Editors notice: The Star Trek: Picard Podcast is a weekly series of in-depth and informed discussions with the stars and creative group supporting CBS All Access‘ anticipated series on the thoughts, strategies and geopoetics behind the 10-episode first season of this Patrick Stewart-led string. The podcast is sponsored by CBS All hosted and Access by Deadline’s Senior Editor Dominic Patten and Genre Editor Geoff Boucher.
“We have been frank about this not being Next Generation,” Patrick Stewart declares of Star Trek: Picard, which started Thursday on CBS All Access. “The Enterprise was safety, all those StarFleet employees were safety, the closeness of the commanding facet of the team was safety, all that has gone,” adds the knight of the realm, that not only was the star from the name of their recently revived series but also a hands on executive producer.
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“Matters have changed him, he’s not likely to be the exact same captain,” says fellow EP and co-creator Alex Kurtzman on the inaugural installment of the official Star Trek: Picard Podcast from the Viacom CBS-owned streamer and Deadline.
Moving big for launching, since you can hear above, we talk today with Stewart along with executive producer Akiva Goldsman, showrunner Michael Chabon along with Trek Overlord Kurtzman together, in that order. An arrangement, which we point out bluntly, since everyone had a whole lot to say in this examination of this first episode, titled”Remembrance,” that was led by Hanelle M. Culpepper. The Star Trek: Discovery helmer is going to be one of our guests following week
With so much anticipated around Stewart coming after nearly two decades to the function which redefined his livelihood, it’s all but inevitable some will find issue with Star Trek: Picard, at least at the early episodes. However the show showrun by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chabon produces as intergalactic chess pieces are moved into place for the aged and virtually disregarded Enterprise leader. Detecting a legend faded and looking at the twilight, the show is a resurrection story, with no little bit of the Bard from the atmosphere, than a return to succeed — and all the better for it.
Such as the very best of science fiction, by the Goldsman and James Duff penned pilot and the first couple of episodes, the apparently parallel plots of Picard are clearly wading into topics that hit a chord now as far as they seem to in 2399. Especially once Alison Pill as a synthetics specialist and Michelle Hurd as a dispirited ex-StarFleet officer gone off the grid show themes of corrupt jurisdiction, inclusion, loss and hope and of course the passage of time which will notify large swaths the series in its first season and this podcast over its 10-episode run.
A risky and subscriber-rich jump for its already Trekverse-heavy CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard is certainly not Next Generation redux, even with Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Del Arco and, on each side of the camera, Jonathan Frakes showing up for the ride. As the opening episodes makes clear, what Picard is about is the travel, both forward and looking back. And that’s a unique destination all its own.