Star Trek: Picard Showrunner Teases Next Generation Cast Cameos

Brenda Watkins
July 21, 2019

Fans would no doubt be delighted to see Riker pick up the trombone and return to the screen in some capacity alongside Patrick Stewart, who is reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard for the solo spin-off series, which will focus on the "next chapter" of his life.

The series is set following the events of the first movie of Star Trek's "Kelvin" time line, in which the famous captain of the Enterprise is retired from Starfleet and begins to put his former life behind him.

The big reveal came on Saturday afternoon in a new trailer for the upcoming Picard, that also shed more light on what the former Enterprise leader has been up to for the past nearly two decades.

The panel also featured an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con trailer, which offered a bit more of what to expect from the series than the original teaser trailer that was released in May. Data was created some time in the 2330s. At the panel Saturday afternoon, Kurtzman said there will be more "Short Treks" ahead of season 3 featuring Spock, Captain Pike and Number One.

The introduction of Trek's latest animated series, Lower Decks, was introduced by executive producer Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty).

There's a lot to unpack in this first look at the series.

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Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman said the show's very different in tone from Discovery, and that Stewart pushed the creators to think outside the box. And he certainly was: Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) was joined by showrunner Michael Chabon, writers Kirsten Beyer and Akiva Goldsman, as well as cast members Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadway.

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In the trailer, Stewart's Jean Luc Picard returns to Starfleet and assembles a new crew to take on the remnants of an old threat to the universe.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the panel was the reveal in the trailer that Data (Brent Spiner) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) will return in season 1!

When the official Twitter page for Star Trek posted the two minute clip, fans went wild with one writing: "I'm not crying". In other words, this is as much a reunion as it is a furtherance of the Star Trek timeline. This sets the series further into the future than any previous Star Trek series.

The old Picard is not gone, he is still searching for a way to do the right thing no matter the cost, but under new circumstances. Six new shorts are coming back to CBS All Access this fall.

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