It’s a great time to be a geek. If you’re a comic book fan, there’s something for you on the big and small screen. If you’re a Star Wars fan, there’s something for you coming on the small screen soon enough. If you’re a prestige TV fan, things have never been better. If you’re a Star Trek fan, get ready to be spoon-fed more Star Trek than you can stomach, as over the next few years we’ll have around four series running in some form or another (assuming one isn’t canceled).
We have Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming Star Trek Michelle Yeoh spin-off, a children’s series on Nickelodeon, and last but not least… a series focusing on Star Trek: The Next Generation lead Jean-Luc Picard, played by the great Patrick Stewart. There has been a steady stream of updates on the series as of late, but nothing really key apart from the show existing and Stewart returning. But, speaking with Deadline, showrunner Alex Kurtzman offered an update.
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“Here’s what I will tell you- I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited. It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way this universe, I think, works correctly is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek.”
“This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some ways has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard. We’re thrilled at what we’re going to deliver. I know Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully. And I will give you nothing else.”
Even among those fans who think perhaps too much is happening too fast with this franchise, I know there are plenty who are excited to see Stewart return to the role many first remember him for. But what do you think of Kurtzman’s comments? Let us know down below!
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