her name pop up as this episode’s director on IMDb last night, I did a double-take.

Lea Thompson does indeed rock!!!

And if you’ve ever seen the classic movie Howard the Duck, you know Lea can rock… But even that didn’t save that movie!

Anyone know where Soji went?

It’s a bit mean that the other characters don’t seem to even care what happened to her or mention her. I wondered if I missed something.

Maybe she has a major role in this episode that they are holding back so as not to spoil it.

She wasn’t on the Stargazer or any of the ships in the fleet, so they have no reason to believe that she joined them in the new timeline.

Easy answer: Q.

In the pre launch trailers for season 2 there were scenes with Soji that have not yet been seen so far, so she will be back.

I wonder if maybe Isa Briones is playing a 21st century Soong, perhaps the one that inspired Data’s original vision?

That would be a neat twist.

The timeliness has changed. There is no Soji.

Yeah, this Soji was obviously left out of their reunion. Suspicious…

Yeah, this is picking a nit….but at this moment, isn’t Jeri Ryan President Hansen?

She’s Seven of Nine inhabiting the life of President Hansen, she only has Seven’s memories

I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying. She’s always been Annika Hansen. Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero is just her Borg designation from when she was assimilated.

Love the use of Jerry Goldsmith’s Borg motif from “Star Trek: First Contact” in the music from the clip for this week’s episode. Nicely done, Russo…. nicely done.

I heard that. Also, was there a point where the TOS Mirror empire theme was played? I thought I heard it, and then on rewatch I was trying to catch it and didn’t.

Agree! I also noticed this. Perfectly done.

I spotted Goldsmith’s Borg theme as well. A very nice piece of TNG continuity that gave me the chills. They are killing it so far on S2 of Picard.

Star Trek IV is a fun movie to crib from, that’s for sure…

The Queen poking her head out from behind that cargo in the preview scene, and crawling to Jurati was intense. Menacing and creepy in a way that ST rarely does well. Is Lea Thompson going to be the next Frakes?

Soo…is Elnor ok? Thoughts? Theories?

Hoping that he’s going to be OK and that he just took the phaser hit so the writers don’t have to deal with the crew explaining why Raffi’s son fell into a mechanical rice picker as a baby while they’re in 2024, and Elnor will just be recovering for an episode or two. But…I do wonder if the title might be referring to the healing properties of Borg nanoprobes and that’s why the flashes we get of Elnor and Raffi in the teasers are lit sickly green.

He should’ve died at the end of episode 2. That establishes the stakes of this — either he’s dead permanently, or now Picard has even more of a personal connection to fixing the timeline. Maybe he’ll die in three with that same timey-wimey setup, but it would’ve punched harder in two to actually make what happens in the episode work (they basically get dropped into an unfamiliar situation and get away unscathed) instead of feel like a bridge to the next episode. This is the problem with the “10-hour movie” model of TV writing: you’re constantly withholding info from the audience to keep them coming back, stretching out a 2-hour plot across 10 hours.

Unlike Discovery and PIC season 1 the new season (after 2 episodes) IMHO doesn’t feel like a 2 hour plot stretched to 10 hours. I had the impression of watching 2 hours of a movie. Maybe the first part of the first episode felt a bit stretched, but this was to bring the crew together and to clear the mess of season 1.

In the various season previews there are clips with a recovered Elnor with a sword in hand, so I’m pretty sure he doesn’t die in the next episode.

What a shame.

Looks badass! Can’t wait!

Sad to say this but I’m looking way more forward to this episode than I am the season finale of Discovery this week. Unfortunately that show has made me shrug at the story line at this point. It’s been way too drawn out but will hopefully end well.

But I’m excited to see where Picard is going (both literally and figuratively) this season. Things are just moving at a faster clip compared to last season too.

God yes, same here. Discovery has had almost no plot movement the entire season. Just lots of talking about feelings, crying, the computer needing counseling, etc. I think the writers there can only focus on one thing at a time, but they try to have a complex storyline… yeah that doesn’t work, does it?

Where’s soji,???

I assume she doesn’t exist in this timeline.

I’m still waiting for the Soji emoji!

I think its very good to have different directors. While I like most of the stable of directors that Trek shows have, bringing in a relative outsider to the production can shake things up a bit and that is not a bad thing. It’s also cool to see actors transitioning into directing. I’m sure Lea Thompson is gonna rock this episode.

Is Elnor dead? Looks like Rafi was grieving him.

When I saw the promo pics I said Seven’s (impersonating) alternate character looked like a Nazi overseer… That was clearly an understatement.

I wish that they would have made the tech in that alt future less advanced that in the prime timeline to highlight that w/out the cooperation of all the species in the federation that there wasn’t as many breakthroughs in technology. Could have been a classic Trek moment of promoting the benefits of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination

Here’s my theory: Q is still mad at Sisko for punching him, so he gets Adam Soong to shoot him during the Bell Riots, Dax & Kira – once she beams in with O’Brien – are captured and presented as alien invaders, and that is the event that drastically alters the timeline to create the “Terran Republic” future we’ve seen 😏