The Long Trek Back
Trekkies rejoiced with the announcement that CBS All-Access would feature a brand new Star Trek series. Star Trek: Picard was revealed and garnered a trail of hype-worthy of Starfleet. From the announcement to the teaser trailer, hardcore fans and casual fans have had their interest piqued with the return of Patrick Stewart. The reprisal of his role as Jean-Luc Picard is a homecoming for Stewart and he won’t be revisiting the enterprise alone. The venerable number one to Jean-Luc’s captaincy will be right alongside him. Jonathan Frakes will be taking back the mantle of Commander portraying the fan favorite, Will Riker.
Star Trek: The Next Generation culminated in 1994 and this next chapter promises a renewed focus on nuanced storytelling. The showrunner Michael Chaban had this to say when asked of what we are to expect:
“Star Trek’ has been an important part of my way of thinking about the world, the future, human nature, storytelling and myself since I was ten years old. I come to work every day in a state of joy and awe at having been entrusted with the character and the world of Jean-Luc Picard. With this vibrant strand of the rich, intricate and complex tapestry that is ‘Trek.’”
The First Poster
This fresh poster comes just before the upcoming Star Trek panel for San Diego: Comic Con. The international event visited by thousands each year will see an all-star panel for the series rollout. The show will have a major presence next week at SDCC. From what we know, Frakes and Stewart will be directing the second block of episodes for the series. Their combined knowledge of the characters will see them taking a stance within the director’s chair that is sure to lead to interesting results. Noticeably, a companion in the poster is wearing a familiar badge. Even in the vineyards, it appears that Picard requires a number one as a dog now proudly displays the ranking officers badge.
How this ties in with Will Riker, we can’t say just yet. What we can say is that Star Trek: Picard will exclusively on CBS All-Access in the United States. Internationally, it will be distributed via Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories; and in Canada on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space and Z, and OTT service Crave.