Thanks to the SDCC panel for ‘Star Trek: Picard’ one of the most burning questions in fandom have been answered. Last week, the poster for the series was revealed, and it depicted Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard… and a dog. And suddenly, that was the only thing in the universe that the ‘Trek’ fandom could talk about. But fans had to know: What’s this little guy (or girl)’s name?!
Well, Picard’s new best friend is named none other than… Number One.
Actually, some fans figured this out by examining the poster more closely. The pooch is wearing a Starfleet insignia-shaped tag that reads “No. 1.” But now it is confirmed.
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‘Picard’ won’t arrive until next year, but the trailer also revealed at the panel has fans chomping at the bit for this new series, what with cameos by Brent Spiner and Jeri Ryan, and an exciting-looking new crew. The panel also confirmed that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis would appear in the first ten-episode season.
One word of warning, ‘Picard’ will follow the formula established by ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, in that it will be serialized and not an “alien planet of the week” episodic show, like ‘The Next Generation’ was.
Prior to SDCC, executive producer Alex Kurtzman discussed how the show will approach the character and the series as a whole, saying:
“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.
“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?”
‘Star Trek: Picard’ beams down in 2020.
Source: Entertainment Weekly