“Penance,” last week’s episode of Star Trek: Picard, featured a dark alternative timeline including a “General Picard” who kept a trophy room full of skulls of those he had vanquished. Thanks to production designer Dave Blass, we have a closer look and more details about this dark Picard’s victims.
General Picard’s trophies
As he did last week with the fleet from the season premiere, Dave Blass shared details on social media about the latest episode, this time in a detailed gallery on Instagram. Once again, and with his permission, we share these, formatted for the web.
In Ep 202, “Penance” we get a look at the dark side of Picard “The Borgslayer” with a showcase of his collection of skulls. As originally scripted it was going to be suits of armor, but I felt that A) That was going to be crazy expensive to do properly B) Might not be as impactful as we wanted. It felt a bit like Michael Keaton’s Batman’s display of Armor which wasn’t as vicious as our world. We went to the master Neville Page who designed the wide variety of skulls, some that were mentioned in the dialogue while others were intended to just be background.
Of course when it came to the Ferengi we discussed the Bone vs Cartilage in the ears. Many species have Flexible Dermal Armor, Microdocodon gracilis had hyoid bones that were flexible and required for eating. Add to that humans having bones in the ear specifically designed to facilitate auditory functions. The Ferengi Ears warranted this type of discussion. Would an alien species skeleton decay and exist in the same way as Humans? Osteology tells us that there is a wide variety of unique skeletal examples just here on Earth. Extrapolating that to species from other worlds, we can expect to find a wide variety of differences. Thus the slightly green hue of the Vulcan bones, and the fine detailed, “bones” of the Ferengi ears.
NOTE: Below we have paired up the skull photo with the character or race when possible.
Cardassian – Gul Dukat
Vulcan – Director Sarek
Ferengi – Grand Nagus Zek
Klingon – General Martok
Saurian – Commodore Y’Shi
NOTE: New character (using Linus as a stand-in)
Borg Sentinel – One of Two
NOTE: New character (using Borg from First Contact as a stand-in)
Lihn Zhee – Chieftan M’Talas
NOTE: New species named for showrunner Terry Matalas
Neville Page did the designs of all of the skulls and then fabrication was handed off to Vincent Van Dyke and his team for fabrication with Jeff Lombard in Props adding the weapons to the pedestals, and the pedestals themselves were designed by James Addink.
(All behind-the-scenes photos are from Dave Blass/Instagram)
Inside the dark world
Paramount+ has also released a video going behind the scenes in which Dave Blass talking about the trophy room and more.
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Fridays where Paramount+ is available around the world. In Canada, it airs on CTV Sci-Fi Channel on streams on Crave on Thursdays. Picard is also available on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video around the world.
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