VFXShow 259: Picard and Strange New Worlds

In this Episode of the VFXShow we look at the first two episodes of Star Trek: Picard and compare them with the first two episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

In the second season of Picard starting Patrick Stewart finds Jean-Luc Picard in the year 2401 when he and his companions are trapped in an alternate reality by Q as part of the ultimate trial for Picard. They must travel back to 2024 Los Angeles in a race against time to save the galaxy (again). It co-stars Brent Spiner as Dr. Adam Soong, Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati, Michelle Hurd as Raffi, Santiago Cabrera as Chris Rios, and Jeri Ryan as Seven. With special guest stars returning from previous Star Trek shows, including John de Lancie as Q and Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan.

Strange New Worlds is the eleventh Star Trek series. It was launched recently as part of the expanded Star Trek Universe. It is a spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery, and it follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the starship USS Enterprise as they explore the decade before Star Trek: The Original Series. Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn respectively star as Pike, Spock, and Number One, all characters from The Original Series. These actors were cast in the roles in 2019 for the second season of Discovery, and, after a positive response, Paramount commissioned a spin-off series.

Pixomondo was used to provide LED Volumes for Strange New Worlds but this was not an approach used by Picard.

Serving on the Enterprise this week  are:

  • Matt Blue Shirt Wallin *        @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com
  • Jason Green Shirt Diamond  @jasondiamond           www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike Red Shirt Seymour   @mikeseymour.                www.fxguide.com

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