Star Trek: Picard wrapped up its first season in March, setting its title character off to new adventures with the crew of the La Sirena. Now executive producer Akiva Goldsman is talking about the plans for season two, and offering some insights into season one.
Waiting to start up again for season two, delay can help make it better
Akiva Goldsman gave Collider an update on how the coronavirus lockdown has impacted work on the second season of Picard:
We were to start shooting in June, which I guarantee you we will not unless the world opens tomorrow. We had broken the season, we were about halfway through the writing of it. You know, we will start as soon as we can once the world opens, you know? Prep will have to resume, and then we’ll start.
The executive producer also offered some insight into plans for the second season:
We know what it is, and it’s cool. And we’re excited by it, and I feel like we learned a lot from season one.
Expanding on that, Goldsman found a silver lining in the production delay, indicating if they can complete writing work on the full season, they can go back and refine earlier episodes to ensure they better set up what is to come later in the season:
…it is fundamentally a gift to be able to do all of them [the episodes] if you can. Because unlike previous iterations of television, this serialized ten-hour narrative has setups and payoffs that require a thoughtful view of the object once it is completed. It’s very funny, in the first season of Picard, there were all these reviews of the beginning, ‘Oh it’s so dark, it’s so dark, it’s so dark.’ And I kept saying, ‘They’re reviewing the first act of a movie.’ The first act of a movie is always dark…So we’re in this weird world now where we create one narrative object but we dole it out bit by bit, which is fascinating. And can be kind of fun. But what you really want is to be able to refine your setups once you’ve written your payoffs… if in fact you could have the time to write 10 hours first, that would be amazing. And maybe we will.
His comments also indicate that season two, like season one, will have ten episodes. As for how long the show may go on, it has previously been reported that they have planned for three seasons. But Goldsman indicated to Collider that it could go longer saying, “Star Trek: Picard in my view will go as long as Patrick Stewart wants to do it.”
How Uhura and Logan lead to Star Trek: Picard
As part of CBS’ Emmy campaign, Goldsman also talked to Gold Derby, earlier in the month, focusing on the first season. He began by explaining how the show was born out of an idea that would have brought back a classic Star Trek character:
We were creating that first season of Short Treks…We were imagining one, something we never made, which was some intersection with a very young Picard and an aging Uhura. Although we never made that, one of the things were thinking is could we take this young actor – not Tom Hardy – and sort of morph him at the end and actually use a shot of Patrick [Stewart]. Could we get Patrick? And Alex Kurtzman said, “Why not just get him for one, why not get him for a show?” We all sort of went, “Well, that’s impossible, isn’t it?” And off we went.
Goldsman also talked about how Patrick Stewart’s role in the 2017 X-Men film Logan helped inform how they convinced Stewart to return to the role of Picard and how his character would be portrayed:
We knew we had to go to him with something that wasn’t a replay…We were also, when it came to Patrick, on the specific heels of Logan and on the shoulders of Logan. What was so amazing about Logan to me was it was modern, it understood the passage of time. It was happy to embrace the promises of the future, both realized and not realized. It was really great acting and really great storytelling. We wanted to live up to that and obviously Patrick would insist we live up to it. And so those guideposts kept us on the straight and narrow when it came to not just redoing what had already been done.
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