Jean-Luc Picard is BACK!
I cannot even tell you how much my husband has gone mad over the return of Jean-Luc Picard since Patrick Stewart himself announced it.
I love Trek, but my hubby is next level Trek, and he’s all excited about this right now. Fandom is in meltdown, and speculation is rife over what version of Picard we’re going to see. And even though the series isn’t due out until early next year, everyone is talking about it this year because its deserves a huge build up with a momentous amount of teasers and discussion prior.
We all love basking in the nostalgia and the anticipation of it all. But why is that?
Its because fictional characters can be as much a part of our history as real people – moreso, even. And they are often associated with happy, good memories. Our childhoods, simpler times. Watching them evokes those fuzzy memories like a blanket. They were there with us when…*insert pivotal life event here*. Many just seem to have always been in our living rooms and lives forever.
First seeing Jean-Luc Picard
I first saw Picard when I was in the living room of my first home, as a child. My posh fireplace and bay window and white fluffy rug. The beginnings of a life I might have had, if my family hadn’t fallen apart soon after. It was a different life, which feels now as though God plucked me out of it and said, ‘Ahh nope, sorry, there’s been a mistake. You’re really in the wrong place there’.
I was so used to watching reruns of the original series at my Nana’s house. So just like everyone else, it was very different to me going from the swashbuckling Kirk to the oh-so-logical and sophisticated Picard. Everything about Next Gen felt so new and advanced from Sunday afternoon Trek at Nan’s – and of course it was. Even into the 90’s and 00’s and even now.
To me, Next Gen has always been ‘new’ Trek.
Which is why it’s so very surreal to me that Picard is now coming back, as a much older man. Firmly placing Next Gen as something from the past for me. Like He-Man.
As such, his return feels like it’s so in line with my own life and growth.
Growing old with Jean-Luc Picard
(Fan-made Picard poster by FlyNebula on Deviant Art)
I was only 8 years old when I first saw Jean-Luc Picard. Now I will be 40, seeing how his life has gone too, alongside mine! We have grown together. It’s going to be like seeing an old friend. I’m going to revel in waiting to see how life has treated him.
I felt the same feelings about Luke when Star Wars came out, but wow did Episode VIII really fuck that that up. Lets pray they do not make the same mistake with Picard. There is hope though, as Patrick himself is so closely involved with everything and has so much control, more than Hamill – unfortunately – could ever have hoped to have.
The new Jean-Luc Picard – What should stay, what may change
I hope his core values and traits have survived, as his diplomatic nature and insatiable curiosity to discover new species and explore new worlds always inspired my own sense of adventure. I have always benefited from channelling his calmness. (Okay part from when he was adamant that there were nine lights, and when he wanted to annihilate every Borg in sight). His love of the arts just makes me want to become a sponge and soak in all of the beauty around you as he does.
In short, Picard makes me want to be a better person. More noble, calm, learned and thoughtful. And completely focused and with direction. Always knowing what should be done, and the right way of doing it. Of course he wasn’t perfect, for example, he finds it impossibly hard to open up as much as he needs to – but to an INFP personality type like me, his restraint is the Yin to my Yang. Like the calm in the centre of my storm.
A different kind of Jean-Luc Picard
However, Patrick has promised a very different type of Picard. Hinted that we may see one changed by his experiences. I always could see Picard happily becoming Admiral, despitre Kirks warning to not do anything that took him out of the chair. Picard’s grounded spirit always felt very different to Kirk’s flighty one. Kirk was never meant for Admiral, Picard was.
But something tells me it won’t have gone that way – and I’m absolutely intrigued as to what may have steered him from that path.
I’m fine with whatever changes Patrick and the writers feel would’ve naturally happened to Picard, but as I said, just don’t ‘Luke’ the thing. We don’t want a jaded, grumbling old man who has become twisted, thank you very much.
And of course, it will be interesting to see how many, if any, of the old Next Gen crew make appearances! Ahhhh, Data, did you come back to us?
This lead-up will of course mean binge watching all of next-gen again. And the films.
Do you have any memories or opinions on Jean-Luc? What do you want to see in this new series? How has Star Trek in general impacted your life?
Post below and let me know!