Star Trek: Picard’s ultimate season goes all in on the nostalgia, bringing again the Subsequent Technology solid for one final huge journey. But it surely’s rapidly confirmed itself to be nostalgic for extra than simply TNG in terms of Star Trek’s previous… together with with its main villain, who was virtually changed by one other acquainted foe.
Talking to Collider as we speak about this week’s episode of Picard, showrunner Terry Matalas mentioned the choice to make the main menace of season 3 a reasonably literal acquainted face from the franchise’s previous: a rogue faction of shapeshifting Changelings from the Founders, the leaders of the Dominion that menaced Starfleet and the remainder of the Alpha Quadrant within the latter half of Deep Area 9.
“They have been the right villain as a result of they’ll appear like any anyone, and there’s an episode across the midpoint [of Season 3] the place it’s completely essential, the place you’re undecided if the particular person sitting throughout from you is a changeling or not,” Matalas stated. “And the one means which you can know is to have an emotional catharsis with that particular person. It offers you such unbelievable drama.”
However whereas the Changelings have been an early a part of Matalas’ plans for season 3, for a short second they have been virtually changed by one other hidden Star Trek villain, this time straight from Picard’s roots in TNG—the parasitic bugs from the notorious season 1 episode “Conspiracy.” In that episode, Picard and Riker uncover a plot by a race of alien bugs to infiltrate Starfleet command, burrowing into their unlucky hosts and killing them, puppeting them in secret. Which was, for Matalas, the issue with bringing them again.
“I do just like the conspiracy bugs, I did think about for a scorching minute, the conspiracy bugs,” Matalas continued. “The difficulty with the conspiracy bugs is that they kill their host. So that might imply anybody that you just noticed with a bug in them was useless, and also you wouldn’t be capable to do the paranoia thriller that you just needed to do if it was any person you really liked, that meant they have been useless. So there [were] about three storylines I couldn’t do with out killing legacy characters.”
And so, Picard traded one hidden enemy for an additional—and fortunately it looks as if none of our faves will want their chests being burst open by phaser-fire due to it.
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