On Sunday the world of Star Trek was stunned with the surprise Star Trek Las Vegas announcement that Sir Patrick Stewart has returned to the franchise to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard for a new TV series. At the same event, some Star Trek celebrities talked about the news, so we have video of that along with some more media reactions and analysis.
Shatner, Takei, Cruz, Latif and Rapp talk Patrick Stewart’s return
TV Guide was able to speak to original Star Trek stars William Shatner and George Takei about it, along with some of the stars of Star Trek: Discovery.
Stewart’s return is big news
The news about the new Picard show coming to CBS All Access has been some of the biggest news in Star Trek for years. The story was picked up across the board, from local news like the Sioux City Journal to the biggest mainstream outlets like the New York Times and Germany’s Bild.
Bigger than recent big Star Wars news
To put it in perspective, you can compare Google Trends search data for the past two weeks. The previous weekend included the big Star Wars news that the late Carrie Fisher will appear in Episode IX, using unused footage from Episodes VII and VIII.
Media starts analyzing
After the first wave of announcement news, some in the mainstream media have started doing analysis pieces. Most are celebratory but there are some cases of contrary think pieces, with some possibly dubious logic. Here are some samples from across the spectrum.
Washington Post: Why we need Jean-Luc Picard in 2018
Keep up with all the news on the new Patrick Stewart series and more new Star Trek shows in development, here at TrekMovie.com.