Did ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Just Kill Off This Next Generation Character?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Star Trek: Picard introduced again Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in a brand new CBS All Access streaming collection. But did it kill off one other Star Trek: The Next Generation character within the course of? If you watched the premiere episode you will have the identical query, however in the event you haven’t, this story might comprise spoilers. 

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(l-r): Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Patrick Stewart | Trae Patton/CBS

Executive producer Akiva Goldsman and Star Trek: Picard author and showrunner Michael Chabon spoke with reporters of the Television Critics Association on Jan. 12. They defined the destiny of 1 such Next Generation character. New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere each Thursday on CBS All Access.

‘Star Trek: Picard’ has to reply for ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’

The final time Jean-Luc Picard appeared on display screen was within the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. That film arrange some issues however there was by no means a fifth Next Generation movie to observe them up. Picard is way sufficient away that it’s form of beginning over, nevertheless it nonetheless acknowledges Nemesis occurred.

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Sir Patrick Stewart | Trae Patton/CBS

“We had to start there in a sense but if you’re going to be continuing to tell the story of Jean-Luc Picard, you have to look at the last time you saw him,” Chabon stated. “So in a way, we began there simply because we would have liked to know the place did we go away him? Then simply attempt to think about, properly, what occurred after that? What the occasions of Nemesis and conclusion of Nemesis had been at all times part of the recipe for us however I believe it was part of the recipe in the end.”

Let’s discuss B-Four in ‘Star Trek: Picard’

In Star Trek: Nemesis, Data (Brent Spiner) discovers one other android, B-4. Far much less refined than Data, when Data sacrifices himself, he downloads his reminiscence into B-4. The finish of Nemesis sees Picard struggling to reconcile B-4’s primitive habits with the wealth of knowledge he’s downloaded.

That’s why it’s slightly shocking to see B-Four in a drawer and Picard say the obtain by no means labored. Does that imply Star Trek: Picard simply scrapped the B-Four story?

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Brent Spiner in Star Trek: Insurrection | Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

“There are so many implicit assumptions in that question that I cannot confirm or deny,” Goldsman stated. “I believe we’re additionally dancing round a factor as a result of I believe you’ve made an assumption that’s not correct when it comes to what we’ve closed off and what we haven’t. Without pushing that too far, we took all the pieces that’s textual content of Nemesis and made it textual content.”

Okay, to be truthful, that could be a logical assumption after the primary episode of Picard.

“It’s a question we want you to be asking,” Chabon stated.

Brent Spiner says B-Four was at all times alleged to develop into Data

Brent Spiner was additionally obtainable to press as viewers noticed him in Picard’s desires of Data. However, the present additionally reveals that synthetics have been banned. Spiner instructed that it wasn’t going to take too lengthy for B-Four to stand up to hurry. He was form of a backdoor to deliver Data again all alongside.

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Brent Spiner | Rich Fury/Getty Images

“They did say that they downloaded Data’s memories into B-4 and there was an opportunity,” Spiner stated. “We had ideas for another film and I think if you had seen B-4 again, he would’ve been Data basically.”

If you haven’t seen ‘Star Trek: Nemesis,’ don’t fear

These are all crucial inquiries to Star Trek followers who watched seven seasons of The Next Generation and 4 motion pictures. If Star Trek: Picard is your first Trek present, don’t fear. Goldsman and Chabon have you ever lined.

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Brent Spiner as Data | CBS by way of Getty Images

“We select to make it for you and for my spouse who has by no means seen an episode of Star Trek,” Goldsman stated. “So the re-establishment of the baseline as a way to create expectations is basically advanced the place you will have one thing that some individuals love so deeply and a few individuals haven’t any understanding of. That obtain is important. The obtain from Nemesis will proceed to be vital.”

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