There are some tasty new developments in the much anticipated Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series. Alex Kurtzman, who is showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery and the architect of the expansion of the Star Trek universe on CBS All Access, has given us something to chew on. Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard will return in his own series, but only after his life has been altered in an unexpected way.
We’ve known that this new Picard series will find the captain in some new chapter in his life. Many have speculated that he’ll be serving in a diplomatic capacity much like Spock did after his stint on the Enterprise. But, Kurtzman has taken this new chapter to an entirely different timeline. Apparently, this series finds Picard after going through a “traumatic and life-changing calamity” in his life, which… is the end of the Romulan empire, as depicted in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film (co-written by Kurtzman). WHAT?
That means that in some way we are going to see an intermingling of the Prime and Kelvin timelines. This will be the first attempt to tell the story of the (presumed) chaos that ensues in the aftermath of the destruction of Romulus. It’s a bold choice. And, to us, that is awesome.
Stewart had similar bold sentiments going in to the project. Kurtzman said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Stewart told him, “If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?”. And, it seems the perfect way to do both those things, considering Picard’s history with the Romulans. He was involved in the Dominion wars in the Star Trek novels, he and Ambassador Spock foiled a coup by the Romulans in the two-part episode of Star Trek: TNG (S05, E07 & 08), Unification. That’s not to mention the Romulans making a clone of Picard (Tom Hardy) that he was forced to fight off in Star Trek: Nemesis.
How the entrance into the Kelvin timeline will be handled is a mystery. And, we still don’t know the title or the plot of the new Picard series. But boy is this something to speculate on. Make it so.