Picard is headed back to space, but not necessarily in an Enterprise, as CBS gave us some new details about their new Star Trek Picard show as well as a first (albeit brief) look at it.
During the CBS Upfront yesterday, plenty of other interesting shows were talked about… but we don’t care about those. For us, the biggest news was a practically two-second long tease in video form of Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard. The show just began filming less than a month ago, so it’s very exciting to see something so quick, even if it was a very tiny something.
Above is the first leaked image of Picard, and you can see he is not necessarily wearing a standard starfleet uniform. The jacket looks similar to what we saw him wear around season 5 of TNG, but I get the feeling he is a retired civilian at this point and not acting as a member of Starfleet.
With the untitled Picard Star Trek show currently filming, things are heating up for Trek fans. This is without a doubt the most anticipated Trek show on the known schedule, and one that brings many questions since we still know very limited info about it. Alex Kurtzman dropped some knowledge recently and fed us a few morsels of intel about the new series and what we can expect from it.
In an interview with The L.A. Times, Kurtzman discussed a little about the Picard show, and how it will separate itself from the rest of the Trek universe:
The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver…It’ll be very different than Discovery. It’ll be slower, more meditative. It speaks to the rainbow of colors we’re playing with in all these different shows.
What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings? Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.
It makes perfect sense that the show will have much less action than DISCO, especially with a veteran actor like Patrick Stewart whose days of driving ATVs and having shootouts with The Borg are long behind him. A more introspective Picard is the perfect vehicle for Stewart, now we just need to see who comes along for the ride with him.
The article also spoke a little about some of the new impending Trek shows, and added there are still others in development that have not yet been announced.” Start your speculating!
The first two episodes will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper, and the series stars Patrick Stewart, and several others with unknown roles including Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd.
“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode, and I almost cried,” he told the audience. “It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited.”
He added “This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some way has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard.”
Kurtzman also confirmed to IW that “in many ways, [Picard] is slower [than Discovery], it’s more meditative. I think it honors what is best about ‘Next Gen[eration].’”
Beyond the Picard series, other shows are in development including the “Lower Decks” animated comedy series, two more animated “Short Trek” installments, and the highly anticipated Section 31 spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh, reprising her role as Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou.
It may be an obvious headline, but the way most folks have been writing about the upcoming Captain Picard-centric Star Trek show may lead you to believe that actually is the name of the series. Turns out, it’s not.
According to director Hanelle Culpepper, who will be directing the first two episodes of the new series, responded to a fan on Twitter who asked about the title. “Star Trek: Picard” is merely a placeholder, and the official name has not yet been revealed, or perhaps even decided on.
Meanwhile, Production Weekly released some new info this afternoon which still uses the “Star Trek: Picard” name in lieu of whatever official title the show may have. The site also excluded “Star Trek: Destiny” as a potential title for the series, despite listing it previously. This was one of the rumored titles of the show, and while they may not be listing it at the moment, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is totally out of the running.
There’s still a long road ahead of us while we wait for the debut of the upcoming Captain Picard series, but our faith of the heart has paid off… okay, no more “Enterprise” jokes – for now. Today, we know have two new faces who will be part of the show who are both new to the world of Star Trek.
CBS All Access announced today that Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd will join the cast as series regulars alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in its upcoming untitled Picard-centric Star Trek series.
Just who exactly these actors will play is still a mystery, but at least we know the cast is shaping up beyond our titular lead.
Cabrera has starred in “Salvation” for CBS, as well as HBO’s “Little Big Lies”. Hurd has been featured in “Blindspot” and other cop dramas, as well as some Marvel shows such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”.
On Friday, CBS All Access announced Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the new series, and that casting had begun. Today is what we hope the first of many casting announcements to come in the weeks ahead.
Commander Riker and Captain Picard may be reuniting soon, at least behind the scenes anyway!
Jonathan Frakes, AKA Cmdr. Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, has been a busy man in the sci-fi world, having recently directed episodes of “Star Trek Discovery”, “The Orville”, and “The Gifted”. It looks like he will be returning to the Trek franchise for the upcoming Picard series with Patrick Stewart to direct him in at least one episode.
Frakes spoke on The Writer’s Experience podcast, where he confirmed working on the upcoming Picard series, and also described a little of the aesthetic of the show:
Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trekseries, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world.
… My favorite part of the job is directing the acting, and enjoying the actor, and being sure I capture the moments that the actors created for us, especially with actors at the level of some of the stars of these shows. Sonequa [Martin-Green], and Patrick [Stewart]…and Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones.
When you give them a note they take the note and you can watch them fine tune it. It’s like a musician, like a fine violin player. They don’t over-dramatize the note. They just tune the instrument ever so slightly in an elegant, creative, stylish way. That’s the real treat of a day’s work.
None of this means that Frakes can’t don the red jumpsuit once more and appear in the show, and we certainly hope he will join Picard on-screen. It will certainly be a memorable reunion for Trekkers and Trekkies alike.