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Star Trek: Picard star Patrick Stewart reveals big challenge while making series

Star Trek: Picard season 1 spoilers follow.

Sir Patrick Stewart has admitted that his Star Trek: Picard co-stars posed an unexpected challenge during production of the series.

Stewart reunited with Next Generation co-stars Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner as well as all the newcomers introduced in Picard for a virtual panel at Comic-Con: At Home on Thursday (July 23).

The cast touched on what's happened during the first season of Picard, while Stewart confessed his biggest challenge didn't actually have anything to do with the storyline at all.

"For me, it was a case of, 'I'm sorry, what's your name? You are, who? And you're playing what?'" he explained. "We had a brand new team. For me, a lot of the first-half of the first season was literally about getting to know the people I was working with."

TNG star Marina Sirtis then jokingly interrupted: "Learning their names, I think you mean, Patrick! I think it took the first half of the season to learn their names."

A smiling Stewart then admitted: "Well, I know their first names. I still don't know most of their surnames!"

Sirtis, who played Deanna Troi, made Stewart chuckle by saying his fellow cast members "allow for that because [he's] very old".

Looking ahead to the third season, Stewart previously promised earlier this year that the scripts for the second season of his Star Trek series were truly "extraordinary".

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"Because of how we are living currently, there is no writers' room, of course," he explained to Gold Derby. "But everybody is writing and they are keeping me in touch with what is going on. We have video conferences."

The actor went on: "There are startling events predicted in season two. I am so excited about them, because it is taking season one on from where we were. We are not going to be covering the same ground. It is going to be extraordinary. I am very excited about it."

Star Trek: Picard airs on CBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime Video internationally, including the UK.

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