CBS recently released another Star Trek: Discovery promotional video, this time leveraging the news about the Star Trek: Picard, with co-executive producer Alex Kurtzman, and actors Mary Wiseman (Tilly), and Wilson Cruz (Culber), weighing in on “What Makes Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard So Iconic?”
Kurtzman is of course the overseer of the Trek on TV franchise, and involved in producing the upcoming Picard series, so it’s interesting to see his thoughts on the character:
Captain Picard in some ways is the ultimate captain, he’s the ultimate captain because of his incredible decency, because of his incredible thoughtfulness, because he was always human — fundamentally — in the choices that he made even when the pressure was really really high.
Mary Wiseman gushes about Sir Patrick Stewart and his acting abilities:
Patrick Stewart, he’s just one of our greatest living actors, it’s so cool the coming together of [his] training and old school Royal Shakespeare Company gravitas. And the combination of that and this sort of mythological franchise that is Star Trek coming together that is so special.
Wilson Cruz touches on Picard as a leader and being the ultimate captain:
The Picard character, Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of it, came with such confidence, it was the kind of confidence that was earned. He never demanded respect from his crew, they gave it to him freely because of who he was and how he treated them. We root for him, and we’re willing to go on whatever ride he takes us on because of that. He, for me, was the ultimate captain, the ultimate leader. I think right now in this moment we are looking anywhere and everywhere for true signs of leadership, and I think Picard is a great model for that.
Rick Berman looking forward to Star Trek: Picard
Former Trek franchise captain Rick Berman took to twitter to lend his support to the upcoming TV show during all the buzz from the upfront presentation last week.
Picard show with @SirPatStew looks remarkably thought provoking. I, for one, am anxiously looking forward to it.
— Rick Berman (@berman_rick) May 17, 2019
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
Star Trek: Picard is expected to be released in late 2019. It will be available on CBS All Access in the USA. Space and CraveTV in Canada, and on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world.