Before we move on to the second episode of season 3 of Star Trek: Picard (coming on Thursday), there are a few more bits worth sharing, starting with the overwhelmingly positive critical response to the season. We also have some behind-the-scenes details, cool new artwork, and a bit of hype for episode two.
Season 3 is Certified Fresh
Critics agree, season 3 is the best season yet of Star Trek: Picard, garnering the show a 100% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. This is currently the best rating for any modern Trek show, just beating out the 98% fresh rating for season 1 of Strange New Worlds.
CBS Studios (which produces Picard) was very proud of the rating and shared it on social media.
— CBS Studios (@CBSTVStudios) February 16, 2023
New ship named for Shran and more revealed
Once again production designer Dave Blass has shared details on all the ships seen in the latest episode, inside and outside of spacedock. His two Instagram slideshows detail each ship’s name, designation, and class. This includes a new USS Thy’lek Shran, yet another connection to Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Ever the resourceful production designer Blass said that on M’Talas prime if you look closely you can see his wife Michelle in advertisements for Romulan Ale.
— Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) February 14, 2023
Join the Titan
Back on the subject of cool ship images, check out this poster for the USS Titan shared by Terry Matalas.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) February 21, 2023
Concept artist and model maker Bill Krause also revealed details on how the new USS Titan is based on a design of his from 2014.
The Titan-A was derived from my original Shangri-La-class fan design that I created in 2014. It was updated with established Sagan-class nacelles and bridge module for the show by myself and Doug Drexler per direction by Terry Matalas. pic.twitter.com/7eQQJWaC8x
— Bill Krause (@BuckAdmiral) February 20, 2023
Krause also revealed an image of the ship’s roster which included himself, along with a number of other behind-the-scenes contributors.
— Bill Krause (@BuckAdmiral) February 18, 2023
Trek vets gave up credit slots
A number of Star Trek veterans are working on Picard season 3 (like season 2 before it), including Doug Drexler, Mike Okuda, and John Eaves. Those three gave up their spots to make room for other artists in the credits for episode one, as revealed by Dave Blass.
A note on the crew list. We only had so many slots so MORE names will be featured in other episodes. We cycled folks through so most got a credit. Folks like Mike Okuda, Doug Drexler and John Eaves offered up their slots so that others could get the much deserved recognition.
— Dave Blass (@DaveBlass) February 17, 2023
No, that’s not a changeling on the bridge
One of the characters seen on the bridge of the USS Titan in episode one had a bit of a resemblance to Odo or the Female changeling on DS9, but that’s mostly due to the lighting. Showrunner Terry Matalas shared a nicely lit image along with details on the character revealing she is a new race called Nonnikcam, named for Emmy-winning makeup artist James Mackinnon
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) February 20, 2023
Gates broke her shotgun
One little detail in episode one was Dr. Crusher’s pump-action phaser shotgun. Responding to a tweet about it, actress Gates McFadden revealed she actually broke the prop on her first try.
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) February 17, 2023
Writer hype for episode two
Terry also shared a tweet today praising the work of writers Christopher Monfette and Sean Tretta, who wrote episode two “Disengage,” saying they “CRUSH it.” Monfette said he “couldn’t be prouder” of the episode, saying it was a “blast” to write.
These two CRUSH it. Get ready. https://t.co/Yl8q3dtDPF
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) February 22, 2023
And to get a picture of the writers, Monfette shared a selfie with himself and Tretta, writers Christopher Derrick and Matt Okumura, along with actor Todd Stashwick from the premiere after party.
Fun Fact: Everybody in this picture owns a wallet that says BAD MOTHERF*@CKER on it. Cuz they are. Love this crew! @ToddStashwick @Sean_Tretta @mattogoofingoff @UnauthorizedCBD pic.twitter.com/djqY6r9ojq
— Christopher Monfette (@cwmonfette) February 15, 2023
The third and final season of Picard premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., and Latin America, and on February 17 Paramount+ in Europe and elsewhere, with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly. It also debuted on Friday, Feb. 17 internationally 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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