J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film is what made me a fan of the franchise. I was never really into it before that. It was a genius move for Abrams to keep the canon everyone knew and loved intact, but also show an alternate universe being created where they could make it what they wanted to. While Star Trek 4 may never happen, the big event that birthed those movies will be important to other projects, namely the new Picard series.
CBS All Access is the new home for all the new Star Trek TV shows. While Star Trek: Discovery has been met with mixed reactions, there were universal cheers when it was announced that Patrick Stewart would be reprising his role as Captain Picard in a standalone series. While talking with THR, showrunner Alex Kurtzman provided more details about the series including how the events of the 2009 film will fuel the show.
“Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,”
If you remember, Spock had failed to save Romulus from a supernova, which lead to him going through the black hole, back in time, which created an alternate universe, known as The Kelvin Timeline. We saw what happened on the one side of the black hole, but what about the other?
Picard was invested in the Romulan Empire, even teaming up with Spock in a two part story in Next Generation. So for it to be gone will put Picard in a place that no one has seen the character before.
Apparently, part of that was Stewart’s idea. For him to even entertain the notion of returning, he needed it to feel different than what it was before, not just a rehash of the same old stuff. Kurtzman recalls his conversation with Stewart:
“[Stewart] 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?’ “
Judging by the reaction I’ve already seen to this, it seems that some people definitely find it different. We will just leave it at that.
As someone who has no stake in the game other than just wanting a fun and intriguing story, it sounds great. Connective tissue between things in a huge franchise is always nice, especially when it feels organic and tackles an area we’ve never seen before, which is post-Romulus destruction in the Prime timeline.
The Star Trek Picard series will air exclusively on CBS All Access.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter