Star Trek: Picard seems to be borrowing pages from Star Trek Generations
Star Trek: Picard may be playing out far more similar to Star Trek Generations than we’d like to admit. While we only have the trailers to go off of, we’re seeing some aspects of both stories being told in similar ways. And while it may not be a beat-for-beat remake, it may hint at how it’ll end.
In the trailer, we see Jean-Luc Picard and William Riker, and William Riker on board a new Federation ship, captained by an unnamed character (played by Todd Stashwick). This mirrors James Kirk, Montgomery Scott, and Pavel Checkov boarding the USS Enterprise-B in Generations, captained by John Harriman (Alan Ruck).
Now, I would imagine the reasons are different with Picard and Riker probably trying to hitch a ride somewhere under the guise of doing their Starfleet duty, while the trio of original characters were on the Enterprise-B a part of a ceremonial affair.
Both the show Picard and the Generations film have the same onus; to set up the future of the franchise. In theory. Generations was to launch the Next Generation era of films, while Picard will serve as a setup of sorts for a potential spinoff with the newer characters introduced in the show.
Will Generations and Picard end the same way?
Generations ended on a dour note, with William Shatner bidding adieu to the role he made famous and in turn, made him famous. Shatner’s James Kirk would die at the end of the film and would never be seen again for nearly 30 years.
The rumors of Picard is that the show will end the same way, with Patrick Stewart putting to rest his iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard for good. If that’s the case, then it’s fair to say both the film and show followed similar paths, with a similar pathos.