Many things have changed with time and we know and remember from Star Trek: The Next Generation will not be the same in the upcoming Star Trek: Picard TV series. According to Patrick Stewart, who will be back in the role of Jean-Luc Picard, the world of The Next Generation doesn’t even exist anymore and it shows the changes to the world. While talking to Variety, he said:
“I think what we’re trying to say is important. The world of Next Generation doesn’t exist anymore. It’s different. Nothing is really safe. Nothing is really secure. We are remaining very faithful to Gene Roddenberry’s notion of what the future might be like. In a way, the world of Next Generation had been too perfect and too protected. It was the Enterprise. It was a safe world of respect and communication and care and, sometimes, fun.”
He said that the Federation in Picard has taken an isolationist turn, which he says “was me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the Federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed?’ Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
This is going to be an exciting and complex take on the Star Trek universe. It’s been said that this is going to be a new sort of Star Trek show, and I’m passionate about seeing what comes of it.
This series will follow Picard as he leaves on a mission to defend a mysterious and powerful young woman named Dahj (Isa Briones), who shares a bond with him. He assembles a little crew for a small galaxy-class or Sovereign-class flagship like the Enterprise and travels into the vastness of space.
The cast members Santiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” Rios, Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati, Harry Treadaway as Narek, and Evan Evagora as Elnor.
The series will also feature the return of Brent Spiner as Data, Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, and Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Star Trek: Picard comes to CBS All Access on January 23rd, 2020.