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Don't Expect Star Trek: Picard to Immediately Head Into Space

While Star Trek: Picard will inevitably return its title character to the cosmos he once explored captaining the U.S.S. Enterprise, the series' producers have revealed that Jean-Luc won't eagerly drop his entire retired life to blast off into outer space immediately.

CBS' head of Star Trek programming and Picard executive producer Alex Kurtzman noted that the series deliberately takes the time to explore life on Earth before Picard sets out into the stars with a mysterious young girl named Dahj.

"I don’t think people look at Picard and go, ‘I can’t wait to watch that action show,'" observed Kurtzman in an interview with TV Line. "I think they look at Picard and they want a deep character study.”

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While Picard does eventually return to the stars on a new adventure, executive producer Heather Kadin revealed that the series' first three episodes take place primarily on Earth to explore the world more. Star Patrick Stewart expanded on this, with the observation that more of Earth is seen in Picard than the entirety of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"Getting Picard through all the phases of what it’s going to take him to actually leave that vineyard and decide to go to the stars is not something we wanted to rush," continued Kurtzman. "We wanted to just let it sit and let each moment be believable and let that outcome become inevitable.”

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway. The series is set to premiere on CBS All Access Jan. 23.


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