Patrick Stewart welcomed back to Star Trek by Shatner and others


Patrick Stewart is welcomed back by friends and colleagues after announcing his return to Star Trek as Jean-Luc Picard.

The news that Patrick Stewart is set to reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access has to be the biggest news ever to come out of a Star Trek convention.

Announced Saturday at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, Alex Kurtzman revealed that Stewart would be the star of a new series revolving around Picard’s later life, set 20-25 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.

Stewart had warm words to say about his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation and his belief that he had left Picard behind him after Nemesis.

“It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him,” said Stewart. “Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.”

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Many friends and colleagues reached out to Stewart via twitter to offer welcome and congratulations.

Most notably, original series star William Shatner tweeted, “It’s wonderful news! Congratulations my friend!”

Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green also tweeted out her enthusiasm, saying “This man. How I’ve looked to him over the years for creative education, inspiration and guidance. Absolutely THRILLED that he’s returning to the fold. We stand on your shoulders…”

Stewart’s return to Star Trek is huge and unexpected news. As Martin-Green implies in her tweet, Stewart has been an inspiration for not just past and present Star Trek cast members, but for generations of trekkies.

In his statement, Stewart acknowledges the positive influence Picard has had on fans of the show, inspiring future scientists, leaders, explorers, and diplomats – bringing strength and comfort to those who needed it.

“I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason,” says Stewart. “– to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”

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Another thing I find exciting about this whole process is who is involved in the development of the series. As expected, Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsmith are on the creative team, along with James Duff and Kirsten Beyer.

What blew me away, however, was that Michael Chabon is a member of the development team. Chabon is the author of amazing novels like The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – both books that blend such poignant humanity with intriguingly creative concepts.

I can’t wait to see what he has to contribute to the life of Jean-Luc Picard and the world of Star Trek.

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