LOS ANGELES • Acclaimed British actor Patrick Stewart had stated that “all of those years in Royal Shakespeare Company – playing all those kings, emperors, princes and tragic heroes – were nothing but preparation for sitting in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise”.
Last Saturday, he delighted followers by boldly going again to his function as Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Starship Enterprise, which he stated he’ll reprise in a brand new Star Trek collection.
The 78-year-old stated he would return to the enduring function throughout a shock look on the annual Star Trek conference in Las Vegas.
The new collection, which the CBS All Access streaming service will carry, is to centre on Picard’s life post-Star Trek: Next Generation.
That collection ran from 1987 to 1994, with 178 episodes. It spawned a number of movies, the final in 2002.
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,” Stewart stated.
“It has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership,” he continued.
“I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often dark times.”
Star Trek, a multi-billion-dollar cultural phenomenon beloved by followers worldwide, turned 50 in 2016.