Sir Patrick Stewart and Jeri Ryan on Star Trek: Picard, how the new series addresses the present, and more

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard is here. Not only in a new Star Trek television series, but he’s also sitting just across the table from me.

There’s something a little surreal about that. Technically, yes, it’s actually Patrick Stewart who’s sitting here in front of me – but in all ways except literal, Captain Picard is in the room, and we’re all captivated.

It’s not the sort of thing you ever really think is going to happen, and it’s clear Patrick Stewart didn’t expect to be here either.

“For many years, any suggestion that I might revive Picard,” he explains, “I passed on immediately, straight away, without hesitation. Not because I wasn’t proud of what we did on Next Generation. I was, and I loved all the people that I worked with very, very much. But I thought I had said and done everything that could be said and done about Jean-Luc and the Enterprise and his relationship with the crew and so forth.”

Which, well, makes a lot of sense. There’s a version of Star Trek: Picard out there – a half-written script on someone’s hard drive, a forum comment, the whisper of a dream – where nothing has really changed. Captain Picard, on the Enterprise (the Enterprise-F this time, of course), boldly going where no one has gone before. But we’ve seen that: we’ve seen a hundred and seventy-eight episodes of it, and they were often wonderful, but all good things must come to an end.

Except, of course, here we are.

So! This was very exciting!

The day after going to the London premiere of Star Trek: Picard in Leicester Square, I had perhaps the most personally exciting interview of my career: Sir Patrick Stewart! And Jeri Ryan! Captain Picard! And Seven of Nine!

Eventually, I suspect I’ll write more about the experience itself – I think perhaps there’s something interesting to be said about it – but for the moment, let’s just sit and enjoy quite how cool this is.

Patrick Stewart!

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Days of Future Past

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I rather liked it, as movies go.

Lots of funny moments, like with Wolverine and the metal detector, or “My mum used to know a guy who could control metal”. And the bit where Star Trek was playing in the background, I liked that. Not sure which episode it was though… I think it was the one with Gary Seven in it. That would sort of make sense, with the time travel and alternate timelines and whatnot. Digressing somewhat now. Anyway.

It looked amazing. Very high production values, which really helped to sell it. The future dystopia stuff was great. Also really tense actually, because you sort of knew they were going to kill everyone. And kill them all really violently. It was almost distressing.

Actors, all great. As expected. And some nice arcs for the 60s characters, that was pretty great. Charles breaking out of his depression to become Professor X was nice. Especially because it placed an emphasis on hope for the future. Hope is important in superhero movies I think. Crucial, even.

9/10, methinks. (But, like, 9.7/10. It was a good movie. I had very few qualms.)

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