In addition to our deep dive with Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas, TrekMovie had a quick purple carpet chat with series star Michelle Hurd on Star Trek Day. The actress offered up some insights into what’s new for Raffi Musiker in season 3.
In Las Vegas, Gates McFadden was praising your stunt choreography, so is this a hint that Raffi is going to be getting into a bit more action in season 3 of Picard?
It’s interesting because when she said that, I literally was like, “Gulp!” Because I don’t know if we’re allowed to talk about any of that. But I will say, what Gates was referring to is a true event that happened while we were filming. I think that’s all I can say.
Do you like to do your own stunts?
Not only on Star Trek, but in general, I enjoy doing my own stunts. I’m a black belt in martial arts, and I love stunt stuff. And you know, at a certain point you won’t be able to do it anymore, so I do them as much as I can. So I pretty much do all my stunts.
We recently spoke to Terry…
Oh! I love Terry Matalas! I love him.
He talked about how for season 3 he moved Raffi in a new direction.
Do you see it as a reinvention or an evolution of the character?
Evolution. Absolutely, not reinvention because she’s still Rafi. But what Raffi gets to explore, and where she is in season 3 is really exciting. And it was all about Terry. We talked about it in season 2. He pitched me this fantastic idea, and literally, as soon as it came out of his mouth I was like, “I am one hundred percent!” I think fans are going to be really excited about it. She’s still Raffi, but she’s got some amazing adventures to explore.
Terry has introduced so many new elements, from a different cinematographer to bringing in the TNG cast, and more. So does it feel like a different show in season 3, or still Picard, or something in between?
Oh, no, it’s still absolutely Picard. I mean, I have to say that what I found during the three seasons is that our three seasons are almost standalone seasons. And they’re very much dictated by our showrunners. The first season was Michael Chabon, who’s a novelist. So it was almost like reading a really rich book. The second season is Akiva Goldsman, who you know won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind so it’s all sort of cerebral stuff and time travel. The third season is Terry Matalas who is an OG Trekkie. I mean he was a PA on the set for Jeri Ryan’s first day as Seven of Nine on Voyager! And now he’s a showrunner for the last season of Star Trek: Picard. So it’s literally a love letter to our fans and our family. I think everybody’s going to be really happy about it.
More to come
TrekMovie spoke to a number of Trek celebrities and creatives on the purple carpet at Star Trek Day 2022. So check back for more exclusive interviews.
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Star Trek: Picard season 3 arrives Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. Following its premiere, new episodes of the 10-episode long final season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays. Picard streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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