Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022

Star Trek fans briefly turned into internet archaeologists today after CBS posted, then quickly grabbed the first trailer for Star Trek: Picard. Earlier this morning, Entertainment Weekly appeared to have removed a story about the reveal, but luckily for everyone else, the trailer still showed up in Google results as “Star Trek: Picard first trailer released.” (And since this is the internet, mirrored versions of the trailer were soon all over the place, of course, giving us the first public glimpse of a show that was most recently teased during CBS’s Upfront presentation in March.)

However, with rampant unofficial footage of the captain officially out of retirement, CBS quickly reinstated the ship and debuted the teaser via the @StarTrek Twitter feed, noting that it was on the anniversary of The next generationthe series finale.

“Fifteen years ago you led us out of the darkness today”, a voiceover sounds elliptical about a vineyard that evokes images of the possible future in Next generation final All good things…† “You commanded the largest rescue armada in history. Then, the unimaginable. What did that cost you? You believe? You believe in us? You believe in yourself?’

When we see a case of Burgundy bottles labeled Chateau Picard, the voiceover concludes, “Tell us, why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?” Focus on Patrick Stewart’s gritty face and make a logo shot over a soft flute version of the Next generation opening action of the theme. (Hey, I know a Starfleet captain who plays the flute!)

What happened?

Stewart said on Star Trek Las Vegas this month that “20 years will have passed” between the Next generation institution we know and the Picard series. That would put the show in roughly the year 2399, 20 years after the setting of Star Trek: Nemesismaking Picard about 94 years old.

That is all to say that we know very little about what could have happened “15 years ago” to cause an Admiral Picard to abruptly lose confidence after a rescue mission and the “unimaginable” events that followed. The description evokes some parallels to Picard’s capture and assimilation by (and subsequent rescue of) the Borg, and the setting of the vineyard evokes some ties to his recovery immediately after that trauma. But it’s hard to know how much to make of those thematic links right now.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman hinted to TV Guide earlier this month that “the destruction of Romulus will play into the series,” which would certainly qualify as the kind of “unimaginable” act that could shake the usually unflappable Picard. “What happened to him during that time? [since Next Generation]Kurtzman told TV Guide. “Have there been events that force him to consider the choices he has made in his life? How do you stay the person everyone loved when circumstances around you have changed so radically? Those are the big questions we ask.”

Star Trek: Picard will premiere in late 2019 on CBS: All Access in the US and Amazon Prime internationally. The famous novelist Michael Chabon is one of the executive producers.

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