STAR TREK SHOWRUNNER TALKS PICARD, SNW

STAR TREK SHOWRUNNER TALKS PICARD, SNW

Star Trek: Picard and Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman has been sharing new details about the new Star Trek shows.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, described Strange New Worlds as closer to TOS than more recent shows, like Discovery: 

It's unlike the other shows in that it's really episodic. If you think back to The Original Series, it was a tonally more liberal — I don't mean in terms of politics, but it could sort of be more fluid. Like sometimes Robert Bloch would write a horror episode. Or Harlan Ellison would have "City on the Edge of Forever," which is hard sci-fi. Then there would be comedic episodes, like "Shore Leave" or "The Trouble With Tribbles." So [co-showrunner] Henry Alonso Myers and myself are trying to serve that. We've all become very enamoured, myself included, with serialized storytelling. And I'm talking to you from behind the stage where we're shooting Picard, which is deeply serialized. But Strange New Worlds is very much adventure-of-the-week but with serialized character arcs.

With shooting on the pilot almost done, Goldsman said that both the uniforms and sets seen on Star Trek: Discovery season 2 have been tweaked slightly: "Remember the Enterprise existed as a little piece of [the show Discovery], but now it’s its own object. When you close your eyes and think of the key sets and situations that you think of The Original Series, that’s what we’re looking to do."

Regarding the return of Q in Picard Season 2, Goldman said, "There are a lot of people who think of Q as a trickster god, right? And he is. But he’s also a profoundly significant relationship in Picard’s life. There’s a lot of discussion in Picard season two about the nature of connectedness. Q’s kind of a great lightning rod for that because in some ways he’s one of Picard’s deepest — not deep in the same way that Riker is or Beverly Crusher was — but in its own uniquely, profoundly deep relationship." 

As for dealing with the passing of time since The Next Generation series: "As we tried to evolve the other characters, the same is true of Q. This is a show of a different time with actors of a different age. We’re now talking about the issues that come up in the last [stage] of your life. We wanted a Q that could play in that arena with Picard."

Picard season 2 is expected to premiere in 2022.

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