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Patrick Stewart beamed into the Javits Center for New York Comic Con this previous weekend with a couple of mates and a completely unbelievable new take a look at Star Trek: Picard. Building on the advanced world we noticed established in its first trailer, many years after the occasions of Star Trek: Nemesis, right here’s what we noticed in our new take a look at Jean-Luc’s subsequent journey.

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The trailer opens within the acquainted vineyards of Chateau Picard in La Barre, which Jean-Luc has now taken over after the dying of his brother and nephew in a hearth on the property, one thing he realized means again in Star Trek: Generations. But one thing isn’t fairly proper. We don’t see Jean-Luc right here first, however as a substitute, Data (Brent Spiner), carrying his yellow operations uniform from The Next Generation and portray on a canvas. Funny factor for a lifeless android to be doing, on condition that Data sacrificed himself within the climax of Star Trek: Nemesis—which Picard is about roughly 20 years after.

It’s solely when Picard enters the image, additionally clad in his TNG uniform, that we notice issues are actually much less actual right here, and maybe extra of a dream, one thing that may make sense given the primary trailer confirmed us Picard nonetheless lamenting Data’s sacrifice. But whereas the dream state is fascinating, what’s extra fascinating is what Data is portray.

“Would you like to finish it, Captain?” Data asks as he affords his paint brush and we see the unfinished portray is of a cloaked girl looking at a stormy sea. Her face just isn’t but stuffed in, however given what we noticed of the brand new character and seemingly former Borg Dahj’s (Isa Briones) look within the prior trailer, may this be much less of a dream that’s about Picard remembering the previous, and extra of a imaginative and prescient of his rapid future?

“I don’t know how,” Picard sadly tells Data, earlier than the android tells him in any other case—and the providing of the comb appears to spark flashbacks in Jean-Luc’s head. An unknown world on fireplace, as ships of an unknown design raze it from above. The inexperienced lights on the ships would possibly point out that these are Romulan—they actually don’t match up with the Valdore-esque warbirds we noticed within the final trailer. It’s exhausting to say if these flashbacks are of an unknown assault or are someway a part of the rescue-operation-gone-wrong within the wake of the destruction of Romulus (which occurred within the prime-timeline elements of the 2009 Star Trek film, and are canonical to this collection) that result in Picard retiring from Starfleet earlier than the occasions of the present.

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Picard wakes from his dream with a lick or two from his new greatest pal, Number One the pit bull. We don’t have anything so as to add right here past the truth that this canine continues to be extremely cute.

“I came here to find safety,” Picard tells us as he and Dog Number One go for a stroll within the vineyards of Chateau Picard. “But one is never safe from the past,” he continues…

As his relaxation is interrupted by the arrival of Dahj, begging for assist and claiming that somebody is after her. Dahj’s true identification of being a liberated Borg drone—akin to Jean-Luc after he briefly grew to become Locutus in TNG’s iconic “The Best of Both Worlds” two-parter—was one thing the primary trailer for Picard actually acquired into, however we’ll see extra of it later right here.

For now, Jean-Luc heads again to Starfleet HQ in San Francisco. Funnily sufficient, this panning shot of the Golden Gate Bridge coated in photo voltaic panels is virtually similar to at least one seen in Star Trek: Discovery’s second season finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” with a couple of further buildings added to the futuristic San Franscisco skyline to point that sure, issues have modified for the reason that 23rd century!

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What’s additionally modified is the legacy Picard has in Starfleet’s historical past, nonetheless being felt years after his retirement. He is confronted with it actually, within the type of an enormous holographic projection of a Galaxy-Class starship in Starfleet’s foyer whereas checking in for an appointment—it’s exhausting to see the registration or ship identify on the Hologram however there stands a very good likelihood that that is certainly the Enterprise-D, Picard’s former command.

But even whether it is, and Starfleet nonetheless lauds the heroism of certainly one of its most well-known captains, a (ahem) new era has come alongside and swept Jean-Luc into the annals of historical past, he learns, as he has to begrudgingly spell out his identify to a hapless desk officer, who tells him it’s good to see the previous Captain “up and about.” Stewart’s face right here whereas slapping on his customer badge is priceless.

“We have an obligation to investigate,” Picard tells the identical Admiral we noticed him assembly with within the first trailer, as we’re handled to a different acquainted shot from that preliminary reveal: Picard and an unidentified, white-robed character, strolling by an enormous archive. “There is not any we, Jean-Luc,” that Admiral counters, as we see one thing new:

A door opens in entrance of Jean-Luc to disclose what very a lot seems to be like a brand new sort of Noonien Soong android, the identical sort of android Data (and his brother Lore) have been. And not only one, however an entire rafter of them, stamped with labels on their foreheads and clad in orange jumpsuits. Is this the place Doctor Jurati (Alison Pill) is working, glimpsed within the final trailer wherein she had a duplicate of what gave the impression to be both the physique of B-4—the antagonistic copy of Data turned potential ally in Nemesis, the place it was additionally closely implied that Data had uploaded all his recollections and persona into earlier than his dying—or a brand new physique for Data? If so, why are there all of the sudden so many new Soong Androids in growth?

But what in the event that they’re one thing else? As Jean-Luc’s argument with the Starfleet Admiral will get extra intense—she tells him that Starfleet is not “your house” and that he ought to again down and go house—we get a shot of a walkway in what seems to be the identical facility. The similar white-clad assistants milling round because the one Picard was seen, the identical drones flying round. Except, we see extra of individuals in jumpsuits, and—this seems to be the identical place Dahj was seen within the first trailer, carrying a really related orange jumpsuit. A place that was being guarded by Romulans, filled with issues that appeared awfully like Borg regeneration alcoves, and had indicators declaring what number of years the ability had gone with out an assimilation. So possibly these racks of jumpsuited androids have one thing to do with the Borg, as effectively? Maybe they, like Dahj, have been former drones?

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That wouldn’t clarify why these beings Jean-Luc sees appear to be similar and are being corralled into storage like they have been disposable servants—harkening again to the moral dilemma Picard and Data confronted again in “Measure of a Man” in regards to the rights of androids within the Federation. But it raises much more questions on what’s actually happening with Dahj. Why are former Borg and what appear like Soong Androids being saved in the identical facility? And if they’re, by who, alongside what’s left of the Romulans?

Before we’re left to ponder an excessive amount of, we rejoin Picard at what seems to be Chateau Picard as soon as extra, having fun with a drink with an unfamiliar character after he’s despatched packing by Starfleet Command. “I have to help her,” Picard opines, as his unknown visitor asks “You really wanna go back out into the cold?”

Hell yeah he does.

Jean-Luc places again on his outdated combadge—not his early TNG one, however the up to date badge seen in Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and the Next Generation movies.

And so, as Jean-Luc heads off on a mission of his personal, with out Starfleet’s backing, we start to see him construct up his new crew. We kick off with a well-recognized Star Trek filming locale, as Picard jets off to satisfy along with his first candidate: These are the Vasquez Rocks, an iconic a part of the Agua Dulce, California park that has performed host to a number of Star Trek collection, starting in fact because the sight of Kirk’s notorious beatdown with the Gorn in “Arena.”

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Among the sharply jutting rocks, Picard meets Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd). We nonetheless don’t know a lot about Musiker apart from that she, like Picard, is ex-Starfleet and has a connection to his previous. A bitter one, it appears, on condition that when informed by Jean-Luc that he has a plan to assist Dahj, Musiker sarcastically mocks him about “another top-secret, unauthorized rescue mission.” So, presumably, she was a part of the identical rescue operation Picard led that in the end resulted in his exit from Starfleet. And not simply his, however maybe Musiker’s as effectively, on extra ignoble phrases.

We shortly reduce to a shot of what seems to be one other world, and a high-tech facility floating above a futuristic metropolis. This not less than seems to be the place Doctor Agnes Jurati works (and is protecting that B-4/Lore/Data/Whoever the hell’s physique is in storage).

“This is everything that ever mattered to me,” Jurati tells Picard, as we reduce to a separate scene of her demanding to affix him on his mission. Press materials for the character described Jurati as “confused with her place in the world,” so if she’s researching Soong Androids and all of the sudden finds there is perhaps a connection to a brand new swath of them and liberated Borg like Dahj, as this trailer implies, that looks as if purpose sufficient for her to affix Team Picard.

Another fast reduce to a different world—this one rather more low-tech and briefly glimpsed within the final trailer as the place Picard acquired manhandled by some Romulan guards—and one other member of Picard’s new staff: Elnor (Evan Evagora), wielding his sword in entrance of what seems to be that very same institution Picard encountered these Romulans. Given what seems to be a beauty replace to Romulan make-up for Picard that closely downplays the brow ridges that contrasted them from their sister species, the Vulcans, it’s nonetheless exhausting to inform if Elnor is a Romulan who goes in opposition to no matter his fellow Romulans are cooking up with the Borg, or a Vulcan that simply occurs to be a little bit of a Samurai-esque determine roaming the galaxy brandishing space-katanas at individuals.

“I need your skill and your courage,” Picard says, as we get a shot of Picard’s ultimate new crewmate: Chris Rio (Santiago Cabrera), one other Ex-Starfleet officer who now captains the vessel Picard commandeers for his new journey.

Meanwhile, we reduce to the broken Borg Cube we noticed a bunch of Romulans working away on within the first trailer, and are handled to a grisly shot of a medical bay the place bloodied elements of Borg are being hung up and experimented on. Given the corpses on the ground, it looks as if issues have gone very mistaken. Whoever may’ve predicted that? But look within the background—there’s a blonde girl sobbing over the physique on the slab…

…and it’s none apart from Star Trek: Voyager’s very personal liberated Borg, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), wailing as she hugs the physique of what seems to be like a Starfleet officer—take a look at the crimson shoulders on their uniform. But who’s it that Seven is mourning? The hair and the command crimson has had lots of people speculating that, someway, it’s Commander Chakotay, Robert Beltran’s ex-Maquis-turned-first-officer from Voyager, who Seven entered right into a…let’s say controversial, out of nowhere romantic relationship with within the ultimate episodes of Voyager’s seventh and final season.

It’s exhausting to say for positive: there’s sufficient obfuscation that we are able to’t see Chakotay’s face tattoo on the physique (we’re trying on the aspect it might be on, too), however until this can be a flashback, Picard takes place within the late 24th century—20 years post-Nemesis is round 2399. Voyager returned from the Delta Quadrant in 2378. If this was Chakotay, wouldn’t he look…older? And what would he be doing hanging round in a Borg Cube, anyway?

But even when Chakotay is a few unlikely hypothesis, there’s a much more fascinating character it might be—Icheb, the Brunali former Drone the crew of Voyager liberated alongside a number of different younger drones within the sixth season episode “Collective.” Not solely did Icheb stick with the crew when it returned to the Alpha Quadrant, earlier than they even returned and established communication with Starfleet, he utilized for and handed the Starfleet Academy entrance examination. Presumably, Icheb would’ve gone on to make a profession in Starfleet when Voyager acquired house, and being a liberated Borg, he could be an intriguing candidate for no matter experiments the Romulans are engaged on—and a suitably devastating sufferer for Seven to search out.

Whoever it’s, it means there’s a Starfleet connection to regardless of the Romulans are doing on this Cube, and that Seven’s been conducting a mission of her personal.

“The past is written,” Jean-Luc’s narration tells us, “But we are left to write the future.” It’s reduce to indicate that Picard is saying this to Rio, as we see the Captain instruct his new motley crew to carry on because the ship warps off into house. The ship seems to be a brand new design for Picard, not of Federation or Starfleet design, and but sort of like somebody took a Centaur-class ship and coated it in some boxy further armor. It’s cool!

It’s not lengthy earlier than we get to see it in some very fascinating motion, too, as Rio’s ship and an unidentified vessel open fireplace on what’s a very acquainted ship: a Romulan Warbird. And not simply any warbird, however the Bird-of-Prey, the long-lasting 23rd-century Romulan ship class launched again within the unique Star Trek. What the hell is one doing within the late 24th century? Well, on condition that Romulus itself has been worn out with the Hobus star going supernova in 2387, it stands to purpose that what’s left of the Romulan Star Empire at this level is in a state of disarray. If a lot of the trendy fleet was worn out in Romulus’ destruction, possibly they’ve needed to fall again on adapting outdated ships to 24th century requirements?

Speaking of outdated tech in futuristic settings, again on the world the place Picard meets Elnor, we see him get right into a swordfight with a Romulan guard exterior that restaurant. Jean-Luc’s nonetheless acquired it—and we additionally get two fast photographs of a mysterious masked determine smashing open a window someplace, in addition to Jurati and Rio celebrating aboard the ship.

Back on the Cube, we flashback to Dahj’s imprisonment by the hands of the Romulans. “She was sent for a reason,” a feminine Romulan says—it won’t be, however it seems to be just like the nonetheless unnamed (however apparently performed by Peyton List) Romulan who was glimpsed within the first teaser, working with Narek (Harry Treadaway). In the previous trailer, Narek gave the impression to be some sort of scientist, however right here, he’s getting data out of Dahj by some, err…intensive subject testing? “I’ll get the information we need,” Narek tells his ally. He’ll get greater than that.

Elnor unseathes his sword in a darkish atmosphere that appears an terrible lot like this Borg Cube. So maybe Dahj, having escaped as soon as already and fled straight to Jean-Luc, is recaptured by the Romulans and Picard’s mission to rescue her sees this new crew infiltrate the Cube? We additionally get a short glimpse of what seems to be the identical locale of one other acquainted face…

It’s Hugh the Borg (Jonathan Del Arco)! Del Arco’s return was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con, however we get to see him right here for the primary time. Introduced within the TNG season 5 episode “I, Borg”, Hugh was a drone—initially named Third of Five—who gained a semblance of his humanity again after an encounter with the Enterprise. Instead of being absolutely liberated, nevertheless, Hugh returned to the collective along with his regained individuality, and afterward, appeared in one other story that noticed Data’s evil brother Lore return. Once once more, connections between liberated Borg and Soong Androids…

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Elsewhere, Seven brushes up in opposition to Picard—this seems to be from the assembly between the duo teased within the unique SDCC trailer. “I help people who have no one else to help them,” Seven tells Jean-Luc. It would seem that they’re each investigating regardless of the hell is up with the Romulans and liberated Borg like themselves (with out the assistance of Starfleet, as well), however Seven’s been as much as it means longer than Picard has.

Interestingly, Trek Core acquired up shut and private with Seven’s outfit from Picard at NYCC, and there’s a number of little Romulan-esque particulars too it, from the avian-themed zipper to the brown and inexperienced hues that might seemingly point out that Seven is working with the Romulans—or a faction of Romulans that isn’t too eager on regardless of the ones on the Borg Cube are as much as—to research.

Look. I’m not even going to clarify what’s happening right here. Just…rejoice in it. Rejoice in its splendor. Resistance is futile, certainly.

That second of Star Trek: Voyager fanservice smash-cuts right into a second of profound The Next Generation fanservice. A younger boy requires his busy father to depart their ramshackle cabin and greet a visitor: Picard himself. The father turns…

…and dealing with the arrived Picard is Number One himself. Not the canine this time, however former Enterprise first officer William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes). “Hello, Will,” Picard says to a really surprised-looking Riker.

That’s not the one acquainted face nevertheless, as exterior the Riker residence we see Picard embrace Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis). Frakes and Sirtis’ return for the collection have been confirmed at San Diego Comic Con too, however that is our first time since Enterprise’s controversial ultimate episode that we’ve seen them once more. It’s been too lengthy, for both or us Jean-Luc it appears.

Another rapid-fire set of photographs tease some peculiar moments. We get to see extra of Rio’s ship battling the Bird-of-Prey, somebody dribbling a soccer ball aboard Rio’s ship, a mysterious conclave of black-robed people circling a suddenly-activated circle of sunshine on the bottom, and Hugh main each Dahj and Picard by the bowels of what’s presumably the Borg Cube.

“We all have a story…” Picard’s narrates, as we see a couple of extra intriguing scattered photographs—a triangular-card-game being performed, Jurati and Rio getting romantic, and those self same ships from Picard’s flashbacks, now with blue lighting, assaulting some sort of house station.

“…that is waiting to be claimed,” Picard continues, as a couple of extra photographs flash by. A distressed Seven. A younger lady at a rain-soaked window (possibly it’s a younger, pre-assimilation Dahj?). Musiker, checking a phaser. And Dahj seemingly in agony as she’s horrifically burned. The Dahj shot is essentially the most fascinating, as, judging by her outfit, that is from her preliminary escape to Jean-Luc—within the background, you’ll be able to see the steps she was preventing a bunch of mysterious masked troopers on whereas Picard appeared on within the unique trailer. So possibly what’s taking place right here is a few sort of violent disabling or transporter impact and she or he’s recaptured?

Anyway, yet one more shot of that traditional Bird of Prey chasing Rio’s ship later, and we’re again exterior the Riker family, as Jean-Luc and Will loosen up by the waterfront. “Thank you for not trying to talk me out of all this,” the great Captain says to his former Number One.

“Believe me, I know better,” Riker retorts. Damn straight, Will.

While this newest take a look at Picard is perhaps rather less dense than our first glimpse again in San Diego, it nonetheless provides us loads of mysteries to ponder—we get to not less than see extra of what has occurred to the Romulans within the time since Nemesis and the destruction of their Homeworld, however are additionally left with intriguing hints of what has turn into of the Federation itself within the time since Picard left service. Changes that, it appears, have impressed different acquainted faces to affix in him making their very own paths past the uniforms of Starfleet. And that’s earlier than we get into the thriller of what Soong Androids may must do with all this…

Not for much longer until we get some solutions, although: Star Trek: Picard hits CBS All Access beginning January 23, 2020.

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