At PaleyFest 2019, Alex Kurtzman talked about Star Trek: Picard and how fans can expect something vastly different from what’s been seen on Discovery.
Last week was the 2019 Los Angeles edition of PaleyFest, the yearly celebration of the television medium. The entire cast of Star Trek: Discovery as well as showrunner Alex Kurtzman and executive producer Heather Kadin took the stage for a panel on the series and events of the current season.
The cast discussed the legacy and responsibility of carrying the torch for such a long running and well known franchise such as Star Trek. Sonequa Martin-Green talked about the importance of a character such as Michael Burnham and Ethan Peck discussed assuming the role of Spock from the late Leonard Nimoy.
However, it was when Kurtzman was asked to talk about Star Trek: Picard when everyone’s ears perked up just a bit. With casting well under way and filming set to begin in a few short weeks, the anticipation is starting to build to a fever pitch for the return of Jean-Luc Picard.
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As reported by Star Trek.com, Kurtzman, who is still incredibly tight lipped about the show, nonetheless shared a recent experience he had with Patrick Stewart in regards to Picard.
"“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He is at an amazing place in his life. He is so excited.”"
When pressed for more details, Kurtzman talked about how Star Trek: Picard is going to be a very different experience from what fans have seen on Discovery.
"“It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. Each show speaks to a different part of Star Trek. [The Picard series] is a very thoughtful, psychological portrait [of a character]. [Picard] in some ways has to go through a gauntlet in order to find [himself]; things have changed for him and changed him in some ways. So… we’re thrilled and I know Patrick is really excited. It’s coming together beautifully. And, well, I can tell you nothing else!”"
It is sounding more and more like Picard is going to be a tour de force for Stewart and give him a real opportunity to show what he can do as an actor. It also seems as if this will be something Star Trek has never seen in its 50 plus year history, namely a deep, personal look at one of the most popular characters in the history of the show.
Star Trek: Picard is going to be can’t miss television so get ready Trek Nation. The series is scheduled to arrive on CBS All Access sometime later this year.