This morning the first Star Trek: Picard trailer was revealed, in full CBS glory. This isn’t going to blow your mind full of details, but it will stoke your interest in the series if you’re any sort of fan of Star Trek, whatsoever. In the mix is a little back story on where we are in the timeline – 15 years after Picard left Starfleet.
In the Star Trek universe, presumably the same one we’ve watched BEFORE the newest movies with the alternate-reality cast by JJ Abrams, we’ve got this. This is a television show called Star Trek: Picard. It picks up where the most recent original timeline left off. Here we see where once-captain Picard is and will be.
We see vineyards tended to by drones, on a sunny afternoon on what must be Earth. We see a crate full of Chateau Picard red wine. This is not the first time we’ve seen this brand of wine before – albeit with a slightly different label.
This one seems to roll with the number 86. Though our timeline here in the real world doesn’t actually match up with what we’re seeing, the 86 MIGHT be a reference to the last year before the original Star Trek: The Next Generation television show was released to the public. That show first aired on September 28, 1987. The film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was released in 1986.
Chateau Picard was referenced and/or can be seen in the Star Trek: Discovery episode “The Vulcan Hello”, in the film Star Trek Nemesis, and in a DS9 Season 1 DVD special feature by the name of “Secrets of Quark’s Bar.”
“Why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?” The trailer suggests that the “Unthinkable” has happened – we must assume that this means the supernova of the sun near Romulus, which took place in the year 2387. If that’s true, the series must take place in the year 2402.
UPDATE: The video’s been pulled from YouTube not long after it was released as “unlisted.” Perhaps a mistake in the release, or the pull? This story is developing! UPDATE 2: We’ve got a mirror! UPDATE 3: Pulled again! Guess we’ll have to make due with the gallery above!
UPDATE 4: Good gravy today’s been a first-world problem stress festival, of that you can be sure. We’ve got the trailer back now, and all is well in the world.