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Star Trek: Picard Star, Cast, and Producers Reveal How They Resurrected Jean-Luc

Patrick Stewart wasn't planning on returning to his iconic Star Trek role. Fate had other plans, however, sending tenacious producers and a Pulitzer Prize–winning showrunner after him.

by | January 23, 2020 | Comments

It’s been almost two decades since Jean-Luc Picard has commanded the bridge and our screens, and since legendary actor Patrick Stewart last played the storied Starfleet admiral. The years, Stewart says, have changed them both. That growth is central to the newest CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, which finds the titular commander in a very different place to when we last saw him – older, wiser, out of the game, and about to be drawn back in.

Rotten Tomatoes sat down with Stewart to find out what brought him back to the Star Trek franchise and why he feels such a personal connection with the man who’s become his most iconic role. Plus, we talk to Star Trek newcomers Isa Briones, Alison Pill, Santiago Cabrera, Evan Evagora, and Michelle Hurd, about working with the star and joining the Star Trek universe. Franchise veterans Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Del Arco, and Marina Sirtis reveal what it was like to return. Finally, the creatives behind the series – Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Heather Kadin, and Akiva Goldsman —detail how the project came to be and how they convinced Stewart to finally sign on.

Star Trek: Picard premieres on CBS All Access on January 23, 2020. 

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Adjusted Score: 91.54%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the incomparable Patrick Stewart, Picard departs from standard Starfleet protocol with a slower, serialized story, but like all great Star Trek it tackles timely themes with grace and makes for an exciting push further into the final frontier.
Synopsis: At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart)... [More]

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