It's a very good time to be a Trekkie. Star Trek: Discovery is ramping up for a highly anticipated second season on CBS All Access; Star Trek shorts are keeping fans satiated in the meantime; the fourth reboot movie has a director; and the writers' room for the Picard spinoff series with Sir Patrick Stewart is well underway.
What more could you ask of the Federation?!
That being said, it could be easy for one to confuse all of these Trek-related projects with one another, since so many are in production and on their way to CBS's exclusive streaming service. Speaking to TrekMovie.com, Star Trek producer Heather Kardin explained how they are trying to differentiate Picard from Discovery.
"I think the one thing we can say which is more general is that it’s been a real conscious effort that every project we do have its own voice and occupy its own space," she said. "I don’t mean its own space in canon, I mean its own tonal vision. Because you shouldn’t tune in to Discovery and wonder if you flipped the channel, that it was Picard. They should feel different, they should have different messages coming from different people."
Looking to the history of Trek TV and film, it's a philosophy we've seen in the past. Sure, the golden age of Trek TV all shared a similar aesthetic, but there were distinct narrative differences between something like Deep Space Nine and Next Generation (and especially something like Enterprise). As CBS looks to rebuild the brand, what's old is new again.
Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery premieres on January 17, 2019, whereas the Picard show is expected sometime in 2020.