Executive producer Michael Chabon is helping bring back one of Star Trek’s greatest captains, with a new show centered around Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played once again by Patrick Stewart). Chabon and his other writers have a lot to live up to—not just with honoring Picard’s legacy, but also the decades of Star Trek canon that have shaped several shows and films. Based on a recent interview, his approach is pretty healthy: Follow the canon where you can, but find places to make it your own. In an internet with CNET, Chabon was asked about his new Picard show while discussing his work on the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Calypso.” He explained how he wants his version of Star Trek to uphold Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision of science fiction, the idea that humanity can overcome its darker drives and move forward into a brighter, more promising future. Given the current political climate, Chabon thinks it’s time to give humanity hope… and Picard might be that hope we’re looking for. I think we have this responsibility to continue to articulate a hopeful, positive vision of the future. I think if anything that’s more important now than it was when The Original Series came out… A positive vision of the future articulated through principles of tolerance and egalitarianism and optimism and the quest for scientific knowledge, to me that’s feels fresh nowadays. Captain Picard is the hero we need right now. He exemplifies in some ways even more then James Kirk—and I’m… [Read full story]
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