Full Video: Patrick Stewart’s Emotional Return to Star Trek

by Chris Braly
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The official Star Trek YouTube page has just released this full, uncut video of Sir Patrick Stewart coming onstage to make his announcement that he will be returning to his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access.. Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman introduces Stewart above.

 

Stewart recalled learning he was cast in Star Trek: The Next Generation and how it changed my life forever.

“I was startled, stunned, and utterly disbelieving because never for one moment had I imagined this succession of audition at Paramount would ever lead to anything at all, and here, now, I was. What I didn’t know either was I was on the very, very brink, the edge of something that would touch every corner of my life. Every single corner. Of course career, emotional, domestic, home, everything was going to be affected by it. Seven years later, in ‘All Good Things,’ we wrapped our television series after 178 episodes. I was always so proud of what we did. We worked very hard. We worked long hours, as people on television series do, but we were working to do the best possible show that we could. Every single member of the cast, the production team, of the front of house, of the studio, was supporting us in this labor of love.”

 

Stewart then goes to describe how he learned of some of the drawbacks to being on a successful TV show, such as being turned down for other roles because you are too recognizable as your iconic television character.

 

“He may not be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences. 20 years will have passed…We have no scripts as yet, we’re just talking, talking, talking storylines. It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different, but it will come to you with the same passion and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans exactly as we had it before.”

Since the announcement was made, fans across the world have been theorising about how Picard will be making his big comeback with the series being helmed by Star Trek: Discovery producer Ale Kurtzman.

The show is in the early stages of development but will be set 20 years after the events of The Next Generation, which means there’s a wealth of rich material to be explored.

Chris Braly

I'm a collector, a speculator, and one opinionated, based geek. My friends call me Braly, but those who know me within the hobby generally refer to me as Bralinator. I can be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly