‘Star Trek’ Mixes Past and Future at San Diego Comic-Con Panel

The San Diego Convention Center’s main stage was rebranded as Starbase H for a brief while on Saturday, as Paramount + beamed in representatives from three of the five current Star Trek shows that are “boldly going” at different points in the timeline.

Most breathtaking was the reveal of character portraits and a teaser trailer for Picard’s third and final season. Sir Patrick Stewart (Admiral Jean-Luc Picard) and, back in the fold after a long interval, Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), reunited onstage, alongside the President of the United Federation of the Franchise, producer Alex Kurtzman. When Picard was first announced, all involved managed fan expectations, telling them not to expect a full-blown Star Trek: The Next Generation curtain call. With season three, though, it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.

Though not all made it to the stage, nearly everyone from the old days is back on board, including, like McFadden, long-time-coming veterans LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge) and Michael Dorn (Worf). Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker, and Picard’s forever Number One), and Brent Spiner (Data), who have all made short appearances in Picard thus far, are also involved in the adventure, as is Trek alum Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine). Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker) appears to be the only new-to-Picard character still on the show. 

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The teaser rips lines of dialogue out of context, against brooding imagery of our ol’ pals wandering around the set of The Charlie Rose Show with some digital lens flares. The biggest takeaway is that Worf, the mighty Son of Mogh, of the House of Martok, who rose from Discommendation to restoring the Klingon Empire after defeating the wicked Chancellor Gowron, is now an interplanetary silver fox.

Hair and makeup to Michael Dorn: Today is a good day to dye!

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