Picard Season 3 Will Introduce a New Laptop Voice

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Since Majel Barrett sadly passed in 2008, Star Trek has turned to a plethora of alternate options to create new voices to match her iconic function as generations of computer systems throughout the Trek franchise. However now as Picard pulls us increasingly more into the Twenty fifth century timeline, it’s leaving Barrett’s legacy behind.

Talking on Twitter just lately, showrunner Terry Matalas confirmed that Picard’s final season—which is able to convey us the additional into an early Twenty fifth-century timeline that, apart from Discovery slingshotting far into the longer term, not one of the different modern Trek exhibits have explored but—will introduce not one, however two new pc voices. One would be the voice of civilian techniques, and one other will turn into the de facto Starfleet pc voice throughout the Federation.

It is smart we’re solely actually simply seeing this now, throughout the context of Star Trek’s timeline in-universe, slightly than out of it, because it’s been practically 14 years since Barrett’s last contribution to the franchise within the 2009 Star Trek film. Picard hasn’t spent all that a lot time on Starfleet ships in its first few seasons, however now will, with the Titan and the Enterprise-F taking part in massive roles within the story. It’s not like there haven’t been different pc voices within the post-TNG motion pictures Trek timeline, both—Jessica McKenna voices the Cerritos’ pc on Decrease Decks, whereas Bonnie Gordon offers the Protostar’s voice on Prodigy, giving us an perception to a “present” Starfleet that makes use of quite a lot of vocal tones for its ship computer systems.

Whereas followers held some hope that the nostalgia-heavy bow out for the season would’ve discovered some strategy to embody Barret’s voice (oft talked about were promises for a voice bank of Barrett’s recordings made within the wake of her demise, however there’s been little advance on that within the years since), it is smart given the variety of pc techniques we’ve seen in different Trek exhibits just lately that there’ll be a brand new voice to hold on her legacy into the franchise’s new century.

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