In a recent interview, producer Alex Kurtzman explained that the forthcoming Picard series will be about as different from Discovery as can be.
You could say that producer Alex Kurtzman has been given the proverbial keys to the Star Trek universe.
Much like Rick Berman before him, Kurtzman has been chosen to guide the Star Trek franchise into the future. Thanks in large part to the success of Star Trek: Discovery, he has been given a five-year deal to create new Star Trek content for the CBS All Access streaming platform.
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Since the announcement, Kurtzman has been busy. A second season of Discovery will arrive in January and in the meantime a series of short films titled Short Treks have also made their debut. A new animated series called Lower Decks is on the way as well as the promise of even more Star Trek series to come.
But the one project that has Trek fans giddy with excitement is Star Trek: Picard (which is what we’re going to call the series until it has a proper name.) It will see the return of Sir Patrick Stewart to the iconic role, picking up roughly 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.
Information about the series has been incredibly hard to come by with the exception of a release window sometime in late 2019. Other than that, fans know next to nothing.
Thankfully, Kurtzman has decided to drop a few hints of what fans can expect.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the King of all things Trek talked about Star Trek: Picard and how it will differ greatly from what fans have seen in Discovery as well as The Next Generation.
"“It’s an extremely different rhythm than Discovery. Discovery is a bullet. Picard is a very contemplative show. It will find a balance between the speed of Discovery and the nature of what Next Gen was, but I believe it will have its own rhythm.“Without revealing too much about it, people have so many questions about Picard and what happened to him, and the idea we get to take time to answer those questions in the wake of the many, many things he’s had to deal with in Next Gen is really exciting. ‘More grounded’ is not the right way to put it, because season 2 of Discovery is also grounded. It will feel more… real-world? If that’s the right way to put it.”"
It is sounding more and more likely that Picard won’t be taking place on a starship or even in space. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Seeing what life is like after leaving the captain’s chair could make for some compelling television, the kind Star Trek fans aren’t used to seeing but could maybe enjoy.
Star Trek: Picard is supposed to arrive on CBS All Access sometime late in 2019.