Big fun to be had in the world of television critics today, as the annual big junket gets underway. The Television Critics Association’s 2023 winter press tour kicks off and every network, production house and streamer will be pushing their wares. Canapes shall be eaten, cheap wine will be quaffed, and a hundred journalists will ask the same questions again and again to cast and crew, like the cast and crew of Star Trek: Picard, season 3. Unfortunately one of those questions won’t be:

“Why is most of Star Trek so shit these days?”

With Star Trek: Discovery being hands down the worst thing to ever wear the Star Trek badge, Picard just about avoids that dishonour, despite seemingly ruining a beloved character.


There is, however, good buzz around Picard season 3. People who have seen it say it is clearly a course correction and a vast improvement. The Next Generation cast is back, with Patrick Stewart being joined by Levar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Michael Dorn as Worf, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, and Brent Spiner taking on the role of Data’s evil twin brother Lore.

Paramount were first out of the gates in the junket-a-thon and they showed off art for show while cast and crew gave press interviews. One thing that came out was that this may not quite be the end of Picard’s story, as we suspected. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said:

“If the show blows the doors off the place, and we’re certainly hoping it will as we’re very proud of season three, who knows?”

Then Stewart said that the plot intentionally leaves threads hanging for a return and that he would be open to the idea if they could keep standards up.

Terry Matalas serves as sole showrunner for season three with only Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine returning from the regular cast from the two previous seasons alongside Stewart. Amanda Plummer is the new season’s villain, called Vadic. She is captain of a starship called the Shrike who, as is traditional, has a grievance with Picard and Starfleet.

Picard premieres on Thursday, February 16th, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Amazon Prime Video almost everywhere else.

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