It's like all my birthdays have come at once. I got into Star Trek much later in life than I should have done and had only, up until that point, seen the odd episode of Next Generation and Voyager. Revisiting them through the assistance of Netflix ensured that I had myself a thorough Star Trek diet that wasn't predominantly the rebooted J.J Abrams film series. Next Generation was the crowning jewel in the history of Star Trek for me and easily my favourite. It explored morale dilemas, the human condition and equality during a time these things were cutting edge and these same lessons are needed to be taught more than ever today.
The Captain of the ship, quite literally, was the brilliant Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, the French starfleet officer who lead his multi-cultural and galactically diverse team to the darkest corners of space in pursuit of knowledge and rendering assistance to the less fortunate. Lofty ideals that really resonated with me. It was feel good science fiction that was a social commentary on real world issues, as Star Trek has always striven to do. The amazing news? Sir Patrick Stewart is coming back and reprising his role in a new CBS All Access series chronicling his life after Star Trek: The Next Generation. Internationally, just like Star Trek Discovery, this series will probably by carried by Netflix which is great news for UK Trekkies!
The Next Generation ended with the episode All Good Things in 1994 where Jean-Luc had to convinece Q humans were worth keeping around, one last time. In it we saw a glimpse of the future with Jean-Luc having retired to the family vineyard in Labarre, France. Here's hoping we don't go that far in the future and get to explore a possible future where Jean-Luc becomes Admiral and is not a purveyor of fine cheeses. Sir Patrick Stewart played the role across 178 episodes and 4 feature films, the last of which was in 2002, and is one of the most recognisable characters in the genre of all time and a fan favourite.
"For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can't wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honour generations both new and old," Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman said.
"I will always be very proud to have been a part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course, it is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions with him," confessed Sir Patrick Stewart to the media. Although the details are still under wraps and we still don't know when to expect it, just what would you like to see come of this new series and where would you like to see Jean-Luc at this point in his life? What would you call the series? We're going for Star Trek The Final Generation. Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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