Star Trek: Picard wasn't the last ride for Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart after all, at least that's what Stewart himself is implying. Speaking with Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast, Stewart implied that a new Picard film script had been created.
As our own Rachel Carrington wrote about before, the idea is that this is yet another Picard-centric film, with Stewart being quoted as saying;
"So it's an ongoing procedure for me, and I heard only last night about a script that is being written but written specifically with the actor Patrick to play in it and I've been told to expect to receive it within a week or so, and I'm so excited because it sounds like the kind of project where the experimentation that I want to do will be essential for this kind of material."
And to that, I say, why? Why do we need another Star Trek script centered around Stewart's character? It's been nearly 40 years of stories from this one branch of the franchise, it's ok to say "We've done enough" and walk away. After all, Picard just said goodbye, again, for the third time. Why do we need a fourth goodbye project?
What more can be said that wasn't addressed in the Next Generation finale, the last film in their franchise (Nemesis), and three seasons of Picard? At a certain point, you're going to hit a point of diminishing returns and we've already hit that. While Picard's last season was popular compared to its first two, it never came close to touching the zeitgeist the way the Next Generation did.
And if you can't do a project that's as big, if not bigger than what came before it, why would you keep doing it for any other reason than money? It's ok to make something new and stop relying so hard on 40 and 60-year-old characters and storylines.
The fans will still be there if you create a brand new Star Trek show that has no ties to anything that came before or after it.