Of course, the selling point of this third season of “Star Trek: Picard” has been a reunion of the mostly human main characters from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” On that show, only Worf (Michael Dorn) and Data (Brent Spiner) were non-human, and Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis) was half-human. Also, the returning characters from the previous seasons of “Picard” are human; Raffi (Michelle Hurd) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) being the only survivors.
As such, the non-human crew of the U.S.S. Titan hasn’t been assertively highlighted just yet. Indeed, one could be forgiven for not remembering some of their names. Here, then, is a miniature primer for the reader, prompted by showrunner Terry Matalas on his own Twitter account:
Meet Ensign Kova Rin Esmar. Haliian. Communications. They graduated at the top of their class and speak over 72 alien languages. pic.twitter.com/QFDFIdNTR7
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) February 4, 2023
The officer working the science station at the back of the bridge is named Lt. T’Veen, and is played by actor Stephanie Czajkowski. In several scenes, she has retained the usual cool of a Vulcan, and even suggests courses of action based on logic. At the ops station at the front of the bridge is a Bajoran officer named Lt. Matthew Arliss Mura, played by actor Joseph Lee. One can see his Bajoran earring (a symbol of his species’ spiritual practices), although it doesn’t seem to be the same dangling type of earring previously seen on Bajorans. At the Titan’s communication station is Ens. Kova Rin Esmar, played by Jin Maley. A sharp-eyed Trekkie might notice Esmar’s species to be the same as Aquiel (Renée Jones), a one-off character from “The Next Generation” who was Haliian. (Don’t be embarrassed, Trekkies, if you couldn’t remember Haliians right away. I, too, had to look it up.) Matalas also uses they/them pronouns describing Esmar, confirming them as non-binary just like Maley.