Preview ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Episode 207 With New Photos And Trailer From “Monsters”

There are four episodes remaining in Star Trek: Picard season two, with the seventh episode arriving this and we have details, new photos, a trailer, and a clip to get you started.

“Monsters”

The seventh episode of Picard’s new season is titled “Monsters,” which includes Battlestar Galactica vet James Callis as a guest star. Ito Aghayere also returns as young Guinan. Episode 207 was written by Jane Maggs and directed by Joe Menendez. It debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, April 14.

Synopsis:

Tallinn ventures inside Picard’s subconscious mind to help wake him from a coma and face both his darkest secrets and deepest fears. Seven and Raffi go in search of Jurati whom they fear has succumbed to the monster inside. Rios struggles to hide the truth of who he really is from Teresa.

New Photos:

Patrick Stewart as Picard and James Callis as an unknown character.

Patrick Stewart as Picard

Dylan Von Halle as Young Picard

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Michelle Hurd as Raffi

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Michelle Hurd as Raffi

Sol Rodriguez as Dr. Teresa Ramirez and Santiago Cabrera as Rios

Santiago Cabrera as Rios

Orla Brady as Tallinn

Sol Rodriguez as Dr. Teresa Ramirez and Santiago Cabrera as Rios

Allison Pill as Jurati

Allison Pill as Jurati

Trailer:

A trailer was released on social media and startrek.com.

Clip:

A clip was shown at the end of The Ready Room (starting at 31:41).

All photos by Trae Patton and Nicole Wilder/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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That picture of Tallinn wearing those pointy ear covers is very not-subtle. Maybe she ends up being reincarnated as Laris.

Or this turns out to be just an elaborate game that Q started but because he is losing his powers, things aren’t going exactly as planned. That would better explain the same actors playing new roles.

That’s where I’m really hoping that all goes. Makes “sense”. But that also might mean this is an overblown “it was all a dream” style plot.

But at this point, whatever, just conclude this whole mess. :P

the show has such poor writing. or too many producers who all want their notes in each episode. but then again we’re getting episodes under 40 minutes now each week, so much ado about very little nothings

I really liked the first two episodes this season. The quality took a nose dive after those two though.

I feel they’ve spent wayyy too long in 21st century LA now. Star Trek needs…well, stars! I’m not exactly excited at Trek going back to that tired old “entering a character’s mind” trope. It was done to death in Berman Trek.

Agree 100%

A most astute observation.

+++this. First two ep’s were fantastic.

the first episode in particular was a great episode and had pace and everything moved the plot along.

do the writers not understand allegory? all they’re doing in the 21st century LA is pointing at things and saying ‘this bad’ and then move on.

i think episode 3 they had a deadline for when they had to save the future by, there is no looming threat at time getting close to expiring, or urgency to be quick, we’re just moving from one 1 story thread to another story thread at a leisurely pace.

if they do the TNG cast dirty in season 3 and pull this kind of poor writing and season long arc i seriously think fans will leave the franchise as it exists on Paramount + and wait till the JJ/Kurtzman era is over. in the 80s / 90s with the Bennett / Berman era they had won over fans by now even the hardest critics

I might forgive the “this bad” moments if they slowed down and made an actual story out of them. Voyage Home, for all its sledgehammery Save the Whales messaging, at least committed to telling a story about whales and communication and tying them into some science-fictional concept.

But yeah, pointing at poverty, immigration, and climate change and directly commenting on how messed up they are isn’t storytelling. That’s just the news.

Your point is cogent and well put.

Concur.

Yeah we really need to get moving along here plotwise. Really a shame since I thought the season started out so strong.

What I liked about the first episode of the season was how it felt like a natural progression of TNG and Voyager. Picard and Seven there, of course, but other things. You had the strange anomaly in space, the enemy we don’t if we can trust, and the argument around the conference room. It all felt very Star Trek.

Then… something else happened. A lot of something elses. And I’m still missing the Stargazer.

Yeah I really think that’s why the first episode was praised so much. It felt like the first true progression of the TNG era (at least in live action). It was great to see everyone back in Starfleet and doing things on a starship again. They brought the Borg and Q back in a real way, but both with an interesting twist. It really did feel like the post-Nemesis show fans have been crying for since Voyager went off the air frankly. It’s why everyone is now yelling for a Stargazer show after being on it for about fifteen minutes in one episode.

But all that goodwill has been mighty squandered since. Now that we know the TNG cast will be back next season we’ll probably get back to that kind of premise again so it gives me hope. But hopefully it’s handled much better than its being handled here and frankly there are no promises it will be.

It probably will play better when seen as a whole story. It’s why I’m not watching individual episodes of this anymore. I’ll wait a few weeks and then watch 3 of them. It worked better for me personally. I think when the season of complete it should hopefully play better. Right now the show is essentially in the middle act. However it should be about to shift up a couple of gears for No.7 and the last three will be the final act, the finale.

Agreed. Most of the time I wait until a season of something is over to watch/binge it in its entirety. I was pretty pumped for Picard this season though, especially after the first two episodes, so I went to watching it weekly. What a mistake, what a tedious slog this has become.

I know exactly how you feel Danpaine, I know you been a lot more down on the new shows on average, but I was really hoping this season of Picard would get people who are still on the fence with these shows finally get a solid season of story telling.

Unfortunately, this is turning out to be the opposite of that. I’m frankly bitterly disappointed where we are with this season so far. I’m almost depressed about it because I became so positive after the first two episodes and after how well it set everything up we would be in for a ride.

After the first episode and how it ended with Q, it really felt like they were setting up something in the vein of Tapestry or All Good Things with a meaty alternate timeline but something that was going to throw in a lot of layers and really dig into the time travel elements. Instead, they went back in time and kind of just going through the motions. Nothing feels like it has any real stakes. Outside of meeting the watcher and young Guinan there has been nothing really interesting about being in the past. And most of the characters really has nothing to do. Seven and Raffi are basically just there. They don’t have any real storylines on their own. Rios has the stuff with the doctor, but I don’t remotely care about it at all. Unless there is some major twist somewhere it’s going to go as this stuff usually goes. And I don’t see him staying behind 400 years in the past for someone he known for 3 days and spent a few hours with. It would be really stupid, but with this group, who knows?

The only one with a really interesting subplot is Dr. Jurati and the Borg Queen. That’s really the one I’m invested in because we have no idea where it’s going…in a good way. But the other stuff is just kind of ‘blah’ right now.

I thought maybe it’s just me and having too high expectations but people are repeating it in a lot of places. All my favorite Star Trek Youtubers started off really excited about the season but many are now saying the same thing and it just feeling like a waste. Everyone at least seems to agree it’s better than season one but that’s still not saying a whole lot.

We have only four episodes to go and honestly I’m just waiting for them to get to the end now! Between Picard and Discovery, we’ve had 5 seasons of these shows now and not ONE completely satisfied season for me yet. It doesn’t mean every episode has to be amazing, but at least enough to say you enjoyed it as a whole and that the ending really struck a chord with you. FIve seasons thus far and I still can’t say that. Maybe this season of Picard will get me there but it’s hard to believe after feeling let down for four episodes straight now.

,,, I think Alison Pill has stolen the show this season, both with her acting and her story line. I’ve really gained a lot of respect for her as an actress this season, and think she’s done a great job with the material she’s had to work with.

As to the (live-action) writing over the past 5 seasons, you couldn’t be more right. And I hate to say, as much I WANT it to be good, I have some big concerns about the quality of writing for SNW. Just because it’s going to be more episodic in nature doesn’t mean the stories are going to be any better.

In for a penny, in for a pound, though. I’ll tune in to SNW unless it’s so bad I’ll just stop bothering or caring (like that other show you know I love). Hoping for the best.

Yes, I agree about Alison Pill. This season she has really been great to watch. I didn’t love her much in first season and especially after killing Maddox. It’s not the actress fault of course but I just had a hard time liking her character after that. But this season she’s been a lot more fun with the Borg Queen stuff.

But I also have to agree with you about SNW. I am still really looking forward to that show, but I can’t help but think a lot of people like Akiva Goldsman who run Picard and previously Discovery will also be running that show too and this guy just doesn’t seem to be the right fit for Star Trek to me at all. He’s written and directed some of the worst episodes of both Discovery and Picard and he’s going to be all over SNW too. I think he wrote the first episode of that show as well. But I will give him credit and he helped write Remembrance and The Stargazzer too, so those were good.

It can all work out great, but 5 and a half seasons into the live action shows, they are still lacking IMO. The one advantage SNW has is that it’s at least episodic and even if the first season is not great it can still rest on individual episodes the way DIS and PIC can’t and been the problem from the beginning. If they were both better, then there wouldn’t be a problem at all obviously.

It probably will play better when seen as a whole story.

That’s always my hope, but I usually find that a series/season is never greater than the sum of its parts and the rough writing is usually indicative of endemic problems with the writing from start to finish. It won’t get better.

It’s bad enough when shows that are serialized stay strong and end with a whimper. I can’t think offhand of any serialized show that was middling that ended “strong.”

I guess there’s always a chance for Picard season 3!

Raffi is a needless character. Too many players in this. Put a red shirt on her.

Picard has more padding than a codpiece.

I am betting that Tallinn is the same character in the ‘present’, just masquarading as a Romulan. She is supposed to protect both Picards, just hiding in plain sight in the future.

Procedures must have changed a lot in 400 years, going from “I can’t even talk to Renee” to openly propositioning Jean-Luc.

So is Zhaban really dead or did he just turn into a cat and run off?

He may have been part of her disguise. An actual Romulan.

That makes sense…I guess. I just hope they explain why they are essentially the same woman. I’m worried they don’t address the fact Tallin is Laris’s doppelgänger; and that maybe we’re just supposed to accept it the same way we have to accept all the Soong family going back centuries look identical to Brent Spiner and Kore is identical to Soji just because.

That seems possible.

A bunch of other half-baked theories, all with many holes:

The supervisor’s supervisors don’t like time travel, but maybe they recruited 25th century Laris and, I don’t know, messed with her memory? So Tallinn is post-25th century Laris?

Or maybe Laris is future Tallinn, who left the agency (what do they call it?) at some point after 2024, had been Romulan from the beginning (she’s had some Romulan tech and was speaking to herself in Romulan, apparently) and had been surgically altered – and maybe had her memory suppressed?

Yes, Romulans live long but not that long. But time travel? (I know)

Or Laris is her daughter/grandaughter? (not happy with this one — but look at the Soongs and Sela) –

(I know there are holes in all of these).

My first thought was your last one, that Laris is a related descendant. Tallinn could be an ancestor taken off Romulus, much like Gary Seven’s ancestors were taken off Earth. She is surgically altered to blend in as human.

That James Callis as an unknown character – It looked like Bashir at first glance!

I thought the same!

I thought that too. For a split second I got really excited. Then I was kinda excited that we get a BSG star on Star Trek, although less so.

He is such a good actor — it won’t be “nothing.”

I’m wondering if he’s a Starfleet Officer. The uniform is very Dominion War era (perhaps he was a Counselor who worked with Picard at some point) or perhaps he’s Confederation?

This made me think:

What if is if this whole story is not Picard’s problem to solve?

What if James Calls (the unknown Star Fleet officer) is also in 2024 as a kind of first generation Time Cop – a few hundred years past the moment where the Borg Queen arrives on Star Gazer. But this is still not guys from Voyager.

(Does 7 have knowledge about those time travelers from the future?)

And they know, it’s part of their work – they know where Time Was Broken: 2024.

And they look at Picard as some kind of amateur who really fucked up. Maybe even sympathetically, they say, “We’ll take of this.”

Picard is wondering how this is possible.

And they turn around and say, “We are more powerful than Q now. He really f”’d up.”

They want to exterminate Q. Which would go back to the Birth of Q – also making Picard’s life irrelevant, also, never happened.

Now, Picard has to save Q to save his own timeline.

Is that “the moral question” of this season. He can never have that old life back?

How does that reflect on Adam Soong, who has been portrayed as a psychopath? Isn’t Picard doing the same thing – changing reality.

What would Younger Picard say under such a situation. How would he confront Q?

What do the Watchers want?

If Tellin can turn people into Zombies… isn’t she a formidable opponent to a Borg?

— Headcannon ’til Thursday.

It wonder if this all ties into how Kovich knew the Q hadn’t been heard from in a long time.(!!)

Headcannon til Thursday:

What if is if this whole story is not Picard’s problem to solve?

What if James Calls (the unknown Star Fleet officer) is also in 2024 as a kind of first generation Time Cop – a few hundred years past the moment where the Borg Queen arrives on Star Gazer. But this is still not guys from Voyager. And does 7 have knowledge about those time travelers from the future?

But it’s part of their work to know where Time Was Broken: 2024.

And they look at Picard as some kind of amateur who really fucked up. They say, “We’ll take of this.”  

Picard is wondering how this is possible. And they turn around and say, “We are more powerful than Q now. He really f”’d up.” 

They want to exterminate Q. Which would go back to the Birth of Q – also making Picard’s life irrelevant, also, never happened. 

Now, Picard has to save Q to save his own timeline.  

Is that “the moral question” of this season. He can never have that old life back?

How does that reflect on Adam Soong, who has been portrayed as a psychopath? Isn’t Picard doing the same thing – changing reality. 

What would Younger Picard say under such a situation. How would he confront Q?

What do the Watchers want? 

If Tellin can turn people into Zombies… isn’t she a formidable opponent to a Borg? 

sorry, posted twice! :

This all sounds great, but unfortunately as most fans theories goes, the actual plot is rarely as interesting as what people come up with online.

I would love to be proven wrong, but I don’t think the season is going for anything this complicated or layered. It felt like that at the beginning but look what he have gotten since they landed in 2024? We got a Watcher who literally just does only that, watch, to see if Renee Picard will be well enough to go on the mission or not. There is a big twist screaming to happen but it may not be anything more than what we are seeing. It still ridiculous she looks like Laris though so I think that will be explained in some way.

Maybe Callis will be a time cop but as others suggested he could just be part of Picard’s mind and someone he knows in Starfleet. I hope it is the former, that would make things much more interesting of course and they are not just trying to change the timeline back but there to stop Q as well.

I am excited to see Mr.Callis in the Star Trek universe!

Also forgot he was in 12 Monkeys, Terry Matalas other show! He was only in a few episodes but loved him in that too!

when you bring in Gaius Baltar/Athan Cole into the mix, we are heading to a whole new level. hopefully James Callis has more than a cameo. i enjoyed s1 of PIC, but must agree with others that this season is so convoluted that instead of unwrapping in the remaining 3 episodes, it may very well collapse into a black hole…

Synthetic people, red dressed woman, Gaius Baltar.. Maybe in 2024 Mary McDonnell is president..

Strange New Worlds really needs to hire James Callis as Kor!

Soft reboot for season 3 which will be effectively a mini season TNG series 8.

Happy and disappointed they are bringing the tng cast back in, easy way to avoid big challenges for a new show …play it safe and bring in older characters while we soak up nostalgia , plot holes can sneak by unnoticed.

I agree. I think they know season 2 is going to end as a dud. Why else hype season 3 so early?

Maybe they were getting ahead of a leak. Also, didn’t it drop on the 5th?

I’m surprised there aren’t any Gaius Baltar/Cylon jokes yet re: Picard’s meeting with the man.

I don’t know how popular this opinion is, but I think this season has been fine. Yes, quality did drop after the first 3 episodes and it seems they don’t quite have enough plot for the whole season, but I’m still enjoying it.

I do wish the show had been more like the premiere and not entirely taken place in a different universe/the past after that – mainly because that first episode was so good and it was great seeing a starfleet ship. So I’m on board for what they are doing, I still kind of wish they were doing something else if that makes sense – it’s just taken too long to learn Q’s motivations and what’s behind everything (or maybe I’m just impatient).

I’d be more upset with an earth in the past season if this were the only Trek show on, but we have Lower Decks, Prodigy, Discovery, and Strange New Worlds all taking place in space over the last and next few months, so a few episodes on Earth isn’t really a big deal.

“it seems they don’t quite have enough plot for the whole season,”

That is ALWAYS the problem with NuTrek season arcs… Ironically, it was DSC S1, one of the worst seasons, that actually infused the MU mini-arc to make it a little bit more interesting…

James Callis is wearing a Starfleet type uniform. Could he be Gary Seven?

I know that Teri Garr is long retired, but still, it would be neat if an older Roberta Lincoln made an appearance in 2024…

Teri Garr hates Star Trek and has even gone as far as denying that she was ever on it. She would never return even if she weren’t retired.

Hmmm, didn’t know that. Why? It was her breakthrough role on episodic TV.

Teri Garr never denied she was on Trek because clearly she was. You’re maybe thinking of the actress that was credited as the human Isis. But, yeah, Garr had nothing good to say about Star Trek.

I’m guessing it had more to do with the fanbase, something in the same vein as “I am not Spock” or Shatner’s “Get a Life” sketch:

“Otherwise, all I would get would be Star Trek questions for the rest of my natural life—and probably my unnatural life. You ever see those people who are Star Trek fans?” – Teri Garr, Starlog #173

In the same interview, Garr also said she didn’t consider Close Encounters of the Third Kind was “science fiction.”

Ms. Garr is retired, and her Trek experience was sufficiently negative enough that I doubt anyone would even suggest it to her. That’s sufficient reason to respect her wishes, and drop the subject.

Since he looks nothing like Lansing, I sure hope not.

Unlikely, more likely a starfleet officer, circa late 23rd, early 24th century, based on uniform.

I think you mean late 24th century, early 25th century Starfleet uniform. And I agree. But why would a Starfleet officer be wearing a uniform on past Earth unless they beamed Picard up to a ship or something.

Plus Callis is scruffy in the face. Not hardly a clean cut starfleet officer. This tells me he’s also mixed up in time travel or stranded.

This could be happening in Picard’s head.

I wonder if we are in Picard’s minds at this point? Perhaps we are viewing his memories.

Yes, this is definitely possible too.

The last time this show went into the mind of an android, the android asked to die.

Can’t they just reboot him now he’s an android?

I went from loving this season after the first two episodes to dreading the next episode each week in this waste-of-time time travel story. It’s just the worst. Everything from the plodding story and cheap cliches to the fact that the people from the future know how to do things like open doors and drive cars. There is almost no “fish out of water” fun. Watching the Borg Queen at a gala was maybe the low point. Yuck. Just get back to the future please.

I get your point but seriously, did you expect them to do anything else but spending the season in 2024? The marketing made it abundantly clear that this was some sort of extended TVH…

Well, it’s those season arcs… No matter how interesting the premise… the middle section of each season falls flat… I wish they’d return to the ENT S4 format of mini-arcs…

I sadly have to agree. Where is the fish out of water stuff??? That’s what made TVH fun, these guys being out of their elements. It doesn’t have to be like that always but I expected it a little, especially since they kept referencing TVH that inspired them to do this season.

Since they been in 2024 they just been going through the motions in a really dull way. They made such a big deal about going to the gala and all they did was stand around to make sure Renee Picard went into quarantine. Did we really need 2 episodes for THAT?? I thought maybe Soong was going to kidnap her or something. Such really low stakes in these episodes for a season where the entire galaxy is (once again) in danger.

I’m hoping they get back to the future by episode 9 at least but it’ll probably go through the final episode unfortunately.

I have to admit I missed it, but I heard someone point out that Seven and Raffi automatically seemed to know what ICE was. Seems like they could’ve gotten a little mileage of fish out of water humor or awkwardness out of it, but nope.

It did bug me right away how Raffi knew how to take apart a handgun so quickly. I mean, don’t you want to take at least a few seconds to marvel at this antique weapon? Something to say she’s from a different time period. Come on!

“but I heard someone point out that Seven and Raffi automatically seemed to know what ICE was”

They went to LAPD first because they had no clue about ICE… That was entire point of that scene…

I think they were referring to the scene where the nurse tells them they were taken by ICE, and there’s no immediate questioning of ICE is. No Voyage Home style joke or awkwardness.

I can’t say for sure, I’d have to watch the episode again. But honestly I can’t see myself ever doing that.

An episode where someone goes into the mind of someone else and enters their unconscious? Groundbreaking. Did an AI write this season using a database of TV cliches?

I hate to break it to you but there aren’t any “groundbreaking” new ideas left. Any genre TV show, let alone Star Trek, has to some extend recycle concepts that we’ve seen before. That is not entirely new: TOS basically had about 10 plots that were redressed many times. But back then, the genre was relatively new… 60 years later… We have seen it all, be it space opera, generic sci-fi, horror or fantasy… How many hours of TV were made, including animated stuff? 100k?

It’s absurd to complain about the lack of entirely fresh ideas. There aren’t any left. Full stop. Period. I’ve tried to write my own genre novels but eventually realized there is nothing out there that hasn’t been done in comics, games, TV shows, movies… But is that really a problem? The CBM genre has churned out hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes based on the very few basic concepts available and yet they are walking tall…

I don’t have any issus with basic concepts being recycled and recombined from your proverbial genre cliche database… It’s how it works.

It’s like Luke’s not noticed that this franchise has been doing that for an absolute minimum of 30 years (I would argue since season two of TOS, but I don’t care enough about that argument to be really adamant about it.

I hope they will not go for this zombie rubbish stuff

I thought James Callis was Alexander Siddig for a second there