The action of the third season of “Picard” is actually kicked off by Dr. Crusher, as she fires weapons into the bodies of infiltrating masked monsters. Because she was there from the first scene, one might assume that McFadden was on set for most of the third season’s production. As such, she was in the unique position of greeting each of her co-stars as they were called in one by one. She begins the show on the Elios, and then is rescued from an attacking villain and brought on board the U.S.S. Titan-A, a Starfleet vessel. The next actor on the call sheet was Michael Dorn, who plays the Klingon Worf. McFadden recalled well meeting with him, saying:
“I remember the day Michael Dorn came in and I was shooting that first scene on the Elios. And I was having so much fun because it was an action scene, which I love. I love anything with movement. And then Michael walks on. We had seen each other. We talk to each other all the time. But we both just hugged each other and we’re like, ‘This is so cool!’ That’s the one I remember the most, because he was the first one I actually saw.”
After that, the moments just continued for McFadden as more and more of her old co-workers re-entered the story. The first portion of “Picard” season three saw Jean-Luc (Stewart) and Captain Riker (Jonathan Frakes) rescuing Dr. Crusher from a tight spot. As such, she had several scenes where the three of them were united on the bridge of the Titan. During one of those moments, McFadden had a sudden attack of self-awareness and found the rush of good feelings to be her favorite moment of working on the show.