Star Trek: Picard is apparently taking a different look at the series it revisits. The 24th century will now be recontextualized in the new series along with some of the story points that popped up during TNG. The Borg played a big role on the series and seem to be pretty important in Star Trek: Picard, as well–Captain Picard was famously assimilated by the powerful cyborg race, and we’ll see the return of Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco), a Borg drone the Enterprise saved during TNG, return on Picard. Also slated to show up is Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), a former Borg drone who regained her humanity on another series, Star Trek: Voyager.
Patrick Stewart was initially reluctant to return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, but eventually the 34-page pitch Alex Kurtzman, Kirsten Beyer, and Michael Chabon wrote swayed him. Stewart came on not only as an actor, but also as an executive producer with input on the storylines for the show. Most concerning has been the recent comments Patrick Stewart has shared about the reason he got onboard with this new series.
Speaking with Variety, the acclaimed actor along with the show’s producers said that the much-anticipated “Star Trek: Picard” series on CBS All Access – a quasi-reboot of “The Next Generation” – will be a response to the Trumpian world of Brexit and nationalist populism.
“In a way, the world of ‘Next Generation’ had been too perfect and too protected,” said Stewart. “It was the Enterprise. It was a safe world of respect and communication and care and, sometimes, fun.”
However, for “Picard,” Stewart wanted a show that reflected today’s world by centering the drama around how the Federation – the union of planets – takes “an isolationist turn.”
“[The show] was me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the Federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed?’ Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought,” Stewart said.
“I explained to them all those elements of ‘Next Generation,’ which belong in ‘Next Generation,’ and why I didn’t want to go near them again,” Stewart said during an interview. “But they talked about it in such an interesting way. And they talked for a long time.”
Stewart went to lament how both the United States and Britain are “f***ed” under President Trump and Boris Johnson.
“I’m not sure which one of us is in the most trouble,” said Stewart. “I think it’s actually the U.K. I think we’re f***ed, completely f***ed.”
Patrick Stewart has previously expressed dissatisfaction with both President Trump and Brexit. Speaking at a Comic-Con event to promote the series in November of last year, Stewart said his pride in Britain dwindled when the country voted to leave the European Union.
“For the last 35 years, I have been so proud to belong to a country that was part of the European Union,” Stewart said. “And I am embarrassed to stand here in front of you, representing a country that is seeking to break that invaluable connection.”
So while there will be a lot of familiar faces in Star Trek: Picard–TNG characters Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and Data (Brent Spiner) are confirmed to show up on the series–the show won’t be very much like the original, it seems. Given how different the real world has become since the end of TNG in 1994, I guess to liberal-progressive minds this makes sense. Let’s see how fans of the original series react when it debuts on January 23, 2020 on CBS All Access in the USA and on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel and CraveTV in Canada.
It will premiere on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world on January 24. Episodes will be released weekly.