Star Trek: Picard Teaser Hints At Character’s Abrupt Starfleet Departure

by Erik Amaya

Although the new teaser for Star Trek: Picard takes us back to a future prophesied for the character 25 years ago in the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) retirement may be anything but peaceful. Sure, he’s taken up the family business as a winemaker, but as a voiceover tells us, he led the Federation out of darkness 15 years prior. “You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history, then … the unimaginable,” says the voice, which sounds an awful lot like Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green. “What did that cost you? Your faith? Your faith in us? Your faith in yourself?” And the image of a older Picard comes into view, the voice asks him “why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?”

We’re going to assume the rescue armada was the one sent to Romulus just prior to its destruction in 2387 (as seen in the 2009 Star Trek feature film). Presumably, the planet’s destruction shook Picard to the core with the admiral resigning his commission. But then again, if it’s so easy for us to suss out his intentions, why is Starfleet debriefing him on the matter in 2402? What else occurred at the end of his Starfleet career?
Besides Stewart returning to the role, Star Trek: Picard will also feature Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Isa Briones as members of a team joining Picard on a fateful mission.
Star Trek: Picard will debut on CBS All Access later this year.

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