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Star Trek: Captain Picard Has Some Post-Nemesis Regrets, Says Producer

Taking place nearly 20 years after the events of 2002's Star Trek Nemesis, the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard will have the eponymous former Starfleet officer haunted by his past.

The official plot synopsis and teaser trailer for Picard revealed the venerable captain of the Enterprise has left Starfleet for undisclosed reasons to manage his family's vineyard in France. For Star Trek: Picard executive producer Alex Kurtzman, the change marks a shift for the character that's at once both new and familiar to audiences.

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"I think we’ve found a story that honors everything that people love about the character, but in ways that are not what you expect, and yet, become more and more familiar as the show goes," explained Kurtzman in an interview on the Crew Call Podcast. "And that’s what’s exciting. A lot has happened to Jean-Luc Picard in the intervening years [since Nemesis]. There’s been a lot going on and he’s had to deal with some new things, he’s had to deal with some old things, and both of those things kind of come colliding together."

Nemesis featured an epic confrontation between the Enterprise and Picard's evil clone Shinzon. After Shinzon overthrew the Romulan Star Empire, Picard and the crew were able to stop him from attacking the United Federation, albeit at the expense of Data's life. Since then, Picard has apparently had to contend with his regrets as he retires to quiet civilian life.

"He’s made choices that he’s not necessarily feeling great about — and yet I think the audience will understand exactly why he made them," Kurtzman observed.

Debuting later this year on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.