There’s a lot of irony when it comes to the Star Trek universe right now, including how the team is expanding the universe while at the same time embracing the past with Strange New Worlds, Prodigy as well as Picard.
Picard focuses on the beloved Star Trek: TNG Captain during his “final adventures,” and seasons 1 and 2 had a lot of them– and plenty of familiar faces. In Season 3, basically the entire cast of The Next Generation is returning for one last run together, and for showrunner Terry Matalas, it was a legendary opportunity.
“You had them all the time… there was one moment in particular… it’s a legendary moment, let’s just say,” Matalas said. “I will say they’re all reunited. And there’s some things going on and I remember turning to my assistant, and saying, ‘Right now, I should be in tears, but I’m too f*cking stressed to get this right.’ Because I don’t want to f*ck it up. That’s the key.”
This was an understandable moment given the pressure he was under at the time.
“The moments really hit in post, when now I can watch that moment and it’s not Patrick, Frakes, LeVar, and Gates, and Marina, and Michael. It’s Picard, and Riker, and Geordi. And the music is up. One of the things I’ve been spending a lot of time on right now is the music. It is very much in the spirit of [Jerry] Goldsmith and [James] Horner… And so when you see those moments with the score, then that hits. You’re like, ‘Oh, my God, we did this!'”
Arguably the best part about this is that Season 3 is done filming, so we’ll be seeing the final season of Picard sooner rather than later.