Star Trek: Picard's final season goes all-in on nostalgia, reuniting the cast of The Next Generation for one last epic adventure. Yet, it has rapidly demonstrated that it is nostalgic for more than simply TNG's past… including its primary antagonist, who was nearly replaced with a familiar foe.
Terry Matalas discussed the decision to make the major threat of season 3 a literal face from the franchise's past: a rogue faction of shapeshifting Changelings from the Founders, the leaders of the Dominion who menaced Starfleet and the rest of the Alpha Quadrant during the second half of Deep Space Nine.
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Amanda Plummer portrays a new woman dubbed Vadic as the season's major antagonist. She is the captain of the Shrike, a rogue spaceship that is pursuing the USS Titan, captained by William Riker. Vadic is fascinated with discovering a strange relic that has the ability to alter time and reality.
Vadic is not, however, the only challenge Picard and his allies face. The season also reveals that the Changelings, the primary adversaries of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a race of shape-shifting aliens, have returned and are conspiring to destroy the Federation and its allies. Odo, a former friend of Picard who has been corrupted by his people's goal, leads the Changelings.
Picard Season 3rd Resurrected Another Great Villain, Acc. To Terry Matalas!
Matalas stated, “They were the ideal antagonist because they can seem like anyone, and there's a pivotal sequence in the middle of Season 3 where you're not sure if the person sitting across from you is a changeling or not.”
“And the only way to know is through an emotional catharsis with that individual,” That provides such tremendous drama.” The parasitic bugs from the controversial season 1 episode “Conspiracy” were almost substituted for the Changelings for a brief minute.
In this episode, Picard and Riker uncover an extraterrestrial race's attempt to infiltrate Starfleet command by burrowing into their unlucky hosts, killing them, and secretly manipulating them. That was, according to Matalas, the issue with bringing them back.
Matalas remarked, “I do enjoy the conspiracy bugs, which I did contemplate for a brief moment.” “The problem with conspiracy insects is that they kill their host.
He added, “Hence, if you saw someone with a bug in them, they were dead, and you wouldn't be able to write the paranoia thriller you wanted to if it was someone you cared about. So, there were approximately three narratives I was unable to write without killing legacy characters.”
Hence, Picard traded one hidden foe for another, and happily, it appears none of our favorite characters will have their chests blown apart by phaser fire as a result.
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