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Kurtzman explains how Picard's show is a blend of 'Discovery' and 'The Next Generation'

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Dec 10, 2018

It's been four months since we learned that Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series centered on the character's life and adventures of the Next Generation era. Other than that, and the news that it's likely to arrive late next year, we know precious little about the series. Now, executive producer Alex Kurtzman is shedding a little tonal light on the upcoming CBS All Access series. 

Picard (which isn't the official title yet, but it's what everyone involved seems to be throwring around) will be the second Trek series to hit All Access, and it will have to set itself apart from Discovery in more ways than just its place in the canonical timeline. Yes, Picard's lifespan means we will see different ships, different planets, and different supporting characters, but the show's creators also want to make sure it feels different. While Discovery is an ensemble series with an emphasis on action and a relentless pace, Picard will slow things down a bit, though perhaps not to the same level that some episodes of The Next Generation did.

“It’s an extremely different rhythm than Discovery,” Kurtzman told Entertainment Weekly. “Discovery is a bullet. Picard is a very contemplative show. It will find a balance between the speed of Discovery and the nature of what Next Gen was but I believe it will have its own rhythm.”

"Contemplative" is a good word to describe Picard the series, because it's also a good word to describe Picard the character. Jean-Luc was a cool head in battle and always ready to throw himself into the fray in the action-heavy episodes, yes, but he also always maintained an intellectual touch and a fondness for slowing things down a bit. That contemplative nature will also allow Kurtzman and company to explore the questions of Picard's post-TNG life in the most realistic way possible. 

“Without revealing too much about it, people have so many questions about Picard and what happened to him, and the idea we get to take time to answer those questions in the wake of the many, many things he’s had to deal with in Next Gen is really exciting," Kurtzman said. "‘More grounded’ is not the right way to put it, because Season 2 of Discovery is also grounded. It will feel more … real world? If that’s the right way to put it.”

The new take on Picard arrives next year. What do you think about Kurtzman's approach?

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