In the first five minutes of Season 3, we beam aboard the Mariposa medical vessel Eleos XII and quickly realize this must be Dr. Beverly Crusher’s ship. Why? Because we recognize her taste and belongings from The Next Generation: orchids (a favorite flower, also in her quarters in “Cause and Effect”), pearls (“The Big Goodbye”) and drama and comedy masks (representing her love of theater in multiple episodes including “The Nth Degree,” “Disaster,” “Frame of Mind” and “Fistful of Datas”). There’s also a mission plaque honoring her service on Cor Caroli V (a classified case we heard about but didn’t see in “Allegiance”) and an away team kit belonging to her late husband Lt. Commander Jack Crusher (brought out of storage in “Family”). If all that didn’t clue you in, nothing will.
Another Easter egg is far more subtle. It’s a voice, the ship’s computer, warning Beverly of intruders. It belongs to Amy Earhart, wife of showrunner Terry Matalas, and it’s a little nod to Majel Barrett (Gene Roddenberry’s wife, who played Lwaxana Troi, and also provided the voice of most of the onboard computer interfaces). A recording of Barrett’s voice speaks once more at the end of Picard Season 3. Matalas himself provides a voice at the Starfleet Spacedock.
Quick bits to spot during Jean-Luc’s spring cleaning: a Ressikan flute from “The Inner Light,” an artifact from “The Chase” and a ship in a bottle from “Booby Trap.”
Tuvok hadn’t been featured in live-action Trek since 1999? ST:Voyager ran until 2001!
And also all of the (unsanctioned, non-canon) films and shorts that he has made over the years (Of Gods and Men, Renegades)
Key words being “unsanctioned” and “non-canon”.
I really loved watching this final season. I hope they do another spin-off of the Enterprise-G crew with Seven as Captain. Especially since Discovery is ending after Season 5 and Section 31 is now going to be a movie. There is plenty of room for “Star Trek: Legacy,” as one TVLine reader suggested, to keep took Trek on our screens.
I agree it would be fun to see the further adventures of Captain Seven and her Number One, Raffi. Not sure how I feel about “Special Counselor” Ensign Jack Crusher. His “Chosen One” narrative worked for this season, but I’m not wild about making it an ongoing thing.
I’d also be curious to check in with the Jurati-Borg Collective and see what they are up to – her absence was definitely felt this season (both as a fan favorite and an obvious connection to the main plot.)
One Easter egg/clue I missed in all the nostalgia was the music. Part of the episode title cue, as well as part of the end credits’ music, was from Jerry Goldsmith’s score for FIRST CONTACT, the crew’s last full encounter with…the Borg.
So not only, in addition to being a beautiful score in itself, was it a callback to TNG’s best (and arguably their only truly successful) film, but the producers basically told us FROM GO that this season would come down to another showdown with the Borg and the Borg Queen.
Ahem… The musical tribute went FAR beyond that. The score “quotes” pretty much all the Trek music that has come before, from TOS to Voyage Home to all the TNG spinoffs. It is one of the reasons that this score was so great.
I certinly picked up on most of the other cues. But honestly, until the Borg reveal, I just assumed the use of the FC score was…well, just because it’s beautiful. But in hindsight, when used in tandem with the end credits which essentially foreshadowed many of the plot points all season, it was a missed clue (at least for me).
In episode 2 there were a couple more assiciates of Sneed that were important. Brunt FCA officer & Morn Quark’s bar fly that never talked both from DS9.
Never talked? You could never get Morn to shut up! Nobody can get a word in with that guy!
Ro and Guinan had a relationship well beyond de-aging together. Guinan forged a special bond with Ro and called her “her friend” which was a rare move for Guinan.
Moriaty and President Anton Chekov were too much. Otherwise, they did the nostalgia mostly right.
It was a quick line, but I smiled. After Geordi shut down the Enterprise, Riker says on the way out “I’m going to miss that voice.”
1 thing from episode 9 that cracked me up was Rikers line about thinking the bridge was bigger. Technically he’s not wrong from the changes they made to the set in Generations
The music on the screen at 50:48 is ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’. Now that’s a deep deep cut
Sorry, this is Episode 1