Picard boss responds to season 3, episode 3 cameo
Star Trek: Picard spoilers follow.
Star Trek: Picard boss Terry Matalas has responded to a surprising cameo in episode 3 that saw the return of a Star Trek Generations actor.
Thomas Dekker appeared in episode 3 of Picard's current third season as Titus Rikker, a character who's later revealed to be a Changeling.
However, it's not the first time that Dekker has appeared in the Star Trek franchise. Way back in 1994 when he was a child, Dekker starred in Star Trek Generations as Jean-Luc Picard's (Sir Patrick Stewart) pretend son in a series of visions.
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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, showrunner Terry Matalas opened up on the decision to bring Dekker back now — just as Picard's son has become so pivotal to the story.
When asked if it was a deliberate choice to bring Dekker back, Matalas said: "No, he just auditioned for the role and he's fantastic."
According to Matalas, the cameo was a complete mistake, and he didn't even realise the connection until shooting had begun.
"It didn't actually dawn on us until we were shooting that that was the case, that [Dekker] had been [...] part of it before," Matalas said.
"But wow, is he good in that scene? Yeah. Like he's so good."
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Dekker's cameo wasn't the only standout moment from the third episode of season 3, which also treated fans to a confrontation between Sir Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc and Gates McFadden's Dr Beverly Crusher.
Talking exclusively to Digital Spy about the scene, McFadden said: "Well, first of all, I'm glad it felt special to watch.
"For me, I was thrilled to have a scene that was filled with that kind of conflict because when you're working with people that you've worked with, you love their work and you know it's going to be fun, and I had a great day and we did it pretty quickly."
Star Trek: Picard airs on Paramount+, and UK viewers can also see the show on Prime Video.
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