The new trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 3 introduces the main villain, Captain Vadic (Amanda Plummer), but who is Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the reunited crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s new nemesis? Vadic is one of many surprises seen in the Picard season 3 trailer, which also revealed two returning TNG villains, Lore (Brent Spiner) and Professor James Moriarty (Daniel Davis). But Captain Vadic is Star Trek: Picard season 3‘s Big Bad, and she is evidently a truly formidable threat to Jean-Luc and the former crew of the USS Enterprise-D and E.
What little information released about Captain Vadic is that she is “the mysterious alien captain of the Shrike, a warship that has set its sights on Jean-Luc Picard and his old crewmates from his days on the Enterprise.” Vadic hunting Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) is apparently the inciting incident that spurs on Admiral Picard to reassemble his Enterprise crew, including Captain Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), and Worf (Michael Dorn). Vadic appears to be an alien humanoid, and she’s backed by hulking, masked aliens of an unknown race. What else Vadic may want besides to hunt Picard and the Enterprise crew is a mystery for Star Trek: Picard season 3 to reveal, but the villain’s mere appearance and what details are known lend themselves to some fascinating theories about who Captain Vadic may really be.
Captain Vadic Actress Is Star Trek Villain Royalty
Star Trek: Picard‘s executive producers stated that Amanda Plummer was the only actress they wanted to play Captain Vadic, and this could also be because the talented actress has ties to a previous Star Trek villain. Amanda is the daughter of the late Christopher Plummer, who played the evil Klingon General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Chang was the final villain Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) faced in the Star Trek: The Original Series movies. There’s certainly poetry in Vadic, played by Christopher Plummer’s daughter, being the final villain Captain Jean-Luc Picard faces in what’s been designed as the final adventure of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Star Trek: Picard season 3’s trailer already shows a nod between the Plummers’ performances as Chang and Vadic. In Star Trek VI, Christopher Plummer has an iconic moment as Chang when the Shakespeare-quoting Klingon spins around in his chair to turn to the camera. Star Trek: Picard season 3 recreated that moment with Amanda and Vadic. It’s not clear if there are any ties in-story between Chang and Vadic, but it’s more likely that the new villain has her own, different reasons for wanting to kill Picard and his friends.
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Theory About Captain Vadic’s Identity
For someone to hate Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew this much, there has to be some link between Captain Vadic and Star Trek: The Next Generation. One possibility is that Vadic is secretly Romulan, which not only links to the prominence of the Romulans in Star Trek: Picard season 1 but to the rumors that Denise Crosby is reprising her role as Tasha Yar in Picard season 3. Could Vadic actually be related to the alternate universe version of Tasha who was the mother to Sela? Sela was last seen in TNG‘s “Unification” two-parter with Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and the Romulan-human hybrid was in her early 20s then. If Tasha had another daughter, Vadic, then the Captain of the Shrike would be in her 50s in Star Trek: Picard season 3, which roughly fits her appearance.
Meanwhile, the Shrike itself as seen in Star Trek: Picard season 3’s trailer resembles the Narada, Nero’s (Eric Bana) ship in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2009. The Shrike appears to have the same sharp frontal prongs as the Narada. Further, a shrike is a bird-of-prey, which also ties back to the Romulans and Picard season 1’s supernova, which also heavily factored into Star Trek 2009. Speaking of Romulans, another wild possibility is Vadic could be the daughter of Shinzon (Tom Hardy), Picard’s clone and the villain from Star Trek: Nemesis. While this is quite out there and unlikely, it would tie back to Nemesis as well as give Vadic ample reason to hate Picard.
Is Captain Vadic Secretly Picard’s “Next Generation”?
Star Trek: Picard’s producers have said that there is a “passing of the torch” to the next generation, which is evident by Geordi La Forge‘s daughters, Alandra (Mica Burton) and Sidney (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut), being part of Picard season 3. But Captain Vadic could be the dark, twisted side of “the next generation” and she could be revealed as Picard’s offspring. Jean-Luc has never had a canonical child, but he was romantically involved with Anji (Donna Murphy) in Star Trek Insurrection. In fact, Picard promised Anji he would use up his shore leave to spend with her.
What if Anji bore Jean-Luc’s child and Admiral Picard simply never knew? Captain Vadic may be part Ba’ku and on a mission of revenge to find her father. Something may have even happened to the Ba’ku and the Briar Patch after Star Trek Insurrection, which is why Vadic is hellbent on vengeance if Picard and Starfleet never intervened. Being robbed of the Briar Patch’s “fountain of youth” could also explain Vadic’s appearance if she aged like the Son’a do away from its healing properties. All of this is mere speculation, of course, but it shows how compelling Captain Vadic’s mysterious identity is going into Star Trek: Picard season 3.
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 premieres February 16, 2023, on Paramount+.