I know I say it a lot these days, but what a time to be a fan. Projects are developing, filming and arriving at such a rate it's like the golden age of the 90's all over again - that TV break between Enterprise and Discovery certainly did the franchise no harm.
Now we hear that the Picard series is moving along at a very satisfying clip, meaning that shooting for the series is closer to starting than anticipated.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Alex Kurtzman discussed Picards progress (there's a show title for ya) and revealed just how close it is.
"Really soon, two and a half months."
Fellow Discovery producer Heather Kadin went into further detail, explaining that the show is definitely not the return of The Next Generation.
"We want to ground the show, because that's very important to Patrick This is not the sequel to the Next Gen, it’s the next chapter for Picard."
That's not to say that there won't be other characters in the show. This isn't a one-man monologue after all (although we know Sir Patrick could handle that with ease).
"Unity and the family" is "very much alive in the Picard show". "It's not like Patrick's on screen by himself all the time. There's a whole ensemble. I think it will be really interesting to see people recognise things that were very familiar to them about Next Gen, but it's very different now."
Kurtzman once again made it very clear just how different Picard is two decades in from being assimilated, meeeting his younger self, travelling into the Nexus and watching his beloved Enterprise crew flourish and move on to other postings.
"From the beginning, Patrick was really clear with us that he did not want to repeat what he had already done... [Picard] couldn't possibly be that same person any more."
"The question becomes, 'What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he's made in his life? How do you hold on to being the person everybody loved when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically?'"
After the first two seasons of Disco and the fascinating Short Treks, all I can say is 'In Kurtzman and Kadin we trust.'
The as yet untitled Picard show will launch on CBS All-Access in late 2019, hopefully Netflix around the world a day later and we cannot wait.