Star Trek Picard Season 3 Loses Several Main Cast Members

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, standing in an empty corridor.  He is surrounded by metallic crates.

Picard’s circle of mates is shrinking in season three,
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Star Trek: Picard‘s second season finale was a bananas journeymessily working round attempting to carry closure to the present’s remaining plot threads whereas throwing out some wild Hail Marys for the present’s future. However within the wake of its launch, one bizarre development has emerged: a seeming exodus of a lot of the present’s authentic solid.

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Prior to now few days since “Farewell” bid, effectively, farewell to season twoa number of members of Picard‘s supporting solid have introduced that their time on the present has come to an finish. A few of these are apparent, like Santiago Cabrera, whose character Rios selected to remain behind previously of 2024 LA to be along with his new love curiosity, Teresa—and whose loss of life previously we study of when Guinan tells Picard about it in the twenty fourth century. Cabrera took to Instagram to bid farewell, however he wasn’t the one solid member to announce they would not be returning for the third season.

Each Isa Briones—who performed the androids Soji and Dahj as a central factor of Picard‘s first season, and performed Korre Soong, daughter of Brent Spiner’s geneticist villain Adam Soong, in season two—and Evan Evagora, who performed the Romulan non secular mercenary turned Starfleet cadet Elnor in seasons one and two, additionally took to social media to verify that their Star Trek journeys had been over. These are each notably bizarre, as their characters weren’t precisely written out with goodbyes; Dahj appeared in only a single episode of Picard season two, however Korre’s remaining scene noticed her meet Wil Wheaton’s Wesley Crusher, and get whisked away to affix the all-powerful transdimensional being generally known as the Traveler with him. Elnor in the meantime spent a lot of season two being useless, however was introduced again to life within the finale to proceed his coaching on the Academy with Raffi.

Maybe much more peculiar than these exits was Alison Tablet, who performed Dr. Agnes Jurati and, ultimately, the brand new Borg Queen in Picard season two, “I do know that season three would be the finish. I wasn’t part of season three, so I haven’t got a lot to say about it by way of spoilers,” Tablet lately instructed Movieweb, “I’ll get to look at together with everyone else.” This particularly seems like a wild transfer contemplating the season ended with Tablet’s Borg Queen/Jurati hybrid formally asking for a brief membership for the Borg Collective—rebuilt right into a seemingly amicable drive—to enter the Federation and safeguard a newly opened Transwarp Conduit. In case you thought that may be a significant a part of season three, apparently not—or at the very least, not with out the Borg Queen. Showrunner Terry Matalas has confirmed on Twitter that the third season of Picard roughly a 12 months after season two begins ends, so possibly that is simply loads of time for the Federation and the Borg to determine issues out and go their separate methods, however nonetheless… it definitely looks as if a peculiar departure from such an intriguing storyline and character.

As of writing, the one remaining Picard supporting actors rejoining Patrick Steveartwork for season three are Jeri Ryan, Michelle Ann Hurdand Orla Brady, who play Seven of 9, Raffi Musiker, and Laris, respectively. Though each Hurd and Ryan have confirmed their returns for season three, Brady has but to (io9’s reached out to Paramount for touch upon his return, and can replace this submit if and once we hear again). However why is Picard Seemingly shuffling off so a lot of its authentic solid members off, some with storylines that do not precisely really feel ended simply but, earlier than its remaining season? Properly, one factor is clear: the arrival of the unique principal solid of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology, With six new main solid members arriving—and we all know they will play substantial roles within the season already—trimming down the present solid with a purpose to give characters time and a spotlight is smart.

However there’s nonetheless one thing just a little bizarre and just a little unhappy about seeing potential plotlines with characters distinctive to Picard itself seemingly being minimize brief with a purpose to return to the characters we, and Jean-Luc, knew and cherished throughout The Subsequent Technology, Star Trek: Picard‘s at all times grappled with the way it wished to method its titular hero and whether or not it wished to be one thing largely new or one thing in loving dialog with TNG—it might appear, in its remaining season, it is at the very least determined to be the latter, because it says goodbye to a lot of the previous.

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