Sir Patrick Stewart and Michael Chabon have been out giving interviews in support of the premiere of Star Trek: Picard. We’ve rounded up key bit from the interviews as well as social media posts.
Stewart invites Whoopi for season 2
Once character that almost certainly should be on Picard is Guinan the long lived confidant of Jean-Luc Picard. Today while doing the talkshow rounds, Stewart came to Whoopi Goldberg’s show The View where he asked her to be in season two of Picard.
Why Picard Left Starfleet
Stewart was on the Late Show with Steven Colbert and he brought a new clip — Picard is being interviewed by a reporter from the Federation News Network who grills him about why he left Starfleet.
Chabon in Rolling Stone
Executive producer and season one showrunner Michael Chabon gave an extensive interview to Rolling Stone that’s well worth a full read. We’ve pulled out some excerpts about his work on Picard.
Expanding canon in Picard
We really tried with this season to do, to some degree at least, for the Romulans what TNG did for the Klingons. To take a really familiar, well-known, antagonist alien species, and open them up a little bit beyond the mustache twirling and the swarthy, glowering looking across space through the view screens. Like, what’s going on with Romulans? What’s their culture like? To be able to do that, to be empowered, suddenly, out of the blue, to create canon about Romulans… Wow, incredible.
Working with Sir Patrick
It’s incredible, the things he does over the course of the season. Because it’s not just him playing the Picard that you know when you think of Picard. He’s playing Picard who’s decades older, has been through a lot, has aged physically, is looking at his life in the way that someone who’s middle-aged wouldn’t. In canon in our story, Picard is I believe 92. So he’s older than Patrick is, but someone who’s been alive that long, looking at his life, is going to be behaving very differently than someone who’s however old Patrick was when he started doing TNG. Patrick had all of that. He presents the character of Picard very much as the same guy. And yet, he’s changed, inevitably. He’s older, he’s wiser, he’s sadder, he has more regrets and more to regret. All of that just emerged on day one of shooting.
Moving focus to his new project
As TrekMovie reported last month, Chabon has a new production deal with CBS Studios to develop his acclaimed book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay into a TV series. So he won’t be showrunning the second season of Picard. He spoke to Rolling Stone about the bittersweet decision:
It would be great if I could do both. I don’t want to leave Picard. I’m not leaving — I’m sticking around. It’s been renewed, so we’ve already started planning for the second season. I’m every bit as involved in that process, and I’m going to stay on as an executive producer, and I’m going to write episodes. But at some point, the focus of my time and attention and love is going to slide over to Kavalier & Clay. But exactly how and where and when, it’s not clear. This is a transitional period for me. But I’m definitely reluctant and sorry to ultimately be leaving this behind. It’s still incredibly exciting. Talking about Season Two is already fun all over again. It won’t be easy for me. Star Trek’s not going anywhere, and hopefully, I’m not going anywhere either.
Stewart – “Picard is under stress”
Stewart spoke to USA Today about his career and Trek, he mentioned a few new bits about where we find Jean-Luc Picard 20 years later:
Seeing Picard under stress and not knowing if he’s doing the right thing or did the right thing (indicates) he feels very insecure. These were not challenges that had arisen in Next Generation.
The show opens with Jean-Luc Picard back on Earth, USA Today asked about seeing him return to the bridge of a spaceship, he replied:
We do have a ship, although it’s smaller than the Enterprise and definitely not a starship. There’s one moment when I sit in the captain’s chair and I have to acknowledge I don’t know how to drive the ship and I have to get out. New technology, you know.
“The past is written, but the future is left for us to write.”
A new promo was shared by Patrick Stewart, it features a few new seconds of footage.
Entertainment Weekly posted three new photos today. They’re included below:
Star Trek: Picard – A New Chapter Begins
CBS released a new featurette featuring Patrick Stewart and producers Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman discussing Jean-Luc’s state of mind when we first reconnect with Picard 20-years later.
NOTE: sorry, CBS region locks their videos.
London premiere video
Sir Patrick Stewart shared a nice video montage of the Picard celebration in London last week.
Fun Stewart moment on Graham Norton
While not specifically about Star Trek: Picard, this is a fun moment from Stewart’s UK media tour last week, on The Graham Norton Show he recounts an embarrassing hotel story about him watching a repeat of TNG.
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Star Trek: Picard will premiere on January 23, 2020. It will be available on CBS All Access in the USA and on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel and CraveTV in Canada. It will premiere on Amazon Prime Video for the rest of the world on January 24. Episodes will be released weekly.
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