Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard TV Show Casts Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway & More

The cast of CBS All Access’s upcoming Picard Star Trek series grows with Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones joining Patrick Stewart in the ongoing adventures of the beloved Jean-Luc Picard. The series was announced late in 2018, as the Eye Network’s streaming service continues to build its library of original content by sticking to its genre guns. That being, of course, another series in the long-running space franchise, as well as Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. 

The Picard series certainly has the potential to appeal to long-time Trek fans, as instead of being prone to retcons like the prequel series Star Trek: Discovery, it picks up with the Starfleet captain long after his voyage aboard the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation has concluded. Yet the series promises fans the chance to be reunited with an immensely popular character, presumably without the threat of undoing or altering already existing storylines and character arcs. What it may do, however, is introduce audiences to a Picard who has changed in the years since viewers have seen him last. One need only look as far as The Last Jedi to see how open some fans are to such changes. 

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Nevertheless, the as-yet-untitled series is moving forward as casting announcements were reported by Deadline, bringing Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Newsroom), Treadaway (Penny Dreadful, The Crown), and Briones (Hamilton, American Crime Story: Versace) into the far-flung future with the former captain. As is so often the case with series like this, there were no details available about the characters the actors would be playing, so it’s time to spark up the internet speculation machine to try and figure out if anyone will have a connection to pre-existing Star Trek lore. 

While any guess is as good as the next at this point, it’s worth noting that both Pill and Treadaway come with some genre bona fides, and may help the series secure an audience once details about who they’re playing are released. With Pill having been in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and American Horror Story: Cult, she’s no stranger to outlandish stories or those involving creative visuals. The same goes for Treadaway, who spent three seasons playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and more recently starred opposite Brendan Gleeson in Audience Network’s Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Mercedes. Briones, however, is the unknown quantity as far as the new cast members are concerned. Her participation in the touring company of Hamilton may bring some recognition, but this role may be her highest profile yet. 

So far, the details on the new series seem to have slowed to a trickle, but that will likely only help build anticipation for whatever it is that CBS All Access has cooked up regarding the return of Picard and the extension of the Star Trek franchise on television. With any luck, more details will be available soon. 

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The Picard-centric Star Trek series does not currently have a release date. 

Source: Deadline

2019-04-17 11:04:42

Kevin Yeoman

Jonathan Frakes to Direct Episodes of Patrick Stewart’s Picard Series

Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that he will direct two episodes of the forthcoming Picard solo series starring Patrick Stewart. Frakes is perhaps best remembered by the Star Trek faithful for portraying the popular William Riker in The Next Generation, but more recent years have seen him achieve acclaim as a director rather than a star in front of the camera. Despite an impressive array of directing credits across a wide range of TV shows, Frakes is never too far away from the world of Star Trek and has shot episodes of Discovery, Voyager, Deep Space 9 and TNG, as well as the First Contact and Insurrection movies.

However, another title will soon be added to the canon of Star Trek TV shows: a solo series for Patrick Stewart’s Enterprise-D Captain, Jean-Luc Picard. The legendary actor himself confirmed the news at a Las Vegas Star Trek convention last year and the new series will continue Picard’s story following his last appearance in Nemesis, supposedly exploring new sides of the famous character. Discovery‘s Akiva Goldsman is involved and the series is expected to premiere later this year on CBS All Access. Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have been cast in supporting roles and Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper has been recruited as director.

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Another familiar Star Trek figure who will be acting as director in the Picard series is Jonathan Frakes. During an interview with Trek Movie, Frakes confirmed his role in the project, stated his interest in directing for the upcoming Georgiou solo series and discussed his feelings towards working on this ambitious new Star Trek venture with an old friend, claiming:

“I’ve been booked for what they call the “second block,” which is episodes 3 and 4… I am so looking forward to it, I can’t tell ya… I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised. I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged, [laughs] sorry. It’s wonderful. It’s smart. I’m excited about it.”

Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series will likely be warmly welcomed by Star Trek fans, primarily because the man clearly has a strong affinity for the franchise both in front of and behind the camera. The director has delivered arguably some of Discovery‘s strongest episodes, such as “Despite Yourself” and “Project Daedalus” which managed to combine a familiar Trek tone with new, modern elements to great effect. It’s also worth noting that Frakes’ involvement in the Picard series could potentially pave the way for a fan-pleasing Riker cameo.

However, Frakes’ creative input will also help maintain a sense of continuity between the various Star Trek stories currently in production. A pitfall of running Discovery, the Picard series and the Georgiou series concurrently (and that’s without considering any of the big screen Trek output in the works) is that the fictional universe can start to feel disjointed and fractured. Having a familiar pair of hands helping to steer the ship should certainly help avoid that issue.

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The Picard solo series is expected to premiere in late 2019.

Source: Trek Movie

2019-04-16 05:04:43

Craig Elvy

Star Trek: 5 Reasons Why Picard Is The Best Captain (And 5 Reasons Why It’s Kirk)

It’s a debate that has raged among Trekkies for decades. Who is the better captain of the Enterprise: James T. Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard? “Weird Al” Yankovic even posed the question in “White and Nerdy,” his parody rap: “Only question I ever thought was hard / Was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?” Kirk is the O.G. from The Original Series, while Picard was the cool, hip, new guy in The Next Generation. There’s a lot to discuss in this battle between sci-fi icons. Here are 5 Reasons Why Picard Is The Best Captain (And 5 Reasons Why It’s Kirk).

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10 Picard: He Doesn’t Rely On Luck Alone

In many situations, Kirk relies on sheer luck alone. He sees danger, heads straight for it, and miraculously manages to come out alive due to a fortunate coincidence that happened to save him from being killed. Picard, meanwhile, is much more level-headed than that. When he’s faced with a potentially hazardous situation, he weighs up his options. He considers the pros and cons. Will the lives they can save outweigh the lives they have to risk? Picard has never found himself in a situation where he relies entirely on luck. He’ll sometimes catch a lucky break, but he also had a backup plan.

9 Kirk: He Manipulates People’s Assumptions

Because Kirk is basically a playboy who thinks with a different organ than his brain a lot of the time and has a reputation for being reckless, a lot of people assume that he’s brash and irresponsible and unintelligent. But he’s just smart enough to manipulate that and use their assumptions about him against them. Remember, he managed to beat Spock at 3D chess on a number of occasions, because Spock underestimated him and he knew it, and so he used that to his advantage. Kirk put that mental skill to work a number of times as the captain of the Enterprise.

8 Picard: He Matured Throughout The Series

Kirk remained pretty much the same roguish hotshot captain throughout the entire run of The Original Series. Picard, on the other hand, started out like that, but he grew as a person and matured as The Next Generation went on. By the end, he had become a better leader and a better person.

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To be fair, The Original Series ran for just three seasons before it was canceled by CBS, while The Next Generation made it to seven seasons, so Picard was allowed more time to grow than Kirk. Either way, whether the writing or William Shatner’s acting is to blame, Kirk barely changed at all in 79 episodes.

7 Kirk: He Had To Captain A Worse Ship

Picard captained a Starfleet ship in the 24th century when they’d figured out interstellar travel and made a slick, slim-line, perfect starship. Kirk, on the other hand, was captaining a version of the Enterprise in the 23rd century that was essentially a prototype when interstellar travel was in its infancy. The Enterprise that had him at the helm was a piece of junk, and its journeys through the stars were more dangerous. The decisions Kirk had to make were among the first such decisions to be made, so his judgment calls had higher stakes and more danger. Picard had history on his side.

6 Picard: He Invented The Picard Maneuver

Kirk is famed throughout the universe for a number of reasons, but one thing he doesn’t have is a maneuver named after him. Picard, on the other hand, invented “the Picard Maneuver,” which has come in handy a bunch of times. Picard himself has called it “a ‘save our skins’ maneuver” that he invented purely out of desperation during a surprise attack. He went into high warp aimed directly at the attacking ship and, to their radars, for a brief moment, it looked as though the ship was in two places at once – they didn’t know where to fire. Kirk never invented a battle tactic like that. There’s no Kirk Maneuver.

5 Kirk: He Blazed The Trail

Without Kirk, there would be no Picard. Not only from the behind-the-scenes point of view, that if it weren’t for The Original Series blazing the trail, there would be no Next Generation, and therefore never would’ve been a Picard – Kirk blazed the trail as a captain within the Star Trek universe, too. He and his crew were the first to do pretty much anything involving interstellar travel. They made mistakes and sacrifices, just so future generations could learn from them – and Picard is from one of those future generations.

4 Picard: He Has A More Level Head

Kirk was famously a hothead. He’s a typical “act before you think” kind of guy, and frankly, that’s the last thing you want in a captain. A captain needs to keep a level head as they lead their crew into certain doom. Every decision has to be properly considered and not taken lightly or made rashly based on fear or anger or anything else irrational. Picard fits this description much more than Kirk, and he also has much more control over his emotions than Kirk does. Picard simply has more of the qualities that make a truly great captain than Kirk does.

3 Kirk: He Beat The Kobayashi Maru Test

One important thing to note about Kirk is that he successfully beat the Kobayashi Maru test, which is a Starfleet Academy training exercise that is known famously among Trekkies for being “a no-win situation.” It involves a civilian ship in a simulation, fighting against the Klingons, stranded in the Neutral Zone.

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No Starfleet ship can enter the Neutral Zone, so the test-taker has to decide whether they’re going to save the crew of the Kobayashi Maru or leave them to die. The simulation is designed so that the cadet fails every time. After beating it, Kirk managed to convince the Starfleet authorities that he displayed his creative thinking skills and got them to praise him for it.

2 Picard: He Can Prevent Wars

A lot of uninitiated mainstreamers have difficulty figuring out the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars, but frankly, the most obvious difference is in the name. Star Wars is about intergalactic conflicts and military strategy and political factions blowing the bejesus out of each other. But Star Trek isn’t as focused on the military aspect. There are sometimes intergalactic conflicts that arise, but the story is more about journeying to different planets and discovering new life forms and leading the charge in scientific discovery. Picard is the best captain for avoiding wars ever starting in the first place, because he’s a great negotiator.

1 Kirk: He Can End Wars

Picard’s negotiation skills might be able to get him out of ever starting a war in the first place, but Kirk’s bold decision-making and confidence as a military leader mean that he can end wars. So, while Picard stops the wars from being started in the first place, when they do eventually strike, Kirk is the captain you want to have, because he’ll be able to end them. His decisive military action and his reckless behavior might not make him popular at Starfleet Headquarters, but they certainly make him the guy you want by your side in a war zone, guiding you through the intergalactic mayhem.

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2019-03-13 01:03:18

Ben Sherlock

Picard Star Trek Series Character Breakdowns Reveal Teen Romulan & Shady Pilot

Jean-Luc Picard is getting some new friends, as character breakdowns for the supporting cast of the as-yet-untitled CBS All Access Star Trek series have surfaced. After Patrick Stewart made the surprise announcement at a Star Trek convention that he was returning to the franchise that made him a household name for new adventures, further details were nowhere to be found. Stewart confirmed an approximate timeframe – about 20 years after the events of the final Star Trek: The Next Generation film, Star Trek: Nemesis – and suggested Picard would be a very different man, but beyond that little was known about the project until very recently.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that the series will deal with the fallout of the destruction of Romulus seen in J.J. Abrams’ first alternate universe Star Trek film, giving fans their first taste of the show’s plot. It was also recently announced that Star Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes – Stewart’s former Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star – will be joining the show as a director, though not necessarily on-screen as Will Riker. We also know Hanelle Culpepper will helm the show’s pilot, the first woman to ever take on that task.

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With the story and behind the scenes crew taking shape, we’re now getting a hint of what the on-screen crew will look like. That Hashtag Show has posted what are purportedly character breakdowns for the show’s supporting cast. Seven characters are listed, some more surprising than others. A new version of the EMH Doctor, made famous by Robert Picardo in Star Trek: Voyager – here referred to simply as Dr. Smith – appears to be among Picard’s crew, as well as a neurotic expert on positronic brains named Starton, which could very well hint at the return of the positronic brained Data.

The other characters suggest a scope that could reach beyond the usual Starfleet personnel. The show sports of a pair of duplicitous pilots, as well as a teenage Romulan boy. Allusions are made to some sort of artifact, which would line up with Picard’s well-established affinity for archeology. Perhaps the most notable information is what doesn’t show up in these breakdowns. Other than Picard himself, there’s no direct mention of any other Star Trek: The Next Generation characters, suggesting this will indeed be a very different story than Stewart’s past Star Trek adventures.

CBS All Access is betting big on Star Trek. After the success of Star Trek: Discovery – recently renewed for a third season – the burgeoning streaming service has several Star Trek projects in development, including a Section 31 spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh’s Mirror Universe Captain Georgiou, and Lower Decks, an animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. That said, we’ll be seeing Picard and his new friends before any of those projects get off the ground as the series is scheduled to begin production in April. While the Picard show is still largely a mystery, it’s good to at least know a bit more about who he’s taking with him on his new frontier.

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Source: That Hashtag Show

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2019-03-01 10:03:13

Picard TV Show Premiere Recruits Star Trek: Discovery Director

CBS All Access announced that a former Star Trek: Discovery director will helm the pilot episode for the upcoming Picard TV series starring Patrick Stewart. Stewart announced that he would return to his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the as-yet-untitled Star Trek series. Originally hitting in the airwaves in 1986, Star Trek: The Next Generation took place around a century after the original William Shatner series and followed a whole new Starfleet crew, led by Stewart’s Picard. The new series will follow his character into the next chapter of his life following a total of seven seasons spent on the show. In 1993, Stewart later returned to the role for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and a year later for the first of four Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films, Star Trek: Generations.

The new series will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States with international distribution by CBS Studios International, similar to the current run of Star Trek: Discovery. Among the Picard show’s executive producers are Discovery‘s Alex Kurtzman, author Michael Chabon, and Stewart himself. The Picard TV series is part of an expansion for Star Trek-based programming that now includes an animated series on CBS All Access and possibly Nickelodeon, additional episodes of Short Treks, a possible Star Trek: Discovery spinoff led by Michelle Yeoh, and a Starfleet Academy series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

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News broke from The Wrap that Hanelle Culpepper will helm the first two episodes of the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek TV show for CBS All Access. This makes Culpepper the first woman to direct a pilot or debut episode of a Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history. Showrunner Alex Kurtzman said of Culpepper:

“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character. I’ve been a huge fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our Trek family on this next adventure.”

Culpepper is already a seasoned veteran of Starfleet, having directed two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. She helmed the episode titled “Vaulting Ambition” in Season 1 as well as an upcoming episode in Season 2. In addition to numerous Star Trek ventures, she’s also taken on network shows as well, directing everything from How To Get Away With Murder and Empire to Gotham and Supergirl. She’ll also direct an episode of AMC’s forthcoming horror series NOS4A2, starring a former Spock, Zachary Quinto.

Considering that this new Picard TV series could feature a very different sort of Jean-Luc, it’s comforting to know that someone with as much craftsmanship as Culpepper will spearhead the series. We still don’t know exactly what kind of Picard we’ll be getting, considering it will take place 20-plus years since we last saw him in Star Trek: Nemesis, but it was also confirmed that Picard would no longer be an official Starfleet Captain, which makes things especially interesting.

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Source: The Wrap

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2019-03-01 06:03:03

Picard Is No Longer a Starfleet Captain in New Star Trek Series


Jean-Luc Picard will no longer be a Starfleet Captain when he returns for his new Star Trek spinoff series on CBS All Access. The new series centered on now-former Enterprise captain Picard is only one of several Star Trek shows being planned for CBS’ streaming service.

The streamer’s inaugural Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, is currently in its second season and has already spun off a series of shorts featuring various characters from the show. CBS also plans a spinoff centered on the character of Discovery captain Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh. There will also be at least two new animated Trek series, including a comedic show called Lower Decks developed by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. Overall, CBS plans year-round Trek shows on All Access as they seek to capitalize on one of their most famous properties.

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Of all the new Trek-related series, it’s fair to say none is more anticipated than the one that will center on Jean-Luc Picard, the Starfleet captain portrayed by Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four movies featuring the TNG cast. However, in the new series, Picard will in fact no longer be a Starfleet captain. As TNG actor and director Jonathan Frakes revealed in a new interview with Deadline, the series will see Picard having moved on to a new phase of his life. When asked what he knows about the new show and whether he’d like to be involved, Frakes said:

“The feeling is [the Next Generation cast] would love to be part of it. But the feeling is also that it’s Patrick [Stewart]’s show. [Laughs.] Having said that, I can’t imagine a world where there’s no reference to what happened to the rest of the Next Generation cast. Patrick isn’t playing Capt. Jean-Luc Picard this time, he’s done with [that phase of his career in] Starfleet in this show. That’s about the only thing I do know about the show.”

Picard and Riker in Star Trek Next Generation

After Frakes’ remarks to Deadline, Comic Book reached out to CBS and received a brief statement about Picard’s status in the new show. “The only thing we can confirm is the series will explore the next chapter of Picard’s life, which will be different, as Patrick teased in Vegas,” CBS said. Indeed, Stewart has remarked in the past about how Picard leads a “radically altered” life in the new series. It’s now been more-or-less confirmed that “radically altered” means he’s no longer in command of a starship. But it still hasn’t been revealed what exact occupation Picard has taken on now that hopping around the galaxy is no longer part of his life.

Given Stewart’s wish to present a very different view of Jean-Luc Picard, it’s likely the new series will see the former captain living a life very far removed from the high-adventure world presented on TNG. Of course, as the new series will still take place in the Star Trek universe, advanced technology and major drama will no doubt figure into the equation at some point. Whatever changes Stewart wants to see, at the end of the day the Trek formula is still the Trek formula, and there are certain aspects to that formula that shouldn’t – and perhaps can’t – be altered.

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Source: Deadline, Comic Book

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2019-01-27 01:01:08

Star Trek: Patrick Stewart’s Picard Series Premiering In Late 2019

The upcoming Star Trek series revolving around the character Jean-Luc Picard will be premiering in late 2019. The series will mark Patrick Stewart’s return to the Star Trek universe, who made the character Picard famous with his series Star Trek: The Next Generation back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Stewart played the character for seven seasons of The Next Generation, and appeared in a total of four Star Trek movies, but he’ll also be at the center of a whole new Star Trek series in 2019.

Word broke that Stewart was returning as Picard back in August, but fans only have a limited amount of information surrounding the project. CBS is planning to have the Picard series run for multiple seasons, which will explore the next chapter of Picard’s life. The series will be available exclusively on CBS’ streaming service CBS All Access, where CBS is hoping to stream new Star Trek shows all year long. It was announced in September that pre-production had started on the new Picard series, but now fans have been given a time frame for when they can expect to see Stewart in his new series.

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First reported by The Wrap, fans are expected to be able to stream the new Picard series a year from now. Chief creative officer for CBS Corporation, David Nevins, recently revealed the release date to people at the 46th Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference saying, “In 2019, it’s not one ‘Star Trek,’ it’s two ‘Star Treks.’ ‘Discovery’ at the beginning of the year, and Picard will start at the end of the year“.  This time frame lines up, as the Picard series is still in pre-production, meaning filming hasn’t even started yet.

Aside from the upcoming Picard series, Star Trek: Discovery will be returning in January 2019, as Nevins mentioned in his quote. The series has gotten generally positive reviews, but there are a fair share of Star Trek fans that aren’t happy with the new television universe. That being said, the Picard series won’t connect to Discovery. Fans might also get a fourth film in Chris Pine’s Star Trek series, as well as an R-rated Star Trek from Quentin Tarantino.

While Star Trek: Discovery might not have everybody hooked just yet, the upcoming Picard series has a lot of people interested, since Jean-Luc Picard is a fan favorite character in the Star Trek universe. Trekkies around the globe will surely be thrilled that the series will be out in around a year, and since Stewart retired from the X-Men franchise after the release of Logan, he’ll likely have a lot more time to work on this Star Trek project.

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Source: The Wrap

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2018-12-04 08:12:21

Classic & Modern Doctor Who TV Shows Get Honest Trailers

Screen Junkies dropped the Honest Trailers for both the BBC’s modern and classic Doctor Who TV series. The Doctor Who season 11 premiere was a ratings win, with over 9 million viewers tuning in across the UK. Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the debonair time-traveler has been met with considerable acclaim among critics and fans.

Since launching in 1963, the franchise has spawned thousands of episodes – some of which have vanished over the years – and over a dozen incarnations of the titular character. The BBC’s hiatus between the “classic” and “modern” series lasted from 1989 to 2005. Beginning with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper’s entrance as the ninth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler, the revival went on to become a huge hit. Thanks to booming digital effects, and a new generation of fans, Doctor Who has evolved from a quintessential campy, sci-fi show to a visually stunning tapestry of outer-space hijinks. While each actor to play the Doctor has brought something of their own, the tangible essence of what makes the show compelling and continuously draws people in fuels its ongoing success.

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In celebration of the new season premiere, Screen Junkies released the “modern” and “classic” Honest Trailers about an hour apart. Both pay tribute to the best remembered Doctors, companions, and aliens seen across the decades. Check out both trailers below:

While the Honest Trailers team point out the winning recipe of lighthearted comedy and fantastical adventure from both eras, the distinctions are made clear. The modern trailer highlights the larger-than-life, apocalypse-dodging, tortured hero themes, as well as the long line line up of famous guest stars. The classic trailer mocks the goofy special effects, 1960s outfits, and cringe-worthy racism in much earlier episodes. The trailers also help frame why the series has gotten away with repeating similar plot lines and classic villains, such as the Daleks, Cybermen and The Master over and over. Like Star Trek, the creators focus on finding new ways to tell incredible tales that resonate with legacy fans, whiling drawing in new ones. The point is to be able to start watching at any point, and still be engaged right away.

Doctor Who is among the oldest examples of a series that satisfies its fan bases by centralizing an enthralling, ever-advancing character that viewers love. Similarly, CBS’ Picard-focused Star Trek series has generated so much excitement because of how beloved the character is. The MCU has created a global fan base for their heroes by giving them increasingly complicated challenges, while keeping them true to their core characters. On the other hand, Luke Skywalker’s character shift in Last Jedi as described by Mark Hamil, indicates why some fans didn’t responded positively. With Whittaker already off to a great start embodying the incomparable Time Lord while adding her own sparkle, an amazing new season appears to lie ahead.

MORE: Doctor Who: Why Jodie Whittaker Is Already A Great Doctor

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2018-10-09 02:10:17 – Calvin Barr

James McAvoy Offers to Play Young Picard for Patrick Stewart

James McAvoy has offered to once again play a younger version of Patrick Stewart, this time in the form of a young Picard for the character’s new Star Trek series. The new Picard-led Star Trek show will air on the CBS All Access streaming service, where CBS hopes to keep Star Trek shows airing all year long.

Star Trek has certainly had a long run in pop culture. The first Star Trek show aired from 1966-1969, and while the original series was rather short-lived, star William Shatner would go on to play lead character Captain Kirk in seven movies, before the franchise began completely focusing on a new set of characters. There have been multiple follow-up series over the years, including The Next Generation starring Stewart as Picard, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and the latest Discovery. The series has also had its fair share of cinematic adventures sprinkled over the years, including the immensely popular current trilogy produced by J.J. Abrams. Quentin Tarantino is now developing his own Star Trek movie, a fourth film in Abrams’ series is still expected to happen, and the new series revolving around Picard is in pre-production. Needless to say, Star Trek is one property that has shown no signs of slowing down.

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When Stewart posted a photo on Instagram recently of the new Picard series’ writers room, McAvoy commented, “Need a flashback guy????” Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.” Stewart’s original post can be seen below.

Stewart previously confirmed his return to the franchise when he attended the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Not a lot is currently known about the upcoming series; however, it will be focusing on the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard’s life. Even after his most recent Star Trek role in 2002, Stewart has stayed busy with acting. Shortly before his time with Star Trek ended, Stewart jumped into another franchise; X-Men. Patrick has appeared in a total of seven X-Men movies as Professor Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was McAvoy’s second time playing the younger version of Stewart’s character.

Much like Stewart, McAvoy has had a successful acting career. Aside from his X-Men role, McAvoy has starred in films like Wanted, Atomic Blonde, and Split. He will also be starring in the upcoming It: Chapter Two, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s third film in the Unbreakable series, titled Glass. Fans were very accepting of him playing a young version of Professor X, so he would likely be a good fit for the new Picard Star Trek series, if they ever do need to cast a young version of Picard.

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2018-09-25 03:09:03 – Christopher Fiduccia