The third season of Star Trek: Picard will feature the return of the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and now two members of that returning cast are talking about what we can expect—and when.
Sirtis on TNG’s proper sendoff in Picard season 3
Speaking to Red Carpet News at a UK movie premiere in April, Sirtis gave an update on her work for season three of Picard:
We’ve shot it already… I just got back from two months shooting in LA. It was so much fun to get with my pals again. It’s a great storyline. We have some great guest stars.
Marina Sirtis appeared along with her TNG co-star Jonathan Frakes in the first season of Picard, but she made it clear that for season three, she and her co-stars are not just doing cameos:
We’re in it! We are in it a lot.
Marina Sirtis has been critical of the final TNG film, Star Trek: Nemesis, in the past and agreed with the interviewer that getting another go was cathartic, adding:
Well the producers—before we even started filming when they were talking to us about the project—did say that they felt that we hadn’t been given a proper send off in Nemesis. And that they wanted to send us off the right way, which I appreciated because this is something that’s taken up my life on and off since 1987. And I did feel that we were kind of discarded a little bit. But we were definitely cherished on this project.
When the TNG stars were announced for season three, executive producer and showrunner Terry Matalas stated, “It would be an understatement to say that giving these characters a proper send-off is an honor.”
Sirtis also imagined that she could be back playing Deanna Troi in a live-action Star Trek series, picking up on some of the talk about a potential spin-off:
Never say never, right? I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future… There are so many Star Trek shows on right now. I can’t imagine that if this is really successful, that maybe some of the more successful characters might have a spin off. I don’t know. That’s kind of the way Hollywood works, isn’t it?
The actress, who recently moved back to the UK, doesn’t want to be parted from her dogs, so she had only one stipulation: “They have to fly me in a private jet with my dogs… Fly me in a private jet there and back and I’ll be there!”
Spiner says season 3 is coming next February
Brent Spiner was a guest at FedCon in Bonn, Germany last weekend. When the subject of season three of Picard came up he told the crowd that due to his NDA (non-disclosure agreement) he wouldn’t say much, joking they (and he) could all end up in prison. But Spiner did offer some brief thoughts:
I think it’s going to be a really interesting season. We’ve already shot all of it. I think it’s going to be airing sometime around next February. I don’t know why it’s taking that long, but hopefully, you like it. It’s very different than the other two seasons of Picard.
Spiner has appeared as Data and two new Soong family characters in the first two seasons of Picard, but when pressed, he wouldn’t say what character he plays in season 3.
Season 3 music using multiple Trek themes
Post-production on the season is already underway. On Tuesday, Matalas took to Twitter to share his “chills and tears” hearing four different Star Trek themes interwoven into the music.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) June 8, 2022
Special thanks to Sebastian Bittins of Euderion for his photo contribution to this article.
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