In his last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “All Good Things,” Captain Picard’s final words were “the sky’s the limit.” Now, 24 years after that episode aired, and 16 years after Picard’s last appearance in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, those words are looking like a prophecy.
Based on what’s been said about the new Picard Trek series, and what we know about Picard from Trek canon, here are three big ways the new Trek Picard-centric series could take shape. These aren’t wild theories, but, instead, outcomes and themes that seem likely based on real information. Just the way Picard would like it.
Patrick Stewart confirmed the canonical time period of the new TV series when he said: “Twenty years will have past, which is more or less exactly the time between the very last movie – Nemesis – and today.” Now, Nemesis is set in 2379, which, means the new show will be set around 2399.
Indeed, SYFY's article, "3 directions the new Picard Star Trek Series could (realistically) boldly go," sketches out an interesting possible trajectory for the quasi-reboot of Star Trek TNG, featuring the lovable Captain Picard, to be reprised by the equally lovable, and now legendary, Patrick Stewart.
The Time-Space Continuum and Star Trek
But there's another interesting question -- what are the prospects for this new show from the perspective of potential viewers on both ends of that twenty year span of time?
To a lot of younger people, Patrick Stewart is probably better know for his role as Francis Xavier in X-men. Do many even remember him as Captain Picard?
And for the older audience, the new show will inevitably be tinged with a touch of nostalgia at a minimum. And maybe a foreboding sense that maybe cherished memories should be left undisturbed.
Knowing Your Market
This is actually a pretty stark example of just how challenging it can be to separate your own experiences and perspective from the way you analyze things, and maybe that's a bit of a silver lining to be found regardless of whether you're excited about the return of Captain Picard or couldn't care less.