‘Star Trek: Picard’ To Be Preceded By Book And Comic Prequels

As Star Trek Las Vegas week continues, today brings another product announcement to help fans prep for the early 2020 premiere of Star Trek: Picard.

Picard book and comic prequels begin rollout in November

This morning CBS, in association with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books and IDW Publishing, announced a pair of prequels created to shed light on the events leading into the new CBS series Star Trek: Picard.

Starting in November, IDW will release Star Trek: Picard – Countdown, a deluxe 3-issue miniseries written by Mike Johnson and Picard series Supervising Producer Kirsten Beyer. This countdown event centers around a mission that would go on to change the life of beloved Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard – widely considered to be one of the most popular and recognizable characters in all of science fiction.

Following the conclusion of the IDW series, Simon & Schuster Gallery Books will release The Last Best Hope in February 2020. Written by Una McCormack, the novel will also lead directly into the show and continue to introduce fans to brand new characters featured in the series. McCormack is the author of eight previous Star Trek novels including The Lotus Flower (part of The Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Hollow Men and the New York Times bestsellers The Fall: The Crimson Shadow, Enigma Tales, and The Way to the Stars.

Poster for Star Trek: Picard

“From the moment we announced this series we’ve seen a groundswell of support from our fan base who are thrilled to have Jean-Luc Picard back on their screens,” said Veronica Hart, EVP Global Franchise Management. “Having this brand new original backstory play out through both comic book and novel formats will set the stage for the new series in an exciting way while also showcasing the work of our talented partners at Simon & Schuster and IDW.”

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard

Filling in the two decades before Picard

Jean Luc-Picard was last seen in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, which is set in the year 2379. Star Trek: Picard picks up his story two decades later in 2399, years after he left the USS Enterprise and retired from Starfleet to return to his family’s vineyard in France. The 2009 Star Trek movie provided some of the Prime Timeline’s history following Nemesis, notably the destruction of Romulus which is said to weigh heavily on Picard and factor into the show.

A few clues to Picard’s life during these two decades were revealed at the “First Duty” exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con, but it is otherwise a blank slate which the prequel comic series and novel will help to fill in. In addition one of the episodes from the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Short Treks will be a prequel to Picard. There is no word yet on when that might air, but probably in early 2020, close to the premiere of the Picard series.

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis


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stanlowcrickets888

The Last Best Hope in February 2020 for the book….ughhh meaning that the Picard likely won’t start to air until Feb. -March 2020 or Later??? Hope they announce the Short trek schedule at STLV. I guesstimate the Picard Short trek may be January-Feb ?? I was hoping for a January 2020 start like STD S2.

They are probably staying clear of the Star Wars’s hype, with Episode 9 coming out in December.

Alex

On the contrary, I think that its an indicator that the show will air before or in February 2020. With Discovery, the first novel was released three days after the premiere, according to memory alpha. They would probably not introduce the new characters before we see them on the show.

stanlowcrickets888

I hope so for Feb. 2020 launch! Curious to know how much ST:Countdown (2009) comic & other written source material they may reference in the Picard Countdown/Last best Hope/Short Trek. One thing for likely s Data->B4 change from Countdown(2009) where he was Captain of Ent-E at time of Hobus event…unless???

Legate Damar

That would make sense if the comics are being released in November, December, and January. One comic each month, and then the actual show the following month.

TG47

I’ll definitely have both of these on pre-order.

What a great choice for a Picard novel!

For those who haven’t had the pleasure, Una McCormack is a super Trek author and an excellent fit for Picard.

McCormack is a professor of creative writing in the UK and has a background in sociology.

She’s written some excellent novels focused on Cardassia, and a couple with Dr. Pulaski and interesting academics.

By the way, my copy of John Jackson Miller’s ‘The Enterprise War’ featuring Pike, Spock and Number One arrived on Tuesday. I’ll be setting aside the Vanguard series to get to that.

Keeping up with the Cardassians

Yes, I’ll definitely look out for these too. Have enjoyed several of Una McCormack’s previous novels myself, and am looking forward to any insights into the lay of the land in the new Picard series.

Interestingly; I wonder whether this could become the first “official” post-Nemesis novel, with the others all going the way of the Star Wars “Legends” series, should they decide to go in a different direction with the narrative now…

I just picked up my copy of ‘The Enterprise War’ this week too. Haven’t seen Discovery yet though (coming to the end of a DS9 re-watch at the moment) so may put this one on the bookshelf for now.

ML31

I picked up the Countdown for Trek ’09. While it provided a nice back story it really wasn’t necessary at all for the movie. So I think I learned my lesson. The show will likely reference these events enough to not need to read these things.

TG47

It’s not a matter of ‘needing’ to read these things, the television series stand on their own.

But for those of us who like to read for entertainment, and read voraciously, it’s fantastic to have complementary Trek-lit.

And…while I’m sure you’ll be shocked ML31 …I’ve gone back to reading on paper, and mostly retired my bookreader other than for short stories and novellas.

It makes my eyes and brain happier to read on paper after working on screen full-time. It also makes it possible to share books with my spouse and in-laws.

The kids are getting into the IDW comics now, and one came home from the school library with some TOS Diane Duane novels.

Trek-lit can be a good way to share the love of the franchise.

ML31

It feels like the subtext of your comment is ML31 must not like to read. That is a very poor conclusion to draw. Granted I don’t read as much as I used to but I still read actual books and I guess you might not be surprised that I still read the actual newspaper. Not a fan of reading screens at any great length myself. Decades ago I tried to read some Trek novels. Just couldn’t get into them. They were decent enough but it just felt like… Fan fic more than anything. I knew it was not ‘official’ in anyway and that sucked out much of the fun of the stories.

Also note that I did not make any comments about how such Trek comics and such ought not be produced. All I said was it wasn’t up my alley. Just like a number of others said in another thread that they have no desire to pick up that Best of Picard disc that was announced.

TG47

Cool that you read the newspaper ML31.

We stopped reading them in print once we had toddlers on the go. It’s much easier to read online with little ones. Which is also how bookreaders came into our lives.

I actually had recalled you as criticising those of us who still like physical DVDs (but may be confusing you with another poster). So, I had thought you wouldn’t be into paper books.

Not trying to be critical of those who don’t read voraciously and in volume, but it’s definitely a thing…and not an inexpensive habit when everyone in the family reads avidly and beyond what a public library has on offer.

Completely understand not getting into the Trek books a couple of decades ago. I had the same experience, despite always being on the lookout for something to read.

However, after exhausting most of the new Sci-fi on the market, I gave the Relaunch novels a try a few years back – and got hooked. I think the difference is that Simon & Schuster created a writers room and created long story arcs. Not all the authors are to my taste, but most produce solid books that hold my interest. Some are just great genre fiction period.

ML31

It was not me who ripped on people who prefer the physical discs. I’m one of those people!

Afterburn

That was me!!!! People who use physical discs are either old and refuse to move into the future, or cinephiles who obsess over some pixels more than the content of the movie or TV series.

Holden

There’re plenty of movies and shows out there that aren’t available on streaming, and might never be. So that’s a consideration as well.

Afterburn

Agreed TG. Some people just enjoy reading, and the added material gives a nice expanded landscape for those of us who don’t mind using our imaginations, rather than just seeing it all onscreen.

Nah, i’m just effing with you. I don’t read any of the surrounding material, but I know a lot of people do. It’s designed to not be necessary, but instead just to offer a bit more to those that would want it.

Locutus

It can also be a good way to get kids reading. I read dozens of Star Trek books when I was in grade school and middle school. It opened the door to me reading a lot of sci-fi classics as I branched out too.

Made the same way back to paper books. Besides the pleasing experience, they make for nice shelfs.

Michael Hall

Might want to read these after the show has aired if I really like it, but I don’t want media tie-ins to color my perceptions of a story that should really stand on its own. So with all due respect to the authors, I’ll pass for now.

Josiah Rowe

The choice of title for the prequel comic is interesting, and potentially a cause for confusion, as the similarly named “Star Trek: Countdown” (by the same co-author!) also showed Picard post-Nemesis, but seems likely to be contradicted by the backstory for “Picard.”

Afterburn

I think “countdown” is more of a branding thing, like Lucasfilm’s “Journey to”. In this case they’re using it as a title and i’ll agree it is obnoxious.

I think they should have called both “Countdown to…”

Keeping up with the Cardassians

I think Afterburn is correct here. I know they produced a ‘Countdown’ comic prior to ST09 and I think they did one before ‘Into Darkness’in 2013 too…and maybe for ‘Beyond’ as well.

It seems to be IDW’s official branding for whenever they release a comic telling the story of events leading up to a particular film or series.

And yes, it will be very interesting to see how much (if any) of the existing post-Nemesis novels will be retained (or at least not contradicted) now that we’re heading back to this era.

Legate Damar

These will obviously be non-canon, but I’ll check them out. It should give us some idea of what we can expect on Picard.

michelle

the discovery tie in novels and comics like these and the countdown comics are generally canon and don’t contridict what is said or referecened in the show or movie in star trek into darkness that ship kirk and crew use to go get khan on the klingon planet and was mentioned in the movie were it came from came directly from the countdown to darkness comic

alot of the saru novel and tilly novel was used when they wrote the saru and tilly short trek episodes

Legate Damar

They can always contradict it later. The original Countdown comic was described as canon at the time, but Picard is contradicting it. The first Discovery novel had Michael meeting Pike and hanging out with Spock the year before season 1, but then season 2 showed that she hadn’t met Pike yet and hadn’t seen Spock in years. Ultimately, nothing is canon other than what is shown on screen. That doesn’t mean that elements of these stories won’t be made canon in future episodes though, and it certainly doesn’t mean that they are bad.

Corinthian7

They said that but the first Discovery novel was completely contradicted by season 2. I think the novels can be useful as they can give an indication of the immediate direction for he season they precede but once they get past that story it’s clear they’re not remotely worried about contradicting them so I don’t believe they can be regarded as canon.

Tiger2

Yes and a bit annoying. I GET why the novels and comics are non-canon, BUT when you tie a book or comic DIRECTLY into the show or movie story line, then it should stay canon. I mean Star Wars has now made all their books and comics canon to the movies and TV shows since Disney owned Star Wars for five years now, its not really that hard.

Its so weird they go out of their way to make these ‘prequel’ stories but then over ride them anytime they want. What’s the point then? It’s not the same as a one off adventure story, they hype these books and comics to death and people buy them thinking its going to be relevant to the show and film.

And what’s even odder they have Kirsten Beyer involved with all of these projects and she is a direct link to the shows. So it gives people more belief they are more official than they really are.

TG47

Given what was going on in the Discovery writers room over the first two seasons, the show itself was breaking the canon it was making on screen.

Staying true to whatever story arcs they had for the show was clearly set aside with the changes in management, so it’s not surprising that the intent to keep to the backstory in the books was discarded at the same time.

All to say that it’s not inconceivable that TPTB might try to go the Star Wars route down the line.

It’s certainly possible. Simon & Shuster managed coherence across all the series and time periods.

Tiger2

Yeah thats a good point I guess. There has been so much chaos and turnover in the first two seasons and its clear they have made tons of changes between season 1 and season 2. And now we’re going into the future lol. Part of me is curious just how different this show would look now if Fuller stayed on.

A novel or a comic book doesn’t have to be canon to get people to care and many such as yourself read them knowing that. BUT it does feel a little misleading when they advertise these books as ‘prequels’ to stuff like the Kelvin movies and Discovery just to later tell you none of it really mattered. But they always advertise it as if its the definitive story to what was happening before the movie or show started when it clearly wasn’t.

I do know that Bob Orci DID consider the original Countdown Comic as canon (please weigh in Bob if I’m completely wrong on that) as I remembered him saying that in interviews. But yes, none of this is etched in stone either and they can change whatever they want. And I’m sure at the time no one really thought we would get another TNG show to continue on those events, especially someone who had anything to do with the Kelvin movies and that comic in the first place. But we live in interesting times. ;)

Corinthian7

I’d agree it can be a little bit frustrating particularly with the novels as they require you to invest more time. I’d given up on a Trek Lit a long time ago but had been brought back for the Discovery novels on the basis that they would be more closely linked to canon. A few books in and it’s already clear there’s a discord. I’ll be honest and admit I really did not like the characterisation of Pike in the first novel and I’m glad they threw it out but it did make me think why bother with the tie in books. The fact that the Tilly book did (at least so far) fit in quite well with the Short Trek and character development in season 3 made me reconsider so I’ve bought the new Pike story and I’ll almost certainly get the Picard comic and novel. My expectations for these stories to remain canon is very low but I still think that they might provide clues for the directions that they will initially take these characters.

Afterburn

I don’t know if i’d be so critical. The writers (Ward and Mack) even said at the time of the canon-icity, that “it’s canon until it’s not.” They were well aware even then that the next season might wipe away those stories.

@Tiger

The difference with ST09 and Countdown was that Orci wrote both, so essentially, he was just putting in comic book form ideas that wouldn’t really fit into those movies.

TG47

Interestingly enough, reports elsewhere of the Trek-lit panel at STLV quote the editor from Simon & Schuster as saying that they take fans concerns seriously…and that Star Trek’s multiverse will allow them to reconcile some things.

More to the point above, John Jackson Miller’s The Enterprise War apparently has some kind of small fix to reconcile Desperate Hours with S2.

Corinthian7

I’m not sure that there is a small fix for Desperate Hours. That’s no disrespect to David Mack, he was writing for a new cast of characters that hadn’t even been seen on screen together at the time of writing but the differences at this point are poles apart. Unless of course his comments about Treks multiverse suggest that they’re going to put Trek Lit into there own separate continuity. Personally I think that it’s a nigh on impossible task to try and make all the expanded universe consistent with the TV and movie side. I think an approach closer to the Star Wars Legends line would be better in which there is no expectation for tv/movie side to adhere to the canon set in the comics and books but in which characters or events could be cherry picked from those stories. Perhaps Star Trek New Frontier isn’t canon but maybe one day we get to see Captain Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur show up on screen. That kind of link between the production and tie in fiction could still make it worthwhile for fans to dabble in the expanded universe.

ML31

I don’t think having a novel writer involved in a show should give anyone the idea that novels that person wrote are suddenly canonical. If someone thinks that they are making a conclusion with no support.

ML31

The novels, if I may be so bold, are supposedly a different thing than something like the countdown comics that are specifically designed to give backstory to an upcoming film or in this case, a TV show. While technically not canon, those really are intended, I think, to be as canonical as they could be without being actual canon. Not really sure if I am explaining this right. Not a professional writer. But I hope the jist of what I said has gotten through to most.

Afterburn

My problem with the novels is that they increasingly have become more about being quickly-churned-out-fan-fiction than actual quality novels based on the franchise than about telling well-crafted stories that add to the world of Star Trek.

Now, I wasn’t following them much in the 80s, but in the early 90s there were a handful of high quality, well-written high concept novels (Imazadi, Q2, Dark Mirror).

But once Shatner started ‘writing,’ they began rolling downhill fast, and became an assembly line product puked onto shelves and sold based on the cover and a tagline (“Look, Sisko is back!” “Hey it’s that minor character doing the UNTHINKABLE!”) . Sometimes they recruited good writers, but those same writers treated them like disposable stories quickly spit onto paper so they could cash a check.

I cite Shatner not because of my dislike of him, but because it seemed to mark a clear delineation between when the books were about adding good stories that fleshed out the Star Trek world, to when the they realized that “fan fic” type stories really sold well (ie: the return of Kirk using Borg tech, which feels soooo much more like something written by a 14 year old who wished Generations hadn’t killed him off than by an actual writer intent on creating a good story).

TG47

I totally agree about the 90s stories, but the books published after Nemesis was released, took a very different approach.

Not all writers have been to my taste, and it seemed that some excelled in writing specific series or eras, but the Post Nemesis Relaunch novels are generally very different than went before.

Kevin

I’m sure the loss of Ambassador Spock will be mentioned on the new series.

Afterburn

Loss or disappearance?

Amit Agarwal

Missing in action would be the most appropriate phrase. But loss seems way more probably than disappearance. The Prime universe StarFleet have no idea Spock and Nero went to an alternate universe.

Tiger2

I really don’t know how it can’t be lol. Especially since he was the one that was trying to stop the star from exploding in the first place and ‘died’ because of it.

alphantrion

What I am wondering is if they will be content with only mentioning him or if they will get Ethan Peck and put him in an older age make-up and have him appear on screen as well? Maybe as part of a flashback or a mind meld memory from Picard.

Afterburn

I don’t think they’d disrespect nimoy in that way, even though I think that would be cool. IF anything they can dig up archive footage or unused bits from the Kelvin films (and before anyone starts about how they cant use stuff from those movies, I’m operating under the assumption that Paramount would allow it out of respect to Nimoy).

Legate Damar

I think that if they really wanted to do scenes with old Spock (which I doubt they’d do), they’d recast again and get an older actor to play him.

ML31

Without knowing the Picard plot line, I see no reason for that whatsoever. A line or two of exposition ought to be enough to cover it.

Afterburn

I think that’s much more likely, and frankly, more appropriate given the death of Nimoy.

Kevin

That’s all I thought it’d be.

Jack

I hope they’re not required to understand/enjoy the show. I hate homework.

Afterburn

They’ve ALWAYS designed these to be supplementary material. The most integrated they got was in, I think Into Darkness, they mention using a ship captured during the “Mudd Incident”– which was shown in the prequel comic. But if you hadn’t read it, it just came off as a random throwaway line that gave the world some depth, implying they had been on other missions.

Legate Damar

Countdown did make a lot of Nero’s actions make more sense, and it explained those stupid tattoos, but even that wasn’t really necessary to enjoy Trek XI.

ML31

The tatoos were explained in the novelization as well. Nice, but wasn’t necessary to the movie. This sort of thing happens often. I recall the director’s commentary from Air Force One. Petersen said they had an entire backstory and reasons for the secret service agent to have done what he did in script. And he spilled his guts at the end but when putting the film together he decided in the end it didn’t really matter and cut the entire thing.

Keeping up with the Cardassians

Jack,

Yes. As much as I might enjoy the novels, if they ever became required reading to be able to follow the plot of a show/movie then this would be completely self-defeating. A very good way to alienate an audience I suspect.

I think the novels/comics do their best job when enabling an otherwise throw-away line (like Afterburn mentions) to have more meaning/relevance to someone who has taken the time to read them.

Aside from being enjoyable to read in their own right, of course; any such tie-ins should be all about enhancing the enjoyment, and sense of immersion in the particular world/universe, for those who choose to read them…and not ever becoming, as you say, “homework”.

Imagine the reverse: having to have seen a particular movie/series to be able to properly understand the plot of a book you’ve chosen to read!!

TG47

Homework no, but a deeper dive : Why not?

TechNoir

I remember being critical about certain aspects of the 2009 Star Trek, and someone told me I should read the Countdown comic, that it fleshes out Nero’s motives and so on.

Fine for a comic, I thought, but not so great for the movie. We shouldn’t have to ‘consult the manual.’

Afterburn

You didn’t. You chose to because you didn’t enjoy the film and someone told you that might make it better. I enjoyed the 09 film, as did many others, without ever having read any comics or novels.

ML31

I tend to agree, TechNoir. If the filmmakers did not do a good enough job establishing motive for the antagonist, that’s on them. The viewer shouldn’t have to get the answers elsewhere. That’s just poor film making.

Danpaine

I reluctantly read Countdown before the 09′ film, and I say reluctantly because I feel the same way you and ML feel about it – if you as a filmmaker can’t tell me all I need to know about the story in the film itself, you’re not doing your job. But in that instance, I did find the preceding comic to be helpful in my overall understanding of Nero’s motives and how/why Spock travelled back to the past. Again, ten more minutes added onto the film itself could have done that for me, but at the end of the day I still enjoyed the film quite a bit. Still do. What I don’t like – to me it seems like a ‘oh we’ll just explain that part in a comic to the audience,’ excuse, which seems to be more and more prevalent. Greed, and Laziness, imo. Not sure if I’ll buy into this yet.

Afterburn

I still scratch my head when people struggle to understand his motives. It wasn’t deep: it was a simple revenge story. Spock failed to save his world, he sought to kill Spock. Open and shut. Whether that satisfied you or not, whether you enjoyed the film as a result is immaterial: what you NEEDED to understand the story was there.

Michael Hall

So, foregoing any attempt to have the Federation contact his people (or contact them himself) in order to better prepare for the Hobus supernova, Nero elects instead to just wait around for decades so he can intercept and then torment the one individual who did his utmost to salvage the situation? Including wiping out billions of individuals who did nothing to him, save their connection with the individual who did his utmost to salvage the situation?

Yes, I understood Nero’s motives in the story. I understood that they were stupid.

Legate Damar

There’s actually another supplementary comic (Star Trek: Nero) as well as some deleted scenes that show that the reason that he was just hanging around for decades is that the Klingons captured his ship shortly after they destroyed the Kelvin, and they spent that time in Rura Penthe. There is actually a scene that’s left in the movie where Uhura talks about picking up some Klingon transmissions from when Nero and his crew escape.

ML31

I do recall that. There is actually a shot of Nero used in the final film where the sound is him being called but the shot is actually him on a table in Klingon custody.

Disinvited

Michael Hall,

Re:Decades

I agree. And just throwing him in prison doesn’t explain how, after all those decades, with all that time available to think on his goals and that was the best plan that Nero could muster?

Disinvited

Michael Hall,

And certainly, Nero having a simple motive for revenge in no way accounts for how that immediately transforms this simple miner into a military heist expert not only skilled in locating and stealing cutting-edge top secret weapons but also in using this cutting edge tech across time, space, and universes in the pursuit.

Is as if we’re just supposed accept that after the Whale probe picks up Moby for an interstellar jaunt, that Ahab’s hate is so pure that he, his crew, and their wooden whaling ship can magically leave the Earth’s oceans in hot pursuit?

People complain of mad Lazarus’ warped motive in a similar pursuit, but at least the two had equivalent tech and an understanding of the science involved. Are we supposed to believe Rura Penthe has an educational program?

Matt

I was hoping with the involvement of Kirsten beyer that at least some of the new novels would be Canon 🙁

snoopy

This is the happiest i seen the Star Trek fan base in years.Thank you God and Jesus and CBS ALL ACCESS and Alex Kurtzman and his secret hide out team and IDW PUBLISHING .Please keep up the good work.

nate

Did IDW announce the artist for the Picard series? Some of the art in their books are kinda lacking. Maybe they could get some of the better ST:NG artists like Gordon Purcell or Jerome Moore to handle the art.

alphantrion

I think this is just a cheaper way to introduce the story. I have never been a fan of prequel comics or tie-in comics in general. I mean why don’t they just increase the budget of the show instead and get 3 or 4 more episodes to make this prequel a part of the TV show itself if they really want to tell this part of the story.

Because then they will have to do the prequel to the prequels for their tie-in products…

alphantrion

They don’t have to use these characters for comics or novels, they can use different characters.

Legate Damar

This won’t really be vital to understand the story. Its just for nerds like us who like to have extra details. I’m sure it will be possible to watch Picard without knowing that this even exists, and not feel like you’re missing anything.

alphantrion

Probably true, but for me, whenever they do something like this it feels like the deleted scenes have been put out on comic book or novel format.

Lord Hobbers

I wonder if the Starfleet characters in the prequel comic will be wearing the uniforms from Lower Decks.

Jay

I wonder if TPol and is alive in 2399?

Legate Damar

She would be 311. That’s old, even for a Vulcan. It would have been cool to see her make an appearance in the first two seasons of Discovery, but it wouldn’t make sense for her to show up on Picard.

alphantrion

I wish she could have appeared in the pilot of Discovery and continue that “tradition” of having a member of a previous show appear in the pilot of a new Star Trek series.

Jay

Still she has the opportunity to appear in a Pike Show. Also, Phlox! Leaving that show halfway with an unexpected ending, hope the producers consider bringing them onboard in upcoming shows.

Tiger2

Yes, I wish they really continued that tradition. I understood why they couldn’t really do it for Enterprise (although they at least had it Zefrum Cochran show up somehow and it was very fitting) but Discovery could’ve brought T’Pol on as she definitely would’ve been alive. Would’ve loved to seen a really aged Archer as well ala McCoy for Encounter at Farpoint.

ML31

I don’t recall but didn’t they say “the Admiral” was some 138 years old? Archer would be at least 180 years old. Likely over 190. T’Pol even older than that.

Legate Damar

There were a few flashbacks to Vulcan in the pilot. It would have been easy to put T’Pol in there. Of course, they would have to break the tradition pretty soon anyway, since there is no way they could fit a Discovery character into Picard.

alphantrion

They could find a way via Holodeck.

Legate Damar

That would be a bit difficult since all records of the Discovery crew have apparently been made super classified. Unless L’rell or Sarek or someone shows up.

Tiger2

LOL, that would be crazy if she was but I do think Vulcans life spans usually last into the 200s. As someone pointed out she would be a century older than that by now.

But I definitely believes she is alive during the TOS era and COULD have showed up in Discovery. Maybe if the Pike show does happen she could still show up. Here’s hoping, I LOVE T’Pol!

TG47

I’ve been hoping to see T’Pol in Discovery – and now Pike’s Enterprise – but even a Short Trek would be fantastic.

Although she chose the path of logic and Kholinar in the end, she developed a genuine appreciation for humanity.

It would be great to see her come out of retirement to work with Sarek to advance respect between Vulcans and humans in the aftermath of the Klingon war and the devastating impact of Control.

Aside from that, I’m love to see Shran in a Short Trek or in Pike’s Enterprise – I’m not sure there is a canonical age limit for Andorians. In fact, I’m like to know more about the Aenar. Memory Alpha has them as extinct by the 24th century, but I don’t know the canonical source for that. I would expect that some hybrids might still be living by the TOS or even Picard eras if not Shran himself.

DarExc

I like how Disney hired someone to keep the canon and now all material is canon for Star Wars. Star Trek should do the same, I won’t read it because of this.

Precision Control

If Picard comes out in February, and 10 episodes run, that takes us to mid-April. Hopefully that means we’ll get Season 3 of Discovery in the summer, and we won’t have to wait until the fall of 2020.

Who am I kidding? This means season 3 of Discovery won’t be out until fall of 2020 :(

erpa

So this is because there’s even more delays. I knew they were pushing it for late 2019, but even early 2020 is looking bad now. Well ok, as long as this time is to make it perfect. No excuses if not now.