Star Trek: Picard teases the return of some familiar faces joining Patrick Stewart in new trailer
The spin-off will follow Stewart’s space captain Jean-Luc Picard, picking up decades after the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Now, an NFL trailer for the programme has revealed that William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Beverley Crusher (Gates McFadden) will be returning in the new show.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Riker was Picard’s first-officer and Crusher the medical officer. Their roles in the new run of episodes are still unclear, but the narrative will follow the noted captain helping a mysterious young woman called Dahj as she finds herself in trouble.
A longer trailer has already teased the iconic sci-fi character’s return. The spin-off will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the UK next month and will be launching on CBS All-Access in the US too.
While Star Trek fans can’t wait for the new spin-off to debut, it’s not the last they’ll see of the iconic captain as the show has already been renewed for season two before even airing one episode.
According to Deadline, the series has been given $20.4million (£15.3million) in California tax incentives with the series heading into a 10-episode order.
After his years as a star fleet captain, Picard has retired and has set up home in his vineyard, willing the days away in his new content life.
But he is soon joined by a mysterious young woman Dahj in the new chapter of his life, who he seeks to help after coming to believe is in imminent danger.
Speaking to TrekCore, writer Alex Kurtzman said: ‘You know, we feel a tremendous responsibility to the fans who have loved [the Picard character], and Patrick himself, who took a massive leap of faith with us in choosing to come back and play Picard [after] he said he was done forever.
‘[Stewart] also said, “I want to make sure if I come back, if you loved The Next Generation, you’ll feel we’re honouring it, but this is a very different experience.” This is a very different experience.’
Picard was one of the 15 TV series that were awarded these credits, which aim to ultimately help increase revenue for the state.
Other shows who received money from the state include Impeachment: American Crime Story, Netflix’s Special renewed for season two, Lucifer season five and the remake of Grease.
Star Trek: Picard launches 24 January on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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