Star Trek: Picard’s remaining season goes all in on the nostalgia, bringing again the Subsequent Technology solid for one last big adventure. Nevertheless it’s shortly confirmed itself to be nostalgic for extra than simply TNG with regards to Star Trek’s previous… including with its major villain, who was nearly changed by one other acquainted foe.
Chatting with Collider at present about this week’s episode of Picard, showrunner Terry Matalas mentioned the choice to make the main risk of season 3 a slightly 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 Space Nine.
“They had been the proper villain as a result of they will appear to be any anyone, and there’s an episode across the midpoint [of Season 3] the place it’s completely important, the place you’re undecided if the particular person sitting throughout from you is a changeling or not,” Matalas stated. “And the one approach that you would be able to know is to have an emotional catharsis with that particular person. It provides you such unbelievable drama.”
However whereas the Changelings had been an early a part of Matalas’ plans for season 3, for a quick second they had been nearly changed by one other hidden Star Trek villain, this time instantly from Picard’s roots in TNG—the parasitic bugs from the infamous 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 take into account for a sizzling minute, the conspiracy bugs,” Matalas continued. “The difficulty with the conspiracy bugs is that they kill their host. So that will imply anybody that you just noticed with a bug in them was lifeless, and also you wouldn’t be capable of do the paranoia thriller that you just wished to do if it was anyone you liked, that meant they had been lifeless. So there [were] about three storylines I couldn’t do with out killing legacy characters.”
And so, Picard traded one hidden enemy for one more—and fortunately it looks like none of our faves will want their chests being burst open by phaser-fire due to it.
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