Kurtzman, Chabon Reveal New Details About Star Trek: Picard

PHOTO: MATT KENNEDY/CBS

PHOTO: MATT KENNEDY/CBS

Ahead of Saturday’s big Comic Con panel, we have a few new details about Star Trek: Picard to tide us over.

Early yesterday morning, Entertainment Weekly published an article outlining seven items they learned from a recent talk with Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and series showrunner Michael Chabon.

What’s clear from the piece, and echoes what we’ve heard from Kurtzman and Chabon before, is that this is very much a series focussed on Picard and his journey, not on Starfleet. At least part of the series isn’t even in space. Kurtzman said two things: one, “Events began to unfold that conspire to take Picard back to the stars” and two, “[Picard] will [go to space], but not in a way that anyone expects.” EW notes that the producers largely dodged questions about the setting of the series, particularly in the light of marketing which has been entirely terrestrial so far.

Probably the biggest reveal is confirmation that Picard is no longer in Starfleet. Kurtzman said, “In some ways, it’s easier to be [a great man] when you’re a captain. But it’s an entirely different thing when you don’t have an army behind you. When you want to get something done and fight an injustice, how do you do that when you’re really only one man?”

Michael Chabon’s comments in the EW piece focussed on the Picard character. Fans have wondered whether we will be seeing diplomat Picard or action Picard. But maybe we’ll just see Picard, the Man. Chabon said, “He’s a lot older and we’re not shying away from that at all - we’re dealing with a man who’s in a very different place in his life. [...] The quality of Patrick’s acting, if anything, has gotten even better over time and he was already a master. He has an ability to hold you riveted even when he’s just sitting and listening.”

Expect more Star Trek: Picard details over the weekend; just a reminder that Star Trek’s big Hall H panel at Comic Con starts tomorrow at 11.30pm San Diego time.

Alison Pitt