Sir Patrick Stewart has let slip the exact time period Star Trek: Picard takes place as well as the fact the show has an actual title.
As of late it seems like Sir Patrick Stewart has been just about everywhere. He has been appearing on numerous television shows while doing press for his most recent project The Kid Who Would Be King, which was released a few weeks ago. And lucky for Star Trek fans everywhere, he can’t seem to stop letting slip bits of information about Star Trek: Picard.
The first item Stewart revealed was that the series does in fact have a title and sadly it isn’t Star Trek: Picard. He let this bombshell drop while talking with RTE in Ireland and it would appear that the title of the show is a huge spoiler and Stewart can’t reveal it just yet.
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"“I can’t even tell you the title of the series, all these things are banned, but I can tell you we are shooting in California, and we have some brilliant people working on this show.”"
We’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Furthermore, Stewart also disclosed exactly when Star Trek: Picard (or whatever it’s called) would be taking place and it’s not when you thought.
While appearing on the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Stewart was discussing returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard after so long and seemed to clarify exactly when the series takes place.
"“We are reviving a Picard story. It is exactly 19 years in the future, which is how time has passed since the last time I put on my space suit … I mean for the television series.”"
Now if that is indeed the case and the series picks up 19 years after the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation, then the series will start in the year 2389. That would mean the story begins roughly 10 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, instead of the 20 years that has been discussed previously. In addition, this would mean that the destruction of Romulus, which according to Alex Kurtzman is a key aspect of Picard, happened just three years before the beginning of the show.
Now, it should be noted that it’s entirely possibly Stewart just got his time frame wrong and Picard does indeed pick up 20 years after Nemesis. However, this actually makes for a much more interesting premise. With Romulus only destroyed three years previous, it means that the entire galaxy is in a state of near chaos. It could make for some fascinating storytelling the likes of which Star Trek has never seen before.
Star Trek: Picard, or whatever it eventually up being called, it set to debut on CBS All Access sometime late in 2019.