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Star Trek: Picard Image Gives Proper Look At Hugh the Borg Redesign

Star Trek: Picard is bringing back Hugh the Borg, a familar face from the Next Generation era. A recently released image from the upcoming CBS All Access series features the freed Borg Drone's new look, teasing his upcoming reunion with the former Enterprise captain, Jean-Luc Picard.

Debuting in The Next Generation season 5 episode “I, Borg,” Hugh, or “Third Of Five” as he was formerly known, was a Borg Drone that was rescued by the Enterprise crew. He soon befriended Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge and Lieutenant Commander Data, who helped him to develop his own free will. This led to him abandoning the sinister Borg Collective, and he later returned in the two-parter, “Decent” to aid the crew against Data’s evil brother, Lore. He eventually assumed leadership of a squad of rogue drones that were in the psychotic android’s care and parted with the Enterprise crew to find his place in the universe.

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TV Line unveiled the new image of Jonathan Del Arco as the former Borg, displaying a more human-like look with natural skin and hair while still retaining a few small, metallic parts on his face - a reminder that he was once part of the machine-like Collective. You can check out the image, below:

Set to premiere on CBS’s All Access streaming service on January 23, Picard will tell the story of the retired Starfleet Captain-turned-Admiral (played once again by Sir Patrick Stewart), as he comes to terms with the loss of his android crewmate Data during the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. It will also see him dealing with the fallout from the destruction of the planet Romulus at the beginning of the 2009 reboot film. In addition to Picard and Hugh, the show is set to feature appearances from other Next Generation characters, like Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Frakes as former First Officer William Riker ,and Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi. In addition, Jeri Ryan is going to return as Voyager’s Seven of Nine, also a former Borg who went against the Collective like Hugh.

There’s still no word on what Hugh will be doing in the series, but from his appearance, it seems that he has fully embraced living as his own person. There is hardly any trace of his former life as a Borg aside from a few metal bits on his face and a scar running down his right side, not unlike the appearance of Seven Of Nine. Him meeting back up with Picard will be an interesting angle, considering the latter’s former hostility toward the members of the Collective following his own assimilation during “The Best Of Both Worlds.” Although it’s more than likely that Jean-Juc’s anger would have mellowed out in the years since. Fans will see the reunion once Star Trek: Picard hits CBS All Access in January.

Source: TV Line