You saw the trailer. You’re hearing the hype. Jean-Luc Picard is returning to the small screen with his original actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, to boot! And Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Brent Spiner as Data too! The new Star Trek Picard series takes place after Star Trek: The Next Generation and its spinoffs, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. You may not have seen those (that’s a lot of Trek to consume), so here’s a quick recap of what’s-what to catch you up.
Star Trek: The Next Generation And The Ongoing Adventures Of Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Obviously, TNG is probably the most important Trek spinoff to talk about around the new Star Trek Picard trailer. After all, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D’s captain, Jean-Luc Picard, is the star of this show.
Picard served as captain of the Enterprise all seven years of the series and beyond into the four spinoff movies. The series finale “All Good Things” implied that in a future timeline, Picard became an Admiral and eventually retired to his family’s winery. This comes true from the looks of the trailer. In addition to Picard, important crew members like Data, Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and First Office Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) are confirmed to make appearances in the new Star Trek Picard series.
By the end of the TNG movies, Data was dead (blown apart in an explosion). Riker and Troi were married and moving on to a new starship. It’s unknown how Data returns and whether or not Riker and Troi will still be even active in Starfleet. A whole series of books, Star Trek: Titan, follow Troi and Riker’s adventures, but it’s unknown if any of the (non-canon) books will come true.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Or, Where Is Sisko?
So far, no DS9 cast members have been confirmed to be returning to the new Star Trek Picard series. This is a little disappointing, seeing as DS9 has become the dark horse favorite of the Star Trek series. Widely unappreciated in its time, it has quickly become the best Star Trek series of them all in many fans’ minds. This can be seen in the popularity and support for the making-of documentary,What We Left Behind. The documentary was shown in theatres as a part of a special Fathom event and has a DVD release now! It has newly remastered footage in high definition and previously unseen footage.
If there was a bet on who would appear from DS9, it would most likely be the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn, who starred in both TNG and DS9. Most of the DS9 cast and writing crew have indicated they would love to return, somewhere in the Trek universe. Will CBS announce their names soon?
Star Trek: Voyager And, Oh My God, Seven Of Nine Is Coming Back To The Star Trek Picard Series
The biggest surprise in the Star Trek Picard series trailer might just be Jeri Ryan reprising her role as Seven of Nine. The former Borg drone badass wasn’t rumored before the trailer, but her popping up is definitely intriguing. It seems likely that one of the threats Picard will need to face will be the Borg. That glimpse of another Borg cube also supports that theory.
Whether other characters from Voyager will appear is still unknown. Although, since Orange Is The New Black just ended, Captain/Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is free! And she did become an Admiral once Voyager returned from the Delta Quadrant, so it would be interesting to see how the two Admirals mix. The Delta Quadrant might play a role in the Star TrekPicard series if the Borg will; after all, it is their home. It will be interesting to see how TNG‘s sequel series find themselves connected to Picard.
Everything Else Trek Leads Up To The Star Trek Picard Series
Arguably, there’s a lot of other Trek media that is building up to the new series, too. The new Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana (among others) told us that Romulus was destroyed in Picard’s timeline. The home planet of one of the Federation’s biggest frenemies being destroyed is a pretty big development. It’s likely Picard will touch on it in some way.
Could the Gamma Quadrant be important? DS9‘s Dominion War may have ended in peace with the big baddies of the Gamma Quadrant, but it is unclear whether or not things will remain so. And what of the Klingons? They had calmed down since their more…violent days in TNG but are they still peaceful? How much book lore will come into play? Though, Star Trek Picard is obviously leaving some things behind. For instance, it implies Picard becomes an Admiral after Star Trek: Nemesis in the trailer, he does not in the books.
These questions and more can only be answered sometime next year (or earlier, if the spoiler gods are kind). Until then, consider watching or rewatching TNG, DS9 or VOY on one of your favorite streaming platforms. Or play a round of Star Trek Online. Or even read one of the old paperbacks.