I’ve gotten a few quetions whether I’ll be capping Star Trek: Picard when it’s released. The answer is yes… but that answer is contingent on whether or not I shut down this site.
For the past few years I’ve been wanting to reduce the number of sites I have, and have deleted more than half of them. But I haven’t been able to make a desicion about this one so far – I’m as big a Star Trek fan as ever, and this is one of my most dearest sites. But just capping TOS in full was my original plan, and then TNG because it came out in HD. This is one of the huge sites I have left, and I’m not enjoying/having problems extending the mental energy it takes to keep (especiallybig) sites going because the next server disaster is always just around the corner. Recovering from those can take months. I have several chronic illnesses and I’m a spoonie and this makes it all even harder. I’ve had times in the last few years I’ve just wanted to wipe this site out of existence and be done with it, but I didn’t because I also kind of hate that thought and know 100% I’d regret it soon after. But I still kinda want to do it all the time. And I’m still hoping for DS9 and VOY in HD on Bluray, and already right now want to cap them in HD, so I’d likely just end-up restarting the site had I deleted it and then those two come on.
Also part of my consideration is Jeri Ryan who is my favorite actress, for whom I have a fansite as well (along with this one, these two sites are my oldest sites now! I started both in 1997.) and who will be appearing on Star Trek: Picard. I’ll be capping her in any case, and I suspect I’ll want to cap the full eps because of that.
So there’s a lot of waffling about going on about the site’s future, and has been for a while.
Posted on Written by ArianeComments Off on BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Stewart Returns in New TREK Series
I woke up to this news 😀
We have breaking news out of Las Vegas today, where in a surprise appearance, Star Trek franchise executive producer Alex Kurtzman arrived on stage — with Next Generation legend Patrick Stewart in tow.
To a standing ovation, Stewart confirmed months of rumors with an official announcement: “Jean-Luc Picard,” he said with a dramatic pause, “is back.”
The actor shared a bit of the backstory behind the recruiting to bring Stewart back to the Trek franchise, with a tale of an offer extended months ago which he planned to reject at the time.
As weeks progressed, however, he found himself returning to the show which made him a global star, and has made the character of Jean-Luc Picard one loved by fans. “I have spent a lot of time recently watching Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Stewart said, “and it became clear to me that the power and benefits of that show continue to grow.”
Convinced to rejoin the Trek franchise nearly two decades after his formerly-final appearance in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, Stewart cautioned the audience that the Jean-Luc Picard may not be the same man we knew. “He may not be a captain anymore,” he said. “Twenty years has passed, which is nearly the length of time between Nemesis and today.”
As he left the stage following his 10-minute appearance in front of the convention crowd, he clarified that the series — which does not yet have an announced title — is still early in pre-production, and that no scripts have yet been written. “We’re still talking story,” said Stewart.
As the explosive news brought the convention audience to their feet in applause, Stewart was clearly moved by the response, and spoke to the efforts of the creative parties involved in developing the show to maintain the quality and legacy of The Next Generation: “It will be exactly as it was before.”
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of 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,” Stewart said. “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. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.”
Stewart added that now, in particular, seems like a good time to bring back the character, who exemplified calm, moral, reasoned leadership. “During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership,” he said. “I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. 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 honor generations both new and old.”
Star Trek: Discovery writer and producer Ted Sullivan also shared on Twitter that the series launched from the mind of series writer and Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer.