Thanks to the special San Diego Comic-Con edition of Entertainment Weekly, a new image has been revealed depicting Patrick Steward as Jean-Luc Picard in the upcoming CBS All Access series, ‘Star Trek: Picard’. Last week, a poster for the show was released and fans instantly fell in love with the dog shown loyally standing beside Picard. There just aren’t enough dogs in sci-fi! (And the ones that are usually get eaten.)
Now a new picture has been released, once again showing Picard and his new #1. As executive producer Alex Kurtzman has revealed, Picard has left Starfleet and retired to his family’s vineyard in France. “There are many things that haunt Picard,” he said, indicating that an ill-fated mission to Romulus is part of that. Showrunner Michael Chabon added, “He’s a lot older and we’re not shying away from that at all — we’re dealing with a man who’s in a very different place in his life.”
Kurtzman also stated:
“It was terribly important to us that he remains fundamentally Picard. You will not see a version that betrays the man we loved from Next Generation. We’re not doing that. But we wanted to put a character with that level of morality and leadership and who always does the right thing no matter how hard the circumstances … we wanted to put that to the test.”
And although the poster and this image show an Earthbound Picard, this is STAR Trek, so don’t expect that to last.
“Events began to unfold that conspire to take Picard back to the stars… He will [go to space], but not in a way that anyone expects… Because he’s no longer in Starfleet, he no longer carries the weight of that behind him. In some ways, it’s easier to be [a great man] when you’re a captain. But it’s an entirely different thing when you don’t have an army behind you. When you want to get something done and fight an injustice, how do you do that when you’re really only one man?”
LeVar Burton recently expressed a desire to reprise his role as Geordi La Forge, but he may be in for a disappointment. This is Picard’s show, not a revival of ‘Next Generation’. According to Kurtzman “What we don’t want to do is just throw in cameos. There would have to be an incredibly specific story reason [for them to be there].”
There will be a ‘Picard’ panel at SDCC Saturday. The series premieres on CBS All Access this fall.