After much speculation, the full trailer for the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard was revealed today at San Diego Comic-Con.
Given that it’s been nearly 20 years since Patrick Stewart last played the role of Jean-Luc Picard (in Star Trek: Nemesis), the anticipation for Star Trek: Picard has been out of this world, and the trailer is doing everything possible to stoke that feeling up to a fever pitch. The trailer shows Picard doing his best to make a life for himself on the family vineyard, still affected by Data sacrificing his own life to save him, when suddenly, he gets a mysterious visitor, one that will ultimately take him back to space.
I have so many questions after watching this trailer, which looks absolutely amazing by the way. Though it looks different, it feels like the Star Trek I grew up with, which will be a big draw for fans of the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. There’s even a draw for fans of Star Trek: Voyager, with the unexpected (but very welcome) presence of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), a former Borg drone who slowly reclaimed her humanity over the course of Voyager’s story.
As for what the story is about? That, I’m still not entirely sure about, but that’s not a bad thing, as a trailer shouldn’t reveal all of a show’s secrets. What is clear is that Picard is approached by someone that he apparently should know. She appears to be the reason Picard ultimately goes back to space. Judging from the trailer, it looks like Vulcans will play a big role in the story, which isn’t surprising given Picard’s past history with Sarek and Ambassador Spock. Also, the Borg cube was unmistakable. In fact, it looks like that prison-type facility was set INSIDE the giant Borg cube (look again, there are what appears to be vacant recharging stations against the walls, of the kind that the Borg were known to use).
What sticks out to me the most is Picard’s line “If she is who I think she is…” Not only does this indicate that Picard likely knows who this character is, I get the sense that we should know as well. I’m guessing that this is the child of someone from Picard’s past. That hardly narrows it down right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a link back to the Next Generation series revealed somewhere.
And then there’s Data, probably the biggest surprise of all. After Star Trek: Nemesis, Brent Spiner had made it clear he was finished with the role no matter what happened, so this is an appearance I hadn’t even dreamed would be possible. I’m not sure how large a role Data will play in the story, but it will be fun to see Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart sharing the screen again (now if I can just get that Q cameo this series really will be perfect). All of this boils down to the fact that I’m beyond excited to see what story Star Trek: Picard has to tell.
Star Trek: Picard is expected to premiere in late 2019/early 2020 on CBS All Access.