CBS All-Access Debuts 'Star Trek: Picard' Preview at SDCC... And it Looks Incredible

Monday, 22 July 2019 - 11:00AM
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Monday, 22 July 2019 - 11:00AM
CBS All-Access Debuts 'Star Trek: Picard' Preview at SDCC... And it Looks Incredible
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While the East Coast was bathed in a searing, record-breaking heat wave, science-fiction, fantasy, and comic book lovers out west were basking in the glory of exclusive panels and previews at San Diego Comic Con. Among the fan favorites that kept freelancers earning their ducats over the weekend were new peeks at the third season of HBO's Westworld, the James Cameron-produced Terminator: Dark Fate, and, best of all, CBS All-Access' Star Trek: Picard, which brings Sir Patrick Stewart back in his seminal role of Jean-Luc Picard in the post-Kirk universe first imagined in Star Trek: The Next Generation. 


The trailer picks up some years after Star Trek: Nemesis, which had Data sacrificing himself aboard the Romulan ship Scimitar (but not before downloading his engrams into B-4, an earlier model android) and Riker leaving to assume command of the USS Titan. Picard is shown at his family's vineyards in France, while he describes Data's sacrifice in voiceover. Rather than narrate the trailer, we'll just leave it here: 



Brent Spiner! Jeri Ryan! There's even a dog!


What has TNG fans even more hyped, however, is that fact that Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes have both confirmed their participation in the series. Yep: Troi and Riker will be back, though how and when hasn't been made clear yet. In an interview with TrekMovie.com, however, Frakes revealed that he will be directing two episodes of the series, which he described as a "ten episode movie."








As with any reboot or sequel, there's always the fear that the vision of the original will be lost (think The Phantom Menace ). Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case, thanks to both Stewart's acting chops and CBS. In an interview with EW.com, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman described the commitment to retaining the qualities of the character that fans remember and hinting at some of the challenges that lie in store. "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."


CBS All-Access' offerings like Star Trek: Discovery and Jordan Peele's hugely-lauded version of The Twilight Zone are breathing life back into old franchises for new audiences and veteran fans. With Star Trek: Picard, the network is positioning itself as a must-have service.
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