Alex Kurtzman has confirmed that Star Trek: Picard will focus on the repercussions of the destruction of Romulus and how they affected Picard.
Slowly, ever so slowly, some details are starting to emerge about Star Trek: Picard and what fans can expect when the show arrives.
Until now, about the only details fans knew was that Sir Patrick Stewart was returning to the role and that it would pick up about 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. And that was about it until we found out last month that it was eyeing a late 2019 release date on CBS All Access.
Now however, showrunner Alex Kurtzman has revealed another bit on information, and it’s a doozy.
In an expansive interview with The Hollywood Reporter about all things Trek, Kurtzman said that in the new series, Picard’s life has been “radically altered” by the fact that the Romulan Star Empire is no more. This of course is likely due to the fact that Romulus was destroyed by a supernova, as we all saw in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. Which, incidentally, Kurtzman also co-wrote.
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(And yes. This fact does call into question the whole alternate timeline of the reboot Trek films and how exactly this will all work out. Honestly, don’t think about it too much and just enjoy the fact Picard is coming back. The details will all shake out down the road, you can be sure.)
If the new Picard series begins 20 years after Nemesis, then that means it will have been more than a decade since the destruction of Romulus. How any of this would affect Picard though is something of a mystery.
Yes, Picard had several dealings with the Romulans over the years, including an attempt to reunite them with their Vulcan cousins. And of course there was Nemesis, where Picard had to deal with his own clone who had assassinated the entire Romulan Senate. Seeing how these would cause Picard’s life to go through the kind of massive upheaval Kurtzman is talking about should be very interesting.
In addition, Kurtzman did note that while there were no current plans for other members of The Next Generation cast to appear in Picard, he did say that “Anything could happen.” Which will have to give fans some hope for the time being.
Star Trek: Picard will be arriving on the CBS All Access streaming service sometime late in 2019.