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Star Trek: How Picard Is Different & Similar to Discovery, Next Generation

Star Trek: Picard is the first of its kind in the Star Trek franchise in that it's a series centered on a single character. However, that's not the only way it differs from both its predecessors and its contemporaries.

According to showrunner Michael Chabon, who spoke with Entertainment Weekly, Picard's journey in Season 1 will be serialized as opposed to episodic. "Which isn’t necessarily new for Star Trek," he said, noting the episodic nature of The Next Generation and the often-serialized nature of Discovery," but that is new for Picard."

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That being said, fans can likely expect Season 1 of Picard to tell a singular story split up over 10 episodes instead of 10 one-and-done chapters, a popular trend among binge-worthy streaming shows.

In Picard, Stewart reprises the fan-favorite role he portrayed on Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and four films. Details about the project have largely been kept under wraps, but the series will serve as a pseudo-sequel to TNG, taking place 18 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and examining how the character has changed since he was the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.

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Debuting in 2020 on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.