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Star Trek: Picard boss says they "learned a lot" from season 1 while discussing show's future

Star Trek: Picard shocked fans with the unexpected events of its season one finale earlier this year, and star Sir Patrick Stewart has already promised that season two of the Star Trek spin-off will be well worth the wait as it follows up on its big surprises.

Akiva Goldsman, executive producer of the CBS All Access and Amazon Prime series, has now also opened up about the show's upcoming second season, telling Collider that the production team "learned a lot" from the sci-fi drama's first season, as well as explaining how excited he is to get back to work on the show.

"We were to start shooting in June, which I guarantee you we will not unless the world opens tomorrow," he said, referencing the production shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We had broken the season, we are about halfway through the writing of it. We will start as soon as we can once the world opens, you know? Prep will have to resume, and then we'll start."

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"We know what it is and it's cool. And we're excited by it and I feel like we learned a lot from season one," he continued.

"Of the things that I have in my life, [Picard] is the one that is most imminent when the world opens. It's the one that feels like that's the thing, at least in my life, that's going to come back fastest."

Goldsman, who also has screenwriting credits on the likes of Batman Forever and I Am Legend, also reflected on the reaction to early episodes of Picard and revealed that he thinks some people jumped to conclusions about the show too quickly.

"It's very funny, in the first season of Picard, there were all these reviews of the beginning, 'Oh it's so dark, it's so dark, it's so dark.' And I kept saying, 'They're reviewing the first act of a movie'," he said.

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"The first act of a movie is always dark. If you stopped It's a Wonderful Life at the bridge, it's a really dark movie!" he added.

"Because fundamentally in a longform narrative, it's a redemption story, it's a healing story, it has to be bad at the beginning so it gets good at the end, otherwise there's nothing to fix."

With a second season already confirmed, some fans have naturally been wondering how many adventures we'll get to see Jean-Luc Picard engage in on his own show – and, according to Goldsman, that decision is down to its lead star.

"I think we have discussed it as both a three-season show, a five-season show, a 'let's just keep going forever' show... But we certainly...

"Star Trek: Picard in my view will go as long as Patrick Stewart wants to do it."

As well as its own in-show revelations, Picard also set up some interesting plot threads for Star Trek: Discovery's third season, giving us plenty to think about during the Trek franchise's downtime.

Star Trek: Picard airs on CBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime internationally, including the UK.


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