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It was 25 years ago today. On May 23, 1994, Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its final episode, "All Good Things…" The movie-length tale stands out amongst the very best of the series. The plot revolved around Captain Picard mind-jumping through time into the past and the future. Notably, he leaps 25 years into a future where he is retired on a vineyard in France.
So, 25 years ago… 25 year leap into the future… it sure seems like now is the perfect time to revisit the character of Jean-Luc Picard.
Indeed, as any Trekkie very well knows by now, Patrick Stewart is returning to the Star Trek universe and his iconic role in the upcoming series Picard. And now, on the anniversary of the finale, we have a teaser.
A few things immediately jump out in the tantalizing 69-second clip. For starters, Picard is indeed retired at his French winery, as he was in "All Good Things…." We see a crate of Chateau Picard Burgundy wine and rows of grapevines. He may not be back in the burgundy uniform, but he's literally in Burgundy.
A woman — perhaps a Starfleet officer, perhaps someone from the Q Continuum? — interrogates Picard in the voice-over.
"Tell us… why did you leave Starfleet, admiral?" she asks.
Admiral! So he clearly earned a promotion sometime in the decade following the events of TNG. There are more hints to his backstory. We learn that Picard led people "out of the darkness" "fifteen years ago," and that he "commanded the greatest rescue armada in history."
What does that all mean? Well, we'll have to wait until late 2019 to find out. Star Trek: Picard began filming just a month ago.
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