The Picard Series: What we know so far.
CBS has been keeping details of the currently untitled “Picard” series close to the chest. Even though it’s set to premiere at the end of the year, little is known about it so far. Currently, we know the following:
-The first season will be 10 episodes.
-It will take place approximately 20 years after the TNG finale, which puts us around 2389.
-The destruction of Romulus is official Prime Timeline canon now.
-The series itself is also in the Prime Timeline, with the Kelvin Timeline running parallel to it. (As of right now, they will not intertwine.)
-Patrick Stewart is returning as Jean-Luc Picard.
With production set to begin sometime mid-April, the casting department has about two months to find the right actors to fill out the rest of the cast… and that means casting notices and character breakdowns. The breakdowns reveal the working title of the series to be “Drawing Room” and list seven lead characters in addition to Picard. While the information we have is current, it’s always worth noting that it can change at any time.
The first character in the list is the main man himself, Jean-Luc Picard, Male. And that’s all we’ve got for him. From interviews and assorted other information that’s been released, we know that Picard will have been affected by the destruction of Romulus due to his close involvement with building a bond between the Romulan Empire and the Federation.
Next, we have Starton, a male of any ethnicity in his early 30s. He specializes in positronic brains and is terrified of space. He’s charming in a self-deprecating way and is excited about the research opportunities on Picard’s mission. It goes on to say that his demeanor will evolve over the series, but it does not say in what way.
Connie, a female who is also in her early 30’s. She’s African-American and has a quick temper, but is also quick to forgive. In addition to dealing with the loss of her husband, she is also avoiding a death sentence on her home planet. She’s a mercenary pilot who uses her ship to transport people to and from an artifact of some kind, though the ship is massively overqualified for that job.
Lawrence is a handsome man in his 30’s of any ethnicity. . . who has a dodgy moral compass. He’s the pilot of the ship Picard takes on his mission. Being a capable (and enthusiastic) thief, his loyalties are questionable.
An Upgraded EMH?
Dr. Smith is a male in his 30s or 40s of any ethnicity. From the description, it sounds like he’s an upgraded or wholly new version of the EMH. He’s described as a hologram who helps the crew through emergencies encompassing engineering, tactical, science investigation, and medical issues. He was programmed to learn but not become too self-aware. He’s calm, efficient, and empathic, but he sometimes has difficulties sorting out others emotional reactions to get at the facts.
K’Bar is the youngest of the leads. He’s a 17-year-old Romulan and the only child of what’s a mainly female Spiritual Order. A martial artist and considered a lethal weapon, he’s prone to mood swings and is committed to living in the moment with as much transparency as possible. He takes his devotion to Picard and his mission EXTREMELY seriously. . . obviously, they’re looking to find someone with Martial Arts experience, but also note that fencing is a plus as well.
Indira is a female in her early 20s of any Ethnicity. She’s extremely smart and physically agile . . . but maybe not so mature and a bit socially challenged because she tries too hard. Her intelligence often gets in the way of her manners. She’s cut off from home and her difficult mission puts a strain on her maturity. She’s still “finding her way in the wider world”
Alana is a female in her mid-40s to mid-50s and is of any ethnicity. She’s a brilliant analyst and has a great memory despite abusing drugs and alcohol. Often times she gets irritated with her own vulnerability and is certain of herself, even when she’s wrong. A former intelligence officer, she sees conspiracies everywhere. Her professional and personal losses weigh heavily on her.
So, What Is It About?
While learning about all of these characters is interesting in its own right, some of the descriptions also help piece together some of the show’s plot. It sounds like they will be playing into Picard’s interest in archaeology, and his main mission will revolve around some sort of artifact that’s been discovered. It’s also interesting to note that the only character that has any mention of Starfleet in their description is Starton. While Alana is a former intelligence officer, it doesn’t say for whom. So now, with all of this information, I have to ask myself if Picard is actually still in Starfleet.
I don’t know about you guys, but this sounds like its going to be a really fun show. One of my favorite TNG episodes was ‘The Chase’, which also coincidentally connects to Picard’s relationship with the Romulans, if even on a minor level. Once again, any of this information can change at a moments notice. We’ll be keeping our eye on news about the series to make sure we keep you updated as well. What do you guys think about these characters? Any theories about the plot? Let us know in the comments and make sure to keep following That Hashtag Show to stay up to date with everything trending in Geek Pop Culture.