CBS All Access introduced its anticipated new series, featuring Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart returning as Jean-Luc Picard, in a special 90-minute panel Saturday in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con that spotlighted the entire Star Trek universe.
"These past few years, I really tried to belong here, but it never truly felt like home," Stewart's character muses in the new trailer, which sees him encountering a strange young woman with potentially dangerous powers and finding new faces and old friends as he returns to "save the universe."
Joining Stewart onstage for Picard was co-stars Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway, as well as the executive producers behind the series, Kurtzman and showrunner Michael Chabon.
The panel also announced the return of Star Trek legends Brent Spiner, Jonathan del Arco and Jeri Ryan, who will all appear on Star Trek: Picard.
Watch the new trailer below:
What isStar Trek: Picard about? Plot details have been kept under wraps, but CBS All Access has been touting the series -- which is set 20 years after Star Trek: Next Generation ended -- as the "next chapter" of the former Starfleet admiral's life.
When will it premiere? The series is slated to debut at the end of this year on CBS All Access in the U.S. For international fans who don't have CBS All Access, it will be available on Amazon Prime Video.
Who plays who? Outside of Stewart, we don't know much about who the rest of the series stars will be playing.
What else can I watch? A mysterious teaser was first released in May, revealing only that Jean-Luc Picard was adjusting well to retired life and running his own winery, Chateau Picard. But an unnamed voice is heard questioning his decision to leave Starfleet many moons ago.
"Fifteen years ago today, you let us out of the darkness. You commanded the greatest risk in armada history. And then, the unimaginable. What did that cost you? Your faith? Your faith in us? Your faith in yourself?" the female voice asks. "Tell us, why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?"
"Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning: He did not want to repeat what he had already done. And by the way, it’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore," Kurtzman said in January. "So the question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life? How do you hold on to being the person everybody loved when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically? Those are the big questions that we’re asking."
Kurtzman also hinted that Stewart, who is an executive producer on Picard, shared insight on what their creative conversations surrounding the series have been.
"Patrick didn’t want to put handcuffs on us in any way by saying, 'I don’t want to do this and I don’t want to do that.' He said, 'I want you to have the freedom to explore this character from a new perspective and I will always know in my gut if it feels like something he would or wouldn’t do,'" he shared. "That’s the conversation that we have as we’re building it scene to scene."
Is there a poster for Star Trek: Picard? Why yes! Ahead of its Comic-Con debut, CBS All Access premiered the poster featuring Picard with his dog. Adorable.
In addition to Picard, the "Enter the Star Trek Universe" panel featured Star Trek: Discovery -- which is heading into its third season --with star Sonequa Martin-Green, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise and Heather Kadin, and the new animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, with executive producer Mike McMahan.