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– by Campbell Clark

The upcoming and as yet untitled Star Trek show starring (once again) Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard is something I am excited for and have wanted for ages. I like Discovery just fine, but I guess I enjoyed the era of Star Trek: The Next Generation far more. By the time both Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Nemesis end, they leave the Alpha and Beta quadrants of the Galaxy in a state primed for more stories.

But just what will the former captain of the Enterprise be up to in his new series, who knows? The only slim pickings we have is that current Star Trek Head Alex Kurtzman co-wrote a prequel comic for 2009’s Star Trek reboot called Star Trek: Countdown. Though, no one was ever sure if this was canon? In the comic Picard has left The Enterprise and gone on to be The Federation’s ambassador to Vulcan. Working with Spock they are trying to prevent the collapse of the Romulan Empire after the supernova destroyed their homeworld.

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Now Kurtzman who is heavily involved with this new series about Picard has spoken about the event which seems to shape Picard into the person we see in the new show. Speaking with THR, the Star Trek man told the outlet.

“Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,”

Now, the destruction of Romulus seen in 2009’s Star Trek wouldn’t necessarily mean the end of the Romulan Empire. However, when you consider this is also after being severely weakened during the Dominion War, along with the (almost successful) military coup by Shinzon in Nemesis, perhaps the destruction of Romulus was the final straw for this once proud Empire? In my opinion, this makes the Galaxy an extremely interesting place in Picard’s new timeline. Let’s have a small look at how things stand.

The Federation is now the only superpower left in the Alpha/Beta quadrant and are expanding as always. Despite their own heavy losses in the Dominion War and the Borg battles, they are in a place where they can rebuild easily. Not to mention they have the knowledge and technology brought back from Voyager from the Delta Quadrant. Along with this, the Klingon Empire is again severely weakened, but also closely allied to The Federation now. The Borg are also pretty much on the run, The Federation has beaten them time and again and learned more about fighting them than any race they have come across.

I’m certainly interested to see which way they decide to take the story going forward, I’ve personally always imagined The Federation expanding into the Delta Quadrant in a battle of ideals again The Borg. But who knows where they will take the story?

What do you think of Kurtzman’s comments and what would you like to see from the new Star Trek Show? Beam down any comments to the away team below.

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SOURCE: THR