Following up on the three images released earlier this week, there is a brand-new image from Star Trek: Picard season 3. This one gives us a closer look at Worf.
Worf’s new look
The latest image comes courtesy of TVLine. It features Star Trek: The Next Generation (and Deep Space Nine) star Michael Dorn as Worf on the transporter pad (presumably on the USS Titan-A), being greeted by Admiral Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart).
This is the best look yet at Worf’s look in the 25th century, where he reunites with Admiral Picard for what might be the first time in years. Notably, he is wearing a Starfleet badge, indicating he is still an officer even though he isn’t in a Starfleet uniform. His baldric still shows he is a member of the House of Martok, which he joined at the beginning of the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He has a new Klingon sword, which showrunner Terry Matalas revealed is called a “Kur’leth,” designed by Star Trek vet Dan Curry, who also designed the iconic Klingon Bat’leth.
Matalas has also revealed that Worf’s storyline has a connection to the fallout of the Dominion War, which is a key part of the season’s arc, possibly connecting Worf to the main villain Vadic (played by Amanda Plummer).
The shot above gives us a better look at the outfit Worf is wearing in the NYCC trailer released in October, different from the 25th-century Starfleet uniform he wears in the poster and teaser trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Updating the classics
In addition to his outfit, Worf’s makeup has changed a bit since his time on TNG, DS9, and the feature films, but not a lot, and certainly not to the extent seen for Klingons on Star Trek: Discovery. In a Star Trek Day interview with TrekMovie.com, makeup designer James MacKinnon (who worked on DS9 and the TNG feature films) talked about updating Worf’s look for Picard…
As a vet of DS9, was it a sort of homecoming [working] with Michael [Dorn] for season 3?
Yeah. You have already seen Worf on Picard. Just to be able to recreate and elevate Michael Westmore’s makeup from DS9 to a current-day version with Michael Dorn was a true, true pleasure.
Did you get the time in the chair for him down compared to the Westmore days?
Oh yeah. We got the time in the chair down. Obviously, the test always takes longer, and then each day you do it does go faster. Foam latex back in the day is opaque, so you have to paint the depth. Now, with silicone, it’s see-through so you got to splatter the depth. And then there is a lot more airbrushing, it was like acrylic paints back in the day.
Regarding the look of the transporter room, production designer Dave Blass weighed in on Twitter, noting there is no need to change the classic TNG era design because “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Yes, the Transporter room looks like a …Transporter room. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. https://t.co/2AiuJOeFHm
— Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) December 9, 2022
Michael Dorn turns 70
By the way, today is Michael Dorn’s birthday. If you can believe it, he is now 70 years old. You can keep up on Star Trek birthdays and anniversaries by following us on our social media channels.
Happy birthday today to @akaWorf, who played Worf on #StarTrekTNG and #StarTrekDS9, in 4 #StarTrek films, and in the upcoming season of #StarTrekPicard. He played his own ancestor in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and directed 3 DS9s and one #StarTrekEnterprise. pic.twitter.com/tOi4XzAA0y
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) December 9, 2022
Coming on Feb 16
The third and final season premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly on Thursdays.
Picard streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S.A. It is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories, and in Canada it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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