The Twitter reactions to Patrick Stewart's Star Trek return are worth their weight in Dilithium crystals

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Aug 5, 2018, 8:33 AM EDT (Updated)

Today it was announced that actor Patrick Stewart would be reprising his role as USS Enterprise-D Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation in a CBS All Access series. Naturally, this caused a lot of excitement, especially among longtime fans of TNG, which ran for a total of 178 episodes in seven seasons between 1987 and 1994.

The beloved series is notable for the fact that it was the first sequel series to the original '60s-era Star Trek and benefited from the active involvement of series creator Gene Roddenberry during the development stage. It also marked the first main role for a young Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher.

However, it was (and is) Stewart's character that made the show great, not to mention iconic, for many fans. As such, Twitter was abuzz with the news that the 78-year-old actor was finding his way back to the world of Starfleet, dilithium crystals, and Worf's wrinkly forehead. A lot of folks were just pleased he wasn't dead when they saw his name was trending. 

Here are some of the best tweets we found on the matter:

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