It’s officially time to start getting excited about Star Trek: Picard! CBS released the teaser for the upcoming series and it asks far more questions than it answers (but that’s what makes it a teaser, right?) but it does give us a little peek into what former Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) has been up to since we last saw him in Star Trek: Nemesis.
A Serene Interrogation
The teaser opens with soft, gentle, and optimistic music – everything that Star Trek music should be and evoke. A woman recaps momentous accomplishments as scenes of bright sun and greenery and flowing water play across the screen. As the conversational tone changes, so does the dramatic score. A man walks through a vineyard as drones water the grapevines and the woman questions her counterpart’s loss of faith – in general, in Starfleet, and of self. The orchestral music is every bit a character in this teaser, highlighting the importance of the crated bottles of wine from Chateau Picard as the woman asks “Why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?” before fading into the iconic Star Trek horn crescendo. Accompanying the audible fade is a visual fade: Admiral Picard himself!
There is so much in this trailer’s simplicity! We learn that Picard left Starfleet of his own accord as an Admiral, and they want him back. He returns to his ancestral home, Chateau Picard, and takes up the family business of wine. But why? What causes Picard to lose faith in everything, even himself? How do the events of Star Trek (2009) play into Picard’s background or is that why Starfleet is seeking his return?
A Tagline of Mystery
Along with the title sequence for Star Trek: Picard that plays after Picard’s appearance, there is a short tagline for the new show: THE END IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. What exactly does this mean? There are so many threads to follow, from the heavily hinted at destruction of Romulus by Alex Kurtzman to Admiral Picard’s voluntary split from Starfleet to what actually caused Picard to leave. Will Star Trek: Picard include a myriad of flashback sequences, where we begin the story from current times and also gain access to Picard’s past as we move forward, together, a la How I Met Your Mother? Or is there more to it? Will Picard’s past be a puzzle for the viewer to piece together as the show progresses?
A New Beginning?
With the first teaser, CBS also released a new poster. It is hard to tell whether the sun is rising or setting over the Picard vineyard – and maybe that is the point, when considering the tagline. The artists involved with Star Trek: Picard definitely deserve some praise with this poster; the Starfleet emblem formed from rows of grapevines is just so visually stunning!
Take a look at the gorgeous sunrise/sunset in the poster and let us know what you think of the teaser below. Will you be tuning in to CBS All Access to learn more about our now-former Admiral Picard?
Star Trek: Picard features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.
Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart and has Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, and Harry Treadaway in unknown roles. Executive Producers for the show include Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Sir Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth, with Aaron Baiers as a Co-Executive Producer and Kirsten Beyer as a Supervising Producer. The first two episodes will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper.