The former official Star Trek Magazine has been relaunched Star Trek Explorer, and the second issue arrives today in the USA. With a focus on the Borg, the new mag includes an interview with Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan who has returned in Picard.
Jeri Ryan on Seven’s journey in season 2 and goodbye in season 3
In the new Star Trek Explorer, Jeri Ryan talked about returning as Seven of Nine for all three seasons of Star Trek: Picard. With regards to what’s different in the current second season, Ryan spoke about the relationship with Raffi:
Personally, for Seven, you don’t often see in Star Trek a relationship that you’re dropped into the middle of. At the end of Season 1 you saw the very, very first glimpses of the beginnings of a relationship between Seven and Raffi. Then, when we pick it up in Season 2, we are well into this relationship, and it’s a relationship in the trenches. They are two very damaged people who have found each other, and now you’re in the relationship and having to figure out if they can heal themselves enough to actually be in a continuing relationship.
The actress also talked about Seven’s biggest arc in season two:
The most interesting character arc this season, for me, is she gets put on a course to really reconcile her Borg nature and human nature, and she gets to experience what life might have been like had she never been assimilated, if she’d just been human. So, this season for Seven is really about identity and embracing our humanity and self-acceptance.
As for jumping right into shooting season 3 the day after wrapping season 2, Ryan described it as “surreal,” but also “exhausting,” especially for the crew because unlike herself and other actors they don’t get days off. When asked how she feels about the end of season three (which is also the end of the series) and if she will be sad or ready to let go of Seven, Ryan couldn’t choose:
I think probably a bit of both. This was so surprising, to get the opportunity to revisit this character on Picard. That is not something that I ever envisioned. It’s been really a treat to be able to do that and to continue her journey and to see her through all of this growth for these three seasons. So, yeah, it’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to her again.
Star Trek Explorer #2 out now
Star Trek Explorer #2 is on sale today, Tuesday, April 12 in the USA (available in the UK on May 12, 2022). In addition to Jeri Ryan, the issue includes interviews with Star Trek: Picard’s new Borg Queen Annie Wersching and Picard/Strange New Worlds executive producer Akiva Goldsman. Keeping with the focus on the Collective the “Inside Trek” section gets assimilated, “The Definitive Guide” turns the spotlight on Star Trek: First Contact and both exclusive new short stories are about the Borg. More details at Titan.
You can find the issue on newsstands and comic book stores. You can also subscribe and buy issues directly from Titan.