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Star Trek: Picard

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About

Star Trek: Picard is an American science fiction television series and a sequel to the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Jean-Luc Picard, as well as other members of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

History

On August 4th, 2018, Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the film Star Trek Generations, as well as various other Star Trek films, announced that he would be reviving the character in a new series. He tweeted, [1] "It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him." Within the tweet, he also included a longer statement about the character. The post (shown below) received more than 42,000 retweets and 158,000 likes in two days.


Patrick Stewart @SirPatStew It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto I will always be very proud to have been a part of St Trek:The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more Patrick

That day, the official Star Trek: Discovery twitter account released a video of Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Sir Patrick Stewart discussing the character. The video (shown below) received more than 2,400 retweets and 7,800 likes in two days.




On May 23rd, 2019, CBS released a teaser trailer for the series. The video received more than 5.5 million views in less than two months (shown below).



Reaction

Trailer Reaction

On July 20th, 2019, CBS premiered the trailer for Star Trek: Picard at San Diego: Comic-Con. When uploaded to YouTube, the clip received more than 2 million views in two days. In addition to Picard, the trailer revealed appearances by former Star Trek cast members Brent Spiner and Jerri Ryan, who would be reprising their roles as Data and Seven of Nine, respectively.



Fans, by and large, seemed to enjoy the trailer as well as other casting notices. The following day, Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis tweeted[2] that she and Jonathan Frakes would also be reprising their roles Troi and Riker. She wrote, "I’ve managed to keep this secret for months but now I can confirm, Troi and Riker are back!!!" The tweet received more than 53,000 likes and 6,000 retweets (shown below).

Throughout the day, others posted their reactions and theories about what the plot of the show would be (examples below, center and right.


Marina Sirtis @Marina_Sirtis I've managed to keep this secret for months but now I can confirm, Troi and Riker are back!!! #StarTrekPicard #Picard Patrick Stewart @SirPatStew Jul 20 The journey is far from over. #StarTrekPicard #Picard #SDCC2019 #ComicCon STAR TREK PICARD SDCC TRAILER 2:09 4.8M views 3:34 AM Jul 21, 2019 Twitter for iPhone OMG the new #Picard trailer y'all!!! Borg, 7 of 9, Data!!!! It looks incredible!!! CBSSAL STAR TREK: PICARD STAR TREK: PICARD STAR TREK: PICARD Cas 1:48 PM Jul 20, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Guesses for Picard: Data is in flashbacks/dreams/holosuite only. Lore is the one disassembled and will be the primary bad guy Girl that comes to him is Hugh's daughter, naturally born Borg hybrid. Seven is Section 31. Finale will feature Picard vs Riker 7:44 PM Jul 20, 2019 Twitter for iPhone

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