Picard's Star Trek spin-off "extremely different" to Discovery

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From Digital Spy

The Star Trek TV universe is as vast and expansive as the galaxies that its starships travel through, which is why its new Jean-Luc Picard series will be unlike anything that's come back before it.

The team behind Star Trek: Discovery are working with Sir Patrick Stewart on a spin-off for his Next Generation captain that they recently described as "radically" different to Discovery.

Showrunner Alex Kurtzman has since offered more insight in a chat with Entertainment Weekly, explaining that its format can't even really be compared to the traditional action-oriented tone of traditional Star Trek.

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"It’s an extremely different rhythm than Discovery," Kurtzman clarified. "Discovery is a bullet. Picard is a very contemplative show. It will find a balance between the speed of Discovery and the nature of what Next Gen was, but I believe it will have its own rhythm.

"Without revealing too much about it, people have so many questions about Picard and what happened to him, and the idea we get to take time to answer those questions in the wake of the many, many things he’s had to deal with in Next Gen is really exciting.

"‘More grounded’ is not the right way to put it, because season 2 of Discovery is also grounded. It will feel more… real-world? If that’s the right way to put it."

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Photo credit: CBS via Getty Images

Kurtzman also offered an update that there's no-one cast for the series yet, but the writers have made huge progress on the first season storyline.

"The writers room has broken about eight episodes and we’re moving quickly and I couldn’t be more excited about it," he teased.

Picard's untitled show doesn't have an air date yet, but Star Trek: Discovery season 2 begins January 17 on CBS All Access in the US and January 18 on Netflix in the UK.

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