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  • Acting for Two:
    • Six for Santiago Cabrera, who plays Captain Cristóbal Rios and (as of "Broken Pieces") five holograms based on him.
    • Three for Isa Briones, who portrays Soji, Dahj and Sutra (technically 4, as the image of Jana, Sutra's twin, was based on Briones as well).
    • Brent Spiner does double duty as Data and Altan Soong.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Brent Spiner suggested that Altan Soong's full name be Altan Inigo Soong so his initials could be A.I. as a reference to artificial intelligence.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Picard admits, just as Patrick Stewart has, that he isn't a fan of science fiction. He also has a pet pit bull, a breed Stewart has spent much of his later years rescuing and rehabilitating.
    • Evan Evagora shares a lot in common with his character Elnor, as he explains in this interview:
      Evagora: Art was imitating life in a way with certain aspects of my character. Elnor grows up in a house around all women, but in real life, I'm the youngest of seven kids, and I have five older sisters. My house was filled with women all the time growing up. Elnor's favorite book is Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. My favorite book is Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. I came to L.A. to film this, and I'd never been here before. I'd never set foot here before. It was a new experience for me. Just as leaving his home is new for Elnor.
      • The article also mentions that "Evagora says the mentor relationship Elnor has with Picard on the series mirrors his own interactions with Patrick Stewart on set."
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    • Although it wasn't explicity stated onscreen in Season 1, showrunner Michael Chabon confirms that Rios is Chilean, like his actor Santiago Cabrera.
      Fan: So... Cristóbal Ríos is Chilean?
      Chabon: Claro que sí (Yes, of course).
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • In the pilot epiosode, a Betazoid logo created by a fan for the 2007 fan-work called "Birth of the Federation 2" showed up on a Betazoid trophy in Picard's storage, thus becoming canon.
    • Prior to Star Trek: Enterprise providing a canon explanation for why Klingons in TOS looked different from those in the movies and TNG-era, one of the popular fan theories was that there were two different types of Klingon. This was picked up by some Expanded Universe literature, although ultimately refuted in Enterprise. However, Picard revisits this very same theory... with the Romulans. Episode 3 canonically establishes that Romulans with heavier brow ridges — as appeared most frequently in the 24th century series and films — were from the northern part of Romulus, as opposed to ones without ridges that appeared in TOS and the Kelvin Timeline films.
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    • Diane Duane's Rihannsu novels took the secrecy of the name of the Romulan Commander in "The Enterprise Incident" and made it a cultural quirk, where they have a private name for themselves that they only reveal to people they deeply trust. "The Impossible Box" establishes this practice is canonically part of Romulan culture, despite the Rihannsu novels' other major discrepancies with the canonical portrayals of the Romulans.
    • "Broken Pieces" brings mention of Deep Space 12, which was the setting for most of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier and its spin-offs.
  • Billing Displacement: Evan Evagora has by far the least amount of screen time among the main cast, yet his name is listed before Michelle Hurd's in the opening credits.
  • California Doubling:
  • Channel Hop: Outside the US and Canada, Picard streams on Prime Video as an original, in contrast to Discovery, which streams as a Netflix original.
  • Creator Breakdown: Jonathan Frakes admitted that he had an anxiety attack returning to his role as Riker because, unlike the rest of the returning TNG alumni, he hadn't acted in over a decade, having spent the intervening years as one of the most respected TV directors in the industry. (His concerns were ill-founded: his performance was lauded by critics and audiences alike.)
  • Deleted Scene: This featurette contains an action sequence which wasn't included in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2" where Narek uses a capoeira-like Romulan martial arts to single-handedly take on five Soong-type androids.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Harry Treadaway dyed his hair black for the role of Narek; the actor's actual hair colour is brown.
  • Executive Meddling: Writer Michael Chabon mentioned that he wanted to include explicit references and Continuity Nods to the Dominion War and explore the damage it did to Starfleet and the Federation, and how it played a large part in shaping their more isolationist and markedly less idealistic attitude as seen in the show. However, he was asked to tone these references down to more implicit ones by the higher-ups, who believed that his plans would risk causing Continuity Lock-Out for new viewers.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Just like in his previous appearances as Picard, Englishman Patrick Stewart plays the French Captain (now retired Admiral) with a distinct British accent.
    • Not a "fake nationality" in the exact sense, but American Peyton List plays Romulan baddie "Narissa Rizzo" with a British accent.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Old Man Picard" because the series is in many ways a Whole Plot Reference to Logan, which is an adaptation of Old Man Logan and it also starred Patrick Stewart.
    • "Momulan" for Laris, as while she is younger than Picard, her Mama Bear tendencies and Crusty Caretaker characterization give her a motherly presence on the show.
    • "Admiral Not-cheyev" for Admiral Clancy, a female superior officer that is absolutely not afraid to talk down Picard, not unlike Admiral Nechayev from TNG.
    • "Romulannisters" for the Incest Subtext between Narek and his sister Narissa. Jaime and Cersei Lannister were involved in an incestuous affair on Game of Thrones.
    • "Romulan Legolas" and "Space Legolas" for Elnor, whose long hair, Elfeminate features and agile, graceful combat style are reminiscent of Legolas in The Lord of the Rings. Alternately, he's also referred to as "Romulan Elrond" because their names are similar ("Elnor" means "Star-Run" note  in Sindarin), they both use swords (Elrond wielded a sword in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring), and the location of the Qowat Milat monastery where Elnor was raised could be mistaken for the forest of Rivendell due to the autumn-like colours of both the foliage and the late afternoon/early evening sunlight. It also helps that Evan Evagora and Hugo Weaving are both Australian.
    • "Murder Roll" is also used for Elnor because he's an efficient killer and because he's a "cinnamon roll" (which is Tumblr-speak for The Cutie).
    • "Romulan Bene Gesserit" for the Qowat Milat. The Bene Gesserit sisterhood in Dune is also an Amazon Brigade that does not accept men as members, although a few males may receive its specialized training. Elnor's fighting skills are praised by Zani, the Qowat Milat leader (the equivalent of the Bene Gesserit's Reverend Mother), which would make him somewhat analogous to Paul Atreides.
    • "Borg King" for Hugh because he would've become the Artifact's male Borg Queen if Narissa hadn't murdered him.
    • "The Reapers" for the synthetic anti-Federation revealed in the "Et in Arcadia Ego" two-parter due to the plot's similarity to Mass Effect.
  • Lying Creator: The showrunners initially said that Picard would be the only TNG-era character to appear in the series. The San Diego Comic Con trailer and panel revealed that not only would Riker, Troi and Data return but so would Voyager's Seven of Nine.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers and public interviews released before the show's premiere make it seem that Dahj is one of the main protagonists of the show next to Picard. She was offed in the first episode, and then revealed to have a twin sister.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Isa Briones plays twin sisters Dahj and Soji Asha.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Evan Evagora identifies himself as a big Trekkie in this interview, so it was a dream come true for him to share scenes with Patrick Stewart and to be directed by Jonathan Frakes.
  • Reality Subtext: The first episode's references to the Dunkirk evacuation, and Picard's impassioned speech ending on the note that "it's not so easy for those who died, and it's not so easy for those who were left behind" directly nod at the fact that Patrick Stewart's father was one of the British soldiers rescued from Dunkirk, to which Stewart attributes the PTSD and violence that plagued his father's later life.
  • Recycled Set: The bridge set for the USS Zheng He is a redress of the USS Discovery bridge.
  • Role Reprise:
  • Sequel Gap: Picard debuted in 2020, nearly 26 years note  after Star Trek: The Next Generation ended and just over 17 years note  after the eponymous character was last seen in Star Trek: Nemesis.
  • Talking to Himself: Santiago Cabrera plays Cristóbal Rios and his lookalike holograms with a variety of accents.
  • Throw It In!:
    • The Man Hug between Hugh and Picard in "The Impossible Box" wasn't part of the script. Jonathan Del Arco wanted to include it because, "I kept thinking of my dad who's been gone some 17 years and what I would do if he were standing in front of me."
    • Del Arco also improvised Hugh's Manly Tears in "Nepenthe."
      Del Arco: It wasn't scripted for me to sob at all at that point, but I did it — and every single time we had to shoot that scene, I lost my shit.
    • As a result of seven hours of crying, Del Arco felt so numb afterwards that it naturally led to Hugh's Thousand-Yard Stare.
    • According to Evan Evagora in this interview, Harry Treadaway ad-libbed the line "I do. I very much choose to live" in "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2."
  • Wag the Director: Patrick Stewart revealed in interviews that he was given quite a bit of final say over parts of the writing process, especially in how Picard should be portrayed as a character.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Bits of interviews with the writers and actors seems to indicate that they lacked a firm plan for the story's arc at the time filming began. The biggest example is Patrick Stewart first discovering some ways into the production that Picard would die and get resurrected, because "that final episode wasn't written yet, and I didn't know it was part of the storyline." He also added that "I remember the writers worked on that up to the evening before we shot it."
  • Word of God:
    • Writer Michael Chabon has confirmed that much of the Federation's isolationist streak is a lingering effect of the damage the still fairly recent Dominion War did. However, Executive Meddling has so far prevented the show from exploring this in any greater detail due to fears of Continuity Lock-Out.
    • According to Michael Chabon, the Romulan words on Elnor's belt are Sem n'hak kon, which means "Now is the only moment."
  • Word of Saint Paul: Jonathan Del Arco stated in a since-deleted tweet that that Hugh is in love with Elnor despite Word of God refuting that Hugh is gay.


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