As part of their San Diego Comic-Con promotion of their upcoming Star Trek: Picard series, CBS All Access is holding a special exhibit at the Michael J. Wolf Gallery. The exhibit consists of screen-used props and costumes related to Jean Luc-Picard both from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the upcoming Picard show, with the “in-universe” conceit being the exhibit is celebrating Jean Luc-Picard by showing off artifacts from his life.
Exhibit confirms some ‘Picard’ details
The entrance of the exhibit features a portrait of Picard along with a placard off to the side providing the in-universe description of the event, which also ends up detailing some details about his life after Star Trek: Nemesis and before Star Trek: Picard.
One of Starfleet’s most decorated officers, Admiral Jean-Luc-Picard retired from Starfleet in 2386 after more than 50 years of service, returning to a quiet life tending to his family’s storied winemaking tradition in the Chateau Picard vineyards of La Barre, France.
Many of Picard’s personal mementos and rare artifacts from his life and career are stored in the Starfleet Museum Quantum Archives located at Starfleet Command headquarters in San Francisco.
For the first time, many of these artifacts are now available for view in a special touring exhibition celebrating his career of service and lifetime of dedication to the principles of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets.
The year 2386 is significant as it is the year before the Hobus Supernova which destroyed Romulus as depicted in the 2009 Star Trek movie, an event which has been said to have “haunted” Picard leading into the new series.
The exhibit features a handful of elements from the upcoming series, with the highlight being his civilian outfit featured in the previously released teaser images. Notably, the placard describes it is as “Jean-Luc Picard Civilian Attire, 2399,” confirming Star Trek: Picard is set in the year 2399 — twenty years after Star Trek: Nemesis.
The placard offers a few more details on Picard’s post-Starfleet life:
Admiral Picard’s retirement has been marked by a return to his native La Barre France on Earth. Admiral Picard has put the same dedication and resolve that exemplified his Starfleet career into the family wine-making business. The clothing seen here is representative of the attire Amiral Picard wears on a typical day on the family estate as he tends to the vines and crafting of Chateau Picard’s celebrated wines.
The outfit also has the nice detail of a pin with Picard’s family crest.
There were also more artifacts from Picard’s vineyard including a case of wine with the following description:
A mainstay of the French countryside for centuries, the Picard family vineyards near La Barre continue to produce Chateau Picard, one of Earth’s premiere red wines. Far from home, Admiral Picard still received shipments of the wine and shared it with friends on special occasions both joyful and solemn. Though he initially eschewed “the family business” in favor of a career in Starfleet, Admiral Picard returned to his home in 2386 to take over the care of the vineyards, carrying on the tradition previously observed by his late elder brother, Robert.
And the placard for a model of the USS Enterprise-E also added another data point to Picard’s post-Nemesis life, identifying the year he was promoted and left the ship. It also mentions a mysterious assignment. The placard reads in part:
Admiral Picard commanded the Enterprise-E until 2381, before he was promoted to admiral and given a special assignment by Starfleet Command.
Artifacts from Picard’s life
Most are the other artifacts are recognizable props and costumes from Star Trek: The Next Generation, although they could show up again on Picard. And there have been some additions, including this page shown from the Picard family album seen in Star Trek: Generations, which now includes a photograph of a young Robert Picard holding a model for the NX-01 Enterprise from Star Trek: Enterprise, which premiered 7 years after Generations was made. [EDITOR’S NOTE: the newer photo of the young Picard brothers is originally from David A. Goodman’s The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard released in 2017.]
Additional artifacts highlight key moments from Picard’s life, both professional and personal.
Check back later for an update with more photos of the historic artifacts from the exhibit.
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