Star Trek: Picard is one of the most anticipated series of 2020, and for good reason: It brings back a fan-favorite character in an entirely new situation. Jean-Luc Picard is no longer in Starfleet, and it's clear that his parting wasn't exactly amicable. He's on his own, on a new mission (the circumstances of which are quite unclear), but without the resources he once had.
Like any Star Trek show, Picard has an amazing supporting cast — and there are quite a few incredible women on the roster. (As an aside, I've seen the first three episodes, and there are quite a few more women than are listed here, but won't be spoiling anything for anxious viewers.)
Here's what we know about the major female characters in advance of tomorrow's premiere.
Dahj (Isa Briones)
Dahj, played by Isa Briones (who was Peggy Schuyler in the touring production of Hamilton and was the understudy for Eliza), might be the biggest mystery of Star Trek: Picard. The little we know about her tells us she’s a vulnerable young woman in some kind of serious trouble — but also, judging from the trailer, she has pretty incredible abilities. Speculation is that she’s somehow tied to the Borg, considering the cast list, or Data, because Brent Spiner is guest-starring in the show. Who (and what) Dahj is will likely play a central role in the series.
Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill)
We're not quite sure what role Dr. Jurati will play in Star Trek: Picard, but she’s been described as a doctor who has the same goals as Jean-Luc. Pill is a fantastic actor who has quite a few shows under her belt, and it will be interesting to see how she handles the technobabble (it's not clear whether she's a medical doctor or a scientist). Either way, it’s safe to say she’ll fit in perfectly with this dynamic, brilliant cast.
Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd)
Hurd is a television icon, so it’s incredibly exciting that she’s bringing her exceptional talent to the Star Trek universe. She plays Raffi Musiker, someone who worked with Picard in his post-The Next Generation, post-Nemesis days. Hurd teased in an interview that Raffi is "haunted," and promotional material has described her as an addict. It will be very interesting to see how Raffi fits into the larger story, and what kind of pain she’s trying to mask with her vices.
Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan)
We last saw Seven of Nine, the former Borg, in the series finale of Star Trek: Voyager. Over 20 years later, what is she up to? And why is Picard, who hasn’t previously met her onscreen, looking Seven up now? We don’t know the answers to these questions — Seven has clearly embraced a more human (and dare we say badass) look in the previews. But we don’t know what she’s been doing, though the inclusion of Jonathan del Arco as Hugh in the cast lets us know that Picard has a Borg connection. In an interview, Jeri Ryan made it clear that she’s not even allowed to say whether Seven still goes by her Borg designation or has chosen a new name. There’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding her appearance in the show, but given what an amazing character she is, it’s safe to say we’re excited for it.
Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis)
At the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, Deanna Troi was leaving the Enterprise, as her new husband, William Riker, had finally accepted a command of his own. Now, two decades later, they both seem to be enjoying retirement (and raising their children!). It seems as though they have opted for a simpler life, but it isn't clear how that came about. Did they decide to retire to start a family, or were they involved in the situation that led to Picard leaving Starfleet? Only time will tell!
Laris (Orla Brady)
Laris is a brand-new Romulan character (she could also be Vulcan based on appearances, but judging from the fact that Laris laughs in the clip we've seen and that the storyline seems to concern the Romulans, I feel safe making this judgment call). She and Zhaban, who appears to be Laris' partner, seem to be companions or helpers for Picard on his French vineyard.