Executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, and Michael Chabon, supervising producer Kirsten Beyer, and director Hanelle M. Culpepper provide commentary about episode one of Star Trek: Picard.
The co-creators and Patrick Stewart discuss bringing the iconic character back to the screen, including what was compelling enough to warrant it and the obstacles they had to overcome to make it so.
Spectacular — yet all to brief — behind-the-scenes footage of Hanelle Culpepper directing the series premiere of ‘Picard,’ a character that she says she has loved “as much as any Trekkie out there,” so she “definitely felt that pressure.” Executive producer Alex Kurtzman calls her “wildly prepared,” as well as “meditative and thoughtful,” in discussing how she perfectly filled the role as director for the series’ first three episodes.
A hodge-podge of information vignettes only tangentially tied to the episode “Maps and Legends,” and includes interviews with Michael Chabon, Eugene Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Heather Kadin. The strength of the piece is the quick dissection of actor Harry Treadwell and the ambiguity he brought to the role of Narek.
A beautiful and mostly first-person account from showrunner Michael Chabon detailing his time filming on location at Vasquez Rocks, obviously one of the most iconic destinations in ‘Star Trek’ history. Chabon speaks with reverence about the experience and breaks down the meta decision to make Vasquez Rocks canon by making it Raffi’s home on earth.
Mostly a piece about Jonathan Frakes directing the standout episode, but the most interesting parts of the vignette include details on Evan Evagora’s debut as Elnor. The piece includes snippets of his audition tapes and the actor discussing his casting process, as well as memories from Patrick Stewart on the “tough” way the director mentored the young Australian actor.
More from Frakes and a focus on Jeri Ryan’s return as Seven of Nine, but the behind-the-scenes look is most effective with show creator Kirsten Beyer discussing the hard choices the production team had to make in guiding Seven’s difficult story back to the screen — most notably focusing on the episodes shocking first moments and Seven’s decisions that close out the story. And if you ever needed to know the origin of BJayzl’s name, Akiva Goldsman is here to tell that story!
It’s always great to hear from voices you don’t get a lot of access to — and in one of the highlights of the collection’s bonus material, this feature includes a great first person account from Nick Zayas, who wrote the episode. He goes into great detail on the Zhal Makh and the filming of the pivotal scene in which Soji’s secrets are finally revealed to Narek. The vignette is a great exploration on how the series enhanced Romulan culture.
The first half of this piece is nothing new and focuses on necessary, if not repetitive, soundbites about Frakes’ return to acting and the decision to introduce some legacy characters to the series — which was never part of the original plan. However, the second half of this feature is a standout, with more interviews with Culpepper and behind-the-scenes footage of Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes on the set together during the filming of “Remembrance.” Amazing stuff.
The only vignette featuring call-out interviews and moments from Raffi (Michelle Hurd), Rios (Santiago Cabrera) and Jurati (Alison Pill). Those moments are great, but a little fleeting. More please.
Very interesting look at the unique filming location for Coppelius Station, which was a remote house in the hills of Malibu with limited access. The short piece also includes Brent Spiner discussing his latest version of a Soong, as well as Akiva Goldsman getting into details on his directing style.
As you might expect, a piece focused solely on the death and new life of Jean-Luc Picard, with Chabon, Kurtzman, Stewart and Spiner all discussing the narrative choices the production team made. As Alex Kurtzman says: “One of the things that Trek has taught me is that it continues to endure if you take bold swings. But you can only take bold swings if you are really, really thoughtful about why you are doing and if you are honoring both the spirit of Star Trek and what everyone loves about those characters.”
A look inside the creative process behind the xBs of Star Trek: Picard, alongside Lead Creature Designer Neville Page, Vincent Van Dyke, and his prosthetics studio team, as well as Make-Up and Prosthetics Department Head James MacKinnon about the process from start to stage.
Property Master Jeff Lombardi takes fans on a tour of the many props created for Season One of Star Trek: Picard.
Production Designer Todd Cherniawsky serves as the tour guide for the main stages of Star Trek: Picard, including La Sirena, Picard's study and the Borg Cube. Cherniawsky, Supervising Art Director Iain McFadyen, and Set Decorator Lisa Alkofer also discuss the various designs for the show.
Working outside of Starfleet, Picard gathers his crew from across the galaxy. This special feature takes a look at the actors and characters that will travel aboard La Sirena.
The feature explores the genesis of the new Stargazer starship, all the way from early Zoom design calls between Terry Matalas, Doug Drexler, John Eaves, Dave Blass, and Star Trek Online‘s Thomas Marrone — all the way through the interior sets on the production stages with input from Mike Okuda, and the designers of the various LCARS user interfaces seen on the ship. There’s a fantastic amount of insight in this feature, from concept designs and blueprints to the wildly-complicated set construction efforts used to bring the Stargazer bridge to life.
Production designer Dave Blass and prop master Jeff Lombardi guide viewers through the design and contents of the Chateau Picard set (a new build for Season 2), used in both the 2401 and 2024 time periods. Neville Page also lays out the design philosophy behind ‘Borgslayer’ Picard’s alien skull collection, in a deep exploration of those artifact.
The primary overview the year, featuring cast interviews and writer-producer discussions around the Picard backstory, time-travel, Q, and Borg Queen elements which make up Season 2’s storytelling.
As you might imagine, this feature focuses on prop master Jeff Lombardi’s work for Season 2, touching on the various weapons and costume pieces built for the dark Confederation future, along with the tech of Adam Soong and Tallinn found in 2024. Lombardi offers a great look at some concept art and production-made pieces from Season 2, including the design thoughts behind the sharp Confederation combadge, Romulan tricorder, and Guinan’s El-Aurian bottle.
John de Lancie, Patrick Stewart, Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman discuss Q’s return, and the character’s impact on Jean-Luc Picard in both past and present encounters. There’s also a great look at de Lancie’s final day on set with Patrick Stewart, as the actor recounts how his Next Generation journey began all the way back during preparation for “Encounter at Farpoint.”
Lead creature designer Neville Page (along with other artists in the Picard team) describes the challenge of bringing back the intimidating Borg Queen with the makeup and prosthetic technology now available to Trek creatives, along with actor Annie Wersching’s experience becoming the cybernetic villain.
The sometimes-all-to-serious characters fall away as the fun Star Trek: Picard cast get to have a few laughs while trying to film on noisy Los Angeles city streets — or just having trouble remembering the right Trek talk as they work to deliver complicated line reading.
An excised moment from Elnor’s death scene; a calm moment between Dr. Ramirez and her son at the clinic before Rios arrives; Seven and Raffi scanning Los Angeles for signs of The Watcher.
Q pestering a Los Angeles waitress about her thoughts on life’s purpose; Tallinn (Orla Brady) stunning a group of partygoers so Jurati can steal their identity bracelets; Adam Soong (Brent Spiner) monologues about genetic perfection as the gang crashes the Europa Mission party and Jurati speaks to the Borg Queen (Annie Wersching).
Tallinn experiences more of young Picard’s memories while inside his mind; a short moment from Raffi and Seven chasing down ‘Queen Agnes’ in Los Angeles.
Seven takes charge while the La Sirena gang considers their place in history, much to Raffi’s delight; Seven reports that she, Raffi, and Rios will not be able to help at the Europa Mission launch facility.
12 year-old classmates Kima and Lil find themselves at odds with each other on a day that will change their lives forever.
Bringing the TNG cast back together for the final season of Picard.
A look into the infamous Vedic as brought to life by the amazing Amanda Plummer.
Gag reel from season 3. Watch the cast make some hilarious flubs.
Q&A session with cast and crew following the IMAX screening of the series finale.
A behind the scenes look at what went into recreating the iconic TNG bridge set. A fun look at the reconstruction and agonizing details to make it a perfect recreation. Then watch the emotional reactions when the cast steps back on the bridge for the first time.
Easter Egg behind the scenes look at the closing credits poker scene. Watch the different takes of the off script fun the cast had.
At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
Picard begins investigating the mystery of Dahj as well as what her very existence means to the Federation. Without Starfleet's support, Picard is left leaning on others for help, including Dr. Agnes Jurati and an estranged former colleague, Raffi Musiker. Meanwhile, hidden enemies are also interested in where Picard's search for the truth about Dahj will lead.
Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.
The crew's journey to Freecloud takes a detour when Picard orders a stop at the planet Vashti, where Picard and Raffi relocated Romulan refugees fourteen years earlier. Upon arrival, Picard reunites with Elnor, a young Romulan he befriended during the relocation. Meanwhile, Narek continues his attempts to learn more about Soji while Narissa's impatience with his lack of progress grows.
The La Sirena crew begins an unpredictable and lively expedition on Freecloud to search for Bruce Maddox. When they learn that Maddox has found himself in a precarious situation, a familiar face offers her assistance.
Picard and the crew track Soji to the Borg cube in Romulan space, resurfacing haunting memories for Picard. Meanwhile, Narek believes he finally found a way to safely exploit Soji for information.
Picard and Soji transport to the planet Nepenthe, home to some old and trusted friends. As the rest of the La Sirena crew attempt to join them, Picard helps Soji make sense of her recently unlocked memories. Meanwhile, Hugh and Elnor are left on the Borg cube and must face an angered Narissa.
When devastating truths behind the Mars attack are revealed, Picard realizes just how far many will go to preserve secrets stretching back generations, all while the La Sirena crew grapples with secrets and revelations of their own. Narissa directs her guards to capture Elnor, setting off an unexpected chain of events on the Borg cube.
Following an unconventional and dangerous transit, Picard and the crew finally arrive at Soji's home world, Coppelius. However, with Romulan warbirds on their tail, their arrival brings only greater danger as the crew discovers more than expected about the planet’s inhabitants.
In the season finale, a final confrontation on the synthetics’ homeworld, Coppelius, pits Picard and his team against the Romulans, as well as the synths who seek to safeguard their existence at all costs.
Starfleet must once again call on legendary Jean-Luc Picard after members of his former crew – Cristóbal Rios, Seven of Nine, Raffi Musiker, and Dr. Agnes Jurati – discover an anomaly in space that threatens the galaxy.
Picard finds himself transported to an alternate timeline in the year 2400 where his longtime nemesis, Q, has orchestrated one final “trial.” Picard searches for his trusted crew as he attempts to find the cause of this dystopian future.
Picard and the crew travel back to 2024 Los Angeles in search of the “Watcher,” who can help them identify the point at which time diverged. Seven, Raffi and Rios venture out into an unfamiliar world 400 years in their past, while Picard and Jurati attempt to gather information from an unlikely, and dangerous, ally.
With time running out to save the future, Picard takes matters into his own hands and seeks out an old friend for help. Meanwhile, Rios ends up on the wrong side of the law and Jurati makes a deal with the Borg Queen.
Picard discovers an important person from his past may be integral to the divergence in the timeline. Q continues his manipulation of the timeline, taking an interest in Dr. Adam Soong. Seven and Raffi attempt a daring rescue of Rios, while Jurati faces the consequences of her deal with the Borg Queen.
With the help of Tallinn, Picard and the crew infiltrate a gala on the eve of a joint space mission, to protect one of the astronauts they believe to be integral to the restoration of the timeline – Renee Picard. Kore makes a startling discovery about her father’s work.
Tallinn ventures inside Picard’s subconscious mind to help wake him from a coma and face both his darkest secrets and deepest fears. Seven and Raffi go in search of Jurati whom they fear has succumbed to the monster inside. Rios struggles to hide the truth of who he really is from Teresa.
With time running out before the launch of the Europa Mission, Picard and Guinan must free themselves from FBI custody. Seven and Raffi come face-to-face with Jurati and the horror of what she's become.
Picard and his crew fight for their lives as they come under attack from a new incarnation of an old enemy. But to survive, Picard must first face the ghosts of his past. Seven and Raffi have a final showdown with Jurati.
With just hours until the Europa Launch, Picard and the crew find themselves in a race against time to save the future.
After receiving a cryptic, urgent distress call from Dr. Beverly Crusher, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard enlists help from generations old and new to embark on one final adventure: a daring mission that will change Starfleet, and his old crew forever.
Aided by Seven of Nine and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan, Picard makes a shocking discovery that will alter his life forever – and puts him on a collision course with the most cunning enemy he’s ever encountered. Meanwhile, Raffi races to track a catastrophic weapon – and collides with a familiar ally.
Picard grapples with an explosive, life-altering revelation, while the Titan and her crew try to outmaneuver a relentless Vadic in a lethal game of nautical cat and mouse. Meanwhile, Raffi and Worf uncover a nefarious plot from a vengeful enemy Starfleet has long since forgotten.
With time running out, Picard, Riker and crew must confront the sins of their past and heal fresh wounds, while the Titan, dead in the water, drifts helplessly toward certain destruction within a mysterious space anomaly.
Caught by Starfleet and facing court martial, paranoia grows as Picard struggles to uncover whether a prodigal crewman from his past has returned as an ally – or an enemy hellbent on destroying them all.
Now on the run, Picard and the skeleton crew of the USS Titan must break into Starfleet's most top-secret facility to expose a plot that could destroy the Federation. Picard must turn to the only soul in the galaxy who can help: an old friend.
Crippled, cornered, and out of options, Picard stages a gambit to trap Vadic and reveal her true motive – a gamble that puts the Titan in the crosshairs and forces Picard and Beverly to question every moral code they’ve ever held.
Vadic forces Picard to make an impossible choice: deliver what he can never give... or watch his crew perish. Their only salvation lies in the mind of an old friend and old foe.
A devastating revelation about Jack alters the course of Picard’s life forever – and uncovers a truth that threatens every soul in the Federation. The final battle begins as Picard and his crew race to save the galaxy from annihilation – but not without a gut-wrenching cost.
In a desperate last stand, Jean-Luc Picard and generations of crews both old and new fight together to save the galaxy from the greatest threat they’ve ever faced as the saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation comes to a thrilling, epic conclusion.