CBS All Access just unveiled the above trailer for Star Trek: Picard at New York Comic Con in front of a Madison Square Garden audience of 5,000 that responded with passionate approval for the first substantial sampling from the highly anticipated series. CBS All Access also announced the premiere date: January 23.
The new series restores Patrick Stewart to his signature television role as the iconic Starfleet character, Jean-Luc Picard. How iconic? The new Trek iteration with be the ninth television series in the brand’s stellar history but the first one named after an individual. The stature of Stewart and the hero he plays make the series a major play for CBS All-Access, the subscription streaming site that is banking heavily on two classic sci-fi brands, Star Trek and The Twilight Zone.
The trailer shows the return of Picard will be a messy one — the once-and-future star voyager is not his former self and his Starfleet rank and uniform are long gone. The trailer reunites Picard with some familiar faces — including Jonathan Frakes as William Riker and Brent Spiner as Data — and shows the title character struggling for credibility and frustrated by his exile from the cosmic business of Starfleet.
The trailer starts with Picard approaching Data (Spiner) in a vineyard where the android is dabbing at a canvas with an ominous image of a robed figure atop a sea cliff — but it’s just a dream. Then Picard wakes up and greets Number One — but this Number One is just a cat, not his former first officer. The restless retiree is pulled out of his general hibernation mode when a mysterious young woman (Isa Briones), arrives seeking his help. At Starfleet headquarters, however, Picard is dismissively reminded that he is a civilian now. “This is no longer your house, Jean-Luc.”
Stewart leads a cast that also includes Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers of Secret Hideout serves as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer. Hanelle Culpepper directed the first two episodes of the series.
During the Saturday panel at New York Comic Con, Culpepper explained that she feels an obligation to live up to the legacy of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1992), which introduced Stewart’s Picard as the commander of the USS Enterprise. That series was the first live-action Star Trek series since Genre Roddenberry’s brand-launching franchise (1966-1969) and it was also the one that indoctrinated Culpepper to the ever-expanding mythology of Starfleet.
“I became a Star Trek fan because of The Next Generation… I wanted to make sure we honored this amazing character that we all love,” Culpepper said.
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