The Next Generation is back. CBS announced last week that the original Trek timeline will live on, and with Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard in tow.
You might notice that I didn’t say “Captain” Jean-Luc Picard in that lead in. There’s a very good reason for that too, since he will no longer hold that rank within Starfleet when his brand new Star Trek TV show debuts.
That’s right, the timeline is moving on. In fact, the as yet untitled series will be set some 20 years after the last TNG motion picture, Nemesis. It will reportedly follow the retired Picard in his post-Captainship life. I’m sure it’s safe to assume that there will be a few adventures in there however.
Also, I feel like I have to remind everyone that this is big news, and for a few reasons. Yes, one of those is that Stewart is back in the role of Picard. That is a big deal indeed. But maybe the biggest thing to come out of this news is that the main Trek universe is back.
It’s been missing for years, really since the franchise moved onto the JJ Abrams series of films. Those take place in a divergent, separate timeline, if you’re unaware. While they’re decent enough action/sci-fi flicks, the TNG/DS9/Voyager era will always be my favorite, and I’ve heard that from more than a few fans. So I’d assume this could being some much needed energy back to Trek.
And yes, I realize that Discovery is a main timeline series. But honestly, as much as it seems to eschew the lore and history of Star Trek’s universe, it feels like a whole separate thing. This new show, presumably, will be a little more familiar.
As for the wheres and the whens, there’s apparently no release date as of yet for the inaugural season of “Picard” (or whatever it’ll be called). We do know though, that it will be locked into CBS’ streaming service, just like Discovery is.