One of Star Trek’s Best Borg Is Looking Mighty Fine in This New Image From Picard

Hugh with his weird glowy Borg eye.
Hugh with his weird glowy Borg eye.
Image: CBS/Viacom

There’s Seven of Nine, and she’s perfect. But just a bit beneath her is Hugh, one of the most fascinating characters in the Trek canon. And now he’s coming back in Picard, and, dang, he’s looking sharp.

Hugh, introduced in The Next Generation, is a Borg who learned independence and broke away from the hivemind. We already knew he was returning in Picard, but we’ve yet to get a look at him quite as clear as the one released today by TV Line, who posted an exclusive picture of the returning character, as played by Jonathan Del Arco.

Jonathan del Arco as Hugh.
Jonathan del Arco as Hugh.
Image: TV Line/CBS

And boy, does Hugh look sharp. A bit like Seven of Nine, he’s mostly de-Borged, now, with nothing but some scars and a few spare bits of machinery to mark his former connection to the collective. As a modernization of the post-Borg aesthetic, it really works, using some really high-quality makeup to depict the damage that sort of change does to your body while still making the character look like he’s come a long, long way.

Picard debuts on CBS All Access on January 23rd. Can’t wait.

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Even though I am a fan of the series (Discovery excluded) the only Star Trek movie I really enjoyed was Wrath of Khan. That being said, if they got a good writer (like Alex Garland) I could totally go for a Borg origin story movie.

The last time I saw the Borg in a ST movie, they were kind of pathetic, as opposed to the first they were encountered in TNG (where they were kind of terrifying.)

I am cautiously optimistic about Picard.