Sir Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden gave a series of video interviews as well as their team at San Diego Comic-Con. Just like we did for Strange new worldsWe’ve rounded up all the highlights of what they had to say about Season 3 of Piccard and beyond.
Don’t call it a reunion
The big news about Season 3 of Piccard It’s the return of the main cast Star Trek: The Next Generation, with the first reveal of how the characters will appear at the Comic-Con panel. However, Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden were a little concerned when asked about the season as a “reunion,” and told EW:
Stewart: I don’t mean to disappoint you, but it’s not about next generation Reunion. It really isn’t. It’s a bit of a narrative, a very serious narrative that develops throughout the third season. And it actually brings us all together, I can say in the end just because you’d like to know. It’s not just a stroll down memory lane, remotely.
He had a similar response (with McFadden supporting him) when TV Insider asked him about the reunion:
Stewart: I think it’s important to say that season three is a lot more than just a reunion season. much more than that. It is severe. It’s personal. She is social. It’s family. And it becomes very dangerous.
McFadden: It really is. It’s a great adventure. And it’s a great story how they reveal our meeting and what’s going on. I was overjoyed. I think it’s been a great season and I’m sure the fans will love it.
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The characters have evolved… and there is some tension
Both actors also wanted to clarify that TNG’s characters have changed over the years, throwing a strange anecdote to EW:
McFadden: He approached me and [showrunner] Terry Matalas told me this amazing story involving Crusher PiccardAnd it was something completely different that I hadn’t explored in [The Next Generation]. And that’s what made it so exciting… Our personalities have evolved as we evolved as humans. And I think that makes it incredibly rich, and very different, too.
Stewart: And as far as Picard is concerned, the secret history is also recognised.
McFadden showed more about how to change characters to TV Insider:
McFadden: All characters have evolved because we humans have evolved, and obviously that will reflect on our characters. But we had a blast and laughed a lot and got silly, as always. We also had some very touching moments. So I think the story is very cool and actually very powerful. I was thrilled with the story, and I hope the fans are too.
For IGN, Stewart confirmed that there are some tensions between some of the characters:
Stewart: Yes, there is pressure in relationships. And that, I think, after 25 years, is quite appropriate. You can’t be confident that you know the same person you’ve known all those years ago. However, there is a very small festive side. Not huge. But it is there. Personally, for us, it was great to be on set again with these actors who played such an important role in our lives 35 years ago, which is extraordinary. And we’re all still here.
McFadden said it was great to have everyone get back together even with some tension between them, telling EW:
Everyone is great at it. Worf, Troi, Riker. And it’s very special to have that kind of bond and then reconsider it, but in a completely different way. And so with Star Trek. I would love to participate in this privilege. I really do it because it represents something. It represents our universe and our potential for the future and we are a good role model. And we need that now.
Beverly and Jean-Luc have not kept in touch… but they have a Shakespearean relationship
McFadden confirmed in several interviews that Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher had not met for nearly 25 years before the events Piccard third season. However, she did talk to EW about the strong bond they still have:
McFadden: Picard and Crusher had a very special love affair. It is very strong. So unique. Which is almost Shakespeare to me. It’s almost like a sonnet [#116] “This looks at storms and never vibrates.” It’s this kind of thing. I’ve always thought about it, but to be in a situation where we have to rediscover and re-analyze how we feel about each other? We haven’t seen each other in 20-25 years… that was really powerful.
Stewart: Yes, very strong.
And with IGN, the couple talked about how their dynamic has changed:
Stewart: There is a dynamic. It will not be what it used to be.
McFadden: That’s great. I mean, we have great chemistry and filming our scenes was so much fun.
And to TV Insider, the couple said they may still argue, but the nature of the discussions has changed:
McFadden: She’s older, wiser, and controversial as always, unfortunately.
Stewart: But the discussions are often personal and familial, which I can’t tell you about.
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Dr. Crusher was busy helping people… and there was no other character as well
The two actors gave IGN some insight into what Dr. Crusher has been doing for decades after her last appearance on Star Trek: Enemieswith Stewart hinting that one of the other TNG characters may not be highly respected:
McFadden: I think Beverly is the one who just keeps moving forward and really wants to do good in the world. Especially when you realize through the images of the Webb Telescope how vast the universe is and how difficult it is to understand. I think she’s been exploring a lot of things and she’s a very smart woman and I think you’ll find out that she’s been doing a lot of things.
Stewart: She’s also been researching and investigating and helping people as well, which probably can’t be said for all people. next generation [characters].
McFadden: Well, she’s a scientist as well as a doctor. The Hippocratic Oath is obviously important, but they are not expected to come together, but it’s quite a story.
What about Wesley?
What if we see Wesley Crusher return to Wil Wheaton Piccard (As he did in season two) and his reunion with his alien mother in season three, McFadden kept it a mystery:
McFadden: My alien son, that’s what I call Will Wheaton. He calls me his space mom, and that’s a privilege. He and I talk all the time. He is a doll. I’m very happy to have him in my life, but no I didn’t see him last season, but you just have to see what happens in season 3.
Coming in 2023
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 is expected in early 2023. Piccard It is broadcast exclusively on Paramount+ in the US and distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories and in Canada, it is broadcast on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi and is broadcast on Crave.