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Star Trek: Picard - A Very Different Hugh Arrives in New Photo

Recently, Star Trek: Picard creator Alex Kurtzman teased the series would feature a "very unique" and "very different" take on Star Trek: The Next Generation's Borg. This claim has now seemingly been solidified by a new still image from the series, which features a very different version of the former Borg drone known as Hugh.

Released by TVLine, the photo in question sees Hugh -- played once again by Jonathan Del Arco -- looking much, much more human. In the intervening years between The Next Generation and Picard, Hugh was evidently able to rid himself of the pale white skin and heavy machinery typically associated with Borg drones, as well as grow out a full head of hair. That said, there are still remnants of his time as a member of the Borg. Namely, the large scar along the side of his face and the bits of machinery around his left eye.

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Del Arco made his debut as Hugh during the fifth season of The Next Generation, in the episode "I, Borg." After being rescued by the crew of the Enterprise, Hugh managed to gain humanity and renounce the Borg's mission. The character went on to make a couple more appearances later in the series. Del Arco is one of two former Borg drone actors returning for Picard, the other being Jeri Ryan -- who reprises her role as Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager. Both Hugh and Seven of Nine popped up in the Picard trailer released at New York Comic Con.

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway. The series is set to premiere on CBS All Access Jan. 23, 2020.