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The first episode of Star Trek: Picard season 3, “The Next Generation,” will arrive for streaming on Paramount Plus beginning at midnight this Thursday, February 16 2023. This season will see the return of the bridge crew of the USS Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E. First introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation, they will be reunited for the first time since Star Trek: Nemesis. It will be exciting to see these legacy Starfleet officers onscreen once again. However, Picard season 3 will also introduce the next generation: the bridge crew of the USS Titan-A!

Thanks to a series of Tweets by Picard season 3 showrunner Terry Matalas, the names and some tantalizing details about each of these fresh new characters have been revealed. When supplemented with information released through the @StarTrekLogs Instagram account, a clear picture of the Titan-A bridge crew begins to emerge. 

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Read on to learn who’s who on the Titan-A bridge crew in advance of the Picard season 3 premiere this Thursday!

Ensign Sidney La Forge

Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut as Sidney La Forge in "The Next Generation" Episode 301, Star Trek: Picard.

Sidney La Forge. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+. ©2021 Viacom, International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

First up is Ensign Sidney La Forge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut). Sidney is a human, the helmsman for the Titan-A, and one of the daughters of Commodore Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton). Matalas explains that in contrast to her sister, Alandra La Forge (Mica Burton), Sidney “didn’t want to build ships, she wanted to fly them.”

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Sidney’s presence on the bridge calls to mind another “next generation” helmsman: Ensign Demora Sulu (Jacqueline Kim) of the USS Enterprise-B. First introduced in Star Trek: Generations, Demora is the daughter of Star Trek: The Original Series bridge crewmember Hikaru Sulu (George Takei). According to stories from the Trek expanded universe (including the short story collection Tales from the Captain’s Table and content from Star Trek Online), Demora would eventually become captain of the Enterprise-B.

Lieutenant Matthew Arliss Mura

Joseph Lee as Mura on the bridge of the Titan-A.

Mura. Photo: @TerryMatalas.

Lt. Matthew Arliss Mura (Joseph Lee), the Tactical Officer, is one of the more experienced members of the Titan-A bridge crew. Mura has served on the new Titan for the past three years. According to Matalas, Mura “is exactly who you want at that station when you hear ‘give ‘em everything we got!’”

Mura is a Bajoran, an alien species first introduced on TNG. Bajorans were more fully explored over the course of all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in which the Bajoran Commanding Officer Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) played an integral role. 

Mura and Nerys aren’t the only Bajoran Starfleet officers to serve on the bridge crew of a starship, however. On Star Trek: Lower Decks, Lieutenant Shax (Fred Tatasciore) serves as head of security for the USS Cerritos (a position he resumed in season 2 after a visit to the Black Mountain in the season 1 finale). 

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In the season 3 episode “Hear All, Trust Nothing,” it was established that, as Bajoran veterans, Nerys and Shax possess both a history together and some very entertaining rapport. Has Mura had the opportunity to visit DS9 yet?

Lieutenant T’Veen

Lt. T’Veen (Stephanie Czajkowski) on the bridge of the Titan-A.

T’Veen. Credit: @TerryMatalas.

Lt. T’Veen (Stephanie Czajkowski) is the Titan-A’s science officer. T’Veen is a Vulcan who is in high demand. According to Matalas: “Several Captains have fought to have her on their bridge. The Titan won.”

T’Veen isn’t the first Vulcan to serve as the science officer for Starfleet. In terms of continuity, the first Vulcan science officer in Starfleet was T’Pol (Jolene Blalock). She served on the NX-01 Enterprise under the command of Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) on Star Trek: Enterprise, set during the mid-twenty-second century. T’Pol began as a representative for the Vulcan High Command. However, she later resigned and served as a civilian consultant aboard Enterprise before joining Starfleet.

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In terms of Trek history, the first science officer to which we were introduced was also Vulcan. In TOS, the seminal Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) served as science officer aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in the mid-twenty-third century.

More recently, T’Lyn (Gabrielle Ruiz) was introduced in Lower Decks. In the season 2 episode “wej Duj,” T’Lyn was serving aboard the Vulcan cruiser Sh’vhal. However, due to her emotional outbursts, she was discharged from these duties and (as a punitive measure) transferred to serve amongst humans on a Starfleet vessel. 

In the Lower Decks season 3 finale, “The Stars at Night,” it was revealed that T’Lyn had been assigned to the USS Cerritos in order to take part in the science officer training program. On Lower Decks, T’Lyn is currently only in training to be a science officer. However, it is worth noting that Lower Decks is set about two decades earlier than Picard season 3.

Ensign Kova Rin Esmar

Ensign Kova Rin Esmar (Jin Maley) on the bridge of the Titan-A.

Esmar. Credit: @TerryMatalas.

Ensign Kova Rin Esmar (Jin Maley) is a Haliian. Esmar is the communications officer, and Matalas revealed they “graduated at the top of their class and speak over 72 alien languages.”

Haliians were first introduced in TNG, and a recurring background character on Lower Decks is a member of the species.

First Officer Seven of Nine

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine on the bridge of the Titan-A in "The Next Generation" Episode 301, Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+.

Seven. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/Paramount+. ©2021 Viacom, International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The First Officer of the Titan-A is an increasingly familiar face for Star Trek fans: Commander Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). Seven played a key role in the last four seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. She was also integral to Picard season 1 and Picard season 2. 

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According to the Tweet by Matalas, Seven “was placed into an accelerated Starfleet program against her own judgment.” According to the @StarTrekLogs entry on Seven, she unsuccessfully applied to Starfleet after Voyager returned from the Delta Quadrant. Later, Seven received a Starfleet commission from Admirals Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew).

Captain Liam Shaw

Todd Stashwick (Captain Liam Shaw) on the bridge of the Titan-A of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD.

Shaw. Photo Cr: James Dimmock/Paramount+. © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Finally, the commander of the Titan-A is Captain Liam Shaw (Todd Stashwick). As revealed by Matalas, Shaw is a “former engineer with a long history within Starfleet.” 

Thanks to information revealed through the @StarTrekLogs Instagram page, we know Shaw joins a legacy established by several previous commanders of the Titan. This name has been borne by three different ships. The first, NCC-1777, was a Shangri La Class vessel launched under the command of Captain Saavik. Saavik was a character introduced in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She played a key role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She was played by Kristie Alley in her first appearance and Robin Curtis in subsequent appearances.

The second Titan, NCC-80102, was a Luna Class vessel commanded by Captain William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes). This ship made its debut in the season 1 finale of Lower Decks, “No Small Parts.” According to the log, it was pulled from service in 2398 after “suffering extensive damage.” 

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The legacies of Captains Saavik and Riker were honored with a new ship bearing the name: the NCC-80102 Titan-A, a Constitution III (or “neoconstitution”) class vessel. The design of the Titan-A changed mid-design due to advances in propulsion technology. Nevertheless, when launched in 2402, the Titan-A was designated a “refit” because it kept many components from the ship’s previous incarnation.

Titan-A bridge crew

Are you looking forward to meeting the bridge crew of the Titan-A when the first episode of Picard season 3 arrives for streaming on Thursday? Which Titan-A bridge crew officer are you most excited to learn more about? And where will the Titan-A boldly go over the course of Picard’s final season?

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Avery Kaplan