Has anybody noticed that it has been over sixteen years since we have had a Star Trek story set within the 24th century? Ever since the disappointing performance of Nemesis we have seen all of the subsequent Star Trek movies and television series serve as prequels or are set within alternate timelines. For a series about the future and growth, Star Trek has sure spent a lot of time wallowing in its canonical past. All of that is about to change with the new Picard series that is currently in development for CBS. Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman has shed a little light on the series and we now have a better idea of what to expect from the new show.
Spoiler Alert! Do not read below if you do not want to know the premise of the new series!
Remember way back in 2009 when Paramount released the Abramsverse Star Trek film which was revealed to take place in an alternate timeline? A key event had occurred within the Prime universe that had a profound effect on the movie – the destruction of Romulus which was the homeworld for the Romulans. It turns out that Picard had been working diligently for peace between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire. The destruction of Romulus from the supernova has severely impacted Jean-Luc Picard after the time he has spent to bring about peace between the two factions.
The new series will pick up years after the destruction of Romulus; we will catch up with Picard who has yet to recover from such a devastating loss.
Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard and is said to have demanded that this series be very different than any other Star Trek show we have seen before. “He threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?’ “, said Kurtzman.